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  • Summary: The story begins as Johnny Garland, a young, 16-year old detective who lost his father, sister and his memory in an accident, accepts an investigation to track down a criminal suspect who escaped from custody. As he closes in on the suspect, Johnny witnesses a supernatural occurrence - a huge monster appears from a green light known as the "window" and swallows up the criminal. Apparently, a series of horrific incidents similar to this have been plaguing the cities across the nation. Johnny's female counterpart is 21-year-old bounty hunter Shania, a Native American who is searching for these mysterious windows and determined to fight them using her spiritual powers. Together, they travel around the states and are joined by other characters. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. It’s hard to find fault with a game that does so many things so well.
  2. 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]
  3. This one adds a little more spice to the mix and delivers a really fun game to play.
  4. 80
    Weird, wacky, and engaging, the game can go head to head with any of Square’s best—as long as you have a healthy sense of humor.
  5. Relatively short for an RPG - just around 25 hours - but the sheer character and locale variety make up for it. [Apr 2006, p.102]
  6. After low sales killed Midway's interest in the series, it was unknown if "Shadow Hearts" would continue in the U.S.--but Xseed has picked up the torch, and, on balance, it's clear that the company has made a good move. [Mar 2006, p.88]
  7. No matter how engaging the last several hours are, there's still a ridiculous giant cat and a host of other obnoxious characters that ruin it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. LilyB.
    Apr 17, 2006
    10
    Ok first of all you guys are being to cruel to the game , this game has been the funnest game i've ever played (and i've played ALOT). Also the series have been really fun expecially because of the judgement ring it makes the battles unique so if you people have anything else to say play the freaking game first and dont lie about iplaying it. Expand
  2. JoeH.
    Mar 23, 2006
    10
    Shadow Heart: From The New World is great, just like the rest of the series. I love the way they manipulate pieces of the past and put them into a magical world. Plus the judgement ring is a great way to make the battles better. 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. SerK.
    Mar 9, 2006
    9
    Fighting is more amusing and more challenging. Looks likfe Final Fantasy but the fighting is completely different along with the plot. Nicely continues on from the 2nd game just in a different place. Expand
  5. JoseC.
    Mar 13, 2006
    9
    the game is great. the graphics are adverage. But, the story, charactar develpoment, and battle system are unique.
  6. 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. Expand
  7. NaomiC
    Jun 8, 2008
    7
    I admit I'm a lover of the entire series (including Koudelka) however I felt this game fell a bit short. While the music and graphics were as visually entertaining as it's predecessor (Covenant) I felt that the humour of the game took away all the heartache that could have been - I should have been crying and I didn't. Also the ending was not on par. The other games as soon as I completed them I was replaying them. This one has been on my shelf since. On the whole - I DID enjoy the game, just not as much as I should have. Expand

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