Sophisticated and emotionally charged war strategy game.
Common Sense Media
3 June 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this is an emotionally mature game that eschews simple "war is good" or "war is bad" messages in favor of a more thoughtful and philosophical message. The main character, Welkin, explains that war is necessary by saying that in nature all animals fight in order to survive – and that humans are animals too. This game is set during a war and violence is shown. Soldiers can get shot or blown up.
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: Valkyria Chronicles is an odd beast: a grim war story constructed with standard anime elements, all wrapped around an unusual twist on turn-based strategy and painted with every bright color in the palette. It’s not always an easy fit, and the plot has an annoying habit of telegraphing its punches. Yet there’s a respectable narrative at the core, backed by some solid direction and a charming cast. And if that doesn’t do it for you, the game is still some of the most...
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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.