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Category Description User Score
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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
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Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.9


Critic Reviews

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90
Nintendo Life (Mar 19, 2009)
In Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, we have ourselves another DS winner. If you enjoy games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem, or Advance Wars, this is one to add to your collection. The battle system is the culmination of many great qualities of past strategy RPGs merged into one. Graphically and musically, this game does not disappoint, but it's worth keeping in mind that this isn't one for the kiddies; the game is dark and brooding and you won't always feel like you're playing the good guy.
90
Legendra (May 04, 2009)
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume est un bon T-RPG qui a beaucoup à offrir. Les adeptes du genre doivent se jeter dessus, ceux de la série aussi. Le challenge est plutôt intéressant et la replay value n'est pas en reste. Bref, vous aurez de quoi passer un très bon moment avec ce jeu au système si particulier pour un T-RPG (tout en anglais). Un must-have ? À mes yeux, oui.
90
NintendoWorldReport (Apr 14, 2009)
This game is an excellent strategy game with many interesting mechanics that make it unique in the DS library. Tri-Ace did a fantastic job of blending in various elements of the Valkyrie Profile series and successfully applying those elements into this genre. While it is short for a strategy role-playing game at around 10 hours, there are multiple endings and an unlockable dungeon that increases the replay value. I would highly recommend this game to people who are fans of the series and to fans of this genre. For people who are interested in this game but aren't familiar with the genre, try or rent the game first, because its difficulty can be daunting.
85
Mit Covenant of the Plume feiert die Valkyrie Profile-Serie einen sehr gelungenen Einstand auf dem Nintendo DS und braucht sich nicht vor Final Fantasy Tactics, Fire Emblem und anderen Genrekonkurrenten zu verstecken. Zu den grössten Stärken des Spiels zählen mit Sicherheit die tiefgründige Geschichte sowie das interessante, wenn auch etwas unkonventionelle Kampfsystem, bei welchem oft viel taktisches Geschick gefragt ist, um den äusserst intelligenten Feinden Herr zu werden. Aus diesem Grund ist das Spiel auch nicht für Anfänger geeignet. Auch Zocker, welche des Englischen nicht mächtig sind, sollten besser die Finger von dem Titel lassen. Denn eine deutsche Lokalisation gibt es leider nicht. Dafür dürft ihr euch auf eine gelungene Präsentation und mehrere Handlungsstränge freuen, die dafür sorgen, dass es Fans der Serie und erfahrenen Rollenspielern so schnell nicht langweilig wird.
85
Worth Playing (Apr 10, 2009)
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume is a great RPG that's held back by a few nagging flaws. The combat system is an interesting blend of strategy and the battle system from Valkyrie Profile, and the combination works much better than expected. The plot is interesting and lengthy, and there is a ton of replay value to be had. However, there are some things that may turn off players from the game. It can be unfair, although intentionally so, and not everyone will enjoy having the odds stacked against them so heavily. The game is also built around the idea of replaying to see multiple story outcomes, and unlocking everything in the game requires a minimum of three playthroughs. Minor complaints aside, Covenant of the Plume is a fun and unique strategy RPG, and it's a solid addition to any DS owner's RPG library.
85
IGN (Mar 12, 2009)
Covenant of the Plume could be considered a mature counterpart to Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics A2. This is a polished SRPG that stands out from the crowd thanks to some unique battle mechanics. The enemy AI feels a little lazy at times, but the game still provides a nice challenge. The real draws here are the high-minded script and team-up attacks. There are already a bunch of great turn-based strategy games on the DS, but you should make room for another one.
85
Addictive, grown-up and rewarding, this sits neatly in the gap between Disgaea and Final Fantasy Tactics. Sure, it sits at the more hardcore end of the gaming spectrum, but this deserves to win a wider audience.
