Been 6 years since the last VC game, Valkyria Chronicles 3 was released on PSP. Now we finally have a new title but despite the Selvaria look-alike in the promotion illustration, it’s only set in the same universe and as the title “Valkyria Revolution” suggests, with the gameplay going through some “revolution”.
Yet, another spin-off Persona 4 game from Atlus, exploring genres they’ve never been in before. Well, not really… Arena was developed by Arc System Works well known for their popular Guilty Gear fighter games and now DAN was developed by Sega who already has experience in rhythm games such as their recent Hatsune Miku series.
Anyway, taking part after Persona 4, the gang takes part in a programme called, “Kizuna Festival” and rumours have it that if you watch a video on the internet at midnight, you’ll find out the next idol that will disappear.
In the very first title in Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles series, it’s the Second Europan War in the year 1935 and a conflict has broken out between the Atlantic Federation and Imperial Empire. A small neutral nation Gallia is caught up between the war for a resource known as “Ragnite” and now its people must help fend their homeland. During this conflict Alicia and Welkin’s home of Bruhl is conquered and, enlisting themselves in the Gallian army, they form Squad 7 and begin their fight to restore peace.
The story is a fair bit different from the Anime that was produced afterwards but the key events are mainly the same so, you might not want to watch it before playing this.
After watching Valkyria Chronicles, it makes me want to play the first game on the PS3 even more. The PSP sequel was a really enjoyable game. That’s also why I got interested in this show partly because of the sequel’s excellent presentation and wondered if the VC universe continues on with the story. Good to see that it indeed does and that the show isn’t as bad as Sega’s other game to Anime adaptation World Destruction.
Spoilers ahead for both the show and second game.
The SRPG Valkyria Chronicles 2 takes place in early 20th century and the European War II is underway with Europe divided into the Atlantic Federation and East Europa Imperial Alliance. The Alliance invades keen to get a hold of the powerful “Ragnite” minerals from Gallia, a small neutral nation that stood between the two sides. Gallia manages to fend them off but before they could recover from their fight, the Grand Duke Cordellia reveals that she is from the Darcsen bloodline, black-haired people who once brought disaster to the country and was stopped by the Valkyria. As a result of the discrimination since those times, a rebellious group who resented the Darcsens, form the “Gallian Revolutionary Army” to overthrow her causing a civil war to break out.
One day Avan Hardins receives news his brother was killed in battle but not being able to see the corpse, he refuses to believe it and decides to join the Lanseal Royal Military Academy to train while seeking out more information.