The Starlight Megaphone kicks off its Christmas 2009 site-wide playthrough of Valkyria Chronicles today!
Valkyria Chronicles is a PlayStation 3 strategy RPG which abandons the grid-based methods of other genre predecessors in favour of an over-the-shoulder battle system. Though the grand overview of battles occurs top-down with the assigning of units to the field, the actual battle takes place in this semi-real-time third person mode, where the player controls the units directly. Placing the player directly in the action not only speeds up the traditionally slow gameplay of a strategy RPG, but provides for a new and engaging story-telling experience.
This week, we will focus on the prologue and first four chapters of the story proper.
In this week, we will focus on the chapters five through nine.
In this week, we will focus on the chapters ten through fourteen.
In this week, we will focus on entire game, and specifically the culmination of the storyline in the final chapters of the game.
Please comment on the music, graphics, characterisation, battle system, and especially the story through this point. What are your opinions: what could be improved, do you have a favourite scene or character, do you feel invested in the storyline? We want to know what you think! Your comments will be used on the Podcast, so listen in for further discussion from our panel of panelists!