Valkyrie Profile


Valkyrie Profile

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title=Valkyrie Profile


caption = Jewel case art from the North American version of "Valkyrie Profile" for the PlayStation.
developer=tri-Ace
tri-Crescendo (sound work)
TOSE (PSP port)
publisher=PSX: Enix
PSP: Square Enix
designer =
composer = Motoi Sakuraba
engine =
released=PSX
vgrelease|JP=December 22, 1999|NA=August 29, 2000

PSP
vgrelease|JP=March 2, 2006|NA=July 18, 2006|EU=April 27, 2007|AUS=May 3, 2007 [cite web | url=http://www.gamespot.com/psp/rpg/valkyrieprofilelenneth/similar.html?mode=versions | title=Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth for PSP | accessdate=2008-07-10 | publisher=GameSpot]
genre = Console role-playing game
modes = Single-player
ratings= vgratings|ESRB=Teen|CERO=B|OFLCA=PG
platforms = PlayStation, PSP
media = 2 × CD-ROMs or 1 UMD
requirements =
input =

nihongo|"Valkyrie Profile"|ヴァルキリープロファイル|Varukiri Purofairu is a console role-playing game (RPG) developed by tri-Ace and published by Enix (now Square Enix) for the PlayStation console. It was released on December 22, 1999 in Japan and on August 29, 2000 in North America. An enhanced port of the game was later released for the PlayStation Portable under the name "Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth" on March 2, 2006 in Japan, July 18, 2006 in North America, and April 27, 2007 in Europe. A PlayStation 2 sequel, titled "", was released on June 22, 2006 in Japan, September 25, 2006 in North America, and September 7, 2007 in Europe.

The game is loosely based on Norse mythology, where players assume the role of a valkyrie who recruits and prepares the souls of fallen warriors (Einherjar) before sending them to Valhalla for a final apocalyptic battle between the Æsir and Vanir: Ragnarok. Along the way, she uncovers the tragic events of her own hidden past.

Gameplay

"Valkyrie Profile" is named for the distinctive 2D "profile" (side-view) perspective that most of the game takes place in. Dungeon exploration plays more like a platform game than a traditional RPG, with Lenneth Valkyrie the only visible character and capable of jumping, sliding, swinging her sword, and shooting ice crystals. Ice crystals can make temporary steps and freeze enemies and are used for solving many puzzles. Upon contact with an unfrozen enemy, an RPG-style battle begins. Enemies are visible and attacking them gives Lenneth a first attack advantage in combat. Lenneth can also engage an enemy in battle by coming into contact with them; in this case, there is a 50% chance that the enemy will have the first attack.

Travel on the world map occurs in a 3D third-person perspective, with Lenneth flying in the skies over Midgard. Pressing the Start button allows her to perform a "Spiritual Concentration," which reveals new dungeons, cities and towns, and recruitable einherjar. When entering a city or town, the game switches to a 2D profile view and Lenneth will disguise herself as a human, allowing her to interact with inhabitants without drawing attention to herself.

Much of the game consists of Lenneth locating and recruiting new einherjar (with cut-scenes of the circumstances of their deaths), training them, and determining if and when to send them to Valhalla to fight alongside with the Æsir. Character development for most of Einherjar consists of their "death scenes," which are often dramatic and highly emotional and often steeped in symbolism and metaphors, and dialogue between them and the Gods while in Valhalla. Each einherjar has a Hero Value, a number representing their usefulness in Valhalla, and Lenneth must send einherjar with the proper hero values and skills to survive in Valhalla and keep Odin and Freya satisfied.

The game is divided into eight chapters, each with different quests, dungeons, and items available. Each chapter is further divided into periods, depending on the difficulty (16 in Easy, 24 in Normal, and 28 in Hard). Visiting towns, dungeons, and recruiting einherjar use up periods, requiring that the player budget their available time. Once the periods in a chapter are up, the Sacred Phase begins, in which Lenneth returns to Asgard and Freya updates her on the status of the war with the Vanir and the fate of her einherjar in Valhalla.

