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Valkyrie Profile (PlayStation)

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Description

In preparation for Ragnarok, the final battle between the gods, Odin has commanded Lenneth the Valkyrie to descend to the lower world and gather the souls of fallen heroes to serve as soldiers in the approaching conflict. The player controls Lenneth, gathering soldiers and training them to be transferred to the battlefields of the gods.

The gameplay mainly consists of exploring various locations (dungeons, mansions, swamps) from a 2D perspective. Lenneth can run, jump, shoot ice crystals (useful for anything from freezing enemies to building ledges), push and pull objects to solve simple puzzles, etc. All of the enemies are on-screen and can usually be avoided, in the style of games like Chrono Cross and SaGaFrontier 2. The battle system is turn-based. Each of the characters (up to three can fight alongside Lenneth at a time) is assigned to one of the four main keys. The player and the enemy take turns attacking, but with the right timing, the player can execute combos that leave enemies defenseless. Long combos can result in substantial experience bonuses, although it is possible to defeat most enemies without them.

The rest of the game consists of Lenneth using "spiritual concentration" to discover the locations of dungeons and fallen heroes, ingame-engine cutscenes that give the history of these characters, and reports about the war's progress that come at the end of each "chapter". The chapter system is one of the game's most original features. Each chapter (there are about 8) is made up of a preset number of periods. Each action, such as a successful use of spiritual concentration, or entering a town/dungeon, uses a number of periods that varies with the difficulty level. When all of the periods have passed, the chapter is over. The player must transfer heroes to Valhalla in the course of each chapter (permanently losing them), but has only a limited amount of time to improve their statistics.

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Valkyrie Profile PlayStation Beautiful disc-changing screen
Valkyrie Profile PlayStation General in-game menu
Valkyrie Profile PlayStation Those guys can't withstand our combined power
Valkyrie Profile PlayStation Mysterious meadow. Does it bring back any memories, Lenneth?..

Alternate Titles

  • "女神侧身像" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)

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Gaming Age Sep 16, 2004 A 100
Legendra Dec 02, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
RPGFan Mar 05, 2000 93 out of 100 93
Just RPG Aug 29, 2000 92 out of 100 92
IGN Aug 29, 2000 9.1 out of 10 91
RPGamer Oct 18, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GameCola.net Aug, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Thunderbolt Games Sep 05, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Game Critics Oct 17, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75

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Ilya Zarembsky (6) added Valkyrie Profile (PlayStation) on Apr 18, 2001