Six-Year-Old JRPG Beats Assassin's Creed Unity in Steam Charts

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Six-Year-Old JRPG Beats Assassin's Creed Unity in Steam Charts

The PC port of Valkyria Chronicles claimed the top spot on Steam's download chart following its November 11th release.

When Valkyria Chronicles first launched in 2008 on the PlayStation 3, it wasn't what you'd call a huge hit. Despite glowing reviews and a PS3 library that was still somewhat lackluster, its first month in North America, for instance, saw it only sell 33,000 units. These sales would later improve after a substantial price drop, but the game never wound up being that tremendous a success outside of Japan.

Six years and a new port later, however, it would seem the game's fortunes have changed. As announced earlier this month, a new port of Valkyria Chronicles landed on Steam this Monday and, arguably against the odds, it became an instant hit among its customers beating out other highly anticipated games like Assassin's Creed Unity for the position of top download that day. Sega, understandably, has been happy with the reception to the game's re-release.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans for their support in the phenomenal success of this launch," said John Clark, Sega Europe's Senior Vice President of Commercial Publishing. "We're also delighted at the response from the Steam community which indicates that newcomers to the series are finding it as enchanting and engaging as those who have played it before."

For those not in the know, Valkyria Chronicles is a Japanese strategy RPG that follows the efforts of the nation of Gallia as it tries to repel an invasion from an imperialistic Empire. The game earned praise for its engaging combat, interesting story and, perhaps above all else, its gorgeous visuals which were specially designed to like they were hand and pencil drawn. It would receive two sequels on the PSP, only the first of which would make it American shores.

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Well, that'll be because Valkyria Chronicles has a little thing called quality. Good system, decent graphics, engaging war story...

AC hasn't been much for a while.

I wonder if it is due to it being cheaper or if it is due to the game actually being out of beta before it launched.

Good, I'm glad at this news. Valkyria is still the best thing I ever bought for the PS3 and I'm still in love with the graphical style.

Was this game really an RPG? I thought it was like a more direct XCOM sort of deal.

1)Lol
2)More Lol
3)Lol 2: Electric Boogaloo
4)Ubi did a worse job at porting than a Japanese development team who worked exclusively on the PS3, and that's amazing XD
5)This game had 0 hype surrounding the port job, whilst Assassin's Creed Unity had enough power behind it to overthrow Belgium
6)Perhaps more Japanese devs will consider the PC as a viable platform, though I'm not sure if it's enough to overcome the broader perception of the platform in Japan. Nonetheless, I hold out hope that we will see more ports
7)Hey Ubi! You want to know why people are buying this game? Because they can run it at 60 fps and 1080p!
8)We might also get more niche games coming our way! :D

In closing, vive le PC!

Is it good? I watched a let's play and the combat system seemed very strange. Other than that it just looks gorgeous!

This was always one of my favorite PS3 titles, and I'm happy that it will be playable for years to come thanks to a PC release. If this game is part of the the Steam Winter sale, I might pick it up.

Yay!

Hopefully, this will lead them to port the other valkyria chronicles games.
Here's hoping SEGA doesn't drop the ball and decides "Nah, ports are stupid."

FalloutJack:
Well, that'll be because Valkyria Chronicles has a little thing called quality. Good system, decent graphics, engaging war story...

AC hasn't been much for a while.

I cannot agree more. I alrady own it on PS3 but I got it agian anyway, mainly because I am lazy and don't want to have ot change from PC to PS3 if I want to play it but mostly because I love this game.

Plus I have to say that it is one of the best ports I have played in a very long time. I just wish I could go into the offices of the big AAA publishers, sit them in frount of this artical and shout 'See! This is what happens when you don't half arse it!!!!!!!'.

This is like Xcom but better and more anime-like, with a very touching and badass story rather than generic "alien plot 23" style storyline. It's a pity it wasn't more praised all this time, honestly.

Hopefully, they'll bring over the third VC game or even better make a fourth one for ps4.

