Valkyria Chronicles: 2008 Winner For Most Under-Appreciated?
Over the past few weeks, we at PSX Extreme have begun to notice an interesting trend: there is a small, yet very vocal, group of gamers are are shrieking at the top of their lungs that everyone should pay more attention to Sega's fantastic tactical RPG, Valkyria Chronicles. We noticed several of our own readers continually mentioning the game if the topic of "Best of 2008" is broached, and we're hardly the only site to have its fair share of VC supporters.
And yet, due to the combined launch window (it had to compete against several blockbuster titles) and the general North American dislike for the genre, Valkyria Chronicles has gone largely overlooked. Even us, who scrambled like mad to bring you every big review ASAP during the insanity of October and November, fell prey to this and pushed VC to the back burner; to this day, we don't yet have a review for it. We apologize greatly (although in our defense, y'all should count up how many reviews we did in a 4-5 week span...) and we promise to play it ASAP. But if you check the acquired critical acclaim, it's almost unbelievable that such a well-received title would go lacking for sales. We have always prided ourselves on only rewarding the quality productions; we're different from other entertainment industries because the best games of the year are almost always the best sellers, too. But every once in a while, a game like VC slips through the cracks. Look at GameRankings: it average 87% with scores of 9.0 from IGN, 8.5 from GameSpot, 9.1 from GameTrailers, 9.0 from 1Up, 8.8 from RPGFan, etc. Clearly, this is not a game that should be ignored. And yet, that vocal minority can't seem to convince the majority, if the sales numbers are any indication at all.
We have difficulty finding any other title in 2008 that has fared so well but has also been lost in the shuffle. Hence, we may have to give the unfortunate "Most Under-Appreciated Award" to Valkyria Chronicles this year. Anyone disagree?
Related Game(s): Valkyria Chronicles
12/27/2008 Ben Dutka