History VideoGame / ShadowHearts

19th Jun '17 11:44:02 AM StoneBasilisk
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* RecurringElement: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Roger Bacon]] and the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Émigré Manuscript]] have been involved in every game in the series.



* TomeOfEldritchLore: A recurring plot device in all four games is the 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]].
** There are two others, one that allows the user to channel the power of the demons of hell [[spoiler: or can be inverted, to channel the power of the gods themselves]], and one that [[spoiler: summons a space alien powerful enough to be called a god]] to come and destroy the earth. These two books play a major role in Shadow Hearts and Koudelka, but never appear again in the series.

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* TomeOfEldritchLore: A [[RecurringElement recurring plot device device]] in all four games is the 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]].
** There are two others, one that allows the user to channel the power of the demons of hell [[spoiler: or can be inverted, to channel the power of the gods themselves]], and one that [[spoiler: summons a space alien powerful enough to be called a god]] to come and destroy the earth. These two books play a major role in Shadow Hearts ''Shadow Hearts'' and Koudelka, ''Koudelka'', but never appear again in the series.
10th Jun '17 3:16:33 PM nombretomado
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** Not to mention the usual case - nobody ever bats an eye at your party members. Obviously one expects people to notice [[LargeHam Joachim]], [[McNinja Frank]], [[{{Stripperiffic}} Lucia, Shania]], or [[MegaNeko M]][[TheAlcoholic a]][[TheLadette o]] to be a tad conspicuous. But this gets [[FridgeLogic a different kind of weird]] when you have part-Japanese Yuri walking around China not too long after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Sino-Japanese_War this]], or German Karin and Russian Anastasia prancing right across faction lines in the middle of WorldWarOne

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** Not to mention the usual case - nobody ever bats an eye at your party members. Obviously one expects people to notice [[LargeHam Joachim]], [[McNinja Frank]], [[{{Stripperiffic}} Lucia, Shania]], or [[MegaNeko M]][[TheAlcoholic a]][[TheLadette o]] to be a tad conspicuous. But this gets [[FridgeLogic a different kind of weird]] when you have part-Japanese Yuri walking around China not too long after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Sino-Japanese_War this]], or German Karin and Russian Anastasia prancing right across faction lines in the middle of WorldWarOneUsefulNotes/WorldWarI.



* WorldWarOne: ''Shadow Hearts'' ends with the message about the assassination of the Archduke. ''Covenant'' takes place in Europe, 1915.
11th May '17 3:21:54 PM Sabrewing
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* GenreShift: Kouldelka was described as a Survival Horror-RPG mix. ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' was an RPG with a horror-inspired setting. ''Covenant'' begins like something that wouldn't be out of place in a horror game...but then shifts to a more light-hearted setting. ''From the New world'' still keeps true to its macrabe roots; but could probably be officially called a comedy.

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* GenreShift: Kouldelka ''Koudelka'' was described as a Survival Horror-RPG mix. ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' was an RPG with a horror-inspired setting. ''Covenant'' begins like something that wouldn't be out of place in a horror game...but then shifts to a more light-hearted setting. ''From the New world'' still keeps true to its macrabe roots; but could probably be officially called a comedy.
28th Mar '17 12:51:42 PM Gosicrystal
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* GiveMeYourInventoryItem: ''From The New World'' has an extremely demanding {{Sidequest}} where you trade photos of your enemies for other photos or items. Harder than it sounds as some enemies [[LostForever only appear once]] and some trades require multiple copies of the same photo.
** Not all are lost. The trials have monsters from the past, even the ones you couldn't get in the first place! Even the ones that are lost forever can be obtained by trading the cards for other cards...[[GuideDangit though you need to take multiple shots of other one time enemies.]]

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* GiveMeYourInventoryItem: ''From The New World'' has an extremely demanding {{Sidequest}} where you trade photos of your enemies for other photos or items. Harder than it sounds as some enemies [[LostForever [[PermanentlyMissableContent only appear once]] and some trades require multiple copies of the same photo.
** Not all are lost. The
photo. However, the trials have monsters from the past, even the ones you couldn't get in the first place! Even the ones that are lost forever can be obtained by trading the cards for other cards...cards... [[GuideDangit though you need to take multiple shots of other one time one-time enemies.]]



** In ''Koudelka'', unless you remember to fish a key item out of a fountain ''three discs'' after it fell in, the only ending you can get (without abusing RandomlyDrops in the last dungeon until your brains dribble out your ears) is the one where [[spoiler:the final boss ambushes your heroes with an acid mist, their faces melt off and [[RocksFallEveryoneDies everybody dies]].]] Oh, and yes, if you get that far without grabbing the item, it's been LostForever.
*** For those who have suffered from the "LostForever", not exactly. You go to a certain place to fight a certain cat that will grant you the key item. But yes, that place is hard to find for people who aren't aware of this.
*** And then there's the Secret Items. There's NO indication of this, but in ''Koudelka'', if you have a certain amount of items in your inventory, and a you save the game at PRECISELY a certain time, you get a special item. For example, 10 items in your inventory and saving ''precisely'' at 22 hours, 22 minutes, and 22 seconds gives you Roger's Staff/Cane, the most powerful weapon in the game. NO indication of all at this.
** It's also important to note that it's actually the ''fans'' who declared the good ending the "Good Ending" and the other the "Bad ending". [[spoiler: Mostly because in the "good" ending, Yuri dies...but is reunited with Alice. And in the bad ending, he doesn't die but loses all his memories.]]
** There's also a part in ''Covenant'' and ''From the New World'' in which one of your characters is either tortured by a dominatrix named Veronica or interrogated by a pint-sized pirate. If you answer their questions "incorrectly", they'll repeatedly shock or stab your character. Picked the options that result in your character getting stabbed until they jump out of the barrel or shocked into unconsciousness? [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential You sick bastard]] Wait, you mean you get a good weapon for them if you do that?!

