lopez wrote:I'll try to do a micro review:
Main character loses his father and blames the Valkyrie (Retriever of souls) for the impact it has on his family.
Goes on a quest to kill the Valkyrie with the help of Hel (female version of satan). Along the way he meets characters involved in a power struggle between 2 rival powers trying to control the land. Betrayals and plot twists ensue. Most of the battles/events depend on the characters moral choices. Overall, a great morality gripped story keeps you going and sets up further replays.
Turn-based strategy game. It's a mix between Valkyrie Profile 1 and Final Fantasy Tactics. You control up to 4 characters and move along a grid to attack your enemies. When attacking, all allies within range join in to attack the enemy. Each character can do 1-3 attacks in a given battle sequence, depending on the weapon equipped. Each character is set to one of the 4 buttons (A,B,X,Y) and pressing the button causes them to attack. The initial playthrough can be challenging if your unfamiliar with the gameplay. It is a fun and reward system if you put in the effort to strategize your movements on the grid. Reckless playing leads to a quick game-over. Overall, entertaining take on the turn + grid-based strategy games.
Each of the recruitable characters is unique and interesting. They play a strong part in each of the games chapters. Each character (besides Mages) has a unique play style in battle that helps expand replayability. There are a few stereotypes, but overall their stories and dialogue make up for the cliches
Most of the music is recycled from previous Valkyrie games. This isn't necessarily bad, as the music is good, it's just disappointing how they couldn't create more new music.
There are three different endings depending on your moral choices. Each play-through can lead to different sides of the story and different characters depending on your moral choices. After obtaining all three endings a new dungeon is available. A New Game+ is available after each play-through resulting in weapons/armor being carried over (this is a huge help for obtaining the A ending)
Great game. In my opinion it was the most enjoyable out of the 3 valkyrie games to play. You should pick it up if you enjoy turn-based strategy games like Final Fantasy Tactics.
DarkPrier wrote:... the mages in this game are all extremely cool and unique.
Ubiquitor wrote:DarkPrier wrote:... the mages in this game are all extremely cool and unique.
I agree with this to the degree that I used an all-mage party for Seraphic Gate.
Reth wrote:Thanks for the reviews! I'm a big fan of the Valkyrie Profile series and have been dubious in picking up Covenant of the Plume. You've just convinced me to give it a shot!
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