Valkyria Chronicles A Sleeper Hit?
With so many fantastic games hitting store shelves for the PlayStation 3 between October and November, it's easy to get distracted by the blockbusters. But certain titles may go undeservedly ignored if we're not careful, which is why we're turning your attention to Valkyria Chronicles.
We at PSXE have never really classified this Japanese strategy/RPG as a potential gem, and now we may have to admit our mistake. Early feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, including the GamePlayer review, where it actually says Valkyria Chronicles is "almost worth buying a PS3 for." They give it an 8.5, and we can add even more critical goodness to that: the Official PlayStation Magazine handed out a glowing 4.5/5 review, RPGFan gave it an 8.8, and Euragamer gave it an 8.0. For a title that typically doesn't sit as well with North American and European critics - seemingly designed more for Japanese audiences - this is excellent news, especially for fans of the niche genre. Remember, this is a PS3 exclusive, and the only other option available is Eternal Sonata, which is a fine game from what we hear, but it was out on the Xbox 360 last year. Hence, many have already had the opportunity to play it.
The only downside is that Valkyria Chronicles is scheduled to launch on the same day as Resistance 2 (November 4), which means it'll certainly be overshadowed by Insomniac's massively anticipated sequel. However, this is the reason we're alerting you to Valkyria's excellence: if you're a fan of the strategy and/or RPG genre, and you're a PS3 owner, you've been frustrated at the lack of games in your favorite category. But here's one game that should slake your thirst!
Related Game(s): Valkyria Chronicles
10/24/2008 Ben Dutka