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|Playstation 4 (2017)
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The Valkyria Chronicles series has always had two elements that ultimately made it as popular as it is. Its turn-based strategy combat and intriguing world and story provided a sense of realism wrapped in an anime package devoid of most of the standard cliches found in other games with the same art style. Valkyria Revolution, a spin-off of the Valkyria franchise, tries to deviate from the series formula but in the end, doesn’t manage to measure up as well.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Valkyria Revolution.
Revolution trades Chronicles’s methodical turn-based system for one where your decisions are made in real-time. You take a single main character and a squad of three into battle and you can only control one of them at a time.
While you can plan your squad’s AI actions via what is called Priorities, it feels like there’s a missed opportunity here to make a system a bit more flexible. The weirdest part is that these Priorities can be expanded via Circles but it feels like you unlock commands rather than acquiring fun abilities. It’s an intriguing experiment that ultimately could have been better fleshed out.
Anime Cliche Goodness
Valkyria Revolution has an interesting world that is being fleshed out through a conversation between a professor and his student. The steampunk vibe makes it feel like you’re in a modern aged classic Europe setting. Which is a shame considering how far the game goes to place every single one of its characters into some form of anime cliche. That’s not to say that it’s bad. If you enjoy anime characters that fit a certain recognizable pattern, you’ll probably feel at home with Valkyria Revolution.
The game’s strongest point is clearly its soundtrack. Yasunori Mitsuda of Xenoblade and Chrono Trigger fame composed the music for Valkyria Revolution. While it may not feel as epic or grandiose as Hitoshi Sakamoto’s compositions for the Valkyria Chronicles series, it’s still a great score. When standing perfectly still, you feel the music blends extremely well with what you’re seeing.
Valkyria Revolution may not be the Valkyria game the world wanted but in some ways, it is a necessary evil Sega felt it needed. The primary reason you want to pick Revolution up is that you hope and want an actual sequel to be released, one that measures up to the pedigree established by the mainline games that came before it.
- Some of the best Valkyria music in the franchise
- The active combat system is an interesting deviation from the standard Valkyria turn-based battles
- Elements of steampunk that make the world feel like a blend of real-world and anime
- The story isn’t all that interesting compared to other Valkyria games
- None of the characters feels as likeable or memorable
- There’s nothing fun or engaging about getting new Priorities for your squad