3 What happened to Rogers voice?Carbuncle | 24/09/2007 | See all Carbuncle's reviews (33)After completing Shadow Hearts: Covenant (SHC) the natural progression was to move on to this game instantly, and that might be part of the reason that I didn't like this game as much.The game plays identically to SHC - the judgement ring is still there in all its glory, but there are a few things that seemed to change for no reason i.e. the buttons for controlling the menu, nothing major there but its hard to see why they didn't keep this consistent.This game leaves Europe behind and moves to the Americas. There are a few characters who make a re-appearance (Lenny, Roger) but for whatever reason the voice actors from SHC are gone.Some of the things that arise in the game seem straight out of SHC. The Solomon Challenges are still there just hidden under a new guise and yet again another character has a camera to take pictures of monsters (although to atleast make it different you can then trade pictures with people around the game world). For those of you who want your fusion monsters, don't fret - there are still some (emphasis on some, there is only around 1/4 of the number this time).The characters are unique and quite interesting, but just not as interesting as those in SHC and the story seems a little bit lacking but it still works.The main thing that irked me about the game was the use of magic. In order to use magic you need to first equip your character with a stellar chart (which has nodes where you can place collected crests, these nodes are all elemental and have a set level) and then equip crests. This, I asume, is to try and give the player a greater control over their characters magic use but I personally found it irritating as you were limited by the charts look. The charts could be upgraded at a cost but due to my dislike of them I only ever tried once. Having to equip a chart to then equip crests felt like an over complication in my books.All in all if you like the Shadow Hearts series then you'll probably be able to find something in here that you like. If you're a newcomer to the series you'll probably be better off starting with SHC.