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Umm… I wouldn't class this game as Adventure & RPG, it would be more
of strategy + action + turnbase RPG.
For each mission, you have to deploy your units which include tank(s) and
infantry, your infantry can be divide into scout, machine gunner, tank killer,
sniper and engineer. each unit has its own ability and carry different set of
equipments, you would need to balance your team according to your intel and map
However instead of giving each unit their commands, you will manually control
each unit on the map to move/perform tasks (this is where the game becomes
action instead of normal RPG). This including moving, aiming, shooting, finding
cover, sniping, repairing etc.
Also you can learn special ability (as commander), improve your unit skills,
develop new equipments, earn medals and unlock unique equipments.
Yes the canvas graphic may not appear to be that interesting. However please
remember, great game doesn't have to come in fancy package or developed in
high-end 3D engine.
It's all about fun and this game can give you plenty of it.
Valkyria Chronicles is definitely 2008's best RPG yet at the same time, the
most overlooked game of the year.
The most unique thing about this game is the gameplay, which cleverly
combines strategy, action and the usual RPG aspects into a unique and addictive
battle system. You start off each battle by positioning your troops (you have a
squad of 20, most of the times you can have 9 out on the front line, the rest
are reserves), then when the battle is commenced, you and your opponent have
turns. In each turn, you have a certain number of CP (Command Point), each CP
can be used to select a certain soldier and have him/her do what you want (you
get to control them of course), or you can use it it issue orders. You win the
battle when you capture the enemy's main base. That's pretty much how the
battle proceed, it may sound a bit plain but if I go into details, this review
will end up being too long.
The story is nice. It's still the usual cliche “I will save the
world/*insert here*” RPG story but nevertheless, the story is still quite
unique compare to the other RPGs. You progress through the game by reading
chapters from a book, each chapters contains episodes (cutscenes and battles).
At the same time when playing through the story, you can access “Tabs” from
the book such as Skirmish Battles, Personnel Info, Weapons Info and your
Headquarter. Your headquarter is where you can assign which recruits will form
your unique 20 men/women squad, each of them have their own characteristics and
the people that they like to work with. This is also where you upgrade weapons
and level up your characters.
You will either love the graphics in the game or hate it. It's no where near
detailed as the next-gen graphics you see in other next-gen games, but also at
the same time the most unique and artistic graphics out of all of them. Sounds
and music are nicely done, Japanese voice over is there as well for people who
want an original JRPG experience.
If you like RPG, this game is a must have. If you're a casual looking for
something different, this game will not disappoint. If you're still unsure,
download the demo and give it a try. This is one of the few games that should
not be missed if you own a PS3.
Best damn Strategy RPG ever created this generation. This is where Sega
manages to turn the traditional turn-based SRPG and make it more exciting and
fun. Developed by team WOW, who are composed of Sega's 2 best development
teams, AM1 and Overworks, and if any of you know the history of Sega, they
always churn out something good or memorable. So with this game, I'll repeat
again, it's the best damn strategy RPG ever created this generation. Game of
the Year I believe.
The action to this game is fast and intense, often times the hailing of enemy
bullets can literally take your team down fast. The story is well written. It is
mature in it's storytelling without it feeling like it's treating war as a
rosy coloured adventure at the same time throwing in some good plot twist or
revelations here and there. The English localisation is also top-notch as it
features plenty of well know actors (in the dubbing world) who knows how to
capture the charm of what makes a good story (thank you Jack Fletcher). And if
you want there's even the Japanese version as well for those who prefer it that
way, but bear in mind that the subtitles are really dubtitles and about 85% of
what they say.
Lastly it has a lot of replayability as once you have completed the game, you
can go back with all the experience you gain to take on the old story maps again
and try to get an A rank for it.
I hope that this won't be the end of the line with this franchise (or the
game engine) and I pray that Sega utilise this for their next SRPG.
Alright. One day I was bored and surfing mighty ape, saw this title on
special, couldn't resist such a bargain, bought it; but soon found myself
regreting it after watching some youtube vidoes. The game spent some time in my
drawer, I was reluctant to try it out, until last week.
The next thing, it kicked all my other games into the drawer:P.
