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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Konami's legendary tactical role-playing game (RPG) series returns with Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment on Xbox LIVE Arcade! 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: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Excels where it counts thanks to its imaginative and engrossing battles. [Issue#93, p.120]
  2. Flames of Judgment is not a bad game. Visually, it’s got a distinct style, foregoing the usual anime style for a slightly more modern animated style that’s closer to some of the CGI cartoons you see on Saturday mornings.
  3. You're in for a snooze if you demand a hurried pace and copious eye candy, but dice-rolling dungeon nuts will happily while away a dozen hours over the course of Vandal Hearts' satisfying ride. [Jan 2010, p.69]
  4. Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment is a very good options for genre fans looking for a tactic RPG title direct and entertaining.
  5. 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.
  6. It's not very good, but good enough for a downloadable game and RPG' fans.
  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: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. [anonymous]
    Jan 20, 2010
    Still has the massive arterial spray when you kill someone! Easy to pick up, hard to put down.
  2. RickB.
    Jan 25, 2010
    This is a great turn-based tactics game. Has a good look to it, animation is charming, and the story isn't half-bad. I can't think of another turn-based tactics game available for arcade -- this feels like Final Fantasy Tactics on PSX blended with Joan D'Arc on PSP. For an arcade title, this is the best you can get within the tactics RPG genre. You will similarly disagree with the Critic Reviews, if understand and appreciate the previous two titles I mentioned above. Expand
  3. rolfo
    Jan 20, 2010
    A rear treat. A lovely strategy rpg wich makes me remember my old psx days! Recommended for all!
  4. Sep 10, 2012
    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
  5. LeeT
    Jan 22, 2010
    Ignore the mediocre reviews if you're a fan of tactics RPGs(such as Fire Emblem, Tactics Ogre etc.), especially if you enjoyed the original Vandal Heart games. It may look cartoonified, but the gameplay is still great and pretty much untinckered with, nice solid remake and I for one am chuffed that Konami saw fit to bring Vandal Hearts back, hope it leads to more Tactics RPGs on XBLA, Tactics Ogre next please :) Expand
  6. Aug 14, 2010
    Short but very enjoyable game. The combat is all about tactics which is refreshing and relaxing in these days of hectic over-the-top action. You can actually enjoy this game in your own pace without it demanding your full attention. A rare quality these days! The story scope is too epic for the short span of the game, making the plot skip forward in an awkward manner. Similarly the skill system would be better suited for a longer game with more time to differentiate the characters. The first game in the series was better but this is a worthy addition given the budget constraints. Some expansions (DLC) would be much appreciated! Expand
  7. Macca
    Jan 24, 2010
    Its almost as if all the official reviewers of this game weren't even born when the original of this title was released. Not all games are for teens or those in their twenties. Some of us are on the old side, and rarely get a look in when we want a casual treat, and this is where this version of VH comes in nicely. I don't always crave super hi-tech graphics, for that I play games like Dirt 2 on my PC etc, and Vandal hearts is pretty enough for the price you pay. The story is ok, and the combat is addictive and not too forgiving if you make mistakes. From the 2nd chapter onwards the game ramps up the difficulty and the game makes you think. A dfeinate recommendation if you feel like a break from the world. Expand

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