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This review is from: Valkyria Chronicles - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
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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Initial post: Apr 20, 2009 9:15:11 AM PDT
S. Bird says:
Not to criticize, but to elaborate on a portion of your review for people possibly on the fence. The english localization team did a superb job. This is definitely not a case of the Japanese track being better than the English track. There are a couple of lip syncing issues, but overall it is quite possibly the best translation I've seen in all of my movie and videogame experiences (videogames being much easier as the complexity of mouth vocalizations is oversimplified).
One other note, you can unlock "reports" with are side quests found in the main chapter section of the game, but are different from skirmishes and the main storyline giving insight into the characters of the game and opening up some nice bonuses.
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