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Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume - Nintendo DS

by Square Enix
Nintendo DS
Teen
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews) 74 / 100

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  • Brand new Storyline Perspective - Follow Wylfred's darker story of seeking his revenge on Lenneth Valkyrie
  • New Gameplay Dynamic-Sieges - Experience how the characters actively support each other in Sieges and gain greater skills and fighting advantages in the Active Formation system
  • New Attacks - Soul Crush, powerful attacks that can be performed when players max out their attack gauge, and Overkill, attack enemies once they are defeated to accumulate Sin
  • Ultimate Replayability - Discover the numerous possible story endings as you determine the fate of your allies in order to seek vengeance for Wylfred's father

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  • ASIN: B001NJKHWI
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 17, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,718 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Discover the origins of a cult classic of the role-playing genre in Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume. The third installment in the critically acclaimed Valkyrie Profile series, within its single player action, which unlike earlier releases now expresses action from a human protagonist's perspective, players on the Nintendo DS experience a captivating storyline with ties to Norse mythology and a familiar yet refreshing battle system enhanced with deeper strategic elements than ever seen before.

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Wylfred's stats in 'Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume'
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Strategic team combat against enemies in 'Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume'
Strategic group combat.
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Building up Sin and doing maximum damage with Overkill in 'Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume'
Maximum damage via new attacks.
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The Story
Wylfred was only a boy when his father was killed in battle and the valkyrie Lenneth claimed his soul. Although this is the ultimate glory for a warrior, it also sealed the fate of Wylfred's family. Adrift in a dangerous world, without his father Wylfred's family soon experienced the ravages of poverty and eventual tragedy. Embittered by these agonies Wylfred's journey to manhood was fueled by dreams of revenge against the valkyrie, but it is not until he agrees to a bargain with Queen Hel for the 'Destiny Plume,' which was shed from Lenneth's wings and found near the corpse of his father, that he is given a chance to exact it. But to stand against Lenneth he must, like his father before him, become a warrior worthy of the attention of the gods and their messengers. The world around Wylfred is aflame with the chaos of war, which is just the situation that he needs to accumulate the glory that the gods desire and draw the attention of the valkyrie. To the valiant she comes, and so to the battlefield he goes. Destiny awaits.

Gameplay
Gameplay in Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume revolves around players, in the role of Wylfred, engaging in a series of strategy/role-playing quests and battles throughout the land designed to level up your character. Through in-game conversations with the 20+ available allies, players assemble a group of up to four members to engage in these battles, as well as gather items and upgrade inventory for each when and where available. Once an enemy is engaged, action is turn-based, with the members of your quest possessing limited movement indicated by colored squares. Although individual characters can feasibly carry out successful attacks, battle is designed with group combat in mind, so positioning of your team within ideal striking distance of an enemy during a single turn is important. Attacking as a group not only yields more hits as each team member strikes in turn, but if timed correctly these successive blows max out a player's attack gauge, unleashing Soul Crush, powerful special moves that quickly finish off enemies with startling force. This overwhelming power is measured in Overkill and equated as Sin. Building up as much of this as possible is important due to the deal that Wylfred makes with Queen Hel, which stipulates that each progressive battle will entail a set amount of Sin. Battles won without generating the necessary amount of Sin result in a penalty of much more difficult future battles. An additional game feature that allows for maximum damage which should be strategically planned, is the careful use of the Destiny Plume. Players can grant the plume to an ally, which instills unstoppable power in that character for a limited time and assigns special abilities to Wylfred which he retains, but at the cost of the ally's life for the remainder of the game. To be mortal is to suffer, but are the gods beyond suffering a mortal's revenge? It all depends on your choices in Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume.

Key Game Features:

  • Brand New Storyline Perspective - Follow Wylfred's darker story of seeking his revenge on Lenneth Valkyrie.
  • New Gameplay Siege Dynamic - Experience how the characters actively support each other in Sieges and gain greater skills and fighting advantages in the Active Formation system.
  • New Attacks
    • Soul Crush - Powerful attacks that can be performed when players max out their attack gauge.
    • Overkill - Attack enemies once they are defeated to accumulate Sin.
  • Ultimate Replayability - Discover multiple possible story endings as you decide the fate of your allies, with results that will change the course of the game.
  • Dynamic Dual Screen Presentation - Experience a beautifully rendered 3D world.
  • Seraphic Gate - Battle formidable foes as you recruit new allies in an unlockable bonus dungeon.
  • Over 20 possible allies to enlist.

Product Description

The origins of a cult classic are revealed in VALKYRIE PROFILE: Covenant of the Plume, the third entry in the critically acclaimed VALKYRIE PROFILE series. Development studio tri-Ace returns to craft a gameplay experience that boasts a captivating storyline with ties to Norse mythology and a familiar yet refreshing battle system enhanced with deeper strategic elements.

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62 of 76 people found the following review helpful
By SC
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
First of all, the Japanese version included 60 MB of voice data, including extensive voice overs for story events and battles. Square-Enix has removed all voice overs for the story events, and replaced it with NOTHING. They even deleted the original Japanese voices, so no voice overs are available for the story events. All because they didn't want to pay a little extra to record additional lines from the voice actors they had already hired to narrate the battle voices. You can consider this version of the game to be INCOMPLETE.

