Soldiers, strategists, and commanders--the call has come in from the front lines. It's time to rejoin the fight! The beloved Valkyria Chronicles series makes its grand return westward in 2018 with Valkyria Chronicles 4, a new mainline chapter in the saga for PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™, and Xbox One™. Return to a continent ravaged by conflict with a familiar-yet-refined tactical RPG battle system, a vibrant and evocative art style that portrays a living canvas of watercolors, and a gripping World War II-inspired story full of momentous triumphs, heartbreaking loss, and unexpected hope for the human spirit.
I really wonder...if this game can really work on the Switch with no lags and whatnot...
It's never been a very demanding series in terms of graphical details, animation and whatnot. They found a cool cel-shaded gimmick but still seem to do technically what they were doing on the PS3 in terms of light effects, number of elements on screen, graphical fidelity, polygons and whatnot. Nothing too crazy in what I see there. The first game basically was one of these Japanese HD PS2 kind of PS3 game anyway and it has not eveolved that much.
If XB2 runs on your Switch this will also.
Last I checked, people were angry at SEGA for releasing 2 & 3 exclusive to PSP and not being ported over to the PS3. As a result, there was a significant loss of detail graphical despite the PSP being powerful for its time.
Not just graphical, the size of the maps were greatly reduced because of the small memory the handheld had compared to PS3, and VC2 really fumbled with the designs, making these maps way too short and empty. VC3 got better designs for the size of the maps, but they were still small. This one will have none of these flaws though. :O
Well for a handheld it makes sense for those types of maps to be had. You don't want to spend over long hours for just one map when playing on the go. That's why FE games handle that aspect well due to handholding options.
Oh yeah, that's also a good point. Was still a disappointment for the fans of the first (also, the maps of the second where not designed by people at ease with compact designs, so apparently, they were bad).
It's important to note that I never played them, so this is second hand information and might be biased or plain wrong (but I got multiple sources), I gathered this from my research on the games, to see if I needed to play the previous games to like that one. Apparently, I should be good (there will be some cameo from the first game, but that's ok, it's the easiest one to play).
This an okay series to hop in at any time? Don't need to know any prior stories?
I can't speak for this episode since it hasn't been released yet but apart from a few references here and there, the other games are perfectly playable on their own. I would add that this one in particular aims to be a western re-launch and a true sequel to the first one that's a couple years old, so clearly they'll be starting from a clean slate.
Amusing how it's a game set in fantasy, vaguely steam punk Europe, and one of the characters has a Shiba Inu. Sometimes I think Japan is entirely unaware that other dog breeds even exist.