Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 80
    As an originator, Valkyrie Profile is an inspired maverick in a field of me-too RPGs, beautiful to look at and exciting to play.
  2. Despite the porting issues, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is a positive and challenging experience that remains unique more than six years after its initial release.
  3. In the end, Valkyrie Profile Lenneth is quite the unique RPG and well worth playing for anyone that calls themselves a fan of Japanese RPGs.
  4. Fans of the original that are still clutching to their original copies will find nothing new here, however, which is a huge letdown for anyone looking to revisit one of Playstation's greatest on the little screen.
  5. 75
    Sadly, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth has many technical issues that were not present in the original, definately hindering an otherwise stellar experience.
  6. I also was frustrated by a sea of poorly designed and explained menus, repetitive dungeon hacks and temperamental controls.
  7. While not quite up there with the likes of GBA's "Final Fantasy Tactics Advance," Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is by far the best RPG ever to grace the PSP platform!
  8. If you can get past the learning curve, you'll find a rich, deep RPG - by PSP standards. [Aug 2006, p.94]
  9. For all the good in the game, there’s a fairly steep learning curve that may make some gamers recant their stubborn ‘no FAQ’ tendencies, especially in order to see the game’s multiple endings.
  10. Valkyrie Profile Lenneth is exactly that - wholly distinct from the rest of the crowd, a niche within a niche, marvellously thought out and mostly brilliantly executed. If there were other comparably innovative and inventive Japanese RPGs to set this against, then its flaws might cause it to be judged more severely. But it stands alone, a rare original expression of Japanese role-playing individuality.
  11. 60
    Evidently Square Enix didn't have the time or the inclination to do serious work under Valkyrie's hood. Instead, we get this sloppy emulated version, with all the warts of the original and more.
  12. If you've been waiting for years to get your hands on this Tri-Ace classic, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth will not dissapoint. [Aug 2006, p.90]
  13. The PSP-only CG cutscenes are gorgeous and dramatic. An ethereal soundtrack keeps the mythological mood in check, even though the voice-acting won’t win any awards.
  14. A singular RPG experience with much to offer those who are open to something very different from just about every other RPG out there.
  15. 75
    Its steep learning curve and the overly convoluted quest system makes it fall short of what could have been a first-rate title.
  16. If you're looking for an engaging, unique RPG with a great battle system and an enjoyable story, you can't go wrong with Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth.
  17. Its intricacies mean limited appeal, but the combat and plot make it rewarding. [July 2007, p.74]
  18. A solid port of a one-of-a-kind role-playing game that is endlessly appealing to genre fans who are looking for something different, but it's a bit too dense for everyone else.
  19. 80
    A great RPG with an unorthodox design. There are amazing design elements here. The art and sound direction are unmistakably original, amplifying what could be the game's best asset -- an incredibly active and technical battle system. There's a lot to like, but at times the game is bolder than it is balanced or practical.
  20. It's clear that nobody has plans to create a full-fledged RPG on the scale of any of the PSone or PS2 classics for the PSP, so a port is going to have to do. This game stands nobly above anything else you can buy on the system.
  21. On its own merits Valkyrie Profile is easy to recommend, but given the relative lack of high quality RPG’s on the PSP, it’s a definite must buy.
  22. A non-traditional RPG that comes out feeling traditional. The exploration, pre-enemy encounter elements give the game an instant hook to newcomers.
  23. The freedom afforded to the player, not to mention the story, would be impressive coming from a recent RPG, but we’re talking about a game that’s over half a decade old. Sure, it may not be the most portable game on the system, and sure, it may be a port, but that doesn’t stop Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth from being one of the best role-playing games on the PSP.
  24. At the end of the day, you’ve got a fairly good port of a PS1 title with a few new bells and whistles which are greatly appreciated, but are left with a few old nagging issues.
  25. Although the game is marred by a plethora of problems, including horrendous load times when you load the map and menu, it still provides an entertaining experience nonetheless.
  26. 85
    The best RPG that the PSP has received to date.
  27. While Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth has a few minor flaws with save points, new additions and so on, it arguably could be the best RPG for the PSP.
  28. Even seven years after the original it looks and plays like few other RPGs. [June 2007, p.96]
  29. It's not an "FF" title for the PSP, but it is a port of one of the better and rarer games in the company's history. [Aug 2006, p.80]
  30. 80
    Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth provides two things for the PSP that have been largely missing: a great RPG and a unique gaming experience.
  31. An interesting RPG with some reasonably original ideas. The 2D locations and the semi-real time combat system are nice. The Norse mythology is interesting, but the story does not use it very well. [Aug 2007]
  32. American gamers are long overdue for a second shot at this underrated classic. [Aug 2006, p.68]
  33. 78
    It's for the dedicated gamers amongst you only. [Issue 144, p.80]
  34. One of the most individual and visually striking games available on PSP. [July 2007, p.110]
  35. Questionable suitability for portable play aside, this is probably the best role-playing game yet for PSP.
  36. Its story, gameplay, and presentation are so good and so unique, it's easily the best RPG to hit the PSP, not to mention one of the best of the last two console generations. [Sep 2006, p.79]
  37. For those that have played it before, it remains as engaging as ever.
  38. 86
    Easily the best domestic RPG on the PSP to date. The game itself is incredibly unique and fun to play. The portability is both a blessing and a curse, allowing one of the PSOne classics to be played on the go, but limiting you to a four inch screen.
  39. Every fan of the genre should revel in the ability to enjoy Valkyrie Profile without giving blood on eBay. RPG newbies are encouraged to indulge as well, though with a warning: don't expect to find an equivalent any time soon.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Jun 29, 2013
    9
    Valkyrie Profile Lenneth is well made remake/enhanced port of the PSX Classic Valkyrie Profile which was released about 10 years or so ago. Even with the time passed this game has aged gloriously and the newly added CG Cutscenes make the game's value even more worth it. You will fall in love with the unique combat system which focuses on combos, the drama filled storyline with a lot of suspense, beautiful visuals and music and a decent amount of replay ability for a game of its age. This game is highly recommended for anyone who loves Japanese games, RPGs, and are interested in Norse Mythology. Full Review »
  2. May 8, 2013
    9
    This is a very good game indeed. Beautiful 2D graphics, memorable characters with their dramatic stories, a lot of them! The battle system is amazing and unique. The game is pretty hard at times and it can be merciless if you've missed some item or spell earlier in the game. also it has some annoying platformer-style elements, but overall it's rather addictive. Ah, and I forgot to mention the stunning animation clips and great voice acting. Full Review »
  3. Dec 19, 2011
    8
    The game on my stand-point, the story was very emotional, very good.
    Half of the time it would bring a tear to my eye (why you ask?).
    In
    this game you play as a Valkyrie who is sent down to collect warriors to fight for the gods but before finding the warrior, it shows the that person is like and what his/her life is, upon reaching their deaths, the Valkyrie approaches the person and leaves what I call symbolic and metaphoric (add to the music thats being played upon their deaths).

    But the one thing that affect it for me to leave it at a 8 was because of the side-scrolling maps, they're way to annoying but it was a good play.
    Full Review »