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Valiant Force Review: A tale of aggressive monetization

The Basics

  • Name: Valiant Force
  • Developers: XII Braves & Fun Plus
  • Genre: RPG, Hero Collection, Strategy RPG
  • Price: Free, with in app purchases

The Details

  • Installed size: 712 mb
  • Best played in medium play sessions
  • English Translation: Good
  • Playable Offline: No

What is Valiant Force?

Valiant Force is a new gacha hero collection RPG from XII Braves and Fun Plus. It combines an interesting turn-based combat system with what you can expect from a gacha game, lots heroes and equipment to level and power up. Like many similar games, Valiant Force has a stamina system and is filled with IAPs. That being said, good team building and strategy are also important, and it’s not always just about who has the strongest characters. With unique bonuses for characters based on their position relative to their team mates, good team selection will definitely make a difference. There’s also a small city building component, an arena, events, and guilds for players to occupy their time.

Valiant Force gameplay
A battle in Valiant Force

Content

  • Lots of single player levels to play through
  • Lots of heroes to collect
  • Stamina system: Yes
  • PVP: Yes
  • CO-OP: No
  • Social features: Friends, guilds, chat

Presentation

  • Graphics quality: Good
  • Audio quality: Average
  • Audio recommended: No
  • UI quality: Average
  • Overall presentation: Average

Recommendation

Valiant Force is a gacha game with an above average combat system, that’s what it comes down to. If you don’t like gacha games, Valiant Force will do nothing to change your mind. If you do, this is one of the better ones out there. The biggest issue is just how aggressive this game is about pushing in app purchases. Most loading screens are ads for things you can buy, and there’s no shortage of other opportunities to inform you of whatever bundle they’re trying to push. In the end it just feels like some of the space used to advertise in app purchases could be better used on player tips, social features, or something else entirely. The combat system is turn-based and requires real strategy both in team formation and in battle, though players who spend real money will still have advantages. In the end this isn’t a game that I would recommend to most people, but if you know what to expect from gacha games and you’re looking for something a little different, this might be for you.

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Good game burdened by excessive IAPs
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Note: This review reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.