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The first installment of a series of turn-based Japanese RPGs produced by Konami. The game tells the story of a group of heroes who fall into a conspiracy and are considered rebels.
In an empire that has existed for hundreds of years, a rebellion breaks out, as a result of which the Ashah dynasty loses power. The former monarchy is replaced by the democratic republic of Ishtaria. Residents enjoy the room for a short time. Soon bloody hunting of alleged henchmen of the previous system begins. One day a young member of a republican army unit, Ash Lambert, follows a conspiracy about the authorities. Trying to find the truth, he is accused of rebellion. Together with his companions he must not only fight for survival, but also deal with people who introduced terror in his homeland.
Vandal Hearts is based on schemes well known to fans of turn-based Japanese RPGs. Exploration of the world takes place by selecting next points on the map, to which the team is to go. The axis of the game are battles fought in special arenas divided into square fields. The camera presents the action in isometric projection, allowing the view to be rotated 90 degrees. During the skirmishes the players direct individual team members, giving them turn-based commands. In each movement, the hero can move by a given number of fields, as well as perform one action. The game is enriched by different goals of individual skirmishes, for example, forcing to escape to a specific place, save the indicated NPCs or murder a specific enemy.
The production of Konami is characterized by a high level of difficulty. Although the characters accompanying the main hero cannot die permanently, any escape from the battlefield will result in a financial penalty for the player in the form of a smaller number of gold received for the victory. The limited number of battles in the game, set in advance, means that in later stages we may run out of money to buy better items of equipment for the heroes.
There are seven character classes in the game, which differ in armor and skills. These include knights, archers and magicians, as well as flying warriors, clerics and monks. Each of the professions is effective against one and weaker against another - this mechanism was built on the principles of the well-known game of paper-stone shears.
Vandal Hearts is one of the first jRPGs released on PS1. The creators used 2D graphics, with simple sprites of characters and building models. Only during the visit to the cities were the backgrounds presenting the metropolises themselves and individual shops and taverns created in three dimensions. The title is distinguished by a large degree of brutality and a difficult, problematic storyline.
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