La Pucelle: Tactics PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Mastiff
  • Release Date: May 4, 2004

Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
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  1. Computer Games Magazine
    One of the most in-depth strategy RPGs ever. [July 2004, p.6]
  2. Everything about this game has it positioned to be an instant hit among fans of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, as well as tactical RPG enthusiasts in general. Deep game play, an endearing story, likeable characters, and stunning hand-drawn backgrounds round out this experience.
  3. Despite a few minor hiccups (and I truly do mean minor), this is hands down the best tactical RPG I have ever played.
  4. 92
    With a nice story and hours of strategy to create, you can not go wrong with this game. I found myself wanting to see the next part of the story even though I knew 3 hours of sleep was not going to get me through the day.
  5. One the best turn-based strategy RPG I’ve ever played. It combines so many great elements to come together to create a very friendly game that anyone can enjoy.
  6. Between the bonus stages, hidden areas, and multiple endings, this game could keep you going for months.
  7. There is so much depth involved with the tremendous amount of variables, that you can get your party decimated in a short few seconds, even though you have all of the upgraded armor and weapons that money could buy.
  8. The controls are very simple and there is a variety of different ways to get things done in this game. The object is to find the most effective way to do it, so you do not waste too much time and energy playing one level.
  9. Great character art and solid plot aside, it’s really all about the gameplay and SRPGs don’t get much better than this.
  10. Disgaeas’s great gameplay is present in La Pucelle, although the game still won’t win any “Best Graphics” awards.
  11. La Pucelle doesn't have as many extras as Disgaea, but it is much heavier on the story, the music tracks are incredibly awesome and the voicework is excellent.
  12. 88
    Very much a powerful gaming experience and serves as a terrific companion piece to "Hour of Darkness." And it goes without saying that every role-playing PS2 owner out there needs to give this a try.
  13. Pelit (Finland)
    A very competent tactical RPG. There is nothing too revolutionary, though.
  14. Incredibly well done. It may even be considered better than "Disgaea," at least on the game-play side.
  15. Given that it actually came out before "Hour Of Darkness" in Japan, it'll come as no surprise that this is marginally the weaker of the two titles but what has taken us aback is both how different the game feels and how dangerously close it actually is in terms of quality.
  16. 85
    Quirky, innovative and charming, La Pucelle: Tactics is at once one of the best tactics games out there, as well as one of the best RPGs.
  17. An excellent battle system, humorous characters and an interesting story are just a few of the things that combine to make this a great game.
  18. Just be prepared to get into it for the long haul with this game, as you’ll constantly find yourself giving this game another play through just for the great story.
  19. It’s the margin of potential character advancement, simple yet strategic combat, endearing story and intriguing character interaction that makes a strategy RPG for me. La Pucelle has all that and more.
  20. Its difficulty and niche sensibilities prevent me from recommending it to casual gamers, but those hardcore tacticians with at least 30 hours on their hands will not be able to get enough of it.
  21. A superb entry that offers seemingly limitless gameplay (to the tune of 120 hours). In terms of bang for your buck, value does not get much better than this.
  22. A solid strategy RPG experience that's only downsides are the graphics and the slow pace.
  23. If you're the type of cerebral gamer who relishes in attacking enemies from behind to do extra damage, or perhaps placing everyone perfectly for a combo attack, then La Pucelle is just as good as the best entries in the genre.
  24. PSM Magazine
    Pucelle's rather excellent localization brings the game world to hyper-kinetic, over-the-top life and that, (coupled with many, many gameplay hours), is more than enough to entice RPG fans into Pucelle's worthy fold. [July 2004, p.32]
  25. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Your key characters do much more duing battle than just attack the enemy. [June 2004, p.84]
  26. games(TM)