It also has a group experience system: battle experience is divided among the active party members, but experience points obtained from dungeon exploration such as solving puzzles and completing dungeons are banked for division among party members at the player's discretion.

There are three difficulty levels: Easy, Normal, and Hard, with different available einherjar, dungeons, quests, as well as three different endings. The "B" and "C" endings can be achieved in any difficulty level, while the "A" ending, which completes the entire story, is only available with the completion of certain tasks in the normal and hard difficulties. Also, the Seraphic Gate is only fully accessible in Hard.

Combat

"Valkyrie Profile" has a unique turn-based battle system. The two sides wage battle during alternate turns, with the whole party sharing one turn and able to attack simultaneously during that turn. Each enemy is given their own turn and do not combine attacks with one another. Each of the party members is assigned to one of the buttons on the controller (Square, Triangle, Circle, or Cross). Pressing the corresponding button on the player's turn orders that character to attack. Fighters have three character-specific attacks each turn, though weapons can limit how many they can use. Mages cast their preset offensive spells, which builds up their CT (Charge Time). Charge Time replaces MP, decreases slowly on its own, and prevents casting spells when above 0. While a mage's CT decreases, they can not perform any actions, though there are skills that allow exceptions to this.

and reduce CT, and add to the Hit Gauge. When the Hit Gauge reaches 100% in one turn, a character with no Charge Time may perform a special attack ("Purify Weird Soul") that causes great damage and refills the Hit Gauge, possibly allowing another character to use their Purify Weird Soul. Using a Purify Weird Soul causes CT to rise, so characters must wait several turns before they can perform another one. Fighters have character-specific Purify Weird Souls. Mages use either multi-hit versions of their selected spells or Great Magic, elaborate versions of their selected spells that strike all enemies. Only certain scepters allow the use of Great Magic; human-forged Great Magic-capable scepters have a high chance of breaking with such use, and unbreakable ether-coated ones are extremely rare. Damage is not capped so the party may attack an enemy until they no longer have any available moves rather than being limited to the total DME (health points) of the target.

At the beginning of each battle, Lenneth summons her einherjar to combat. As she is needed to keep them materialized, if Lenneth is defeated in combat, she must be revived within three turns or the party will be defeated. Lenneth is also the only character who cannot be voluntarily removed from the party.

Equipment

There is no currency or shopping in "Valkyrie Profile". At the beginning of each chapter, Lenneth receives a certain number of materialize points from Freya based on her previous performance. Materialize points can be transmutated into items and equipment and vice versa.

Six weapon types are present: Light Sword, Heavy Sword, Katana, Lance, Bow, and Staff, corresponding to the six types of characters: light warrior, heavy warrior, samurai, lancer, archer, and mage. Most characters will only be able to equip their specified type of weapon (though some swords can be used by light and heavy warriors and samurais) and only certain weapons allow them to perform all three of their attacks (or Great Magic in the case of mages). Lenneth is the exception; she can equip both swords and bows and her Purify Weird Soul, Nibelung Valesti, changes accordingly. Some weapons have a chance of breaking with each use.

etting

"Valkyrie Profile" draws heavily from Norse mythology, though it takes artistic liberty with the source material and does deviate from it significantly.

The nine realms of the world are connected by the roots of the world tree, Yggdrasil. Three of the strongest roots contain the five realms significant to "Valkyrie Profile":
* Asgard, the home of the Æsir and Vanir, and Alfheim, realm of the elves, exist on the highest root. The only way to enter from Midgard is to cross the rainbow bridge Bifrost. It is home to the Hall of Valhalla, where warriors who died heroically are brought by Valkyries to fight alongside the gods.
* Midgard, the realm of humans, and Jotunheim, the home of the giants, exist on the middle root. Midgard is a war torn land, separated from the snowy land of Jotunheim by tall mountains and vast oceans.
* Nifleheim, the realm of the dead, exists on the lowest root. It is a dark, fog-covered land neglected by the other gods, where those who died ignominious deaths were condemned to an eternity of torment and suffering by the death goddess Queen Hel.

