Fast leveling system - Character skills increase quickly. No more waiting around for those awesome combos & powers.
Plan out your strategy -- use your tactical knowledge to lead units into battle, achieving victory.
Carry up to 149 items at once -- and use your powers to strengthen items in real-time.
Use your powers to purify defiled ground and enemies -- defeating them in an all-new way.
Over 100 hours of gameplay with multiple endings.
Imported from USA.
La Pucelle: Tactics is a strange tale of betrayal and
double crosses. In this role-playing adventure, humans and
monsters take each others forms and fight to control medieval
Europe. An undisciplined but powerful young girl falls into this
intrigue, working with La Pucelle -- a famous demon-hunting
squad. Use her powers to unravel this web of deceit. Beautiful
hand-drawn graphics immerse you in this new but strangely
After the success of Disgaea last year, Nippon Ichi eagerly
prepared another of its Japanese tactical jewels for stateside
release. The result is an incredibly deep gaming experience that
you could easily pour dozens and dozens of hours into. The real
disappointment is the alarmingly ancient-looking graphics. Just
because the game is set in the Middle Ages, it doesn't mean the
game needs to look like it was made back then as well. Though the
hand-drawn backgrounds that fill La Pucelle have their own unique
beauty, you still find yourself wondering if you didn't play this
on a console about three generations ago.
The game relates the tale of a young girl and her little brother
(who you might confuse as a little sister for the first few hours
of play), that have begun their careers as demon hunters for the
local Goddess Church. They unwittingly become embroiled in a
world-altering story of betrayal and redemption, while
simultaneously coming to terms with the childhood death of their
parents. Amid the slapstick jokes and anime innuendo, there is a
moving portrayal of characters dealing with their own broken
The majority of gameplay is spent on a rectangular grid of
squares. Your success against the relentless enemies depends on
myriad variables including elevation, character orientation,
proximity of allies, and position on the field. The game is
further deepened by the immensely sweet ability to make the
enemies defect to your party. By purifying foes of their dark
essence, they will reappear on your team once you defeat them.
This means that you can slowly build up a party composed of all
sorts of different little beasties to command. Perhaps the most
complex strategy involves the purifying of dark portals, from
whence enemies continuously emerge. By doing so, you send out a
shockwave of elemental power that can damage enemies or heal
allies. All of that combined makes for a game that is intensely
difficult to survive, and nearly impossible to truly master.
Ultimaely, this title hits its big snag in the graphics
department. What can I say? The animation is simplistic. Unmoving
pictures thrown up on screen are somehow meant to pass for
special effects. Detail is woefully lacking. The saving grace is
the stylistic success of many of the hand-drawn images that
permeate the landscape.
With that said, La Pucelle is an engrossing play that has the
potential to kidnap you from family and friends for many a week.
Its balanced strategic gameplay is only matched by its tremendous
challenge. If you can look beyond its dated visuals, this little
maiden might be just the girl for you.
Mix a disillusioned young girl with deep, engaging, strategy.
Throw in a touch of anime humor. Stir, and serve
Did someone just say PSone?
Pretty standard RPG fare on the music. Surprisingly excellent
Easy to pick up, a monster to master
With a plethora of customization options, multiple endings, and
endless recruitable party members, it's well worth your time.
Rated: 8 out of 10
Editor: Matt Miller
Issue: June 2004
Developer Nippon Ichi has a tall order to fill in trying to make
a title as charming and strategically deep as its 2003 opus
Disgaea. Good news for everybody, then, that La Pucelle brings as
much innovation and polish as its predecessor. This title's
crowning achievement, though, is the learning curve. While it's
easy (as far as strategy games go) to grasp the basics and get up
and running on your quest, you could easily put a hundred hours
into this title and still have things left to discover. This is
as good an introduction to the genre as any, and an absolute
delight to any fan of tactical RPGs.
Rated: 8.75 out of 10
Editor: Adam Biessener
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