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Rare’s the game that has me really, truly laughing in sheer delight one minute, then cursing in irritation the next. First-person action-adventure Valley [official site] is full of wonderful ideas and has truly excellent movement, but it also jumps the shark so many times over the course of its few short hours that the poor old sea-beast’s fin is worn down to a bloody stump. … [visit site to read more]
Everyone knows exoskeletons are the future of warfare. Call of Duty says so. But this game thinks they’re the saviour of the environment too. Valley [official site] is a first-person science-fiction adventure from the folks that horrified you with Slender: The Arrival. You’re dropped in a mysterious valley hidden among the Rockies and you are encased in the L.E.A.F. suit. This means you can run as fast as wild animals and leap over chasms in a single bound, as the trailer below shows. AND you can bring dead things back to life just by injecting them with a glowing life force (see blue deer above). But should you die and resurrect yourself>, the natural world dies too.
Blue Isle Studio's Valley is my kind of game for the sake of clarity, a judgment I make without having played it because I can't quite figure out what it's all about. We described it as a first person action-adventure-type-thing about a guy in a supersuit in our April announcement post, which is accurate as far as it goes, but the story trailer released today suggests that there's more going on than just acrobatic sightseeing. There is also a release date: Blue Isle announced today that Valley will go live on Steam on August 24.
Not even the description in the launch date press release is very helpful. The Valley is a magical hidden wonder in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Filled with a variety of wondrous creatures and beautiful vistas, The Valley also holds the ancient Lifeseed relic, which according to legend is a bringer of death on a global scale, it says. The Valley s predecessors have attempted to harness it before to no avail, and now it's up to the player to explore The Valley while attempting to capture and harness the power of the Lifeseed for good.
I'm not sure how something that can inflict global annihilation ends up being called the Lifeseed, nor am I any clearer on this whole business about the unrivaled power to control life and death promised in the reveal trailer. I do get the feeling that there are going to be some lessons learned over the course of the game, though, maybe something about how great power and great responsibility come together in not-always-pleasant ways. The "unique twist on death" is intriguing, too: "The more you die, the more the valley will die around you." Careful where you step.
Blue Isle's previous game was Slender: The Arrival, based on the popular Slender Man horror meme, which we described in our review as beautiful and atmospheric, with a nicely constructed story, but very shallow in terms of actual gameplay. Hopefully Valley can address that shortcoming the trailers certainly suggest that it will at least be a more active experience. More information about Valley can be found on Steam, or at valleythegame.com.