Valkyria Chronicles Remastered is the latest in Sega’s current-gen remakes of beloved franchises and tactical roleplaying games from the Playstation 3-era. Originally debuting 2008, the remastered edition brings Valkyria Chronicles into the modern age with 1080p resolution and a consistent 60 frames-per-second with PSN trophies tied into the campaign.
Combining the tactical roleplaying elements of Fire Emblem and a third-person perspective along with real-time action sequences, Valkyria Chronicles follows the story of a fantasy-esque 1930s Europe with war raging on all borders. The East Europan Imperial Alliance (an evil empire helpfully colored red) sets about invading the game’s version of Switzerland, ‘Gallia’, for their ragnite (which seems to run all technology in lieu of coal).
Thanks to a fancy new game engine called ‘CANVAS’, the 3D graphics from Sega look like watercolour paintings animated to life. The core of the game has remained the same, a blend of turn-based strategy and real-time shooter mechanics, giving the player the freedom to control the flow of battle. The remastering also introduces a new system called ‘BLiTZ’. This system adds the ability for players to strategically move around the environment and attack enemies in real time. Unit management and precision-aiming remain paramount, keeping you on your toes in every encounter. Take one wrong move (or too long) and you will the tide of battle turning against you but minimize your losses and victory is assured.
The game was most likely remastered as a warm-up for the next title Valkyria: Azure Revolution, releasing in Japan later this year. While there is no confirmation of a localised edition of the new instalment the success of the previous titles in the West should push Sega into bringing it to our shores. Now with a digital download option and for a smart $30 price-tag at as a physical retail edition, Valkyria Chronicles makes its way to the PlayStation 4 and back into our hearts.
Valkyria Chronicles takes a myriad of dispirit themes and mechanics and cleverly ties them all together into a cohesive and enjoyable game. Every action has a consequence throughout the game, on the battlefield and in your squad, different to choice mechanics in other games Valkyria Chronicles lets you feel invested in your party members as people beyond their combat abilities. While the cut-scenes are long winded and full of anime-inspired tropes may quickly become grating. Valkyria Chronicles comes together due to how well it conveys personal investment.
Platforms: PlayStation 4