Valley is a mish mash of other games before it, but still retains a unique feeling all to itself and my time with it was pleasantly surprising with it.
Vibration from the controller and the sheer speed and sense of losing control feels great and makes you believe you are in a powerful suit.
Valley's heart is most definitely in the right place, and for the most part it succeeds in the execution of its gameplay mechanics. Unfortunately, the game's technical faults can't be ignored. The sloppy framerate in particular damages the experience far too much, and has held back what would otherwise be a great game.
In a games market often trying to operate as either an endless buffet or a sticky-sweet dessert parlour, Valley is a satisfying meal that doesn't outstay its welcome.
I greatly enjoyed my time in the Valley, and I can’t wait to dive back in to find all the hidden areas I missed. I’m certain most people, if not all, will enjoy their time in the Valley, too.
Sonic the Hedgehog and Bioshock had a lovechild and named it Valley, a sleeper hit that deserves your attention.
Valley’s answer to one of its main mysteries doesn’t quite satiate the curiosity it taunts, though it wisely leaves others unsolved. The questions it does pose it can’t answer, because no one can. That’s the siren Valley will use to carry you by the song of its story – though it is somewhat betrayed by its lack of mechanical prowess. I'm not normally one to be bothered by technical issues – I'm more concerned with messages and ideas, hence I can forgive a few breakdowns on the way so long as we get somewhere. Whether it’s a trip worth taking will depend on your tolerance for bumpy rides and the many spell-breaking hiccups curtailing the credulity of your experience.
Valley plays host to movement mechanics that feel awesome to use and a story that eventually becomes worthwhile.
The game features a full trophy count with a Platinum. As long as you explore everywhere to find all collectibles and make sure that you finish the game without ever letting the valley die, you should get your Platinum trophy at the end of the road. Overall, you’re looking at around 6-8 hours to get all trophies in the game, unless you mess up and don’t get all collectibles. In that case, you might spend an additional handful of hours doing cleanup since, unfortunately, you won’t know which collectibles you’re missing until you find them.