83
RPGFan (Jan 20, 2009)
CotP is the worst game in the Valkyrie Profile series, but it is definitely my favorite SRPG on the DS. It's much darker and more interesting than Revenant Wings or FF Tactics A2, and generally a more satisfying game. That said, the unimpressive AI put a sour note on the experience. A simple "hard mode" would have helped the difficulty level issues, and the feather abilities also drastically cut the challenge. The less-than-stellar music does not help either. In spite of these flaws, CotP is hard to put down given the fun combat, refreshingly short playtime, and strong replay value thanks to a large cast, multiple endings, and the fantastic and funny Seraphic Gate (for my money, the most fun part of the game). Valkyrie Profile and RPG fans of all stripes will get a kick out if it.
81
GameFocus (May 25, 2009)
Thanks to alternate endings, multiple plot paths, side quest, and the dark twist of sacrificing friends, there’s a lot here to keep you happy with hours of fun. Square Enix has introduced an interesting concept to their Valkyrie Profile concept and I hope they continue to think outside the box when it comes to reimagining their franchise games.
80
Nintendo-Online.de (Apr 15, 2009)
Eine spannende Story, tolle Kämpfe und eine gute englische Sound- und Sprachausgabe machen „Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume“ zu einer guten Alternative zu den restlichen Genrekonkurrenten von SquareEnix und Nintendo. Grafisch muss man sich allerdings der Konkurrenz geschlagen geben, denn die Charaktere wirken leicht pixelig, außerdem dürften die vielen englischen Bildschirmtext viele Spieler vom Kauf abhalten. Mir hat der Kampf eines Menschen, gefangen zwischen dem Reich der Götter und der Unterwelt, trotzdem sehr viel Spaß gemacht, wodurch eine gute 8er-Wertung herauskommt.
80
Vandal Online (Apr 27, 2009)
Nos encontramos ante un juego de rol táctico excelente en su concepto, de carácter épico y trágico, y con un notable apartado técnico que hará las delicias de cualquier jugador amante del género. Es una lástima, repetimos, que, dada la complejidad de los textos, no se haya barajado la posibilidad de traducirlo a nuestro idioma, ya que, seguramente, sea éste el punto que mayor número de enteros le reste al juego.
80
GamesRadar (Mar 13, 2009)
We had a great time with Valkyrie Profile, and it has great replay value with multiple endings and branching stories. However, the difficulty spikes randomly during the battles, and that’s hard to look past. Not only were multiple battles so hard we had to replay them many times, some throw two or even three maps at you in a row. If you lose any of those, it’s back to the last save, which could lose you more than an hour of progress. Add randomly appearing wraiths - super-powerful fallen enemies - to the maps, along with the fact that there’s no way to level-grind your characters in random battles, and there’s a lot of potential for frustration here. But if you can push through those frustrating moments, Plume is very rewarding even for players who’ve grown fat from too many RPGS.
80
GameZone (Mar 26, 2009)
Covenant of the Plume is a wonderfully diverse game with a deep and involving story that makes this one of the more rewarding Valkyrie Profile games available. As a strategy role-playing game, this one isn’t an inventive as other games in the genre but it’s still a game with a lot to offer.
79
Gameswelt (Apr 24, 2009)
Selbst ohne das taktische Feder-Element ist Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume enorm komplex ausgefallen. Der hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad und die langen Kämpfe dürften unerfahrene Spieler verzweifeln lassen. Allerdings ist die Spieltiefe inklusive Balancing richtig gelungen, hat man sich mal in das Kampf- beziehungsweise Ausrüstungs- und Auflevel-System verbissen. Am meisten gefällt aber die düster-melancholische Stimmung, die in der interessanten Geschichte und der nordisch angehauchten Fantasy-Welt sehr gut zur Geltung kommt.
