If you’re the type of gamer who glazes over when you hear the word “strategy,” Valkyria Chronicles is the Japanese SRPG that might change your mind. An original IP from Sega Japan, Valkyria aims to satisfy the hardcore, niche gamer while also giving PS3 owners the exquisite eye candy they deserve for shelling out $400 for a console with action-charged gameplay and sketch-style cel-shading.
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Europe was at war in 1935, honest. According to the gospel of Valkyria Chronicles, there was conflict a-ragin’ through Europe around this time, with the continent divided between two major forces: a bloc called the Atlantic Federation (in the West of Europe) and the invading East European Imperial Alliance. Thud in the middle of this mess was a tiny neutral country called Gallia, located roughly where the Netherlands lies, and
Normally, we’d think that any PS3 exclusive from a third-party publisher would be well known simply because there aren’t very many. But Valkyria Chronicles, a PS3 exclusive from publisher Sega, remains criminally unheralded. That needs to change, because this quirky strategy RPG, with its lush graphics and weird, anime/sci-fi take on WWII, has all the earmarks of a sleeper hit in the making.Reason #1: It’s freaking
Alicia is a troubled girl. Though she's the princess of the kingdom of Dipan, she's been locked in a crumbling castle on her own. She talks to herself. Everyone thinks she's crazy. What they don't know is that she's possessed by the spirit of a valkryie - a warrior goddess sent from the heavens to commune with the souls of dead fighters. Worse news: the gods haven't forgotten. They want the valkyrie, called Silmeria, to return. Problem is, she has no intention of doing so. The game opens as
What is it about princesses? They have this bizarre tendency to be the center of trouble. Fortunately, Valkyrie Profile 2 doesn't make you rescue one. No, it's much weirder than that: Princess Alicia's body has two souls in it. One is a meek young girl. The other, Silmeria Valkyrie, is an immortal warrior goddess rebelling against the powers of heaven.
This causes Alicia more than a few problems. It means that her life is far from her own. The gods of Valhalla are on Silmeria's tail - they
A cute trick in games lately is choosing the good or evil path, being an anti-hero in a shade of grey of your choosing. But what if you were a confused good guy trapped on a path of evil? That's the interesting scenario for Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, an all new strategy spin-off of the cult RPG series for the DS.
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes seeks to define a new age in the massively multiplayer role-playing genre. Under the direction of veteran game designer (and EverQuest co-daddy) Brad McQuaid, developer Sigil has set out to design what they're calling a "third-generation MMO": a next step in evolution beyond first-gen EverQuest and second-gen World of
Gears of War meets Gundam in the latest outlandish feat from Platinum Games...
The lead designer on Velvet Assassin, Sascha Jungnickel, was previously at IO Interactive working on the Hitman series. This will also be a third-person stealth assassination game, but more story-driven and narrowly focused.
Velvet Assassin could be the first action-stealth game to be set largely in a bed. The game opens with our heroine healing up inside a hospital, gun resting by her side. Based on a real-life WWII renegade agent, Violette Szabo’s story unfolds through a series of playable flashbacks that lead up to her current incapacitation. But trust us when we say this is one tough broad. The first mission we saw had Violette infiltrating a dreary cell