- Jeanne d'Arc (video game)
title = Jeanne d'Arc
Sony Computer Entertainment
released = vgrelease|JP=
November 22, 2006|NA= August 21, 2007
Tactical role playing game
ratings = vgratings|CERO=A|ESRB=Teen
media = Download, 1 x UMD
"Jeanne d'Arc" is a
tactical role-playing gamedeveloped by Level-5and published by Sony Computer Entertainmentfor the PlayStation Portable. It is Level-5's first RPG of this kind, as well as the studio's first production for the PSP. The title's narrative makes use of various fantasy elements, and is loosely based on the story of Joan of Arcand her struggles against the English occupation of Franceduring the Hundred Years' Warin the early 15th century.
The game has an amount of historical accuracy when it comes to the cast of characters, and contains many who were contemporaries and allies of Joan of Arc. This contrasts starkly with the many
fantasyelements of the game. These include Jeanne and other main characters possessing magical armlets that give the wearer special abilities, and the suggestion that King Henry VI of Englandwas possessed by demonsand used them to aid his armies in destroying France during the Hundred Years' War.
In the past, there was a great war between
humansand demons. Five heroes created five magical armlets and used their combined power to seal the demons away. Much time has passed, and now Franceand Englandare in the midst of the Hundred Years' War. Domrémy, a small village in the Lorraine region of France, was celebrating a festival when suddenly English soldiersattacked. A village girl, Jeanne, was led by a voice from the heavens to save France. Thus begins the journey of Jeanne, and her friends Roger and Liane, in the war to free their country from the tyrannyof the demon-controlled English army.
The player controls Jeanne and her party, moving them between major cities and features on a semi-historical map of
France. Most new locations will lead to cutscenes and battles. Select points on the map are cities, allowing the player to shop for improved weapons, armor, and skills; other locations offer skirmish matches not part of the main story but allowing the player to improve their characters through battle.
Each character and enemy has an affinity to one of three phases; Sol, Luna and Stella, each which have strengths and weaknesses against the other phases, in a manner similar to
rock, paper, scissors. For example, Sol is stronger against Stella, but weaker against Luna. Each character also has a number of skill slots; skill gems that can be purchased, won in battle, or produced by combining other gems together. These skills can improve a character's stats or bestow offensive, defensive, or recovery skills.
The battle system is turn-based. Prior to battle, the player can manage character equipment and abilities, and then select which characters to bring into battle. On each turn, for each character, the player can move and then perform an action such as attacking, using items or skills; each action awards a number of experience points to the character. Attacks can be met with counterattacks, and the facing of the attack will also influence how much damage is done. Unique to the game is the creation of a "Burning Aura" which forms on the space immediately behind the target of the attack; a second character can move into that space and strike for extra damage, or if a character is already in that space, the Aura will move with that character and increase the power of the attack on that turn only. Burning Auras disappear after one turn.
Once the player has moved all their characters, the enemy turn proceeds in the same manner. When an ally is targeted, all nearby allies one space away from the targeted ally or anyone already supporting him, participate in a "Unified Guard" that can reduce the chance of a hit or reduce the damage taken. This guard also applies to any counterattacks made during the offensive part of the player's turn.
Unique to Jeanne and selected other party members is the use of a magical armband that can be infused with gems. Each gem on the armband can be used once per battle, and only after acquiring an amount of power gems from battle, allows the character to become much more powerful. For example, Jeanne's first transformation gives her a higher attack value, and while in this form, she gains another turn immediately after killing any foe. Transformations are limited to a few turns and the character reverts to their normal form once the effect is over.
Most battles have a required victory condition, such as defeating all foes or to move the party to specific spaces on the map. There are also specialized defeats, such as letting Jeanne fall in battle, or by failing to meet the victory conditions within a fixed number of turns. Upon winning the battle, all characters in the party gain some experience, and additional spoils of war can be obtained.
Jeanne d'Arc:17 [http://www.level5.co.jp/products/jeannedarc/character.html JP official site: Characters] Retrieved 2008-01-01.] . The protagonist. A determined and passionate young girl from Domrémy. Daughter of the goat herder Jacques, she obtains the armlet from a knight and thus becomes involved in the war. She is often rash and hasty, leading to various accidents throughout the story. Although initially she only possesses hatred for the English, when she learns of the true conflict Jeanne resolves to save all of France and is thus very reluctant to hurt a fellow Frenchman, even if they are treacherous.:*Anime voices|Maaya Sakamoto|Kari Wahlgren
Liane:16 . A kind and quiet girl from Domrémy, Liane's hobby is making sweets. She can sometimes be prone to silly mistakes. Jeanne and Liane have a close, sibling-like relationship since young. She is the calmer of the two and is also a bit more perceptive of others' feelings, as shown when she sadly tells Roger that he is obviously in love with Jeanne despite Liane herself being in love with Roger. :*Anime voices|Mamiko Noto|Rini Bell
Roger:23 . An ex-mercenary who began living in Domrémy two years ago. He started living in the village since Jeanne's father took him in when he was wandering. He has no recollection of anything before his life of wandering. It is revealed that he was a test subject for putting the souls of reapers into humans and although this usually results in the loss of the human soul to the reaper, Roger's soul is unusually strong and is able to fend off the reaper. He is greatly in love with Jeanne, always protecting her and saving her in times of need.:*Anime voices|Akira Ishida|Yuri Lowenthal
Gilles De Rais:27 . A mysterious nobleman saved by Jeanne when the English troops attacked. Calm and collected, Gilles is a talented knight but he can be hard to understand at times. Another bearer of the magic armlet. Notably, Gilles is referred to in the North American edition of the game as Gilles de Rais, as seen on the [http://www.us.playstation.com/Jeannedarc/ US Jeanne D'Arc] website and in the game's product manual.:*Anime voices|Hiroaki Hirata|Jean-Michel Richaud La Hire:40 . A beastman (also known as therion) warrior of the French army, La Hire is a mercenary known for his overwhelming strength. He holds high respect for Jeanne, who treats everyone equally and for that, he fights loyally for her.:*Anime voices|Shiro Saito|Fred Tatasciore
Henry VI:6 . The young king of England. He is possessed by a demonic spirit and becomes driven to conquer all of France.:*Anime voices|Satomi Kōrogi|Benjamin Bryan
John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford:Henry's regent. Helps Henry with the war against France. Releasing the sealed demons of the past, he leads the demon army in the French invasion. He is the main antagonist of the game.:*Anime voices|Takkou Ishimori|Clive Revill
"Jeanne d'Arc" received generally positive reviews, gainingan 87/100 on review aggregator site
Metacritic. [ cite web | last = | first = | title = Jeanne d'Arc at MetaCritic | publisher = MetaCritic | date = 2008 | url = http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/psp/jeannedarc?q=jeanne%20d'arc | accessdate = 2008-01-19 ] IGN gave "Jeanne d'Arc" 9/10, saying "Extremely deep gameplay. Balanced tactical strategy and fast paced action with rich game mechanics. An intriguing twist on a well known tale. These three statements only scratch the surface of the game." [ [http://uk.psp.ign.com/articles/812/812668p3.html IGN UK's Jeanne d'Arc Review.] ]
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* [http://www.us.playstation.com/Jeannedarc/ Official Site] en icon
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* [http://rpgland.com/games/jdarc/preview.html RPG Land hands-on preview]
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