She mentioned nothing about Yuri in the review, but did mention how the new cast wasn't as strong as the old cast, which is a completely valid complaint. I don't believe the cast is nearly as strong as Covenant's. I disliked Johnny, didn't think much of anything of Natan, thought Mao was useless and flat out didn't care about anyone but Frank, and even he wasn't that great. While XSEED's translation is top-notch, I never once felt attached to the characters.
Hereís my early comment as a fan-boy.
Now that I'm pretty advanced in the game, I must admit that the new cast is awfully poor. Iím very deceived with this aspect.
Half of the characters are cheesy and non-sense, and sadly sometime the game focus more on them than the serious characters. Shadow Hearts is becoming a comical genre rather than a solemn game (which was the strong point of the series, and itís being slowly destroyed).
I hate the talking cat - Master Mao. The same for Ol-Frank. Heís always there to make stupid jokes when the events are supposed to be somber. Itís ruining everything. Itís okay to have funny characters, but only when theyíre not over-abused in the script.
The soundtrack isnít getting better in the series too. Sometime I almost have the impression Iím playing with Banjo KazooieÖ for god's sake, it's SHADOW HEARTS.
Except these details the game is great though. But yeah it merit no more than 8/10, and even as a fan-boy I can admit that.