Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)
January 19, 2009 4 Comments
Love is in the air ^^
At last I have decided to buy this game. I have read many positive opinions about it and wanted to buy it but the price for it in Poland was quite hight and then in last week when I was browsing Allegro ( it’s Polish equivalent of Ebay) I found this game for a low price^^ . And since last Tuesday I’m a happy owner of this game.
The game is set in a fictional version of Europe in 1935, in the country of Gallia. Because of its abundance of ragnite ore, which can be refined into a powerful fuel, it has come under attack from the East European Imperial Alliance, which is engaged in a war with the Atlantic Federation.Players take control of an uprising of Gallian nationals, dedicated to repelling the invasion. The game’s visuals, which feature SEGA’s CANVAS graphics engine, have received a lot of attention – with CANVAS, the game’s entire graphical style is built to resemble a watercolor painting in motion.
Info about few main characters:
A twenty-two year old university student before the Imperial invasion, Welkin’s intelligence and determination earned him the commanding position over Gallia’s Squad 7 after he was drafted. His university major, Animal Sociology, gives him an extensive knowledge of Gallia’s native flora and fauna and serves as a basis for his military strategies.
Plays opposite Welkin as the game’s heroine. A young nineteen year old who wishes to be a successful baker, Alicia became a soldier after being swept up in the chaos of the Imperial invasion of Gallia. Righteous and reliable, Alicia loves helping others.
Welkin’s sixteen-year-old sister who cares greatly for her comrades. The two are not siblings by birth, as she was taken in by the Gunthers at a young age; however, Isara is extremely devoted to her brother. She drives and maintains the unique tank Edelweiss that her father designed in the First Europan War but was too expensive to mass-produce. The shawl she wears signifies that she is a member of the Darcsens (“Daruks” in the Japanese version,) a race of people persecuted for their ancestors’ role in the near destruction of the continent in the distant past.called the “Darcens/Daruks Calamity”.
A cool and collected woman, Eleanor is the captain of Gallia’s Volunteer Corps and Welkin’s direct superior. She is a veteran of the First War and served alongside Largo. Eleanor has a deep understanding of Squad 7’s workings, and makes sure to keep the unit together and in working order. unlike the Officers in the main army she always cares for her battalion
A gruff, thirty-six year old veteran of the First Europan War and Squad 7’s main anti-tank soldier. His experience is invaluable and his spirit is indomitable. He served in the same unit with Eleanor Varrot and has stayed in the army ever since the First War
Twenty-seven years old, Brigitte was formerly a bar singer who used the stage name “Rosie” and now prefers to be called as such. As a part of the core members of Squad 7, she acts as its signature assault soldier. Though she may seem overbearing at times, she is a capable front-line commander whose tough talk motivates others during battle. Her prejudice against the Darcsen people puts her at odds with Isara and Zaka, though she eventually grows to overcome this prejudice.
If you like to know info about the rest of the characters that show up in the game visit Official US site of the game .
Till now I have played about 6h . Game consist from 18 chapters and I’m in the 5 chapter of the game so still a lot of playing is before me ^^.
Valkyria Chronicles is really great mix of strategy and jrpg, battle’s are not easy but also not awfully hard and the enemy AI sometimes makes foolish moves but overall it’s behaves correctly . If it goes about music and all battle sounds then they are also very good, in this place I can say that soundtrack from the Valkyria Chronicles have won in the category: The best oryginal soundtrack 2008 on GameSpy .
Members of the Squad 7.
From left to right: Rosie , Welkin, Alicia, Isara
But the best thing about this game is the graphic, Canvas graphic engine provide beautifull visuals that you saw nowhere else. All characters are looking great and from the beginning you will like them all, especially Alicia and Welkin. Thanks to Canvas engine, this game have won many awards for the best graphic in the 2008. When I watch cut-scenes from this game I feel like I’m watching some good anime or other animated movie instead of a game^^.
Squad 7 ready for the next mision
When you are owner of the Playstation 3 and you are looking for some good strategy and jrpg game then I highly recommend Valkyria Chronicles, it’s one of the best games that have been released in the last year and you will be satisfied as well as surprised from how much time game have to offer.
Finall score: 9