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Posted 7/7/08 , edited 7/7/08
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth

wiki - Valkyrie Profile (ヴァルキリープロファイル, Varukiri Purofairu?) is a console role-playing game (RPG) developed by tri-Ace and published by Enix (now Square Enix) for the PlayStation console. It was released on December 22, 1999 in Japan and on August 29, 2000 in North America. An enhanced port of the game was later released for the PlayStation Portable under the name Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth on March 2, 2006 in Japan, July 18, 2006 in North America, and April 27, 2007 in Europe. A PlayStation 2 sequel, titled Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, was released on June 22, 2006 in Japan, September 25, 2006 in North America, and September 7, 2007 in Europe.

The game is based on Norse mythology. Players assume the role of a Valkyrie who recruits and prepares the souls of fallen warriors (Einherjar) before sending them to Valhalla for the final apocalyptic battle between the Æsir and Vanir, Ragnarok. Along the way, she uncovers the tragic events of her own hidden past.

ign - Asgard, the realm of the gods, remains locked in an eternal struggle between the benevolent Aesir and the demonic Vanir. With the end of the world approaching, Odin, Lord of Asgard, summons Lenneth Valkyrie to his side. Possessing the ability to hear the thoughts and feelings of men and women in their dying moments, he charges Valkyrie to search Midgard, the world of mortals, to recruit and train the souls of worthy warriors to join the ranks of the Aesir in the Sacred War.

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth brings the classic PlayStation game console title, originally released in 2000, to the PSP system with completely new CG cut scenes. Lenneth introduce new fans to the spectacular combo attacks, unique side-scrolling environment, and gripping storyline that first captivated players six years ago. The game also features new scenes to help bridge the storyline with part 2 on PS2.
ESRB Rating: T for Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Fantasy Violence, Language
Also Available On: PlayStation
Release Date: July 18, 2006
MSRP: $39.99
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Gameplay

Valkyrie Profile is named for the distinctive 2D "profile" (side-view) perspective that most of the game takes place in. Dungeon exploration plays more like a platform game than a traditional RPG, with Lenneth Valkyrie the only visible character and capable of jumping, sliding, swinging her sword, and shooting ice crystals. Ice crystals can make temporary steps and freeze enemies and are used for solving many puzzles. Upon contact with an unfrozen enemy, an RPG-style battle begins. Enemies are visible and attacking them gives Lenneth a first attack advantage in combat. Lenneth can also engage an enemy in battle by coming into contact with them; in this case, there is a 50% chance that the enemy will have the first attack.

Travel on the world map occurs in a 3D third-person perspective, with Lenneth flying in the skies over Midgard. Pressing the Start button allows her to perform a "Spiritual Concentration," which reveals new dungeons, cities and towns, and recruitable einherjar. When entering a city or town, the game switches to a 2D profile view and Lenneth will disguise herself as a human, allowing her to interact with inhabitants without drawing attention to herself.

Much of the game consists of Lenneth locating and recruiting new einherjar (with cut-scenes of the circumstances of their deaths), training them, and determining if and when to send them to Valhalla to fight alongside with the Æsir. Character development for most of Einherjar consists of their "death scenes," which are often dramatic and highly emotional and often steeped in symbolism and metaphors, and dialogue between them and the Gods while in Valhalla. Each einherjar has a Hero Value, a number representing their usefulness in Valhalla, and Lenneth must send einherjar with the proper hero values and skills to survive in Valhalla and keep Odin and Freya satisfied.

The game is divided into eight chapters, each with different quests, dungeons, and items available. Each chapter is further divided into periods, depending on the difficulty (16 in Easy, 24 in Normal, and 28 in Hard). Visiting towns, dungeons, and recruiting einherjar use up periods, requiring that the player budget their available time. Once the periods in a chapter are up, the Sacred Phase begins, in which Lenneth returns to Asgard and Freya updates her on the status of the war with the Vanir and the fate of her einherjar in Valhalla.