Also, if you guys like fighting games, Selvaria and Alicia are in a fighting game! It's called Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax. Here:

THIS:


Is the chant of my people.

VC3 has a fan-made translations that's REALLY well done.

The whole damn series could use a 'HD Port' like AC:L got.
I'd LOVE to see the trilogy of PC and or PS3/PS4/etc.

VEGE-TA-BLES!!!

This is great news, hopefully it means we'll finally get a translation of VC 3.

...gamers rewarded quality over hype?

Did I wake up in the Twilight Zone this morning? Or were the shots of AC:U's missing faces just that off-putting?

jdogtwodolla:
Was this game really an RPG? I thought it was like a more direct XCOM sort of deal.

XCom is probably a better comparison, but it's more intimate due to being able to control units directly and go for more unorthodox strategies. The RPG progression is also more overt as classes level up instead of characters.

I know I'm extremely in the minority here but...not a fan of Valkyria Chronicles. A friend and I play it on her system and it is way too cutesy. And I like a lot of cutesy JRPGs but this just goes a little too far. Then again that might have something to do with a lot of the cutesy JRPGs I like take place in fantasy settings, where as this one is based on a war that actually happened...I think that might be my problem. Such cutesy crap with a war that actually happened leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Especially when they try and work in the holocaust. Also the combat can get really frustrating later on.

I'm rambling really, I don't hate the game, I just feel the need to explain why I don't like it, seeing as how I'm alone on that front.

Still if people like it, I'm glad they do.

erttheking:
I know I'm extremely in the minority here but...not a fan of Valkyria Chronicles. A friend and I play it on her system and it is way too cutesy. And I like a lot of cutesy JRPGs but this just goes a little too far. Then again that might have something to do with a lot of the cutesy JRPGs I like take place in fantasy settings, where as this one is based on a war that actually happened...I think that might be my problem. Such cutesy crap with a war that actually happened leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Especially when they try and work in the holocaust. Also the combat can get really frustrating later on.

I'm rambling really, I don't hate the game, I just feel the need to explain why I don't like it, seeing as how I'm alone on that front.

Still if people like it, I'm glad they do.

It is funny you only see the game as "cutesy" because it is the only game I have ever seen maturely present the holocost and racism in a real way. The only one missing out by not playing a good game because of the asthetic is yourself.

Valkyria Chronicles faces load every time.

Seriously, if you have a PC, and you like good games, go buy this game.

If you have it already, buy it again or gift it to someone else.

I'm glad to see this underrated game getting some love over a half-decade after release.

Gladly bought it, at GMG it was 16 bucks with the November coupon. Someone stole my PS3 disc a couple years ago so I was elated that I got to buy it and have it run better and look pretty (not that it played badly on PS3).

Now pretty pretty please have an HD collection or something of 2 & 3. Translate 3 and sell them separately or something, whatever, you can see that it'll sell well! For my PC people, it's a pretty damned good port too.

Dreiko:
This is like Xcom but better and more anime-like, with a very touching and badass story rather than generic "alien plot 23" style storyline. It's a pity it wasn't more praised all this time, honestly.

Hopefully, they'll bring over the third VC game or even better make a fourth one for ps4.

Also, if you guys like fighting games, Selvaria and Alicia are in a fighting game! It's called Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax. Here:

WTF with the Thumbnail. I know Selvaria is well endowed, but that just ridiculous.

This presents an obvious course of action vis a vis the sequels. Make it happen, Sega.

Sigmund Av Volsung:

7)Hey Ubi! You want to know why people are buying this game? Because they can run it at 60 fps and 1080p!

Yes, I regularly buy games just to turn the graphics options up. Money well spent.

As to why it's actually selling well, it became something of a cult favourite since release. Not many people bought it at first, but those that did spent the last six years going on about what an unappreciated gem it is. Then it gets a steam release and a lot of people who listened to the chatter were inclined to say "hey, I remember hearing about that Valkyria Chronicles thing but I never had a PS3/wasn't interested when it came out originally, maybe I'll check it out".

