Fans of history will know Joan of Arc as the most famous figure to emerge from the Hundred Years War – take that, John of Lancaster, First Duke of Bedford! - a young girl who used what she called visions from God to help the French in battle against occupying English forces. But what do gamers know about the upcoming PSP title named after her? Well, Jeanne d’Arc follows squarely in the footsteps of heroes of the tactical RPG genre like Disgaea and Final Fantasy Tactics. There’s nothing here that deviates too much from the genre’s well established-formula; In fact, Sony tells us that the developers are making a concerted effort to create an accessible tactics game that will appeal to newcomers.
The game is structured along a linear path with a series of battles / levels along the way, some of which have a particular goal, like escorting a VIP from one end of the battle map to another, while others follow the familiar “kill everything that breathes” strategy. You’ll place up to nine of your characters on the grid before battle, and once the conflict begins, there’s no clock to rush you, just an overall limit to the number of turns your team can make.