Valkyrie Profile or Valkyrie is a series of role-playing video games created by Masaki Norimoto, primarily developed by tri-Ace and published by Square Enix . The series is notable for featuring elements from Norse mythology. The Valkyrie Profile series has been distinguished for its inventive gameplay. Players usually take the role of a valkyrie, one of a host of female figures who choose warriors who may die in battle and lead them into the afterlife, though sometimes they play mortals called upon by the divine beings. The music of all the Valkyrie Profile games was composed by Motoi Sakuraba. Valkyrie Profile and its remake Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth were composed by Motoi Sakuraba, with original soundtrack version highlighting just a handful of the songs on the game soundtrack as being really enjoyable, with his use of rock music and harpsichord. The music of Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria composed by Motoi Sakuraba of Star Ocean. Drawing from the darker themes of the narrative, Sakuraba created a subdued and emotional score that noticeably moved away from his score for Silmeria while still being separate from his work on Valkyrie Profile. Producer Yoshinori Yamagishi mentioned his favorite way of drawing out emotion in players was through music and sound effects, helping to both immerse new players in the world of the game and play upon the nostalgia of series fans. The game utilizes a mixture of music from the franchise and new compositions. Several manga have been written based on the series. They are Valkyrie Profile, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, and Valkyrie Profile: The Dark Alchemist. A manga anthology called Valkyrie Profile Enix Supercomic Gekijoh is based on the PlayStation Portable version of Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. Overall, the Valkyrie Profile series received positive critical reception both in Japan and the West.
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