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Valkyria Chronicles (PlayStation 3)

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Description

Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical role-playing game set in Europa, a fictional version of Europe, in the year 1935. At that time, the Imperial Alliance invades the Atlantic Federation of the west. Their war will soon encompass all of Europa, including the peaceful nation of Gallia. While small in size, Gallia is known for their rich deposits of ragnite ore, a powerful source of fuel and medicine. When the Galian town of Bruhl is invaded by Imperial Forces, Welkin Gunther, his sister Isara, and friend Alicia Melchiott, take up the fight against their foreign conquerors, joining the Gallian Militia, in this WWII-style game.

The player commands his forces through an overhead map, selecting units, and controlling them in a real-time 3rd person view. Taking on the enemy is done with a variety of units classes, including the Shocktrooper (basic soldier), Scout (excellent movement & sight), Lancer (anti-tank), Engineer (repair, resupply, mine defusal, and more), and the deadly Sniper.

This PS3-exclusive title features an art style best described as anime in watercolor.

Screenshots

Valkyria Chronicles PlayStation 3 R&D facility lets you upgrade your tanks.
Valkyria Chronicles PlayStation 3 Fight between the Valkyrias... they can decimate tank divisions in mere seconds.
Valkyria Chronicles PlayStation 3 Dialogs are done in a windowed mode highlighting the speaker.
Valkyria Chronicles PlayStation 3 Enemy will fire at you if you enter in their range of sight, so use covers often.

Alternate Titles

  • "戦場のヴァルキュリア: Gallian Chronicles" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Game Shark Dec 23, 2008 A 100
Playstation Universe Nov 24, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Worth Playing Nov 22, 2008 9.4 out of 10 94
IGN Oct 29, 2008 9 out of 10 90
UOL Jogos Jan 08, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamer.nl Nov 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
ZTGameDomain Nov, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Target Nov 19, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
3D Juegos Nov 18, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87
Meristation Oct 30, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
DLC worth it? 3 Zovni (9360)
Sep 27, 2010

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Valkyria Chronicles appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

References

Shuntaro Tanaka, the game's director, previously worked on SEGA's Skies of Arcadia, which might help explain why Vyse and Aika (the stars of that game) make a cameo on Valkyria Chronicles as two recruitable soldiers for the Gallian Militia. They are classed as a shocktrooper and scout respectively, and their bio briefly states that they hail from a strange country "far from Europa" but otherwise make no mention of their past with the Blue Rogues.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – #6 PS3 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – PS3 Strategy Game of the Year
    • 2008 – Best Original Soundtrack of the Year

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Doppelgamer (270) added Valkyria Chronicles (PlayStation 3) on Feb 01, 2009