Valkyria Chronicles II Demo Marches Onto The PlayStation Network

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War spills across a much smaller CANVAS today as Sega releases a demo of Valkyria Chronicles II for the PSP on the PlayStation Network. Check out the sequel to the underappreciated PlayStation 3 game ahead of its August 31 release.

The original Valkyria Chronicles for the PlayStation 3 is an amazing game, with striking visuals and a unique hybrid of turn-based strategy and role-playing gameplay. Valkyria Chronicles II preserves the watercolor finish of the CANVAS system, while adding various improvements to the battle system, including a multi-field battle layout with branching paths. It even adds multiplayer to the mix, allowing both cooperative and competitive play.

Of course it is still a portable sequel to a console game, so it's easy to see why fans of the first title might be wary of giving it another go. That's what demos were made for.


Valkyria Chronicles II Demo Available on PSN Today [PlayStation Blog]

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This was the game that was responsible for me getting a PS3, and still the best thing that I've played on it. While I guess I'm happy there's a sequel, I'd rather it was bigger and moved the scope of battle: say, to their world's version of Vietnam, or something. The story of this one feels like a footnote, and I'm not looking forward to playing it on my PSP; it's times like this that I wish I could download PSP games to my PS3 and play them that way.

Failing that, I'd like to see a Wii version of VC. The graphic style might have to be tweaked, but the Wii is good with cartoony graphics, and could probably do something analogous. Pointer control would also make the game a lot more convenient.

I guess I'll have to get the demo; I do like the sound of the changes they've made to the class system and the battles.