Shadow Hearts Series

Year: 2001

Publisher: Bandai Namco, Midway Games

Developer: Sacnoth

Country: Japan

Genre: Role-playing

Platform: Playstation 2


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The Shadow Hearts turn-based role-playing video game series for the PlayStation 2 consists of three main installments and a somewhat standalone initial release (Koudelka). Set in a twisted horror-fantasy version of the early 20th century that departs from actual events in selective and strange ways, Shadow Hearts gained cult popularity due to its unique, fictionalized “secret” world history and clever storytelling.

LGBTQ  references in this game:  

Meiyuan in Shadow Hearts

Magimel brothers in Shadow Hearts: Covenant (2001)

Joachim Valentine in Shadow Hearts: Covenant (2004)

Gerard and Buigen in Shadow Hearts: From the New World (2005)

See also QRM’s entry for this game.


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