Until recently, I had never been a big fan of the SRPG genre. The appeal of these kinds of games was something I never really understood, as I found many of them frustrating in that one tiny screw-up could mean hours wasted. As a result, I generally steered clear of these kinds of games. When I first learned about Valkyria Chronicles, it didn’t impress me. It just looked like another generic war game. However, since there was a free demo available, I decided to give the game a try and immediately got sucked into it.
The continent of Europa, in which the game takes place, closely resembles Europe in the time of World War II. The peaceful nation of Gallia, rich in a valuable material known as Ragnite, has recently become under attack by the East Europan Imperial Alliance. They want the precious metal, and will do anything it takes to acquire it. Valkyria Chronicles tells the tale of Squad 7 of Gallia and their struggles to push back the Empire’s forces. At first this seems like a generic story, but there are some nice twists & turns that give it a fresh feel. It’s a great story filled with plenty of action, surprises, and even some sadness.