Series Valkyrie profile It has always attracted attention for its quality, especially on the PS1, where the original title is considered an absolute classic on the platform. Therefore, the arrival of the new game for PS4, PS5 and PC – Valkyrie Elysium – Creates expectations around him.
Square Enix gave us early access Valkyrie Elysium With a game demo that lets you play the tutorial and the first chapter. The demo should be out tomorrow (15th) on the PS Store.
What is Valkyrie Elysium?
Valkyrie Elysium is an action RPG developed by Soleil that is mostly known Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker. That being said, this is a new game in the series. Valkyrie, but completely independent. You can enjoy it even without the slightest knowledge of other games.
The gameplay is very action-oriented (as we’ll see in the explanation below), so don’t expect the turn-based battles that exist Valkyrie profile for example. But it’s worth noting that there are elements that remind us of the originals, such as Einherjar and combos.
History and explanation of the game
We’ll no doubt have a full review of the title in the near future, so let’s stick to what the demo has to offer and what we can take away from your experience. The entire demo gameplay is in the video at the top of this article – with subtitles Brazilian Portuguese. Yes, oddly enough, a Japanese Square Enix game that isn’t Final Fantasy Receive texts in our language.
History Valkyrie Elysium It should be more developed in the full game, but in the demo it’s pretty condensed. We have an intro with nice art that provides some context (mainly explaining Norse mythology and Ragnarok) and then we control a Valkyrie commanded by Odin. In the tutorial we follow Odin’s voice as he explains how to play, and in the first chapter it is necessary to explore the area under Odin’s command (Be’elzean) so that Valkyrie can cleanse the souls before Ragnarok takes place.
It should also be noted that the lip-syncing of the English audio is uncomfortable in many scenes. In some, they were well-meaning, especially when Valkyrie herself says so. But it gets awkward on stage with Odin. Therefore, if you are interested in this effect, I recommend that you play in Japanese.
gameplay Valkyrie Elysium It is very action oriented. Think more of a hack and slash RPG layered on top than anything else.
Square serves to make the weakest and fastest attacks, while triangle performs the strongest and slowest. There are combos that alternate between these two buttons and that even unlock as you power up your character. X jumps and O holds back.
R1 has the primary function of summoning spirits (summoning here called einherjar). Hold R1 and press a button – depending on the button, a spirit will come to your aid and attack enemies like an NPC. It’s basically a party idea, but at your command and when you want it to appear. R2 opens the range for Valkyrie’s own spells, which are activated in the same way (hold R2 and press one of the main buttons on the controller). Both spells and summoned spirits carry specific bands and have elements attached to them that must be used against each enemy’s weaknesses. The demo game, like the early game, doesn’t show much variety in this regard, but consider that the dragon enemy, with its fire element, is weak against ice – the main element of Valkyrie itself. With the D-Pad you can quickly access your potions and elixirs as well as change weapons. There are only two in the demo, and the swinging motions change depending on which sword is being used.
That being said, you have to spend points and gems to upgrade the valkyrie, and this is unlocked through a skill tree (there’s something limited in the demo) broken down into offense, defense, and magic. Gems are collected by defeating enemies and, for example, chests, and they are of different colors and rarities. In addition to the above combos, evolving your Valkyrie offers more health, more magic, and even useful actions like double jump or double dodge.
R3 allows you to easily target the nearest enemy (and move by pressing the analog stick). Pressing L2 activates a sort of grappling hook/teleport that can be used both at specific points in the scenario and in combat to get closer to enemies. L1 is the basic protection.
I have to admit: the demo Valkyrie Elysium I was very impressed with the whole game. The demo certainly only offers a taste, but you’ll get a feel for the combat system and how the basic structure is supposed to work.
The gameplay described above is very enjoyable and works very well. And you notice things that you have to “suck” from. Naruto to Boruto (like running a Valkyrie) but overall the combat is very satisfying. Using all your options and keeping the pressure of teleporting with L2 is a lot of fun.
Valkyrie Elysium It’s not an open world. The game is divided into missions, including a ranking system (a note is given for its performance). The demo features the first chapter, which offers a main quest and two side quests. These two become available if you find them while completing the main.
I’ll go straight to the point: if you like games like this devil can cry or Bayonet And don’t mind the RPG touch on this, it’s very hard not to like the combat system Valkyrie Elysium.
However, the problem lies in the plot. It’s just a demo print, but it was pretty sketchy, and for an RPG, that’s a bit annoying. The graphics, in general, are also very simple. On the PS5, at least, everything runs smoothly and at 60fps. It’s just simple, and even though they’re stylized, they don’t add much detail. On the other hand, the soundtrack is nice and the full version should be another great work by Motoi Sakuraba.
Another concern is that going linear can be tiring depending on how the rest of the game goes. You’ll occasionally deviate from the route to explore and collect the so-called Hollow Flowers, which are easy collectibles scattered around the map, but you’ll soon return to the linear path.
Anyway, the demo left a positive impression. Fans of the series may be disappointed by the genre’s “escape,” but for those looking for a good game, it may be here soon.
Valkyrie Elysium PS4 and PS5 will be released on September 29. The PC version will be released on November 11. Pre-orders are available on the PS Store. The demo should be out tomorrow (15) on the PS Store (stay tuned to our website). A demo save can be transferred to the full game.