I have been a fan of the RPG genre for years, I enjoyed both the Western and Japanese flavors, however, my interest in JRPG has been waning in the recent years, due to the generic story and lack of innovation. So when I first learned about Valkyria Chronicles from Sega, I was a little sceptical, but the word of mouth for this game are all very favorable, so I picked up this game hoping it will change my mind.
The first thing you'll notice about this game is the beautiful graphics, it's cell shaded, however a "canvas" effect was applied to the screen, so it looks like a hand drawn anime coming to life, and it's very unique and pretty. The game is divided into chapters in a book (literally), you will unlock new chapters as the game progress, and you'll see cut scenes and fight battles from this interface.
The game itself is similar to many other games in the Strategy RPG genre (Think Final Fantasy Tactics) but with a twist. Instead of a grids map, now you have a fully rendered 3D battlefield, and you still take turns moving with the ememy, but the movement is no longer a fixed point value, you have a "movement" gauge, and when you move it slowly depletes, and when it ran out, you can no longer move, but you can move in real time while the gauge is not empty, and instead of moving every unit in a turn, you have a fixed number of command points, and you have to spend 1 command point to control each unit, so you can move the same unit multiple times within a turn, this creates some interesting tactical possibilities that are not possible with a more traditional SRPG.
The story is pretty interesting, loosely based on the 1930's Europe, but the game does not use real countries, so that allows it some freedom on the history and the technology available. And the continent is divided into 2 factions, the west and the east (similar to NATO vs Soviet Union), and you play as a neutral country stuck in the middle of a gigantic conflict between the 2 factions. The story unfolds in the point of view of several characters you control throughout the game.
After playing the game for several days, I like it quite a bit, it offers both familiar and something new, which is missing from a lot of game these days. It's not the usual dark and gritty shooter that flooded the market these days (don't get me wrong, I like those games too!), but if you give it a try, chances are you'll enjoy it like I did.
Oh boy, when this isn't an amazing game, then I for sure don't know what one is. Valkyria Chronicles has everything you can wish for, fantastic cast of characters(Vyse, Aika and Fina are returning from Skies of Arcadia baby!!), a lot of action, amazingly well thought maps which more than once challenges your tactical skills and a good written story, about a fictional WWII. The game is told in chapters, like a book, with mostly fantastic made cutscenes in nice cell shading, you can modify … more
Pros: +Deep, strategic combat +Very well polished and presented graphics +Excellent story! +Well done voice acting +Great music Cons: -Lackluster enemy AI Sega has a strange history of producing games. Sometimes they produce some high caliber games, like the original Sonic games or Skies of Arcadia. Other times they produce some questionable games like … more
Sometimes, being a good girlfriend means sitting on the couch and watching him play a game or playing a game together. I'm a moderate gamer; the new controls are generally more complicated than I'm willing to commit to. He is a hard core gamer. Some games are easier to watch than others, and some are easier to play. This review is not for the hard core gamer. This review if for the girlfriend (or boyfriend, who am I to judge?) that sits on the couch and watches. Clocking in at just over … more
Valkyria Chronicles is one of the best games I've played in recent memory. You are young commander Welkin, son of a legendary hero from EWI (the first European war) and are called into duty to repel the invasion of the Empire from your homeland of Gallia. Ah, but this won't be easy for you and your team...the Empire has a powerful ally...a race called Valkyria. The story isn't hard to follow and bears a striking resemblance to Europe during WW II. The cutscenes follow Welkin on his journey from … more
Valkyria Chronciles is a tactical role-playing game published by Sega, for the PlayStation 3. The game takes place in Europa, a fictional version of 1930s Europe. Gallia is attacked by the East European Imperial Alliance for its' ragnite ore. Players operate as Gallian nationals fending off the invasion.