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Gun Valkyrie

Gun Valkyrie by Sega of America, Inc. Gun Valkyrie
by Sega of America, Inc.

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Teen
ASIN: B00005Y404

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• Action-packed sci-fi storyline inspired by modern day anime
• Battle as one of two power-armored warriors: a gun-toting vixen or a steel-nerved Samurai
• State of the art graphics engine achieves smooth and realistic texture-models and produces stunning environmental effects
• Utilizes both Left and Right thumb sticks; run in one direction while gunning down enemies all around
• Upgradeable power armor Product Description: In Gun Valkyrie players suit up as either Kelly O'Lenmey or Saburota Mishima to battle hideously oversized arachnids with a variety of character-specific weapons. Amidst rock formations housing a huge number of aggressive monsters approaching from every direction, you must scan the 360-degree area while running, shooting, and using your battlesuit to rocket-jump into and out of cover.

Customer Reviews:
Unjustly maligned controls!, October 8, 2002
Reviewer: Druff from earth
There are people who claim that ALL games should have simple, intuitive, pick-up-and-play control schemes. While I agree that simple and familiar controls are obviously a plus, some games, such as GunValkyrie, involve mechanics that require controls which are complex and unprecedented and require some effort on the part of the player to learn how to use them properly. The impatient gamer will fumble around for a few minutes, stop playing out of frustration, and delcare that the game stinks. The more dedicated will take the time to familiarize themselves with the controls and the mechanics until they have a firm grasp on them.

A lot of people who dislike GV bemoan the fact that the dual joysticks are used to the exclusion of the face buttons. They see this as a design flaw. On the contrary, rather than a flaw, it's an utter necessity in order to facilitate the game play. In a way, GunValkyrie is like an updated version of Robotron 2084. It's all about moving in one direction while aiming and shooting in another. As Robotron proved 20 years ago, the best way to do this is by using dual joysticks. The game involves so much constant manuvering and shooting, there's just no feasible way to relegate any of the controls to the face buttons. If they did, you'd have to remove your thumb from the right joystick, and that would immediately sever your control of the character. There's just no other way to allow the player to launch into the air, jet horizontally over an enemy to get a clear shot at its weak point, and then aim down to fire at it. GV's controls are innovative and empowering to the point that they deserve an award.

All of that said, this game is indeed challenging. But the difficulty doesn't come from poor design or merely being "cheap". It's just an excellent update of the good old fashioned arcade style shooter that requires patience, practice and skill.

Beautiful graphics, by the way!

Prepare to have hand cramps from mashing buttons!, September 29, 2002
Reviewer: Ted Roberts from Fort Worth, TX
This game looked intriguing to me. It had that sci-fi, mutant bug everywhere, everything is trying to kill you, you are a one man/woman army who must save the world feel that I oh so crave. The visuals are nice(so purty) but I've come to expect nothing but the best from my beloved X-box. This game pits you against millions and millions of bugs and you have nothing but your insane dash/jump abilities and some very sci-fi-esc weapons to defeat them. This was one of the first games I played after I got my X-box hooked up, and I must say that this game got me very familiar with the X-box's controller layout(which by the way some think is insanely huge but I think is very comfortable). The levels are a bit confusing, but just keep in mind that everything must die(use the map). I spent over an hour trying to figure out how to get to a door. The most exciting part of this game(i.e. what makes it so unique) is it's button mashing control system which has you press the jump button, then the analog stick in while pushing forward, then backward, then to the side, then to the other side, and then to the front again. Congratulations, you now know how to play the game. During the first or second mission(i don't remember) there is this huge hole in the ground with some flying bug creatures. Once you take care of them, go play with the jump/dash over the cratered area, but stay above the jets of air that will shoot you up in the air if you screw up. I did this for an hour and I think I am a pro at the game now. This game is extremely frustrating when you press a button wrong and quit jumping around in the air and fall into a big mass of bugs(and oh will they kill you fast!). I would not suggest this game for children, anyone who doesn't have patience, anyone who frustrates easily, or anyone who likes a game that you can easily pray a spray(i.e. just shoot your weapon in random directions hoping that you will hit something)and defeat the competition. There is a steep(we're talking mount Everest) learning curve that makes this games player's limited. To recap, buy if you are a sci-fi fan, a big one, and don't if your not. It is as simple as that.

