Valley from Blue Isle Studios, the makers of Slender: The Arrival (which we got a chance to review here at PS4blog.net) is a fun first-person exploration game with some interesting gameplay mechanics. After you set out on a journey to discover the Lifeseed, you find yourself in a mysterious valley where things are not what they seem. Want to learn more? Then come read our Valley review!
A few minutes after you enter the valley you’ll find an interesting piece of equipment called the L.E.A.F. (Leap Effortlessly though Air Functionality) suit. This exoskeleton allows its user to gain exceptional speed and agility, allowing him/her to jump great distances to clear huge gaps. Oh, and it also allows the user to manipulate life and death.
There’s also something else to consider. The LE.A.F. suit is so powerful that if you die, you’ll be brought to life. The catch is that every time you die you use some of the valley’s energy, and if the valley dies, then you won’t be revived anymore. To keep the cycle going, you’ll need to use your suit to give life back to the dead plants and animals in the valley, thus revitalizing it. You can’t do this infinitely since the suit’s energy will run out at some point. But don’t worry, because, if you feel like it, you can also take life away from plants and animals to regain energy for your suit – or you can grab the glowing energy orbs that are all over the valley.
There’s not much of a threat while playing Valley. You’ll run into some hostile entities every now and then, but blasting them with energy is all you need to do. Falling from big heights won’t damage you at all, so you only need to avoid falling into either water or bottomless pits. Other than that, you can leisurely explore each location at your own convenience. You can later travel back to previously explored areas to make sure you see and find everything the game has to offer.
You’ll find several collectibles during your adventure, ranging from medallions and acorns that will open the way to new locations, to energy tubes that will upgrade the total energy your L.E.A.F suit will be able to carry. Several you’ll find during the main path through each area, but others will be hidden in hard to reach or faraway sections, so be sure to explore everywhere!
The game features a full trophy count with a Platinum. As long as you explore everywhere to find all collectibles and make sure that you finish the game without ever letting the valley die, you should get your Platinum trophy at the end of the road. Overall, you’re looking at around 6-8 hours to get all trophies in the game, unless you mess up and don’t get all collectibles. In that case, you might spend an additional handful of hours doing cleanup since, unfortunately, you won’t know which collectibles you’re missing until you find them.
This Valley review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Blue Isle Studios.