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Valhalla Knights

 

 

SCORE: 86

 

Valhalla Knights 

 

Valhalla Knights on the Playstation Portable was a bit of a surprise for the RPG Master. Starting the game is like trying to climb a cliff, or walking through waist high water. The difficulty seemed tweaked a lot against the player. Then the RPG Master took the time to actually read the game manual, and found out certain things can immediately improve the play of this game. Add a priest to the party, and swap job classes every five levels. When learning other jobs still use the extra skill points on the main job skill for that character. Your party can have up to six character in it, but the experience points are divided by the number in your party. Battles are fought in a large round circle, and enemies are seen on screen (editor: so avoiding fights is possible).

Graphically Valhalla Knights is decent. The 3D dungeons (which is almost the entire game) are done well, although the backgrounds look a little drab and bland. The camera can be a problem when entering or leaving a room, but the reset button normally works. There is a lot of hack and slash violence in this game. Fights can be ignored, but in order to avoid being instantly decimated later a lot of earlier fights must be performed. A few of the female characters can wear armor that would be questionable.

The RPG Master really likes the music in Valhalla Knights. The sound effects are decent, but there needed to be more when characters were using fantasy style magic. There were a few instances of bad language being used, but the frequency was not that often. All of the sounds were very crisp and clear.

There is a lot of replay to this game if you enjoy leveling up characters, and making them more powerful. Plenty of vague quests to perform, and a lot of different races, and classes to be discovered. Using Wi-Fi players can battle each others teams or go questing with another player. This may shock some of ya’ll, but the RPG Master finds this game to be worth your hard earned dollars if you are into this kind of a game.

In a lot of ways Valhalla Knights feels like an upgrade to the old Gauntlet style video games. In fact when one looks at this game through that lens XSeed Games did a very good job. The controls were a little overwhelming at first, but have such a wonderful intelligent design. This game is fun for awhile, how long depends on whether you like this kind of a game.

Valhalla Knights is actually much cleaner than FFG expected it to be. There are a few other issues with alcohol, and tobacco usage by some characters, along with the violence, language, and sexually suggestive themes. This game is certainly for the teenager or older in the family. The storyline follows well known RPG plot lines.
- RPG Master

 

Graphics: 83%
Sound: 88%
Replay/Extras: 91%
Gameplay: 90%
Family Friendly Factor: 78%
System: Playstation Portable
Publisher: XSeed Games
Rating: 'E10+' for Everyone 10+
{Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes}

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