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: 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.
Summary: There was a knee jerk reaction by fans when Sega announced that Valkyria Chronicles 2, the sequel to the cult hit game on the PS3, would actually be coming out on the PlayStation portable. Horrified fans who were eager for another trip to Gallia on their PS3 were scared that the experience would have to be downgraded for the weaker handheld.
Excerpt: Valkyria Chronicles II is like World War II, but more portable and centered on the occasional magical girl. Really, what more do you need to know? As a highly-anticipated sequel to one of the first good RPGs for the PS3, Sega managed to disappoint its fanbase by creating VCII for the PSP instead of the larger, stronger console.
Conclusion: What sets Valkyria Chronicles apart is that while it's turn-based, units don't traverse an abstract grid like they were chess pieces; they move and fire like in a third-person action game. The presentation is quite accessible, but all manner of hard-core strategy stats grind away under the hood — and any number of silly mistakes can invite disaster. Bunch too many men together, and you're begging for a grenade attack.
Summary: Ich war kein Wunschkind. Keiner erwartete mich. Und trotzdem freuten sich alle total, als ich endlich da war. Genauso ist es mit Valkyria Chronicles auf der PlayStation 3 gewesen. Die clevere Verquickung von Strategie und Action fand auf Anhieb viele Freunde und galt als einer der Geheimtipps des Jahres 2008. Der Nachfolger erscheint jetzt exklusiv für die PSP….