Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven

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Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven
Forbidden Magna boxart.png
Developer(s)Marvelous
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Masahide Miyata
Producer(s)Yoshifumi Hashimoto
Artist(s)Takitiro
Oyaji
Ototsugu Konoe
Yukihiro Kofuyu
Writer(s)Masahiro Hatano
Masahiro Oshinomi
Shu Hirato
Composer(s)Tomoko Morita
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
Release
  • JP: October 2, 2014
  • NA: June 2, 2015
  • EU: June 4, 2015[1]
Genre(s)Role-playing

Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven[a] is a 2014 video game developed by Marvelous for the Nintendo 3DS handheld video game console. The game was released in Japan in October 2014, and was released worldwide in June 2015 by XSEED Games.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

The game is a simulation role-playing video game.[3] The game's battle system is similar to the battle system found in Valkyria Chronicles.[4] It features turn-based battles, with character order based on individual speed. The parties are assembled within a deck and controls in battle have been compared to those of an action game. The special attacks of the characters are unlocked based on their trust in Luchs, the game's protagonist, and by defeating enemies more special moves can be used.[5]

Story[edit]

Development[edit]

The game was first announced in February 2014,[6] and was about half complete at the time of its reveal.[4] The development of the game began internally at Neverland before the closure of the studio.[7] The game development team contains staff from Neverland, the development company responsible for the Rune Factory series of games.[8] After the release of Rune Factory 4, Neverland had filed for bankruptcy and closed.[9] Despite this, publisher Marvelous retained some key staff in order to finish work on the game.[8] Key staff retained includes producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto, director Masahide Miyata, and composer Tomoko Morita.[4] The game's graphics uses a similar style to that of the Story of Seasons and Rune Factory iterations found on the Nintendo 3DS.[4]

The game was released in Japan on October 2, 2014,[10] and in North America and Europe in June 2015.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic68/100[11]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid7/10[12]
Hardcore Gamer3.5/5[13]

Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven received mixed reviews from critics, scoring 68/100 on Metacritic.[11]

Chris Carter from Destructoid rated the game a 7/10 saying, "I enjoyed my time with Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven, despite the fact that it felt a tad unfinished at times"[12] Bradly Storm of Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 3.5 out of 5 saying "Those looking for a unique take on the genre or are wanting an engaging tactical combat system might find Lord of Magna worth the investment."[13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Forbidden Magna (禁忌のマグナ, Kinki no Maguna)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romano, Sal (April 22, 2015). "Lord of Magna dated in North America, Europe". Gematsu. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Release Date Confirmed for Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven". April 22, 2015.
  3. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (2014-02-11). "Forbidden Magna is a simulation RPG in the works with Rune Factory team". VG247. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  4. ^ a b c d "Forbidden Magna Sounds Like Valkyria Chronicles Meets Life Sim". Siliconera. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  5. ^ Luster, Joseph. "VIDEO: "Forbidden Magna" Trailers Show Off the Inn and Battles". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Rune Factory Team Making A 3DS Strategy RPG, Forbidden Magna". Siliconera. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  7. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2014/10/01/origins-forbidden-magna-action-srpg-battle-system/
  8. ^ a b "XSEED Considering Publishing Forbidden Magna in North America". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  9. ^ Josh Engen. "Rune Factory Developer Declares Bankruptcy". The Escapist. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  10. ^ "The four points of Forbidden Magna". Gematsu. 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
  11. ^ a b "Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-04-14.
  12. ^ a b Chris Carter (2015-06-02). "Review: Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven". Destructoid. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  13. ^ a b Hale, Bradly (29 June 2015). "Review: Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven". Hardcore Gamer. Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 2015-07-05.

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