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2008 is drawing to a close in fine style gaming-wise, with three games played pretty much back to back accounting for what i guess will be three of my four top games of the year - these being Dead Space, Fallout 3 and now Valkyria Chronicles. i wanted to start a thread about the last of these to see if anyone else has picked it up, but also to praise and recommend it because it deserves it and because there should be more games like this.

it's the kind of game that they used to make in the old days, when every game looked like shit so programmers had to really put some creative effort in to make their title stand out. it's also literally the kind of game they used to make in the old days, as it's basically a turn-based shooter. i had a game almost exactly like this, some Navy Seals thing, that was awesome. Valkyria Chronicles is that game except it doesn't look like shit and it's even awesomer in every department.

the basic mechanics are pretty much perfect: at once simple and complex so that it's easy to play but there is genuine strategic depth. and if you have no patience for the more complex details i'm sure you could ignore them and still have a great time with this game. it is obvious a lot of care has gone into level design and tweaking the gameplay to keep it fun and interesting allt he way through. there is a very good story with a great cast of characters that gives the gameplay context and is compelling in itself (this game is basically a complete counter-point to MGS4 in this regard, and in its intelligent use of cut scenes). and it really is a beautiful game to look at.

Valkyria Chronicles is a joy to play. i am so glad that i happened to read a review that made me think of that old Navy Seals game and decided to pick it up, because otherwise it would've just fallen off my radar, as i imagine it will do with so many people who would really enjoy it.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh man, i had no idea i wrote that much. and that was the abridged version, too.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

i am so going to get this one day soon. i love strategy games and i have a ps3.

s1ocki, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

got 360. want VALKYRIA CHRONICLES :(

czn (cozwn), Monday, 1 December 2008 15:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

At first I was worried this was related to Valkyrie Profile, a PS2 RPG I tried to play ages ago but it was awful. On reading the Wikipedia page, though, this sounds much better! Sounds to be a bit like 'Ring of Red', which was one of my favourite PS2 games, but on a grander scale perhaps.
I'd be interested in this if I had a PS3, but I don't... maybe a 360 port will appear some day.

CraigG, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

ring of red is definitely an xbox360 exclusive :P

s1ocki, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.animepunch.com/images/20000024612.jpg

czn (cozwn), Monday, 1 December 2008 15:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

that's a quality item

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 1 December 2008 15:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

trading figures set

czn (cozwn), Monday, 1 December 2008 16:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

just female characters, i see.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 1 December 2008 16:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Actually, I was involved in the early days of the game’s development … back before I quit to draw erotic manga … Originally, the game was planned for the Xbox 360, but then later changed for the PS3."

czn (cozwn), Monday, 1 December 2008 18:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

This one has been on my list - there's just so many games that have come out in the last couple of months, that it has gotten a little lost in the shuffle. I'm still definitely planning on picking it up at some point. I think the artwork looks really nice - was a little worried that there might be too much worthless story parts? Maybe later in december, maybe after a price cut...

Jeff LeVine, Monday, 1 December 2008 18:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

i feel like this will get lost in the shuffle for a lot of people, which is why i wanted to draw attention to it. story parts are far from worthless. there are a lot of them but they are all short and the game tells you which ones are character-driven rather than essential to the story and lets you ignore them completely if you choose. and there is much more gameplay than story. i gladly watched them all though. in fact, there was one kind of cliffhanger where i was rushing through the gameplay section to find out what happened.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 1 December 2008 19:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

looks good. thanks for the heads up.

cutty, Monday, 1 December 2008 19:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

between this and white knight chronicles i'm really tempted to buy a PS3

didactic katydid (Lamp), Monday, 1 December 2008 19:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

THIS

canks: for the memories (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

i knew i'd love it but for some reason i waited for my buddy to buy it & lend it to me

it is amazing

canks: for the memories (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 14:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

I want it soooooo bad

cozwn, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 15:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

it is like made for me, this game

canks: for the memories (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 15:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

in the sense that it is a strategy game that i like

canks: for the memories (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 15:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

innit wonderful? so sad it only sold about a dozen copies. sequel in the works but for PSP.

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 15:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

this would be a big hit on 360 methinks

If You Like to Do Graphity, Don't Do It. Pull Your Pants (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 15:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's done pretty well on ps3 (well in japan); it broke 500,000 which is a lot for a non-established brand srpg

cozwn, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 16:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

innit wonderful? so sad it only sold about a dozen copies. sequel in the works but for PSP.

― Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, July 15, 2009 11:06 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

booo

canks: for the memories (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 16:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

who gives a tard about psp these days anyway

canks: for the memories (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 16:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

i do kinda! i mostly only play my psp/ds these days

ㇱ (Will M.), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 16:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

ya but i meant more specifically me

Whiney G. Soundgarden (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 July 2009 16:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

just fkn announce the ps3 slim already sony u cunts

cozwn, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 18:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's gonna be a while before they sell enough of those new KZ2/MGS4 bundles to do that

Nhex, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 22:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

hey so I love this game now

"I have seen bloodstains on the Pac Man joystick" (jamescobo), Wednesday, 9 September 2009 22:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

seriously guys this would have been my #2 behind Yakuza 2 last year. fuckin' Sega, who'd'a thunkit?

"I have seen bloodstains on the Pac Man joystick" (jamescobo), Friday, 18 September 2009 20:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm going to start playing this soon - I swear

Jeff LeVine, Friday, 18 September 2009 20:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

this game was tremendous. shame about the sequel being psp only but i can understand why they did that.

did anyone try the dlc?

aarrissi-a-roni, Friday, 18 September 2009 22:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

shame about the sequel being psp only

as much as I love the graphics, I have to admit that the prospect of being able to play VC anytime anywhere is pretty awesome.

"I have seen bloodstains on the Pac Man joystick" (jamescobo), Friday, 18 September 2009 22:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"it's the kind of game that they used to make in the old days, when every game looked like shit so programmers had to really put some creative effort in to make their title stand out."

totally otm

that is a whole discussion within itself that is worth debating (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 December 2009 22:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I want it soooooo bad
― cozwn, Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:00 PM (8 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

it will be mine

cozen, Tuesday, 23 March 2010 22:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

it really is a great game, and I usually hate strategy games with a burning passion. also on the short list for prettiest games I've ever played too.

Contemplative Punk (jamescobo), Tuesday, 23 March 2010 22:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

don't worry about getting perfect scores the first time around, though; as far as I can tell the only way to get top ranks is to abuse broken game mechanics like a red-headed stepchild.

Contemplative Punk (jamescobo), Tuesday, 23 March 2010 22:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

installing now...

:D

cozen, Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

luv u fat kevin albott

cozen, Sunday, 28 March 2010 19:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Finally got into the meat of the game in VC1 and oooh shit this game is good. Putting the right squad together and doing proper flanking is very satisfying. Did a very early mission where my top flank was two scouts and two stormtroopers, and my bottom flank was my tank, my engineer, a sniper, a lancer (anti-tank), and a scout. Finding the right balance between aggressive/conservative play and setting up your units properly is a fun challenge.

Also you have a pet that is a baby pig with wings! Merchandising!

polyphonic, Saturday, 7 January 2012 20:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I'm on a backlog kick, having picked up and beaten Infamous and had to choose between restarting this or the new XCOM. Thus far, Valkyria has been a treat; mechanics, sound, graphics, gameplay, depth are all super top notch. This does not feel like a five year old game. Still hella fresh and very addictive.

What am I, in France? (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 14:01 (six years ago) Permalink

now this would be a good game to play again, why haven't i done that already.

4 years seems like along time ago.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 14:13 (six years ago) Permalink

i should grab this, it was one of my "hey PS3, nice" titles from way back when

Nhex, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 14:35 (six years ago) Permalink

this was probably the best game i played last year, (re)bought a PSP to play the followup and oof what a disappointment that was :(

ばかザッピ (zappi), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 14:41 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

should I finish VC2 or P3P?

cozymandias (cozen), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 17:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm playing VC1 again. I lost my save data for my PS3 awhile back and it's been fun going back through the early levels. I forgot that Largo and Rosie almost mutinied against Welkin, what nerve.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 17:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I enjoyed the hell out of both and believe you should finish both, but P3P far moreso.

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:52 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

partying like it's 2008 with a run through of this on switch. still lots of fun

PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Sunday, 24 March 2019 19:14 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i haven't played the others but yeah the first game is a classic. have heard 4 is the worthy followup that 2 was not, will get around to it someday.

ciderpress, Sunday, 24 March 2019 19:23 (four weeks ago) Permalink

4 is good, it adds a little bit but it feels very true to the first game -- which is a double-edged sword because it feels like an expansion pack for a 10 year old game almost. i did get about 3/4 of the way thru before kinda drifting into some other games, did enjoy. it's a recommend if you have a gap in your playing schedule and, like, maybe don't pay $90

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i guess the result of no one buying 4 was...they're reviving sakura wars instead now?

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if we get an english version i am okay with this outcome

ciderpress, Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ahhhh they already have the english announcement up, spring 2020

ciderpress, Saturday, 30 March 2019 03:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ive never played a sakura wars, are they good?

they're not booing you, sir, they're shouting "Boo'd Up" (Will M.), Monday, 1 April 2019 14:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

idk the only old one that got an English release was the worst one apparently. it's a lot sillier than VC i know that much

ciderpress, Monday, 1 April 2019 15:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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