History VideoGame / ShadowHearts

15th Jan '17 2:56:58 PM DustSnitch
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* GunsAkimbo: A fighting style employed by Natan, TheStoic BadAss MagicalNativeAmerican ProudWarriorRaceGuy from ''New World''.

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* GunsAkimbo: A fighting style employed by Natan, TheStoic BadAss badass MagicalNativeAmerican ProudWarriorRaceGuy from ''New World''.
10th Jan '17 11:06:50 PM Kenshin94
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* CulturedBadass / BadassBookworm: According to the manual Edward enjoys reading poetry which includes Lord Byron and Shakespeare. He is also capable of dealing the highest physical damage of the main cast.
** James may also count since they both recite passages together.
8th Jan '17 10:37:40 AM Kenshin94
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* AndIMustScream: From Koudelka, a girl named Charlotte was kept in the Prison under Nemeton Monastery from birth and beheaded on her 9th birthday. [[spoiler: If you try to reason with her without the letters from Sophia she will curse you and trigger a boss fight which is also scream inducing.]]


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** Another for Koudelka and Halley[[spoiler: She appears in ''Shadow Hearts'' after being committed to an insane asylum. After the events of the game she and Halley go to America presumably to find Edward, Halley's Father and one of the Koudelka trio.]]


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* DeadAllAlong: When you find [[spoiler: and battle]] Patrick Heywoth's corpse it's obvious he's been dead for many years before the game starts.


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* DrivenToSuicide: [[Spoiler: Bessy does this after killing Ogden to stop him from killing Koudleka.]]


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** Koudelka gets a few of these when she gets separated from Edward And James.


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** Patrick Hayworth from Koudelka
4th Jan '17 2:47:01 AM Morgenthaler
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The first two games star [[ButNotTooForeign Yuri Volte Hyuga]], part GenreSavvy {{Badass}} IneffectualLoner and part [[TheFool goofy]] IdiotHero ButtMonkey who just can't get a break. He also happens to be a Harmonixer, which means that he can fuse with the souls of the {{Cosmic Horror}}s that he defeats and turn into various [[SuperpoweredEvilSide superpowered monsters]]. He would rather just coast through life beating up anyone stupid enough to give him lip, except in ''Shadow Hearts'' [[SpiritAdvisor there's a voice in his head that tells him to do stuff]] and isn't too appreciative if Yuri fails to fall in line. This leads him to rescue a young cleric named Alice Elliot, who the BigBad needs to power his DoomsdayDevice, and the plot leads on from there.

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The first two games star [[ButNotTooForeign Yuri Volte Hyuga]], part GenreSavvy {{Badass}} badass IneffectualLoner and part [[TheFool goofy]] IdiotHero ButtMonkey who just can't get a break. He also happens to be a Harmonixer, which means that he can fuse with the souls of the {{Cosmic Horror}}s that he defeats and turn into various [[SuperpoweredEvilSide superpowered monsters]]. He would rather just coast through life beating up anyone stupid enough to give him lip, except in ''Shadow Hearts'' [[SpiritAdvisor there's a voice in his head that tells him to do stuff]] and isn't too appreciative if Yuri fails to fall in line. This leads him to rescue a young cleric named Alice Elliot, who the BigBad needs to power his DoomsdayDevice, and the plot leads on from there.
8th Dec '16 11:02:11 PM Xtifr
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'''''Koudelka''''', while not a ''Shadow Hearts game'' in name, was the first to be released and exists in the same continuity as the ''Shadow Hearts'' games. It was originally developed as a radical new take on the stagnant RPG genre, but ExecutiveMeddling forced him to change the game from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' style action-horror to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' style traditional TurnBasedCombat. The result was a mess (teaching us, among other things, why SurvivalHorror games should ''not'' have RandomEncounters) with Kikuta resigning in protest after the game's completion.

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'''''Koudelka''''', ''Koudelka'', while not a ''Shadow Hearts game'' in name, was the first to be released and exists in the same continuity as the ''Shadow Hearts'' games. It was originally developed as a radical new take on the stagnant RPG genre, but ExecutiveMeddling forced him to change the game from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' style action-horror to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' style traditional TurnBasedCombat. The result was a mess (teaching us, among other things, why SurvivalHorror games should ''not'' have RandomEncounters) with Kikuta resigning in protest after the game's completion.



