Valhalla Knights 3 is the fourth game in the Valhalla Knights series and the first on the PS Vita. It was developed by K2 LLC and localized and published in North America by Xseed Games. The games is your typical action RPG, with a decent character creation mode with four races to choose from (two more are unlocked as you play/beat the game.). The story puts your character in a sprawling prison in search of a legendary treasure. To do so, you must take on quest given to you by many of the prisons inhabitants to gain more information that will lead to the treasure. The quest will take you throughout the prison and outside into the prison grounds which are infested by fellow bandits, monsters and killer rabbits (yes, rabbits).
The character creation lets you choose a male or female from the four main races (Human, Elf, Dwarf and Halfling) choose from one of the different character classes (fighter, mage, cleric, thief and prisoner, to name a few). You can customize your face, hair eyes and voice from the games many pre-set options. You character will remain heroically stoic for the most part, letting his or her companions do the talking.
The prison itself is divided into the Light District and the Lower Slums. The Light District is where the rich and powerful reside, which the poor and weak survive in the slums. While both have shops for weapons and supplies, and guilds to hire new companions, the Light District adds a new twist: personal shoppers. Yes, in order to even browse in the high end stores, you must pay a scantly clad girl about 300 gold for the privilege and the company. These girls can be flirted with by buying them gifts and if they like you enough, you can take them to the Love Hotel for Sexy Time. Prison sex has never been so glamorous.
The game starts off really slow. With no money and basic weapons, you will struggle though the first few missions. So you have to resort to grinding in the outer prison grounds, killing rabbits and other prisoners to earn gold or items to sell for gold. You can use your money to change your characters class (or those of your compaions) to hopefully get an edge in battle.
The graphics are nothing spectacular. With long load times and bland colours, you would be excused if you though this was a PSP game. Maybe later in the game you will see more variety in the game, but it all seems so bland. Even spell effects are understated.. The most colourful area I’ve seem is the inside of the guild/brothel in the Light District.
Speaking of which, I have yet to mention the feature that makes to touching of the mostly still pictures in Dragon’s Crown seem tame: The Sexy Time mini game. If you get a clerk to like you enough, you can engage in a mini game in which they strip to their underwear and you use the touch screen to…touch them. Doing so will result in new quests, items and the character joining you party. This is definitely an example of “fan service” in a Japanese game but it make you wonder if this distracted the developers from making improvements to the overall game.
To me, Valhalla Knights 3 falls short of my expectations. While games like Dragon’s Crown did not have any customization, the gameplay was interesting enough to keep my playing. I am having a hard time keeping interested in this game. With the only draw being a creepy mini game that, at my characters level and wealth, seems like a pipe dream, there is not much to keep me playing. I could always level up on rabbits, but that does not make for a compelling game.
My rating 2/5