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Valkyria Chronicles – hands-on

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 Reason #2: Alternate History 101 is cooler than real history

Set in a pseudo World War II, the story focuses on an alternate Sweden being invaded by the armies of the sort-of Axis nations. The setting adds a healthy dash of sci-fi to it all, easily differentiating it from the legions of WWII games out there. The main characters include a plucky young lady who’s head of the town watch and a general's son returning home from college. Both are forced to fight so they can defend their neutral country from aggressors. 

 

Definitely worth noting is how the story is told. The “Chronicles” part of the title isn't meaningless; each part of the game is viewed in a history book chronicling the war. A new page is turned after a battle is completed, and each cutscene is a different panel on the page. This fresh storytelling device may help not only with interestingly presenting the somewhat linear story, but it also enables the player to replay any battle. 

FUN FACT #2 

Valkyria Chronicles isn't related to Tales of Vesperia or Valkyrie Profile, so please stop confusing them already.

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6 comments

  • sniper430 - October 20, 2008 9:21 p.m.

    sonys answer to fire emblem and more, cant wait for it
  • anduin1 - October 20, 2008 4 p.m.

    this is up on the PSN ? I havent seen the demo anywhere yet
  • jayson_90210 - October 15, 2008 6:51 a.m.

    Must say I really enjoyed the demo. I agree the movement felt a little off but certainely not game breaking. Will probably be getting this one
  • thochaos - October 21, 2008 6:11 a.m.

    Liked the demo and the games looks cool. Kind of like a cross between Eternal Sonata (graphics) and that strategy war game on xbox 360, whatever the hell that was called.
  • Tikicobra - October 19, 2008 10:18 p.m.

    As far as graphics go, it's beautiful, but I'm not a fan of strategy games. I'll give it a chance, though, it could be my next favorite game.
  • Gonri 13 - October 14, 2008 9:26 p.m.

    Downloaded this on PSN and thought it wasn't that great. I agree that the graphics are beautiful and I love the "Alternative European War" feel but the gameplay didn't really stand out too much plus the movement of the character was, from my recolection, a little wonky. It was rather bland and dissapointing. However this was only a demo, the finished product could well be a far better experience.

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