It also has a group experience system: battle experience is divided among the active party members, but experience points obtained from dungeon exploration such as solving puzzles and completing dungeons are banked for division among party members at the player's discretion.

There are three difficulty levels: Easy, Normal, and Hard, with different available einherjar, dungeons, quests, as well as three different endings. The "B" and "C" endings can be achieved in any difficulty level, while the "A" ending, which completes the entire story, is only available with the completion of certain tasks in the normal and hard difficulties. Also, the Seraphic Gate is only fully accessible in Hard.
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Combat

Valkyrie Profile has a unique turn-based battle system. The two sides wage battle during alternate turns, with the whole party sharing one turn and able to attack simultaneously during that turn. Each enemy is given their own turn and do not combine attacks with one another. Each of the party members is assigned to one of the buttons on the controller (Square, Triangle, Circle, or Cross). Pressing the corresponding button on the player's turn orders that character to attack. Fighters have three character-specific attacks each turn, though weapons can limit how many they can use. Mages cast their preset offensive spells, which builds up their CT (Charge Time). Charge Time replaces MP, decreases slowly on its own, and prevents casting spells when above 0. While a mage's CT decreases, they can not perform any actions, though there are skills that allow exceptions to this.

Stringing attacks together produces combos that prevent a target from defending or recovering, yield Magic Crystals and Fire Gems that increase experience and reduce CT, and add to the Hit Gauge. When the Hit Gauge reaches 100% in one turn, a character with no Charge Time may perform a special attack ("Purify Weird Soul") that causes great damage and refills the Hit Gauge, possibly allowing another character to use their Purify Weird Soul. Using a Purify Weird Soul causes CT to rise, so characters must wait several turns before they can perform another one. Fighters have character-specific Purify Weird Souls. Mages use either multi-hit versions of their selected spells or Great Magic, elaborate versions of their selected spells that strike all enemies. Only certain scepters allow the use of Great Magic; human-forged Great Magic-capable scepters have a high chance of breaking with such use, and unbreakable ether-coated ones are extremely rare. Damage is not capped so the party may attack an enemy until they no longer have any available moves rather than being limited to the total DME (health points) of the target.

At the beginning of each battle, Lenneth summons her einherjar to combat. As she is needed to keep them materialized, if Lenneth is defeated in combat, she must be revived within three turns or the party will be defeated. Lenneth is also the only character who cannot be voluntarily removed from the party.
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Equipment

There is no currency or shopping in Valkyrie Profile. At the beginning of each chapter, Lenneth receives a certain number of materialize points from Freya based on her previous performance. Materialize points can be transmutated into items and equipment and vice versa.

Five weapon types are present: Light Sword, Heavy Sword, Lance, Bow, and Staff, corresponding to the five types of characters: light warrior, heavy warrior, lancer, archer, and mage. Most characters will only be able to equip their specified type of weapon (though some swords can be used by both light and heavy warriors) and only certain weapons allow them to perform all three of their attacks (or Great Magic in the case of mages). Lenneth is the exception; she can equip both swords and bows and her Purify Weird Soul, Nibelung Valesti, changes accordingly. Some weapons have a chance of breaking with each use.
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Setting

Valkyrie Profile draws heavily from Norse mythology, though it takes artistic liberty with the source material and does deviate from it significantly.

The nine realms of the world are connected by the roots of the world tree, Yggdrasil. Three of the strongest roots contain the five realms significant to Valkyrie Profile:

* Asgard, the home of the Æsir and Vanir, and Alfheim, realm of the elves, exist on the highest root. The only way to enter from Midgard is to cross the rainbow bridge Bifrost. It is home to the Hall of Valhalla, where warriors who died heroically are brought by Valkyries to fight alongside the gods.
* Midgard, the realm of humans, and Jotunheim, the home of the giants, exist on the middle root. Midgard is a war torn land, separated from the snowy land of Jotunheim by tall mountains and vast oceans.
* Nifleheim, the realm of the dead, exists on the lowest root. It is a dark, fog-covered land neglected by the other gods, where those who died ignominious deaths were condemned to an eternity of torment and suffering by the death goddess Queen Hel.

