La Pucelle: Tactics revolves around a 16-year-old demon hunter, Prier, who journies through a threacherous medieval Europe in pursuit of cleansing the world of evil. Accompanying Prier in her journey is her younger brother Culotte, and Alouette, a sister in the church. Along the way, they’ll encounter countless enemies and soon to be allies who will join their group.La Pucelle: Tactics is a strategy type role playing game. During a fight, every character and enemy can move and perform on their own unlike the standard battle system for rpgs. There is strategy involved compared to traditional rpg battles. Rather than having two groups just take turns attacking each other while staying on opposite ends of the battle field, you can move about and plan attacks against a single enemy or a group.
The game is 2D rather than the modern 3D graphics we see now-a-days. But don’t you put this game down because of it’s graphics. Games are more than graphics these days, and this game is drawn fairly well and the animation is just great. As far as the sound is concerned, the music is what you would expect from any other rpg. Some music is great, some you just can’t bare to listen to, but the music does it’s job by bringing life to various scenes. Another great sound feature to the game is that you can switch between Japanese and English voice actors. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Japanese or English, both voice actors bring life and personality to their respected characters. The game is full of voice acting, not just at key places in the game or amongst the main characters most of the time.
You start off with only three characters, but as the game progresses the number will increase depending on your recruitment skills. In order to recruit monsters, you must purify them and at the end of the battle they will join. The downside about this is that you can’t make bosses join no matter how much you cast purify on them. Once they are converted, they will follow your every will. Each character and monster is unique and possesses their own set of skills and abilities. Some characters will specialize in melee or physical attacks while others will excel in elemental magic. The most basic type of combat in La Pucelle: Tactics is a one-on-one fight, but there are many more strategies available such as multiple and supporting attacks.
With multiple and supporting attacks, you use several characters to attack one enemy. The area map plays an important role in your strategy against the enemies. Attacks from above overall have an advantage over attacks from below and attacking from the sides or rear will deliver a more powerful attack against your foes. Along with physical, supporting, multiple, and elemental magic attacks, there are attacks called Miracles. Miracles are very powerful spells that can be created using the dark energy emitted from dark portals on the area map. If you haven’t guessed yet, battles take place on area maps. First you move your characters and give them orders, then the enemies move. Most of the gameplay takes place on area maps and field maps, which is a 2D side scrolling map which hold locations such as towns, churches, castles, and villages.
The game can take a while especially if you are trying to get the multiple endings as well as the special endings. If you just want to beat the game with any ending, it should take you around 25 hours. But if you plan on getting everything (extra titles, venturing into the Dark World and getting better items, and defeating other bosses and enemies),expect to be playing for many weeks if you want everything completed.
La Pucelle: Tactics serves a great storyline with some humor added along. If you like strategy games in general then this game is for you, but if you judge games based on 3D graphics, then steer clear unless you’re willing to give this 2D strategy rpg a chance. Overall, the game is absolutely great, fans of strategy RPGs should go out and buy La Pucelle: Tactics… And that’s the final verdict.
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