Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria

Developer(s): Tri-Ace
Publisher(s): Square Enix
Genre: RPG
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic84/100
Game description: Hundreds of years before Lenneth's tale, another saga lies concealed by the gods. The valkyrie Silmeria once served Odin loyally, but after an incident ignited a conflict between them, Odin forcefully reincarnated her as a human. The human soul that would carry her spirit was that of Alicia, Princess of Dipan. Ordinarily, Silmeria-s consciousness would have been sealed, her spirit dormant until she was next summoned... However, the forced transmigration causes Silmeria's spirit to awaken within Alicia, leaving two souls to inhabit a single body. The spirit that should have been sealed has awakened-a situation Odin will not ignore for long. This installment introduces the new Photon Action System to the classic side-scrolling action format found in the original. Projecting photons grants players more freedom to explore and expands the action, resulting in challenging puzzles with clever solutions. Add to that "sealstones" that affect the laws of nature in dungeons, launching strategy to new heights. The unique battle system of the previous game has evolved into the Advanced Tactical Combination Battle System.

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
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Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: T (Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes)
PEGI rating: 16+
OFLC rating: M
GRB rating: 12
Widescreen supported natively
Progressive scan supported
CPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SLES-54644 & SLUS-21452 & SLUS-21452GH
Japanese: SLPM-66419 & SE-W0003 & SLPM-66782
German: SLES-54646
French: SLES-54645
Spanish: SLES-54648
Italian: SLES-54647
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21452
SLUS-21452GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: September 26, 2006
2008 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: CC96CE93
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-54644
SLES-54645 (PAL-F)
SLES-54647 (PAL-I)
SLES-54646
SLES-54648
Release date: September 6, 2007 (Australia)
September 7, 2007
CRCs: 04CCB600 (PAL-E)
C70FC973 (PAL-I)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-66419
SE-W0003 (Artifact Box)
SCKA-20079 (Korea)
SLPM-66782 (Ultimate Hits)
SCAJ-20177
SCAJ-20197 (Ultimate Hits)
Release date: June 22, 2006 (Japan, Korea)
June 28, 2007 (Ultimate Hits)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?


Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:


Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U ?
  • Intel Core i7-920 @ 3.60 GHz
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 275 @ 1280 MB
pre 0.9.7 Beta (r1888) GSdx 2660
  • SPU2-X 1.4.0 (r2663)
  • LilyPad 0.10.0 (r1853)
HACKS: VU-Add Hack (Tri-Ace games boot fix), Set the Interlace Mode to Bob Tff (use Blend if shaking) to make the game look smooth. Needs a fast CPU and GPU. It will need at least a Core 2 Duo @ 3.4 GHz and a 9600GT or equivalent to maintain full speed throughout the game. However, the game has some bugs and will drop FPS to around the 20-50 range. It only happens in some areas of the game. Master DX
NTSC-U Windows 7
  • Intel Dual-Core E5500 @ 2.80 GHz
  • AMD Radeon R7 360
1.4.0 GSdx SSE2
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Speedhacks: 3 - Balanced. Is playable (60 ~ 70% speed) until i reach "Lost Forest" because red black box, i tried to play in software/opengl mode but speed drops to 20 ~ 30%, making game unplayable. Charl9576
NTSC-U Windows 7
  • Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00 GHz
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Sig2
v1.5.0 (dev-1189 gc1f45da) GSdx 1.1.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs Full speed OpenGL Mode 4x, Blending Unit Accuracy:Basic, CRC Level:Full, TF:Forced, MTVU:On ( I have this on by default) Tsunami2311
PAL (UK) Windows 10
  • Intel Core i5-5200u @ 2.20 GHz
  • NVidia 820m
v1.5.0 (dev-3359 geb2ca00e8) GSdx 1.1.0 (20200126161643)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 20200126161643
  • xPad 0.2.0
Runs much better than NTSC Version, as long as Maori-Jigglypuff's Overhaul pnach is applied. Pnach fixes various graphical bugs including the "Lost Forest Bug", disables anti-cheating mechanism, and improves speed overall, so setting of PCSX2's GSDX Plugin (OpenGL) can be at default and yet runs smoothly at 50 FPS 95% of the time, and now you can cheat with no crashes onwards. For "Vanilla" gameplay, comment out the obvious cheats in OTH, Items, Ravine timer and disabled enemy AI on his pnach. jaceleon
NTSC-U Windows 10
  • AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • NVIDIA 1080ti
1.6.0 GSdx 1.2.0 AVX2, Direct3D11 (Hardware)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
Runs very well but is quite blurry out of the box, to fix this hold 'x' and 'triangle' while starting the game, the game will show a screen to enable progressive scan, press square. Then in the video plugin settings, increase the internal resolution, tick 'enable HW Hacks', press the 'Advanced Settings and Hack' button, tick 'Frame Buffer Conversion' and set 'Half-pixel Offset' to 'Special (Texture)'. Eideren
PAL / NTSC Windows 10 Pro \ Ubuntu 20.04
  • Ryzen 5 3400G
  • Integrated GPU vega 11
1.7.0 (dev-1190)
GSdx 1.2.0 AVX2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
Runs good 3x resolution (only in Forest is slow and color bug in HW, SW is ok), Updated review 2021 Use settings advised below FelixThecat1970


