Valkyria Chronicles III: Unrecorded Chronicles Hands-On Impressions

We head once more into the breach for our first look at the third installment in this hit strategy role-playing series.

Valkyria Chronicles II, the follow-up to 2008's well-received military-themed role-playing game, has only just landed in the West, but a sequel is already well in the works for the East. Early feline escapees tipped fans off that a new game was on the way, and TGS 2010 gave us not only our first look at the title, but the chance to grab hold of the PlayStation Portable and tool around with some new toys and some old mechanics.

Our guide explained that Sega is keeping the game’s exact story details on the down low for the moment, partly because it's cognisant of not wanting to spoil the experience before it goes on sale, and because the title is still very much in a state of flux. What we do know so far is that the game takes place during 1935 in the nation of Gallia. Two factions clash as their armies wrestle at the meeting point halfway between Ghirlandio and Bruhl. Valkyria Chronicles III will be set during the same war as its predecessors in the series but will introduce entirely new characters. The side you play is made up of members of the 442 unit, currently referred to as "The Nameless," and after some crisis of conscience, the group goes into battle rather than hand over victory.

Our squad was led by a shocktrooper, and as the voiced introductions continued to roll in Japanese, we were told the squad discussed the need to battle a nearby Calamity Raven--a huge tank currently possessed by our rivals. There was no real setup as we were thrust into our first combat mission. Our squad--made up of a sniper, a tank, a machine gunner, and a rocketeer--needed to wipe out our opponents. Like in previous games in the series, you select your units from a top-down command mode before piloting them around the battlefield in a third-person action mode as determined by the number of action points available. Each character can fire only a single shot per turn, but there's no need to cycle through the rest of your squad before you can reengage the services of your spent unit, spending another turn to finish off an already injured target without switching troops.

The biggest changes we observed during our play were two new specialisation skills. The first allows you to temporarily evolve a character into a Valkyrie, making you all but invulnerable for the duration of your turn, and dealing large gobs of damage to anything stupid enough to put itself between you and your objective. The second new skill is a double rocket shot, and by spending points and entering the first-person aim mode, we were able to paint multiple targets at once, unleashing a mighty volley of rocket fire in two directions simultaneously on a single turn. The latter was particularly useful against the Raven, where two well-armoured turrets were shelling our tank and could be taught a lesson at once without spending turns on more shots.

The game features the same hand-drawn art style made popular by its PSP and PlayStation 3 brethren, though some critics chastised Valkyria Chronicles II's somewhat lackluster visuals on Sony's handheld.

This third instalment in the Valkyria Chronicles franchise hasn't yet received a green light for Western release but will be launching in the land of the rising sun in the early part of 2011. Keep an eye on GameSpot for our ongoing coverage from TGS 2010.

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albertojz356
albertojz356

I want it :P the only reason I'm considering a PSP is to get this game XD

jaktastic4
jaktastic4

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Arcius_Azrael
Arcius_Azrael

I want less characters + deeper story and character development

Kill-Zone_99
Kill-Zone_99

Yes, another Valkyria game i'm getting VC II soon in the post, and i need to get no. 1. Segas cool now and all, but thumbs up if they should just leave MARVEL games alone, seriously... -_-

z827
z827

Lol , seems like their literally "slowly changing the silver hair girl in the squad" setting bit by bit. We had Anette and Edy , now look at that girl with half silver hair! XD

lowkey254
lowkey254

if they bring it to the ps3 but don't bring it to the US I may import it.

pappii23
pappii23

PSP or PS3! If you're really a fan of VC you'll support whatever platform it lands!! Geez people calm down.. SEGA might release it also in PS3 if it is a success and obviously it will!

DFBTG
DFBTG

Sigh. Why? Why for the PSP? Sure, I'll probably end up buying it anyway (probably used or discounted, and yes, I'm sure it'll get released stateside), but I just don't like handhelds. Don't even know why I bought a PSP now that I think about it...haven't even played it for more than a few hours, and I've had it since June.

