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- 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
- 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
- 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
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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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The art style is fabulous and really holds up over time. If they rereleased this game for the PS4 I would purchase it again.
The beauty of the game is in the refreshing style of the battles, easy to learn leveling system (you level a class, not a particular character- making it easy to swap units in and out), beautiful graphic style (especially on the cut scenes) and generally solid voice over dialog.
The game goes at a decent pace to show you the basics of the combat system. In Valkyria, you plan your strategy from an overhead map view of the battle, but when you are ready to act on your plan, you control each individual unit from a third person perspective. It could be a bit daunting at times on the large scale battles as every turn you won't have enough "turn points" to act with every single unit but the game does a great job of educating the user before you get to that point in the game.
If there is one thing I would change, it would be to add one or two more classes to the unit types for the sake of variety, more vehicles and change the tone of the characters behavior on the storyline a little. Those minor details aside, if you like console strategy games, this is as close to great as it gets.
The story has you traversing through an alternate 1930s as Edelweiss Tank Commander Welkin Gunther and his rag tag militia team known as "Squad 7" as they defend their home country of Gallia from invasion by the Imperial army. The story is told through a book interface, and while it got a little cheesy at times, and while WWI-WWII era is overplayed, the story focuses on the effect that war has on characters, rather than the gore and violence of it. It was interesting enough to want me to not only finish it but the characters are actually fleshed out really well, especially enough for me to want to care about them. The protagonists are likeable, the antagonists are well, antagonist, but with human motives that make them more so realistic than just pure evil.
The graphics are beautiful, and take shape in what I would describe as a painting in motion. The art style is anime, with some cut scenes taking place between boxes of talking heads while others being completely animated in canvass like cinematic. Honestly, I thought it was cool, and while the anime art direction would turn some people off, I can say the pros outweigh the cons.
The game play itself is a combination of turn based strategy, third person shooter, and many times, capture the flag. While the game encourages speediness to finish the battles with high ratings, you can play any way you want. You can recruit up to 20 unique characters with their own strengths and flaws (as demonstrated through their potentials), and utilize usually up to 10 in a battle. You'll have those favorites that you'll use every round, and once they fall in battle, there's always a chance they could permanently die. They can be improved as a class, have customizable weapons, and have people they like and don't like being in the squad with.
The music has some memorable tracks that play at the right time, and I ended up really liking certain tracks toward the end. It isn't crazy unique or spectacular though, but does it need to be? The music complements the game extremely well and that's what matters.
Overall, if you're a PS3 owner who skipped this title over and is looking for a game to play, buy and play this game! I've replayed it two times, lost one copy and bought another one, and as a long time PS3 owner and even longer time video game player, you cannot pass this game up.
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im glad they are reviving the studio.