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#31 sigtheman   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   77 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 03:21 AM

If the gameplay is as good as the graphics, this game would be great. It being a Sega game worries me though.


You and me both buddy, their track record hasn't been too good as of late.

#32 Mana Knight   Chrom CAGiversary!   14401 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 04:02 AM

You and me both buddy, their track record hasn't been too good as of late.

This isn't made by one of Sega's teams who continues to disappoints. This game is made by the Sakura Taisen creators and maybe a little bit of the original Overworks (makers of Skies of Arcadia). It's a team by Sega I trust, unlike Sonic Team for an example.

#33 dallow   By Kaz! CAGiversary!   30359 Posts   Joined 12.7 Years Ago  

Posted 26 February 2008 - 04:27 AM

Ah hellz yeah!
I was REALLY hoping this one would make it over.

#34 RelentlessRolento   Conversation Comedy CAGiversary!   29351 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 04:46 AM

I'm with dallow on this one.

i've downloaded pretty much every trailer on the Japanese PSN, and damn it looks nice.

#35 MiiChan   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   32 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:03 AM

Exactly what I was thinking. I haven't imported any PS3 games yet, but I love that the option is there.


True. But you wouldn't be able to fully enjoy the story if you did that. I'm studying for JLPT2 and I still don't feel comfortable with playing JRPGs....playing is fine, but still miss finer parts of the story. :/

#36 metaly   In the world, only this island is. CAGiversary!   4677 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:34 AM

True. But you wouldn't be able to fully enjoy the story if you did that. I'm studying for JLPT2 and I still don't feel comfortable with playing JRPGs....playing is fine, but still miss finer parts of the story. :/


Right, but he was talking about the European version.

I don't think I'd ever import an RPG I couldn't read, although I'm on the fence about Front Mission 5. So, so disappointed that it's not coming over.

I'll just have to learn Japanese.
Spoiler


#37 mykevermin   Queen of Scotland CAGiversary!   37011 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:40 AM

Is this game an RPG though? While the visuals of the game are VERY striking and appealing, I haven't seen a whole lot of gameplay vids that would suggest how it plays.

Seeing as how the current consoles are starved for traditional RPGs, this would be an awesome welcome - well, it is either way, but it will be better if it's an RPG.

EDIT: Hmmm...after reading the press release, it reads as if it will play like KOTOR. Interesting.

#38 dallow   By Kaz! CAGiversary!   30359 Posts   Joined 12.7 Years Ago  

Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:43 AM

Seems to be a mix of action/SRPG.
But yeah, the visuals are impressive. Nice feast for the eyes.

#39 62t   Zune Duck! CAGiversary!   19859 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:47 AM

True. But you wouldn't be able to fully enjoy the story if you did that. I'm studying for JLPT2 and I still don't feel comfortable with playing JRPGs....playing is fine, but still miss finer parts of the story. :/


that doesnt mean you wont get to enjoy the game. The Super Robot taisen got a good fan base, many of them can't read japanese.

#40 js1   Badassfully CAGiversary!   4263 Posts   Joined 14.5 Years Ago  

Posted 26 February 2008 - 06:42 AM

I am excited to play this game, it looks pretty sweet.

#41 freshzen   Big Mon CAGiversary!   4409 Posts   Joined 14.3 Years Ago  

Posted 26 February 2008 - 08:42 AM

What is so great about the graphics? The cartoon style? Looks kind of bland to me (in game stuff, not the obvious cut scene material). Looks interesting though...I want to see some gameplay footage and see what this game is about...

#42 Nephlabobo   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1009 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 01:27 PM

It may look "bland" in screenshots, but it looks cool in motion.
I figured it would get released here, but I'm happy to hear it confirmed.

#43 JediMindFlip   where not all racism CAGiversary!   6691 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 08:59 PM

I like it when Sega makes games like this.

Good, original, Japanese-y games.

#44 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5573 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 19 March 2008 - 01:31 AM

New promo trailer up as of yesterday. It's 7 minutes long.

http://www.gametrail...31981.html?type=

#45 Mana Knight   Chrom CAGiversary!   14401 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 11:29 AM

IGN just posted Import impressions:

Valkyria Chronicles Import Impressions
The best RPG from SEGA in a decade?

Australia, May 6, 2008 - It's been a while since we played a truly brilliant RPG from SEGA. Thinking about it, the last one was probably Skies of Arcadia on the Dreamcast back in 2001. Part of the problem in recent years has been SEGA's lack of focus, with a handful of mediocre Shining Force spin-offs and dilution of Phantasy Star Online doing little to remind us of the Big S that was responsible for publishing such awesome RPGs as Shining Force III and Panzer Dragoon Saga. From what we've played of the Japanese version so far, Valkyria Chronicles could be right up there among SEGA's finest.

