[Beyond PlayStation] Valley Review
Valley is a beautiful first-person adventure that has now made its way to the Nintendo Switch. Come see why you should check out this one in our Valley review!
Valley is a great looking and charming game you play from a first-person perspective that allows you to see all the colorful wonder around you. I own the game on the PlayStation 4, and I’m happy to report that it looks just as pretty on the Nintendo Switch. The gameplay also works really well as you explore the gorgeous locations around you completing some of the quests thrown your way. It might seem like a short experience, but if you want to find all collectibles and see everything the game has to offer, you’ll be spending more than a handful of hours with this one, but it’s definitely worth your time!
Once you are done with the character customization, which is of the basic variety, you’ll get started with your journey. You play as an archaeologist who is on a quest to look for the Lifeseed which is an artifact with a secret power. Once you wash up ashore you will also discover floating orbs of pure energy, and you will also get an awesome piece of kit, the L.E.A.F (Leap Effortlessly though Air Functionality) suit, which will enable you to jump extremely high, as well as doing other stuff I won’t spoil it here!
The artifact you’re looking for actually seems to date back to the 1940s – in the World War II era. You set out to discover exactly what happened to the artifact, what the Lifeseed did, how it changed the world during the wartime period, and why it’s important that you find it as soon as possible. Valley, despite being a title from a Canadian indie studio, is a very ambitious and polished adventure. While stills from the game might make you think it’s a game in the so-called walking simulator genre, once you see it in motion you will realize it’s anything but.
Valley places a big effort on the jumping and exploration elements that the L.E.A.F. suit opens up for players, and while there is some combat involved, it’s not a major focus for this one. You will encounter creatures made from energy, and they will attack you, so you’ll be forced to defend yourself, overloading them with the pure energy orbs that are dotted around the game and which you can collect. Since as you progress in the game, you will get some new powers which, again, I won’t spoil here, there is some backtracking involved as these new powers will give you the opportunity to go down a path you previously couldn’t.
Valley looks great on the TV, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play this one in Portable or Tabletop mode since it also looks good and you can then play in short bursts – or in one go if you feel like it – while on the bus, on the train, during your lunch break, etc. The nature of the Nintendo Switch is great for gamers who might sometimes not have a lot of free gaming time since you can just pop it out, game on for 10-20 minutes and suspend the action to carry on exactly where you left out in a matter of seconds!
Valley is a very fun and gorgeous experience on the Nintendo Switch that you should get today. The art style is great, the gameplay mechanics are fun, and the L.E.A.F suit has some abilities that open up a solid first-person experience for gamers. I had a lot of fun playing this one again, and I look forward to seeing what Blue Isle Studios brings next to consoles!
This Valley review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Blue Isle Studios.