I think pretty much the same thing happened when Sony put out the HD versions of Ico and Shadow of The Colossus.

erttheking:
I know I'm extremely in the minority here but...not a fan of Valkyria Chronicles. A friend and I play it on her system and it is way too cutesy.

That's a definite flaw with the game. I got used to it pretty quickly (possibly because it's a very "anime" style of storytelling and I watch a lot of that) but I wouldn't disagree with anyone who hated the writing.

Grace_Omega:
This presents an obvious course of action vis a vis the sequels. Make it happen, Sega.

Sigmund Av Volsung:

7)Hey Ubi! You want to know why people are buying this game? Because they can run it at 60 fps and 1080p!

Yes, I regularly buy games just to turn the graphics options up. Money well spent.

I can't tell if that's sarcastic or not, but I imagine that a lot of people went for this game because it's a good port as well. Good port meaning that it can run 60fps at 1080p with a reasonable setup.

I'm looking for any reason to call out Ubi more since their disgraceful Unity launch and unacceptable porting in general.

iniudan:

Dreiko:
This is like Xcom but better and more anime-like, with a very touching and badass story rather than generic "alien plot 23" style storyline. It's a pity it wasn't more praised all this time, honestly.

Hopefully, they'll bring over the third VC game or even better make a fourth one for ps4.

Also, if you guys like fighting games, Selvaria and Alicia are in a fighting game! It's called Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax. Here:

WTF with the Thumbnail. I know Selvaria is well endowed, but that just ridiculous.

That's her official char portrait.

erttheking:
I know I'm extremely in the minority here but...not a fan of Valkyria Chronicles. A friend and I play it on her system and it is way too cutesy. And I like a lot of cutesy JRPGs but this just goes a little too far. Then again that might have something to do with a lot of the cutesy JRPGs I like take place in fantasy settings, where as this one is based on a war that actually happened...I think that might be my problem. Such cutesy crap with a war that actually happened leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Especially when they try and work in the holocaust. Also the combat can get really frustrating later on.

I'm rambling really, I don't hate the game, I just feel the need to explain why I don't like it, seeing as how I'm alone on that front.

Still if people like it, I'm glad they do.

Avoid the anime, it's even worse. Though I think they have books/mangas somewhere. Maybe try those? Dunno but if you can withstand the anime style and characters it's not bad. I don't know how far you got but it picks up(and drops down at times).

Glad to see this game did better, that's kinda funny.

GAunderrated:

erttheking:
I know I'm extremely in the minority here but...not a fan of Valkyria Chronicles. A friend and I play it on her system and it is way too cutesy. And I like a lot of cutesy JRPGs but this just goes a little too far. Then again that might have something to do with a lot of the cutesy JRPGs I like take place in fantasy settings, where as this one is based on a war that actually happened...I think that might be my problem. Such cutesy crap with a war that actually happened leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Especially when they try and work in the holocaust. Also the combat can get really frustrating later on.

I'm rambling really, I don't hate the game, I just feel the need to explain why I don't like it, seeing as how I'm alone on that front.

Still if people like it, I'm glad they do.

It is funny you only see the game as "cutesy" because it is the only game I have ever seen maturely present the holocost and racism in a real way. The only one missing out by not playing a good game because of the asthetic is yourself.

Really? One of my main gripes with the game was that its approach to racism felt incredibly simplistic. Like I said I don't hate the game and my friend and I will most likely finish it when she gets back from college. I just don't think it's that great.

Aiddon:

jdogtwodolla:
Was this game really an RPG? I thought it was like a more direct XCOM sort of deal.

XCom is probably a better comparison, but it's more intimate due to being able to control units directly and go for more unorthodox strategies. The RPG progression is also more overt as classes level up instead of characters.

It's story is also more like a standard RPG than something like X-Com, with a lot of named/voiced characters who have important things to do in the plot and what not. As well the fact that "more story" is frequently used as a reward in the game.

Good. Hopefully, the next AC game won't be complete tosh.

See, Sega, people do still like your games and buy them if they are good. Also, see that people outside of Japan will still buy your games.

