Valkrye Profile 2: Silmeria PS2

Valkrye Profile 2: Silmeria PS2
Technically a prequel, Valkrye Profile 2 is a role-playing game set several hundred years before the two-dimensional (hence the "profile") PlayStation One original, a cult fave that fetched a pretty penny on eBay until it was repackaged for the PSP earlier this summer.
VP2 tells the tale of Silmeria, a rebel valkrye whose spirit winds up in the body of a princess named Alicia. Abandoned by Alicia’s father, who assumed that voice in her head meant she was way crazy, and now chased by the god king Odin, the literally inseparable duo hit the road and dungeon-crawl their way to preventing an all-out war between earth and the heavens. The storyline is epic, though the cut-scenes are perhaps too long and plentiful, the turn-based multi-character fighting scheme is complex and the graphics offer an unusual mix of lush 2D side-scrolling environments and 3D battles. This game is certainly not for everyone. But if you dig Norse mythology — by the way, valkyries are deities who guide fallen human warriors to the afterworld of Valhalla — and are into Japanese RPGs, then this game is, well, a gift from the gods. (Tri-Ace/Square-Enix)