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                    Valkyrie Profile Review

Genre: RPG (well duh!)

By: Edgar

 

So the first game from Enix released after Star Ocean 2, no easy task to come out with an RPG after such a magnificent game as Star Ocean 2. So the big question: Is it as good as Star Ocean 2? Here's the answer: yes and no, yes for the story and for the battle system which is even better than Starocean2,in my opinion. No for the people who really like adventuring and talking to people, for the most part the story is on rails ,if you enter a town, there's automatically a scene that fit's in the story ,and where you most of the time will get new characters for your quest. After that there's mostly a dungeon part with a nasty boss waiting in the end, but that's a good thing, and like said before, the battle system rules in this game, it's easily one of the best battle systems I have seen in an RPG!!


Now to the most important aspects in the game:

Story: Like I said before, most of the story consists of gathering new characters for Valhalla, but it also go a bit deeper into the life of Lenneth Valkyrie and why she is in this position. Overall, not being the greatest story, but very good anyway. (Its quite interesting to see a game based on Norse Mythology - Toma)


Battle system: Addictive is the name here, simple, yet deep, which each character assigned to a button, with a max. of 4 characters in your party, and if your timing is right, you can deliver something like a deathblow or finishing strike to an enemy. Some of the spells of the enemies are very impressive too, one I still remember is the Dragonbolt of  Lezard Valeth.
The only thing I have left to say is that this battle system is the better of many RPGs I played, it rules!


Graphics: Beautiful artwork, especially when you enter the towns, it maybe be 2D,but you won't mind, it's all very clean, and it's on a par with Saga Frontier 2.The characters are still sprites, but hey, I prefer sprites above the polygons, it reminds me of the old days. (Oh yea he's right about that -Toma)

Music: Easily one of Motoi Sakuraba's finest, progressive rock and very battle oriented tracks, he did it with Star Ocean 2 and no he did it again with Valkyrie Profile, if you can buy or download the soundtrack, don't hesitate ,especially the arranged version is a sheer masterpiece!!


Conclusion: Every RPG-fan needs to buy this game, you will not be disappointed!!


Verdict: 90%