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

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Rozalia1:
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 originally due to the lack of a PS3, not due to the game not having slightly better resolution and double the frame rate.

Funny how the person below your post asked about the frame-rate of the game >.>

Dark Souls is a masterpiece, but I can totally understand that people refuse to buy/play it cause of the lock to 30fps and the generally crappy porting of the game.

It matters. I could just play KoTOR II as is, but I've got this lovely monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio, just begging to be used.

So I fuck about with the game for hours on end trying to get it to run in 1080p.

If I am honest, I wouldn't consider buying VC as much if it didn't allow for 60 fps/1080p. Whilst I may have exaggerated the importance thereof in my original post to poke more at Ubisoft, it's still a factor.

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:

Making it the second time Selvaria has been rendered in Sprite animation:

Ticklefist:
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.

VC went over a much higher tiered opponent. Its like Heath Slater beating Seth Rollins, of course people are going to love it. Even if the heel only lost due to distractions, and everybody knows is going to pummel VC in the rematch at the next show.

Sigmund Av Volsung:
Funny how the person below your post asked about the frame-rate of the game >.>

Dark Souls is a masterpiece, but I can totally understand that people refuse to buy/play it cause of the lock to 30fps and the generally crappy porting of the game.

It matters. I could just play KoTOR II as is, but I've got this lovely monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio, just begging to be used.

So I fuck about with the game for hours on end trying to get it to run in 1080p.

If I am honest, I wouldn't consider buying VC as much if it didn't allow for 60 fps/1080p. Whilst I may have exaggerated the importance thereof in my original post to poke more at Ubisoft, it's still a factor.

Negligible factor, likely effecting people in the single digits.
If you pass up on a game that you've been waiting over half a decade to play because of frames/resolution especially on a platform where that can be remedied...than well those folk need to fix some of their priorities in my opinion.

Ubisoft is having a really rough year in terms of keeping mud off their face and not looking like a bunch of assholes. This kind of news certainly isn't helping them. Maybe they'll learn a lesson and do better in 2015.

Rozalia1:

Ticklefist:
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.

VC went over a much higher tiered opponent. Its like Heath Slater beating Seth Rollins, of course people are going to love it. Even if the heel only lost due to distractions, and everybody knows is going to pummel VC in the rematch at the next show.

Sigmund Av Volsung:
Funny how the person below your post asked about the frame-rate of the game >.>

Dark Souls is a masterpiece, but I can totally understand that people refuse to buy/play it cause of the lock to 30fps and the generally crappy porting of the game.

It matters. I could just play KoTOR II as is, but I've got this lovely monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio, just begging to be used.

So I fuck about with the game for hours on end trying to get it to run in 1080p.

If I am honest, I wouldn't consider buying VC as much if it didn't allow for 60 fps/1080p. Whilst I may have exaggerated the importance thereof in my original post to poke more at Ubisoft, it's still a factor.

Negligible factor, likely effecting people in the single digits.
If you pass up on a game that you've been waiting over half a decade to play because of frames/resolution especially on a platform where that can be remedied...than well those folk need to fix some of their priorities in my opinion.

Fair enough.

Like I said, I wanted to further stab at Ubisoft, they deserve all the shit they get.

erttheking:

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.

Baby steps. It's a pretty touchy subject so have to tread lightly, otherwise people would slam it for either hate or not being able to sell. I mean look at "Imagination is the Only Escape", that has seen some flack(well when it's visable, no one is talking about it). But this is the first time I've seen racism in a game where all the players are human. I mean Dragon Age hated the elves.

Baby steps. It's a first and would like to see more games take it.

Well a lot of us did sign a petition asking for Sega's console exclusives to be ported over to PC so it wouldn't be nice if we didn't buy it now that it released.
I'm just mad at Sega for selling the game for $16 in the US and 20 euro in my region. That's just bullshit.

Also I'm hoping we get a Vanquish port as well.

For anyone interested in the petition, here is the link.
https://www.change.org/p/sega-increase-the-number-of-pc-releases-segapcports
Not sure if it had any impact on the port but I'm happy.

DeepReaver:
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.

The PS3 demo of it did a terrible job selling it on its qualities. I know I skipped out on it based off of the demo. I'm going to guess that led to its lackluster launch sales.

