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Valkyrie Profile

ヴァルキリープロファイル

Developer: tri-Ace Publisher: Enix
22 December 1999
Valkyrie Profile [ヴァルキリープロファイル] - cover art
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1999 tri-Ace Enix  
2xCD-ROM
JP 4 988601 003278 SLPM-86379 / SLPM-86380
2000 tri-Ace Enix  
2xCD-ROM
XNA 6 95981 10003 2 SLUS-01156 / SLUS-01179
Valkyrie Profile PS one Books
2005 tri-Ace Square Enix  
2xCD-ROM
JP 4 988601 004152 SLPM 87354 / SLPM 87355
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2006 tri-Ace Square Enix  
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XNA 6 62248 90611 9
2007 tri-Ace Square Enix  
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IT 5 060121 821798 ULES-00724
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Tri-Ace's Valkyrie Profile hopped from JRPG to action, 2d platformer, and puzzle with ease - almost organically so, while boasting elegant sprite art and animations in the process. If the jumble of genres isn't unique, the way they're utilised to reinterpret JRPG stereotypes certainly is.

Exhibit A: Its distinguished combat system occupied the middle ground between action and turn-based, locating the challenge in combo experimentation and optimisation, forming creative attack sequences that mutate in parallel to loadout or enemy changes. All contained in short bursts thanks to the format, and brimming with minute details both RPG (element/type weaknesses, row-based formations), and non-RPG (range, pushback, guard crush, supers, etc.), adding ever more complex layers to the idea. Enchanting as they may be, the lengthier battle animations can get overly cinematic, which detracts from the battle flow to an extent. The equally adventurous gameplay structure offered another unique viewpoint, abandoning conventional linearity and instead simply leaving players free to prepare for an impending final boss, split into chapters that evaluate their performance to determine the ending. An 'open' world whose main storyline runs secondary to the character substories and dungeon crawling.

Speaking of which, the powerful scenes also work in its favor, particularly the recruitment sections that stage brief but grim stories - of course, naturally due to the subject matter. Even still, the highlights (Yumei, Lucian, Shiho & Suo, etc.) are devastating. Furthermore, its abundance of RPG systems evoke Tri-Ace's past, revisiting Star Ocean's multi-dimensional character growth and large roster, but expanded for a greater progression-related purpose. The weakest aspect of the bunch turns out to be the clumsy, slippery platforming. Normally, this would hamper dungeons, but most still contained a fair few tricky (if occasionally obtuse) puzzles and rewarding secrets, synergising well with its diverse movement options.

A monumental work; ambitious, stately and polished at the same time, but more importantly: A refreshing reconstruction of JRPGs, far removed from the genre's worst vices.
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Raising_Heart Valkyrie Profile 2024-02-29T09:29:15Z
PS1 • XNA
2024-02-29T09:29:15Z
4.0
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QuodDixi3161 ヴァルキリープロファイル 2024-02-25T23:42:24Z
2024-02-25T23:42:24Z
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Fictionous ヴァルキリープロファイル 2024-02-24T14:20:02Z
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tackyproduct ヴァルキリープロファイル 2024-02-11T11:47:35Z
2024-02-11T11:47:35Z
4.0
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HSoaresLima ヴァルキリープロファイル 2024-02-10T21:42:00Z
2024-02-10T21:42:00Z
4.5
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Royvik ヴァルキリープロファイル 2024-02-09T15:14:38Z
2024-02-09T15:14:38Z
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NibiruShiranui ヴァルキリープロファイル 2024-01-29T02:34:50Z
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Chocobo ヴァルキリープロファイル 2024-01-22T04:40:40Z
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Giann96 Valkyrie Profile 2024-01-19T23:24:01Z
PS1 • XNA
2024-01-19T23:24:01Z
7.0 /10
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Shinkyo ヴァルキリープロファイル 2024-01-09T04:52:44Z
2024-01-09T04:52:44Z
3.5
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hevykofe Valkyrie Profile 2024-01-04T13:54:17Z
PS1 • XNA
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Flank ヴァルキリープロファイル 2024-01-02T19:22:14Z
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  • watercolour 2021-05-28 03:54:22.136928+00
    i remember wanting this years ago but $125 was too much; now looking on amazon at least, there are literally no english copies left.

    no reviews or comments either??
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  • WilliamSG 2021-07-15 10:51:13.483219+00
    "It shall be engraved upon your soul! Divine Assault... Nibelung Valesti!"
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    • likefigureskating 2022-09-24 15:56:20.281371+00
      Holy shit the fucking nostalgia
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  • anathemata 2021-07-27 08:20:55.014699+00
    Structurally a complete fucking mess but battle mechanics + dungeon crawling + aesthetics + atmosphere elevate it to something very worthwhile.
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    • Whoa 2021-09-08 18:08:57.083094+00
      Agreed. This game is completely fucking bonkers most of the time, but because of those high highs, I think about it often.

      Soundtrack is gas too!
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  • WinterMirage 2021-10-05 00:46:30.702399+00
    On paper, this is the most wild JRPG ever, but the individual elements are both too basic and their synergy isn't as cool as it could have been.
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  • Juanjaramillom 2022-06-17 00:16:04.232877+00
    Lenneth Valkyrie is one of my favorite videogames character, if not my favorite... I constantly think about this game
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  • likefigureskating 2022-09-24 15:58:16.638455+00
    This game made me emo
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  • Tarafaeryn 2023-02-28 11:47:59.257851+00
    The einherjar stories are way too short, which really blunts their emotional impact. Not to mention the loose plot threads and missing contexts. More interwoven narratives like Arngrim's would have made the game a lot better.
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