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SUPER VALIS - AKAKI TSUKI NO OTOME
( Super Valis IV )
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スーパーヴァリス 赤き月の乙女
©Telenet Japan 1992
Release: 1992-03-27 (¥8500)
Cartridge SHVC-VA
Action / Platform game

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Released in America as
SUPER VALIS IV
( SHVC-VA-USA )
Super Valis is a side scrolling action game by Telenet and based on Valis IV originally released for the PC Engine in 1991. Unlike other games of the Mugen Senshi Valis series, the female heroine of the series isn't the young school girl named Yūko Asao (she has become a goddess and has left the human world in this episode). Consequently, the powerful and eponymous Valis sword was awarded to the red haired Rena, and it is now her responsibility to protect the almighty blade. The game follows the Valis tradition, and our new heroine must travel through Dream Land, from the deserted ruins of Vecanty to the high tower of Babylon, and save the world from soulless demons. Her sword can fire blue fireballs and special power stones scattered around each stage award her new abilities and enhancements, including multi ways beams, homing shots, power armors, life and so forth. Additionally, experience points earned during gameplay also power-up and increase her maximum life throughout the game. However, the multi-playable characters gameplay featured in other Valis games has disappeared, and only Rena is playable in this Super Famicom version (see Valis IV for the PC Engine system).
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Valis (Fc) Valis2 (Pce-CDRom²) Valis3 (Pce-CDRom²) Valis4 (Pce-CDRom²)
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See Valis2 (Pce-CDRom²) for more information about the Valis series.

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Super Valis is a huge disappointment, especially if you are already familiar with the PC Engine series. Animated cutscenes are (somewhat) present, but they are miles away from the quality and length found in the PC Engine version - they are often limited to single screens, and the voice acting was (obviously) omitted. I also wonder why they removed the other two playable characters (this Super Famicom version only gets you to play Rena). Despite showing some ostentatious technical eye candies (such as a smooth parallax scrolling), this Super Famicom port is a cut down and simplified version of Valis IV. Yet, if taken on its own, Super valis is a decent platform game but again, if you happen to be familiar with the superior PC Engine version (as I do), then you'll feel like cheated and surely disappointed.




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