Monday, April 5, 2010
Tabletop Gaming Done Right - Valkyria Chronicles
My video game interests, which seem peculiar since there aren't really that many games in this general genre of turn-based strategy RPG, have lead me to one of my favorite video games - Valkyria Chronicles (VC) (all the images used for this post are borrowed from the official site, so give it a click!).
VC could be considered to be right out of the "weird war genre." That being said, it's much more along the lines of an alternate WWI history with an alternate Europe and alternate... pigs with wings (for real, but they're pretty rare at least!). First things first though - it's a PS3 exclusive and its sequel, which isn't out in the U.S. yet will be a PSP exclusive. Ok, now that that's out of the way, why is VC a good tabletop game in the guise of a video game?
Apart from the gear and classes being upgradable, you'll notice that each character has their own name. You create a real bond very quickly with these characters as they all seem to have a personality of their own. They also have their own "potentials" which really just remind me of feats from D&D like "Lone Wolf" or "Country Bred." It really adds a lot of depth to the game.
I think there are a lot of great alternatives out there to traditional tabletop gaming, especially for a Monday night where you can't pull a group together, but can turn the TV and PS3 on - VC's a perfect example of this. Did I mention the price yet? Oh yeah, it's 20 frickin' dollars. Hard to beat an entire game that's cheaper than one D&D hardcover. You can see the Amazon link below for the cheapness (and to help support The Hopeless Gamer!).