Valkyria is set during the 1930s, in a parallel-reality Europe where EWII (that's European War II – apparently there was no World War in Valkyria Chronicles' version of the 20th century) is kicking off. There are two major forces involved in the conflict: the Atlantic Federation, which seems to be made up of the countries we'd refer to as Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland and the UK; and the East European Imperial Alliance, which looks like it represents Germany, Russia and the Baltic States. In the middle of this huge clash, more or less where Holland is in the real world, is a tiny kingdom of windmills and rolling hills called Gallia. And it's as part of the Gallian defences that you play in Valkyria Chronicles.

Glad to see you're not tanking your responsibilities lightly.

Aside from the twisted history and geography of everything, the first thing you'll notice is how distinctive Valkyria Chronicles looks. This is thanks to a piece of programming tech dubbed the Canvas Engine. We have our suspicions that this is just a slightly modified version of cel shading, but the results speak for themselves – Valkyria looks like a watercolour videogame, if such a thing is possible (and obviously it is), and in motion the brushstroke effects are quite remarkable. Probably the last game to really grab our attention like this was Okami, so you can count on Valkyria Chronicles to impress your art-fancying side.

It's not just the watercolour overlay that's impressive, either. The game moves at 60fps throughout, running at a native 720p resolution. It's generally sharp and solid. There are a few glitches here and there, but overall Valkyria is one of the most eye-pleasing RPGs we've seen in years. So, how does it play? Again choosing to move away from accurate history, Valkyria Chronicles drops the menu-based battle systems of old RPGs and even manages to find a new way of presenting its story – in the form of a book.

Sexy girls and sexy guns.

When you begin the game, you'll literally be on the first page. Outside of storytelling movies and battle sequences, the game's main window is displayed as an open book, with each page broken down into four or five frames like a comic. Starting from the top of the first page and working down, new 'episodes' appear inside previously blank frames, which when clicked on lead to cutscenes that move the story along. There are also playable frames, though, and it's in these battle scenes (which appear at a ratio of about one battle section for every four narrative 'episodes') that you get to do your thing.

Appropriately enough, considering the game takes place in the middle of EWII, battles are mostly fought between units of soldiers. No monsters or orcs here, you'll be happy/disgruntled (delete as applicable) to know. Many of the early battles take place in the towns of Gallia, which are being overrun by forces from the East European Imperial Alliance, and it's your job to defend Gallia's towns (even though most of the country's civilians have long since fled these towns and cities for the relative safety of the countryside), initially as a team of three characters – Welkin Gunther, Alicia Melchiott and an anonymous uniformed soldier.

Before battle begins, you're given the chance to assess the situation from an overview screen which displays the positions of your soldiers and those of the enemy, as well as any objective points. You can then use Command Points, which you have a limited number of, to take control of your characters. Typically at the outset you'll be able to use three Command Points, enabling you to move and attack with each character once or, if you like, with the same character three times.

Not a cameo from Sonic or Shadow in sight. Thank god.

Switching from the map screen to control of a character brings the camera out of the sky and right down to a close-up third-person view of the battlefield. From here you have full control of your character, so you can run, jump and hide behind conveniently placed stacks of sandbags until your time meter runs out. Of course it's best to make an attack before that meter depletes, and the effectiveness of your attack will depend on your position and that of the enemy soldier/tank, so it pays to take up a good position and then hit R1, which puts you into a slightly zoomed-in perspective and displays a crosshair so that you can aim and fire.

From our early experience with Valkyria Chronicles' battle system, it's obvious that tactics play a big part in the action and that there's plenty of potential for knife-edge conflicts later on. One silly move and you can find yourself outnumbered and out-positioned without enough health to stand a chance, and the Game Over screen appears if one of your key characters is killed, so there's the constant danger that a lot of good work in battle will be undone by one foolish decision.

The game in action. Go tiny girl, go!

Valkyria Chronicles is innovative in some places and surprisingly traditional in others. The book format of its storytelling is fresh and done well, but on the other hand this spells a fairly linear experience. Still, it's great to find an RPG using elements from tactical military combat games – sometimes Valkyria Chronicles seems to be related to the Rainbow Six games, of all things.

The English-language version of Valkyria probably won't be finished until much later this year, but the Japanese voice acting in place here is generally excellent. The story, too, treads a fine line between reality and fiction – it's not so daft you can't believe it to be true, yet it's not at all historically accurate. If you like your Japanese RPGs in human, believable settings, but with touches of visual flair (the watercolour graphics really are one of Valkyria's standout components) and complemented by satisfying, strategic battles, SEGA's latest shows all the signs of being able to satisfy your wish list. It could end up being the best SEGA RPG in almost a decade.

http://ps3.ign.com/a...1/871809p1.html

Sounds awesome. Can't wait for a stateside release. :D

#46 Mana Knight   Chrom CAGiversary!   14401 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

Mana Knight

Posted 08 June 2008 - 09:47 PM

Sega has the site up. It says Fall 2008. :D
http://www.sega.com/games/?g=284

Valkyria Chronicles™

Valkyria Chronicles™, the first game from SEGA Studios - Japan to utilize the groundbreaking “CANVAS” graphics engine, features a stunningly unique visual style resembling a watercolor painting in motion. Created exclusively for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, this epic role-playing game also marks the debut of the “BLiTZ” battle system, which combines tactical RPG gameplay with direct character control common in action games.

