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WTP Review: Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume

Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume is the third installment of the Valkyrie Profile role playing game (RPG) series. The series is known for unique implementations of RPG game elements, as well as settings and characters loosely based on Norse mythology. Covenant of the Plume is different from its predecessors, however, in that the game is a strategy RPG rather than a traditional RPG. During combat, players and enemies fight on a map, taking turns moving characters around and attacking. Unlike other strategy RPGs, when attacks are initiated, characters go into an action-oriented combat system that times strikes to button presses. By moving characters around carefully, players can surround and attack enemies with multiple soldiers at once and earn rewards. Enemies can do the same, however, and will easily overwhelm the unprepared fighter. Players unfamiliar with strategy RPGs will likely find themselves overwhelmed and frustrated during combat sequences, and even some veteran strategy RPG fans might find Covenant of the Plume to be difficult at first. Weapons, armor, and supplies can be purchased between battles to aid the player, but funds are very limited, so money management is a must.

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