So why didn't you buy Valkyria Chronicles 4?

Oct 25, 2017
1,141
The complaints about it "feeling like a side story" or "being derivative" (as a pejorative) are fucking bizarre. I guess we only needed one film set during WW2, sucks for all those ones that came after as they're just derivative side stories.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I did buy it almost at 50% off. I bought most of the dlc when I reached that point in the story. I played VC1 a decade ago and that bombed hard even after being discounted heavily. Sadly, VC4 isn't selling so well despite being a good SRPG with a memorable cast. Its still the same game and with bad AI. Squad stories cover 3 characters usually instead of 1. Meeting squad 7 again was nostalgia though. Knowing what they went through from the first game. Its been too long to see which is better, but I enjoyed VC4's ending. I liked some of the villains. Last boss was underwhelming though. The devs need to mix things up a little. Could have added more to gameplay. Felt like they played it too safe.

Alicia isn't broken as in the first game.

A lot of the fights, have the odds heavily stacked against you. Usually, I try to brute force my way through, but end up getting a low rank lol.

This game released the same month as Spiderman and Dragon Quest XI, so it had really stiff competition plus no marketing.

Never played VC2 or 3, but those are standalone stories of their own.

Only found one character I disliked. They grow beyond anime tropes later on.

This might be the last VC game we get. Sales are terrible across multiple platforms.

I'm working towards the platinum right now.
 
Oct 28, 2017
362
I bought it not too long ago, started it, but haven't kept it up. I'm not sure what's not clicking for me, but it almost seems a bit...dated. Great game, but I feel like it didn't really add anything to the franchise.
 
I think the problem with the poor reception at retail is Sega's shitty handling of the franchise prior to VC4.

2 and 3 weren't even available on home console and the next console game was that action spin-off that was poor quality. After that home console fans would have lost interest.

I personally loved VC and intend to buy VC4, I just never got round to it. Thanks for the reminder tho, OP. Will pick it up today.
 
Nov 2, 2017
203
I bought it at release because I loved VC1. I was initially dissapointed with it after playing for a couple of hours. The characters seemed to lack the charm of the first VC and the gameplay and visuals didn't seem to have evolved much. After picking it up again a few months later, and getting further into the game, I started to like it a lot more. I think they have made some smart small gameplay changes and additions, and the story and characters have gotten a bit better.
 
Jan 10, 2018
2,218
Tokyo
I played the demo, it was moderately fun. Then, there was a scene where one the main protagonist talked about swabbing the deck of a girl, in a scene typical to low grade japanese anime; I do not really enjoy anime in the first place anyway. I decided that I was not entertained enough to see where this would lead, and clicked on the home button before erasing the demo from my console.
 
Nov 18, 2018
18
I bought it Day 1 and dropped it soon after.

I loved VC1, and VC4 feels like the sequel we should have gotten in 2010. But it isn't 2010 anymore, and the series hasn't really moved beyond that despite the TRPG landscape being much different in a post-XCOM world.

The gameplay has gotten pretty tired and is still easily exploitable in very familiar ways, the menus are inexcusably clunky, the graphics style is no longer impressive, the story isn't engaging, the typical cutscene presentation/pacing are atrocious, and the lead characters are either dull or Raz - one of the most intensely unlikable characters I've ever come across even without all the gross sexism.

I don't expect any game to be perfect, but there just wasn't anything that made me want to keep playing, and there was enough stuff actively pushing me away that it felt like a chore to play it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Because no money. I didn't buy Horizon 4, RE2 remake, RDR2 or AC7 for the same reasons. I'll probably won't buy Sekiro or Dirt Rally 2 either.

I've gone back to studying after realizing I was going nowhere with my current career and the expenses and bills take everything.

At least Apex Legends came out and I'm loving it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,050
As someone who preordered the PS4 LE...

I think there were a lot of factors against it and unfortunately (and most importantly) it was lacking the "wow factor" to pull people in.
The game and the series are a known quantity even in niche circles and it needed something more attractive to pull in people who were on the fence. I fucking love the added grenadiers and the new graphics and the new battle options but this was all done within the framework of a game that fans know well already.
The creators said themselves that they had thought they had pushed the BLITZ system to its limit and that they wanted to try something new years ago for the express purpose of generating some wow factor, but they messed up (Valkyria Revolution) and decided to play it safe afterwards (like everyone was requesting in threads back then). So they did but now it's way harder to get people invested while at the same time not upsetting people who want familiarity.

I'm back and forth on whether it was smart to call it VC4 since this thread shows a lot of mistaken thinking that you need to play VC2 and VC3 first, but I think it was the right choice. If they didn't use "4", people would have thought it was a spinoff like Valkyria Revolution and the confusion and misplaced anger would have interfered with marketing. Going with "4" lets people know this is a real sequel to the classic.

Anyway, please buy VC4 so we can get a new VC5 with new ideas.
 
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Oct 27, 2017
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Back in the day, it's Valkyria Chronicles that made me buy a PS3 and boy did that game deliver. Just got the platinum for VC4 and I must say that apart from a disappointing last boss, it totally lived up to the first game's excellent quality. There is a ton a content (18 main story chapters, 17 squad stories and 22 skirmishes) and the new additions like ship orders, direct commands and the grenadier class change the dynamics of the gameplay.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 has been positively received by critics (84 Metacritic) but it seems that even though it was released on 4 platforms, it bombed at retail. RIP Valkyria Chronicles

Planning to buy it on sale within few weeks (on Switch)
 
Too many games to play, not enough time. I haven't played the other 3, and I usually despise strategy rpg games, or political/war stories so I dont know if this franchise would be able to change my mind. I have the first one unplayed, but I really really really do hate srpg games so I dont know..
 
Nov 1, 2017
481
Got the special edition with the tank like day one and finished it. Really enjoyed it. I’ve seen that specific version going for cheaper, but I don’t feel burnt by it, cause I got to support a hidden gem (IMO).
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,484
Toronto, ON
I tried the demo and despite liking the gameplay, the character dialogue was not my thing. I played a bit of VC1 on PC and got to the point where battles were too drawn out and one-note, so I also figured 4 would be more of the same.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I bought it on launch but kind of wish I hadn't have. Still haven't gotten round to playing it, not helped by all the stuff surrounding one of the characters in the game who looked like a sexist prick. That kind of sapped some excitement I had for the game.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I didn't when it first came out because it came out during the busy season and there were a ton of other games I wanted.

I did pick it up and beat it during the time period from black friday to mid january where PSN had it on sale for $29.99 constantly.

Favorite game of 2019 honestly.
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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Had recently played (and enjoyed) VC1 on PC, and this game looked like it brought nothing new to the table, even graphically it looks about the same.
 
I bought the collector's edition, but I'm at Chapter 4 and don't feel like going much further. I'm not a fan of sudden shifts in the battle where I'm at a totally different location and I have to send out completely different soldiers because the other soldiers are already deployed on the other side of the map. Also, Raz is an idiot and just when I think I'm done with a battle, he does something really, really dumb.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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Not sure if I'll enjoy it, the anime graphics/character designs aren't my cup of tea either. However, I've heard good things about it, so it's on my wish-list for whenever it goes on sale at a decent price.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I should get back and finish it, made it to chapter 5-6.

Really liked what was going on (at least as much or moreso than I did 1 by that point) and the grenadiers were really cool, as were 1 CP vehicles, just other games came out and grabbed me more.
 
Jun 24, 2018
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My only reason is the current backlog I have. Working through it a bit more than I definitely plan on picking it up, I really enjoyed the demo. I should also get the first one too.