The gameplay is rather tedious. There are no dungeons or platforming elements as in VP1. Instead, they have been replaced by a series of isometric maps on which the enemies and 4 of your characters move one-by-one, similar to games like Final Fantasy Tactics but not as fun. Each time one of your characters comes into contact with the enemy on the map, the game cuts to a separate battle screen and a battle in the style of VP1 occurs.

Each story battle has a sin meter that you must fill to 200% in order to win good equipment and items. This mechanism causes the difficulty level to snowball in one direction or another, either becoming nearly impossible or too easy. For example, if you miss 200% sin in one battle, you miss the good items/equipment that will help you win the next battle and fill its sin meter. So you miss another sin requirement and the game becomes progressively more difficult until it is nearly impossible. The opposite occurs too, where each completion of the sin meter makes the next sin meter and next battle progressively easier, until there is no challenge at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best title i've played for DS July 11, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is really enjoyable. The combat system is still the classic system, but its mixed with strategy elements, similar to Final Fantasy Tactics. Except that it isn't as cut and dry in mechanics. This game requires tactical formations instead of just telling the character what to do. After that, though, its the same as the other Valkyrie Profile titles; each character is assigned to a face button (X,Y,A,B), and has a limited number of attacks, followed by a Soul Crush special attack, which is the equivalent to a FF limit break. By continuing the assault after the target is dead, the player earns Sin points, usually up to 100. Each level has a required Sin level, and failure to reach this level results in a difficult boss fight against a phantom of one of the characters. The only way to win this fight is to use the plume to quadruple the stats of one of your characters, which results in the permanent death of the character at battle's end. This can be used in normal battles as well, which helps to reach the SIN requirements, and also changes the story and gives the main character a new tactic for the rest of the game. There are three possible endings, which are actually decided early in the game, and each has its own list of characters. Also, the Sin level is split into three ranks: C is required to avoid the boss, but B and A ranks result in items and weapons that are tremendously useful at that point in the game. The game is told in archaic, or Shakespearean, dialogue, so it can be confusing but is still enjoyable. Although the game starts out difficult, it gets easy over time, and defeating any ending allows for the game to be restarted with all weapons and items, and any tactics learned in the last playthrough. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An evil game mechanic that comes into play. May 29, 2012
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
What caught my attention about this game is the mechanism of the Destiny Plume. You may use the destiny plume presented to you at the beginning of the game to grant insane power to one of your characters, but at the end of battle, that character dies forever, but leaves your main character with a powerful ability to use for the rest of the game.

I see mechanisms like this a fair bit in video games, although almost invariably, you want to simply avoid using them. That's actually not the case for Covenant of the Plume. The game will present you with battles that are nearly impossible to win without using the plume, and will provide you with enough characters that you can freely sacrifice a number of them without leaving your army gimped. As you can only bring 4 characters into battle with you at a time, what you should be doing is finding the 4 best characters for your team, and when you find somebody that is not helpful, you use them for their short term power burst.

When I was playing, I actually felt like I was doing what it took to win, and making actual sacrifices instead of playing the goody two shoes "lets get everybody through alive." I've played through something like 400 games, and this is the only one where I've actually got this feeling from, and that alone justifies the game's existence.

That being said, the plume has a major downside. Characters simply can't be plot important long after their introduction because they have to account for the possibility that they are dead. It's unfortunate as a few of the characters are actually likable, but nobody but the main character really plays much role in the plot.

Most of the rest of the game is a fairly standard strategy RPG. The Destiny Plume is really what defines the game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The item is perfect!
Thank you! The item is perfect!
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
During the last decade, it became somewhat common for RPG series to produce tactical spinoffs, beginning with Final Fantasy Tactics and its successors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Thor.
I really like the Valkyrie Profile's take on Norse mythology. Marvel's Thor movies are eh, and the comics are hit and miss to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by WorkoutGamer13
1.0 out of 5 stars thanks any way
Never got to play it. Only have a ps2. Roommate has a super nintendo.
I ordered the wrong game for him to use.
Published 3 months ago by Donna L. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this game very much
I love the game I've played another Valkyrie profile on the playstation 2 an the playstation portable. I really this story of the game
Published 5 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet game
game is very fun arrivel in good condition second time playing a very good turn base and strategy game good graphics and voice actors gameplay excellent*
Published 14 months ago by lemela johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult but Wonderful
As a veteran of the Valkyrie Profile franchise I honestly wasn't surprised by how difficult the game was, but honestly the story more than makes up for it and after a while the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Whitney S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A true, if somewhat misguided, SRPG.
Look, I'll be the first to say it; the game is excellent, a lot of fun, but there are a FEW missions which are meant to work as stopgaps just for the sake of stopgapping. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eldritch
2.0 out of 5 stars It's different!
I bought this game because I feel in love with the PlayStation version of "Valkyrie profile". But this version is different; in a bad way. Read more
Published 20 months ago by shopaholic_lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game
Very nice game, though I haven't gotten very far in it yet. Fire Emblem like in battlestyle with a twist and the plot seems pretty nice. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Reynolds
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