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8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20

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  1. Mar 11, 2013
    8
    The story is not as good as its predecessors but it is still better than the average JRPGs stories. The graphics and the battle system are improved and while the characters are not as memorable as the characters from covenant they still can convince you.
  2. Dec 13, 2012
    8
    While it is my least favorite of the series (aside from Koudelka) it is in no way bad. It is almost as good as its predecessors in almost every aspect. But what bothered me the most was how far it had stayed from the tone of the first 2 games. It is more lighthearted and colorful, which is nice, but what set Shadow Hearts 1 apart was its dark nature, SH: FTNW seems to have drifted into generic RPG territory. But on its own, set aprt from the other 2 games, it's still a really great game with a great story combat, visuals and interesting characters. Overall: It could have been better, but I still thought it was great. Expand
  3. Feb 14, 2012
    10
    Even to this day, from the new world still remains an outstanding role playing game.
    It is a traditional role playing game with a modern twist. The game really doesn't tries to be fancy or over ambitious, but still it does pack alot to make any hard core rgp fan happy.
    One fact i do love about this game is the complete uniqueness of every single character. They are so unique that a
    player has a hard time deciding who stays in the party and who doesn't.
    To be honest, not the strongest story i've seen, but it is indeed an emotional one (and i do love an emotional story). But aside from the story being a bit weak, the game does makes up for it with everything else. There by warranting the big fat score.
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  4. Apr 23, 2011
    8
    From the New World has its faults, but overall, it's a compellingly unique -- often quirky -- turn-based RPG. Pros: A core battle system that keeps gameplay in depth; variety of character designs and voice acting. Cons: Actually, some of the characters are a hit-or-miss, as well as some of the prominent voice acting; sometimes, you'll be wandering locations room after room after room...
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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. It’s also lacking the presence of Yuri, who was one of the coolest RPG protagonists in recent memory. But if you let yourself free of any previous conceptions - and can forgive some uneven storytelling - you’ll find From the New World to be one of the most unique, engrossing, and well designed RPGs of this generation.
  2. 85
    The latest installment in the Shadow Hearts series will have fans of the first two clamoring for more. Those just joining the series, prepare for a RPG unlike anything you have ever played before.
  3. Thankfully, you'll spend a majority of your time immersed in the stellar combat or drinking in the often surreal moments that define Shadow Hearts: From The New World as one of the most inventive and entertaining RPG's in years. [Mar 2006, p.106]