Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria

When I was little, before girls and hair, me and my family used to march to a house full of old people and sing songs at them on Christmas Eve. Interesting creatures, full of stories and sticky toffee sweets, and if you played your cards right you might land your very first kiss. Funny smelling places though, like someone kept forgetting to flush the toilet, but then they are old so maybe it is forgiveable. Soap: another withered person smell. The moral is that old things are not useless and ready to be thrown away; my Grandma used to give me stacks of 20 pence pieces when I saw her. Back of the net.

Square Enix dates Valkyrie

Euro dates for Lenneth, Silmeria.

Square Enix has confirmed that Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth and Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria will be coming to Europe this year.

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria

The second thing you'll notice about Valkyrie Profile 2 is that you can only move your character left and right. In a bold move, the developers have inverted the traditional dimensions of an RPG. Towns and dungeons are explored like a classical 2D side-scrolling platformer, across flat, interconnected planes. Conversely, battles fling open the windows and throw the player out into fully 3D arenas - a plain swap for the tradition.

But, as I say, this remarkable decision will almost certainly be the second thing to grab your attention. It's love, at first sight.

The glorious if a little artistically passé FMV introduction hearkens back to Square's PSone era of stentorian visual introductions, and reaffirms the company's considerable talent for the lavish CG. But it's when the in-game visuals take centre stage, and through dilating pupils the player's pulled into a 16th Century French-style Centreville, that the jaw hangs loose and the heart-rate quickens.

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