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Xenon Valkyrie+ is something I easily see myself coming back to whenever I have a free moment and my Vita in hand. It can be a cruel experience for sure and some alterations to the overall design would go a long way, but it's still a fun little game I can play seriously for hours or casually on a lunch break.
Xenon Valkyrie+ is an excellent game with an 8-bit artistic look that works very well. It has a simple gameplay but tremendously addictive. An essential title not without flaws that will delight the increasingly numerous roguelike players.
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Indie mix of platformer, roguelike and RPG in a sci-fi theme. A mediocre title like many others on PS Vita, although some of mechanics are quite nicely done.
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Xenon Valkyrie+ introduces a very well-presented gameplay to Xbox. Beginning with a simple, but also interesting story. It lets the player quickly get into the battle without wasting time trying to get used to mechanics. Although permadeath can be a huge disappointment for casual players, there are multiple characteristics that made up for the difficulty in levels. The pixilated design puts bright colors on the screen, which looks great at all times. Finally, the soundtrack brings high-quality music to the adventure and is one of my favorite presentation elements in this game.
Exploring the stages is fun, but all that fun starts to melt away when you realize just how little freedom you have to experiment with different character builds. The level up system is simply is not balanced enough to match the rest of the game's mechanics. It's just too frustrating to play Xenon Valkyrie. While you can probably figure out the exact way to optimize characters in order to beat bosses with ease, I can't really see a reason you'd want to.
Xenon Valkyrie+ is by no means a bad game, just one that needed a little bit more time in development to better polish the gameplay.
Personally, as fun as the gameplay is, as great as the controls are, and as good as the graphics are, this roguelike is a bit hit and miss. All in all, this is an okay game for playing in short bursts
In short, it's not worth the grey hairs.
Xenon Valkyrie+ is a game you're either going to love or hate. If you're a fan of the roguelike genre and favor hardcore platformers, then you'll feel right at home with this game. But if you're new to the genre and don't like replaying the same sections, even if the content is randomized during every new run, then this one isn't going to win you over.
Xenon Valkyrie+ is playable, but there is just so much left to be desired. Feeling more like an alpha version with tremendous potential, the longer you play, the more you realise everything you want the game to be, it sadly is not, and players will be left with a mediocre platformer/rogue title instead. If this was a demo of what was to come, it would be so easy to sing its praises but, as it is, it only serves as a source of aggravation for what it could have been.