In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight
henwy

It's hard not to feel dirty

I've been spending a lot of time lately playing Jeanne d'Arc on my PSP. It's a strategic RPG in the style of Final Fantasy Tactics and basically retells the Hundred Years War between England and France with some fantasy elements tossed in. For example, in this version the King of England is ruled by demons and in addition to his mundane forces, sends assorted monsters after the people of France. The heroes, on the otherhand, have these magical armlets which (by your powers combined!) once defeated the demon hoards of the past and likely will do so again.

The gameplay has been a lot of fun but I'm really enjoying the storyline. It's been a long time since I've actually played anything with even a moderate amount of depth to it. One of the unusual things is that Jean of Arc actually gets burned at the stake. Well, not the heroine herself, but one of her best friends pretending to be her. I can't recall a character actually dying in a RPG after so much plot and development since Aeris bit it in Final Fantasy VII. Part of me can't help but feeling slightly pissy about spending all that time trying to level up an inherently weak character only to have her get turned into a tiki-torch halfway through, but it's one way to make the character memorable if nothing else. She ends up being replaced by a giant purple frog which wields a sword in its mouth. Something else you probably don't see all that often overall.

Still, for all the positive points, I dunno if I can reconcile all of that with the fact that I'm fighting for the French. It just dosen't seem right somehow. Sure the English might be controlled by demons and use monsters in their armed forces, but at least they aren't French. This might just be one of those early warning signs that one of my prejudices has taken too deep a hold.
Tags: video game club, video game club: jeanne d'arc, video game club: psp
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