Friday, 21 September 2018 08:17

REVIEW: Valkyria Chronicles 4 (XBOX ONE)

Written by Kieth Dang
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This is the 4th installment in the Valkyria saga Developed by Sega & it takes you back to the turn-based strategy roots of the beloved first game.

The most recent game in the Valkyria chronicles franchise prior to this was Valkyria Revolution, which was a RPG that unfortunately, didn’t really do to well. If this is your first time playing this, don’t worry the game will give you a nice long tutorial and you don’t even need to have played the previous games to immerse yourself in the story. The menu system is well laid out & clear, and navigating it will not be a problem.

In this story, you are placed in the war with a federation soldier named Claude Wallace. Along with his trusted friends, you embark on a mission to end the war. Much like the first game where you play as Welkin Gunther, you will be in a tank most of the time while you command your troops around the battlefield.

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The story is set in an alternate world war 2 setting based in Europe, and the timeline of this game overlaps the story of the first Valkyria Chronicles. You will even run into familiar faces if you have played the first game. The characters are very likeable, and they have their quirks that you grow to love. In turn, taking them in to battle is an enjoyable experience.

The interface is set out like a book where, as you progress, the pages will flip over. They are divided into chapters and in these chapters, you have battles and story clips. There are even extra tabs you can access as the game progresses, for example, the training ground, R&D, headquarters and the mess hall.

The game play is turn based strategy. Here you have command points, action points and health points. You will begin each turn with full command points which are located at the top of the screen. Each character on the screen will use one command point. Depending if the character is a major one, if he or she will have a command point and if they get injured in battle, you will lose that command point.

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You can move and shoot per that turn and you can select the same character multiple times, but keep in mind, they deplete movement and ammunition each time you use them. You will have to wait till the next turn for them to be recharged. You will sometimes get a temporary boost before an action, but this is individual to each character. The great thing here is that you will see a cool-looking cut scene when it happens.

There are multiple classes, and each have their own abilities on the battlefield. These include the Scout, Shock trooper, Lancer, engineer & sniper. They also added a new class in this one called the grenadiers. You can level them up at training grounds where they can learn new battle abilities. You can equip them with new gear that you have researched in the R&D department at HQ.

Missions are quite simple, take out the enemy or take over certain points within a certain amount of turns. Sometimes doing a mission can take you a very long time and I found that you are so immersed in the game, that you tend to lose all track of time. You can unlock skirmish missions which you can do as many times are you like to gain experience and money to spend.

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Graphically, it is really very easy on the eyes. The watercolor anime style of the original game remains and is often gorgeous to look at. The voice acting is on point and the sound effects in battle is intense with the background music adding a great atmosphere to the game.

In conclusion, if you loved the first game you will almost certainly love this new entry in the series. Even though there is nothing over-the-top-new, you will fall in love with the characters in this game and will want to see them make their way and accomplish their mission.


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Sep 25, 2018
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch
  • Age Rating: Teen
  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Genre: Strategy, Turn-Based