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The Ultimate Classic RPG Guide for New Gamers: Valkyrie Profile
Valkyrie Profile is a title you pick up when you're looking for a challenge. The complex story, down right insanely difficult battles and life or death decisions all contribute to a fun and frustrating game.
Based on Norse mythology, you begin the game as Lenneth, Goddess of death, who is tasked with combing the world for souls of dead warriors. The Kingdom of Heaven is preparing for war against an opposing army, and the souls Lenneth sends are to help defend against Lord Odin's enemies. However, before earning the right to fight beside the gods, she must train her recruits by hunting evil spirits that plague the living. It's up to you to decide who is ready to join Odin's army and when.
Battle is tough, I'm not going to lie to you. It is probably by far one of the most difficult games I've ever played. You and up to three recruits battle the most sinister of the undead in a slay or be slayed scenario. You have to plan your attacks carefully in order to maximize combo hits for big damage. Balancing out melee fighters versus mages is no small task and can often spell the difference between success and defeat. Fighting isn't quite turn based, but it is based on menus, and a whole lot of luck. Your party won't die if you look away, but I'm certain that once the heat of battle starts up, you won't want to.
Since the story is heavily reliant of Norse mythology, it can be difficult at times to follow. With some concentration, patience and persistence the pieces will fall into place. The characters are all very generic. Only a handful actually stand out as true powerhouses, but that doesn't mean that their back stories are any less intriguing. Each chapter will introduce you to a character and will give you a detailed explanation about the life they lived and how they came to their demise.
Be prepared to spend some time on this game. I spent a couple weeks on the last dungeon alone. Complex mazes and extremely tough enemies lurk around every corner. After all, the work of a death goddess is never done...
As always, I welcome your feedback and comments. Don't be shy, let me know what you think.
The original Playstation version.