gamers (94%) found this review helpful
Sure, this is the best RPG so far for the PSP (there haven't really been that many), but it's a port of a pre-existing PS1 game. Unless you want to dust off your PS1 (or surprise your PS2) AND cruise eBay for a now-collector's item, this is the way to play. Great story (abeit a bit bloated) and awesome hand-drawn art (yes, they still make these, luckily) provide the brain and eye candy. A reflex-driven turn-based battle system will keep your thumbs somewhat busy. Equip weapons, increase skills and such ala Final Fantasy Tactics. Multiple endings. What all good RPGs should be made of is in here. However, some of the cutscenes were way too long and not enough save points in the "dungeons" make it a challenge to play on a hand-held system. Perhaps this is why more "twitch" games (or ones with lots of save potential like GTA:LCS) are more common than RPGs? When exploring "dungeons", it doesn't make sense to shoot ice platforms to jump on when during the world map you can fly anywhere. Addressing a play balance issue? Yes. Make sense? No. Great RPG. Easy to buy, hard to rent (if you're committed, your queue will stack yay-high). Still waiting for Vagrant Story or Chrono-Trigger though...
gamers (92%) found this review helpful
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is the best portable game I have ever played. Its heart-wrenching love story became addictive, like a tragic but good romance novel. Okay, not that good, but oh well. The battle system is crazy fun, and the game has good replay value(mult. endings, mult. difficulty modes) and tons of characters to give your group its own personal feel. The only downside is the long unskippable cutscenes and slight lack of save points. Buy this game if you love slightly traditional japanese RPG's and don't mind a slight learning curve.
gamers (52%) found this review helpful
I'll admit, I don't "get" this game. But it's not because I don't like RPG's, it's because I want to PLAY a game, not watch one.
About three hours ago, I got home from work and Lenneth was waiting in my mailbox. I dropped my coat, grabbed my PSP, and hit the couch. I fully expected a lengthy cinematic introduction and I fully intended to watch it and get all geeked about the game. So I did...
And then when it was over, there was some more. And then when you think that's over, you sit through more boringness.
Without exaggeration (feel free to call me out on this if someone thinks I'm crazy), you sit through about 30 solid minutes of nothing but story before you get to control a character. Unfortunately you have to hit X after each sentence to continue through the dialog, exacerbating the agony. When you've reached the first "action" point in the game, you're not controlling much of anything. You leave your house and can wander around a painfully two-dimensional town, only to find that you have to go back to your house. When you do, more dialog continues...
In the hour I spent "playing" the game, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth provided me with maybe five minutes of action. And by action of course, I mean turn-based fighting where again, you're not actually controlling much of anything. At no point during that time did I have to make a choice. I wasn't presented with any forks in the road, there were no treasure chests, no options whatsoever are presented.
Given the relatively high ratings this game has garnered from critics, I have to believe that the action unfolds at some point. But if you're using Gamefly for a quick fix on a fun time, forget about it.