La Pucelle: Tactics
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- Fast leveling system - Character skills increase quickly. No more waiting around for those awesome combos & powers
- Plan out your strategy -- use your tactical knowledge to lead units into battle, achieving victory
- Carry up to 149 items at once -- and use your powers to strengthen items in real-time
- Use your powers to purify defiled ground and enemies -- defeating them in an all-new way
- Over 100 hours of gameplay with multiple endings
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La Pucelle: Tactics is a strange tale of betrayal and double crosses. In this role-playing adventure, humans and monsters take each others forms and fight to control medieval Europe. An undisciplined but powerful young girl falls into this intrigue, working with La Pucelle -- a famous demon-hunting squad. Use her powers to unravel this web of deceit. Beautiful hand-drawn graphics immerse you in this new but strangely familiar world
After the success of Disgaea last year, Nippon Ichi eagerly prepared another of its Japanese tactical jewels for stateside release. The result is an incredibly deep gaming experience that you could easily pour dozens and dozens of hours into. The real disappointment is the alarmingly ancient-looking graphics. Just because the game is set in the Middle Ages, it doesn't mean the game needs to look like it was made back then as well. Though the hand-drawn backgrounds that fill La Pucelle have their own unique beauty, you still find yourself wondering if you didn't play this on a console about three generations ago.
The game relates the tale of a young girl and her little brother (who you might confuse as a little sister for the first few hours of play), that have begun their careers as demon hunters for the local Goddess Church. They unwittingly become embroiled in a world-altering story of betrayal and redemption, while simultaneously coming to terms with the childhood death of their parents. Amid the slapstick jokes and anime innuendo, there is a moving portrayal of characters dealing with their own broken lives.
The majority of gameplay is spent on a rectangular grid of squares. Your success against the relentless enemies depends on myriad variables including elevation, character orientation, proximity of allies, and position on the field. The game is further deepened by the immensely sweet ability to make the enemies defect to your party. By purifying foes of their dark essence, they will reappear on your team once you defeat them. This means that you can slowly build up a party composed of all sorts of different little beasties to command. Perhaps the most complex strategy involves the purifying of dark portals, from whence enemies continuously emerge. By doing so, you send out a shockwave of elemental power that can damage enemies or heal allies. All of that combined makes for a game that is intensely difficult to survive, and nearly impossible to truly master.
Ultimaely, this title hits its big snag in the graphics department. What can I say? The animation is simplistic. Unmoving pictures thrown up on screen are somehow meant to pass for special effects. Detail is woefully lacking. The saving grace is the stylistic success of many of the hand-drawn images that permeate the landscape.
With that said, La Pucelle is an engrossing play that has the potential to kidnap you from family and friends for many a week. Its balanced strategic gameplay is only matched by its tremendous challenge. If you can look beyond its dated visuals, this little maiden might be just the girl for you.
Mix a disillusioned young girl with deep, engaging, strategy. Throw in a touch of anime humor. Stir, and serve
Did someone just say PSone?
Pretty standard RPG fare on the music. Surprisingly excellent voice acting
Easy to pick up, a monster to master
With a plethora of customization options, multiple endings, and endless recruitable party members, it's well worth your time.
Rated: 8 out of 10
Editor: Matt Miller
Issue: June 2004
Developer Nippon Ichi has a tall order to fill in trying to make a title as charming and strategically deep as its 2003 opus Disgaea. Good news for everybody, then, that La Pucelle brings as much innovation and polish as its predecessor. This title's crowning achievement, though, is the learning curve. While it's easy (as far as strategy games go) to grasp the basics and get up and running on your quest, you could easily put a hundred hours into this title and still have things left to discover. This is as good an introduction to the genre as any, and an absolute delight to any fan of tactical RPGs.
Rated: 8.75 out of 10
Editor: Adam Biessener
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the only problem with this game is that the characters are a bit corny all of them are named after foods and one of them pretends to smoke with nothing in his hands.
The game itself looks like it belongs on the PSone as the graphics are just basic 2d sprites. DO NOT let this scare you out of buying it you can even customize and recruit monsters into joining your group. My favorite monster in my group was the Grizzy Bear by far.
This game is also VERY long with 120 hours of gameplay and 149 weapons and armor for you to customize you party with.
If you are planning on buying this please do it is a great unknown title for the ps2 .
Anyway LaPucelle was a good game, it had a fun story and good characters.. running into random enemies made life frustrating.. the combat system was OK.. unique...
Only RPG game I really enjoyed as far as combat system goes was Tales of Destiny (PSX) how you're more of a coach directing a team on the battlefield instead of selected every single option...
ANYWAY this is a review on a game that I bought years ago but it's a good game, fun... wouldn't play it again.
La Pucelle stacks up well to games of this generation and provides a great challenge. The game can be incredibly difficult, but it's never frustrating. Although the town set up is a little simple, and it's disappointing that it's on-rails/2D, they still managed to make the towns accessible, enjoyable and complete, so they found a good balance there.
La Pucelle's only real tragedy is the localization, which in my opinion, isn't actually bad at all. The Japanese audio is available still, which was a nice surprise, and I feel the localization isn't quite as horrible as some would emphasize. But even early on, the game does have minor spelling errors. Sadly, yet maybe reasonably, they removed all religious symbols and anything affiliated with smoking. A relatively smart move in retrospect, but it wasn't really worth it to me (or many others).
I enjoy the game a lot, and I appreciate the way the cast and plot are set up, and it, along with Little Marl's Kingdom and the first Disgaea, are what I expect from NIS. (While the difficulty in their games have stuck and the silliness, the relevance and plot hasn't in my mind.)
If you enjoy tactical RPG, strategy games, NIS or just like games with good story, a fun cast and a fun battle system, La Pucelle is well worth the buy.
Give it to us on PSP! In Japan they've released LaPucelle - Ragnarok on the PSP and from what I understand it's a port of the PS2 version with enhanced features, much like Phantom Brave and Disgaea 1&2. We need this in a portable form! Listen to your fans NIS, we love your stuff and want to take it everywhere!