Valhalla Knights 2 Review
Valhalla Knights 2 box art
System: PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: K2 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: XSEED / Marvelous 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 1, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Things get more interesting when you've collected enough gold to populate your party with up to five other adventurers. Each character can have up to two sub-classes, which is an interesting touch, and you can select which character you control at any time. There are literally tons of new items, spells, weapons, and abilities you'll pick up over time, so eventually your small band of warriors should be able to do some sizeable damage.

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Combat itself is somewhat compelling. You'll deal extra damage by approaching you're foes from the side or from behind when traveling in the dungeon. Encounters then open up into real-time six-on-six hacking and slashing. Only one party member is controlled personally, but the rest can be assigned various action styles. Each class has its own advantages and special abilities that can be called on to help, but having a solid healer in the party is an absolute must. When you get to the fighting, you'll all run around in an open area flailing around and occasionally firing off a special attack or two until the group prevails or is mauled beyond recognition by you're snarling enemies. When you're sitting down for a few hours of grinding, you'll soon care less about the finer points of battle, since the same effect can be achieved by using the R trigger to target a nearby foe and mashing the attack button.

The difficulty curve in Valhalla Knights 2 is very steep. Even leveling-up doesn't seem to make a major impact on your success, unless you spend significant time on it. You can easily toil away in the dungeons for hours without really having a sense of making much progress. This is due in-part to the high level of challenge and the fact the central hub town where you'll save, upgrade equipment, gain new quests, and engage in other crucial tasks forces you to tread back and forth between the same turf ad nauseam.

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Undoubtedly, there are quite a few aspects of Valhalla Knights 2 that action RPG fans will find very appealing, but it ends up being a wash when you look at the game's numerous faults. In short order these issues wear what little fun is to be had down to a dull point. There are definitely better games to play, if you're looking to dig into some deep dungeon crawling.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.3
Graphics
There are some nicely detailed aspects, but there's not much to impress here.
3.0
Control
Combat controls work OK but devolve into button mashing just to get through them. It's hard to pull of special moves without getting whomped. Also, turning the camera when navigating the dungeon is a little wonky.
3.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Lots of repetitious music. Some cool sound effects.
3.4
Play Value
This game is time consuming without the benefit of being particularly enjoyable. Still, there are some decent RPG elements buried in here.
3.2
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • The epic adventure continues: An original story penned by the scenario writer of Final Fantasy XII, Miwa Shoda.
  • Fully customize your battle party: Increased customization gives each player a unique experience, allowing players to change skills, race, and appearance - over 100,000 possible combinations! Select from more races (Human, Dwarf, Halfling, Elf, Machine, Akatoki, Canine, and different job classes (Fighter, Mage, Priest, Thief, Knight, Samurai, Ninja, Anchor, Monk, Guard and Enchanter).
  • All-new weapons, armors, and magic: Enjoy the vast selection of weapons, armors, and enhanced magic all visible on the in-game character models.
  • Awesome real-time battles: Intense real-time 6-on-6 battles requiring tactical combat strategies and controlling various party members rather than button mashing.
  • Network Play: Connect for two-player Co-op adventures and Versus battles, or trade items and weapons with other players.


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