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Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
8 May 2009
Conclusion: It’s pretty original stuff, but the execution leaves a bit to be desired. The recruitment events are well-written and take place in beautiful locations, but you don’t really interact with them beyond pressing the button to advance text. The dungeons are a lot of fun, but they have no connection to the storyline—they’re simply a place to get experience and items.
Excerpt: Valkyrie Profile is the single game that epitomizes the term 'sleeper hit.' Released by Enix in North America two short months before the release of the PlayStation 2, the title sold less than 100,000 copies on this side of the Pacific, yet now commands astronomical prices on eBay. Now, several years later, Enix and Square are now the same company, and Valkyrie Profile is getting its chance to live again on the PlayStation Portable.
Excerpt: It's funny how time can change your perspective on things. When Valkyrie Profile was originally released on the PlayStation way back in 2000, I liked it a lot but took it to task over certain issues and held back a few points on the score. Now that some time has passed and the current game environment is different than it was back then, I find that my affection for the title has only grown.
Excerpt: Very few people have played the original Valkyrie Profile, but those who have are usually quite vocal about their love of it. Then there are collectors who regularly buy and sell used copies of the game for $100 or more. The good news is that now you can experience Valkyrie Profile without paying some greedy collector a ludicrous price for a beat-up old game.
Pros: Great story concept with interesting characters, unique game mechanics require you to think differently about how you play, multiple endings, characters, and difficulty settings make for a different experience each time you play
Cons: Some of the cutscenes are so solemn and slow that you'll have to fight to stay awake, the more complex game mechanics are never explained very well, slight flaws such as slowdown and load times prevent this from being a perfect port, platforming is awkward and poorly implemented
Excerpt: Recently, to the delight of us RPG fans who missed the original run, Square-Enix has released Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth for the PSP. This is an updated version of the 2000 Playstation title. Will the second time around be as good as the first? Or will Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth go down as one of the flawed ports for the PSP? The storyline in Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is one of the most intriguing that I have encountered in quite some time.
Excerpt: If you’re like me and missed out on Valkyrie Profile for the original PlayStation, then you're in luck! In July, Square Enix will be re-releasing the game under the title Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth for the PlayStation Portable. The story in Valkyrie Profile puts the gamer in the role of Lenneth Valkyrie, an individual who will play a major role in the outcome of one of the largest wars the world has seen.
Excerpt: The gameplay, however, is what defined the game when it was released years ago. During battle, each of the four party members are assigned to one of the face buttons. When the corresponding button is pressed, the character it is assigned to attacks the targeted enemy. As each character has a different rate of attack, timing is crucial during battles, since a poorly timed button press can mean a string of misses.
Excerpt: If you're a serious RPG fan who happens to own a PSP, who happens to live for the thrill of a challenge, who happens to be a new comer to the VP series and who happens to appreciate the purest elements of a role-playing game such as innovation, motivation, a provocative original story line, depth, heart-wrenching audio, top-notch graphics, highly addictive game play, and a killer cast of characters then your eyes have fallen upon the right place my friend.