previews\ May 8, 2006 at 8:00 pm

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria - PS2 - Preview

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It is part 2D adventure-plaformer and part 3D real-time, team-based combat. Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria is the type of game that jumps through several gaming hoops, but in the end it looks to deliver a solid and entertaining experience.

The game takes place hundreds of years before Lenneth’s tale and traces the tale of Silmeria, a valkyrie who once served Odin but who, after an incident ignited a conflict, finds herself in the human form of Alicia, Princess of Dipan. The two souls begin the journey to reclaim what was lost.

Featuring more than 20 characters that can be teamed with Alicia, the game will have the player moving through a 2D space, but once he, of she, has attacked a monster, the game moves into the 3D realm for the combat. Each battle has a leader; take out the leader and the battle is automatically won.

There is strategy involved and players should split the part to avoid all damage from DoTs (damage over time). Each character can be pre-set in terms of combat abilities, and in that regard is akin to the Radiata tale. RPG elements are somewhat stock, and players will acquire experience points, which are used to level.

While only single player, the game does have between 20-50 hours of gameplay. While rather hardcore, the game is still accessible.

Graphically strong, this is a title that requires thought to position characters and while the AI appears very good, and can take care of the non-played avatars, issuing commands beforehand creates a stronger sense of control over the game’s facets.

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria is an involved tale, and a wonderful adventure. The gameplay may harken, in some regards to the past, but when done well, that is not a bad thing at all. And Silmeria definitely falls into that category. This is a game to keep a look-out for as it positions itself to release in the third quarter of this year.

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