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VALIS II
THE FANTASM SOLDIER
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ヴァリスII
©1989 Sin-Nihon Laser Soft
©Telenet Japan
Release : 1989-6-23 (¥6780)
CDRom² TJCD9001
Action / Platform game

American Version
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VALIS II
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Valis II is a side scrolling platform game by Telenet and was the first PC Engine game ever released by the Japanese company. After the events of the first Valis and the fall of the evil ruler Rogles, peace returns to Earth and Vekanti (the Dream World). Yūko Asao, the series' central heroine and prophesied savior of Vekanti and mankind, saved the world but lost her best friend Reiko in the struggle. In Valis II, the evil emperor Megasu (aka Magus), lord of the Spirits, is on a quest to become the new king of Vekanti. He has ordered his army of demons to prepare for a wide-scale invasion and the blue haired Yūko is determined to thwart him and his plans. Armed with the legendary and mystical Valis sword, Yūko transforms into a Fantasm Soldier and fights the battle that will seal the fate of the Dream World. The sword only fires small waves of energy at first and power-ups can be collected along the way to increase its powers (they range from two-way fire to double wave laser, homing missiles and so forth...). Yūko can also learn magic spells over the course of the game such as the rotating shield or the temporary invincibility. Valis II is vast and features six varied and long stages periodically interrupted by increasingly elaborate cutscenes which became the core trademark of the series.
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Valis This PC Engine version of Valis II is probably the weakest of them all. The game was first released for the MSX, the Sharp X68000 and NEC PC-8800 in 1989. Although it was supposed to feature enhanced graphics and cinematics, the PC Engine version cutscenes (displayed inside small sub-windows) don't come anywhere near the ones featured in the excellent Sharp X68000 game (which was translated in English in 2009 by MIJET). The levels and gameplay are also totally different and the Sharp X68000 (and MSX) features an armor and weapon upgrade system. It also seems that the computer and console versions of Valis II slightly differ in term of story. Even worse, the American Turbografx-16's manual recounts a conveniently altered story and modifies notable events from the first Valis game - they say that Yūko becomes a Valis Warrior for the first time in Valis II, that Rogles was a kind and mighty king (he is in reality the bad guy from the first Valis) and that Reiko is a friendly ghost (she was Yūko's best friend, but she was brainwashed by Rogles and eventually killed by Yūko). Interestingly, Valis II received a chibi remake treatment and was released in 1992 for the Megadrive - the game was called Valis SD (aka Syd of Valis in the west) and features cute 'super deformed' versions of the main characters (hence the prefix "SD"). Finally, anyone interested to experience all the animated cutscenes of Valis II (and other Valis games) without going through the game's action scenes, Telenet released the Valis Visual Collection for the PC Engine system in 1993.

Yūko and Megasu briefly appears as a cameo in Telenet's overhead racing game Dekoboko Densetsu released for the PC Engine in 1990. See Dekoboko Densetsu for more information about this fun cameo.

MSX version Mugen Senshi Valis (aka Valis: The Fantasm soldier) was Telenet's (and Wolf Team) first successful game series and was originally released in 1986 for the PC-8800 and MSX computers (picture on the left). It was later ported to other Japanese systems and also released to home consoles such as the Famicom (1987), the Megadrive (1991) and finally for the PC Engine (1992). The Valis series was one of the first to take advantage of the CD technology and is one of the rare popular Japanese series to be (relatively) known in the west. The series features mid-level cutscenes and a appealing cast of characters with complex inter-connected stories. MSX2 version Mugen Senshi Valis II was released in 1989 for the MSX2 (picture on the right) and was converted for many systems of the time such as the NEC PC-8800 (1989), Sharp X68000 (1989) and PC Engine CD (1989). Mugen Senshi Valis III followed in 1990 for the PC Engine CD(1990) and the Megadrive (1991). Finally, Mugen Senshi Valis IV was released in 1992 for the PC Engine CD and Super Famicom. Various spin-offs also exist such as Syd of Valis (Megadrive, 1991), Valis Super Deformed (Megadrive, 1992) and Valis Visual Collection (PC Engine CD, 1992). Finally, Mugen Senshi Valis Complete ~The Legend Of A Fantasm Soldier~ was a box set released in Japan in 2004 for PC Computers - this version also offers a 3.5" Yukō plastic figure. In the strangest (and most unfortunate) twist of all, the rights of Valis were resurrected in 2006 for the series 20th anniversary. But unfortunately, Valis X, as it is called, is not another epic adventure of Yukō but a series of adult Hentai titles filled with explicit nudity and erotic content.

Teaser text from the american version:
From the ashes of your ravaged homeland, the legendary sword Valis calls out to you. Its power transforms you into a ferocious warrior against the evil forces of king Magus. Crush Zarooga, the fearsome red dragon! Battle the unspeakable Death Pod! But beware! Magus has sworn a blood oath to destroy you and capture Valis, to posses its power forevermore. Sommon all your fury to face Magus in an epic struggle over the fate of your countrymen

Teaser text from the american version documentation:
Long ago, in the ancient Land of Vecanti, a kind and generous King ruled the countryside. But alas, one day the mighty King Rogress died. As the people of Vecanti mourned his death, the country fell into a state of war and despair. An evil army, headed by the Emperor Magus, has all but defeated the followers of the dead King Rogress. Rising to the occasion, for the first time ever a young woman named Yuko is chosen to become a Valis warrior. With a keen mind and strong body, Yuko has something the Evil Emperor Magus fears - the legendary Sword of the Kingdom, Valis II. With heroic strength and the power of this magical weapon, Yuko sets out to destroy Magus and his savage army. She is aided by a friendly ghost, Reiko. But beware, Yuko. Magus has sworn on oath that he will take your life and become the new King of Vecanti. The fate of the Kingdom is in your hands!


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Unfortunately, Valis II has not aged particularly well... The graphics during the animated cutscenes are still superb (yet rather small) and give the game its unique identity. But the game itself feels a bit monotonous and lacks any sort of rhythm or flow, and the gameplay suffers the same fate and is often slow and sluggish. Although the game is very easy (yet uneven), it is not much of a problem and levels are huge and take a while to complete. Character sprites are average and some of the animations would have welcomed more inbetween frames, but keep in mind that Valis II was the first CDRom Telenet ever developed for the PC Engine system. Thanks to the CD-quality, the soundtrack is still awesome, even for today's standards. So here you have it - Valis II is a game you have to learn to appreciate, it has a strong focus on storytelling but suffers from an unmemorable gameplay and a weak finish. You might want to give the other episodes a try before tackling this one.


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