‘Valkyrie Elysium’ Offers Solid Action Despite Simplistic Norse Reimagining

Valkyrie Profile is one name that diehard JRPG enthusiasts may be familiar with. The original trilogy bucked the trend of the usual Dungeons and Dragons-inspired aesthetics by featuring a story and setting based entirely on Norse mythology.

As the name implies, the high-flying female warriors of legends are the stars of the games, with their trusty undead heroes, the einherjar, serving as party members for players to call forth in battle.

This basic premise was found in each game of the trilogy and has been resurrected once again for the all-new instalment, Valkyrie Elysium. A soft reboot of sorts, Valkyrie Elysium is not a typical JRPG but is instead an action game in the same vein as Devil May Cry.

‘valkyrie elysium’ offers solid action despite simplistic norse reimagining

So while we’ve looked at the recent demo for Valkyrie Elysium, here’s how the rest of the game fares in its full release.

Incoming Ragnarok

‘valkyrie elysium’ offers solid action despite simplistic norse reimagining
Like its predecessors, Valkyrie Elysium features a new Valkyrie for players to embody, who must travel down to Midgar in service of the All-Father, Odin. There, she must gather four sacred treasures and gather her einherjar.

This involves going down to Midgar, or Earth as we know it, with Valkyrie having to defeat whole hordes of the undead and other monsters. Along the way, Valkyrie will also save lost souls, resulting in a number of sidequests.

‘valkyrie elysium’ offers solid action despite simplistic norse reimagining

Valkyrie herself is more than faithful enough to heed the words of Odin and follow his every word, but things go awry when a rogue valkyrie named Hilde hinders Valkyrie’s quest at every turn, with her wild taunts hiding some uncomfortable truths.

Pierce of Gungnir

‘valkyrie elysium’ offers solid action despite simplistic norse reimagining
The original Valkyrie Profile trilogy featured its unique take on tactical combat, one of the most memorable aspects of those games. In its latest instalment, Valkyrie Elysium, a more traditional action-RPG battle system is implemented instead.

This combo-based hack-and-slash system is supplemented by Valkyrie’s ability to cast multiple elemental spells, as well as her ability to summon her einherjar, which also gives her weapon various elemental affinities.

‘valkyrie elysium’ offers solid action despite simplistic norse reimagining

Combat is simplistic enough: equippable weapons are limited to fast and slow variants, while all of them feature the same inputs between each variant. Before long, it is very easy for the player to get into the groove of things and rack up combos by the hundreds.

Helheim and Back

‘valkyrie elysium’ offers solid action despite simplistic norse reimagining
Valkyrie Elysium takes a bit to get going, but once the player amasses the right skills and equipment, battles can be a breeze. The core game loop is simplistic and the game only has nine chapters to go through.

On the outset, it may seem like a shallow experience but like most score-based action games, achieving high rankings is the true challenge. Valkyrie and her party members are probably the game’s weakest point, as they are more like walking cliches than unique characters.

‘valkyrie elysium’ offers solid action despite simplistic norse reimagining

Valkyrie Elysium

Part of Square Enix’s acclaimed Valkyrie saga, Valkyrie Elysium is an action-RPG which draws on the richness of Norse mythology to present an original story set in a world on the brink of destruction, full of danger and fast-paced action combat.

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Valkyrie Elysium is available now on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, with a PC release on November 11.

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