Four powerful artifacts ("the Four Great Treasures") ensure the stability and peace of each realm:

* Asgard - Gungnir, Odin's spear.
* Alfheim - the Sylvan Bow, currently in Odin's possession
* Midgard - the Dragon Orb. Once located in Midgard in the Palace of the Dragon, but Odin has stolen it as of Valkyrie Profile to prepare for the coming of Ragnarok
* Nifleheim - the demon sword Levantine. It was eaten by the dragon Bloodbane.

Valkyrie Profile takes place mostly in Midgard during the war between the Æsir and Vanir. Midgard consists of a several smaller islands surrounding a large continent where the majority of humans live. The kingdom of Villnore, which includes the village of Coriander and the Weeping Lily Meadow, are in the northwest. The kingdom of Gerabellum, including the village of Lassen, occupy the southwestern portion of the continent. The militaristic Crell Monferaigne controls most of the eastern half of the continent. The small kingdom of Artolia and village of Camille, located centrally, are often caught in wars between their three larger neighbors. The monarchy of Flenceburg, known for its magical academy, lies on a peninsula in the southeast. The rest of the continent is covered by mountains, forests, swamps, and ancient ruins. The land of Hai-Lan lies on the island of Yamato to the southwest while the Lost City of Dipan (featured in Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria) is on an island to the north. The Forest of Spirits, home of the elves in Midgard, lies on a large island to the south-east of Flenceburg. The Palace of the Dragon lies on a small island to the east. The castle of Brahms, lord of the undead, floats over an island to the west. Finally, the final part of the game brings Lenneth to either Jotunheim Palace, home of the Vanir, or Asgard Hill, home of the Æsir, depending on which ending is achieved.

Seraphic Gate

In typical tri-Ace fashion, Valkyrie Profile contains an optional bonus dungeon called the Seraphic Gate. It is only available by saving in the game's last save point and is separate from the rest of the main game. The player can use all einherjar recruited in the main game, including ones sent to Valhalla. Eight Flame Jewels found in dungeons exclusive to the Hard difficulty are needed to access all the sealed rooms, unique treasures, and hidden characters. It contains four distinct sections with only a single save point in the first room. One of the incentives for venturing into the Seraphic Gate are three secret characters--the vampire Brahms, the necromancer Lezard Valeth, and the goddess Freya, who exceeds even Lenneth in power. The dungeon features the best equipment and toughest opponents in the game as well as Gabriel Celeste and Iseria Queen (who appear similarly in most tri-Ace RPGs) as incredibly strong bosses. Defeating Iseria Queen will clear the dungeon and allow the player to return to the beginning to save without having to fight battles. The dungeon will reset once the save is reloaded so the player can play though it again. Defeating Iseria Queen multiple times is necessary to receive some items. Each time she is defeated, the player receives a Book of Riddles. Once the first nine books are obtained, the tenth time Iseria is defeated (and each time thereafter) the player receives the 'Angel Slayer', the most powerful weapon in the game, though its damage can vary greatly from turn to turn.
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Characters

There are 25 playable characters in Valkyrie Profile: Valkyrie (Lenneth), Brahms, Lezard Valeth, Freya, and 20 einherjar. However, all 20 einherjar can only be recruited with the difficulty set to Hard. Two einherjar, Arngrim and Mystina, cannot be sent to Valhalla as they are central to the plot and Freya and Odin find them undesirable regardless of their skills or hero value.

Lenneth Valkyrie is the primary protagonist of Valkyrie Profile, a recently awakened warrior-maiden and servant of Odin, who has been tasked with recruiting einherjar, the souls of deceased warriors, to fight with the Æsir in their war against the Vanir and prevent the destruction of Asgard in Ragnarok. Lenneth is the most powerful of the three goddesses of fate (the other two being her sisters, Hrist and Silmeria) and they all share the same body, though only one is awake at any given time and can be distinguished by their hair color and armor (Lenneth has silver hair/blue armor, Hrist has black hair/dark violet armor, and Silmeria has blond hair/light purple armor). Hrist is the most fanatically loyal to Odin and, like him, believes humans are slaves to the gods. Lenneth and Silmeria tend to be more compassionate and take the side of humans more often.