Falcon084-2
Falcon084-2

They'll bring it out in the West. It be stupid for them not to.

sukarestu
sukarestu

Well this looks worthwhile Definitely going to try this out

TheHormone
TheHormone

Valkyria Chronicles was the reason i got my ps3 other games like gta4, mgs4, dmc i could care less... make VC3 for ps3 and ill buy the speicial edition with all the add-ons and themes and avatars. ill even pre order the game

meconate
meconate

I've been playing Valkyria Chronicles II for a while now and I'm loving it, unfortunately I missed the one on the PS3, but I'm hoping to buy it soon. To hear about VK3 coming to the PSP only gets me more excited. :D

thedemon44
thedemon44

@animedragon67 You make a valid point, and express it much better than some of the emotional outbursts I was reading below that caused me to speak out. You get a thumbs up from me.

aerialstrike
aerialstrike

i own a PS3 and a PSP so im not tripping. VC2's awesome but it could have been more if they made it on the PS3 but at the same time i play the game wherever i want so its cool. if they decide that VC4 comes out on the PS4 ill grab the system and game in a heartbeat.

kaluy
kaluy

Please I beg you SEGA on the PS3 also not just the PSP it breaks my heart

animedragon67
animedragon67

@thedemon44 Is it immature really? Some of us do not want to buy a psp. Usually when a series comes out they stick to one system (unless there's the case of upgrades like ps2-ps3) so it's only natural that once a series like Valkyria is started on ps3 and jumps to psp people are not going to like it. Personally it's too bad that people who only start playing the psp never experienced the 1st game.

allsmith0
allsmith0

on psp again? what a shame ..

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Would like to see Valkyria Chronicles on the PS3 again. Maybe someday.

thedemon44
thedemon44

QQ to some of you. Really. So what if it comes out for the PSP and not the PS3. Maybe in the future the 4th one will come out for the PS3 or PS4. And what, you are not going to play it then, because they released a couple you wanted to play on the PSP instead? Give me a break and grow up. You don't always get what you want, but sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need. (Thank you Stones)

ExESGO
ExESGO

I could see why they continue to expand on the PSP. In Japan, handhelds is where all the money is at.

dfg420
dfg420

it is disappointing that the third game is on psp but at least this games artwork is more similar to the first. Any way, any one notice that the female characters hair is red on top but the tips are either bluish or white and the dude has 7 on his uniform when she a 13? i would have to guess she is the resident valkyria and the two of them are the main characters and possible the main couple (just a guess since their numbers mean the inverse of each other luck wise) also the new black uniforms are awesome

itchyflop
itchyflop

Shadow_Fire41 yuo right!! i think they can still do better with the hand held systems, commerce and financial gain is halting the progression of portable systems, i own the ps3 version and thats and old game that still looks gorgeous even now.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

'facepalms' PSP AGAIN? as good a system as it is, it is nothing compared to the PS3.

revanknight
revanknight

PSP... hmmm... I am still going to get it though

GodBladeMegaten
GodBladeMegaten

lolz they should try to make a new console that combines the psp and ps3 concept in 1 system xD. A portable-easy-to-carry-blueray-disk-compatible-graphicalMamoth-PS3P would be cool xD lulz atleast it'd stop a thousand flamewars regarding the psp and ps3. Sadly its not gonna happen anytime soon QQ but eh would be convinient to both psp and ps3 gamers if they could play both psp and ps3 games on the same portable console :x

tiyoy_araguy
tiyoy_araguy

I was glad that VC2 and VC3 is coming to the PSP system but it seems unfair for those PS3 owners.... In my opinion SEGA goes for its sales that is why they put it into the PSP... the reason behind is that there are a lot of PSP owners there in Japan... They target the buyers not the gamers..

arwenator
arwenator

I don't accept the argument that it is too expensive for Sega to make this on PS3. On the contrary, I believe it will be too costly for Sega NOT to release this on PS3. If it is development cost, surely a lot of the code can still be utilised from VC1, all they need to do is port the storyline, levels and cut scenes. If this was a small developer making these decisions on a do-or-die budget I would be more sympathetic, but this is Sega for pity's sake. VC1 had huge prestige, in the mind of the consumer, re-affirmed the brilliance, relevance and innovation that is Sega. This decision has done the opposite. It has engendered the notion that Sega are a penny pinching, short termist, quick dollar company who don't give a damn about loyalty. And do they really think sales on the PSP can ever compare with the potential mother-load that is a successful PS3 release? A decision that reeks of cowardice.

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

I truely enjoyed the first one but this pisses me off why release a good game to the ps3 and then kick it to the psp. I'm starting to stop buying games from companies that are doing this. This one of the few games I ever liked from Sega.

