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I think this game should be in any serious game players game collection. OK so it may be a little out of date but this has one of the best stories in the history of gaming. I would suggest that you play the first before you get this one as the gameplay can be hard for new comers to get into VH2. The story begins with a young peasant boy (in which you name) who is in love with a noble girl, you decide to run away with her, then you mostly decide what to do from this point by selecting different options whilst in conversation with someone. The gameplay is turn based and like chess, but with the 120 unique weapon and armour classes you are stuck for choice. This is a highly addictive game which takes alot of skill and alot of patience to play, but it is worth it. Vandal Hearts is expensive because of the fact it is rare to find one in good condition, so don't expect to find that VH2 is any different, it's worth every penny you spend. (Best buying VH1 before purchasing VH2)
If you thought the battle system in the Final Fantasy games was rigid u should play this. But like Final Fantasy it is just as fun and makes up for the rigidity of the battle by the amazing storyline and range of weapons that make every persons characters their own. The story begins when you are a peasent boy in a small village. You have friends one of whom is a very beautiful young royal whom you secretly love (aaawww). One day a strange fugitive appears and seeks refuge in the town. You befriend him and are shocked and appalled when he is thrown from the village and decide to go after him. While this is going on you are introduced to a sorceror who is an advisor to the lord of your town, the political situation and the tensions that are bringing the country to the brink of war. Once you catch up to the fugative you find out that he is indeed the heir to the throne of your country and is going to start the war that will split the country for decades. After this you are accused of falsely murdering the grandfather of your beloved (aaawww again) and have to flee the town vowing to return, set things right and rescue the girl. THEN the story really begins. It is an amazing game that throws twists and turns in the story at you from every angle and you begin to care about what you are fighting for. Very little else needs to be said, i have completed the game many times and continue to play it and have had months of fun. The difficulty level is not too intense either but still gives you a challenge. If you played the first game, and i did, then this is more of the same and i am thankful for it.
Forced to flee his village after being manipulated into assassinating a major political figure, Joshua joins forces with a band of renegade mercenary thieves and political intrigue ensues in VANDAL HEARTS II. In this sequel to the popular Strategy-RPG, you are once again in the midst of battle as you use your cunning to defeat the enemy. What sets VANDAL HEARTS II apart from the original is the use of the Dual Battle System, which allows the computer to move monsters and characters during your turn, requiring additional thoughtful strategy as you maneuver your men around the battlefield. Give your characters additional power as they obtain weapons and armor that have the ability to initiate spells and perform secret moves. There are no limits to what status your men can achieve, a ninja, a knight, a priest, a swordsman, or combinations of any or all, and it's up to you to choose the path they take.