The first two games star [[ButNotTooForeign Yuri Volte Hyuga]], part GenreSavvy {{Badass}} IneffectualLoner and part [[TheFool goofy]] IdiotHero ButtMonkey who just can't get a break. He also happens to be a Harmonixer, which means that he can fuse with the souls of the {{Cosmic Horror}}s that he defeats and turn into various [[SuperpoweredEvilSide superpowered monsters]]. He would rather just coast through life beating up anyone stupid enough to give him lip, except in '''''Shadow Hearts''''' [[SpiritAdvisor there's a voice in his head that tells him to do stuff]] and isn't too appreciative if Yuri fails to fall in line. This leads him to rescue a young cleric named Alice Elliot, who the BigBad needs to power his DoomsdayDevice, and the plot leads on from there.

The sequel, '''''Shadow Hearts: Covenant''''', sees [[BagOfSpilling Yuri's former powers sealed away]] by the new bad guys in town and introduces Karin Koenig as his new companion. They seek to find a cure for the Mistletoe Curse that Yuri has been afflicted with while struggling against the [[TheIlluminati Illuminati-like]] cult Sapientes Gladio, who naturally want to TakeOverTheWorld. ''Covenant'' later got an UpdatedRerelease under the name ''Shadow Hearts II: Director's Cut'' which was unfortunately never released outside of Japan. Curiously, with a little bit of [[GameShark hackwork]] you can unlock some of the English-translated Director's Cut content in PAL versions of ''Covenant''.

The third game, '''''Shadow Hearts: From The New World''''', could almost be seen as a GaidenGame (despite the fact it stays within continuity) in that it replaces Yuri with intrepid KidDetective Johnny Garland, moves the setting to America (refreshingly, ''not'' {{Eagleland}}) and gives the fusion powers to a [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily clad]] MagicalNativeAmerican woman named Shania. She's searching for "Lady", the [[TheStoic Stoic]] CyberPunk woman who [[EverybodysDeadDave wiped out her entire tribe]], and Johnny [[JumpedAtTheCall signs up for the ride]] after developing the ability to create a LaserBlade out of a powerful ([[BlackMagic but evil]]) force known as Malice.

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The first two games star [[ButNotTooForeign Yuri Volte Hyuga]], part GenreSavvy {{Badass}} IneffectualLoner and part [[TheFool goofy]] IdiotHero ButtMonkey who just can't get a break. He also happens to be a Harmonixer, which means that he can fuse with the souls of the {{Cosmic Horror}}s that he defeats and turn into various [[SuperpoweredEvilSide superpowered monsters]]. He would rather just coast through life beating up anyone stupid enough to give him lip, except in '''''Shadow Hearts''''' ''Shadow Hearts'' [[SpiritAdvisor there's a voice in his head that tells him to do stuff]] and isn't too appreciative if Yuri fails to fall in line. This leads him to rescue a young cleric named Alice Elliot, who the BigBad needs to power his DoomsdayDevice, and the plot leads on from there.

The sequel, '''''Shadow ''Shadow Hearts: Covenant''''', Covenant'', sees [[BagOfSpilling Yuri's former powers sealed away]] by the new bad guys in town and introduces Karin Koenig as his new companion. They seek to find a cure for the Mistletoe Curse that Yuri has been afflicted with while struggling against the [[TheIlluminati Illuminati-like]] cult Sapientes Gladio, who naturally want to TakeOverTheWorld. ''Covenant'' later got an UpdatedRerelease under the name ''Shadow Hearts II: Director's Cut'' which was unfortunately never released outside of Japan. Curiously, with a little bit of [[GameShark hackwork]] you can unlock some of the English-translated Director's Cut content in PAL versions of ''Covenant''.

The third game, '''''Shadow ''Shadow Hearts: From The New World''''', World'', could almost be seen as a GaidenGame (despite the fact it stays within continuity) in that it replaces Yuri with intrepid KidDetective Johnny Garland, moves the setting to America (refreshingly, ''not'' {{Eagleland}}) and gives the fusion powers to a [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily clad]] MagicalNativeAmerican woman named Shania. She's searching for "Lady", the [[TheStoic Stoic]] CyberPunk woman who [[EverybodysDeadDave wiped out her entire tribe]], and Johnny [[JumpedAtTheCall signs up for the ride]] after developing the ability to create a LaserBlade out of a powerful ([[BlackMagic but evil]]) force known as Malice.
14th Nov '16 9:11:17 AM neoXsaga
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* BackFromTheDead: In all four games, someone attempts to resurrect someone else using the Emigre Manuscript. How deeply this affects the plot varies from game to game.