Four powerful artifacts ("the Four Great Treasures") ensure the stability and peace of each realm:

* Asgard - Gungnir, Odin's spear.
* Alfheim - the Sylvan Bow, currently in Odin's possession
* Midgard - the Dragon Orb. Once located in Midgard in the Palace of the Dragon, but Odin has stolen it as of "Valkyrie Profile" to prepare for the coming of Ragnarok
* Nifleheim - the demon sword Levantine. It was eaten by the dragon Bloodbane.

Valkyrie Profile takes place mostly in Midgard during the war between the Æsir and Vanir. Midgard consists of a several smaller islands surrounding a large continent where the majority of humans live. The kingdom of Villnore, which includes the village of Coriander and the Weeping Lily Meadow, are in the northwest. The kingdom of Gerabellum, including the village of Lassen, occupy the southwestern portion of the continent. The militaristic Crell Monferaigne controls most of the eastern half of the continent. The small kingdom of Artolia and village of Camille, located centrally, are often caught in wars between their three larger neighbors. The monarchy of Flenceburg, known for its magical academy, lies on a peninsula in the southeast. The rest of the continent is covered by mountains, forests, swamps, and ancient ruins. The land of Hai-Lan lies on the island of Yamato to the southwest while the Lost City of Dipan (featured in "Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria") is on an island to the north. The Forest of Spirits, home of the elves in Midgard, lies on a large island to the south-east of Flenceburg. The Palace of the Dragon lies on a small island to the east. The castle of Brahms, lord of the undead, floats over an island to the west. Finally, the final part of the game brings Lenneth to either Jotunheim Palace, home of the Vanir, or Asgard Hill, home of the Æsir, depending on which ending is achieved.

eraphic Gate

"Valkyrie Profile" contains an optional bonus dungeon called the Seraphic Gate, separate from the rest of the main game and available by saving in the game's last save point. The player can use all einherjar recruited in the main game, including those sent to Valhalla.

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Characters

There are 25 playable characters in Valkyrie Profile: Valkyrie (Lenneth), Brahms, Lezard Valeth, Freya, and 20 einherjar. However, all 20 einherjar can only be recruited on Hard difficulty.

Lenneth is the primary protagonist of "Valkyrie Profile", a recently awakened warrior-maiden and servant of Odin, who has been tasked with recruiting einherjar, the souls of deceased warriors, to fight with the Æsir in their war against the Vanir and prevent the destruction of Asgard in Ragnarok. Lenneth is the most powerful of the three goddesses of fate (the other two being her sisters, Hrist and Silmeria) and they all share the same body, though only one is awake at any given time and can be distinguished by their hair color and armor. Hrist is the most fanatically loyal to Odin and, like him, believes humans are slaves to the gods. Lenneth and Silmeria tend to be more compassionate and take the side of humans more often.

Loki is revealed to be the final antagonist of "Valkyrie Profile". Although half-Æsir and half-Vanir, Loki is accepted in Valhalla among the Æsir, though he is also secretly collaborating with Queen Hel of Nifleheim and Surt, leader of the Vanir, and has gained the service of the wolf Fenrir and the dragon Bloodbane. Destructive at heart, Loki desires to usurp Odin's power and become all powerful himself. To do so, he needs one of the four treasures, which will give him the power to challenge Odin.

Plot

In the village of Coriander, a 14-year old girl named Platina lives with her cruel parents. When the village falls upon hard times, her friend Lucian finds out that her parents are going to sell her into slavery so they run away together. The two accidentally wander into the Weeping Lily Meadow and Platina dies in Lucian's arms from the toxic pollen.

