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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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
Helpful customer reviews
72 of 84 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
74.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
TL;DR --> I'm ashamed about how many people downvoted this game just because it's stronger than you. This is an incredible Metroidvania (one of the bests I've ever played) with a very deep and complex combat system that should not disappoint any old-school gamer nor new challenge-seekers.

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And now that I've played this game so much to the point that I literally know the whole map, enemies, items and secrets by heart, I can review it properly.

This is one of those games that reminds you and the gaming industry that games used to be mercyless as hell, right at the beginning. You want a tutorial? Test what you've learnt with a godlike boss!

Valdis Story: Abyssal City is a pure Metroidvania game, with the most remarkable features of the genre: 2D exploration platformer; RPG elements based on stats, skill tree, weapons, armors, accs, etc.; tons of bosses; materials to upgrading and crafting; the classic square-like zone map; tons of bosses. This game was built with one goal in purpose: create an RPG platformer with a complex battle and combat system. But did it succeed?

Before focusing on pros and cons, let me just summarise the main story: The game is placed in a world where both Gods of Darkness and Light (which happen to be sisters) are in war, sending never-ending troups of angels/demons. As usual, the ones suffering the colateral damage are humans, and some people are just against this whole mess and purpose to kill both Goddesses. You take hand of one of those tripulations who suddenly gets attacked by some giant monsters. Your ship sinks and you end up in the lost city of Sitheil, a civilization underwater protected by a mysterious mana barrier.

And that's all until you start playing it. Now the important stuff:

COMBAT SYSTEM - 9.5/10
Since this is the most important fact about the game, I'm starting with it. The combat system is basically INCREDIBLE. There's so much to learn with every character and you can effectively play with lots of different playstyles and strategies. A very interesting thing is that some bosses are way easier to deal with if you use an specific strategy, even if it's one you're not used to.

There are 4 characters in this game. Two of them are more melee/close range based, while the other 2 are ranged. Nevertheless all characters have different weapons that allow you to play on any style so the amount of possibilities are huge.

The damage and combo system are surprisingly complex, to the point that you might even need to read guides in order to fully understand how it works. Once you do, and if you plan yourself properly, you'll end up by dealing with breaking strategies. When that happens, trust me, the feeling is AWESOME, like "hell yeah, I nailed it".

The main stats are the typical Strength, Agility, Intelligence and Luck, but those take care of other deeper stats that might make you consider how you're gonna play.

The Skill Trees look limited at a first glance (3 skill trees), but don't get fooled. How you place your points can be crucial and some of the later skills, if used properly, are totally breakers. Expect to find all the important stuff like dodging, parrying, guardbreaking, spellbreaking, and so on.

The combat mechanics... I can see a lot of work progamming it. All those features I pointed out in the previous paragraphs could only conclude in an almost perfect feeling of a true fight even against the weakest foe.

SOUNDTRACK - 8.5/10
The sountrack is amazing as well. You'll get in love with it very quickly. A music combining epic/symphonic with some metal guitar sound will keep you estimulated for the big amount of hours you will be playing this game. Expect a lot of internal hype with boss themes.

LENGTH - 8.5/10
For a Metroidvania, the game is surprisingly long. It might take you about 15h to beat the game for the first time (if you spend some time exploring of course). The map is pretty big (specially now after the free update) and there's many stuff to uncover and secrets to find, even in places where you firstly thought you fully explored. You will be facing over 20 bosses that will keep you stressed and held until you master their patterns. Also, you need to beat the game several times in order to unlock everything so if you are a completionist you will be putting over 50h into this game for sure.

ART - 8/10
I totally love the concept art of the game and it also looks pretty decent in the game itself. The menus and the text look kind weird though.

DIFFICULTY - 9/10
I'll spend some time explaining this:

This game is pretty brutal and mercyless. Even on Normal difficulty if you're not very used to these games you might struggle with enemies and specially bosses. Not to mention that the game has Normal Difficulty, Hard, Veteran, God Slayer, Goibniu Mode (God Slayer with 1 life + no saves + time limit).

But... is the difficulty artificial?

HELL NO.

This game was crafted to be played on God Slayer difficulty. Every other difficulty is just a weakened version of this, not the opposite. If you wanna fully experience Valdis Story, you better play this game on the hardest settings, and you might not regret it. PLEASE keep that in mind: this game was meant to be hard and it succeeds on what it's aiming. So don't start yelling "huehuehue this is so hard huehuehue" because yes, you're right! You've just entered Valdis Story! Will you keep it and try to beat the challenge or will you give up like a scrub?

By this time I've already stated that the combat system is amazing. Well, remember that enemies can also fight so be ready to face some very skillful enemies, able to do amazing and long combos to your butt. Unless you flawlessly learn how to deal with them, you're gonna die. A lot.

And of course, the major feature: BOSSES. Bosses in this game are extremely lethal and varied. You will fight them over and over and over and over until you basically reach a point you can predict every single move they make. Doesn't that remember you the kind of stuff we usually do on fighting games?

ACHIEVEMENTS - 9/10
Most of the achievements are made for the hardcore and uber-hardcore audience and that's something I always appreciate since achievements should be ACHIEVEMENTS in my opinion. And yes, there's an achievement for beating the game in Goibniu Mode. Good luck!

However, I cannot put a 10/10 in this section since completing this game involves A LOT of playthroughs. Be ready, completionist, as you will have to beat this game like 8-9 times without counting failed runs, with different styles and purposes. I think that was unnecessary.

OVERALL - 9.25/10
I've always been bad in Metroidvanias and it's a genre that despite enjoying, I get easily frustrated and therefore I usually avoid. But Valdis Story completely changed that and gave me some hope to both myself and the industry. This game is simply amazing and resulted into an incredible experience to me as a gamer. It was so addictive once I started it I couldn't let it go until I did everything. I will remember this title for a long time and it's definately gonna be one of my first references when recommending a Metroidvania game.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
A fantastic side scrolling adventure in the spirit of Super Metroid and Castlevania. Especially the art and music are fantastic.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
A solid metrovania with a great combat system, four different playable characters (each with several different weapon styles!), great boss design, light item farming, a cool currency-less economy, and a clever magic system. And all made by two people!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
The best Metroidvania game in a long time very addictive.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
81.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Amazing! I can't remember the last time that I devoured a game like I am doing with Valdis Story (Probably it was The Witcher 3). I beated the game with Reina, the cute Monk, on hard. Immediately I started my playthrough with Wyatt, the badass fella with a big sword, on Godslayer mode. It is AWESOME! It really tests your player skills. This is a game that you need to master the mecanics to be good. It doesn't care if you grind your entire life to get stronger. You will be humiliated if you do not master the gameplay. It's not a smash button hack n slash. And you fight against freaking Demons and Angels! The best part (at least for me) is mastering the Boss battles to get S rank.

Of course, you don't need to be a hardcore gamer to enjoy. You can play the normal mode and just be happy. It will be fun as well.

If you are into it Metrodvania games, Get It!

Gameplay - 9.5
Music - 9
History - 8.5 (It is simple, but I kinda liked the script)

9/10

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