I really have not played many games recently. I am a father of two so most of my time is already occupied. But I can remember when my brothers and I used to talk about games with amazing cut scenes or cinematics and wonder if the game play graphics would ever match them. I bought a PS3 to kill two birds with one stone since it also plays BluRay Discs. When I started looking for games to play, I found Valkyria Chronicles. When I put the game in, I nearly jumped out of my seat with excitement. Amazing graphics, outstanding story, and a unique mix of tactics and RPG game play. My only critique of this game is the exorbitant amount of cinematics. They really slow down the game. I understand the need for the scenes in order to advance the story of the game, I just thought there were way too many of them. Especially since the game play graphics are so outstanding. There is still plenty of game to play, but if I wanted to watch a movie I would have went out and rented one! Over all this is an amazing game full of challenges that will test even frequent gamers. Try it, you'll like it!
This is one of the most interesting and fun games I ever played. The graphics are comic book which is a change of pace in today's gaming world. You dont walk around the world waiting for a battle, the story is told out of a book. So you see when the battles' are going to happen. You can have up to 20 people in your squad which is awesome. There are scouts,gunners,snipers,en- giners,and lancers(bazooka). The man character drives a tank that you also get to control. This game is worth going out and buying hands down. But at the very least rent it. Im not a big R.P.G fan and I think its one the best of its class.
posted by jvgocavs (winston salem, NC) Jan 23, 2009
Member since Oct 2006
Valkyria Chronicles is a truly next gen title in every way.
The strategic game play consists of analyzing a skirmish from a map view, selecting a character and moving them across the battlefield while performing an action (attack, heal, repair), or issuing orders to improve your units stats or condition. These third person segments enhance the standard rock, paper, scissors combat and bring emotional attachment to you're individual troops. During these live action segments you can take damage from enemy fire providing for exhilarating pacing, but once you lock in on your target time stops, allowing you to intelligently set up your shots. This design choice keeps Valkyrie Chronicles in the realm of strategy RPG and not a frag fest. In between battles you will be kept busy managing your troops and unlocking and improving weapons and tanks
The plot is conveyed via a story book and centers around Welkin, Alicia and there squadron the 7's, depicting their colorful journey to free their home nation from the evil occupying empire against long odds in an alternate WWII universe. Each chapter of the book has cut scene story advancing segments as well as battles. additional chapters unlock as you complete them, and additional background chapters can be obtained as the game progresses.
Graphically Valkyria Chronicles is done in a vibrant watercolor style, a live painting might be the best description. The classic musical score and superb voice acting add to the immersion and connection with the characters during their epic struggle.
From the integration of several gaming styles to its beautiful watercolor graphics and animations to its exceptional soundtrack Valkyria Chronicles is a game that innovates and pushes the boundaries of what to expect from strategy games and gaming in general. If your a fan of Strategy RPG's, story driven game play or just unique and polished games I implore you to give this gem a try.