Lenneth Valkyrie awakens in Asgard, where the god Odin and the goddess Freya give her the task of recruiting warriors from Midgard into the Einherjar for their war with the Vanir and the coming of Ragnarok. Her first recruits are the princess Jelanda and the mercenary Arngrim. After the arrogant Arngrim inadvertently embarrasses her father, Jelanda hatches an scheme for revenge but is kidnapped and transformed into a monster by a traitorous court minister. Lenneth appears and helps Arngrim kill the monster, claiming Jelanda as an Einherjar. Arngrim, having unknowingly aided Jelanda's captors, later kills the man responsible for her death, but commits suicide when he is to be arrested. Lenneth makes Arngrim an Einherjar at Jelanda's request but Odin and Freya find him lacking the personal qualities of an Einherjar and refuse to accept him into Valhalla so Arngrim remains at Lenneth's side.

During Lenneth's travels, she meets but does not fight Brahms, lord of the undead and enemy of Odin who is in possession of her sister Silmeria (due to circumstances explained in "Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria") and the necromancer Lezard Valeth, who lures her to his tower. Lenneth discovers that he has been experimenting with half-elven homunculi for use as vessels to attain godhood. Lezard also wishes to possess Lenneth for himself, though she refuses to cooperate and destroys his experiments. The sorceress Mystina, one of Lezard's rivals, later discovers what he has been doing and takes his last remaining homunculus. When he discovers her theft, Lezard freezes her body while she is spirit walking, separating Mystina's soul from her body permanently. Lenneth recruits her, though Odin and Freya refuse to accept Mystina into Valhalla and she, like Arngrim, remains with Lenneth.

Lenneth eventually meets Lucian, who has grown up and become a poor thief in Gerabellum. He notices that Lenneth resembles Platina, due their silver hair, though she does not know who he is. Lucian is later killed by soldiers cleaning up the slums and becomes an Einherjar. Before she sends him to Valhalla, Lucian takes Lenneth to Coriander and the Weeping Lily Meadow, telling her about Platina and how he still loves her. Lenneth tells him to forget about her but kisses him before he departs, though she doesn't believe any romance can happen between a human and a God she hopes they will meet again. Lucian then goes to Valhalla, continuing to brood upon Lenneth and Platina.

Lenneth's travels bring her to the Lost City of Dipan, where she finds the ghost of King Barbarossa. Discovering a time machine within the city, she accidentally travels into the past, witnessing her sister Hrist execute the king and destroy the city for defying the gods and building the time machine ("Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria"). Returning to her own time, Lenneth helps Barbarossa's soul find peace by defeating the three Magi haunting Dipan.

Meanwhile, in Valhalla, Lucian learns that Valkyries "sleep" in Midgard, reincarnating in Asgard upon their human deaths. However, Odin and Freya seal their memories, as they might interfere with their duty as Valkyries. The Æsir Loki tells Lucian that the Water Mirror can be used to contact the Valkyrie, though it is forbidden for anyone besides Odin to use. Lucian does so anyway and gives Lenneth an earring, telling her she will know where to find its match, but Lenneth is angry at him for his disobedience. Loki, who secretly seeks to usurp Odin's power, uses the distraction to steal the Dragon Orb. Afterwards, Loki kills Lucian, using him as a scapegoat to cover his theft. When Lenneth returns to Asgard, Freya tells her the Dragon Orb has been stolen, ostensibly by Lucian.

Lenneth finds the other earring at Platina's grave in the Weeping Lily Meadow and her memories as Platina return. Sensing that the seal is broken, Odin performs the Sovereign's Rite, transmigrating Lenneth's soul and summoning Hrist in her place. Hrist takes control of the Valkyrie's body and tries to destroy Arngrim and Mystina, who refuse to serve her, but Lenneth intervenes to save them. The blast shatters Lenneth's soul and Mystina must crystallize the fragments to prevent them from dissipating. Lezard Valeth appears, telling them of a way to save her. Temporarily transferring Lenneth's soul into Lezard's homunculus, Arngrim, Mystina, and Lezard then confront Hrist in Brahms' castle, where she has gone to retrieve Silmeria. With Brahms' help, they defeat her and reclaim the Valkyrie's body. Back in Mystina's workshop, the elven homunculus is fused with the Valkyrie's body and Lenneth is reborn. Her memories of Lucian and Platina intact, Lenneth is disgusted with how the gods manipulate humans and the suffering they cause and wants it to stop.

