I like strategy games. However, I am just not any good at them. I don’t know what it is. Perhaps I just build too many structures. Maybe I just do not know how to effectively use my units. Or maybe it is because I take too darn long completing a mission. But there is one strategy game I am rather excited about: Valkyria Chronicles II for the PSP.
Valkyria Chronicles II takes place several months after the original. What has brought the new cast together or the cause for them to fight is unknown at this time. What I do know is that the same colored pencil storybook feel presentation is intact.
In fact, the game looks great! Other than the slight drop in resolution, I cannot tell the two games apart. The weird thing is that Valkyria Chronicles II almost feels bigger than the PlayStation 3 sibling. The reasoning is simple: Some stages have multiple areas that need to be explored, so you need to “conquer the flag” to access the next part of the stage.
As such, gameplay is just as you know it. Well, if you’re familiar with the original. Each group commands his or her units on their turn and has a certain amount of Command Points (CP). The amount of CP is determined by how many of your units are alive. Each side can command the same unit several times on a turn, though it isn’t recommended as the unit will quickly tire after one turn. Tanks work the same, though they use two CP instead of the usual one CP. An interesting addition to this game is “morale.” The better you command your units by defeating the enemy, the better your side will perform and the weaker your opponents become. Be warned, though. The same can happen to you, making a difficult battle even tougher.
I’m rather excited to get my hands on the full version of Valkyria Chronicles II. The strategy seems just as accessible and challenging as the original. Of course, I could be hyping this a bit too much in my mind as the idea of taking a great strategy game on the go is always fun. Anyway, look for Valkyria Chronicles II in stores and on PlayStation Network Aug. 31. For more information, visit http://www.sega.com.