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whatshot Valkyria Chronicles PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.8
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 8.7
Distributor: SEGA
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
November 2008
Reviewer:
Tyrone Williams

8.7


Valkyria Chronicles

SEGA's Valkyria Chronicles gracefully debuts on the PlayStation 3 which finally fills the much needed tactical RPG gap on the console. The story of Valkyria Chronicles takes place during Europe in the 1930's as a young group of freedom fighters defend their homeland of Gallia from a nefarious empire, hell bent on world domination.

Features:

  • “CANVAS” graphics engine: Cutting-edge graphics engine producing breathtaking artwork fully leveraging the capabilities of the Playstation3. Creates images that look like watercolor paintings in motion.
  • “BLiTZ” tactical battle system: Experience strategic maneuvering of units as in conventional RPG gameplay; add the excitement of action games with real-time controls to command each player.
  • Epic storyline: Players will immerse themselves in the epic struggle for freedom, as the fate of the world lies in the hands of Welkin and members of the 7th platoon.
  • Customization: Over 100 customizable characters allow players to create a variety of platoons to suit each battle’s needs.
  • Beautifully rendered battlefields: Players explore 30 different environments, using each terrain to gain advantage in battle.

The developers  have added social elements from the real world into the game which makes for a quite gripping tale that is not just black and white. This diversion entails the Darcsen, a minority ethnic group who are oppressed by the natives of the land and through reflection, Valkyria Chronicles is reminiscent of the World War II, although races and themes have been changed.

With that said, the story is not all gloom, war and depression, rather, Valkyria Chronicles is an inspiring tale that truly changes the face of this genre with quite a few plot twists that would make movie writer and director David Lynch impressed.

The title is reminiscent of Japanese RPG titles and where Valkyria Chronicles does come onto its own is through the tactics aspect of the game. The title also brings forth RTS elements into the game and before you engage in a battle, a map will be displayed that allows you to give a variety of commands. This map displays both allies and enemies and once you engage an enemy, you will then be transported to the 3D world where the action takes place.

Valkyria Chronicles boasts real-time action which allows you to control your characters like a third person game as you attack and defend. The control system of the game is quite apt and you really need to use your surroundings to your best advantage.

Although the title does give the appearance of real-time, you do have an action bar which goes down as you move, engage characters and fight your battles. The AI of the game is a mixed bag but it does add to the experience of war as your characters run through fire fights as they attempt to find cover.

Graphically, Valkyria Chronicles is a true animatic anime experience that has over the top characters, great character designs and some rich and diverse background environments. The cutscenes of the game are sometimes quite verbose, however if you spend the time listening and reading them, it will progress the story even further for the player.

At the end of the day, Valkyria Chronicles is an interesting RPG tactics title that has quite an innovative movement and control system which is thoroughly enjoyable and at times frustrating. As the tactics are quite diverse, you can mix and match what you do on the battle.

Definitely for lovers of this genre.





 

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