Sega recently released Valkyria Chronicles in Europe, and I just got my own Playstation 3 to use for capturing - how fitting! We put up tons of videos from the Japanese version of the game, but this game certainly need more spotlight - so here's the First 10 Minutes with English voices. With more to come tomorrow! Update: Part 2 added.
What makes this game stand out is the interesting art och graphical style it uses. It looks like a painting, and it really looks fantastic.
The game itself is a mix of realism and fantasy. The war equipment is fitting to World War 2, but the world itself has nothing to do with ours. Basically the East invades the West for minerals, and the Empire (East) has stormed in to Welkin's country and his small home town. Welkin is the main character, son of a general and war legend.
The game is built around battles where you control several characters. A battle consists of phases (rounds) and you have Command Points to use in each phase. With one CP, you can move around with one character as long as the gauge isn't emptied, and you also have one combat opportunity to use with this. You can save up moves to use at a later phase, giving you the opportunity to attack several times with one character in the same phase.
Using your weapon doesn't end your CP spell, you can use the last bit in the gauge to find cover. When you're out of CP or if you want to save them for the next phase, you simply end it and let the enemy do his round. When it's back to you, you have a bunch of extra CP's. It's a great system!
I was surprised to see how realistic the cut-scenes look, knowing that the developers use a special graphical style. But don't judge the game from it's "cute" art - expect to see people getting shot down and killed. The cut-scenes can be pretty funny, and it's easy to like the characters. There are a lots of short interesting cut-scenes, often several between each mission.
I'll spend more time with the game and for now, since it's late, I'll only upload one video with more prepared for tomorrow. There's tons of cut-scenes in the game, so I had to remove one part in the first video. This is where you enter the town, and get arrested for suspicion of spying for the Empire. The cut-scene in our video after the big introduction, is the third one and starts up right after where you are arrested.