Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth (iOS) Review

By David Lovato 02.12.2018

Review for Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on iOS

When it comes to JRPGs, few industry veterans are as well-known and trusted as Tri-Ace and Square Enix. Perhaps among their more niche titles is Valkyrie Profile, a game originally released for the original PlayStation, which blends classic action RPG elements with platforming action. Earlier this year, the game saw a release for mobile phones, allowing fans to bring the action with them on the go. Now Cubed3 takes on the iOS release.

Possibly the first thing players will notice is the app's price-tag. Square Enix has become well known of late for charging a much higher price than a lot of its mobile app contemporaries. This is a topic that could spawn a whole article in itself, but suffice it to say things get a little more understandable considering this is a full PSone title, and not a run-of-the-mill mobile game that feels like a hollow reskin of pretty much every other run-of-the-mill mobile game.

As for the game itself, it definitely shows its age in terms of graphics and style, but in a way that somehow doesn't quite feel dated. Many titles today, especially on the mobile platform, strive for a retro- or classic-type feel to them, so one that actually comes from that era feels right at home. That said, the graphics often come across as pixelated and sometimes look like blown-out jpegs, and the music, while sometimes beautiful and always competent, frequently sounds like stock music from the latest RPG Maker.

Screenshot for Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on iOS

Sound effects aren't much better. Lenneth lumbers around with the thunderous clapping of her shoes against stone echoing across the dungeon with her every step, the voice acting is solid but nothing to write home about, and all of it sounds compressed. The gameplay doesn't fare much better; the backgrounds and level design make it difficult to tell what is or isn't interactive terrain and, in battle, the screen is full of disjointed prompts and meters, most of them accompanied by broken English phrases like "Purify Weird Soul!" and "Step on it press button!" On top of all of this, it doesn't do a particularly good job explaining anything.

It seems clear the developer of the port is aware that the adventure throws players into the deep end, and there is an auto-battle feature that might help get players accustomed to the flow of battle. Enemies and players take turns, and all player-characters can make moves during the same player turn. It's an interesting and mostly unique combat system, but with all of its nuances and even basic actions tucked away, players are mostly left in the dark as to what is actually going on during battle. In general, this feels targeted at fans of the original, not people who have never played the series before.

Screenshot for Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on iOS

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is a very difficult game to score. Its high price-tag and emphasis on staying faithful to the original - poor translations included - suggest it's a must for fans of the original game and series. Everyone else will likely find the compressed and invasive sound effects and the jarring, often nonsensical text prompts, a little too much, but those who stick with it are likely to find a solid, deep action RPG with a unique setting and story to accompany it.

Developer

Tri-Ace

Publisher

Square Enix

Genre

Real Time RPG

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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