Summary: Being one that writes about and reviews games for a living, I tend to hear the same kinds of questions from new acquaintances. One of the most common relates to what 'good games' are available for a particular system. Because of this, when people ask me what they should get, I always have a mental list prepared, ready to go. My recommended games list for the PlayStation 3 has Sega's strategy game Valkyria Chronicles at the very top.
Excerpt: Valkyria Chronicles 2 had at least four major hurdles to clear: deliver a second helping of the first game’s quirky strategy and action; adhere to the cartoony, yet charming and often beautiful aesthetics; tie it together with a strong narrative; and do it all with the PSP’s hardware. It doesn’t quite clear them all, as it is saddled with competing partial stories and lingering smaller issues from its predecessor.
Summary: Despite being on a less powerful system, Valkyrie Chronicles 2 kept much of what was so good about the first game and expanded on it. While it’s not as pretty as its predecessor, it still looks very good for a PSP game, and the battle system made the transition quite well. There’s more customization for your units in the form of branching class trees and more modifications being available for your tank/APC.
Excerpt: Once in a while a game comes along that does something different, something unique. It breaks the mold, creating something completely new in the process. That's exactly what happened with 2008's Valkyria Chronicles . Sega forged a unique take on the tactical RPG genre with this title, so it was no surprise that the company would want to continue the series in some way.
Excerpt: With heavy hitters like LittleBigPlanet , Gears of War 2 , and Metal Gear Solid 4 being released in 2008, it was easy for a game like Valkyria Chronicles to get lost in the shuffle. Those who did play the PS3 exclusive got to experience a hidden gem that expertly meshed RPG mechanics with an innovative strategy combat system. The news that a sequel would be coming out for the PSP drew mixed reactions, and rightfully so.
Pros: Retains the fantastic gameplay from its predecessor on the PS3, Offers 30+ hours of single player content, Beautiful watercolor visuals
Cons: Insignificant story and a weak cast of characters, Ad-hoc support is included instead of online multiplayer, Technical limitations of the PSP result in smaller maps
Excerpt: Strategy RPGs are big business these days, especially with hardcore gamers. They are also the genre that I swear off most often. After Final Fantasy Tactics Advance I was never going to play another SRPG. After the amazing Crokett!! DS Japanese import I was never going to play another SRPG. After Disgaea, Jeanne D'Arc, Yggdra Union, Blue Dragon Plus … you get the idea.
Excerpt: When Valkyria Chronicles was released for the PlayStation 3, the interactive entertainment world was introduced to a stunning game that shook the foundations of the Strategy RPG genre. Critics and gamers alike raved over the action/strategy hybrid gameplay, the engaging storyline, and of course, the beautiful graphics. Valkyria Chronicles quickly became a cult classic--known to gamers everywhere, but it never lit up the sales charts.
Excerpt: Grids, menus and stats; not the most exhilarating things in the world are they? Still, throw them all together with a suitable anime aesthetic and appropriate rags-to-riches narrative, and the resulting blend can be thoroughly engrossing. The trouble is, however, this is the exact formula the SRPG genre has used for years. It's always the same.
Excerpt: remains one of the most under-appreciated PlayStation 3 exclusives out there, regardless of how often the avid fans sing its praises. Some of those same fans were a little disappointed when the sequel came exclusively to the PSP, and it doesn’t help that the third installment also seems to be leaving PS3 owners out in the cold.