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.
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: 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.
Conclusion: Valkyria Chronicles II never forgets its identity and never loses its charm. As a unique and engaging tactical RPG experience, Valkyria Chronicles II reminds us a little innovation, a little refinement, and a few good ideas can go a long way in unsouring a genre. Some major concessions were made in the downsizing to the PSP, such as unit count and map design, but the tenants established in the PS3 version are wholly maintained.
Summary: The story of Valkyria Chronicles II takes place two years after the conclusion of the original game. A group of young Gallian Military Academy cadets find themselves plunged into a bitter civil war when the newly formed Gallian Revolutionary Army stages a coup. As the epic drama unfolds in the game, players will experience stories of friendship, love and growing pains during a time of war and revolution.