Preview of Valkyrie Elysium: The Unexpected Back-to-School RPG on PS5? – TGS 2022 on PS5

preview Valkyrie Elysium: The Unexpected Back-to-School RPG on PS5? – TGS 2022

Valkyrie stunned Elysium from its first game of the year six months ago, and is set to hit PlayStation consoles within a week, ahead of a PC release in mid-November. One of Square Enix’s strengths at the end of the year allowed itself to come close with a fairly complete demo that says a lot about its potential.

Six months ago, Sony unveiled a State of Play trailer in March that reveals the highly unexpected Valkyrie Elysium, which then surprised its world. Was it a reboot of the short but famous Valkyrie Profile series? We didn’t really know what to expect from this new component that came out of nowhere, which seemed poised to firmly break away from these cool J-RPG classics. What its predecessors were in the first PlayStation consoles. Fortunately, two weeks before its release, Square Enix Had a good idea to make a demo of the title, First available at a press event and then shown to players on the PlayStation Store. What do you offer an informed opinion…

Preview conditions

We were able to test the demo of the Valkyrie Elysium during a press event organized by Square Enix in London. Our impressions come from this gameplay session made on PlayStation 5, based on the demo for Tokyo Game Show 2022, which has since become available on the PlayStation Store. We didn’t get the chance to try out the PlayStation 4 version.


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License Return: New Profile for Valkyrie?

The “Valkyrie” franchise has come a long way. After the first two episodes, the acclaimed day Play Station And the Playstation 2 (The first was the subject of an excellent port on PlayStation Portable), then Valkyrie’s somewhat compelling tactical profile: Bloom’s Pact was released on the Nintendo DS in 2009, the series nearly disappeared from the radar over a decade ago, with the exception of Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin which It was released on iOS and Android in 2016. With Valkyrie Elysium, So it is simply the first time since 2006 that the license has returned to consoles, With a third iteration of these machines, Above all, a first step into the world of personal computers In a few weeks. Now that the context is set, what exactly is the value of this little surprise?

Valkyrie Elysium: The Unexpected Back-to-School RPG on PS5?  - TGS 2022

Titanic and very spooky battles will be waiting for you, and this is from the introduction to the game!

With a fairly generous demo, which could take two or three hours depending on your affinity for J-RPGs, we’ll learn Fairly complete rules of play for a program a bit stingy in detail in its lore (unless she collects her mysterious dummy blossoms all over the map) and her true place in the potential timeline of the saga to which she belongs. You play as Valkyrie, created and sent to Earth by Odin in the middle of Ragnarök (the apocalypse in Norse mythology) to solve the latter’s problems, with all his might but when it suits him. The real surprise lies in the progression and playability of the title, which is much closer to an action RPG than expected. The main gameplay components of Valkyrie Elysium are explored throughout this demo, from basic attacks to summoning Einherjar Through skills and combinations to manage, During the battles, you look more almost to the blows from all sides sometimes. The points system earned on cumulative hits is clearly far from what one would expect from a “sequel” to the Valkyrie Profile, and could be more reminiscent of the scoring system in Devil May Cry for example.

Rest assured: apart from the system of experience levels that it seems strange to break free from, Valkyrie Elysium is truly an RPG in its many aspects of gameplay, and it ticks all the major boxes, even if it often means falling into general clichés. This will range from simple key combinations to perform quick combat attacks to “divine arts” (magic exploits the enemy’s weaknesses, such as fire, lightning, hail, etc.), hence these famous summons that will also allow you to overcome obstacles (by breaking rocks Or create bridges, for example). naturally, Many skills will be unlocked for your heroine (as well as weapons to improve) with many gems Of different types retrieved by defeating enemies, but also by searching everywhere just as much The game world seems to hide secrets, between treasure chests and even secondary quests. At this level, we deplore the very simple “farm”, facilitated by the rapid and frequent appearance of destructible elements of the decor and some basic enemies. But far from this relative classic, The development team behind Valkyrie Elysium demonstrates a good knowledge of what distinguishes a mediocre RPG from a really good modern title, By offering elaborate gameplay and, above all, a fairly perfect readability.