Loki is revealed to be the final antagonist of Valkyrie Profile. Although half-Æsir and half-Vanir, Loki is accepted in Valhalla among the Æsir, though he is also secretly collaborating with Queen Hel of Nifleheim and Surt, leader of the Vanir, and has gained the service of the wolf Fenrir and the dragon Bloodbane. Destructive at heart, Loki desires to usurp Odin's power and become all powerful himself. To do so, he needs one of the four treasures, which will give him the power to challenge Odin.
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Plot


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Mythology


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Localization

Several improvements were made to the English release of Valkyrie Profile, including more cinematics and the ability to adjust all characters' armor instead of just the active party as well as being informed when changing Lenneth's weapon from sword to bow. Some editing occurred during translation, but visible blood, drinking, and sexual comments remain. Badrach's smoking was cut out but the animation of him smoking after a successful battle remains, sans the cigarette. Lezard Valeth's teleportation circle was changed from a pink pentagram to a purple circle though this was left unchanged in the Playstation Portable version. The names of Frei, the elder sister, and Freya, the younger, were reversed from Norse mythology and from the Japanese version (though in the former, Frei is the elder brother).
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Cast


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Crew

* Game producer: Yoshinori Yamagishi
* Game director: Yoshiharu Gotanda
* Original work/Scenario writer: Masaki Norimoto
* Main programmer: Shigeru Ueki
* Battle programmer: Yoshiharu Miyake
* Character designers: Ko Yoshinari, Yo Yoshinari
* Music composer: Motoi Sakuraba
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PSP Port

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is the PlayStation Portable (PSP) port of the original 'Valkyrie Profile'. According to Electronic Gaming Monthly, the port of Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth was developed by the Japanese developer TOSE and published by Square Enix. The port is of the Japanese version and does not have any of the gameplay improvements of the original English version, though the additional cinematics included in the English version are intact. Full motion video has been added to story events in the game and replaces all original anime scenes.

The English version of Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth uses an enhanced version of the original game's localization and reuses the original English voiceover track. Square Enix cleaned up the original game's English script and additional voice over dialogue for the CG movies was recorded by New Generation Pictures, rather than the original company, TAJ Productions.
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Reception

The original Playstation version of Valkyrie Profile was well received by critics, with an 84% rating at Game Rankings and 81/100 rating at Metacritic. GameSpot gave the game a 7.0 (out of 10), citing that it was "a complex, ambitious, and gorgeous title" with "beautiful aesthetics, an entertaining battle system, engaging characters, and a creatively balanced 'dual' scenario" but criticized the game for its "Draconian pacing," which made it a "nonlinear RPG that discourages exploration or even freedom of choice" and that "you'll rarely have time to enjoy the surrounding splendor." In a 2006 reader's poll conducted by Famitsu magazine, Valkyrie Profile was voted the 27th best video game of all-time. Due to the positive review scores and relative rarity of the game used copies of Valkyrie Profile sell for $90, which is more than its initial retail price.

The PSP re-release, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, was also well received by critics, with a 81% rating at Game Rankings and 80/100 rating at Metacritic. GameSpot gave it a 7.5 (out of 10), saying that the graphics were "just about as good as it did on the original Playstation" with the "fantastic music" being "one of the highlights of the game" but criticized the game for its "very noticeable" load times and a manual that "doesn't provide much information" into its non-standard game mechanics. They also acknowledged that it "isn't exactly a great on-the-go game" due to its "lengthy story sequences, few save points, and steep Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth received IGN's award for Best PSP RPG of 2006.

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth sold 60,000 copies in Europe as of November 2007.


Posted 7/8/08
i've played this game... i followed the story quite well... !
Until i got lost in the game... hehe.. seems to happen all the time...
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Posted 7/13/08
i like the story of VP lenneth than VP silmeria
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