Genre: Tactical role-playing third-person shooter.
Platform: PS3 (Original), PC, PS4 (Remaster) , Nintendo Switch (Remaster)
In the world of Valkyria Chronicles, the year is 1935 E.C., and the continent of Europa has been plunged into the Second Europan War between the Autocratic East Europan Imperial Alliance — also known as The Empire — and the Atlantic Federation over the precious resource Ragnite. The Empire is sweeping through the continent like an unchecked wildfire and has its eyes set on the rich Ragnite deposits of the Principality of Gallia. Although peaceful Gallia remains neutral in the conflict, its citizens will need to defend home and country against the inevitable invasion. Players follow Lieutenant Welkin Gunther and the vaunted Squad 7 of the Gallian Militia as they take on the seemingly insurmountable forces of the Empire.
Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical role-playing game in which the player uses a unique turn-based battle system. During their turn the player views an overhead map in Command Mode, but zooms in to control each individual unit on the battlefield in Action Mode. Movement and other actions are handled in real time during Action Mode, though limited in movement by an action point (AP) gauge that varies for each type of character.
Some notes from me:
Valkyria Chronicles is a colourful and unique take on the genre of tactical RPGs. Sadly despite very good reviews and good sales in Japan it failed to sell well in the west and it fell into obscurity.
Back in 2011 Valkyria Chronicles 3 was released as a Japan exclusively and I had lost hope the series would come back, but with the launch of the PC version in 2014 the series has gotten a bit of a second life prompting a re-release for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Now with Valkyria Chronicles 4 being released worldwide I am excited to jump into this world again.
I highly recommend anyone to grab this game on any system. If you are a fan Fire Emblem there is a good chance you will love Valkyria Chronicles.
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