Assume the role of Wyatt in this Action/Exploration Platformer as you explore the ruins of a holy city that was lost many years ago. Battle various types of demons, angels, and a new threat known only as the “Ferals”, using swordsmanship, martial arts, and sorcery.
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Mixed (31 reviews) - 64% of the 31 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Sep 8, 2013

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Assume the role of Wyatt in this Action/Exploration Platformer as you explore the ruins of a holy city that was lost many years ago. Battle various types of demons, angels, and a new threat known only as the “Ferals”, using swordsmanship, martial arts, and sorcery. There are many customizable skills and equipment that will aid Wyatt on his journey.

STORY:

Over 40 years ago, the goddess Valdis was killed by her daughter, the dark goddess Myrgato. Since this event Myrgato has been at war with her twin sister, Alagath the goddess of light. This perpetual war is fueled by human souls that the gods use to create their warriors; Myrgato twisting souls into demons, and Alagath manipulating souls to create angels. Each day the remaining human population dwindles as they are forced to choose a side or die.

FEATURES:

  • Intense combat weaving sword and sorcery together seamlessly.
  • Find magic souls that aid in combat and traversing the ruins of the city.
  • Level up stats and a variety skills to customize your play style.
  • Upgrade Weapons and Armor.
  • Unique accessories that can give you the edge in combat, or get you killed!
  • Interconnected zones allow you to explore new areas or backtrack.
  • 2 playable characters on release and more to come!
  • Compelling original soundtrack spanning over 2 hours of music!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Processsor 1.7 Ghz or higher
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Elite Seraph
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
This was a game which looked like it should have been all kinds of fun. But the horribly laggy feel to the controls make it almost unplayable. I expected a crisp responsiveness out of the controls, but it feels like I'm playing at a 1000+ ping with some inconsistencies on how your character moves.
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FUCk
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
On the surface it looks promising enough (Metroidvania games are pretty hard to screw up) but within an hour of playing it you'll start to sour on it. First you realise the controls are ♥♥♥♥ing horrible. Then you realize you have no idea where you're going or what you're doing. Then all at once you realise... you are playing what I've come to call a "bad game". The story is straight up high school edgelord "what if angels and demons are both bad guys" kind of writing, which is perfect inspiration to go find all your old notebooks and burn them for safety's sake. In this game you play as some cretin who is a mixture of demons and angels or some crap (see Diablo III) and you go around a confusing map fighting pallet swaps of enemies for 6-8 hours and then you uninstall it. I guess there's other characters and difficulties you can unlock if you don't have anything better to do, and if this happens to be the only computer game your circus ringleader lets you play, because you are a dumb ♥♥♥♥ing idiot clown. Bonus points for a late area where you're constantly poisoned and the entire screen has a lovely bright neon green filter on it, which is great if you're the kind of person who is dissatisfied with the amount of migraines you suffer while playing your video games.
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Ne7erwinter
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
Irreponsive controls makes it feel as if I'm playing an online game with a really awful ping. The frustration is simply beyond belief. When an attack lands (whether from the player or an enemy) the visual and sound feedback feels so hollow and unconvincing. The developers may wanna try going back to the origins of 2D action games, such as Cadillacs & Dinosaurs even, to see how it's done!

Way too many obvious/subtle similarities to Castlevania that go far beyond the normal extent of homage that they become distracting and make one seriously doubt the innovation capacities of our developers.
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Finrod
18.4 hrs
Posted: August 15
Metroidvania platformer.
Medium RPG/crafting elements (harvest loot items from enemies, craft upgrades and new abilities).
Strong, challenging combat w/ multiple supported play styles/builds (sword, magic).
Pretty, distinctive art.

Crafting and map traversal are arcane; no shame in finding a world map somewhere.
Not a lot of text, but I got into the characters a bit.
Some frustrating platforming sequences--fighting on narrow platforms w/ ranged enemies. Falling never results in death, just climbing back to re-try.
Combat and platforming feel retro-difficult; challenges to play intelligently, rather than button mash.

Reminds of Cave Story, Dust, Castlevania: SOTN. Recommended if you liked them.
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Melampyre
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 15
Too many design flaw if you play without following a guide.
Seriously who came with the idea of the potion required to counter the zone's effect ? Having to restart from a 40min old save because you accidentaly ran into a boss unprepared while looking for a save point is beyond stupid...
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Gumshoe
59.8 hrs
Posted: August 14
I f***ing love this game.
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Demicore
20.5 hrs
Posted: August 10
Great metroidvania game with fluid gameplay, good challenge at higher difficulties, interesting art style and beautiful soundtrack.