In this epic adventure set in 1930s fictitious Europe, you assume the role of Welkin, a heroic commander who leads his small platoon against two neighboring enemy nations on the brink of war. As Welkin’s small country is engulfed in battle, the “Valkyria,” an ancient race with destructive powers, emerges in the invading faction. Faced with this new threat, Welkin and his troops gather their courage to fight as never before for their freedom and a better future.

FEATURES

• Breathtaking Graphics Resembling a Watercolor Painting in Motion. The “CANVAS” graphics engine, created exclusively for the PLAYSTATION®3, brings this never-before-seen style to life.

• “BLiTZ” Battle System: Battle with direct control in action sequences just as in action games, while also maneuvering through the vast world with strategic moves typical of tactical RPGs.

• Epic Storyline: Engaging story and plot twists provide hours of gameplay; immerse yourselves in the dramatic battle for freedom as Welkin, with the fate of the world in your hands.

• Customizable Platoons: Customizable Platoons: With 50 upgradeable playable characters to choose from, you can gather powerful groups for each mission (e.g., all sniper groups or all female groups) to suit your varying battle needs.

• Beautifully Rendered Battlefields: You can gain the advantage in battle by drawing off the unique terrain in 30 different environments, as varied as industrial cities, forests, castles and fortresses.



#47 Zoglog   Blogging = AIDS CAGiversary!   6498 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 08 June 2008 - 10:13 PM

I was in japan last week so I was looking all around for the limited edition box, but no avail :)

oh well, no biggie since it's coming to the US. I just hope the english voice overs arent annoying as all hell. Personally I'm hopping for subtitles

#48 metaly   In the world, only this island is. CAGiversary!   4677 Posts   Joined 12.9 Years Ago  

Posted 08 June 2008 - 10:58 PM

I haven't seen much about this beyond the trailers and I couldn't tell whether it was action or strategy. That clears things up. Sounds like a pretty interesting mix, so I'm looking forward to it. Plus the Sakimoto score sounds incredible.

And yeah, subtitles would be some nice insurance. With blu-ray there's little excuse to not offer multiple language tracks, but who knows.

#49 Zoglog   Blogging = AIDS CAGiversary!   6498 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 08 June 2008 - 11:44 PM

it's a pretty good game according to impressions.

probably an 8.5

#50 VanillaGorilla   Shark Barber CAGiversary!   5521 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:28 PM

With this and White Knight, looks like the PS3 will finally have some solid RPG's to play come Fall/Winter

#51 Mana Knight   Chrom CAGiversary!   14401 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 04:04 PM

With this and White Knight, looks like the PS3 will finally have some solid RPG's to play come Fall/Winter

WKS will be 2009 in the states most likely.

#52 VanillaGorilla   Shark Barber CAGiversary!   5521 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 04:22 PM

WKS will be 2009 in the states most likely.

That is why I said Winter. Jan-March is winter here.

#53 62t   Zune Duck! CAGiversary!   19859 Posts   Joined 13.8 Years Ago  

Posted 09 June 2008 - 04:46 PM

I was in japan last week so I was looking all around for the limited edition box, but no avail :)

oh well, no biggie since it's coming to the US. I just hope the english voice overs arent annoying as all hell. Personally I'm hopping for subtitles


the game is confirmed to have dual audio

#54 Zoglog   Blogging = AIDS CAGiversary!   6498 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 10 June 2008 - 03:58 AM

the game is confirmed to have dual audio


That's sexy :D

#55 Mana Knight   Chrom CAGiversary!   14401 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

Mana Knight

Posted 12 June 2008 - 03:59 PM

Boxart is up at EB/Gamestop:

Posted Image

Not sure if it is final.

#56 dallow   By Kaz! CAGiversary!   30359 Posts   Joined 12.7 Years Ago  

Posted 12 June 2008 - 04:09 PM

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet!

#57 Mana Knight   Chrom CAGiversary!   14401 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:13 PM

Dual Audio confirmed:
http://ps3.ign.com/a...4/874123p2.html

We were also very happy to learn that both the original Japanese language track and the dubbed English track will be available when the game is released in the US.


Awesome news. :D

#58 dyeknom   Now in 2D CAGiversary!   3427 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:19 PM

I rarely buy games that I don't flip within a week or two. I'm hoping this game is one of those games I *want* to keep and don't regret buying.

#59 Nephlabobo   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1009 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:31 PM

Dual Audio confirmed:
http://ps3.ign.com/a...4/874123p2.html



Awesome news. :D


Is there dual audio on the Japanese version?

All these impressions sound great. I just wish the game was coming out this year.

#60 Mana Knight   Chrom CAGiversary!   14401 Posts   Joined 14.1 Years Ago  

Mana Knight

Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:33 PM

Is there dual audio on the Japanese version?

All these impressions sound great. I just wish the game was coming out this year.

The game is coming out this year, in November 2008.