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Valkyria Chronicles 2

Valkyria Chronicles II | £14.85 | ShopTo | PSP

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The price of this game keeps getting better and better, with it finally dropping below the £15 mark. For those looking to return to Gallia and get their tactical J-RPG on, Valkyria Chronicles II gives the player control of a new cast (who manage to follow every anime stereotype in existence) in the action you have come to know and love from the first instalment. Those worrying that the jump from PS3 to PSP may have hampered anything need not worry as the game translates well, and if you can survive the high school-esque conversations the turn-based combat is still as rewarding and challenging as ever, making it a worthwhile purchase for any PSP owner looking for a bit of strategy on the go.

Valkyria Chronicles II | £16.85 | ShopTo | PSP

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For those looking to return to Gallia and get their tactical J-RPG on, Valkyria Chronicles II gives the player control of a new cast (who manage to follow every anime stereotype in existence) in the action you have come to know and love from the first instalment. Those worrying that the jump from PS3 to PSP may have hampered anything need not worry as the game translates well, and if you can survive the high school-esque conversations the turn-based combat is still as rewarding and challenging as ever, making it a worthwhile purchase for any PSP owner looking for a bit of strategy on the go.

Valkyria Chronicles II (With Pre-order DLC) | £17.91 | LoveFilm | PSP

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For those looking to return to Gallia and get their tactical J-RPG on, Valkyria Chronicles II gives the player control of a new cast (who manage to follow every anime stereotype in existence) in the action you have come to know and love from the first instalment. Those worrying that the jump from PS3 to PSP may have hampered anything need not worry as the game translates well, and if you can survive the high school conversations the turn-based combat is still as rewarding and challenging as ever, and with this purchase you even get bonus content.

Valkyria Chronicles 2 Review

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Brendan Griffiths
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Many fans, myself included, were worried that the transition to PSP from PS3 would be an awkward one for the well-loved original title. We needn’t have worried though as Sega have managed to get the PSP to really stand up to the challenge.

The story for this tactical JRPG once again takes places in Gallia a small country in fictional Europa, after the war that took place in the original. This time around the conflict isn’t based around an invasion, it’s a civil war. You don’t need to have finished or even played the first game to enjoy this one as the story is new and uses a different set of main characters. Fans of the original will enjoy some cameos and will most certainly settle into the combat much easier.

High School Horrors

You are based at a Gallian military academy for cadets.  This basically translates as a High School setting, complete with one of gaming’s most irritating casts. It’s Valkyria Chronicles II’s one major flaw that seriously tested my patience throughout. All the typical high-school/young anime stereotypes are in with their annoying nature and sheer ‘just-go-and-f**ing-die-ness’ cranked up to the max. We have the class clown, the nerd, the rude diligent student, the klutz, the ditz, the hot one, the angry artist, nervous-types, opposite siblings, possible lesbians and more anime androgyny than you can shake a lancer at. The story of the actual war is minute compared to the amount of uninteresting, inane chatter going on which is a shame when you compare VCII to the previous game.

There are lots of conversations to trudge through, you can skip most of them, but then you’d lose out on any Potentials (more on those later) to be found. These scenes are ‘animated’ with illustrations that are moved around the screen and supported by text with the odd stock audio term thrown in. They’re really bland and a real let-down. Important scenes are given full voice-overs and proper action cut-scenes are given the full anime treatment. The battlefield animes are really well done, but are usually hours apart.

The Canvas engine that gave the original game its unique visual style has held up well on the PSP, it’s a shame it’s not used for cutscenes anymore though. In-game though, I never found myself lamenting the gorgeousness of the PS3 original.

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Valkyria Chronicles 2 | £17.99 | DVD.co.uk & Affiliates | PSP

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Leading on from the acclaimed and cult classic-in-the-making Valkyria Chronicles, the PSP sequel delivers an equally impressive experience while adding some genuine improvements into the admittedly familiar formula. If it ain't broke, don't fix it- and rather than finding lots of new elements that could go horribly wrong, Valkyria Chronicles 2 provides the same mix of strategy and action whilst increasing the range of mission objectives and patching some mechanical problems across the board. The PSP may be on its last legs- but for early adopters like myself, it's great to see another AAA title before the plkatform goes under. And considering that this is £27.99 on PSN, I really hope that you don't have a PSP Go. Sorry.