Summary: War is never pretty, but Valkyria Chronicles makes a case that it could be. The spirit of a hand-drawn children's book runs deep within this game's graphics and gameplay, turning the cold, hard reality of war into a surrealistic and strangely beautiful affair. The story clings tightly to the bright pastel coloring, giving players an amiable and personable view of a group of people who must drop everything to fight for their country.
Excerpt: First of all, we really must apologize for the delay in delivering this review. It’s not much of an excuse to say we were completely swamped during the hectic release period between October and November last year, but that’s our only defense. However, it’s good to know that many people have rewarded Sega for producing a high-quality strategy/RPG title that is both original and entertaining.
Excerpt: Something the PlayStation consoles are known for is the amazing selection of RPGs, but sadly, Sony’s latest console, the PlayStation 3, has been lacking in the RPG department. Many PS3 owners are dying for some RPG action, but luckily Sega WOW, makers of such great RPGs such as Skies of Arcadia and Phantasy Star, brings their latest work to the PlayStation 3.
Summary: Valkyria Chronicles, known in Japan as Valkyria of the Battlefield, is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s Europe - divided in two and ruled by the Empire and the Federation. The game follows a hero named Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation's 7th Platoon as they engage in a series of epic battles.
Excerpt: The recent trend within storytelling in gaming has been to move away from linear storylines and lean on the side of player freedom, allowing a person to choose between options and in a way make their own story. While this is commendable in some ways, there is still a lot to be said about a great linear gaming experience, and Valkyria Chronicles shows exactly that.
Excerpt: Name: Valkyria Chronicles Genre: Strategy RPG Platform: PlayStation 3 The PlayStation 2 was never really known for having a wealth of shooters, a stellar online service, or the best graphical power of its era, but it did have one thing in abundance: role-playing games. Whether it was tactical RPGs, action role-players, or just the good, old-fashioned Japanese model with turn-based fighting and boys in belly shirts, the PS2 was the system to own for fans of the genre.