The game has historical accuracy when it comes to the cast of characters, and contains many who were contemporaries and allies of Joan of Arc. However, the game has fantasy elements such as Jeanne and other main characters possessing magical armlets, granting them powers and abilities, and the suggestion that the English king, Henry VI, was possessed by demons and used them to aid his armies in destroying France during the Hundred Years' War. This game also reminds me of Fire Emblem in a way, because they're both tactical RPG games.
Plot. In the past, there was a war between demons and humans. Five heroes created five magical armlets and used their combined powers to seal the demons away. Much time has passed, and now France and England are in the midst of the Hundred Years' War. Domrémy, a small village in the Lorraine region of France, was celebrating a festival when English soldiers suddenly attacked. A village girl, Jeanne, was led by the voice from the heavens to save France. Thus begins the journey of Jeanne, and her friends Roger and Liane to fight for France and free their homeland from the oppression and cruelty of the English, aided by the demons.
Unique to the game is the creation of a "Burning Aura" which forms on the space immediately behind the target of the attack; a second character can move into that space and strike for extra damage, or if a character is already in that space, the Aura will move with that character and increase the power of the attack on that turn only. Burning Auras disappear after one turn. Characters with magical armlets, have the ability to transform into powerful knights, granting them stronger powers and abilities.
Concept. The purpose of the game is to guide Jeanne d'Arc and her friends throughout the France and fight against the tyrannical English occupation. Some secret stages appear as free combat zones. The free combat zones can be used to train characters in order to be more prepared for the next missions ahead of them.
Design and Development. The game was developed by Level-5, known for developing RPG games such as Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, Rogue Galaxy, and White Knight Chronicles. This game was the first RPG project developed by them for the PSP. Now, the designs in this game are very well made, especially the anime sequences that are shown at times.
Voice Acting. French actors and actresses as well as American voice actors have lended their voices. However, the American voice actors instead of sounding American, they performed with French accents with the help of a vocal coach from France. Voice actress Kari Wahlgren (Final Fantasy XII, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed) was approached for the lead role of the game, while Yuri Lowenthal voiced her love interest in the game.
Rantings. Now at times the game can be very hard the more you progress. Also, what I don't like about the in-game sequences is that characters look small. Also, there are some inaccuracies in the game such as the ending of the game.
Good Aspects. This game has really impressed me, as it distanced itself from typical RPG's that take place in a fictional world. Instead, this RPG is loosely based on the Hundred Years' War and the story of Joan of Arc.
Overall. Jeanne d'Arc gets my final score, which is an 8 out of 10