Heartily recommended to fans of the metroidvania genre.
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prot8to
6.7 hrs
Posted: August 9
I liked this game at first. The idea, story, and gameplay are all great at first. After a while the graphics get to you. They aren't quite 16 bit and they're blurry. If you do 2x to try and improve them it just looks bad. The game should look much better than it does honestly. However that's not the part I really don't like about it. Given everything about the game I would rate this highly except for the squishy factor.

You start out super weak. You remain super weak throughout most of the game. It's crazy how OP some of the enemies are with powers that just destroy you in seconds. One bad hit can mean 80 damage and death. There's no blinking, no temporary invincibility when you take damage, so you just keep taking damage which just compounds the more enemies that are attacking you.

Bosses and sections of the game are super trolly. Some areas you're supposed to jump gaps on tiny moving objects while enemies are shooting projectiles at you. They aren't on the screen, so you can't do anything about it except hope that it doesn't happen because blocking doesn't work that great. As you progress you get better armor, items, and skills that make it easier, or so you would think. Only the bosses and enemies get more OP and more troll as you go.

I haven't yet finished this game because every time I pick it up something about it pisses me off. I always forget why I stopped playing and I always realize it's because the game is made to make you try again and again and fail over and over. This isn't the kind of game to have that play style and it just becomes a huge turn off. Maybe if leveling up didn't take forever, grinding wouldn't feel like some epic task that takes days. No matter what, I just realize this game all around was half ♥♥♥♥♥ in many ways.
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Kique
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 9
this game is broken for me, it always lags and lose framerate i regret buying it
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fauregandi
54.2 hrs
Posted: August 5
This game is possibly the best purchase that i have made on steam so far. The gameplay is extremely satisfying, the soundtrack is incredible and the game mechanics are awesome as well. The only problem that I initially had with is was the controls for it on mouse and keyboard, but the game allows you to remap the keys to your liking. I have a razor naga mmog mouse, which was perfect for my attacking and skill cancel buttons. Solid game overall and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes platformer rpg games.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
160.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
This is one of my favorite games. I've beaten it several times at this point. It's not especially long, but there's plenty of content that will take multiple playthroughs to see. I wish it were more popular, mostly because I find myself going to the wiki to find something and realizing I know more about what should be on the page than what's currently there. So this game has officially gotten me into writing wiki pages =p. But that just show's how good it is. The story and gameplay are so good that I'm invested enough to want make sure the wiki is up to date and accurate. Putting that aside, there are 4 playable characters with multiple sets of weapons and armor to unlock and subsequently upgrade. All of the weapons are unique to each character and have they're own different stlyes of gameplay. I've played most as the ranged character and the 'mage,' which is kind of just a split between a ranged and melee character depending on what spell/skills you're using. The bosses are fun and challenging and you're ranked on how well you do against each one. You get rewarded based on what rank you get. [PSA: I played for 40ish hours before I noticed, but if you look at the bottom left and bottom right during a boss fight you can see the timer and combat rank %. The timer will show exactly how much time you have before you can no longer recieve S rank, Then A, and so on. The Combat % will go down each time you are damaged, but it will go back up every time you do damage to the boss. I think S on that is around 75-80%]. You can make builds out of 3 different skill trees for each character. Each tree focuses on Attack, Defense, or Magic. You max out at level 20 but there are ways of getting more stats and skills if you're determined enough. Even if you're not into challenging boss battles, I would still definitely recommend playing through a few times on the easier difficulties just for the story. Unfortunately, as far as I know right now, there are no plans for a sequel. Hopefully if the developer see's more interest in the game that could change in the future. So if nothing else, buy this so I can get a part 2.

Oh, and by the way, This is the first steam review I've written in several years that I've had an account. I just love Valdis that much.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Great metroidvania game with fluid gameplay, good challenge at higher difficulties, interesting art style and beautiful soundtrack.

Heartily recommended to fans of the metroidvania genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
The best fantasy platformer I've seen in a long time. The game consists of a large map with a main storyline and various minibosses you may opt not to fight. This makes the game very replayable, if having a choice of four different characters, with at least three different weapons each, weren't enough for replayability. Enemies are characteristic of each area and they are somewhat varied with their own limitations, although the general inventory of enemies you will fight is somewhat small. Voice effects are a bit low quality, but sound effects and music are top notch. Gameplay and combat is very fast paced at times, and fighting enemies, is very enjoyable especially because the game seems to implement a good AI system. There are three factions and often times you will witness them clash and fight each other. Enemies don't necessarily adopt an obvious pattern to try to kill your character making some encounters somewhat of a challenge. The game includes a lot of other content such as an arena, a bestiary, lore, etc. Overall this is a great game and there should be more platformers like this. A++.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
This game is possibly the best purchase that i have made on steam so far. The gameplay is extremely satisfying, the soundtrack is incredible and the game mechanics are awesome as well. The only problem that I initially had with is was the controls for it on mouse and keyboard, but the game allows you to remap the keys to your liking. I have a razor naga mmog mouse, which was perfect for my attacking and skill cancel buttons. Solid game overall and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes platformer rpg games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Metroidvania platformer.
Medium RPG/crafting elements (harvest loot items from enemies, craft upgrades and new abilities).
Strong, challenging combat w/ multiple supported play styles/builds (sword, magic).
Pretty, distinctive art.

