Vandal Hearts

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Vandal Hearts

Postby Masamune. » Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:17 pm

Vandal Hearts - An SRPG released by Konami around the time of Suikoden 1, it has since developed a cult following for its charming gameplay and characters. As an early Playstation game, the graphics are nothing to write home about, but players of this game can't forget the famous geyser of a blood whenever you kill an enemy. :)

Anyone else played it?

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby Oppenheimer » Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:14 pm

There was bit of discussion about how it relates to Suikoden here, if you're interested:

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=9771

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby LanceHeart » Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:19 pm

Short of the relation to Suikoden, Vandal Hearts was a pretty fun game. Vandal Hearts 2 was also pretty innovative, with both enemies and allies moving at the same time.

It's too bad they canceled Vandal Hearts DS. It could have helped find new interest in the series or advanced the storyline from the special ending of VH2.
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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby Masamune. » Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:37 pm

My favourite part of the game is the class customization. Basically each character begins as one of four classes (sword, bow, healer, or mage). After levelling up, a swordsman can either become a swordmaster or a guardsman (walking tank with axe), a bowman can become an archer or a hawk-knight (rocket propelled lancer), and healers/mages can either become more powerful medics/sorcerers or choose to become a monk (blending magic with attack). There's no turning back, and each transformation provides a snazzy new outfit and weapon.

VH2 wasn't a baad game, but it did take everything good about the original and screw it up. For one, there were no longer character classes. Anyone can be a knight just by giving them a sword, likewise a magician with a staff. The story was convoluted, and the character portraits were UGLY. And lastly, the gameplay became nothing but second-guessing. In the original VH, you move your unit over one turn then the enemy moves his. In VH2 you move characters at the SAME TIME. Which means you'll have characters stupidly swatting the air at times because the CPU moved his unit simultaneously.

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby Antimatzist » Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:35 pm

I liked the first VH a lot, but the second.. i don't know, the portraits are really ugly and a class system would have made it a lot better. I've played it only to the second chapter or so...


Oh, and the Vandalier is a uber-class. It makes the game ridiculously easy^^

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby Lemmy Claypool » Sat Nov 29, 2008 7:37 am

I love each of the Vandal Hearts games, but I think I am gonna sway towards II being my favourite. I found the storyline more intriguing, the gameplay more challenging, and as there is sooooooo much to do in that game, it gives you a real sense of satisfaction when you complete it. Seriously, last time I played it I think it took a good four months or something to get everything done.

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby Masamune. » Sun Nov 30, 2008 8:38 am

I thought VH2 was too long. The game has multiple endings and it's a slog just to unlock each one. The characters were pretty forgettable too, compared to the original.

It's a shame the DS version has been binned. I guess we'll never know whether it was a port, remake, or a new game altogether.

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby Fu Su Lu » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:46 pm

My favourite part of the game is the class customization


Yep, I found it quite interesting when I played it for the first time...oh my god...like 10 or 12 years ago :lol:
Anyway, Masamune, if you liked the class customization you should try another psone classic: Final Fantasy Tactics (in case you havent played it yet :wink: )

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby Masamune. » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:17 pm

Who hasn't heard of FF Tactics? :P I've always wanted to play it, but it was never released in Europe and I don't want a PSP.

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby Laharle » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:58 pm

iono bout u guys but VH2 has my vote for the 2nd best story RPG ever.1st is Xenogears( i can understand y the item customization make the game kinda dull or w/e but its bareable for me)


and i love the strategy of 1 ally and 1 enemy move at the same time, makes me think of which opponent goes where and whose gonna attack first.

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby Masamune. » Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:59 pm

Laharle wrote:iono bout u guys but VH2 has my vote for the 2nd best story RPG ever.1st is Xenogears( i can understand y the item customization make the game kinda dull or w/e but its bareable for me).


VH2's story is a poor man's FFT.

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby LanceHeart » Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:18 pm

Nah, it has its own good points compared to FFT.

Besides, FFT is the newbie's Tactics Ogre.
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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby avenger » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:17 pm

i love the first game i played it a lot. i didn't care for the second one thou. you know the first game had some musical scores sounding familier to suikoden. guah ha ha.. i don't know if you guys caught that but i sure did. anyhow i enjoyed all of the charecters. and the game play itself.

i hear ps3 is gonna get a vandal hearts..

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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby Matthew McDohl » Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:04 am

About 2 years ago, I saw both VH1 and VH2 sitting in a video game store, so I picked them both up for about $45.

I havent played them at all yet. I will have to get down to business from everyone is saying.
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Re: Vandal Hearts

Postby sticky-runes » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:20 pm

That level at the ruins where you move your allies carefully along the castle walls to avoid being shot by enemy archers, and then use the alternating lifts to get your guys up onto the walls and kill the enemies off was just ridiculously fun.

I really miss that feature where you can activate devices to change the map, either lower the drawbridge so your allies can get across and finish the level early, or close the sluice gate so you can walk across to the other side, or open the flood gate to wash enemies away, or just blow up the bridge!

The prison yard escape was fun as well. Start off with a small bunch of poorly equipped allies completely surrounded, then the rest of the gang shows up and you try to reunite them. Those warlocks and grenadiers were bastards and those bats that could paralyze you!


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