Yes, it is just “WOW”. Everything about this game is refreshing, such as
the unique sketch-like art style, the idea of binding chains of events
chronologically with the book, perfect soundtracks and voice acting (unlike most
other translated japanese games). This game is simply a masterpiece, with every
detail carefully crafted and put together in order to deliver this engaging,
memorable and fulfilling adventure.
And the battles are just fun. Nothing feels quite the same as being able to
build your own squad planning and leading your comrades to victory in some epic,
strategic and of course very challenging battles. There is never a dull moment
in this game, even the same battle can be fun to repeat when tackled
differently. It can be silghtly frustrating when you are repeatedly failing to
achieve your goal. But the satisfaction you get when you eventually accomplish
it can easily overcome the frustration.
Hence, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this title to any ps3 players who
havent tried it yet:P.
I have fallen in love the battle strategy of this game, its not down to how
good you are at strategy and not without, the fact you can do battles on the
side to give your soldiers extra exp and money for an advantage is a real buy
feature for me. If you like RPG with a mix of strategy this is a game
The Story is great fantasy tale and I am quite engrossed in it. Would
recommend to anyone who is tired of simple battle tactic rpg or strategy players
whom want a rpg gain feature in there game.
Easy to learn and play, highly recommended.
Quite possibly the best game you have never played, I haven't found another
game that can suck your life away with out being over the top. Love it. Heard
they are making a new one for PSP hope they bring itto the console.
One of the best RPG stories on the PS3 I've played yet – if not the best.
The gameplay is addicting throughout even if it looks boring at first.
At first, the gameplay was very unfamiliar to me but I got used to it and
now I LOVE IT! Basically, the story is about a war and you're in an army but
I still love the story behind it and this keeps me motivated :) I love how you
can train your army and how you can customize your own tank and weapons.
Excellent game and for such a cheap price why not give it ago.
Didn't know what to expect when I first started playing this game but found
myself getting addicted very quickly. Must have for RPG or strategy fans.
if your looking for a great rpg game that has an in depth story that really
draws you in, great characters and is unique then this is the game for you, with
its amazing novel style of story telling and strategy turn based style of combat
makes for an excellent game and well scripted story, definitely worth
Beautiful, anime style graphics with sketch book quality. The game is an
absolute joy to look at. Combine this with innovative gameplay mechanics that
has both the tenseness of a RTS and the careful planning of a round based
strategy game. You have an absolute winner on your hands. Would recommend this
game to any lovers of either anime, strategy or RPG.
The game is so wonderful it even has an anime series made after it under the
Probably the best SRPG i've ever played. Valkyria Chronicles has definitely
set a new standard for its genre.
People who have played SRPGs before will be more than accustomed to the
dullness and repetitiveness that the gameplay can get in SRPGs, even in the
greater titles of the genre thus far it's inevitable to get away from the hard
to bear battle system when you're about 6 or 8 hours into the game.
Valkyria Chronicles' battle system is very unique and it constantly has you
lusting for the next battle. It is difficult to explain the battle system with
words, so i suggest you youtube it. it is what sets it apart from other SRPGs
and I truly believe SRPGs should take a step in this direction.
VC also unfolds a beautiful story of life, death, love and betrayal.
Although the early 20th century theme may be far from Ramza and his sword and
magic tale in Ivalice (Final Fantasy Tactics), Valkyria Chronicles will still
impress. It holds a very well balance in story and gameplay, which plays out in
a very nice pace.
I splashed out on Valkyria Chronicles after I'd read it was one of those
games that critics encourage everyone to try, but which they worry won't sell
well (think Okami, but for the PS3). And I certainly wasn't disappointed!
There really is no easy way to describe this game – part RPG, part
third-person action game, part strategy… it is made up of so many different
parts that it could easily have been a disaster, but in the end came together
The graphics too have to be mentioned – they really are stunning,
particularly in the cutscenes in the final third of the game.
Perhaps my only warning would be that you need to have your thinking cap on
for this one… if you've had a long day at the office and need to unwind, this
isn't the game to do it with! On the other hand, finally nailing a mission
you've attempted several times really gives you a sense of satisfaction many
games cannot hope to match.
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