Raykuza
Raykuza

I see this is going to be a trend. I guess I can't follow this series if it's going to remain on PSP. It's a shame that VC1 didn't sell more; maybe then we'd have this series on PS3, instead.

lowkey254
lowkey254

hmm... i would love to get this but I don't have a psp

suicidalblues
suicidalblues

You're preaching to the choir, Sage. Those that haven't played the original are missing out on an epic (that's right, EPIC) game that now, sadly, will never have its sequels on the PS3.

adc89
adc89

well, as upset as I am that VC isn't coming back to PS3, I'm glad that this series is continuing to live on. Guess I'm just gonna have to break down and get a PSP

SageAnomie
SageAnomie

Sega is not stupid for there decision, Its the people who didn't buy the first game who are stupid. It pandered to a minimum audience. Even now the ones who are just getting into the series for #2 should be kicking themselves in the ass because had they supported the original and enough others as well, there may have been a chance for it to be on the PS3 again. Plane and simple, games get made for the mass audiences. Unfortunately Valkyria did not have that in the beginning as good as a game as it was because to many people passed it up.

milkpudding
milkpudding

Guys let's face it - this is a niche game that's too good to die but too expensive to be developed and sold as a PS3 game. I have both systems and I've played both games so far, I think it's pretty awesome as a PSP game. So YAY for VC3!

arwenator
arwenator

Rubbish, terrible, awfully disappointing news. Valkyria was one of the best PS3 games ever.....a thinking man's game and a title I could enjoy whilst having a smoke. I was upset to hear the sequel was only available on PSP, it made no sense at all, especially when the first game built up a cult fan base on a different and far superior machine. Sorry, Sega, but another sequel bound for the PSP.....you are embarrassing yourselves.

deftonesm_basic
deftonesm_basic

SEGA is so stupid. They screw up everything they make that was ever good. I loved the first game and will cherish it forever. Even as a PSP owner, this is a dumb decision. I've been playing the 2nd game and certain things are better, but the overall scope seems like a joke. Maybe it's because I'm early on, but I can't stand how the maps are broken up in small sections. The story so far seems lame and very slow. Actually, I'm not even sure there is a story so far aside from his brother dying. To top it off I want to shoot myself every time Avan laughs during story scenes. Agian, this may be because I'm only 5 hours in, but the first game had me from the beginning. Whatever, their loss when I don't buy it.

Cobra5
Cobra5

I loved the first one, but its not worth buying a PSP for, sorry. I really wish they'd go back to the PS3 so I could play their games. I actually WANT to give them my money and they won't let me... lol Although, I want to say that I'm worried. One of the characters of this game can turn into a Valkria, yet in the first one, one of the major plot points of the whole story was the army only had one Valkria... seems conflicting...

dok_dx
dok_dx

I'm loving VC2 right now, but common Sega! Spend the money and do it on the PS3 already!

GodBladeMegaten
GodBladeMegaten

@PS-3 fans : stop complaining guys, you already got awesome stuff on the ps-3 and even really cool accessories like the PS-3 Move. Sure the PS-3 got awesome hardware capabilities and breath taking graphical capabilities but comeon! for a tiny handheld to accomplish what the PSP has managed is in itself breathtaking! So I think its a bit fair to stop complaining about games being released on the psp! gogogo psp~

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

Good thing that they're not neglecting the gameplay, the second one's gameplay is so much better than the first's. I hope they'll change the ranking criteria being solely decided by speed.

latechno
latechno

@banditmonkey i totally agree with you, first thought maybe they released the 2nd one on psp to test the market ,really thought that they would return to the ps3 for the third. . booo : (

Gunit4LFE
Gunit4LFE

This one is psp as well it says it in the article. (**SPOILER**) I'm stuck on the second one on the mission where your home base gets attacked. The V2's are so overpowered! :(

banditmonkey
banditmonkey

They should release the 2nd and 3rd together for ps3 . I hate finding a gem of a game ,then having to get new hardware to continue the series.

Ratatoskr321
Ratatoskr321

Okay, I love the series and am happy they are making a new one but why the PSP-obsession? the game is obviously going to be better on the PS3 due to stronger hardware and more disk space. The only thing the PSP has going for it is portability and probably faster development times. So... where is the justification for this?

twztid13
twztid13

@Hanzoadam i love the series and dont own a psp, so i definitely care what system it's on. they just did a psp version. what, they cant give the ps3 owners some more love?

nitehaze
nitehaze

all i really care is if comes out here in the states i'll

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

The second one has been a bit of a disappointment so far compared to the fantastic first one. I'm hoping that this is on the PS3 and that they improve on the story/characters that they used in the second game.