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* BackFromTheDead: In all four games, someone attempts to resurrect someone else using the Emigre Émigré Manuscript. How deeply this affects the plot varies from game to game.



** Which is even funnier, considering the actual mythological diety is male.

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** Which is even funnier, considering the actual mythological diety deity is male.



** There are some hints, at least, that the first two games are supposed to canonically add up to a happy ending: [[spoiler:While most believe Yuri died at the end of Covenant's good ending (and assumed canon ending due to the poor quality of the bad ending) and the scene following was merely Yuri living out his fond memories in his soul as he promised Alice earlier, some argue he used the Asuka Stone Platform to travel time like the rest of the group for a second shot at his life. This interpretation is further supported by a line from Roger Bacon in From The New World claiming he has never seen an Emigre ritual.]] While the bittersweet ending is more commonly believed, neither interpretation should be discounted, as there is ample evidence for both.

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** There are some hints, at least, that the first two games are supposed to canonically add up to a happy ending: [[spoiler:While most believe Yuri died at the end of Covenant's good ending (and assumed canon ending due to the poor quality of the bad ending) and the scene following was merely Yuri living out his fond memories in his soul as he promised Alice earlier, some argue he used the Asuka Stone Platform to travel time like the rest of the group for a second shot at his life. This interpretation is further supported by a line from Roger Bacon in From The New World claiming he has never seen an Emigre Émigré ritual.]] While the bittersweet ending is more commonly believed, neither interpretation should be discounted, as there is ample evidence for both.



* BodyHorror: So, so very much with the enemies in ''Koudelka''. All of them are shambling abominations comprised of bits and pieces of some 200 people and countless animals sacrificed in a botched resurrection ritual from the Emigre Manuscript and placed in an unholy cauldron from Welsh myth that could reanimate the dead.

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* BodyHorror: So, so very much with the enemies in ''Koudelka''. All of them are shambling abominations comprised of bits and pieces of some 200 people and countless animals sacrificed in a botched resurrection ritual from the Emigre Émigré Manuscript and placed in an unholy cauldron from Welsh myth that could reanimate the dead.



* CallBack: When the characters in Covenant go after the Emigre Manuscript, Yuri mentions some events of Koudelka and the first game.

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* CallBack: When the characters in Covenant go after the Emigre Émigré Manuscript, Yuri mentions some events of Koudelka and the first game.



* CameBackWrong: A recurring theme in all four games: anyone brought BackFromTheDead by the forbidden Emigre Manuscript returns as a hideous CosmicHorror. [[spoiler:Only one person (Johnny) has ever returned with both mind and body intact, and it took a HeroicSacrifice on the part of his sister to do it -- even then, he still eventually developed a SuperpoweredEvilSide as a result of his resurrection]].
* CanonDiscontinuity: The ''Koudelka'' manga was written as a direct sequel of the game, and gave a lot of extra detail on the backstory of Roger Bacon and the Emigre Manuscript... but events in ''Shadow Hearts'' proceeded to make various events in the manga impossible ([[spoiler:specifically, Koudelka would have been ''very'' pregnant with Halley and may even have miscarried from some of the stuff she went through, or should have been carrying him around]]), meaning any contribution it has to canon is rather suspect.

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* CameBackWrong: A recurring theme in all four games: anyone brought BackFromTheDead by the forbidden Emigre Émigré Manuscript returns as a hideous CosmicHorror. [[spoiler:Only one person (Johnny) has ever returned with both mind and body intact, and it took a HeroicSacrifice on the part of his sister to do it -- even then, he still eventually developed a SuperpoweredEvilSide as a result of his resurrection]].
* CanonDiscontinuity: The ''Koudelka'' manga was written as a direct sequel of the game, and gave a lot of extra detail on the backstory of Roger Bacon and the Emigre Émigré Manuscript... but events in ''Shadow Hearts'' proceeded to make various events in the manga impossible ([[spoiler:specifically, Koudelka would have been ''very'' pregnant with Halley and may even have miscarried from some of the stuff she went through, or should have been carrying him around]]), meaning any contribution it has to canon is rather suspect.



** Also Joachim's Franchise/TheDarkTower, which has the staff of Azure causing a ruckus. The logo of the same company pops up during the Man Festival.

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** Also Joachim's Franchise/TheDarkTower, which has the tiny staff of Azure Aruze causing a ruckus. The logo of the same company pops up during the Man Festival.



