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Valkyria Chronicles II ships amid high expectations

By Heath | August 31, 2010 at 3:40 am

Today is the day Sega of America ships out Valkyria Chronicles II, the PSP-based sequel to the PS3 game that *some have called “best RPG of the last decade.”  Players once again find themselves in Gallia and should expect a modified yet highly familiar battle system.  The story of this direct sequel takes place two years after the original,  though returning characters are kept to a minimum and mostly come in the form of cameos, post-game appearances, and soldiers unlocked by code.

If you’re gonna buy the game at a retail store, try K-Mart for the best price, per the advice of Russ’s weekly RPG Deals column.

The Tokyo Game Show is right around the corner, and who knows, perhaps Sega will reveal a third installment on the Valkyria franchise. It was, after all, just before the Tokyo Game Show in 2007 that the first Valkyria Chronicles was revealed. The game flew under the radar for a long time, but thanks to word of mouth and respectable used game sales, there’s a lot of hype built up for part 2.

Our own review is available here.

IGN’s review, while not quite getting into a high level of detail, praises all key aspects of the game with the exception of the story:

EDGE gave the game a 6/10 and JPS hit it with a 4.5/5, though I lack quotes from these.

With a change in system and a lot more name recognition, number crunchers will be interested to see how this game performs in the market. To those who take the trip back to Gallia: enjoy.

* = Me and my homie Steve.

Topics: Valkyria Chronicles 2