Verfasst: 28. Mai
Characters Feel Unique
Highly Customized Character Builds
Amazing Art Style
World Building Lore
Tangible Risk/Reward Rankings
Accessible But Heavily Rewards Skill
No World Map Readily Available
Low Level Cap
Combat Ranking a Tad Unforgiving
No Real New Game+
Valdis Story is one of the best Indie Metrovanias I've played yet. I'd even say it ranks up there with many of the "professional" Metrovanias. The world is moderately large, and the game adheres by the classic Metrovania formula of: Go to place, see unreachable door, progress in different direction and get power-up/item, backtrack to previous location and us power-up/item to go throw door, rinse and repeat. Although quite a few of the aforementioned areas (that require significant backtracking anyway) are optional so the formula doesn't damper the game, if you're not into it. Combat is smooth and the combo rewards system is a pretty nice incentive to get better at the game.
Each of the four characters all feel unique, and have their own weapons, strengths, and (at least one unique) set of spells. The two starting characters have subtle nuances that set them apart from one another (aside from the different set of weapons), but the two other characters feel completely different. The story is relatively simple, but does a good job of world building and draws you into the conflict pretty well. The art style is stunning with each backdrop/sprite/item looking hand drawn and animated superbly smoothly.
While each area has it's own map, you cannot look at the map of other areas that you are not in so it's sometimes difficult to tell where you need to go next. The rating system offers often significant stat boosts, which is a great incentive to improve and get better. However the ranking for Combat (damage taken vs given) is rather unforgiving at times. The low level cap of 20 also makes each stat and skill point very important so getting the best stat boosts is pretty important. There are also a number of limited resources which means that you can only upgrade a few spells, weapons, armors so you have to choose wisely. Also there's no new game+ (the only things that carry over are weapons but not any upgrades on them), which I feels is a bit of a detriment to the game as a whole.