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Excited for Bayonetta 3? Play Valkyrie Elysium

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At a recent Nintendo press event, I played a demo for bayonet 3, in which I cut through a procession of demonic enemies with monstrous clubs, razor-sharp swords, and a collection of triple-barreled pistols. I also summoned friendly demons to fight by my side, and at one point rode on the back of a demonic ally who, in turn, was using a couple of train cars to water ski through the narrow confines of a Tokyo canal. Having never played a Bayonetta game before, I left the event feeling silly and elated: Why haven’t I played this series before? I thought. That absolutely ruled. Now I was officially excited for the game’s release on October 28.

Fast-forward to me, that night, dabbling in my video game backlog, only to find that they all lacked a certain flair. Origins of Assassin’s Creed it was a known quantity. Total War: Warhammer 3 It would require too much thought. Even vampire survivorswhat count between my favorite games of the year, he felt serious. For about an hour, I was sure bayonet 3 had messed up my existing library of games, until I tried Valkyrie Elysium.

In the most recent entry Square Enix’s Experimental 2022 Release ListYou play the role of the titular Valkyrie, a proxy warrior sent by Odin to do damage control during the mythical Ragnarok apocalypse. Unlike her more tactical predecessors in the Valkyrie series, Elysium it plays out in action-focused third-person combat: combo chains, elemental attacks, weapon swapping and all. The battle system builds slowly, pitting your character against homogeneous enemy mobs while providing a limited move set. But by the third inconspicuous level, he was engaging distant archers, targeting flanker elemental weaknesses, and juggling flying enemies before they had a chance to fight.

The protagonist of Valkyrie Elysium, the titular Valkyrie, swings a halberd imbued with magical energy toward a monster in a courtyard.

Image: Square Enix

The moments between fights are a mix of exploration, platforming, and light puzzle solving. Occasionally I find camps where I can upgrade my weapons and modify my equipment. While I prefer the balanced approach of a broadsword, it can be easier to counter some enemies with the speed and ferocity of a rapier.

Additionally (in keeping with the motif of the series), the protagonist also gradually builds up a group of Einherjar, ethereal entities that she can summon to fight by her side and enhance her weapons with elemental properties. They are mainly useful as distractions and cannot touch the pure show of bayonet 3the demons – but they are an integral part of Elysium no matter. Even in the early areas, combat is a satisfying loop between air combos, acrobatic attacks, and amped-up elemental attacks.

I’m about six hours in, and while none of that has matched the excitement I found in 20 minutes of bayonet 3it remains a powerful display of craftsmanship. Square Enix’s glut of fall 2022 releases has already accounted for one of my recent obsessions, and Valkyrie Elysium It gets better with each passing chapter. And so far, it is helping me while I wait for October 28th.

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