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Live Blog Pour Some Cristal for My Homies. Let's Play a Splintered Horn Run of Valkyria Chronicles
GIG2011-10-26 18:42:13

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What you gotta know first

Valkyria Chronicles, released in 2008 by, is a Turn-based/Real-time Strategy game for the PS 3. This game was critically acclaimed, with gorgeous graphics, fun gameplay, and interesting characters.

But of course, nobody bought the damn game when it came out. Despite the praise put upon it, it was quickly overlooked by other, more talked about PS 3 games, And it stayed that way for some time, with IGN even "awarding" it "Best Game No One Played" award. Eventually, a price drop and word of mouth by the people who bought the game would give this game the attention it deserves.

The Story

Set in an alternate timeline of Earth in 1935, the game starts in the middle of a war across the continent of Europa, Europe's analogue, between the villainous Autocratic East Europan Imperial Alliance, and the not-as-bad-but-still-pretty-dickish Atlantic Federation. The cause of this war is the ever dwindling supply of Ragnite, the mineral that runs just about everything. Deciding it needs a little pick me up, the Empire looks to the Principality of Gallia, who is rich in the ore...


What did you mean by Turn-Based/Real-time up there?

Simple, the game utilizes the BLiTZ*

battle system, which breaks up the combat into two steps: An overhead map to select unit's with called Command Mode, and the actual movement, attacking, and positioning of a unit called Action Mode. Utilizing Command Points, you select your units and use them to make the other guys fall down. After you run out of CP, the enemy take a turn to do the same. Repeat as necessary. Simple enough?

What do you mean by "Splintered Horn run"?

It's a self imposed challenge. The rules are kinda like the (in)famous Nuzlocke rules for Poke'mon, except instead of pocket monsters, it with dudes using guns and grenades.

My rules are as follows:

  • Any Unit that is downed must be recovered that exact turn.
  • If they are rescued, then I can use them, but not for the remainder of the current mission and the next one.
  • If they are not recovered that turn, then they are dead. I can still rescue them, but after the mission, I must immediately remove them from the squad line-up.
  • I can not reload to a previous save to rescue them.
  • The game's use of final death still applies. (After three turns, or an enemy gets to them, they die permanently.)
LAST SECOND EDITED RULE: Any character that owns a Command Point is exempt from all but the first and second rule. It would be too hard otherwise.

Hey! Hey GIG! There's this character I really like...

Then ask me to pick them up. Whenever I get a roster update, I'll post that character's info and picture (in link form) and if anyone want someone on the team, I'll add them.

And that about covers it. Check back in an hour for my first update!


Oct 26th 2011 at 6:23:31 PM
Post it on Youtube! Pleeeeeeease? [puppy dog eyes]
Oct 26th 2011 at 6:35:44 PM
Sadly, I don't have any decent recording software. Otherwise, I'd have this up as a screenshot LP or even a Video one (with my wonderful Voice included), though I hope I can do one of those in the future.
Oct 26th 2011 at 11:01:15 PM
I was one of those people that waited for a price drop before obtaining this game, and now I'd gladly call this one of the best that I've ever played. Solid gameplay, interesting characters, and the music...oh, I could write an entire paragraph or two about the music alone. Here's hoping that many of the men you take under your wing in days to come will survive to the end of the war, and that you enjoy yourself while fighting for the sake of Gallia's future.