Eventually Ragnarok occurs and Loki, with the power of the Dragon Orb, betrays and kills both Odin and Surt, leaders of the Æsir and Vanir. Returning to Asgard, after confronting Freya about the manipulations of both Odin as well as her own, Lenneth slays Fenrir and Bloodbane before confronting Loki, who destroys the world in a demonstration of his power. The fusion of the Valkyrie's body and half-elven homunculus allows Lenneth's divine powers to grow so she is able to shield herself and the other Einherjar from Loki's destructive display. Her compassion for mankind and love for Lucian allows her to draw upon all of humanity, gaining the power of creation. Lenneth undoes Loki's destruction, kills him, taking his soul into herself and becomes the new Lord of Creation. She then turns to see Lucian, who has been reborn, and the two are reunited and they kiss.

Mythology

"Valkyrie Profile" is based on various events and characters from Norse Mythology, and while some depictions remain accurate to their mythic counterparts, tri-Ace took artistic liberty with others, deviating mildly or substantially from the original myths. Some such differences are as follow:
* During the game, the chief opponents of the Æsir during Ragnarok are the Vanir, Loki, and Surt. In traditional Nordic myth, the chief opponents are the Æsir and the Jotun (a race of giants), Loki, and Surt. The Vanir and Æsir were at war at one time, however, though it was not for the battle of Ragnarok.
* In Nordic myth, the Vanir are another race of gods with little differences to the Æsir actually expressed, whereas in Valkyrie Profile, the Vanir are depicted themselves as giants, and appear to take on the general role of the Jotun.
* In Nordic myth, Loki is originally half-Æsir and half-Jotun. In the game, he is half-Æsir and half-Vanir, further demonstrating Tri-Ace's substitution of the Jotun for the Vanir.
* In Nordic myth, Surt is a fire Jotun and ruler of Muspellheim who burns down the world during Ragnarok, while in the game, he is leader of the Vanir, and appears to be an ice giant who still rules over Muspellheim, though it should be noted that many of his attacks are fire based. In the "A Ending" game, it is Loki who destroys the world during Ragnarok after slaying Surt.
* In Nordic myth, Loki dies from his wounds after battle with Heimdall, the watchman of the Gods. In the game, Loki is slain by Lenneth.
* In Nordic myth, Odin is slain during Ragnarok by Fenrir, a giant wolf who eats him alive. Fenrir is then slain by Vidar, Odin's son. In the game, it is implied that Odin is slain by Loki, who has Fenrir at his side. Odin is not consumed alive in the game as in the myth, and it is Lenneth, not Vidar, who slays Fenrir in the game.
* In Nordic myth, both Freya and Frei are of the Vanir; Freya later married into the Æsir to end the war between the Æsir and the Vanir. In the game, both are aligned with the Æsir, though it is never stated whether or not they were originally of the Vanir.
* In Nordic myth, Frei is Freya's brother, one of the more powerful Norse gods, and among the first to die at Ragnarok. In the game, Frei is portrayed as a young girl, and her death during Ragnarok is not depicted, though her fate is ultimately uncertain. However, in the official manga adaptation, Frei is one of Loki's first victims as he wages war on Valhalla.
* After Ragnarok in Nordic Myth, the world is reborn and two humans, Lif and Lifthrasir, emerge as the sole human survivors. Baldur, a God who was tricked and slain (indirectly) by Loki, survives the conflict and leaves Hel. In the game, the world is similarly reborn after Ragnarok, but Lenneth and Lucian are shown together in the end, rather than Lif and Lifthrasir. Rather than Baldur, it is Lucian who is tricked and slain by Loki, only to be miraculously resurrected after Ragnarok.
* In Nordic myth, as in the game, Valkyries are responsible for choosing Einherjar (the souls of brave fallen warriors) to escort to Valhalla to fight at Odin's side during Ragnarok. However, Valkyries originally did not train Einherjar, and while they are indeed warriors, never engaged in combat on Earth, as they do in the game.
* In Nordic Myth, Arngrim is a mighty warrior who battles many foes in the employ of a king to win the hand of his daughter, the princess. In the game, Arngrim is a mighty warrior who fights in the employ of a king, but as a mercenary. The king's daughter, Princess Jelanda, plays a crucial role in Arngrim's portion of the game, however, and he eventually fights and dies avenging her rather than trying to marry her.
* Lenneth Valkyrie herself is possibly featured after Brynhild in the Icelandic The Saga of the Volsungs (or Brünhild in the German Nibelungenlied). Brynhild is a valkyrie who was punished by Odin for disobedience and love for Siegfried, a human. Many of the events during the game resemble the events surrounding Brynhild. For instance, Lenneth has her memories of Lucian, a human she was in love with, magically erased. In the myth, Siegfried has his memories of Brynhild magically erased. In the myth, Brynhild is trapped by a ring of fire from which Siegfried frees her and helps her awaken, and in the game, Lenneth's memories are sealed by the Nibelungen Ring; memories that Lucian eventually helps her remember so that her true personality may awaken. Furthermore, in the myth, Siegfried is renounced by Brynhild shortly before his murder as a precursor to Valhalla's fall during Ragnarok. In the game, Lucian is renounced by Lenneth shortly before he is murdered as a precursor to Ragnarok.

