Conclusion: In summation, Jeanne D’Arc is a very good strategy game with an interesting bit of historical fiction for a story and plenty of interesting gameplay. It misses the mark in some areas, preventing it from reaching its full potential.
Excerpt: The Hundred Years’ War is remembered for many things, most notably its famous heroes. Although lasting more than one hundred years (116 years, specifically), the war featured many historical figures including Edward the Black Prince, John Talbot, Gilles de Rais, and Joan of Arc.
Conclusion: While a fantasy play on Joan of Arc may seem unsavory to a select few (bloody English), I assure you it is every bit as compelling as the original tale, if not more so, by way of the astonishing anime that frames the adventure and creature designs the likes that we have seldom seen on the PSP.
Excerpt: Jeanne d'Arc, developed by Level 5 (Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest VIII, Rogue Galaxy), is a strategy RPG that combines many elements from classics such as Final Fantasy Tactics and the Fire Emblem series to create a finely tuned joy ride that any strategy RPG fan owning a PSP simply needs to experience.
Excerpt: One game developer that sure has taken the RPG genre by storm is the acclaimed Japanese developer, Level 5. The company is responsible for such PS2 hits as the Dark Cloud series, Rogue Galaxy , and the critically acclaimed Dragon Quest VIII .
Excerpt: It seems that all I’ve been playing are SRPGs as of late. Jeanne D’Arc
is the most recent that I’ve tackled. Like Final Fantasy Tactics before
it, Jeanne benefits from a strong story that drives the gameplay ever
upward and onward.
Excerpt: Jeanne D’arc is a 3D tactical role playing game that is loosely based on Joan of Arc and her role in the Hundred Year’s War. In this game a divine armlet binds itself to Jeanne and guides her in liberating the French and defeating England’s possessed King Henry VI.
Pros: Excellent story, character development, gameplay, and animation
Cons: Some levels have noticeable delays in character actions
Excerpt: Remember the story of Joan of Arc? The tale of a young girl who hears the voice of God, takes up arms, cross-dresses and eventually leads France against hordes of English knights, orcs, dark elves, dragons and cow-warriors called Bovimoths?