Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment PlayStation 3


Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Play UK
    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. Although the game relies heavily on conventions and standards of an era long gone by, it’s still a load of fun. Experienced RPG gamers may view it as a short and easy way to pass the time until the next big thing comes along and takes up another eighty or so hours of their lives.
  3. 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.
  4. 75
    Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment is a solid edition to the downloadable libraries of both the PSN and XBLA. The SRPG genre is not overly represented on either service and this addition is comprised of both quality and substance.
  5. 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.
  6. 70
    Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment is a very good options for genre fans looking for a tactic RPG title direct and entertaining.
  7. 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.
  8. 70
    This is a good game for someone who is really into turn-based RPG's. Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment offers hours of gameplay for a small price.
  9. Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment offers exactly what you expect from it: a strategic role-playing game that is slightly flawed because of the archaic game design, but that still offers a decent gaming experience.
  10. You get a lot of game for $15, but a ho-hum presentation and antiquated gameplay counterbalance the actual value of the package.
  11. For those who have played the original titles and for anyone who likes a straight-forward tactical RPG, VH: FoJ is worth a look.
  12. 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.
  13. While this game is a little rough around the edges, what do you expect from an XBLA/PSN RPG game? If you like turn based, strategy type games and can overlook cartoony graphics, I suggest you pick this game up.
  14. Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment revives an aged tactical role-playing game franchise in a decidedly formulaic fashion.
  15. It's not very good, but good enough for a downloadable game and RPG' fans.
  16. Although the game offers little in the way of innovation, Hijinx Studios has refined the traditional SRPG with great success. The fact that it has the words 'Vandal Hearts' in the title really doesn't do it any favours though; if this was a new IP, free from the shackles of the series and the scrutinising eyes of its fans, the game could have reached much greater heights.
  17. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    The character customization is weak and nearly irrelevant to the gameplay. The story is one dull cliché after another, withThe 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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 18, 2011
    A disappointing, but fairly engaging return for Vandal Hearts. The graphics weren't expected to be beautiful, but the art style is bizarre andA 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. Full Review »
  3. Dec 16, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I enjoyed the strategy component of the game, and not having to waste time with exploration and crafting, etc. HOWEVER...

    I really despise game endings where you have done a bunch of work to build up a team of characters, then the last boss throws all that out the window because it's some gimmicky climax where your party is gone and your main character is transformed into something else.

    What is the point of all of that grinding if it's useless for the final showdown? Unfortunately this game falls under that category. I was severely disappointed after playing very casually for 3-4 years building up to such a let down.
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