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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. Expand
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  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
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 14, 2012
    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.
  2. Apr 23, 2011
    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... Expand
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    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
  4. Dec 13, 2012
    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

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