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  • Summary: 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 are 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. [Sega] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 59 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Valkyria Chronicles is a long, sweeping epic of a game that every PS3 owner should play. Its rich story, unique premise, and reimagined sense of strategic role-playing shouldn't be missed.
  2. There's something about a Sega game that makes it "Sega," and Valkyria Chronicles has that unmistakable touch to it that the Shining Force titles on the Genesis and Dragon Force for the Saturn have had. It's one of the best games that I've played for the current generation, and strategy-minded JRPG fanatics might want to book a trip to Gallia for a unique experience on the PS3.
  3. If you own a PS3 then you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to try Valkyria Chronicles; it's sure to provide many hours of enjoyment with its fun gameplay, tragic yet heartwarming story, and its appeal to something deeper with its messages than just playing another mindless videogame.
  4. 86
    Visually and aurally it's a real tour de force, the plot pretty much stays the right side of the crazy line and on the whole combat feels fresh and well designed. There are a few hiccups and they do take the gloss off things more than the rest of the game deserves, but they shouldn't be enough to put you off.
  5. This is a niche product. It has an anime look, and a novel-like pace. Yet the biggest difference from your run-of-the-mill WWII shooter is that you have to think very carefully about what you are doing. The combat system is straightforward, yet merciless. You will make mistakes, and you will be forced to learn from them. But if you're into this sort of thing, you will get your rocks off — and that's what matters.
  6. The vast-majority rest of the time, Valkyria Chronicles offers a unique take on RPG-strategy, a truly involving story, endearing characters, and a chance to reflect upon—or wonderfully, hopelessly anachronize— whatever sense of real-world history you may still have in your head.
  7. Simple and elegant, it takes influences such as Konami’s Ring Of Red and even Pandemic’s Full Spectrum Warrior and elaborates on them to create something unique and interesting. [Christmas 2008, p.100]

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  1. SAMA
    Nov 14, 2009
    This is one game I keep coming back to for more. Charming story, lovable characters (even the secondary ones, such as Jane and Walter), and overall tragically beautiful setup. I'd think that everybody who had any intention of getting it would have done so by now, but if you haven't and you have a PS3, you'd do well to get it. Expand
  2. JoeT
    Sep 11, 2009
    Simply outstanding in every way top 5 game all time for me.. Epic
  3. May 19, 2012
    One of the best games I've ever played!
    Great story, it is an anime-game (Game came first) and a very well working combination of RTS-RPG.
    you don't like RTS & RPG don't play this game Expand
  4. RyanH.
    Nov 26, 2008
    Amazing story, amazing graphics, and an innovative and challenging battle system - I had impossibly high expectations for this game, and Sega met them - i'm hoping that they get more involved in making new RPGs... maybe we can get a new Skies of Arcadia done in this graphic style? Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2014
    Valkyria Chronicles es uno de los juegos desconocidos de la generación pasada, el cual pertenece a la élite de los mejores J-RPG tácticos, desarrollado y publicado por SEGA en exclusiva para PS3, el cual salio el 31 de octubre en Europa y el 4 de Noviembre en Norte América del 2008. El diseño del juego cuenta con un motor gráfico llamado SEGA CANVAS, ofreciendo al título una de las mejores características con ese Cel Shading tipo acuarela. (me encanta su apariencia)Sobre el idioma se puede seleccionar como lenguaje el Japones o Ingles con la opción de habilitar o no los subtitulos en ingles, siendo este uno de los puntos negativos del juego.

    Es un título con una historia interesante, el nivel de juego es muy fresco en el genero, que ofrecerá un reto en cada misión, llenos de personajes con carisma muy agradable unos y otros caerán mal, no solo con los principales también con los secundarios y los reclutas que iras conociendo en el avanzar de cada misión, siendo algunos personajes los del juego Skies of Arcadia, todos con su propia personalidad y por eso uno siempre tendrá ese extremo cuidado para que, ese personaje con quien hayas simpatizado no caiga en combate. (aunque no afecta en nada, siempre regresaran)Un juego que invita a jugarlo repetidamente, una vez que hayas superado el modo principal para mejorar lo ya hecho y conseguir todas las medallas del juego (vienen siendo los trofeos, ya que no tiene ese sistema) cuenta con un sistema de valoración de rangos desde la D el mas bajo hasta la A la valoración mas alta y tiene la posibilidad de otro modo de juego llamado Batalla Libre o Skirsmish donde existe la selección de dificultad, ya que en el Modo Historia solo hay una dificultad predeterminada.

    Respecto al sistema del juego, se basa en combate por turnos, en vivo y por zonas llamado en ingles BLiTZ, en plena batalla habrán dos modos de juego, el modo Comando que nos dará una perspectiva aérea sobre un mapa táctico donde visualizaremos las unidades aliadas y enemigas (esta ultima, si nuestros soldados tienen visión sobre el enemigo), al seleccionar una unidad aliada entraremos al modo Acción, donde tendremos una visual de nuestro soldado en tercera persona, en ese modo todo transcurre en tiempo real, con la ventaja que solo tu soldado tendrá la posibilidad de moverse en el campo de batalla dependiendo de la distancia a recorrer por la barra AP (Action Points) pero puede ser atacado por el enemigo si llegan a tener visión sobre tú unidad e igual cuando llega el turno del enemigo, no podrás mover ninguna unidad tuya pero, dispararan automáticamente si la unidad enemiga pasa por la visual de tu soldado, dando así un ''equilibrio'' entre turnos. (si llegan a jugarlo sabrán el por que de las comillas)

    Es un juego que se desarrolla en una Europa ficticia del año 1935 cuando la paz había acabado, iniciando la segunda Guerra Europea entre la Federación Atlántica y la Alianza Europea Imperial, donde los países vecinos sufrirían las consecuencias de la misma, en medio del conflicto de esas dos grandes potencias esta el país de Gallia donde conoceremos a nuestros protagonistas y dará comienzo la aventura del juego.a
  6. Oct 7, 2010
    While it's not perfect Valkyria Chronicles is certainly nothing less then a fantastic game. The excellent story is very character focused which draws you into the world and creates attachment to and empathy for the main cast. The visuals are absolutely gorgeous (especially if your fond of anime/manga) and the score is enjoyable as well. The combat looks complicated at first but is easy to learn and leads to great battle sequences. There are some minor camera issues when your in tight quarters, and an element of chance comes into play during combat that can be frustrating at times but these minor faults are nothing considering the quality of every aspect of this game. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2014
    This game is only average at best. The A.I. always seems to overpower you no matter what level you are at and they get to move twice as far on the map compared to your own army. They tend to cheat and destroy your tank after 2 hits with their own tank or lancers. When you try to aim with your own tanks the aiming is very inaccurate unless you are at point blank range. Also when you save the game during a level and lose the fight when happens far too often, the game suffers from slowdown when you reload your save file. It takes a long time just to retry the stages. Potentials also don't seem to help that much. Expand

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