78
Game Captain (Apr 15, 2009)
Viel Schatten und Licht umhüllen Covenant of the Plume. Das Kampfsystem wirkt frisch und abwechslungsreich, die Teamangriffe bieten taktische Tiefe und wenn man erstmal verstanden hat, dass das Spiel darauf ausgelegt wurde es quasi zweimal durchzuspielen, scheinen auch die Frustmomente beim ersten Anlauf größtenteils vergeben. Dennoch ist der Titel stellenweise knallhart und bestraft selbst kleinste Fehler mit dem Game Over Bildschirm. Die dürftigen Speichermöglichkeiten geben so mancher Spielfreude zusätzlich den Rest. Dazu schläft die Geschichte trotz interessanten Starts mit der Zeit ein und die Fluktuation zwischen neuen und alten Charakteren ist viel zu hoch. Alles in allem erscheint diese Fortsetzung als gewagtes Experiment, das stellenweise in die Hose ging. Wer es gerne schwer hat und des Englischen mächtig ist, kann über die Geschichtsschnitzer hinwegsehen und sich über das frische Gameplay freuen. Alle anderen greifen lieber zur hauseigenen Konkurrenz.
78
3D Juegos (Apr 23, 2009)
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume es otro ejemplo del fabuloso trabajo hecho por Tri-Ace con un estreno de la serie aceptable en consolas Nintendo. El juego conserva todo lo característico de la serie y no se conforma con exponer los cánones del género, sino que los combina a su gusto. En su contra tiene una curva de dificultad inestable, la ausencia de mundos centrales o la no traducción a nuestro idioma. En sí un buen estreno de la serie y un juego, que si se le sabe entender, puede dar muchas horas de entretenimiento, ya que calidad no le falta.
76
Generally, there are two things that make an RPG successful: story and gameplay. These two elements go hand in hand and as long as they are balanced and work together they will create a memorable experience. However, even though Valkyrie Profile: Covenant has a great story (one that is well worth experiencing) some of the more obtuse elements of the battle system (particularly the out of place Sin system) keep it from being a truly great RPG. While it is a shame that I can only really recommend Valkyrie Profile based on its narrative, the story is good enough that by the fourth or fifth hour of gameplay you probably won’t even care about the issues with the battle system. I’m not entirely sure if that is a good or bad thing, but with more than 20 possible endings, knowing what will happen next definitely kept me in this game, and I am sure it will hold the interest of anyone who picks this title up as well.
75
1UP (Mar 13, 2009)
I think that alone is enough to recommend Covenant. It's a lovably eccentric RPG; one that keeps you playing despite its rough exterior. If the design were just a little tighter, and the presentation just a little crisper, I am convinced that this game would be one of my all-time favorites. As it is, I still find Valkyrie Profile's gameplay and branching storyline fascinating, and I will absolutely be adding it to my personal collection. If you're any kind of SRPG or Valkyrie Profile fan, I suggest you do the same.
75
Meristation (Apr 03, 2009)
No obstante hay que tener en cuenta que en muchos sentidos el cartucho ofrece una de cal y otra de arena. A la maravillosa trama (con diálogos que toman como referencia el lenguaje medieval, sencillamente impresionante) hay que añadirle un sistema de juego que presenta algunas taras, así como un aspecto técnico que pese a lucir un acabado muy interesante durante los combates apenas se luce para narrar el argumento. En cualquier caso hemos de tener bien presente que estamos ante uno de esos títulos recomendados para los aficionados tanto del género como de la franquicia que sabrán agradecer el esfuerzo de tri-Ace. Los seguidores más acérrimos de la serie pueden estar tranquilos: Covenant of the Plume conserva la esencia de Valkyrie Profile, su particular sentido estético y todo lo que ha caracterizado a las anteriores entregas. Aunque esta vez quizás el estilo de juego no sea el más adecuado. Cuestión de gustos.
75
Game Shark (Jun 23, 2009)
As it stands, however, Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume is still a great game for either starved SRPG fans or those looking to get their feet wet with a multi-branching title that lets you choose your destiny. Its archaic, mildly blasphemous story, is a blast to play from either side, and even though the battle system may be simple, it’s great when you finally get the hang of the techs and formations. With a pinch more clarity and a bit of leveling it would have been great, but as it stands, Valkyrie Profile for the DS is still a solid game for fans of the genre.
