Valkyria Chronicles was originally released during the early days of the PlayStation 3 by SEGA, and blended clever tactical gameplay and great story-telling through stylized cutscenes. While not overly complicated, the challenge and satisfaction of executing a well-thought out strategy for mission objectives provided a well-designed tactical, turn-based role-playing game. Valkyria Chronicles Remastered on the PlayStation 4 maintains everything great about the original release, while running at a great looking 1080p and 60 frames-per-second.
If you’ve played the original Valkyria Chronicles on PlayStation 3, than everything in the PlayStation 4 version will be familiar to you. The plot revolves around a war being fought between two large nations, with the protagonist Welkin and the Gallian army’s Squad 7 caught in the middle.
There are lots of twists and turns with the story, which is intriguing and exciting as you play through each chapter. Nothing is changed to the overall story however in the remaster. The downloadable content from the original release is included here for a complete experience, but there aren’t any more extras or bonus content included that is different than the original, which is disappointing.
The gameplay of Valkyria Chronicles is part turn-based role-playing and part strategy game. Each chapter of the main story has you choose a handful of units to go on different missions, while allowing you to upgrade weapons and abilities to bring onto battlefield.
Each unit that is part of Squad 7 has their own personality and unique abilities that makes all of them invaluable in battle. I found myself bringing some units with me on every mission I went on, while constantly switching between others depending on the mission objectives and enemies.
Controlling individual units is easy and can allow a lot of freedom to adjust your strategies while in battle. You have full control of movement and aiming for your units on a mission, which may be better for those who dislike watching units attack autonomously in strategy games.
The full control allowed me to command units in different ways than just their specific class, giving me more options in missions where I had to change my approach to events on the battlefield. I never once felt locked into a bad situation with the units I brought with me into a mission, since I always could switch my tactics when needed.
The visuals are where Valkyria Chronicles Remastered stands out from the original release. The art direction has aged well and looks great displayed in 1080p HD and 60 frames-per-second. Cinematic cutscenes between missions still look very good and the environments and character models in-game are vibrant with the CANVAS graphics engine, which still looks good even now.
There are a few instances when some objects will look pixelated in the far background because of the sketchbook styled visuals during cutscenes, but this is a very minor occurrence. Its hard to notice something like this when everything is in motion and there are so many other things that look great on screen.
If you never played the original on PlayStation 3, then Valkyria Chronicles Remastered will be a fun experience for you on PlayStation 4. The story and role-playing strategy gameplay are a nice combination for a solid experience to those who missed out before. There might not be any good bonuses or new content included here, but that doesn’t keep Valkyria Chronicles Remastered from being a fun classic to revisit.
This review was based on a digital review copy of Valkyria Chronicles Remastered for the PlayStation 4 provided by SEGA.