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Syd of Valis Reviews (Genesis)

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Joystick (French) (Apr, 1992)
Ni plaisant, ni agréable à jouer, Syd Of Valis est un jeu que je vous déconseille fortement, à moins que quelque part au plus profond de vous-même, une petite dose de masochisme ne soit présente.
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Video Games (May, 1992)
Gleich zu Beginn nervt die rutschige und unpräzise Steuerung (Vorsicht, Aquaplaning!). Die Konsequenz: vermehrt heikle bis unfaire Stellen, vor allem in höheren Levels. Augen und Ohren beschweren sich über das “Hochfrequenz“-Ruckeln des Scrollings in Kombination mit kargen 08/15-Soundeffekten. Die grafische Gestaltung, insbesondere die kurzen, detailarmen Animationsphasen lassen schnell Langeweile aufkommen. Zudem treten die wenigen unterschiedlichen Gegner immer nach dem selben Schema auf; gleiches gilt für die Obermotze. Ein simples Jump‘n‘Run ohne Gags und Highlights, das eigentlich niemand braucht.
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Sega-16.com (Jan 30, 2012)
The original story has been taken, chopped up, edited down and softened up in the more violent parts. It’s still there but barely recognizable. That would be bad enough, but the translation itself is a horrible mess, full of redundancies, spelling errors and grammatical mistakes! Did no one proofread this thing? The laziness of it all becomes most apparent at the game over and credits screens, which haven’t been translated at all! So unless you speak Japanese and are able to read Hiragana and Katakana, you’ll never find out who’s responsible for this lazy-ass translation and programming-efforts. Syd of Valis is a disappointment for fans and non-fans alike, and unless you are looking for some sort of “my kid’s first action platformer” game, I’d suggest staying away from it. It’s like the game was created as a joke, one that the producers didn’t get but released anyway.
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Vous l'aurez vite compris, Valis SD est un jeu à éviter même pour les fans de la série. Sa durée de vie de 30 minutes maxi, sa difficulté très mal dosée, sa réalisation au ras des pâquerettes, son scénario détruit et sa maniabilité horripilante, en font le pire épisode de la saga, et un jeu plutôt mauvais en général.