Crafting and map traversal are arcane; no shame in finding a world map somewhere.
Not a lot of text, but I got into the characters a bit.
Some frustrating platforming sequences--fighting on narrow platforms w/ ranged enemies. Falling never results in death, just climbing back to re-try.
Combat and platforming feel retro-difficult; challenges to play intelligently, rather than button mash.

Reminds of Cave Story, Dust, Castlevania: SOTN. Recommended if you liked them.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
I bought at full price and I don't regret a penny. The game mechanics reminded me of Castlevania Symphony of The Night. The combat was great and once you beat the game you can play with other characters. I love this game!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Awesome game, reminded me very much of SOTN.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I f***ing love this game.
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350 of 395 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
434.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
Valdis Story: Abyssal City is one of the best games i've played so far, i've been so hooked on to it that i have yet to become bored of doing the game over and over, it feels like each playthrough is a challenge and the hardest difficulty which is unlocked after your first playthrough really puts your skills to the test.

The storyline is quite a fun turn of events as neither hell or heaven is the good guy here!
You start off on a ship with your crew then some giant monster comes and crashes your ship and you all sink and end up in Abyssal City which is deep under the sea, it turns out that you have been caught up in the middle of a war between angels and demons and your only way out is to battle your way through hordes of angels and demons as you search for your missing crew!

Currently there are 2 playable characters out of 4 which will be available in an upcoming patch. The 2 currently available characters have very different playstyles, one of them is a monk which starts by using only fists while the other starts with a sword, both have their strengths and weaknesses which makes it really fun to play through the game a second time.
I started out playing the swords man in the hardest difficulty and finished the game and it was quite rewarding as i had to put some effort in to it, later i decided i was going to try out the monk and oh my did i get a surprise, it was like playing a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GAME! i died a couple of times to bosses here and there which i had considered mastered, but because of the different playstyle and spells it really shook me up and made me have another blast through the game!

The game also features a leveling system and a talent tree system which is pretty rare for a sidescroller, it brings out allot of possibilities while leveling on what path you wish to take and what stats you require for your skill tree... Want to be a MONK MAGE?! no problem... Want to be a barehanded swordsman!? again no problem... the game is very well built to give you the different options of choosing what ever path suites you best!

The item system in the game is very pleasing, it's not to complex and not to simple, you will grind enemies along your travels and they will drop a variation of items for you, later in the game you will be able to use the items obtained to upgrade your weapons or armor as you see fit or even expand your mana or health pool.
This really brought out the good old RPG feeling in me and made me want to try to obtain all the items in the game in my first playthrough, i then realised that there are some items in the game that are only obtainable from chests and you will have to think wisely before you upgrade your weapons or armors as you may not be able to upgrade any other weapon or armor in your current playthrough!

While gliding through the game you will fight vicious bosses that will show you no mercy at all, you will struggle and enjoy the sensation of progressing them til you finally deliver the final blow! you will be required to try out various combinations of armors or spells in order to find out what the best possible way to kill the bosses are.
Every boss in the game has some sort of weakness and it's yours to figure out!

The game it self is well designed, the story is great, has beautiful graphics which are all hand drawn as well as amazing music that really puts you in the zone when fighting bosses or while you are exploring the world of Valdis Story!


Pros:

- Playable multiple times
- Very fun combat system
- Challenging boss fights
- Multiple characters to choose from
- Great leveling system with a unique leveling tree
- Difficulties made to please the average player to hardcore player
- Upgrading system

Cons:

- Map can be frustrating for beginners who have not played the game yet
- You will become hooked to the game and not want to leave your computer!


My Ratings:

Graphics: 94/100
Combat System: 91/100
Storyline: 89:100
Music: 95/100

Overall: 92/100


I highly recommend this game to everyone and if you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on twitch.tv/icyd3mon even if im not streaming, i'm usually in the chat channel!
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162 of 190 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
206.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Valdis Story is one of these rare Metroidvania-games that actually incorporates all the attributes of metroidvania-games which properly used and combined. Decent story? Well-developed and complex battle system? RPG elements? Exploration aspects and secrets? Beautiful 2D visuals and animations? All check.

It took almost 7 years for the game to crawl out of the concept cradle but it sure worth it. And the result? Unique combination of old-school gameplay core ideas with a modern approach.

Personal score; 8.5/10
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