(Telenet, 1992)

Introduction and Story:

Oh ya baby, now we're talking! Before female heroines and super sluts like Xena warrior princess and Buffy the Vampire Slayer made their mark, there was the hot Japanese school girl Yuko and her magical sword of Valis. Because the girl is wearing next to nothing the series was already a huge hit overseas but strangely enough the first North American release was Valis II here on the Turbografx CD. Although the game wasn't too bad, it sure lacked a lot of depth and most gamers would be able to finish the whole game in just a few hours. Fortunately, we also got Valis III both on the Sega Genesis and Turbo CD again and it was much better.

So why are here? In a alternate universe where Yuko's super fancy sword came from originally there is a big war going on where a evil dude by the name of Ramses is trying to mastermind an invade the human world. Yuko and her friends must fight off army of monsters and henchmen in order to save both worlds.

The game play and bottomline:  
This action platformer game starts out has a young women named Char is trying to steal Yuko's sword of Valis after Ramses kills her father. After Char gets captured by one of Ramses's minions Yuko gets started slashing and dicing mission to get some answers. Yuko doesn't have to go it alone either because she can rescue two other sexy honeys each with their unique attacks and cool but limited special magic abilities here. It won't be a easy game thanks to all the crazy creatures after you and I really don't like the awkward jump physicist all too much either. Fortunately, there are power ups shattered all over the place that not only increase the girl's strength and range on their weapons but there are tons of different spells to find too.

Valis III for the Turbo CD also comes with some very cool (well, they were cool for the early 90's at least) cinemas that feature well drawn Anime artwork and awesome character designs. Although the animation isn't too hot and there can be too many slow loading scenes as well it did help move the story along. Sadly like a lot of Turbo CD games like Final Zone II and Last Alert the voice acting can get laughable bad here so be ready for some poorly delivered lines. The Genesis version has better in game visuals and sprite detail overall but the CD version here includes all new levels and more cinematic's clips not found in the other one. Once it's all said and done this is one of the better action games for the Turbo CD thanks to all the different characters and challenging levels to master. Valis III may have a few flaws but the overall package works pretty well and you gotta love Yuko's short skirt too, eh?

Here is my 8 minute video review of Valis 3 too! Warning: there is some swearing in it:

*Rare Turbografx-16 CD game


overall rating: 73/100
Find Valis III on eBay here!

For 1 player only
graphics: 7/10
sound: 8/10
gameplay: 7/10
replay: 7/10

(Ryan Genno) 2009

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