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PREVIEW / Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (PS4)

 

Well, well… this is quite refreshing. I’m a couple missions in thus far and all I can say is that I’ve been enjoying Valkyria Chronicles Remastered for PlayStation 4. Obviously this is a PREVIEW, so I won’t be elaborating on things until my REVIEW hits next month… but let’s talk what we can about war.

 

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Don’t worry, I got him.

 

Fallout tells us that, “war never changes”. I don’t think that the developers of Fallout had thought war would be anything like Valkyria Chronicles, because this game is gorgeous. The flow and layout of the game is straight out of a story book, as the inhabitants and locations in the Principality of Gallia pop off the screen at 1080p/60fps. This is where this game becomes Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, as SEGA has upped the resolution from the PS3 version from 720p to 1080p. There’s something to be said about the canvas/illustration art style of Valkyria Chronicles, especially come off the visuals of Fallout 4. And I also feel less bad about killing people in this game, because they just don’t seem quite dead yet.

If you aren’t familiar with the game, this tactical strategy RPG was developed for the PS3 back in 2008, followed by a PC version in 2011. A Steam version was released in 2014, which is when I became quite familiar with the game thanks to its inclusion in many Steam Sales. It was definitely a headscratcher from reading the game info and watching the trailer, but now I am finally realizing what Valkyria Chronicles is all about.

 

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This is the exact moment that I realized I had this mission in the bag.

 

To begin with, there is a lot of focus on the story, which makes sense based on the style. You will be treated to cut-scenes surrounding each mission that unfold information about your mission or the many people you will encounter. These scenes will also wrap up your mission and transition you to the next chapter. And they are literal chapters that break up the missions (thus far). The mix of strategy and RPG work great in the turn-based combat, which I love thinking about my next move. LOVE IT. Your squad members will grow in power through experience which you gain through battles and skirmishes. You can also upgrade squad members armor/outfits as well as their artillery. And let’s not forget about your super sweet tank and its available mods.

The remastered version, which will be available for the first time digitally on the PlayStation Network, will include trophies, improvements to the controls, as well as all the DLC content. That means that there is plenty of content here, and from what I’ve read, that is easily over 35-40 hours of gameplay. I’m sure that load times and some other technical aspects have been improved in this version, too.

 

 

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered will hit the digital storefront on May 17th at a price of $29.99. There are some physical copies for pre-order which I am sure those of you who were fans of the original game will have already beat me to that punchline. Should you pick this game up? Let me play a little bit more and divulge the goods in my review next month.

But so far, so good.

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