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Valkyrie Elysium: The Unexpected Back-to-School RPG on PS5?  - TGS 2022

Valkyrie Elysium is lively and energetic and offers many angles of attack. Special reference to the “Spirit Series”!

Indeed, the sensations of the game console on hand very quickly put us in the shower: Valkyrie Elysium is not a simple cartoon of a modern action RPG, but a “strong” kind of genre. How not to think, for example, of the highly dynamic mechanisms of the “Soul Chain”, The kind of gladiator that allows you to reach into ledges but also enemies from a distance in combat? This particularly fun tool adds an extra dimension to work and quickly becomes a reaction, which we almost regret not being able to use everywhere and all the time. On the exploration side and global structure, The title build is somewhat reminiscent of Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, but with a more pronounced artistic direction, It is still more technically solid. Moreover, we will not lie to each other, In the two whole generations of machines passed there, the Valkyrie license learned a few games FromSoftware In organizing boss battles, the sometimes sluggish behavior of enemies is surprisingly slow and powerful. Sometimes it gets a bit cartoonish especially since the challenge isn’t really there (we completed the demo at 100% in about 3 hours on a “normal” difficulty level): It is not Dark Souls who wants, but Valkyrie Elysium inspired by it with a certain success, Combining a lot of good ideas borrowed from RPG references in general over the fifteen years that actually separates you from Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria.

Valkyrie Elysium: The Unexpected Back-to-School RPG on PS5?  - TGS 2022

The heroine’s understated aesthetic surprises (among other things) but turns out to be very successful.

Finally, let’s finish with a comprehensive technical note. So of course, Valkyrie Elysium is not an exceptional graphic work: it is another Japanese action game far from Western standards, Which spoils his immersion sometimes with rather mediocre dubbing and very old lip sync. It wouldn’t justify buying a PS5 on its own (the game is releasing simultaneously on PS4 by the way, although the PS5 version will probably be more fun to play), But the visual touch is still good and pleasing to the eye, especially in regards to the character’s half-shadowed Chara design And a lot of other graphics. The collection at times seems to belong to another era, mainly due to the imbalance of their environments, both gorgeous and highly detailed but also somewhat sloppy once their designers considered them secondary. In addition to her surprising role in the role-playing game, Valkyrie Elysium has Final Fantasy VII that remakes something of its own in its still and cool wallpapers, For whom the near-torrent style of shading lends it a bit more coherence than the horrible “background JPGs” one noticed outside the confines of Medgar in the popular version of Final Fantasy VII (contemporaneous to the first “Valkyrie”, by the way). but, A certain all-encompassing magic emanates from it, which somehow controls its carelessness Like NieR: Automata, with which it shares many strengths like Neuron at 60fps is well controlled, The fluidity and clarity of its easy-to-navigate menus, plus another less neglected asset in terms of His vocal track, is rather convincing in these first sequences. With so many glowing models he’s not to be shy about, the Valkyrie Elysium seems to be worthy of attention!

The Valkyrie Elysium will be released as a console exclusive on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on September 29, followed by November 11 on PC.

Valkyrie Elysium: The Unexpected Back-to-School RPG on PS5?  - TGS 2022

Our impressions

Valkyrie Elysium could be one of the big surprises this year’s end, as it comes out of nowhere, and isn’t necessarily clear about its initial intentions (rebooting the franchise? With a rather bold and powerful art direction, the overall gameplay has a very interesting dynamic, making The progression is frankly smooth and the action is pretty tense (at least on PS5, where we don’t see any frame fall.) The Square Enix title actually is only likely to disappoint old-fashioned J-RPG fans, with its turn-based combat, who might not like Such a shift in “action”, especially due to the lack of a clear rehash of events in the game.Moment. Could our mysterious heroine be the reincarnation of Lenneth, and will Valkyrie Elysium fulfill many of the promises seen in its generous presentation? In any case, it should We know more very soon!

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