GBAtemp game of the week #53

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  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom

    GBAtemp's book game club is go for the 53rd edition.

    As ever a short series overview for those just joining us. For this series out main focuses are the large libraries of GBA, DS and Wii leaked prototypes, commerical releases, homebrew and ROM hacks with the occasional dabble in things that can be emulated on the DS.
    Although top rated games are certainly not excluded making a best games for the given console is not what we are aiming for around here as there is quite a bit that fell short of true greatness but displayed some innovation and as such is worth having seen.
    Selection will for the most part be games that are worth seeing but occasionally additional criteria like budget releases, only released to a given region, pose a challenge/run (the less lazy version of achievements) or do a compare and contrast for a group of related titles.

    #53- Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (DS)

    Valkyrie Profile is a franchise that extends back to the PS1 and it joins the ranks of Dragon Quest in having a "numbered" release on the DS where previous entries were built for the home console or PC. Much like the other games from developer Tri Ace games the idea seems to be heavily tweak a traditional battle system (usually towards a more active/real time thing) and allow for quite a deep system with the system as seen in tactics titles getting the honour for this one (maybe not the tactics equivalent of the mario RPG take on battles but not far off).
    Also much like other games from Tri Ace the story setup is quite nice (in this case their usual somewhat bizzare sci fi setting being eschewed for a gaming style reimagining of Norse mythology) but possibly falls short in execution. It does however feature some branching paths which is not that common in handheld titles and the difficulty curve is noted for being quite unforgiving.

    Battle footage from the game



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    gbagotw should get you other links in this series

  2. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Former Staff
    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    I remember I had _really_ high expectations for this game. Only to be disappointed to see that it was a SRPG.

    Can't remember if it was a good one or not, though. I turned off my DS in rage after I discovered that it wasn't like the first one :creep:
  3. Aeter

    Aeter A walking contradiction

    Apr 1, 2009
    The lands of nether
    I had this one on my 'to play' list when it came out, but found out it was a tactics RPG, which I don't like, but after reading I might try it some time in the near future, maybe.
  4. Daemauroa

    Daemauroa GBAtemp Regular

    May 10, 2012
    I have never played this one, but it does look promising, maybe I am going to try it.
    anyway, I think they over did it when they killed the lizard man in the battle footage, although it seems that it actually is the purpose of the game :P
  5. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Feb 9, 2010
    I tried to play this once, but the archaic grammar structures were really hard for me to understand
    Also.... I usually dont like SRPG (besides Fire Emblem), so there was no point for me to play this one (didnt like the gameplay, didnt understand the story) :(
    But the OST is awesome!.... so depressing and melancholy! I love Sakuraba :P

    I really liked the first two games, but this was kind of a dissapointment. Still waiting for Tri-Ace to make the "propper" Valkyrie Profile 3
  6. ComeTurismO

    ComeTurismO CTO

    Sep 18, 2011
    4:54 PM
    I liked the choice, it looks like a fun game, I might get it for my AK2i
  7. Geren

    Geren GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 15, 2011
    Yes, it was quite hard. Never played the first ones so I didn't know what to expect. It was pretty grim, I mean, if you had trouble with a fight (which wasn't unlikely) you could permanently sacrifice an ally in order to gain superpowers. The story revolved around that.

    I remember that I was pissed when I first finished it because the ending was bad. I found out about the true ending, but still I wasn't satisfied when I got it.
  8. klim28

    klim28 Hunter4Life

    Jul 24, 2010
    LocLac village...
    Never liked this. Expected this to be like Lenneth.
  9. Blazer

    Blazer GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 10, 2008
    United States
    This game was absolutely awesome

    I beat it and the Seraphic Gate several times

    though I don't expect most people to agree with me because since it has the name "Valkyrie Profile" fans of the previous games want it to be exactly or the same or hella close

    of course this applies to most series, unless the game is a spectacular improvement or several steps above its predecessor(s), THEN people will be like 'oh okay it's not that bad'. but since people can't take change, the reaction was generally poor, and the game IS difficult the first round through (which made it all the more fun for me since I challenged myself not to use the destiny plume)

    but yeah I personally thought it was amazing and in some ways better than the previous games.
  10. ZAFDeltaForce

    ZAFDeltaForce Specialist

    Sep 9, 2006
    I never really tried it after I found out it was an SRPG

    But if it's anything like Lenneth, I think I'll steer clear
  11. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    me too as i thought it would be a ff3 kind of game but turned out to be ffta. but whatever it had, it was done well albeit hard.
  12. Terenigma

    Terenigma Terenigma everywhere

    Nov 10, 2008
    REALLY good game. very very underated and a perfect exsample of a game being challanging without feeling cheap.

    I think anyone who has played this to the end will agree its a superb game and its not too hard, ok its not a cakewalk and i know there is one section in the game that could be fustrating because occasionally it will throw 2 hard fights at you right after one another BUT, it just needs a little thought and you will make it through the battles, also i think one of the big issues people have with this (also possibly why people think its too hard) is because
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Overall tho, really good game, easily my fave of the VP series.
  13. Paarish

    Paarish Connor's Nublet

    Aug 26, 2009
    Married to DinohScene
    I love the VP series.
    However this game I found really hard to get into since it was an SRPG.
    One day I'll finish it
  14. zygie

    zygie GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 16, 2009
    Loved this game. 100%'d the main but never really got into the Seraphic Gate. I easily sunk 40+ hours in a week when my school had a break.

    It has easier routes which I took first during my first playthrough, that's why I never found it too hard the first time around, but as said here it does occasionally throw you a hard level which you'd have to think your movements through. All in all if you don't think it will be the same as VP:Lenneth or Silmeria, and you're into SRPGs, you'd probably like it.
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  15. h8uthemost

    h8uthemost GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 7, 2006
    United States
    Well I actually love SRPG's. But I always figured this was another typical run-of-the-mill JRPG's that I tend to grow quite bored of pretty quickly. Not after knowing a little something about it I'm actually interested in playing it...
  16. bejiman

    bejiman GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    Nice pick! Sure, this plays different from the previous VP games and the SRPG elements are not that impressive but the plot makes up for it. Play this if you want a game with a good story.
  17. Qtis

    Qtis Grey Knight Inquisitor

    Feb 28, 2010
    The Forge
    The reason why I bought quite a few of the Valkyrie Profile games (PS2, PSP, etc). Good show, though the gameplay required quite a few restarts here and there :P
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