Valkyrie Elysium Reviews

Valkyrie Elysium is ranked in the 28th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
IGN
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2022

Respectable combat carries Valkyrie Elysium through a bland-looking action-JRPG with predictable story and straightforward level design.

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GameSpot
Top Critic
5 / 10
Oct 12, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium's mediocre action-RPG gameplay and threadbare story and characters wear out their welcome long before the game wraps up.

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Kotaku
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Unscored
Oct 7, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium feels much more like a spin-off entry in the Valkyrie Profile franchise than a full-fledged new main title. Its smaller scope, budget, and design lend it a “PlayStation 2 game” feel. The game’s combat is its saving grace, alongside some fun character interactions. Without the Valkyrie name and branding, Elysium could’ve very well been written off as a somewhat generic action game.

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4.5 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2022

Have some high points, but they soon give way to glaring faults. Not the worst, but difficult to recommend.

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72 / 100
Sep 29, 2022

It is a pity that there are so many wasted elements, because Valkyrie Elysium has the necessary tools to reach Valhalla... But it stays halfway. Even so, if you like action RPGs and Norse mythology, you will enjoy it with its spectacular combats.

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5 / 10
Oct 4, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium is a disappointing, befuddled, and mistimed return for the Valkyrie series. Its Einherjar-supported combat system only takes the game so far when it’s saddled by an underwhelming story and artificially extended by crude level design. It falls into the trap of chasing trends, turning classic JRPGs into action games and copying other successful titles like Dark Souls without adding much new to the genre, when many fans would have been more than satisfied with an updated version of a standard Valkyrie game.

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7.3 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2022

Despite its limits due to a restricted budget, Valkyrie Elysium shines for an entertaining and well-crafted combat system.

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IGN Spain
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium shows its best side in combat, offering a frenetic, dynamic and demanding experience that does not have the right company in the other facets of the game. Its story does not accompany, the narration does not contribute much and neither does the level design. Fortunately, when you dive into its frenetic combat, everything gets better.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium is an enjoyable action RPG packed full of combos and upgrades, but the boring levels and story detract from the fun.

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Sep 30, 2022

Overall, Valkyrie Elysium is a great, although rough around-the-edges, action RPG, whose biggest strength lies in its dynamic combat system and in the charisma of some of its characters.

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80 / 100
Oct 3, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium has an incredibly fun combat system at its base along with some light platforming and RPG elements, however it doesn't go too far beyond that. The rote story is held up by good twists and likable characters, but I can't help but see massive potential just beyond what the game presents. Still, if you're an action game junkie like me, this is well worth your time and more.

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6 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2022

I was excited going into Valkyrie Elysium because of what I had heard about the series. While after my time with it that excitement certainly has dulled, not because of the combat but just because everything around it just kind of felt ‘meh’. If the world was more populated or at the very least more interesting there would be much more here to really sink one’s teeth into, as it stands once players are done doing Odin’s bidding they will find little reason to return in my opinion.

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Wccftech
Top Critic
6.2 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2022

A fast-paced combat system and operatic soundtrack from Motoi Sakuraba aren't enough to save Valkyrie Elysium from a fate worse than Ragnarok: mediocrity.

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6.5 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium is a very fun game with a mildly-intricate combat system that allows for plenty of satisfying moments of pulling off long combos to create a visual feast. Its narrative is lacking but the core characters are charming enough that by the end you can't help but almost feel attached to them all, as you've fought your way through to whichever ending you've chosen. If it weren't for the fact that you're constantly having to make everything work in spite of a camera and lock-on system that feels against you specifically, it would be a much easier game to recommend.

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Oct 3, 2022

The extensive depth available within combat is fantastic, allowing players to partake in a thrilling fast-paced experience. It's not all plain sailing as the game feels way too linear with not much exploration available and the recurrence of similar enemies can make combat feel repetitive at times. But Valkyrie Elysium is a great return for the series elevating the overall experience from past games.

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7.2 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium's combat system is sufficiently complex and entertaining, which is good, considering that what remains of the game is quite forgettable. A decent game for fans of the tri-Ace saga, but certainly not essential. Also because, if you're hungry for Norse adventures, there's a certain god of war waiting for you at the end of November...

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75 / 100
Oct 3, 2022

While some elements of Valkyrie Elysium are disappointingly lackluster, in the end, the combat is excellent. That alone was enough to keep me engaged through the game’s dozen or so hours. I have a pretty long wish list for future games, like more impressive visual design and more interesting missions. But the real-time action? It’s a keeper.

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6 / 10
Sep 29, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium is a game of two halves. The level design and objectives feel at least two generations old and the characters and storyline are more like placeholders than the finished article. There's no capital F feelings here or much in the way of narrative justification, but if you're okay with that and you just want fifteen to twenty hours of fast, frantic, fluid combat then we can just about recommend this one.

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Nov 2, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium brings the 20-year-old franchise to the PlayStation 4 and 5, switching out turn-based combat for hack 'n slash battles, and while the experience is fun, you just can't shake the feeling that we've seen this before.

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Oct 4, 2022

Valkyrie Elysium is a lot of fun, and maybe that's good enough. It's a shame that a new Valkyrie Profile game isn't more than simply adequate, especially after all this time, but anyone looking for a quick and engaging action RPG will leave satisfied. It may not be a masterpiece, but Valkyrie Elysium is still entertaining and enjoyable.

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