Described as an outstanding game that cohesively blends different genres, Valkyria Chronicles is a title that – despite being missed out by many – should be in every Playstation 3 owner’s game collection. So if you haven’t yet had the pleasure, you can currently get hold of a copy for £14.87 from dvd.co.uk. This is the cheapest deal currently available.
The setting for Valkyria Chronicles is a kind of parallel version of 1930’s Europe in which the small principality of Gallia finds itself (a bit like Poland in 1939) preyed upon by warring superpowers. The player assumes the role of Welkin Gunther who is conscripted into the state militia and appointed leader of squad seven alongside various members of his friends and family. The story itself is set within a narrative framing device which organizes the game into chapters drawn from a book titled ‘On the Gallian Front’ by Irene Koller - a system which helps compliment the game’s unique story book-style visuals.
In terms of gameplay, Valkyria Chronicles uses a turn based battle system in which the player (whilst in command mode) views units via an overhead map and then (in Action Mode) directly controls units on the battlefield. The latter sees battles play out in real time in which actions and movements are restricted by an AP gauge which gradually diminishes, and which varies depending on the character in use. All characters fulfil a different combat role whilst battles adhere to a rock, paper, scissors system of strengths and weaknesses - a system which, despite sounding complex, is actually surprisingly user friendly. Overall this blend of strategy, RPG and third person shooter gameplay is brilliantly executed (although the AI can on occasion be shockingly poor), whilst visually and in terms of story, Valkyria Chronicles is artistic, charming and unique.
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