Xenon Valkyrie – Xbox One Review
Why don’t you come on over Xenon Valkyrie.
Let me start off by saying I despise these types of games, retro RPG’s are a thing of the past and that is exactly where they should stay. When you have beautiful and stunning RPG’s such as Final Fantasy and more recently Monster Hunter World why would you want to play an arcade game built for the 80’s? Don’t get me wrong this would have probably been the pinnacle of gaming back then but it is wasted on today’s audience.
Diabolical Mind made their intentions clear on what sort of game this would be straight from the off with the proper 80’s arcade intro and graphics on the loading screen, it did bring back memories of when I used to play them back in the day, but already I felt I was going to be disappointed. I don’t know why companies can’t transition their RPG’s to todays market. Take a look at Cactus Android, it’s an arcade game through and through but they have marketed to todays gamers with great graphics. I think I was most surprised that Cowcat put their name on Xenon Valkyrie, because after playing Demetrios this game is on a whole new level for them.
Xenon Valkyrie is a bit like Super Mario except for going left to right, you go from top to bottom. You start off as one of 3 playable characters, the first one being Eloen a trusty warrior with a sword her speed is her greatest weapon, but she is made of glass. The 2nd is Renna a red headed lady who carries around what can only be described as a kitchen knife, good job she has speed and stamina on her side. The last is Nue a frog/ant humanoid who has a longsword which is very handy and so is his defence, just watch out for that hp.
You are based in the deepest part of the moon and your objective is to halt the plans of an evil witch, to do so you need to defeat as many enemies as possible to level yourself up. After every level up you gain 1 point to put towards building your health, stamina or defence which is vital to success. Throughout the level there are boxes which you can smash which offer gold and sometimes keys to open chest. Again these are vital to success and are randomly generated every time you play. Hidden in the levels are big white chests that contain weapons to help bolster your attacks, you just need to find that key. If you complete a level there is a shop where you can buy items with your hard earned gold, my advice would be to use it or lose it.
The biggest bug bare I have is that if you die you have to start all over again, quite literally all those stats you built up all that gold you saved are wiped from existence, such a bummer. Especially if you get quite far. One thing I did like was the various types of monsters and bosses, also if you make it that far there are several endings and secrets hidden in the game, the price isn’t bad either.
For me personally I don’t intend on spending a lot of hours on this, it would be a good game if they fixed a few things like stat retention and weapon retention, but for me not a great game the gameplay is slow, the graphics are dated, lack of options, and maybe most of all not being able to carry your stats forward. Some people may enjoy it more then me as I know people love a bit of nostalgia but some things are left in the past.
Developer: Diabolical Minds
Price: £7.19 with games for gold
Review code supplied by Cowcat Games