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** In ''Koudelka'', unless you remember to fish a key item out of a fountain ''three discs'' after it fell in, the only ending you can get (without abusing RandomlyDrops in the last dungeon until your brains dribble out your ears) is the one where [[spoiler:the final boss ambushes your heroes with an acid mist, their faces melt off and [[RocksFallEveryoneDies everybody dies]].]] Oh, and yes, if dies]]]]. If you get that far without grabbing the item, it's been LostForever.
*** For those who have suffered from the "LostForever",
not exactly. You totally gone: you go to a certain place to fight a certain cat that will grant you the key item. But yes, that place is hard to find for people who aren't aware of this.
*** And then there's the ** The Secret Items. There's NO indication of this, but in ''Koudelka'', if you have a certain amount of items in your inventory, and a you save the game at PRECISELY a certain time, you get a special item. For example, 10 items in your inventory and saving ''precisely'' at 22 hours, 22 minutes, and 22 seconds gives you Roger's Staff/Cane, the most powerful weapon in the game. NO indication of all at this.
** It's also important to note that it's actually the ''fans'' who declared the good ending the "Good Ending" and the other the "Bad ending". [[spoiler: Mostly [[spoiler:Mostly because in the "good" ending, Yuri dies...but is reunited with Alice. And in the bad ending, he doesn't die but loses all his memories.]]
** There's also a part in ''Covenant'' and ''From the New World'' in which one of your characters is either tortured by a dominatrix named Veronica or interrogated by a pint-sized pirate. If you answer their questions "incorrectly", they'll repeatedly shock or stab your character. Picked the options that result in your character getting stabbed until they jump out of the barrel or shocked into unconsciousness? [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential You sick bastard]] Wait, you mean you get a good weapon for them if you do that?!



* LostForever: A few one-time-only dungeons have rare and valuable items, and they can be easily missed (even with the ? indicator).
** [[spoiler: You can't go back to China in the first game. Mind you, YOU NEED TO GET SOME ITEMS THERE TO DO THE SIDE-QUESTS IN EUROPE. Also, Amon can be missed if you don't get the certain item before the battle. Which locks you out of getting the ultimate fusion.]]



-->'''Yuri''': You can't be serious... Not in such a pure, clean, mega-hit RPG as this...!

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-->'''Yuri''': -->'''Yuri:''' You can't be serious... Not in such a pure, clean, mega-hit RPG as this...!



* PermanentlyMissableContent:
** A few one-time-only dungeons have rare and valuable items, and they can be easily missed (even with the ? indicator).
** [[spoiler:You can't go back to China in the first game. Mind you, ''you need to get some items there to do the sidequests in Europe''.]]
** [[spoiler:Amon]] can be missed if you don't get the certain item before the battle, which locks you out of getting the ultimate fusion.



** Also, the HardGay / CampGay shopkeepers being ahead of you. In every area. Even if you literally travel from one area to one you've visited before. They're ''always'' ahead of you. Even in places no human has set foot in forever. (Also see LampshadeHanging.)

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** Also, the HardGay / CampGay shopkeepers being ahead of you. In every area. Even if you literally travel from one area to one you've visited before. They're ''always'' ahead of you. Even in places no human has set foot in forever. (Also see LampshadeHanging.)



* TranslationConvention: Especially in ''Covenant''. We've got Japanese-Russian[[spoiler:actually German]] Yuri, who was raised in China, talking with German Karin, French Geppetto, and Russian Anastasia. Add to this the puzzle in the Russian underground involving Cyrillic letters that, in the English version at least, Yuri mistakes for Roman letters.

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* TranslationConvention: TranslationConvention:
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Especially in ''Covenant''. We've got Japanese-Russian[[spoiler:actually German]] Yuri, who was raised in China, talking with German Karin, French Geppetto, and Russian Anastasia. Add to this the puzzle in the Russian underground involving Cyrillic letters that, in the English version at least, Yuri mistakes for Roman letters.



** Also in ''From The New World'', "In the white man's words..."
* {{Tsundere}}: Shania. Karin could also apply, although nowhere near as much.

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** Also in In ''From The New World'', "In the white man's words..."
* {{Tsundere}}: Shania. Karin could also apply, although nowhere near as much.%%* {{Tsundere}}:
%%** Shania.
%%** Karin.



* UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: [[spoiler: Karin.]] And how!

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* %%* UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: [[spoiler: Karin.]] And how![[spoiler:Karin.]]



*** Anastasia actually mentions this and [[spoiler: Gives Karin a fake identity, Anne.]]

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*** Anastasia actually mentions this and [[spoiler: Gives [[spoiler:gives Karin a fake identity, Anne.]]Anne]].
8th Mar '17 2:15:34 PM jake38
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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'', while not a ''Shadow Hearts game'' 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.
8th Mar '17 12:10:24 PM jake38
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8th Mar '17 12:09:14 PM jake38
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8th Mar '17 12:40:37 AM Kenshin94
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* DrivenToSuicide: [[Spoiler: Bessy does this after killing Ogden to stop him from killing Koudleka.]]

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