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  • Summary: [Playstation Network] On the continent of Sostegaria, two rival kingdoms stand on the brink of war. Caught in the tide of battle is young orphan Tobias Martin. Driven to defend his homeland, and to avenge those already fallen, Tobias enlists with his comrades to fight for peace. But all is not what it seems, and they face a threat far deadlier—and closer—than they know. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 87
    It's not the prettiest game on PSN but it's certainly one of the best strategy titles currently available. [Issue#192, p.97]
  2. The disturbingly dwarf-sized characters may serve as an analogy for the game’s place among strategy RPGs: It’s shorter and uglier than most that have come before, but it’s also unique in a way that some will find charming.
  3. 73
    It's great to have the Vandal Hearts series back but this art style was a mistake. Truly, these characters look like ugly munchkins.
  4. 70
    Vandal Hearts is a nice PlayStation Network game with a pretty cool gameplay system, but the story and the audio are a bit poor and that’s a shame. If you like old school RPG’s, than Vandal Hearts is a nice game to pick up, but it has some issues.
  5. For those who have played the original titles and for anyone who likes a straight-forward tactical RPG, VH: FoJ is worth a look.
  6. The game is certainly fun, but is also seems hamstrung as a turn-based strategy game due to its overly linear nature and lack of any true sense of story cohesion or character progression.
  7. 50
    Vandal Hearts may be competent at what it does, but its derivative throwback nature doesn't do much for a genre that's in desperate need of innovation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Sep 10, 2012
    10
    A classic Turn-Based game on a modern console! This game is perfect for anyone looking to pick up a little turn-based play. The visual themes, music selection, and game play mechanics are all solid. The company that made this game must have been bought up and dissolved, because I can't believe they never released a new Vandal Hearts. Expand
  2. Feb 18, 2011
    6
    A disappointing, but fairly engaging return for Vandal Hearts. The graphics weren't expected to be beautiful, but the art style is bizarre and feels immature, especially in the quite awful cut scenes. It's also underwhelmingly short and lacking in variety and the game feels produced on a shoestring. Thankfully, the core mechanics are perfectly fine and the battles themselves are challenging and engaging, especially with the simple but effective "do skill, level up skill" experience system. A paradox of a game that never amazes, but still worthy of some time for a fan of the series. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2010
    1
    The character customization is weak and nearly irrelevant to the gameplay. The story is one dull cliché after another, with religious overtones that are downright creepy. And to top it all off, this game has easily the stupidest final battle and worst ending of any RPG I've ever played in my life -- and that's a lot of RPGs. Even if you love the original VH, this download is not worth your time, let alone your money. Expand