E3 2008: Valhalla Knights 2 Hands-On

Xseed gives us a glimpse of this massive new role-playing game for the PSP.

The original game was just released last year, but Xseed Games has teamed up with Marvelous Entertainment to copublish Valhalla Knights 2, the sequel to the PSP dungeon-crawler. The impressive character customization is still intact, but this time, the world is much larger and the adventure goes much deeper than the previous game because the story is written by the scenario writer from Final Fantasy XII. We met up with Xseed at E3 to beat up a few monsters in Valhalla Knights 2.

The first game took about 40 hours, but this time, the main storyline can take anywhere from 60 to 80 hours to complete. We were told that in order to complete every side quest and mission--of which there are 80--it can take upward of 135 hours. Quests range from obtaining money and armor to moving the storyline forward and can take anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours to complete.

You can have a party of six, and characters will join you as you progress through the story, or you can create your own and customize them to create the perfect party. There are 11 jobs, two of which are race-specific, and seven races to choose from, including humans, elves, dwarves, halflings, machine, canine, and Akatoki, which are a warrior tribe. In Valhalla Knights 2, you can even customize characters' behaviors to change the way they fight. You can basically prioritize their actions so that they are more likely to do what you want them to do. In a party of six, it's hard to keep tabs on everyone because you're controlling one character at a time in a fight. Each character has a main job to level and two subjobs. As you level, your character will learn the skills of the new job and you can always switch jobs to build your character even further.

Battles are not random, so you can see the enemies on your map and the direction in which they are looking. When you initiate a battle, it becomes a button masher where you spam the circle button to attack. Once your gauge is loaded, you can hit the square button to unleash a power move for more damage. When the fight is over, treasure chests can be left behind, and depending on the type of chest that appears, it can be a booby trap. This is when thieves comes in handy because they are better at picking locks and will reduce the chance of setting off any kind of trap.

There are 16 areas in this world with three central towns to visit. Saving can only be done in the towns, but we are told there are shortcuts that can be discovered to make the walk back a bit more bearable. Spells and items to escape dungeons are also readily available for a quick getaway. Multiplayer is available for players who want to pitch their six fighters against their friends. Wagers can be made, and items that are won through these battles via a PSP ad hoc connection will be yours to keep when you play through your main story. Cooperative play is also available where players can split their party in half so each person controls three characters. There are optional dungeons to explore with a friend, but the main campaign is limited to single-player.

So far, Valhalla Knights 2 is shaping up to be a heavy-duty role-playing game for the PSP. It is scheduled to come out this fall, so check back soon for additional updates.

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Discussion

45 comments
jedikevin2
jedikevin2

One of the extra facts not many enjoyed in vh1 was the multiplayer. Game was amazing when you had a friend team up with you with 3 of his guys and 3 of yours. You both were able to run around in the dungeons and could join in to help in a battle. To me the only thing that was missing in vh1 was the storyline and to know this one should have that, i am ready to get it on release date.

Gioh
Gioh

Crisis Core is cool, just bit too easy. Liked FFXII more. ...go for Monster Hunter series...those rock.. bit hard to get into..but then it grows on u fast.

Doolum
Doolum

might consider this one

blagbrian75
blagbrian75

Given the fact I picked up the game at a bargain bin price to give it a second go, it had alot of good things going for it after I learned you could get extra stat points when creating a new character w/ a 9 letter name, I trashed the previous save I had and started from scratch. bottom line+ grinding galore, but the first time I tried playing I gave up even with three priests at a disadvatage due to a fiercely tough and unfair leveling system/difficulty. If you like grinding for gold n' stuff definitely DO IT AGAIN... it works and I've enjoyed my progress thus far.

Mc_Trickz
Mc_Trickz

It could be a great game,just wait!!

seanstorm
seanstorm

The first VK was awesome-amazing graphics, real time battles, great customization, warp points, great weapons and armor. Looking forward to VK2.

seanstorm
seanstorm

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stallion806
stallion806

the first one was ok.. until you beat it... then it got boring, reall quick, and, i think by canine they mean dog, if you check the pics there are dogs in em... Im lookin forward to this game though!

megadisc
megadisc

woo hoo ! get a malaysia !

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

....they say canine? if thats a werewolf or something then HELL YA!

xblade40
xblade40

Awesome, this game is amazing

phatsy
phatsy

seems pretty cool

Jeffrey88
Jeffrey88

this looks awesome definetely buying it

itwiz90
itwiz90

This looks very interesting. I will have to get this one just for braggin rights among my local fellow gamers, which include a couple of ladies, too. 8)

Sharvie
Sharvie

I'm glad to see the PSP getting an influx of new great games.

foxlanceglence
foxlanceglence

Jeanne D Arc was one of the best PSP games i played. Crisis core was also good, but not quite as enjoyable, as it only became interesting the fact that it was of the Final Fantasy 7 storyline. the gameplay was not so good actually, and kind of repetitive, im talking about the missions here. I like the idea of Valhalla Knights, but the fact that its a super long dungeon crawl, hard time of leveling up, problem of money/hiring another party member and basic armour early on the game makes one lose interest drastically. Plus the animation is bad, you can see the character running aound the town map and striding as he runs, but the map hardly moves, they should consider the animation more realistically. I'll buy this one if fair reviews will be heard about this one..

Mist00
Mist00

i might consider buying if they fixed the leveling up system the previous one was a hassle b/c everyone had to share the experience, a poor attempt to prolong the life of the game. also im afraid it might happen again cause they are promising a huge amnt of gameplay time

kweeni
kweeni

hmmm...wel i havnt played the first one it seemed like a mixed reaction, but this one looks pretty cool might pick it up one day if it turns out to be good

luka991
luka991

Crisis Core owns all!

Bboyjhin
Bboyjhin

the first one was soso so i hope you can do more things on this one

leofiregod
leofiregod

looks like one of the best psp offerings this year

aaaaaa12
aaaaaa12

Crisis Core still beats this game hands down.

Shimmerweed
Shimmerweed

Awesome. Hope its not going to be another letdown like the last VK. :D

gmax
gmax

Wow. 135 hours on a PSP. Only for the truly dedicated...

spankdamonky
spankdamonky

Apart from Jeanne D'arc and Crisis Core, should be more interesting classic rpgs on the PSP. Grandia remake would be great (at least i would buy it)!

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Extremely hesitant, a bad game doesn't get improved by simply adding bigger areas and more classes.

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

Any game with "Valhalla" in it had better be good.... :P

ascalon94
ascalon94

im looking for another rpg and i might try the first one

grambyte
grambyte

Guess I'll wait and see how this will turn out.

Bboyjhin
Bboyjhin

yea lets hope is better i will buy it for sure

Shimmerweed
Shimmerweed

I won't be expecting too much out of VK2 .. since the first one was a total letdown ..

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Hope its better then the first one...