Localization

Several improvements were made to the English release of "Valkyrie Profile", including more cinematics and the ability to adjust all characters' armor instead of just the active party as well as being informed when changing Lenneth's weapon from sword to bow. Some editing occurred during translation, but visible blood, drinking, and sexual comments remain. Badrach's smoking was cut out but the animation of him smoking after a successful battle remains, minus the cigarette. Lezard Valeth's teleportation circle was changed from a pink pentagram to a purple circle though this was left unchanged in the Playstation Portable version. The names of Frei, the elder sister, and Freya, the younger, were reversed from Norse mythology and from the Japanese version (though in the former, Frei is the elder "brother").

Cast

Japanese Version

*Yumi Touma: Lenneth/Platina
*Kikuko Inoue: Ahly, Liseria
*Kenji Nomura: Bloodbane, Brahms
*Maria Kawamura: Frey
*Kae Araki: Freya, Geraldo
*Mitsuaki Madono: Loki
*Shūichi Ikeda: Barbarossa, Odin
*Mitsuaki Hoshino: Badluck, Surt
*Ai Orikasa: Aimi, Genevieve
*Hiroki Tōchi: Aluze
*Kazuhiro Nakata: Belenus
*Mugihito: Ganosa
*Tatsuya Nagatomo: Grey
*Norio Wakamoto: Jakelinus
*Urara Takano: Jeyal
*Masaya Onosaka: Jung
*Tetsuya Iwanaga: Kashell
*Atsushi Naito: Lawfa
*Daisuke Sakaguchi: Lawry
*Takehito Koyasu: Lezard Valeth
*Nozomu Sasaki: Lucio
*Wakana Yamazaki: Meltina
*Natsumi Yanase: Nanami
*Naoko Kouda: Rolenta
*Yuri Shiratori: Shiho
*Akimitsu Takase: Suo
*Hiroko Emori: Yumel

English Version

The voiceover studio and voice actor stock used for the English version was TAJ Productions in New York.
*Megan Hollingshead: Lenneth Valkyrie/Platina, Hrist Valkyrie, Lorenta
*Veronica Taylor: Freya, Aelia, Jayle
*Tara Jayne: Llewelyn, Nanami, Shiho, Yumei
*Addie Blaustein: Arngrim, Barbarossa, Gabriel Celeste, Lawfer, Lezard Valeth
*Rachael Lillis: Jelanda, Lyseria, Mystina
*Eric Stuart: Grey, Lucian
*Jimmy Zoppi: Badrach, Kashell
*Ed Paul: Belenus, Gandar, Loki, Suo
*Scottie Ray: Janus, Jun, Surt
*Ken Gates: Akhetamen, Brahms, Odin
*Kayzie Rogers: Frei, Iseria Queen


