Valkyria Chronicles (PS3) released quietly amidst the 2008 holiday rush (where every company and their dog releases the Triple-A titles they’ve hyped all year), and while it was largely overshadowed and under appreciated, it proved a critical success due to its unique strategy game play, storyline, and unique visuals – solidifying its reputation as one of the best, if overlooked, games yet released this generation – and one not to be missed. Come April 16th, Sega will be releasing 3-content DLC packs via the PlayStation Store to extend your enjoyment, and/or to entice you to give it a second look:
- First up will be the long awaited Hard EX Mode. If you feel like a challenge, you can step it up in this mode and try playing through the game without the support of your main tank, Edelweiss.
- Second is called Edy’s mission. Six of the Squad Seven members get separated, and while trying to reunite they come across a village under attack by the Imperial Army. Outnumbered, it’s up to you to perfect your strategy, defeat the Imperalists, and save the village!
- Third is “Behind Her Blue Flame“, the previously unannounced (for the US/UK) mission set with Selvaria – this time you’re on the opposite side of the field, playing as an engineer in Selvaria’s troop. Besides the inclusion of Selvaria, one of the coolest aspects of this mission is that you get to see things unfolding from the perspective of the Imperial Army, instead of Gallia.
I’m probably going to skip the Hard EX Mode for the time being as the games existing difficulty levels are working just fine for me, but I can’t wait to play “Edy’s mission” and “Behind Her Blue Flame” particularly the latter (where the player will purportedly be able to control the Valkyrie Selvaria!) That, and apparently the DLC holds a few surprises that weren’t specified so there’s all the more reason! You can pick up the title at just under retail at several spots online (e.g. amazon.com), but reportedly the title is getting harder to find in some stores so get crackin’ if you have any interest. I’ve enjoyed Valkyria Chronicles so much that it already enjoys a spot high on my own Top-10 list.