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Vandal Hearts

ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜

25 October 1996
Vandal Hearts [ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜] - cover art
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1996 KCET Konami  
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JP 4 988602 025903 SLPM-86007
1997 KCET Konami  
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XNA 0 83717 17023 5 SLUS-00447
1997 KCET Konami  
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XEU 4 988602 036206 SLES-00204
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It’s no stranger to anyone at this point that Konami was once a powerhouse video game company, especially in the 90s. During this decade they developed and published so many classic and interesting titles that it’s no wonder some of them have fallen to somewhat obscurity. Vandal Hearts is a perfect example of this as I had only heard of this game from a specific YouTuber and outside of their videos I would never hear anyone discuss it even when talking about games from this era. This could be due in part to its lackluster sales or its sorta basic setup and gameplay, though regardless I still think Vandal Hearts is worth looking back on.

The easiest way to describe this game is that it’s a PS1 Fire Emblem game, sporting a similar type of grid-based maps albeit with more 3D elements than older Fire Emblem titles. The gameplay is also similar with different characters that have varying classes and skills that you use to your advantage. There is a class promotion mechanic that adds some sort of customization even if in the long run it doesn’t matter too much (more on that in a second). One of my favorite parts of the gameplay is the intense sound design that goes with each swing of a sword or casting of a spell. The best part is whenever you defeat an enemy they explode in a shower of blood. That aspect is one part of the game that stuck in my mind for so long.

The story itself is pretty basic but effective with it being another rendition of having to defeat an evil empire before they take over the world kinda shtick. As you progress through the game, you acquire more characters in your party ending with a little over 10 characters to use in every level. I wish you had the chance to interact with party members in between levels as there are certain story beats that flesh out characters somewhat but it never got as deep as I would have liked. The choice to not have to swap characters in and out for levels, though lessens customization, actually made me care about them a little bit more as I felt we were one large band marching through events.

The biggest problem the game suffers from is its stagnation. The first half of the game had me seriously considering where I should move my units when I should attack and use support spells. About halfway through you realize that this game is not as tactical as it makes it out to be. For starts, if a party member falls in battle your only penalty, besides reduced chances of winning, is losing some money at the end of the battle which you will be swimming in most of the time. Each level is uniquely made though only a few of them have some sort of gimmick which the latter half of the game stops doing. Some of my favorite examples of these gimmicks were setting up an ambush for a powerful group of enemies and advancing up a train as the carts are slowly released behind you. Once you reach a certain level with your sorcerer you can spam their highest spells for great damage which kind of loses some of the strategy when going through levels.

That being said, I still had a blast playing Vandal Hearts. Simple, defeat the Empire stories, worked on me a lot and it was fun going through a short war campaign. I also wanted to mention how much I love the art style of this game. It looks so unique compared to its contemporaries with the designs being a mixture of anime and high fantasy artwork that emphasizes exaggerated expressions. It’s a shame the artist, Hiroshi Kyomasu, has not worked on much sense as I enjoy there style.

I think if you enjoy games like Fire Emblem or just tactic games with medieval settings then Vandal Hearts is still worth checking out.
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Vandal Hearts features engaging and tense tactical combat alongside an equally interesting political fantasy hybrid storyline. While ultimately held back by its linearity in most areas, it's somewhat redeemed by its mission variety, tragic story moments, and characters. In a way, it stands out as an accessible, purely story-driven tactical RPG.
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basicneutron ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜 2024-05-06T20:52:17Z
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polland Vandal Hearts 2024-04-28T00:26:56Z
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zurrange ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜 2024-04-10T00:22:28Z
2024-04-10T00:22:28Z
3.0
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eliottstaten ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜 2024-03-16T18:53:49Z
2024-03-16T18:53:49Z
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Vektor_Zvuka ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜 2024-03-07T15:20:10Z
2024-03-07T15:20:10Z
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ThatOneLupin ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜 2024-02-11T20:28:18Z
2024-02-11T20:28:18Z
4.0
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tackyproduct ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜 2024-02-10T10:28:16Z
2024-02-10T10:28:16Z
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Giann96 Vandal Hearts 2024-01-23T04:45:33Z
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Abic ヴァンダルハーツ ~失われた古代文明~ 2024-01-18T21:27:29Z
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hevykofe ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜 2024-01-04T08:52:45Z
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buddysnatcher ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜 2023-12-19T14:30:51Z
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Chilikraft ヴァンダルハーツ〜失われた古代文明〜 2023-12-07T08:11:34Z
2023-12-07T08:11:34Z
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