Vandal Hearts
March 15, 2008

Sure it may be rather simplistic, and sticks the player at a disadvantage in about 34/36 battles, but there's taking joy in a primative blood geyser is still something to get excited about, yeah?

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EmP EmP - March 15, 2008 (01:43 PM)
EmP loves Vandal Hearts.

It's so much better than FFt.
honestgamer honestgamer - March 15, 2008 (09:02 PM)
I remember really liking Vandal Hearts and I still wish I didn't have to sell it. I bought the sequel but haven't played it. I hear it's not as good. Either way, I'll play it someday.

And yeah, the blood geysers are one of the main things I remember about Vandal Hearts. So over the top, so cool...
shotgunnova shotgunnova - March 16, 2008 (01:45 AM)
I don't know if I'd place it over FFT. There's the "difficulty," sure, but the game is horrendously short and what passes for character development is usually a one-liner (at least for bit players). Hah, I suppose the only way to preserve difficulty was making no optional battles.

I was planning to get Vandal Hearts II eventually, since the screenshots I've seen seem to be an improvement over the first's systems. You should review it, Venter. >__>
EmP EmP - March 16, 2008 (09:49 AM)
There's a super-hard hidden series of sub-quests in VH. Complete them, and Ash becomes the most overpowered character in videogame history. Even more so than FFt's Orlandu!

VH2 is real love-or-hate stuff. It's very different from the first has a dozen interbranching plots and just as many endings and more hidden maps than you can shake a stick at. To see everyting, you´d need to sink 500 hors into the game, thinks I.
overdrive overdrive - March 16, 2008 (06:46 PM)
That's a game I'm still wondering why I sold it. It was a fun game with a few really good, tough maps in it. Might have even been the first SRPG game I played and it, at the least, holds up really good over time.
shotgunnova shotgunnova - March 17, 2008 (08:55 AM)
The Toroah battles themselves aren't hard; but yeah, the sidequests are definitely screwed up. Luckily, the buried items are rarely in anything completely inconspicuous (warped tile, weird dirt tile, hole in ground). Who trades a priceless Earth Key for a stupid banana? Some of those are pretty goofy.

As an SRPG, I'd say it holds up pretty well. The story could use a little work, but it's pretty good. PS: I hate Hawknights.
psychopenguin psychopenguin - May 20, 2008 (06:12 PM)
I know this is an old post, but I am about to fire this game up once I beat my current game. Hopefully it's as good as claimed!

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