So, that concluded, how are those non-Japanese versions or Phantasy Star Online 2 and Phantasy Star Nova coming along?

You can't sell PC games on hype alone (Unless you're Blizzard). Also, people are really fed up with Uplay, and Ubisoft's general attitude for PC gaming.

jdogtwodolla:
Was this game really an RPG? I thought it was like a more direct XCOM sort of deal.

Yea, it really irks me when someone calls games like Fire Emblem and Valkyria Chronciles Jrpgs just because of the art style. I absolutely HATE games like Final Fantasy and other Jrpgs, but for some reason people associate these strategy games are JRPGs-- WHY!? Valkyria Chronicles is a turn-based strategy game that plays *nothing* like Jrpgs. I mean, explain to me where the "role playing" is. During the game I'm looking at a map 60 percent of the time, planning out my next move, and the other 40 percent I'm running around blowing up tanks or shooting soldiers in the face.

Or are VC and FE called JRPGs because they have extensive cut scenes that can drag on forever? If that's the case shouldn't games like Advanced Wars: Days of Ruin also be considered a JRPG, considering the characters never shut up in that game, either. The genre of the game should be judged on the gameplay, not art style--or is that just what qualifies a JRPG? Then in that case the earlier Advance Wars games should be considered JRPGs, because the those characters couldn't get anymore anime even if they wanted to.

Aiddon:
XCom is probably a better comparison, but it's more intimate due to being able to control units directly and go for more unorthodox strategies. The RPG progression is also more overt as classes level up instead of characters.

That was a really stupid design choice which was changed for VC 2 and 3 (thank goodness).

EDIT:

Dreiko:
Hopefully, they'll bring over the third VC game or even better make a fourth one for ps4.

Oh man, I was totally frustrated when they didn't localize and release the E2 version in the USA. I was waiting so long for a localization and when I heard a new version of VC3 was coming out I was so stoked because I thought for sure they were going to localize it, but NO! >_< I just imported it from there. That was definitely a good thing about the PSP and PS3; they were not region-locked, so I could still import the game any play it. A few online guides on the internet explaining the changes to the gameplay and I was set. VC3 really is the best so far, too. Kind of frustrating how I can't play it in English...

Dreiko:

iniudan:

Dreiko:
This is like Xcom but better and more anime-like, with a very touching and badass story rather than generic "alien plot 23" style storyline. It's a pity it wasn't more praised all this time, honestly.

Hopefully, they'll bring over the third VC game or even better make a fourth one for ps4.

Also, if you guys like fighting games, Selvaria and Alicia are in a fighting game! It's called Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax. Here:

WTF with the Thumbnail. I know Selvaria is well endowed, but that just ridiculous.

That's her official char portrait.

PHUHU-AHAHAHAHAHAH!!! That thumbnail! It's like she's smuggling watermelons!!!

The Valkyria Chronicles I really want to get is 3 though, since apparently it takes the weird "Conforming is good" morality story of 1 and takes it out in front of the firing squad.

That is a lot of people who passed the game up when it was apparently their thing... oh well at least more people got to play it.

So can we expect Ubisoft to bury PC next week on the mic? And for all the people who can't distinguish a storyline from real life to than give them real heat?

Sigmund Av Volsung:

6)Perhaps more Japanese devs will consider the PC as a viable platform, though I'm not sure if it's enough to overcome the broader perception of the platform in Japan. Nonetheless, I hold out hope that we will see more ports
7)Hey Ubi! You want to know why people are buying this game? Because they can run it at 60 fps and 1080p!
8)We might also get more niche games coming our way! :D

In closing, vive le PC!

People buying this game because it runs at 60 fps and 1080p bloody hell...

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Do you really think they wouldn't have bought it if it was 30 fps and 720p? They didn't have it orginally due to the lack of a PS3, not due to the game not having slightly better resolution and double the frame rate.

Can it go above 60fps or not?
120hz monitor user would like to know, thanks!

VC outsold AC for a sliver of time and gets an article. Divinity: Original Sin topped the charts for two months and nobody said a word.

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