72
Gamer 2.0 (Mar 27, 2009)
Fans of the series might consider this entry to be the worst in the series, but compared with many other strategy RPG’s on the DS, this one is actually quite solid. Some of the game’s conventions relating to the plume in the game ultimately bring it down from mentioning it in the same category as titles such as Disgaea or Fire Emblem, but the game’s main story is as interesting as it is unique, and the game’s short length (it shouldn’t take anybody more than 18 hours to finish) definitely make seeing every ending feasible.
70
Gamervision (Mar 31, 2009)
There were a lot of solid ideas at work in Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, but unfortunately, they just did not come together in a seamless, enjoyable way. Battles are awkward, the plot is sometimes on the dull side, and you may accidentally make a game-ending decision without realizing it. That being said, there are still plenty of things to enjoy about the game, and though the battle system isn’t the best, it’s still unique. Fans of the series will likely still find plenty to enjoy here, but may have trouble getting into it. Covenant is not a bad game, but on a system overwhelmed with RPGs, this one really needed to be exceptional to stand out. Instead, it falls a bit short of greatness.
70
Thunderbolt Games (May 30, 2009)
Despite the slightly disappointing presentation, though, Covenant of the Plume is a worthy entry in this enigmatic series. Valkyrie Profile has continued its tradition of experimentation onto the DS, and the result is a solid strategy title with a captivating story. It’s a shame that the developer didn’t push the hardware a little more; and the character designer and background artist clearly weren’t trading notes. Still, for a cerebral experience like no other and a simple, addictive gameplay setup, Covenant of the Plume is an excellent choice.
70
Teletext (2009)
Regardless of the gameplay changes series fans are well served here, thanks to the multiple endings and the deeply macabre plot twists. However, the overemphasis on acquiring sin will not please everyone. Nor will the often non-existent artificial intelligence and weak graphics. Despite its peculiarities though this, and the series in general, deserves a higher profile amongst genre fans.
70
With it’s short length, there is quite a bit of incentive to play through again and see how the story might unfold differently. I’ll give Tri Ace credit for stepping outside the box and trying to bring something a little different to the SRPG mix. Unfortunately, this effort fell rather flat. The potentially epic story fizzles because it was rushed, combat ends up feeling very monotonous, the game mechanics remove most of the actual strategy from battles, and the moronic AI makes everything either far easier or far harder than it needs to be. All that being said, the combo-based combat system was enjoyable enough that I played through to the end, and I got about halfway through a second playthrough as well. I think there’s a good game and some interesting ideas buried in there, but everthing is hamstrung by poor execution and balancing issues. In the end, Valkyrie Profile series completists will probably enjoy it, but I'd tell most other people to steer clear.
62
4Players.de (May 08, 2009)
Nein, Schnellschuss ist wirklich ein garstiges Wort - doch es ist genau das Wort, das mir im Fall von Covenant of the Plume in den Sinn kommt. Dabei stecken im Herzen des Spiels packende Kämpfe, deren zwei Phasen die Serientradition mit dem Klassiker Final Fantasy Tactics verbinden. Die gemeinsamen Angriffe, wirksame Höhenunterschiede, ein mitreißender Soundtrack und dass ich erstmals den Overkill spielerisch nutzen kann, ist ungemein befriedigend! Doch es gibt zu wenig, das die packenden Gefechte zusammenhält: Es gibt kaum Handlungsfreiheit, die Jump&Run-Szenen der Vorgänger wurden glatt "vergessen", die Charakterentwicklung kommt zu kurz und auf Dauer ist selbst aus den immer gleichen Kämpfen die Luft raus. Hinzu kommen Kleinigkeiten wie die altmodische Steuerung und fehlende Mehrspieler-Möglichkeiten. Für zwischendurch ist das eine nette Abwechslung. Für das große Abenteuer fehlt dem Spiel die Liebe zum Detail.
