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  • Summary: A Continent Engulfed in the Bitter Flames of War. Commander Claude Wallace and his childhood friends set out to fight in a desperate war, but bone-chilling blizzards, waves of imperial soldiers, and the godlike powers of the Valkyria stand between them and victory.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Oct 30, 2018
    95
    Valkyria Chronicles 4, ten years after the release, still a marvelous strategy / RPG game. It has a rich gameplay, a great scenario, an amazing amount content, and a brilliant OST.
  2. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    Sega has managed to craft an incredible entry in the long-suffering franchise that is fun, fully-featured, and gorgeous. In a time for the industry where a game like Valkyria Chronicles should struggle to find footing, Sega has proved that this dark horse has many bright years ahead of it.
  3. Sep 18, 2018
    87
    It adds a handful of new and interesting mechanics to its tactical battles, nearly all of which improve the formula in tangible ways, but otherwise plays it fairly safe.
  4. Sep 17, 2018
    80
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 stumbles in its narrative, but great characters, a unique aesthetic, and an engaging combat system make for the best game in the franchise since the original.
  5. Oct 5, 2018
    80
    Exactly the sequel we were hoping for when we finished the original Valkyria Chronicles back in 2008. Deeper, denser and harder, VC4 hits all the right spots for a triumphant return to the home consoles. Only blemish, it plays, feels and looks like 2008, having copied a large amount of assets (and problems) from the original title.
  6. Sep 24, 2018
    80
    Valkyria Chronicles is considered one of the greatest RPGs of the last generation, so this true sequel coming ten years later always had some lofty expectations to look up to. The combat significantly improves upon the original and RPGamers that value interesting, strategic battles will be extremely pleased with Valkyria Chronicles 4. However, it doesn’t quite manage to emulate the same interesting, thought-provoking plot that dealt with delicate themes in a mature manner. Nevertheless, while the narrative of VC4 doesn’t reach those lofty heights, sixty hours quickly disappeared in the course of playing it. Perhaps that’s more indicative of its quality than comparing it to something it’s not.
  7. Sep 15, 2018
    70
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 take the series back to its roots for the better. The new E Squad may use the very same twists and stories as the first episode, but the game itself stills delivers a solid war experience somewhere between the tactical genre and the TPS. Unfortunately, only those able to accept its naive manga tone may enjoy this light experience : indeed, the endless and sometimes pointless conversations are a real nightmare.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Feb 25, 2019
    10
    Game is so dope, went from "should be a good replacement for Fire Emblem's delay" to "I wonder if Fire Emblem 3 Houses could even match theGame is so dope, went from "should be a good replacement for Fire Emblem's delay" to "I wonder if Fire Emblem 3 Houses could even match the fun and hours I got out of this." It's so frickin' good, a must buy on Switch. Expand
  2. Oct 16, 2018
    10
    This is, without a doubt, the best Valkyria Chronicles game ever released. The games is almos the sames as Valkyria Chronicles 1, which isThis is, without a doubt, the best Valkyria Chronicles game ever released. The games is almos the sames as Valkyria Chronicles 1, which is actually a really good thing, since previous games had tried to innovate with terrible results.
    The game is based on a solid story, with unique gameplay and graphics that never grow old, add to that an amazing OST and you will have the best anime-ish game you can play along with Persona 5.
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  3. Dec 1, 2018
    10
    I simply love this game and the Valkyria Chronicles series as a whole. My favorite game!
  4. Nov 21, 2018
    9
    Valkyria chronicles 4 is easily the best game SEGA in years, and came in to satisfy my tactical RPG craving after Fire Emblem Three Houses gotValkyria chronicles 4 is easily the best game SEGA in years, and came in to satisfy my tactical RPG craving after Fire Emblem Three Houses got delayed.

    VC4 is about a group of friend from a town called Haften who join the military during the Second Europan War for both revenge against the a group called the Imperial Alliance for destroying their home town, and to defend their home country of Gallia. the main characters are really likeable for the most part, I find the main protagonist Claude to be nothing special compared to most JRPG protagonists, but the rest of ther cast and even the soldiers who don't play a major role in the story can have some interesting character development.

