Welcome to part three of "games to own" in your collection. I try to dig out titles that aren't your multi-million selling AAA titles, but great titles that deserve to be in your collection because they are good games and worth playing. But most importantly, the point is to point out great games that have been neglected and have done poorly commercially (sales wise).
The strange thing with the game I have picked today; Valkyria Chronicles, is that it IS a AAA title, yet sold poorly. I assume it's due to the lack of marketing behind it, which is a real shame, as it is a fantastic strategy/RPG and a must have exclusive on PS3.
There's no doubt about it, this is a very original take on strategy RPG's. The game blends three different game genres (third person shooter, turn-based strategy and RPG) all into one to create something completely unique and addictively fun to play. How does it work? Imagine a turn-based war game with beautiful anime watercolor type graphics and great orchestral track. Done? Wait till you see it in motion! Anyway, now, on your turn, you choose which character you want to move and then proceed to do so in real time, just like a third person shooter. You have a limited amount of steps you can make and you can only attack once per character. When choosing to attack, you also aim a cursor before firing your shots. The enemy will also counter attack in real time as you approach and you keep doing so until your turn is over.
You can also hide your characters behind cover, crouch and use vehicles and various weapons (just like a real war!). It's an awesome mix of gameplay and it works so very, very well. Couple it with an interesting plot and decent voice acting and you've got a AAA title which is one of the best strategy RPG's ever made.
9.5 out of 10. Buy it now, or at least try the downloadable demo off PlayStation network, which only shows a bit of the brilliance in the full game. Support awesome unique games and buy it, I want a sequel!