Trivia

  • Original names: ヴァルキリープロファイル2 -シルメリア- (SLPM-66419) & (SE-W0003) & (SLPM-66782), 발키리 프로파일2 -실메리아- (SCKA-20079)
  • Holding the triangle and X buttons while the game boots up allows the selection of Progressive Scan mode. Alternatively you can use autoboot code for SLPM_664.19;1 or SLUS_214.52, PAL releases do not have progressive mode but "interlacing" can be disabled with this cheat or more advanced Sharp framebuffer codes here.
  • There is a widescreen patch for the game, but the NTSC-U version was removed from the archive in the git build 1.5.0-dev-1090 due to the fact that it causes various freezes in the game. Most notable was if you try to enter 'Sound Settings' while the patch is enabled, it will instantly freeze PCSX2 entirely. The same happens when trying to enter the Change Attack screen, or even fighting the final boss. This is most likely caused by the built-in anticheat system of VP2.

Known Issues

Ghosting on some screens

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Valkyrie Profile 2 suffers from ghosting similar to Tales of the Abyss. This issue only occurs on certain maps.
  • Workaround: Press F9 to switch to Software Mode, or PCSX2 1.7 dev buils 1190 PCSX2 > Config > Video(GS) > plugin settings > "Enable HW Hacks" > upscaling Hacks > Half-pixel Offset = "Normal Vertex"

Vertical lines during FMVs.

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Some FMVs will have vertical lines on them, some will be barely noticeable while others are visible on the entire screen. It doesn't affect the game much itself as everything is still visible.
  • Workaround: Press F9 to switch to Software Mode, or Use PCSX2 1.7 dev buils 1190 PCSX2 > Config > Video(GS) > plugin settings > "Enable HW Hacks" > upscaling Hacks > Half-pixel Offset = "Normal Vertex"

Audio missing and freeze during cutscene.

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Entering the boss room in the Turgen Mines dungeon triggers a short cutscene. Audio is completely missing during the scene. Half-way through the scene the game softlocks. Some animations will continue to play, but the cutscene does not advance and trigger the boss.
  • Workaround: Go To Config > Audio (SPU2) > Plugin Settings, and set Synchronizing Mode to "Async Mix". Alternatively, press "start" to skip the cutscene. The boss battle will resume after skipping it.

Fixed Issues

Bad rendering in certain areas

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: In some areas of the game (in particular the Forest area at the start of the game), there will be a purple effect all over the screen when the Renderer is set to any of the Hardware modes. You can still advance, but it will be very difficult to move around without being able to see where you are exactly.
  • Workaround: This has been resolved in recent v1.5.0 git builds. Use OpenGL renderer and keep Blending Accuracy to at least Basic level. CRC hack level should be left on Automatic.

Missing shadows

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Real-time shadows are missing.
  • Workaround: This has been resolved in recent v1.5.0 git builds. Use OpenGL renderer and keep Blending Accuracy to at least Basic level. CRC hack level should be left on Automatic.

Missing post-processing effects (Depth of Field, Bloom, etc.)

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: When using Direct3D hardware renderers, the game will be missing various kinds of post-processing effects.
  • Workaround: This has been resolved in recent v1.5.0 git builds. Use OpenGL renderer and keep Blending Accuracy to at least Basic level. CRC hack level should be left on Automatic.

Framerate drops, and zooming issues. (Only affects NVIDIA cards)

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Using Direct3D11 (Hardware) on an NVIDIA card will cause a drop in frame rates and the game menus will zoom in and out.
  • Workaround: Enable the NVIDIA Hack or run the game in Progressive Scan mode. Information enabling Progressive Scan can be found under the Trivia section.

Ravine Cavern Rush (Fixed in v0.9.7)

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Some areas will be covered in fog making it hard to see anything at all (This was an old GSdx problem where fog was not rendered correctly.)
  • Workaround: N/A (Fixed)

Tower of Lezard Valeth (Fixed in v0.9.7)

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The fog in the first section of the dungeon will be dark, making the entire area a bit difficult to see. The character textures however, will still be visible.
  • Workaround: N/A (Fixed)


Gameplay Screenshots