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The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

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Available on:PCAug 19, 2021
Xbox OneAug 19, 2021

Developers: Falling Squirrel, Creative Bytes Studios

Publisher: Falling Squirrel

Genre: RPG

CLOSE YOUR EYES. BECOME A WARRIOR: Feel your enemy’s rasping breath; a foot shifts on swampy ground; the crack of steel on wooden shield. The Vale is an audio based action adventure that sets out to breathe new life into medieval combat and fantasy narrative. The Vale is an audio-based action adventure game that places you in the worn leather boots of a blind adventurer. Features: - 5 hours+ gameplay. - Specialized 3D audio provide an incredibly immersive game experience - Action-adventure with RPG elements: Choose equipment, play-style, magic abilities, companions and quests. - Emotionally engaging story, quality sound design and voice performance. - Fully blind accessible - Headphones recommended for best experience Story: As your elder brother takes his place on the throne, you are made warden of a small castle on the outskirts of the kingdom. Blind from birth and sheltered for much of your childhood, you welcome your exile as a chance for a little adventure. ​ En route to the castle, your convoy is attacked by a huge invading army. You find yourself alone in hostile lands where you must scrape together supplies and seek out allies in hopes of surviving the long, dangerous journey home. The path home follows a dark and winding valley known simply as “The Vale”. It shrouds the land’s darkest secrets including startling truths about your family’s past.

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Metro GameCentral

8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

An audio-only RPG adventure which feels like a new benchmark for the genre, through challenging combat and excellent sound design.

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What it does, it does well, and it leaves open a path forward where complex narrative structures are explored (The Vale has some branching, but like early D&D adventure modules, it's fairly on the rails), or the simple puzzle forms are complicated and expanded. There's plenty of overhead to play with new forms of audio puzzles entirely. And while I wished some of that was in this game itself, perhaps leaving space for the next game is crucial-experimentation should never be final or definitive. But for now, Falling Squirrel has crafted a brilliant next step with The Vale.

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Lend the Kingdom of Glades your ears in the action-packed audio-based role-playing game, The Vale: Shadow of the Crown. You play as Alex, a blind princess and a skilled combatant, who aims to save her beloved lands from an unexpected evil.

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