** In addition to the hint of both of Roger and Dehuai's pervertedness, Said magazine was needed for an extra sidequest by giving it to Roger. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar And there was this conversation.]] God knows what actually made that happen...

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** In addition to the hint of both of Roger and Dehuai's pervertedness, pervertness, Said magazine was needed for an extra sidequest by giving it to Roger. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar And there was this conversation.]] God knows what actually made that happen...



** Maragerte gets this ability, even using some silly glasses. It's not as effective, and you need to do it again to look at the stats.

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** Maragerte Margarete gets this ability, even using some silly glasses. It's not as effective, and you need to do it again to look at the stats.



* IAmWho: Johnny in the third game [[spoiler: is the first human revived by the Emigre Manuscript who hasn't become a mindless abomination in the process...but there are some side-effects.]]

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* IAmWho: Johnny in the third game [[spoiler: is the first human revived by the Emigre Émigré Manuscript who hasn't become a mindless abomination in the process...but there are some side-effects.]]



** Whoever got [[CameBackWrong resurrected]] by the Emigre Menuscript is better off killed, except [[spoiler:Johnny]].

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** Whoever got [[CameBackWrong resurrected]] by the Emigre Émigré Menuscript is better off killed, except [[spoiler:Johnny]].



** In the questionably-canonical ''Koudelka'' manga, Roger Bacon is revealed to have translated the original Emigre Manuscript for the Vatican, and that he sabotaged the job to keep the true resurrection ritual out of people's hands because it destroyed all life in the surrounding area to work. Oh, yes, so instead he sabotages it so it sort of half-works and leads to hideous abominations and demons loosed upon the land. Good work, Roger. Even canonically, he's still kind of a dick for using the immortality rite in the Emigre and then excising it from the final translation so nobody else could ever have it.

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** In the questionably-canonical ''Koudelka'' manga, Roger Bacon is revealed to have translated the original Emigre Émigré Manuscript for the Vatican, and that he sabotaged the job to keep the true resurrection ritual out of people's hands because it destroyed all life in the surrounding area to work. Oh, yes, so instead he sabotages it so it sort of half-works and leads to hideous abominations and demons loosed upon the land. Good work, Roger. Even canonically, he's still kind of a dick for using the immortality rite in the Emigre Émigré and then excising it from the final translation so nobody else could ever have it.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Lady and Killer. Killer from what you first know is a psychotic serial killer, but by the end of the game, turns his tendencies towards defending Lady, a HumanoidAbomination resulting from the Emigre Manuscript ritual. Lady herself, by that point of the game, can be seen as putting her out of her misery.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Lady and Killer. Killer from what you first know is a psychotic serial killer, but by the end of the game, turns his tendencies towards defending Lady, a HumanoidAbomination resulting from the Emigre Émigré Manuscript ritual. Lady herself, by that point of the game, can be seen as putting her out of her misery.]]



* TomeOfEldritchLore: A recurring plot device in all four games is the Emigre Manuscript, a [[BlackMagic forbidden text]] that contains instructions on how to bring someone BackFromTheDead. Unfortunately, [[EvilIsNotAToy it almost never works out the way]] the [[{{Necromantic}} caster intends]]. [[spoiler:Johnny]] is the only person to be brought back from the dead with his mind intact, and even then, it was only because [[spoiler:his sister sacrificed her own life force]].

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* TomeOfEldritchLore: A recurring plot device in all four games is the Emigre Émigré Manuscript, a [[BlackMagic forbidden text]] that contains instructions on how to bring someone BackFromTheDead. Unfortunately, [[EvilIsNotAToy it almost never works out the way]] the [[{{Necromantic}} caster intends]]. [[spoiler:Johnny]] is the only person to be brought back from the dead with his mind intact, and even then, it was only because [[spoiler:his sister sacrificed her own life force]].
2nd Oct '16 2:38:43 PM Matt620
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* DealWithTheDevil: The Soul Pact. [[spoiler:Albert Simon controls Amon, Rasputin gains the power of Asmodeus and Nicolai claims Astaroth for his own use. A strong level of willpower is required to control the power without succumbing to DemonicPossession: Rasputin gets possessed after his VillainousBreakdown, Nicolai's will is broken through torture, while Yuri [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kicks Amon's ass]] and claims its power for his own, subjugating the demon through sheer {{Badass}}itude]].