60
Eurogamer.es (Apr 29, 2009)
En conclusión, hay que saber apreciar la voluntad de Tri-Ace de querer ofrecernos un Valkyrie Profile diferente. En lo que se refiere al argumento el giro que nos propone este Convenant of the Plume es ejemplar y realmente está muy trabajado, convirtiéndose en una de las historias más oscuras que recordamos. Lástima eso sí, que el desarrollo de este argumento se convierta en un hueso tan duro de roer. Esto hará que este juego sólo lo disfruten los jugadores más entregados o los fans de la saga con cierta amnesia con respecto a las anteriores entregas. Al mismo tiempo, el cambio en el sistema de combates es un gran error, y hace que el juego se vuelva pesado y monótono cuando precisamente tendría que ser rápido y directo para compensar tanta densidad de argumento.
60
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Apr 23, 2009)
With multiple endings and 20 potential allies to recruit across the adventure, as well as a tough bonus dungeon once it’s complete, there’s the promise of longevity here. But few will venture back to this curio once the end credits have rolled.
60
GameSpot (Mar 20, 2009)
The game contains five chapters and is roughly 10 to 15 hours long, which is relatively short for the genre. Losing battles, failing to gain sin, and unlocking a bonus dungeon can all extend the experience considerably, though they test your patience in the process. Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume should satisfy fans and those looking for a unique strategy RPG, but you're probably better off avoiding its harsh, punishing nature and arduous gameplay.
60
Game Informer Magazine (Sep 22, 2009)
The shame is that Covenant of the Plume's other innovations could have made for a good game. Setting up formations and delivering multiple attacks per turn adds an interesting twist to the formula, and I really liked the story of Wylfred and his grudge against Lenneth. Unfortunately, these redeeming qualities suffocate under an avalanche of extraneous junk, ruining even the simple process of moving and attacking. I hope there is another true Valkyrie Profile sequel in the works, because fans of the series deserve better than this.
58
Gaming Age (Apr 03, 2009)
Still, I enjoyed Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume despite its flaws. I think the story is actually really strong, and worth playing the game for. The combat does have some neat ideas, and the use of the Plume in killing teammates for your personal gain is certainly unique, but there are still too many flaws that keep this game from being excellent. It serves as a nice side story, but I have a hard time with the idea of this being an actual sequel to the series so far. The Valkyrie characters from the other games take a back seat to the humans too, which contributes to the side story aspect for me. Still, if you enjoy strategy RPG's, at least give this one a rent, it definitely does some things right. I'd hesitate to pick it up at full price though, so you might want to wait for a price drop or two.
50
Game Revolution (Apr 02, 2009)
CotP isn’t a bad game; it’s just too much of a departure from what made the series great, and some fans will be put-off by all the changes. Trying to combine two tried-and-true gameplay types just feels forced and unpleasant like staying with that girl you can’t stand because you have “history”. And come on, Square Enix, I know you want to re-release more of Square's back catalogue, but trying to sneak an FFTA remake past us with another title on the box is just bad form. Try VP: CotP if you like, but don’t be shocked if you end up ditching Wylford and his stupid hair for Marche and his.
50
RPGamer (2009)
Knocking off his friends leads Wylfred to a bad ending, but a New Game+ option carries over the all-important techniques learned in the first run. The hope, then, is that gamers will play through Covenant of the Plume, which is between fifteen and twenty hours long on the first try, a second time while aiming for a plume-free, more satisfying ending. Again, the difficulty is mitigated, this time by the carried over endgame equipment and abilities. Covenant of the Plume is not terrible, or even bad, but it is sure to disappoint fans of both tactical RPGs and the Valkyrie Profile series, and carries a high price tag for such a short game with a subpar presentation. Valkyrie Profile fans, if mentally prepared for overall mediocrity and a lame duck story unbefitting of the series, might want to try this out, but those who enjoy tactical RPGs can find several other better, cheaper options on the DS.
40
Pixel-Heroes.de (Jan 19, 2011)
Fazit: Für die schöne Valkyrie kann ich leider keine Empfehlung abgeben, da mir sowohl das eigentlich interessante Kampfsystem wie auch die Feder-Features zu unausgeglichen erscheinen. Neben dem Feinschliff stößt mir auch die mangelhafte Präsentation auf, die wirklich eine Schande für den Nintendo DS ist. Es ist ein Jammer, dass der gute Name der Serie für dieses Spiel herhalten musste.