Valhalla Knights 2 User Review
The graphical quality of this game keeps up with expectations, although the color scheme is pretty bland. All visuals sort of mesh together, and although everything blends well, I believe that may be because everything is from the same general color palate. Special effects are ok, but you need to make a point to watch them. Just sitting here now, nothing immediately pops into my head when I try to visualize various effects.
Gameplay is pretty poor in this title. Leveling up is a chore, and the battle system is dull. Basically, you enter the battle field and engage in real time fights. Enemy's difficulty spikes dramatically from area to area giving no gradual increase. In fact, you need to spend time leveling up and returning to town to heal every single time you want to advance the story. It just doesn't flow well, and navigation is long and boring. There's not really much exploration, but you will still need to spend a lot of time traveling to get to places you'd like to visit.
The storyline is bland and extremely disengaging to the player. Nothing is particularly interesting, and you have no motivation or personal attachment to anything to make you want to continue the story. Gameplay is so poor that you will find yourself hating many aspects of play. It's a shame the story is so shotty, because some games at least use the story as a reason to push forward. This title just really doesn't have too many redeeming qualities about it.
The sound is below average. Enemies, like bees, will buzz when they see you, but it's like buzzing is a growl or something. They make no noise otherwise. Other effects are pretty un-varied. You will notice many spells sound the same as others. It feels like the sound quality is there just for the sake of making noise. Whether or not the sound is appropriate to the circumstance doesn't seem to matter.
Control is a tricky topic. While it seems like you're given a lot of control over customization and how you fight in battle, you are actually limited greatly by the story and the way your AI characters behave in battle. I spent way too much time correcting my ally's errors, and there was always a reason why I couldn't accept a new quest. Why can't I quest when I want to? I hate the feeling of having to push through another annoying, unbalanced dungeon just so the story will allow me to try a quest.
Replay value is so low it isn't even funny. There's no real bonus to extra playthroughs and if I just want to play for 10 minutes, I can't if I'm in the middle of something already. Fighting is more annoying than fun, so you are left with no other feeling with this game than the desire to be done with it and never touch it again. Truth be told, I didn't finish the game completely, and I don't care, either. I'll never play it again. I'll be happy to take 1 or 2 bucks for store credit, any day. And I'm a collector!
At day's end, this game isn't for anyone. It's a disgrace of a game, and you would have to be one incredibly unique person to try it. Hands down the biggest waste of my money on games this decade.
This user review does not reflect the views of the PSX Extreme Staff.