Valkyria Chronicles 4
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is an apology tour in video game form, with little hype to speak of. The series since the incredible original first game, has slowly devolved into irrelevance. Valkyria Chronicles 2 was a serviceable game, but released exclusively for the PSP which prevented some PS3 owners from picking it up. Valkyria Chronicles 3 never made it out of Japan and the most recent release, Valkyria Revolution was generally poorly received by many critics. I wouldn’t have been shocked if that was the end for the series.
Thankfully that’s not the case. SEGA is doing right by fans of the original and finally delivering a proper follow up. In fact, multiple times while writing this, I kept slipping up and writing Valkyria Chronicles 2 instead of Valkyria Chronicles 4. It feels so much like a direct sequel to the first. The gorgeous watercolor in motion art style is back in full effect, as is the larger scale tactical-RPG gameplay that made the first game stand out. From a story perspective, the game is returning to the timeline of the original game and it also has a darker plot that focuses on the hardships of war, racism, and leaders doing whatever it takes to survive and win.
You’d have every right to be skeptical about Valkyria Chronicles 4 based on previous history, but we have nothing but positive vibes after playing it at E3 2018.