    Graphically it looks phenominal, I love the painting like look the game has and i love how otomotapias appear when you do stuff like fire your gun or blow something up. The music is also amazing, composer Hitoshi Sakimoto who is known for the likes of Final Fantasy Tactics and Ogre Battle knows how to compose music for Tactical RPGs and VC4 is no exeption. It has this dramatic feel to it which can match the tone some situations to the Game play. As for the voice acting like most of this game is phenominal, my favorite has to go to Greg Chun as the loud mouth Raz and if you don't want to hear the English voices, you can download the japanese ones from the Eshop for free.

    Gameplay consists of a combination of what i can describe as Fire emblem with third person shooter elements. Each turn, you start with a certain amount of command points which you use to move your units, you can either use all your command points or save them for the next turn. When moving your units, you have a choice of either firing your weapon or using an item like a grenade or health. What makes Valkyria chronicles stand out from other Tactical RPGs is that each unit has what are called potentials which can do things like increase accuracy or defend yourself from enemy attacks but there are also some that can cause a negative effect such as let you drop your grenades or even end your unit's turn. You can also use command points on Orders which can help you increase your allie's defense and or have them retreat from ther battlefield. There are 6 classes: Scout which have high movement but have low offensive abilities, Shocktroopers who use machine guns and are have good defense but low movement, Lancers who are strong against tanks but are poor at close range, Engineers who can repair ranks and can revive fallen allies but have poor offense and defense, Snipers, who can attack from a long range but have low HP and defense, and Grenaders who fire explosives from a far distance, but can't seem to hit anything durring the enemy phase. As for the Tanks they can do a lot of damage but don't heal after the enemy turn and have a weakspot on the back that if an enemy lancer hits, your done for. Like Fire Emblem there are a few side Chapters which while not mandatory for the story, can help you earn more EXP or unlock new Potentials for your allies. After each battle you ean a certain ammount of EXP and money, and sometimes a special weapon or accessory, you also have the option to go to HQ, there, you can spend EXP to level up your Units, learn Orders in the mess hall and upgrade your equipment in the R&D facillity. Now if a unit dies on the battle field it can get rough you have to get to the unit with one of your others before three turns pass or an enemy touches them because unless they're important to the story, if they die they're gone for good, and unlike Fire Embelm, THERE IS NO CASUAL MODE

    Now it may look like i'm showing this game with nothing but praise, but it's far from perfect, for one there are way too many cutscenes and which can drag on for way too long until you finally can play a map, another though minor complaint is that the game can has a huge difficulty spike near the end. But my biggest complaint is that the enemy takes FOREVER to take their turn even if you set it to fast mode. but aside form those complaints, it's a fantastic game, if you love Tactical RPG, I highly recommend this game. I give a 9/10
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  5. Dec 10, 2018
    8
    Did not know the brand before but this game is terrific
    a 3D performance for me who love turn by turn strategic
    However it is a bit too much
    Did not know the brand before but this game is terrific
    a 3D performance for me who love turn by turn strategic
    However it is a bit too much talkative and have this visual novel aspect that I'm not fond of when I don't play visual novels...
    Les stalk and more action...
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  6. Mar 24, 2019
    8
    This game was a fantastic improvement over the original. While the gameplay is mostly unchanged, the new things they added created a moreThis game was a fantastic improvement over the original. While the gameplay is mostly unchanged, the new things they added created a more intense and fun battlefield. The story was also a lot more enjoyable than the first one. Not without it's share of loss, but every moment of sadness was matched equally with moments of joy and cheer. This was exactly the game I needed to hold myself over until Fire Emblem, and a must play if you enjoy tactical strategy games Expand
  7. Jan 2, 2019
    4
    What killed the fun for me where the many invisible walls and the very oldschool level design in general. Why can't soldier jump over a 2 footWhat killed the fun for me where the many invisible walls and the very oldschool level design in general. Why can't soldier jump over a 2 foot fence or even a tank not pass it. Hey but try yourself, there is a free demo available! Expand

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