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Valkyrie Profile: The Scanned One

Another spread of Famitsu scans featuring Square Enix's Valkyrie Profile: The Accused One are being hosted by Jeux France, largely featuring screens of the game's battle system, but also introducing some of the typically androgynous heroes you'll be questing as.

These include archer and all-round warrior dude Valmur (probably the manliest of the bunch), the Aryan-looking Langrey, and Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen tribute act and magician Fauxnel. We're not certain what role the befrilled Kristoff plays, but if he doesn't spend his evenings with a Sex and the City DVD box set and a bottle of his favorite Baby Pink nail varnish, we'd be enormously surprised.

Famitsu brings us fresh Valkyrie Profile shots

Almost two months have passed since we last heard a peep out of Valkyrie Profile: The Accused One (but what a peep it was, if you remember: this extremely fine trailer, which we just watched and got really excited about again). Now, Famitsu has broken the silence over the game, revealing a bunch of new screens, as well as the news that the tri-Ace RPG will be out in Japan at some stage this year.

Click the image above for numerous shots of magnificently coiffed, epicene young men and further screens of the combat system (including the returning "Soul Crush" battle mechanic).

Valkyrie Profile trailer is the cat's pajamas

As much as we love to knock Square-Enix for its incessant rehashes and poor online mode implementations, the publisher can still put together a trailer guaranteed to knock our socks off. Never mind that it's all CG -- who cares when it's this well executed?

The lonesome music and desolate scene work together in this clip to effectively convey that something epic and desperate is taking place, that you'll not only miss out on a great RPG if you pass on the game, but a great experience. That's not to say we're assuming Valkyrie Profile: The Accused One will automatically be a perfect release; we just appreciate the money and effort Square-Enix invested to get us hyped.

Even if you're unfamiliar with the tri-Ace-developed series, how could you not be interested after seeing a trailer like this?

Soul-crushing Profile

The latest screens from Valkyrie Profile: The Accused One make it abundantly, obviously clear that a major component of the Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria battle system is returning for the DS game: the Soul Crushes. We can tell mostly by the gigantic words "Soul Crush" on the screen there.

In Silmeria, the Soul Crush is a special attack that is enabled when your party has racked up enough hits on a creature to fill a Special Attack Gauge. You can then have everyone in the party execute big attacks until the gauge empties.

A similar ability was present in the first Valkyrie Profile, under the significantly more excellent name "Purify Weird Soul."

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