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I really had no idea what to expect when I received Valkyria Chronicles in the mail. The only reason I even put it on my queue is because of the demo off the PSN Store; I hadn't heard anything about the game nor did I really know what it was about.
I was blown away. The storyline is excellent -- it does a very good job of showing the camaraderie that can develop between soldiers in a unit, as well as the conflicts that can arise and how the shared purpose can overcome those conflicts. It even avoids most of the annoying Japanese RPG cliches/silliness that pop up regularly in the Final Fantasy games (as well as others). The presentation and graphical style is also great; it's different than anything else I've seen on the PS3 or the 360.
Beyond all that, the gameplay is wonderful. The game gets progressively harder as you play; some of the chapters will require numerous attempts as you work out an effective strategy. But it eases you into the game and never becomes frustrating, which is the mark of good design. There are many different ways to approach the missions (choosing different units, equipping the units differently, etc.), and I never really wanted to stop playing until I finished the last mission.
I played Eternal Sonata just before this game, and although I enjoyed that RPG, it's not in the same league as Valkyria Chronicles. This is easily the second best PS3 game I've played this year behind only Metal Gear Solid 4 -- and it's not far behind MGS4 in overall quality. It is leaps and bounds better than the overhyped GTA IV, just as one example.
I'd really advise everyone to buy it, because it sold very few copies and I want it to be successful so we could maybe see a sequel sometime down the road, or at least another game from the same development team. But you owe it to yourself to rent it if nothing else, because it is a stellar game.
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Wow, Sega. Wow. When I first saw trailers for this new RPG, I fell in love with its artistic style and direction right away. However, once I found out that it was developed by Sega, I instantly began to doubt the quality of the gameplay. "Sega hasn't made a good game in years, and it's not like they have a reputation for quality RPGs," I reasoned to myself. "No way do they get this right."
I couldn't have been more mistaken.
I was totally hooked on this game by the 3rd chapter. That's only about 5 hours in! The sheer amount of story and character content is staggering: an RPG-lover's dream come true. But they don't just throw cutscene after cutscene at you. The game implements a system wherein you can actually purchase extra cutscenes and character content (with in-game cash, not real dollars. This isn't an Epic Games title!) if you're interested. If not, pocket the money and make sure your squad is armed to the teeth with the latest weaponry. Either way, Skirmish mode is available any time you need to acquire more experience or money. And each new skirmish has multiple difficulty settings (the harder ones resulting in more cash and experience) thus adding to the insane replayability.
This brings me to your squad. Not since Final Fantasy Tactics has the SRPG player's squad of soldiers had so much personality. And objectively speaking, Valkyria Chronicles even beats out Tactics in this small regard. Each squad member is a unique character, with quirks and personality traits THAT ACTUALLY AFFECT HOW THEY PERFORM IN BATTLE. Fine-tuning your squad into an elite group of 20 soldiers that work well with each other is a never-ending process throughout the game, as more new recruits are drafted at the beginning of every chapter. Once you've begun really getting the hang of battles, you'll find yourself noticing weak points in your squad and weeding out soldiers that are not carrying their weight.
Hands down, a truly stellar showing from Sega. Let's see more!
This game is very well done, the characters really draw you into the storyline. The game visuals are just awesome, because not only does it have those beautiful visuals in the cut scenes, but they are very well noticable in the actual gameplay. Which makes this game very, but very impressive, and the gameplay is fluid and does require strategic thinking, you have to really use your head and think ahead. As well as there is no problem with the aiming itself, you have to actually aim the cross hairs were you want the fires to be shot at, if you miss it is your own fault and lack of skill lol.
But seriously overall this game is very well done, and I highly recommend this game for any gamer. I will say though that fellow Fire Emblem fans, will enjoy this game very much.