I’m still not entirely sure whether I like Tri-Ace as a whole, but their early games most certainly feel different. Valkyrie Profile is nothing like any other RPG I’ve played before, from plot to battle system to dungeons. Even though it’s originally a PS1 game, it still feels like a fresh breath of air, since I’ve never played anything else quite like it. I played the PSP version, which is essentially the same game as the PS1 version with added CGI FMVs.
When I played this game, I honestly wasn’t expecting much. I haven’t heard anything particularly good about the Star Ocean series, it doesn’t look very unique, and I found it for $8 during my trip to the USA. I gave it to my friend last Christmas because I completely forgot about the holiday and had no presents ready (Please don’t comment on my thoughtfulness in a gift, I receive plenty of complaints in that department in real life.), and I recently got it back to play because I had to go to China and knew I needed more things for my ADD self on the airplane ride. I went in thinking it’d be a mediocre game with overused plot, one-dimensional characters, and very dated combat. What I got was a fun game with overused plot, one-dimensional characters, and very dated combat that I somehow enjoyed. I don’t know what happened here, considering how I was much more indifferent about Grandia and Chrono Trigger, and I actually consider the latter to be a much more polished game (that actually stood against the test of time) than Star Ocean. I guess this is like one of those games that you inexplicably like, despite all its shortcomings.