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: While the story and narrative scenes are a bit ridiculous and childish, Valkyria Chronicles II pulls it off by offering the best combination possible between turn base strategy and role playing elements. With third person graphics that are well in the above average for a PSP, the gameplay experience is something that you should look forward too.
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.
Valkyria Chronicles II Review: Another Strategic Victory, Despite The Small Battlefield
31 August 2010
Conclusion: Concept: Civil war has broken out in Gallia! Can your ragtag class of military cadets keep the nation whole?
Graphics: Even without the cool effects of the original, the sequel still has a distinct visual style
Sound: A superb soundtrack sets the mood, and the sparse voice work is pretty good when it’s used
Playability: The difficulty is generally lower than the first game, but a handful of story missions will punish you ruthlessly for a wrong move
Entertainment: Just as...
Excerpt: Valkyria Chronicles stunned a good many with its fresh take on the tactical RPG subgenre. Valkyria Chronicles II takes the formula from the TV set to a handheld, holding onto the key components while making some tweaks to fit different system limitations. Despite initial concern, it ends up being a very good game.