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Assault Suits Valken
重装機兵ヴァルケン
18 Dec 1992

 
 
The MD Assault Suit Leynos (1990) was in its day one of the best robot action games for a home console, although sadly the game never got the exposure it deserved.
It was one hell of a tough game - and maybe that's the reason why it never put on general worldwide release. Publishers would have immediately assumed that the mainstream gaming public wasn't ready such rigid gameplay and tough level memorisation.
Assault Suits Valken is the second game in the series, and for starters is a lot more accessible than its predecessor. The larger character is easier to control and the action feels a lot smoother and more responsive.
Also, the visual presentation of the game is nothing short of superb. Dramatic 'Mech games' have always been very popular in Japan, but the excellent presentation of Valken is only one aspect of the game's success: for once the gameplay is there to match. Here the action / mech genre has been pushed to sheer perfection.
Everything is so perfect that Konami opted to distribute the game in the US and Europe, but with a significant amount of reluctance: firstly by renaming it 'Cybernator' (pronounce with deep Hollywood trailer style voice) and censoring the controversial stage in which you have to 'terminate the command' of a corrupt president. Ho ho.
Valken is a real highlight of the SFC's library. Its reputation is such that it got a full re-release on PS2 in 2004 by Psikyo, but sadly this version offers nothing over what is best remembered as a classic of its time.

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Assault Suits Valken
重装機兵ヴァルケン
SUPER FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Super Famicom
Released 18 Dec 1992
Publisher NCS
Product ID SHVC-AV
Size (cm) 19 x 10.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.16
PRICE
STATUS
An extraordinary release from NCS - maybe their best.
Again, the high price is due to its popularity, combined with its cardboard packaging - now very hard to find unmarked.

Standard SFC cardboard packaging, 8Mbit cartridge, colour booklet.

Assault Suits Valken
重装機兵ヴァルケン
SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 16 Dec 1992
Publisher Toshiba EMI
Product ID TOCT-6861
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official soundtrack release for NCS's superb SFC game.

Currently out of stock.

Assault Suits Valken
重装機兵ヴァルケン
PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 25 Aug 2004
Publisher NCS
Product ID SLPM-62501
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
Full reworking of the SFC classic for the PlayStation 2, featuring enhanced visuals and sound. The core of the gameplay remains the same.
Produced in co-operation with shooting game stalwarts Psikyo.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM, 8-page colour booklet.

 



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