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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Sega
Developed By: Sega
Genre: Tactical RPG
Players: 1
Rated: T for Teen (Animated Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence)
Release Date: May 17, 2016
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Written By: Matthew Prunty

May 29, 2016 - Every since Sega released Valkyria Chronicles back in 2008, the series has garnered a strong following which resulted in two additional titles being released continuing the lore. While we all are awaiting the next installment within the series, a trip back down memory lane is a welcome treat. With improved visuals, the inclusion of three DLC packs and trophy support, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered is the tactical RPG gamers have been waiting for… even if it was here before.

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered puts you in the shoes of Welkin Gunther and Alicia Melchiott and the rag tag squad 7 who are knee deep in a conflict between two European superpowers vying for control of the precious element known as Ragnite. Taking place in an alternate 1930s, on the surface you have a full scale war that’s devastating lands, taking lives and displacing individuals at every turn. But when you dig a little deeper, you are introduced to a memorable and heartfelt story of a group of people overcoming fear and racism to form everlasting bonds of friendship and love.

One of the many things Valkyria Chronicles Remastered does well (and its predecessor) is the flow of the experience. From beginning to end, the pacing is well-balanced and keeps you glued to your seat the entire time. Any information delivered through a key moment or a cutscene plays out within the actual gameplay or referenced during a battle. Sega made sure that the flow of the experience felt genuine. An example of this is in the beginning of the game where Welcome first comes across Alicia after returning to the town of Bruhl.

The combat system was unique in 2008 and it is to a degree still unique in 2016. You can interact with nature and man made objects ranging from trenches, trees and sandbags to name a few. depending on the nature of the battle, you will have a set number of people in your party to aid in completing your mission. Each one has their own unique back story, strengths and weaknesses that need to be taken into account when deciding your team or simply how you want them to engage the enemy. When you select a squad mate to advance in battle, they have a preset energy bar which determines how far they can advance on the battlefield. Engineers and scouts have the longest energy bars, while shocktroopers and lancers have short shorter bars. Some battles will seem easy as you outnumbered your enemy, however trying to run and gun on these battlefields will definitely lead to your defeat. Teamwork and being mindful of your enemy's position are essential to your victory.

What separates this game from others in the genre is its art direction. In the original release, gamers were treated to 720p and 30 frames-per-second, which in 2008 was the norm for most games, regardless of the genre. In the move to the PS4, the visuals have been bumped up to a native 1080p and 60FPS. The Canvas engine at the heart of the game shows no signs of affect in the transitioning between platforms. Whether we are talking about the gameplay or the beautifully crafted cutscenes, the sketchbook art style at play is visually pleasing and brings back memories from 2008.

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered comes up short when it comes to replayability. Along for the ride are the original dlc packs – Challenge of the Edy Detachment, Edy's Missions “Enter the Edy Detachment" and Selveria's Mission "Behind Her Blue Flame" – an expert mode and the inclusion of trophy support. Considering many of us were holding out for trophy support for the original title, that feature alone will be a welcome treat for those interested.

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered is a trip down memory lane. I’m glad to see Sega giving the title and the series a second chance with its release on the PS4. The same great experience remains intact, but with the added dlc and trophy support. After experiencing what Valkyria Chronicles Remastered has to offer, I am certainly looking forward to what Valkyria: Azure Revolution has in store.


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