Released for the PC on April 28, 2005, Tears to Tiara is a tactical RPG by LEAF.
Let’s start with the bad points.
The h-scenes are numerous, long, ridiculous and pointless, not to mention a waste of time.
Most of the characters are as flat as Primula’s chest. That holds true for the entirety of Arawn’s harem, and I have to say that the girls felt like they were tacked on and could have been replaced with just about anyone.
the ending was a bit meh.
Dead people don’t stay dead.
Despite there being 10 girls in a harem, there’s no romance in this story. Don’t even TRY to get me started on the relationship between Arawn and Riannon.
The dead characters are more interesting than the live ones.
However, on the good side, the story is pretty interesting with a complex and intriguing back story.The funny parts are genuinely funny, and the touching parts touching. The story touches on many themes such as faith, free will, and the pointlessness of perfection, and they were well woven into the story. The writers also weren’t lacking a sense of irony, as you can very easily tell once you consider the relations between characters and events after you’ve finished the entire game.
What can I say? The art’s not consistent at all (especially between the sCG and the event CGs), and out of the entire game there were only 4 Cgs I actually liked. The coloring’s simple, the clothing are hideous, the faces are… not that great, and the artist needs to study anatomy more. The opening video wasn’t animated all that well either.
Voice acting: 9/10
The voice acting is really very nice in this game. There are many voice over scenes that were done very well. However, none of them sang well enough to get a full mark from me.
The opening and ending themes were nice, with the singer having a very smooth voice. The background tracks are good too, especially “afterglow fo teh god’s age” (the song played on the official website) and “the song of creation”, both of which are beautiful. There are quite a few pieces of battle music, but after the 40th battle you don’t really notice them anymore.
This is a tactical RPG.
I’m so incompetent in this kind of thing that I picked super easy for the difficulty level and let CPU do all the work.
Please keep that in mind.
The interface was pretty stylish and simple to use. But I HATED having to search everywhere for events and at how slow people moved. This might be a plus for those who are looking for the thrill of beating the game on impossible, but sadly doesn’t work for me.
Voice acting: 9/10
Total: 69.5/100 C+
STOP NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE SPOILERS OR DON’T WANT TO READ A RANT.
First of all, if the angels want to destory the world and start anew, why not kill all the dragons? Or the elves? Why do elves respect dragons so much? Shouldn’t they only respect those that the angels want them to respect?
Second of all, if so many humans died during the ice age, how come the elves don’t seem to be affected? And how on earth did Primula keep a fire going for years?
Third of all, how come there was only 1 angel at the top of the tower? What happened to the rest of them? Don’t they have the power to change the world? Why bother dealing with humans? Why not just kill them all quickly? Killing one angel doesn’t solve anything, the world is still the same!
Why was lucifer born? If they are going to talk about god at least show what god was planning!