Conclusion: If you're a fan of RPG games then don't hesitate to pick this up and do yourself a favour and pick up the 1st Vandal Hearts for the Playstation 1 too, you'll be in for a treat. It's shocking that this series was never bigger and more popular than it is.
Excerpt: The fanbase of the RPG genre is often split down the middle. Many prefer the “old school” turn-based style of gameplay while others tend to lean toward more modernized offerings (the Mass Effect series is a prime example).
Review: Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment (Microsoft Xbox 360)
10 February 2010
Excerpt: RPGs and I have a secret love affair. I can tolerate more time spent with a good RPG and a bottle of rum than I can with most of my relationships. That either says I love video games too much or am an alcoholic. I personally think it shows my love for rum.
Excerpt: The story itself is a prequel, with the events unfolding during the years immediately following the war between the Balastrade and the Urdu. As usual, players assume the role of a young man who has his entire life up heaved when an attack on his hometown forces him to flee with a couple of friends.
Excerpt: It wasn't long ago that the strategy RPG was on the verge of death, choking on its clichéd plots and stale gameplay mechanics and desperately trying to cling onto survival. Noticing that the genre was in danger, strategy specialists Nippon Ichi gave it a firm slap on the back, filling it with life...
Excerpt: There was excitement in the air when I started playing Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment a few days ago. The original Vandal Hearts , released many years ago for the PlayStation, was one hell of a fun experience in turn-based strategy.
Summary: Flames of Judgment is the first game to be released in the Vandal Hearts turn-based strategy role-playing game series for a full decade. Hijinx Studios has done a reasonably good job with this resurrection job for the Xbox Live Arcade (1,200 points) and PlayStation Network ($14.99), too, although...
Pros: Solid tactical RPG gaming, Involving story with realistic characters, Intuitive controls
Cons: Fairly easy and relatively short, Off-putting graphics, Character development system runs on rails