Mastiff Brought La Pucelle: Tactics To PlayStation Network

By Spencer . September 16, 2012 . 5:43pm

lapucelle10La Pucelle: Tactics came out as a PS2 Classic on Tuesday and as you probably know Nippon Ichi Software developed the title. However, NIS America didn’t re-release La Pucelle: Tactics on the PlayStation Store. Mastiff did.


Yeah, Mastiff is known for hunting games now, but they used to localize niche Japanese games like La Pucelle: Tactics. What’s interesting is they *didn’t* re-release Gungrave: Overdose. Xseed picked up that title from Red Entertainment and brought it to the PlayStation Store. Mastiff decided to hold on to La Pucelle: Tactics for whatever reason. It’s either that or Mastiff renegotiated with Nippon Ichi Software to re-release La Pucelle: Tactics for PlayStation 3.


La Pucelle: Tactics is available now for $9.99 via PlayStation Network.


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  • For my money the best 3 NIS games will always be Disgaea 1, Phantom Brave, and this one.

    • Locklear93

      Phantom Brave sits on the absolute bottom of my list, but I’m right with you on La Pucelle being one of their best.

    • Go2hell66

       Phantom brave wasn’t that great imo, would have expected to makai kingdom in their somewhere though T_T

      • Eddie Dominguez

        yeah i agree makai kingdom is way better than phantom brave 

  • riceisnice

    Wow, this game is like a bazillion years old.

    • Ladius

      Well, it is a PS2 Classic, it couldn’t exactly be new material :P Then again, it’s a pretty good game and I suggest you try it if you like tactical jrpgs.

  • Godmars

    Is this the direct PS2 version o the spruced up PSP one? 

    • Says “PS2 Classic” right there, Brotunheim.

      • Godmars

        I can’t hope that they did the right thing and offered the “modern” version?

  • What a fun game! I remember I got this new, the day it came out.

  • Too bad it’s prolly still censored

    • Ronald Bixler

       Look at me! I’m Croix! I can smoke the vacant space between my fingers!

      • FFmax

        I never got why they censored that, were they not allowed to show cigarettes back then?

  • The upscaling on it is pretty bad, by the way.  Not necessarily a game changer for buying it if you’ve never played but it does look pretty atrocious in 1080p.  I think the initial resolution was a nonstandard 640 x 224.  It was a resolution they used in this game, Disgaea and Phantom Brave.  Disgaea 2 eventually used 640 x 448.  Not sure why they decided to use a stretch like that for the first 3 on the PS2 but that’s how it worked.  You’ll hear some people complain they can’t use their component cable on those 3 games in some instances and that’s why.

    So scaling that 640 x 224 to 1920 x 1080 is left with some pretty nasty results.

    • Mine doesn’t play in 1080p– it caps at 720p, and stays at 4:3 resolution. And honestly, it doesn’t look that bad to me… Might just be how your TV is.

  • TiamatNM

    that is puzzling that they brought this but not gungrave od when they published both in the past

  • tyrantflughude

    So is it still censored?

    • David Bruno

      The only thing that was “censored” was some religious jargin’. None of storyline or VO was changed. ;)

  • You know I *actually* bought the download again, even though I already own the PS2 game, a PS2 and a backwards compatible PS3, just because I want to support the Marl Kingdom series in any way possible. (I know it’s only loosely related, but still!) :D

    • I did this too! I might own the hard copy of it– and even own Ragnarok, but I want to be able to show my support for the series to anyone who might take notice of it!

  • Riseabovethesky

    It might sounds weird to most of you but I prefer this game over Disgaea. I think it is because of the very charming characters and story. Nyaaa!

    • I agree actually– La Pucelle is probably one of my more favorite games to play. I love the story, and how Alouette, Croix, and Prier are worked together. I like how Culotte and Eclair grow, and I enjoy the relationship of Homard and Eclair. I enjoy the story of the Dark Prince and Maiden of Light, and it makes me extra sad that I won’t be able to understand the extra chapters in Ragnarok due to my inexperience with Japanese.

      Though, La Pucelle probably has my favorite leveling mechanics too. I really enjoy fusing together items to have ridiculous stat modifiers, and I like how each stat levels up when you defeat enemies, along with normal leveling. I think that was such a cool feature! While it evolved into Item World, I think that having that, and tying abilities to it was awesome.

  • GameTaco

    I have to say, this news on one hand surprises me a bit, and on the other hand, it doesn’t. Namely: Is it likely that Mastiff still holding onto the rights to La Pucelle would be the reason why there seems to be no intention to localize Ragnarok?

    Or is the idea, as I vaguely understand it, to continue to be confused at the NIS and NISA of today? I have to confess that I’m a little “out of the loop,” speaking as one who doesn’t own a PS3 and probably hasn’t bought an NIS title since Zettai Hero Project.

  • Well…Thank you Mastiff.  Thank you very much

  • at the very least I would assume they hold the rights to the translation.

  • Good on ya, Mastiff! It’s probably still censored I’m guessing?

  • Interesting, indeed. 
    I wonder if this does well they’ll get back into publishing games like La Pucelle? 

    Maybe not… But I just remembered they published Moon on the DS. Does the soul still burn? 

  • carlospsp

    Sakura Wars 5!

  • ivanchu77

    I rather have the improved psp port than this, meh

    • Sardorim

      Not everyone knows Japanese though so this is the best they can get.

  • cj_iwakura

    Yeah, it’s also Mastiff’s fault we didn’t get the PSP version.

    • Wasn’t it actually confirmed a long time ago that Mastiff didn’t have the rights over whether the PSP version got released or not?

      Really, it’s more reasonable to think that NISA didn’t release the PSP version mainly cause the PSP was considered a risky platform over here, due to piracy. I know I heard about how they really wanted ZHP on the PS3 because they knew it’d sell bad on the PSP in America, but they were denied it.

      I think the only thing Mastiff might’ve had any influence on was that they might have rights to the translation, and while NISA could’ve done a new one and hired new actors, as well, it would’ve been a wasteful venture to them due to not having the reliability that people would buy the game. No point in putting forward the money for a game they don’t know will sell well enough to break even.

      • cj_iwakura

        Almost positive someone from NIS posted that they had no control; Mastiff did due to their owning the rights(remember, NIS America didn’t exist at the time LPT came out here).

        • Weird. I remember hearing that someone from NISA said that Mastiff didn’t own the absolute rights on it anymore… Really confusing! Though I’d imagine that people from NISA are a bit too tired of answering questions about Ragnarok as it is, so we may never know. XD

          • Raharu95

            So no one is really sure which one it is?

          • Considering how there are people who focus on Mastiff, and people who have heard that Mastiff isn’t the cause of it not coming… Yeah, I don’t think anyone is 100% sure at this point.

  • David Bruno

     The only thing that was “censored” was some religious jargin’. None of storyline or VO was changed. ;)

    • Hear hear! It bugs me when people get as bothered as they do over the censorship. It’s mainly just crosses and Croix’s cigarette– which was censored due to standards (and actually is still an applicable standard today). NISA just tends to be more daring, that’s all.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Does it at least have the European New Game + ?

  • Zoozbuh

    Why aren’t all these PS2 classics coming over to EU?!! I would happily spend some more money to have them in easy-to-access digital form D:

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