Repost: Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance Review

Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance is an enhanced version of the previously released UMD of the title that appeared on the PlayStation Portable. The digital-download only version refined some of the issues with the original release and has reappeared for those who are looking for a UMD-less journey. Some of the enhancements were the addition of warp points, a streamlined combat system, and additional quests to expand on the title.

Even with that in mind, Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance is one of those hardcore RPGs that only specific people will enjoy. Mainly because most of the time, the game doesn’t really direct players in any specific direction leading to a lot of confusion.

Plot

The title starts off interestingly enough with the Goddess of Judgment almost destroying the world, but after being stopped by a witch, but releasing monsters for 1000 years. After those 1000 years, the player begins their journey to find out their past and rid the world of the monsters.

After this brief intro the game begins and doesn’t really explain much else about the story of the player or the journey their taking.

The Look

Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance is passable, with the least detailed character being the one that is played. Other characters looks well developed and have a distinct style. The environments are detailed enough, but other games look better and are more impressive in utilizing the power of the PSP.

It’s disappointing that the style of the game isn’t fully realized because the game lends itself to the medieval look, but never takes advantage of it.

The Sound

Again, there isn’t much to be impressed about here. It’s suitable for the title, but there really isn’t a sweeping soundtrack to make anything sound epic. The combat sounds are appropriate for the attacks and defending and monsters have their own attack sounds, but it really feels lacking.

Function

Gameplay is mainly centered around gaining quests, massive exploration, and combat. The problem is that the combat is very one sided against the player and even in the early levels, enemies are constantly capable of defeating players. Another issue is that the game never fully explains the party system, magic, or even the combat system. Players are more left to their own devices and that creates even more confusion. Grind-happy players will enjoy the constant battles that take place, even though they can be avoided, but the necessity to fight isn’t properly gauged properly.

In essence, Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance begins unfair and continues throughout the title. Strategy isn’t introduced and the hands-off experience would have been better if it was introduced a little later in the title.

Decisions

Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance isn’t an easy title by any sort, which is both a positive and negative. For RPGers who want a challenge, then this is the game to play. For casual RPG players, it would be best to stay away.

There are some bright parts of the title, but not enough to warrant the abuse that the title hands out far too often.

Review copy provided for review purposes

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