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Metacritic: 83/100
Release: Oct 2013
Reviewed on: PC

Valdis Story: Abyssal City

Site Score
8.0
Good: Great combat and progression curve
Bad: Requires controller for best experience – UI needs improvements
User Score
7.5
(4 votes)
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Valdis Story: Abyssal City combines exploration, platforming and action like many games before it. It wraps it all in a neat little game package with only a few issues holding it back from masterpiece status.

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Set deep within the war between angels and demons players players will take on the role of Wyatt in this unique setting. The game is set 40 years after dramatic events where the goddess Valdis was killed by her own daughter, Myrgato. This murder has since lead to a war between Myrgato and her twin sister Alagath who represents the light side in this chaotic war.

Central to this war unfortunately is the human population, whose souls are the fuel in this seemingly never ending engagement. These souls are turned into demons by Myrgato and angels by Alagath which in turn has decimated the remaining human population. While on the surface this sounds like a very black and white story it’s actually much more grey in practice.

Gameplay is centred around a magical underwater city (Abyssal City) that is protected from both Myrgato and Alagath, creating one of the last human sanctuaries. Unfortunately this power does not extend to the angels and demons created for the war who now search the city for any ancient powers capable of pushing the war into their favour. Ever corner of this city looks impressive, especially when you engage in combat with the many foes.

Combat is very fast paced with a mixture of melee and magic at your disposal. Attacks are broadly split between light and heavy attacks which then combine with evasion charges that allows you to skip all damage for a short period of time and is key to fighting enemies.

Alternatively players can opt to play as Reina instead who is more melee orientated and speedy in attacks although the narrative only changes in minor ways (mostly dialogue). This combat is encased within action, platform and exploration, planting in firmly in the Metroidvania genre. There are plenty of impassable locations and areas which can only be passed later once an appropriate skill has been acquired.

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Unlocking these new skills isn’t the only RPG elements to be found in Valdis Story though with a healthy amount of skills to unlock from offensive, defensive and spellcasting trees. This customisation is also taken further through a great equipment system that lets you min-max the stats you want.

Valdis Story: Abyssal City is full of action and quality although it is let down slightly by less than perfect control scheme (overcome somewhat with a controller) and a few UI annoyances.

Summary:

  • Find yourself in the midst of a battle of good and evil.
  • Pick from two characters with unique fighting styles.
  • Choose your spells and equipment.
  • Uncover hidden treasures and secrets around the game world.
  • Fight against a large number of bosses each requiring different tactics.

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Valdis Story: Abyssal City, 7.5 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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