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* DealWithTheDevil: The Soul Pact. [[spoiler:Albert Simon controls Amon, Rasputin gains the power of Asmodeus and Nicolai claims Astaroth for his own use. A strong level of willpower is required to control the power without succumbing to DemonicPossession: DemonicPossession. Rasputin gets possessed can't handle it after his VillainousBreakdown, Nicolai's will is broken Yuri smashes through torture, while Yuri [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kicks his shield, and gets taken over. Nicolai manages to keep Amon in check until Dr. Hojo literally destroys his will through ElectricTorture, with Astaroth remarking it was the only thing keeping him in check. Yuri, meanwhile manages to keep his will and keeps Amon subjugated after taking Amon's ass]] and claims its power for his own, subjugating the demon through sheer {{Badass}}itude]].soul from Albert]].



* LightIsNotGood: The series also loves this trope. One of the worst villains in the series is Light aligned: [[spoiler: Nicolai]]. Also, a hierarchy of three demon lords [[spoiler: Amon, Astaroth, and Asmodeus]] is mentioned in the second game. The Light-elemental demon [[spoiler: Astaroth]] is not only much more powerful than the Darkness-elemental demon [[spoiler: Asmodeus]], but also about a thousand times more sinister and evil. [[spoiler: Thankfully, Neutral-elemental Amon is both more morally upstanding and tougher than ''both'' the preceding guys.]]

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* LightIsNotGood: The series also loves this trope. One of the worst villains in the series is Light aligned: [[spoiler: Nicolai]]. Also, a hierarchy of three demon lords [[spoiler: Amon, Astaroth, and Asmodeus]] is mentioned in the second game. The Light-elemental demon [[spoiler: Astaroth]] While they are all powerful, the Darkness aligned Asmodeus is not only much more powerful than the Darkness-elemental demon [[spoiler: Asmodeus]], but also about a thousand times more sinister after mindless destruction, and evil. [[spoiler: Thankfully, Neutral-elemental Amon is both more morally upstanding seen as inferior to Astaroth, who prefers to let people slaughter each other, and tougher than ''both'' the preceding guys.]]is light aligned.
17th Jul '16 12:48:47 PM nombretomado
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* CallARabbitASmeerp: A [[PaintingTheMedium fourth-wall-breeching]] example in ''Koudelka''. The player can rename ''any'' item in the game, be it equipment or consumables. Want the cast to be healed by vials of crystal meth, or to attack enemies with the ChuckNorris Gun? Have at it.

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* CallARabbitASmeerp: A [[PaintingTheMedium fourth-wall-breeching]] example in ''Koudelka''. The player can rename ''any'' item in the game, be it equipment or consumables. Want the cast to be healed by vials of crystal meth, or to attack enemies with the ChuckNorris Creator/ChuckNorris Gun? Have at it.
26th Jun '16 4:18:21 PM Temmere
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** The enemies of the entire series generally end up being this instead of the usual RPG fare. Instead of generic mooks, you fight disembodied souls and finger legged spieders.

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** The enemies of the entire series generally end up being this instead of the usual RPG fare. Instead of generic mooks, you fight disembodied souls and finger legged spieders.spiders.
4th Jun '16 7:46:10 AM rixion
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* [[spoiler: BelatedHappyEnding: ''Very'' belated. ''Shadow Hearts'' has two possible endings, one where Alice lives, and one where Alice dies. Unfortunately the sequel ''Covenant'' confirms that the second ending is canon. However WordOfGod says that the 'good' ending of ''Covenant'' (where Yuri dies and is reunited with Alice back at the very start of their adventure) is also canon, and means that Yuri can now ''save'' Alice. Put simply; bad ending SH1 > good ending SH2 > good ending of SH1 is the cannonical order. So Yuri and Alice do finally get their happy ending.]]

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* [[spoiler: BelatedHappyEnding: ''Very'' belated. ''Shadow [[spoiler:''Shadow Hearts'' has two possible endings, one where Alice lives, and one where Alice dies. Unfortunately the sequel ''Covenant'' confirms that the second ending is canon. However WordOfGod says that the 'good' ending of ''Covenant'' (where Yuri dies and is reunited with Alice back at the very start of their adventure) is also canon, and means that Yuri can now ''save'' Alice. Put simply; bad ending SH1 [=SH1=] > good ending SH2 [=SH2=] > good ending of SH1 [=SH1=] is the cannonical order. So Yuri and Alice do finally get their happy ending.]]
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