Valkyria Revolution Review

Site Score
6.5
Good: Lots of mechanics, story isn't too heavy handed, shooting mechanics are neat
Bad: Story is long winded and boring, too easy, bosses can be tedious
User Score
5.0
(2 votes)
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Established franchises face different issues than new series. Fans might flock to a franchise, but they go in with certain expectations. How the story is approached, tone, gameplay and so forth. Even if it is easier to be successful, there are more limitations. Even spinoffs suffer from this, as fans ultimately want to see the game they love, even if it is a little different. With Valkyria Revolution being a spin off of the moderately popular Valkyria Chronicles series, will it suffer a similar fate or will it transcend genres and find success?

Valkyria Revolution tells a somewhat familiar story, in an unusual way. The story starts at the gravesite of the five traitors. Despite these five individuals confessing to their crimes and history paints them in a disparaging light, you’re told a story from Richelle, passed down for generations, of what they actually did.

From there, the story jumps to the past and follows the five traitors. Their goal is to exact revenge on the four grand generals and leader of the Ruzi Empire, for a horrible crime they committed in the past. To complete their goal, the five traitors ultimately start a war with the Ruzi Empire, using their various positions and talents to kill those who wronged them.

On paper it sounds like a riveting story and the basic elements are, at times, interesting, though the overall story is not. For starters, there is a lot of cutscenes. You’ll play around one mission, that can be completed in a couple of minutes, per hour or so of dialogue. Since the story is presented in cutscenes, these have to be watched and experienced, unless skipped, meaning reading speed is not a factor.

Even this wouldn’t be so bad if the story moved in a more exciting way. The story tries to round out the heavy tone, filled with death and loss, with light hearted moments and other characters trying to achieve more noble things. Some of these scenes fall flat, some even feel like padding, but it is a nice attempt at losing some tension.

Despite the story falling flat, the gameplay is quite fun. After selecting your team, there are three basic ways to play. The first is your standard action RPG. Every character can attack whenever their character is ready. Anger will make it go faster, where as fear will decrease it. Characters can also freely dodge attacks/bullets, making for a fluid experience.

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Valkyria Revolution Review, 5.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
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