Crew

* Game producer: Yoshinori Yamagishi
* Game director: Yoshiharu Gotanda
* Original work/Scenario writer: Masaki Norimoto
* Main programmer: Shigeru Ueki
* Battle programmer: Yoshiharu Miyake
* Character designers: Ko Yoshinari, Yo Yoshinari
* Music composer: Motoi Sakuraba

PSP port

"Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth" is the PlayStation Portable (PSP) port of the original "Valkyrie Profile". According to Electronic Gaming Monthly, the port of "Lenneth" was developed by the Japanese developer TOSE and published by Square Enix. The port is of the Japanese version and does not have any of the gameplay improvements of the original English version, though the additional cinematics included in the English version are intact. Full motion video has been added to story events in the game and replaces all original anime scenes.

The English version of "Lenneth" uses an enhanced version of the original game's localizationFact|date=February 2007 and reuses the original English voiceover track. Square Enix cleaned up the original game's English scriptFact|date=February 2007 and additional voice over dialogue for the CG movies was recorded by New Generation Pictures, rather than the original company, TAJ Productions.

Reception

"Valkyrie Profile" was well received by critics, with an 84% rating at Game Rankings and 81/100 rating at Metacritic. GameSpot gave the game a 7.0/10, citing that it was "a complex, ambitious, and gorgeous title" with "beautiful aesthetics, an entertaining battle system, engaging characters, and a creatively balanced 'dual' scenario" but criticized the game for its "Draconian pacing," which made it a "nonlinear RPG that discourages exploration or even freedom of choice" and that "you'll rarely have time to enjoy the surrounding splendor." [ [http://www.gamespot.com/ps/rpg/valkyrieprofile/review.html Valkyrie Profile for PlayStation Review - PlayStation Valkyrie Profile Review ] ] In a 2006 reader's poll conducted by Famitsu magazine, "Valkyrie Profile" was voted the 27th best video game of all-time. Due to the positive review scores and relative rarity of the game used copies of "Valkyrie Profile" sell for $90cite web|title=VideoGamePriceCharts.com|url=http://www.videogamepricecharts.com/game/playstation/valkyrie-profile|accessdate=2008-04-16] , which is more than its initial retail price.

The PSP re-release, "Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth", was also well received by critics, with a 81% rating at Game Rankings and 80/100 rating at Metacritic. GameSpot gave it a 7.5/10, saying that the graphics were "just about as good as...on the original" with the "fantastic music" being "one of the highlights of the game", but criticized the game for its "very noticeable" load times and a manual that "doesn't provide much information" into its non-standard game mechanics. They also acknowledged that it "isn't exactly a great on-the-go game" due to its "lengthy story sequences, few save points, and steep learning curve" and the pre-rendered FMVs "look nice but don't bring much to the game." [ [http://www.gamespot.com/psp/rpg/valkyrieprofilelenneth/review.html Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth for PSP Review - PSP Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth Review ] ] "Lenneth" received IGN's award for Best PSP RPG of 2006. [ [http://bestof.ign.com/2006/psp/14.html IGN.com presents The Best of 2006 ] ]

"Lenneth" sold 60,000 copies in Europe as of November 2007. [http://www.square-enix.com/jp/ir/e/explanatory/download/20071119en_20.pdf]

References

External links

* [http://www.square-enix-usa.com/games/valkyrie-profile/ Square-Enix's official North American "Valkyrie Profile" site] (PSX)
* [http://na.square-enix.com/valkyrieprofile/index2.html Square-Enix's official North American "Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth" site] (PSP)
* [http://www.valkyrieprofile.eu.com Square Enix's official European website for "Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth"] en iconfr iconit iconde icones icon
* [http://www.square-enix.co.jp/vp/vp1/index.html Square Enix's official Japanese "Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth" website] ja icon


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