Valkyrie Profile

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Valkyrie Profile
Valkyrie Profile Logo.png
Logo of Valkyrie Profile
Genre(s)Role-playing
Developer(s)tri-Ace
Publisher(s)Square Enix (formerly Enix) (Japan), WonderPlanet (Global)
Creator(s)Yoshiharu Gotanda
Artist(s)Kō Yoshinari, Yō Yoshinari
Composer(s)Motoi Sakuraba
Platform(s)PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Android, iOS
First releaseValkyrie Profile
December 22, 1999
Latest releaseValkyrie Anatomia: The Origin
April 28, 2016

Valkyrie Profile (ヴァルキリープロファイル, Varukirī Purofairu) is a Norse mythology-based role-playing game series developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix (formerly Enix), created by Yoshiharu Gotanda.

Development[edit]

History[edit]

The Valkyrie Profile series is developed by tri-Ace and published by Enix (now Square Enix). It was created by Yoshiharu Gotanda, one founder of tri-Ace. Motoi Sakuraba composed scores for the series.

Creation and design[edit]

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

Games[edit]

Title Year Platform Notes
Valkyrie Profile
PlayStation The first title of the series. A PlayStation Portable enhanced port version titled Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth released in 2006, this version released in PAL region. The original Valkyrie Profile was a late-period role-playing game on PlayStation, so it was able to use the console's performance to its fullest.[1]
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
PlayStation 2 The second game of the series, and taking place hundreds of years before the original game.
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
Nintendo DS Known as "Valkyrie Profile: The Accused One" (ヴァルキリープロファイル 咎を背負う者) in Japan.
Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin
  • JP: 2016
  • WW: 2019
Android, iOS Produced by Yoshinori Yamagishi with Daisuke Fujisawa as scenario writer.

Common Elements[edit]

The Valkyrie Profile series has been distinguished for its inventive gameplay.[2] Aesthetically, the series is known for its muted colors and melancholic ambiance.[2] Players usually take the role of the Valkyrie, which is the Norse personification of death, though sometimes they play mortals called upon by the divine beings.[2]

Music[edit]

The music of all the Valkyrie Profile games was composed by Motoi Sakuraba. Valkyrie Profile and its remake Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth were composed by Motoi Sakuraba, with Original Soundtrack Version highlighting just a handful of the songs on the game soundtrack as being really enjoyable, with his use of rock music and harpsichord.[3] The music of Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria composed by Motoi Sakuraba of Star Ocean. It has two original soundtracks, Alicia and Silmeria. Each soundtrack is divided into two discs totalling 70 songs from the game. Prior to the release, a special artifact box was released which included a copy of the game, ten musical tracks, a keychain, and a figurine.[4] In 2012, characters Rufus and Alicia were added to the Square Enix card game Lord of Vermillion Re: 2.[5] The Music for Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume was composed by Motoi Sakuraba[6] The in-game score was written as MIDI tracks, allowing it to fit easily onto the DS cartridge.[7] Drawing from the darker themes of the narrative, Sakuraba created a subdued and emotional score that noticeably moved away from his score for Silmeria while still being separate from his work on Valkyrie Profile. The score included original composition and arranged versions of tracks from Sakuraba's scores for Valkyrie Profile.[8] The soundtrack conversion for the DS cartridge was done by sound design studio Noisycroak.[9] A two-disc soundtrack album was published on November 5, 2008 by Square Enix's music label.[10] For the album release, Sakuraba used the MIDI originals as reference and redid all the tracks with fuller orchestration. While faithful to the original, the larger range of sounds resulted in some differences.[7] A twelve-track arrange album, handled by Sakuraba, was published alongside the main soundtrack album.[11] For Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin composer Motoi Sakuraba was chosen.[12][13] Producer Yoshinori Yamagishi mentioned his favorite way of drawing out emotion in players was through music and sound effects, helping to both immerse new players in the world of the game and play upon the nostalgia of series fans.[14] The game utilizes a mixture of music from the franchise and new compositions.[14]

Printed Adaptations[edit]

Several manga have been written based on the series. They are Valkyrie Profile, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, and Valkyrie Profile: The Dark Alchemist. A manga anthology called Valkyrie Profile Enix Supercomic Gekijoh is based on PlayStation Portable of Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth.

