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- Innovative Combat System based on the Judgement Ring -- choose which characters to bring into battle, then work with new team-based attacks and defensive formations
- New magic system lets players devise their on magical abilities -- from building skill sets to earning new spells
- Unique morphing option lets users transform into various creatures
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Shadow Hearts 2: Covenant is a deep, engaging strategy role-player that continues the story of the original Shadow hearts. In this sequel, World War I has started, and a cult has used the chaos to further their own ambitions. Yuri, the hero of the first game, will explore his new powers as he fights this new evil. An engaging strategy epic where you try to survive battles against secret cults and powerful, mysterious wizards.
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In the Shadow Hearts series, I have now played Koudelka (the PS1 prequel to SH), Shadow Hearts, and Shadow Hearts Covenant. Each of the three games is 4 or 5 stars for me, I recommend them all fully. I think with each successive game, the gameplay, combat system, and graphics got better. Also, with each successive game, the overall theme got a little less dark (although I prefer darker, personally). Koudelka was a brilliant, very dark-themed horror survival game with RPG elements that was slowed only by a slow combat system and somewhat blocky graphics. Shadow Hearts was dark-themed, but less so than Koudelka, with vast improvements in look, feel, combat system and overall gameplay. Shadow Hearts Covenant is closer to Shadow Hearts, but less dark-themed still, with further improved gameplay.
Shadow Hearts Covenant was a great game, 4.5 stars for me.
- The Judgement Ring system for turn-based combat is a lot of fun, and is even a little better and deeper here than in Shadow Hearts; combines strategy of the best turn-based RPGs with timing/skill
- Great story, with multiple flashbacks and tie-ins to SH and similarly spectacular plots and ending(s) that will leave you both satisfied and thinking
- Yuri and Karin are some of the best, most memorable characters I've ever played. Gepetto, Joachim, and the others were very good.
- Very enjoyable game throughout
Quirks and oddities:
- Some crazy humor and nutty NPCs
- Similar (and in some cases the same) weird monsters as SH and Koudelka
- some unnecessary dialogue with the Ring Soul
- Yuri's Graveyard area was good, but I liked the Graveyard gameplay in SH better
- less dark than SH or Koudelka (personal preference)
Shadow Hearts Covenant is a polished, excellent RPG that really takes advantage of the Judgement Ring System, which is a brilliant gameplay system. It has some of the same origin and a little of the darker flavor of its predecessors, but it is less dark overall.
Despite the name, the game's music and characters are not as dark as I thought they would be. Also, Midway being the makers of Mortal Kombat, I was suspecting a slightly different ambiance. However, I'm glad they did the game the way they did.
As usual in an RPG, you throw together a crew of unusual people (everything from a German Kaiser soldier to a professional wrestling vampire) and they go on a journey to prevent chaos from ensuing upon the earth.
You must strengthen the characters with equipment, skills, and leveling up. The heroes chase a sequence of monsters throughout early 20th century Europe. The game has some enjoyable comic moments, which is not as common in RPGs as with some other types of games.
I would recommend this game.
Combos with Teammates
Lots of Sidequests