Reviews and Problems with Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
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Impression: Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
15 April 2010
Excerpt: Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume both is and isn't your normal Valkyrie Profile game. First off, this is a tactical RPG unlike the prior titles in the series, so everything takes place on a grid, but it's not a basic tactical game either. Some of the series elements that fans will expect to find are still there, but other things have changed dramatically. Who will this title appeal to? Read and find out.
Conclusion: Concept: Focus on the mortals instead of the gods in a grid-based Valkyrie Profile spin-off
Graphics: Good character art, though the in-battle sprites are nothing special
Sound: The soundtrack is occasionally excellent, but there are plenty of generic tunes
Playability: Though the controls are easy to learn, poor balancing makes each fight hit-and-miss
Entertainment: Some great ideas are overshadowed by the cumbersome mechanics
Summary: I like many things about Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, and one thing drives me crazy. Horrendous misbalancing moves the tactical action out of the realm of acceptable challenge and into the arena of absurdity. After the first few hours of play, battles demand a near-perfect run to complete, usually met only after numerous trial and error attempts. Further, side quests that allow players to increase skill levels to confront these hefty challenges are rare.
Excerpt: Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume is a unique strategy role-playing game with an intriguing plot and a thrilling deviant slant. The focus is on slow, conservative play and distinctly separate combat segments, which play out much like a standard RPG's battle sequences. However, the game often feels laborious and restrictive, using a variety of cheap maneuvers and frequently coercing you into restarting battles no matter how hard-fought the victory.
Pros: Intriguing plot, Encourages conservative, strategic play, Good replay value
Cons: Overly lengthy battles, Sin requirement overshadows every mechanic, Numerous cheap maneuvers artificially raise difficulty, Steep learning curve
Excerpt: Valkyrie Profile is somewhat of an oddity when compared with other RPG series. While most franchises are content with one battle system stretched over many titles with only subtle variations, Valkyrie Profile has so far been released with three very distinct modes of play. The original game was a departure from traditional turn-based battle in the first place; Valkyrie Profile 2 opted for an elaborate quasi-real-time model, and now Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume...
Summary: Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
is an excellent addition to any DS library. With polished presentation, intriguing storyline, action-packed battles, and branching paths, this is an entry to the series that is quite worthy of bearing the Valkyrie Profile name. If you’re an RPG fan or a connoisseur of great games in general, this game belongs in your collection. Give it a try – you won’t be disappointed.
Pros: Polished presentation with gorgeous graphics and soundtrack., Excellent SRPG gameplay.
Cons: Enemies can be a bit sluggish., Only 4 party members taken into battle.
Excerpt: You mustn’t let fear or regret have the better of you, master. It is through sin that your desires shall be fulfilled. - Ailyth, Servant of Hel The story of Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume has a darkness of tone long absent from Japanese RPGs. This is not a cute fun-filled tale of "high adventure" set in green grasslands that just happen to be beset by a few evil individuals who are easily spotted and slain.