Excerpt: Valkyria Chronicles 2 had at least four major hurdles to clear: deliver a second helping of the first game’s quirky strategy and action; adhere to the cartoony, yet charming and often beautiful aesthetics; tie it together with a strong narrative; and do it all with the PSP’s hardware.
Excerpt: Grids, menus and stats; not the most exhilarating things in the world are they? Still, throw them all together with a suitable anime aesthetic and appropriate rags-to-riches narrative, and the resulting blend can be thoroughly engrossing.
Excerpt: Valkyria Chronicles II is like World War II, but more portable and centered on the occasional magical girl. Really, what more do you need to know? As a highly-anticipated sequel to one of the first good RPGs for the PS3, Sega managed to disappoint its fanbase by creating VCII for the PSP instead of...
Summary: Being one that writes about and reviews games for a living, I tend to hear the same kinds of questions from new acquaintances. One of the most common relates to what 'good games' are available for a particular system.
Excerpt: Once in a while a game comes along that does something different, something unique. It breaks the mold, creating something completely new in the process. That's exactly what happened with 2008's Valkyria Chronicles .
Excerpt: The PSP has become a neglected platform of late, and that's no surprise considering how many units it's shifted compared to the Nintendo DS. Despite Sony's pledge to support the system with a range of high-profile releases, blockbuster titles have been thin on the ground.