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Assault Suits Valken complete translation released


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For those of you retrogamers who like a bit of japanese niche gaming, especially of the fan translated variety, there's some good news: The SNES classic Assault Suits Valken, a game mercilessly raped by Konami's US localisers, has been released in a complete translated form by venerable rom hacker AGTP.

Here's some blurb on the project:

"Assault Suits Valken is an amazing action game by NCS/Masaya. Easily one of my favorite SNES games of all time, Valken puts you into the cockpit of a gigantic robot that gets to stomp over everything in its path. The levels are extremely well varied and I have yet to really get sick of it. In fact, looks and feels very similar to Front Mission: Gun Hazard. I may go so far as to say it inspired Gun Hazard, but I really can't confirm that one way or the other. Assault Suits Valken one hell of a lot of fun, and it's got really good story to back it up, too -- quite a lot of which was unfortunately lost on Konami, who released it as "Cybernator" in the US. They removed a good 30-60% of the text, a lot of text sequences, character portraits in the dialogue, reduced one character to simple cannon fodder, deleted a whole bunch of other characters, axed a cutscene in the final level, and generally made a mess of it. I have, in large part, fixed all that.

In the current version, the only thing that should not be working is name customization, so you'll have to make do with the default of "Jake" for now unless you feel like messing with the half-hacked name entry screen. Otherwise, it should be fully functional! Hope you have a blast!"

The translation file (which needs to be merged with the ROM image using an IPS tool- very straightforward) is available at AGTP website:

http://agtp.romhack.net/

There you will also find a complete list of his other translations for download.

If you are new to all this fan translation business and want to try out classic games that never got a translation such as Squaresoft's blisteringly good Bahamut Lagoon or the original (and universally undcredited as such) survival horror game: Capcom's famicom Sweet Home then here's some details:

The whirlpool at http://donut.parodius.com/ is your best bet for finding translation ips files. The website is fairly self explanatory so get stuck in and find some gems.

If you are struggling with finding a game source and can't be bothered with stumbling down blind irc alleys and fighting off an army of pop-ups then visit the stable and ever reliable planetemu: bear in mind that you can only d/l one file at a time.

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What's wrong with the US version? Cybernator (sic) is it called?

Its all in the quotation...

"it's got really good story to back it up, too -- quite a lot of which was unfortunately lost on Konami, who released it as "Cybernator" in the US. They removed a good 30-60% of the text, a lot of text sequences, character portraits in the dialogue, reduced one character to simple cannon fodder, deleted a whole bunch of other characters, axed a cutscene in the final level, and generally made a mess of it"

Can't get much clearer than that- Try it and you'll soon taste the difference.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Assault Suits Valken is being re released on the ps2 with updated (2d) graphics. Looks kinda nifty, although i dunno if they will include the original dialogue or the silly US redone stuff.

Sweet Home is apparently capcoms main inspiration (precursor??) for the RE series, naturally it's nothing like survival horror as we know it today but would be worth checking out for gaming history purposes.

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  • 8 years later...
"Assault Suits Valken is an amazing action game by NCS/Masaya. Easily one of my favorite SNES games of all time, Valken puts you into the cockpit of a gigantic robot that gets to stomp over everything in its path. The levels are extremely well varied and I have yet to really get sick of it. In fact, looks and feels very similar to Front Mission: Gun Hazard. I may go so far as to say it inspired Gun Hazard, but I really can't confirm that one way or the other.

I think one of the team from Cybernator went on to work on Front Mission: Gun Hazard, hence the similarities in that title (all the other Front Mission games are turn-based strategy as far as I know). There's also the Mega Drive forerunner of Valken, Assault Suits Leynos: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target_Earth_(video_game)

In fact there's a good list here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_Suits_series

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