Best gameplay in a while, August 29, 2002
Reviewer: Kiniro Senshi from Raleigh, NC United States
FAST and INTENSE gameplay. The mechanics of the gameplay are the best in any game I have EVER played (even better than NES' Ninja Gaiden series). It cannot get much better than this.

The story should be a little more complete, and it should be a little longer. Maybe 24 levels instead.Plus I turned off the music because it was a little annoying.
If anyone needs a good fix before the new Ninja Gaiden comes out I HIGHLY recommend GV it is SOO worth the price.

ok game, August 23, 2002
Reviewer: A 12-year old gamer
This is an Ok game. It would have been a little better if it WAS'NT SO FRICKIN HARD!!!!!!!!!!!

It gets boring after the third level that is merely impossible.
This game is a renter. DO NOT BUY IT.

classic sega (but do you konw what that means?), August 18, 2002
Reviewer: adamant82 from long beach, New York United States
Ok first things first, no this game is not easy, yes this game has a long learning curve, and no this is not a game for the casual gamer. however if you are familar with sega at all you will konw that it prefers to make their games for the hardcore gamer. also sega likes to make each board test a differnt skill, which will be necessary in beating the boss characters. This game has a completely origional button layout, and has absoutely no similarities to any other game. For some reason sega is being attacked for trying something new. I konw what your thinking, New isnt alwayse better, right? Right! .. but in this case this happens to be a very fast exciting and absoutely fun game to play, if (and only if) your willing to put some effort into this sucker. NO its not Metorid, NO its not Halo, and dont get mad at it when its not. Anyskills you have from any other game will not help you here. i promise you will curse the controlls at first, but by the last character(if you get that far) you will be greatful that they didnt let you learn how to play this game the wrong way because it would be impossible at times. Try it, give it a good hour before you decide weather or not you like it, and my personal advice, watch the game demo to see exactly how this game is ment to be played, THEN see what you can do. ...

controls are just terrible, July 28, 2002
Reviewer: Quentin Appleby from Los Angeles, CA USA
I have no idea what Sega was thinking with these controls. They are difficult to use, and as a result the system does the aiming for you. Basically you just run around holding the trigger. Stupid

THIS GAME ROCKS!, July 8, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Hercules, CA United States

This game is tough!, July 1, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Barto, Pennsylvania United States
When I picked up this game, I was looking for a challenge, and I sure got one! This game is quite challenging, and will give you many hours of fun play.

What went wong, June 26, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Bordeaux, France
For many months i have sat in front of my pc looking on the internet for any decent games to come out on the xbox. Searching around i finally found a decent web site, that was able to show me new and uncoming games. Gun Valkyrie was one of them, because not many good games were out for the xbox at the time i was intriged by the graphics and so called good gameplay. I waited for a long time for it to come out, and on its first day i got it. Ripping it out of its celophnae package i saw excellent graphics, but as soon as it was placed in my xbox and a controller was in my hand i was screaming at it because of the awkward controlls. Trying to syncronize all of the button combinations to float was killing me, so i slowely moved from level to level holding the controller in a awkward position. I was on a role, until one level, that i am still stuck on and found out the other day was the last.

I am extremly dissapointed at it, 1 bad controls 2 not enough levels 3 lack of story line,weopans, characters, and fun.

The only time i mention or look at this game is to see which one of my gullible friends will by it from me.

Difficult, but fun., June 21, 2002
Reviewer: Sarah from South FL
The controls are a little difficult, it is hard for me to do certain "dashes" in the game, where you have to press a series of buttons all at once. However, it has great graphics, and you can play either a male or a female. Basically it is just a first-person shooter, not as advanced as Halo, but much simpler. I don't understand the difference between certain guns as I did in Halo. This is another game which you should try before you buy.

1) Great Graphics
2) 2 people to play
3) Fun

1) Not more than just 2 people to play (not enough characters)
2) Annoying, especially when jumping from platform to platform and falling
3) Levels take WAY to long (bores me out after a while)

Remember, try before you buy.

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