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Shadow Hearts (PS2)

by Midway Games Ltd
 Ages 16 and Over
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Gothic/fantasy RPG
  • A hero with a mysterious past
  • Unravel the mystery of a beautiful young girl
  • Wide variety of magic and weapons
  • Fantastic 3D environments
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00005YTDZ
  • Release Date: 5 April 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,192 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

A hero with a mysterious past. A young girl holding the key to world domination. A villain who will stop at nothing to unlock the path to unlimited power. Prepare to experience an RPG unlike any other. Welcome to the world of Shadow Hearts.

Manufacturer's Description

Shadow Hearts is a turn-based role-playing game that combines a haunting storyline with a unique user-controlled battle system. Taking place during the early 20th century, the story starts with a young girl named Alice Eliot--the daughter of an expert exorcist--being transported by the Japanese imperial army to China on a train. Powerful magician Roger Bacon is on the same train, with the intention of kidnapping her because he believes she is the key to his master plan to unlock ancient secrets that'll destroy the earth. Enter Urm Hyuga, the son of a Japanese soldier who died in battle 15 years ago. He is a harmonixer-a man with the ability to morph into different creatures. Guided by a mysterious female voice, he rescues Alice, foiling the kidnapping attempt. Players will journey through China and Europe to uncover the evil scheme of Roger and his minions, as well as unravel the many mysteries surrounding the unique Shadow Heart's characters.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At last! A decent RPG! 8 April 2002
Although the PS2 has had the dubious pleasure of playing host to other 'RPGs' such as Eternal Ring and Evergrace, Shadow Hearts is the one of the first to fall into the traditional turn-based mould used by such games as Suikoden and, of course, Final Fantasy.
This game is slightly darker in tone than most Japanese RPG's, filled with scheming warlocks, man-eating demons and a hero who is possibly just a little unhinged! Shadow Hearts is set in a kind of alternate 1900's setting that brings to mind Cthulhu and Lovecraft - You know the stuff; Vast and ancient evil powers, sanity eroding magic and victorian technology.
The game plunges straight into the story with the sinister Roger Bacon (he is, honest!) slaughtering guards left right and centre as he attempts to abduct a seemingly helpless priest's daughter. Luckily our 'hero', Yuri, is on the same train and not about to let some diabolical Englishman make off with heroine! Yuri does not seem particulary bothered by having his arm ripped off (it just flies up and sticks back on!) nor the horrible little demon that Bacon uses to kill people (he contemptuosly crushes its head!) but merely turns into a huge great demon and rescues the girl - And then proceeds to put his fist through the bad guy's head and leaps off the train! Of course the villain is never finished that easily...
All this in the first 5 minutes!!!
The game follows the traditional pattern of exploring very pretty pre-rendered backdrops, chatting to the locals, buying stuff from shops and being jumped by random fights. The locations are very atmospheric and varied as are the people that inhabit them. It is no suprise to learn that the team who created this game are mostly made up of ex-Squaresoft employees...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best RPG's to date, even now! 18 April 2005
Since Squaresoft emalgamated with Enix, there has been a distinct lack of good RPGs. Fortunately, the trend changed with a surprise RPG coming from Midway, perhaps the least likely company to release an RPG.
The story follows a young man named Yuri, who, being guided by some spirit, ends up on a train with a man, Roger Bacon who is attempting to kidnap the herorine, Alice. Deciding to journey together, they realise that Bacon's ambitions are far more sinister than expected, and end up travelling together in order to stop him. Obviously, there are many twists, and instead of giving it all away, i'll just assure you that the storyline is up to scratch.
So whats the game like. The most innovative feature is the inclusion of the judgement ring. As the spinner rotates, you must tap the button at the correct time to unleash the attack, sounds difficult, but really isn't at all. Nice, new and original. Secondly, it is the malice feature. As you battle, you need to quiet the malice growing in you, by going to the graveyard and quieting the malice. This can be a bit annoying if you leave it too long, things get dangerous, and you can only visit the graveyard at the save point. A little silly, but its OK. Third is Yuri's ability to morph into monsters. This is quick, simple, and works well. A nice touch.
Graphically, it feels a bit dated now. However, the FMV is still particulally impressive. Only a few cutscenes, but very good quality ones at that. The graphics for the fighting however, still feel better that Covenant, recently released on the PS2.
The sound, is pretty good. Brooding and foreboding at times, but the voice acting is terrible, as it is with almost every RPG that has ever been released. Not necessarily a criticism of the game, but of RPGs in general.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If only age didn't count... 31 Mar 2005
There aren't many of us out there, linear RPG gamers who prefer storyline to subplot and who prefer straight forward gameplay to the "enjoyment" of getting completely lost, however, no matter what RPG faction you belong to, this game will please.
It is the first RPG to successfully be nuclineated, a cross between nucleated and linear gameplay, with an interactive turn based battle system using the judgement ring, meaning every move is a minigame in itself, the 2D scenery, much like Final Fantasy IX gives a feel of reality, rather than glitchy 3D rendering which most games use and the comedy, yet seriousness behind the storyline gives a feel of excitement throughout.
Though not a multiplayer game in itself, it is definitely a game worthwhile playing with a friend, allowing you to discuss the deep plot, and plan theories as to how it will unwind, developing both characters stories and controversial issues involving the politics leading to the first world war and the arguments of the idealistic world, seen in the eyes of Roger Bacon and the Christian world of medieval England, combining to make one of the most brilliant RPGs I've ever played.
There are no faults with this game, besides those which were not such problems at the time but are now. Unfortunately, this brings the game down, although, respectively, for its now out-of-date engine, it was state of the art.
In the day's when this game was made, (Not actually THAT long ago, but before the extreme of FFX) the engine used was that similar to Dreamcast, superior to the PS one but inferior to that of PS2 and thus has graphics that, although clear, and understated, do not have the effect of games today. When the game was made, no better graphics were available to developers, so this would have been state of the art.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie
An emotional video game. Very engaging. Worth killing your time with! Play SH2 and you will find yourselves drown in a sea of emotions! Totally recommended.
Published 6 months ago by Abdullah Azzam
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit short and rather dated...
Shadow Hearts is what most people consider one of the most underrated rpg's on the ps2 and they're not far from wrong, however I have played better games that can stand up even... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Terry 309
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated Game
I honestly don't know how people have missed this game as it is extremely unique and enjoyable.
Using a unique ring system this RPG I believe goes beyond the norm of the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Steins-brother
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome experience
A JRPG that sets it apart from the rest with some awesome design choices including the judgement ring that really tests your reflexes, alternate reality 20th century Earth with all... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2012 by Guy with Opinion
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but a little aged!
I wish to give you a brief background first on my experience with this game. It was my first ever RPG, and I got it in 2002. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Although a new series,this is a pseudo sequel to the brilliant Koudelka on the original Playstation,a sequel in as much as Koudelka pops up about half way through,You play Yuri... Read more
Published on 31 July 2008 by Mr. M. L. Hanford
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely underappreciated game . . .
. . . much like my other favourite RPGs, such as Vagrant Story. Firstly, the things to throw of the shallow gamers:
No, the game does not have great graphics. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Round and round and round and round...
Pretty good game, but the Judgement Wheel is getting sooooo annoying! This game is worth about £14.99, but still deserves a mighty 4-stars. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2005 by "kaiba_lover"
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Hearts - Koudelka continues...
I don't know how many have played this little gem, but Shadow Hearts is the sequel to a horror RPG called Koudelka. Read more
Published on 29 May 2004
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