Patrick Gann
Sting's Dept Heaven Series Retrospective Reviews
Riviera and Yggdra Union. Also, Atlus USA's soundtracks for the series.
07.09.09 - 10:28 PM

After playing Knights in the Nightmare earlier this year, it dawned on me that developer Sting was really doing something strange with their series. I decided to hunker down and hit up the other two games in their strangely-titled "Dept Heaven" series.

Also, since I'm obsessed with site completionism, I noticed that we were missing some reviews. Though we had Riviera: The Promised Land covered on GBA, we didn't have a PSP review. And we were lacking a GBA review of Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone, even though we had the PSP version covered. That was the final push I needed!

So, in today's special update, I present to you my thoughts on the PSP port of Riviera: The Promised Land, as well as the original GBA version of Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone.

To add to the fun, I also got off my lazy butt and reviewed the special soundtracks Atlus USA published alongside the games. They never made one for Riviera...but they did make a very exclusive, all-original-content soundtrack for the PSP version of Yggdra Union. So, we got you covered there. We also have a review of their one disc, abridged soundtrack for Knights in the Nightmare, entitled "Symphony of Souls."

(Completely unrelated, I also snuck in an NIS America bonus soundtrack: the Ar tonelico II RQ Exclusive Soundtrack. Tada! Now we're all caught up on that franchise too!)

While you're reading this, feel free to ask yourself; what's next for Sting and this quirky series? They already screwed up any semblance of order, with Knights in the Nightmare being labeled Episode IV. What will come next: the rumored Episode III MMORPG? Or how about the artwork that's been circulating for a wildcard Episode IX to the series? Or maybe they'll first port/remake Knights in the Nightmare for another platform (though I don't see how, given the extensive use of the touch screen).

That's my rant for the day. That is, if you don't count all the subsequent reviews as "rants." Enjoy!


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