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Tuor_of_Gondolin



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:12 pm Reply with quote
I've only just started on this, and I already regret having bought it. I admit I got a bit suckered in by uh... yeah. Anyway, I probably should've known better. OTOH, I didn't realize that this was also being released on the Vita. That's usually an auto-no-sell for me.

The game itself is, as has been said in the review, a bunch of short, unskippable cutscenes stitched together, with some amount of gameplay sandwiched in. In fact, "stitched together" is how the game feels as a whole, and I *really* dislike knowing how things end up at the very beginning. Yes, I'm sure it lends a tragic flair to the whole thing, but it's not a kind of storytelling I care for very much (as in, at all).

Also, the backgrounds... Holy Cow, Sega. It's like some suits were sitting at a table and one of them said, "Hey, that whole watercolor thing went over really well! We got lots of good feedback on that part. Let's imitate it in this game, only make it look like ass." You can sense that this same imaginary committee was behind a lot of the ingredients for this game. Hardly any animation, and what you get it pretty poor, stilted and often cringe-worthy script (hopefully the Princess gets better). Baffling clothing choices for the "soldiers" that are part of the "elite unit" run by the angsty male protagonist.

This game is, shall we say, a step down from Valkyria Chronicles, which is superior to this game in every single way possible. Basically, this seems to be a cash-grab to me, and I feel mildly ashamed for falling for it. If you're interested in this game, I recommend checking out several reviews before parting with any of your hard-earned cash.

Oh, and the whole big picture stuff... seems pretty ridiculous to me. I'll play it some more because I want to see if it stays this bad as much as because I want to know what happened, but I'm not feeling very optimistic at the moment.

Sigh.
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EricJ2



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:03 pm Reply with quote
Tuor_of_Gondolin wrote:
I've only just started on this, and I already regret having bought it. I admit I got a bit suckered in by uh... yeah.
This game is, shall we say, a step down from Valkyria Chronicles, which is superior to this game in every single way possible. Basically, this seems to be a cash-grab to me, and I feel mildly ashamed for falling for it. If you're interested in this game, I recommend checking out several reviews before parting with any of your hard-earned cash.


Loyal Chronicles fan that I am (who had to buy the Chronicles Remastered for PS4, even though I've still never gotten past the Super-tank), I'm with you on the "Clueless name cash-grab" thing.
And not just because it doesn't have Alicia, Welkin and Rosie in it. Sad (Although we finally got Hatsune Miku's Alicia outfit in the PS4 Project Diva: Future Tone.)

Looks like the original developers had been gone for years and the title property handed to their RPG unit, who turned it into a standard generic JRPG, and lost the "WWI/II Europe" flavor, in favor of the usual JRPG fantasy-Apocalypses.
So far, the reviews have not disagreed with ANN's.
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Aerodynamic41



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:42 pm Reply with quote
I actually saw this coming after it got really poor user reviews on Amazon Japan. That's right, not even Japanese players liked the game.
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BadNewsBlues



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:06 pm Reply with quote
Aerodynamic41 wrote:
I actually saw this coming after it got really poor user reviews on Amazon Japan. That's right, not even Japanese players liked the game.


Don't think they were all that big on the original games being that the series went dark after the third game.
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Tenebrae



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:42 am Reply with quote
Wish that VC got a proper sequel on PC/consoles that was not just a name drop. Not gonna happen.
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Tuor_of_Gondolin



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:40 am Reply with quote
Tenebrae wrote:
Wish that VC got a proper sequel on PC/consoles that was not just a name drop. Not gonna happen.

Sadly, I've come to the same conclusion. I just wish I'd come to it before buying this game.
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Ambimunch



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:17 am Reply with quote
I fear that this game's failure will kill off the Valkryria franchise. Shame, because Chronicles was a top tier game that is universally praised.
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Megiddo



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:36 am Reply with quote
Put VC3 on Steam and I will give you lots of money Sega.
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BadNewsBlues



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:30 pm Reply with quote
Ambimunch wrote:
I fear that this game's failure will kill off the Valkryria franchise. Shame, because Chronicles was a top tier game that is universally praised.


...Let's be honest here the series wasn't doing too good saleswise (and arguably up until the steam rerelese) before this game was announced and being that it's a spinoff as opposed to a sequel it's not likely to stop them from trying a sequel that improves upon the original game let alone a sequel to Chronicles.
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EricJ2



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:06 pm Reply with quote
BadNewsBlues wrote:
...Let's be honest here the series wasn't doing too good saleswise (and arguably up until the steam rerelese) before this game was announced and being that it's a spinoff as opposed to a sequel it's not likely to stop them from trying a sequel that improves upon the original game let alone a sequel to Chronicles.


I tried to find a used PS3 disk of VC at Gamestop six months after playing it, and it had seemed to have vanished off of North America--The nearest store that had a copy was two states away.
Finally had to get one on Amazon, but even if I can't explain why it was so hard to get a hold of, I think I have one theory for the "low sales of the original"...

And the fact that Sony had grabbed the anime rights, and kept the show hidden away on Crackle (probably with the same rights-issues that kept it off of disk as Nodame Cantabile), didn't help the fan exposure either.
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