Reception[edit]

Sales and review scores
Game Units sold Famitsu Metacritic
Valkyrie Profile 709,000[15] 35/40[16] 81/100
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth 248,000[17][18] - 80/100
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria 400,000 (JP)[19] 34/40[20] 84/100
Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume 230,000[21] 32/40[22] 74/100
Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin 1,000,000[23]

Overall, the Valkyrie Profile series received positive critical reception both in Japan and the West. The series has sold over 2.2 million copies as of 2016.[24]

Some Valkyrie Profile games have been included in various lists of top games. In a 2006 reader's poll conducted by Famitsu, the first Valkyrie Profile was voted the 27th best video game of all time.[25] Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth received IGN's award for Best PSP RPG of 2006.[26] Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria received IGN's award for "Best Game No One Played".[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RPGamer > Staff Retroview > Valkyrie Profile".
  2. ^ a b c Parkin, Simon (April 23, 2009). "Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume". Eurogamer. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Napolitano, Jayson (July 9, 2008). "Valkyrie Profile: Odins 9 Strong Songs These are Not (Review)". Original Sound Version. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  4. ^ Spencer (2006-03-28). "Inside the Valkyrie Profile 2: Artifact Box". Siliconera. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
  5. ^ Spencer (2012-09-27). "Valkyrie Profile, Star Ocean, And Tohou Crossover In Square Enix Arcade Game". Siliconera. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  6. ^ "Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume Development Team Interview". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain (2008-04-18): 92–95. 2008-04-04.
  7. ^ a b サウンドトラック本日発売! (in Japanese). Square Enix. 2008-11-06. Archived from the original on 2009-11-10. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  8. ^ Motoi Sakuraba (2008-11-05). "Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume Original Soundtrack booklet." (in Japanese) Square Enix. SQEX-10125~6. Retrieved on 2019-07-21.
  9. ^ ヴァルキリープロファイル 咎を背負う者 (in Japanese). Noisycroak. Archived from the original on 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  10. ^ ヴァルキリープロファイル 咎を背負う者 オリジナル・サウンドトラック (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on 2019-04-06. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  11. ^ ヴァルキリープロファイル ―咎を背負う者― アレンジアルバム (in Japanese). Team Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2019-04-06. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  12. ^ Sato (2016-04-11). "Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin Announced By Square Enix". Siliconera. Archived from the original on 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  13. ^ Sato (2016-04-22). "Valkyrie Anatomia Trailer Shows A Glimpse Of Its Battle, Being Worked On By Visual Works". Siliconera. Archived from the original on 2016-06-17. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  14. ^ a b "【インタビュー】『ヴァルキリーアナトミア ‐ジ・オリジン‐』シリーズ初のスマホ化に際する着想と実装 タイトルに込められた意味とは". Gamebiz. May 30, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  15. ^ "Sales Record - tri-Ace Corporation". tri-Ace.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  16. ^ "Cross Review". Famitsu (576).
  17. ^ "Sony PSP Japanese Ranking". Japan-GameCharts.com. Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  18. ^ "FY2007 First-Half Period Results Briefing Session" (PDF). Square-Enix.com. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  19. ^ "2006年ゲームソフト年間売上TOP500" [2006 Game Software Annual Sales Top 500]. Famitsū Gēmu Hakusho 2007 ファミ通ゲーム白書2007 [Famitsu Game Whitebook 2007] (in Japanese). Tokyo: Enterbrain. 2007. p. 387. ISBN 978-4-7577-3577-4. JPNO 21240454.
  20. ^ "Cross Review". Famitsu (915).
  21. ^ "Results Briefing: Fiscal Year ended May 31, 2009" (PDF). Square-Enix.com. May 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  22. ^ "Cross Review". Famitsu (1038).
  23. ^ Sato (2016-05-10). "Valkyrie Anatomia Surpasses One Million Downloads". Siliconera. Archived from the original on 2016-06-16. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  24. ^ Square Enix (28 April 2016). "Valkyrie Anatomia Press Release" (PDF). Square Enix. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 May 2019.
  25. ^ Edge staff (March 3, 2006). "Japan Votes on All Time Top 100". Edge-Online.com. Archived from the original on July 31, 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-13.
  26. ^ "Best of IGN 2006". IGN. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013.
  27. ^ "IGN presents The Best of 2006". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2015-04-20.

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