By Brett Wolf
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on August 24, 2016 on Xbox One, PS4, PC
Publisher: Blue Isle Studios Developer: Blue Isle Studios
Valley is a first-person action/adventure game developed by Blue Isle Studios (developers of Slenderman: The Arrival). The story follows our nameless, silent protagonist (who you can choose to be male or female) on their journey to find the LifeSeed, a rumored mythological relic that has the power to destroy the world. While searching for the LifeSeed, the protagonist’s canoe crashes and ends up in the ‘Valley’, where you stumble upon a World War II project similar to the Manhattan Project. The hero encounters a mechanized suit known as the L.E.A.F. suit, giving him the ability run faster, jump higher, and the ability to manipulate life and death. The suit also comes equipped with audio logs from the WWII project that unravels a terrifying plot of using the Valley’s mythological abilities for personal gain and to unravel the evils of man.
This game’s visuals are absolutely stunning. The beauty of the environment is breathtaking making you feel like you are actually there. From the cave systems to the dark desolate facilities, you are immersed within this title the whole way through. This beauty makes the portions of the game that is just exploration worthwhile and causes you to want to look around every corner. The soundtrack of this title is nothing short of amazing. The ear pleasing sounds work wonders with the tone of the game and the music playing during the platforming sections give you the chills. It is just an awesome experience. The main enemies in the game, the Dark Spirits, are made terrifying with the dark scenery and the unnerving music that plays before their reveal. The soundtrack and visuals make the urge for exploration come naturally just to take in the setting.
Valley is a stellar experience that should be played. It brings all the things that make a video game experience phenomenal and would be a mistake to pass up. While the game stands at a $20 USD price point, I believe that is more than fair for a game of this nature. The story alone is eight to ten hours and the additional exploration adds even more time to that. I do not feel that the price point is too high as it has as much experience as some Triple-A games that are priced at $60. I recommend this game to the fullest and I would not hesitate to pick this game up again. So if you are ready, it is time to strap into your L.E.A.F suit and save the world.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 9.5/10