Product Type: Sony PSP games
Newest Review: ... protagonist travels. It is complete with both areas to fight and towns to rest at, and spans quite far, which in itself gives this a lot ... more
Jeanne D'Arc (PSP)
Member Name: shaneo632
Jeanne D'Arc (PSP)
Advantages: Fun and long
Disadvantages: Graphics are a bit naff
Jeanne D'Arc is a fun little game that melds RTS and RPG elements together well, while running along a mild historical bent (and I emphasise mild, because while this is rooted in some sort of historical veracity, it is NOT accurate and has no pretensions to such).
You start off with a map, on which the eponymous protagonist travels. It is complete with both areas to fight and towns to rest at, and spans quite far, which in itself gives this a lot of replay value. The main bulk of the game consists of fighting, and while it's not exactly original, it's well executed, and being able to have over half a dozen players in your party at once is surprising for the limited PSP. The controls are also intuitive and do well given, again, the PSP's annoyances in this area.
The game is pretty good from a visual perspective, although not the cream of the crop. Some pop-in and screen tearing is noticeable, and there isn't the immense detail other PSP games have managed. Still, the overall style is palatable, and aurally, the game is also supported with some authentic-sounding dialogue, fun combat sounds and a good soundtrack.
What I admire most is that there's so much here to play through; one playthrough can take upwards of 24 hours, and far, far longer if you decide to go for the side-quests. This is great value for money any way you cut it, and it thankfully doesn't feel too repetitive either. If you're a big RPG fan, this is a must get if you own a PSP, and it's up there with the higher echelons of the PSP's RPG catalogue.
Summary: A triumph