Thursday, February 12, 2009

Games Played 02/10/2009


Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (2006)
Developer: tri-Ace Inc.
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 09/27/2006

Her exterior may be calm but Alicia bears the burden of a deep conflict within her.

This sequel is actually a prequel to the first game and it follows the story of a fallen Valkyrie, Silmeria and her rather blasphemous quarrel with Odin while sharing the body of a disowned princess named Alicia. Though the story is a shocking departure from the original, it works pretty well here. Like Lenneth in the first game, Silmeria also recruits souls of the fallen but gone are the grandiose tragedies and personal connections with these "einherjar" for we only get to know very little about them. Still, the idea of recruiting them to empower their souls so that they can be reincarnated is a clever one, which fits the game's more lighthearted theme of redemption, an exact opposite to the overwhelming notions of pain and suffering that were used in the first one. Silmeria is perhaps one of the finest example of the great power of the PlayStation 2. There's hardly any loading time between scenes and the details on the characters are amazing. Though the battles have pseudo-3D elements to them, I adore the fact that the game retains the usage of 2D side-scrolling movements when roaming about the game's lush environments.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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