This game is rated PEGI 16
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Killed, Nudity, Splashes of blood and Wounds.
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Posted: 9 weeks ago, last updated 8 days ago.
Play involves alternating between Book mode, where you can manage your soldiers and learn about the story, and Battles, where you command Squad E against enemy forces. In Battles you use the overhead tactical map to plan your turn and decide where to spend your command points. When you activate a unit you see the battlefield from their perspective and can move around to reach objectives or get into good firing positions and use the targeting mode to carefully take aim at enemy weak spots. If a soldier falls in battle, you risk losing them forever if they are not healed or evacuated in time.
Valkyria Chronicles 4 is different than many top down turn-based tactical games because you are able to get a completely different view of the battlefield when you step into a soldier’s perspective, and different than many first-person shooting games because your movement and shooting is limited by your available Action Points and gear. This merging of styles create a unique strategic experience that enhances the feel of really being in command of the squad.
This game is very narrative focused, for example each soldier has a backstory, positive and negative quirks, and other soldiers they prefer to fight with. As you travel across the frozen North with Squad E, you will get to know many of the soldiers very well, and may even find side stories involving certain groups of people. These relationships are a part of what makes Valkyria Chronicle 4 so special; it’s not just a war game, it's a game about friendship and loyalty, sacrifice and loss, and carrying the torch of hope through the longest, coldest nights.
Games in the main series are as follows:
- Valkyria Chronicles (2008) PlayStation 3, PC, Switch
- Valkyria Chronicles 2 (2010) PlayStation Portable
- Valkyria Chronicles 3 (2011) Playstation Portable
- Valkyria Chronicles D (2012) Browser, iOS
- Valkyria Revolution (2017) Playstation 4, Playstation Vita
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Valkyria Chronicles 4 has a range of additional content you can purchase. There is one free download "Tanks Decals". There are 6 additional story missions available for purchase:
- "Squad E, To the Beach"
- "A Captainless Squad"
- "Expert Level Skirmishes"
- "The Two Valkyria"
- "Edy's Advance Ops"
- "A United Front with Squad 7"
Skill Rating10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players will enjoy this if they connect to the story and can strategise battles, like Warhammer or Dungeons and Dragons fans.
The other 3 game modes are battle specific; Command and Targeting mode do not have a time pressure element but in Action mode while you are controlling a soldier in your squad, nearby enemy soldiers shoot at you in real-time and you have limited Action Points to move with, so control becomes time sensitive as you try to move efficiently and avoid enemy fire.
Although missions can be failed, you are able to repeat them as often as needed until completed, and once a mission is passed it is graded on a letter scale with rewards given out for performance. Missions can be replayed as often as you like to earn a higher grade and more rewards
Some missions take place at night or in low contrast environments to simulate limited visibility battlefield conditions (especially in the Chapters that take place in the snow) and while figuring out where enemy soldiers are is part of the challenge of these battles, this may increase existing issues with navigation or distinguishing objects on screen.
Our Valkyria Chronicles 4 Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:
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