Valkyria Chronicles II PSP

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 30, 2010
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 68
  2. Negative: 6 out of 68
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  1. Sep 9, 2010
    7
    What a strange beast this game is, and I mean beast: there's a lot under the hood. I think my rating will go up with time as the tactical elements become more evident as the game progresses. On the other hand the characterizations, voice acting and general mood of the game seem to be trying to copy Persona 3. It doesn't work to the point that these elements of the game are actuallyWhat a strange beast this game is, and I mean beast: there's a lot under the hood. I think my rating will go up with time as the tactical elements become more evident as the game progresses. On the other hand the characterizations, voice acting and general mood of the game seem to be trying to copy Persona 3. It doesn't work to the point that these elements of the game are actually offputting. It's a shame since the gameplay is excellent. What was Sega thinking? Expand
  2. May 12, 2011
    6
    The first Valkyria Chronicles game is one of my favorite games of all time. It pains me to say that the sequel does not do the series justice. This is not only because the graphics and art style have taken a dramatic turn for the worse, but also because the story and characters are really bland and uninteresting. Most of them are typical anime stereotypes and lack the refined traits andThe first Valkyria Chronicles game is one of my favorite games of all time. It pains me to say that the sequel does not do the series justice. This is not only because the graphics and art style have taken a dramatic turn for the worse, but also because the story and characters are really bland and uninteresting. Most of them are typical anime stereotypes and lack the refined traits and depth of the characters in the first game. When you take out the beautiful characters, story and graphics from Valkyria Chronicles, what you are left with is the innovative gameplay, which has had some great changes. In Valkyria Chronicles 2 the class system has been reworked a bit and you now have a shied units and you now have multiple small maps in a battle that you travel to by getting to capturing smaller bases, as opposed to a single large map. I don't mind the class restructure however I do have a bit of a problem with the separate maps, as it doesn't make sense to me that you can teleport to a location by capturing a base and having a huge map makes you feel like you are playing a game of chess. It doesn't help that you need to play this strategic game on a portable either. When playing a big screen it was very nice to be able to have a nice large look at the battlefield and plan out your attack. Valkyria Chronicle's gameplay simply isn't something fit for a portable gaming system, it should definitely be on a large screen with a proper controller. Overall as much I loved Valkyria Chronicles, it didn't need a sequel. The ending was one of the most beautiful video game endings I have ever seen in my life and I felt very complete and satisfied afterwards. I do plan on purchasing VC3 if it ever gets localized and hopefully the more serious story there will impress me much more than this title did. Expand

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#7 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2010
#10 Most Shared PSP Game of 2010
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Jan 25, 2011
    80
    Demanding. You'll love it and curse it at the same time. Much better with friends. [January 2011 p80]
  2. Jan 15, 2011
    81
    Valkyria Chronicles' transition to a handheld platform went surprisingly smooth. The developers preserved everything that made the original game so great, and added many nice little touches. The gameplay and even the key maps are the same as before, so fans of the series will feel right at home.
  3. Jan 13, 2011
    83
    A rewarding and deep strategy JRPG, not watered down by the translation from the home consoles version. If only the A.I. could've been better, then it would have been an absolute must buy for all PSP owners.