    Another superb feat of strategy gaming...and while the depth of "Disgaea" simply isn't present, there's more than enough here to please the more cerebral gamer. [July 2004, p.121]
  27. This game has it all: monsters to capture and raise, upgradeable items and spells, and incredibly rich character customization. I got sucked in to this as badly as I did with both "Final Fantasy Tactics," so that's saying a lot: 50-some great hours, lots. [June 2004, p.97]
  28. Game Informer
    Its balanced strategic gameplay is only matched by its tremendous challenge. [June 2004, p.127]
  29. GMR Magazine
    The best thing about Nippon Ichi's games is the way they strike such a good balance between accessibility and depth, and La Pucelle is another good example of this philosophy. [July 2004, p.85]
  30. 80
    When taken as a whole, La Pucelle: Tactics is a great strategy/RPG loaded with hours upon hours of solid gameplay, multiple endings, side-quests, and a high degree of customization. [June 2004, p.91]
  31. The great sound, variety of characters, deep tactical options, and a neat ability-learning system will ensure that fans of the strategy-RPG genre will not be disappointed. Overall, La Pucelle: Tactics is a well-crafted gem that is clearly a labour of love from Nippon Ichi.
  32. Enjoying La Pucelle Tactics requires a compulsive temperament and a perverse sense of humor.
  33. The game walks a very fine line in providing something that is familiar, with something that is new for those who like Nippon Ichi’s other strategy RPG effort.
  34. It combines the storytelling techniques and character designs of a quality anime with a deceptively simple combat system and a plot that can be quite captivating at times.
  35. Anime fans who enjoy slower paced tactical games will love what’s got to be the cutest strategy RPG this side of Teddy Bear Junction.
  36. Its weaker links – graphics, battle structure, tactical depth – balance out pretty evenly in its strengths of story, voice acting, character development, and atmospheric maturity.
  37. A hard, somewhat lengthy tactical RPG that gets the job done. However, it’s an older game being published by Mastiff as though it were new. And even more importantly, "Disgaea" came out last year and is more polished than La Pucelle.
  38. It's not the best way for newcomers to get acquainted with this style of gaming, but fans of anime and other strategy RPGs are naturally going to like La Pucelle.
  39. If you’re into jacking monsters out of their XP, treasure, and items for hours on end, La Pucelle: Tactics is for you.
  40. Edge Magazine
    While there isn't the sense of playing something that opens up a new era for a genre long written off as dying, there is a simple freshness and a delightful accessibility which might endear it to an even wider market. [July 2004, p.106]
  41. 70
    The hidden worlds and multiple endings provide plenty to do, certainly enough to keep any SRPG fan occupied until the highly anticipated "Phantom Brave" arrives.
  42. Pelaaja (Finland)
    For friends of "Disgaea" and "Phantom Brave," La Pucelle Tactics guarantees entertainment for many hours. If the afore-mentioned games are not already familiar to you, La Pucelle is the one you should get, as it’s simplest and best of the three. [May 2005, p.64]
  43. Play Magazine
    The story centers on wall-to-wall teenage girls of the squeaky kind, but La Pucelle certainly delivers as advertised. [June 2004, p.61]
  44. netjak
    Supposing that anyone of a mature age does have the patience to endure the yelling and whining of little girls (in English AND Japanese!!), a serious strategist won't be happy with this one.
  45. 60
    If you’re a stat-maxing, power-leveling, anime-watching RPG fan, this game was made for you. Expect a couple of hundred hours of entertainment.
  46. Feels like an add-on pack which has been stretched too thin between the cracks of a cracking good yarn (see: "Disgaea").
  47. While it’s unlikely that the inferior graphics and sound would turn away any serious strategy RPG fans, boring gameplay mechanics and glitchy implementation should do the job.

Awards & Rankings

#64 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. BonbonA.
    Aug 7, 2005
    Oh! I luph this game! Interesting story and nice gameplay (even, the dark world section was too hard for me). They put excellent anime Oh! I luph this game! Interesting story and nice gameplay (even, the dark world section was too hard for me). They put excellent anime graphics incluiding voice actors!!! Luph it! And you must have it!!! Full Review »
  2. Chuck
    May 8, 2004
    Smells like cheese, and tastes like butter! i like the game, word to your mother!
  3. A.Choi
    Apr 2, 2004