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Valkyria Chronicles - Playstation 3

by Sega
PlayStation 3
Teen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews) 86 / 100

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  • Epic storyline - the 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 let you create a variety of platoons to suit each battle's needs
  • Beautifully rendered battlefields - explore 30 different environments, using each terrain to gain advantage in battle
  • BLiTZ (Battle of Live Tactical Zone) System - Combining turn-based RPG gameplay with 3rd person action games, the BLiTZ battle system lets you battle with direct control in action sequences just as in action games, while also maneuvering through the vast world with strategic moves typical of tactical RPGs. The battle is turn-based between the Player Phase and the Enemy Phase
  • CANVAS Graphics Engine, created exclusively for the Playstation 3, brings a never-before-seen style to life. Breathe life into stunningly unique visuals similar to hand-drawn illustrations, and immerse yourself in real-time battles in environments resembling a watercolor painting in motion
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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0016C3260
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5 x 0.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Valkyria Chronicles is set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s, Europe divided in two and ruled by the Empire and the Federation. The Empire has set its sights on invading a small neutral country called Gallia, which is situated in the middle of the two great empires. The game follows a hero named Welkin and his fellow soldiers of the Federation's 7th Platoon that are fighting against the Empire, who is intent on unifying the continent under its power. The Federation discovers that the Empire possesses a secret weapon, known as the ¿Valkyria¿- an ancient race with special powers thought to exist only in legends. With this new discovery, the fate of the Federation¿s ability to win the war and a hope for a better future hangs in the balance.

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258 of 274 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty is not just skin deep November 10, 2008
By Cloud
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Over the years, my interest in RPG's had started to wane to the point where I ignored some of them simply due to the time investment. While they're great games and all, they take so long to finish and with a busy gaming schedule this year, it's hard to sink another 40 hours into one game when you could've beat 3 others and had a raucously good time on their multiplayers. However with Valkyria Chronicles, not only did it look stunning but it had a unique way of fighting and seemed to have that certain "something" where you probably don't really know what you're getting into but you want it anyway. But we warned, this isn't an RPG to be taken lightly but like a lot of things, the more you put into it then the sweeter the rewards.

Story: It's a period meant to feel like Europe in the 1930 though with a couple changes. Europe's divided in 2, The Federation and the Eastern European Imperial Alliance or just simply Empire, the latter of whom tries to do anything and everything to get what they want. What they want is ragnite, a valuable and incredibly useful resource and where it's abundant is the small country in the middle, Gallia, who has ties to neither side. But when the Empire invades and with a strange, powerful race thought only to exist in legend for a weapon, it's up to Welkin Gunther, Alicia Melchiott and several others to bring down the powerful Empire.

Graphics: The team behind this game worked on the highly-praised Skies of Arcadia for the Dreamcast and while the art style and character designs are similar, Valkyria is really in a class of its own.
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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First off the graphics are superb. They are not just traditional cell-shaded graphics. If you capture any given frame of the rendered graphics it looks like a pencil drawing that has been colored with vibrant watercolors. Simply beautiful.

Each battle, or operation as it is called in game, begins with the assignment of units to the battlefield. Once these are placed the player phase begins. You select which unit to move from a top-down battlefield map. Upon selection the map fades to the actual battlefield and the camera zooms down to a 3rd person view of the unit. You are then free to run around (as long as action points are available) and position the unit for its attack per turn. Rinse and repeat(not always that simple) until victory is yours.

The combination of graphics, unique and solid strategic gameplay, when mixed with the solid story the game tells make for a highly satisfactory and worthwhile gaming experience...if you like strategy games. Definitely a welcome addition to the PS3's thin library of these type of titles.
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86 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this game November 9, 2008
By Kevin J
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The presentation is great. The story is told from a book, and each event and battles are told through this medium. It's very fluid and it works like a history book, ensuring continuity.

And yes, the game is stunning to look at. The graphic engine is like sketches with pastel watercolors. It's very unique and the animations are beautiful.

The game lets you choose between Japanese and English tracks. Personally, I use Japanese track with English subs.

The game plays like a tactical RPG. The battle mechanism is a hybrid of real time and turn-based. It sounds strange, but it works remarkably well. I was once a skeptic, but Sega did something special here.

When battles are won, players receive experience points and money. These can be used at headquarters to level up and upgrade weapons and such. You may have up to 20 soldiers under your wing, and new ones are added throughout the game.

In addition to regular campaign, there also are skirmishes as side quests.

It's very refreshing to see an original IP with great gameplay and it looks beautiful to boot. A demo of this game is available at Playstation Network, so give it a try.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By M. Ram
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Most of the points I'd make about VC have been covered by other reviewers, so I'll just touch on a few things I think are important:

The first few missions in the game progress pretty swiftly, as you guide 2-4 characters through some short maps as you get the hang of things. Then all of a sudden you're given a bunch of new menus for the 20+ characters added to your squad, each of whom have strengths and weaknesses (though thankfully all members in a class level up together). It's a bit overwhelming at first, but eventually you get the hang of things and start to connect with your favorite characters and find the best strategy for each level.

Speaking of which, most of the missions in the game are pretty much trial and error. You play through it once with a mix of units only to find yourself making the wrong moves of getting slaughtered from the onset. Then you fine-tune your member selection and make better use of your movement and action points each time until you are ready to play through it for real, which can be tedious at times, but does bring greater satisfaction when you see that big OPERATION COMPLETE banner and hear the victory fanfare.

Several missions (especially 7, 14, 17 and 18) are painfully difficult, almost impossible to figure out without a walkthrough. Sometimes it's because the game is cheap or doesn't inform your of things, other times it's because there's some special weak point or trick to beating a mission more easily. In a few missions, you can win easily by exploiting your knowledge of what's to come and blowing the enemy out of the water just as they appear...which is necessary several times.

Even with all the annoyances, the game can be highly enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great rpg and fun from a to z
fun game for any rpg fan

only thing i got annoyed by is the repetitiveness of grinding levels
Published 11 hours ago by juan briseno
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe my favorite game of all time.
This game is wonderful. It is a XCOM-like turned-base tactics game, with the notable differences that it uses a first person perspective, has a Japanese animation look and... Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Etienne Gaudette
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Debut
In the year 1935 E.C., two superpowers dominate the continent of Europa: the Autocratic East Europan Alliance in the east, and the Atlantic Federation in the west. Read more
Published 1 day ago by J. Michael Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile game.
I returned this copy in favor of buying from a friend; but This is a great game for lovers of turn based strategy, anime, or general ww2 settings. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Daniel J. Plaat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, beautiful game
Fantastic, beautiful game.
This game is really a strange mix when you think about it - it's a World War 2-like strategy game...with an anime artstyle? Read more
Published 2 days ago by Christian R.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really fun game.
Published 5 days ago by Tom Stopsign
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this game
Love this game. If you like turn based strategy mixed with the third person real time shooter, I recommend this game. The cutscenes are alittlehot short and the wa they are broke. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Troy Isaac
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Gameplay but the game drags on.
Battle engine is cool but this is a very time consuming game. Way too many cut scenes and generic anime BS as filler. The characters are interesting in design. Read more
Published 8 days ago by mike chernoff
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all-time favorite games
Great gameplay, characters, music, artwork. basically everything
Published 13 days ago by Babush
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing!
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