Sigmund Av Volsung:

Rozalia1:
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 originally due to the lack of a PS3, not due to the game not having slightly better resolution and double the frame rate.

Funny how the person below your post asked about the frame-rate of the game >.>

I sure did! Does anyone have an answer to that question?
I'm pretty curious.

Weaver:

I sure did! Does anyone have an answer to that question?
I'm pretty curious.

http://www.pcgamer.com/valkyria-chronicles-pc-port-analysis-durantes-verdict/

According to the guy who made DSfix for Dark Souls, yes, it does! :D

MerlinCross:

erttheking:

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.

Baby steps. It's a pretty touchy subject so have to tread lightly, otherwise people would slam it for either hate or not being able to sell. I mean look at "Imagination is the Only Escape", that has seen some flack(well when it's visable, no one is talking about it). But this is the first time I've seen racism in a game where all the players are human. I mean Dragon Age hated the elves.

Baby steps. It's a first and would like to see more games take it.

If you want to see something that has racism where all the characters are Human, there's Wolfenstein the New Order. For all the games about the Nazis, it's the only one I can think of that actually explores the Nazi's race policies. It doesn't make every single Nazi a cackling murderer either. Don't get me wrong, there are cackling murderers, but there are just as many who just sit around talking about their life at home or try to pull their wounded friends to safety.

Also there's a concentration camp it in. And I've read that apart from the occasional Diesel punk robot they've got paroling now, it's fairly accurate.

This seems like a pointless article, or at least one to try and show that Assassin's Creed is dying... using only one of five distribution methods for this game, not counting physical copies. I'm not even sure if UK Steam every go it back. While Valkyrie Chronicles may be really old, but for the past week it's been hyped as hell on Steam. I've seen it every time I go to the featured items. Add to that, console players hyping it for PC player and it makes sense.

Is there a French word that is equivalent to the term 'owned'?

Japanese developers should take note that they can earn good money by making PC ports, because a lot of the stuff that Japanese people play on consoles probably resonates better with the PC crowd in the west.

This particular port still could have used a somewhat better adaptation of the controls. It has a few problems with control design like escape being used in gameplay, and F opening the menu. Gameplay functions mixed in with system functions in the menu, and tank controls being tied to the camera instead of the vehicle, which is just awkward if you don't have an analog stick.

Overall though, surprisingly enjoyable.

YES! This brings me all the joy!!!

As someone who was blessed enough to enjoy this game from the beginning, it makes me happy to see it enjoy new success. I'm also happy that its cult classic reputation has allowed it to find new fans who never had the opportunity to play it on the PS3. Solid games like this deserve more success. Honestly, It's like firefly suddenly becoming the most successful show of the year. After i heard about the card battling spin off, I thought it was over. Thats where good fames go to die. Hopefully this means a potential series of quality sequels down the line, or, at the very least, more unique games getting multi platform releases. For a generation with stagnant JRPG's, this was a breath of fresh air.

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

If you enjoy Fire Emblem then you should enjoy this. I was skeptical before I played it, but the battle system is very polished, and it's pretty easy to jump into. Honestly, it became one of my favorite games of the generation. The story is also pretty solid, though you may have already seen it from the lets play. I would still recommend for fans of strategy, however.

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

Yeah it is a fun game and it has a decent anime story with a good cast

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.

The character designer for the game makes porn and one of his sketches was the basis of Katawa Shoujo

http://obelion13.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/fun-fact-valkyria-chronicles-nsfw-ish/

StewShearer:

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 repulse an invasion from an imperialistic Empire.

Wait, wait. You mean to tell me there are other kinds of empires?

All jest aside, AC Unity for the PC has many problems. Including, but not limited to:

- being so poorly optimized that even high-end PCs can't possibly run the game on its highest settings,

- characters clipping though one another, including the PC through enemies,

- broken AI, to the point that an enemy loses track of the PC while he's still right in front of him,

- objects suddenly popping into view, to the point that you can literally run into something you didn't see,

- npcs changing to entirely different models as they get closer, (no, they're not getting more detailed. They're completely changing models)

- the same old gameplay that got so stale that the last game, AC4, had to focus on sailing and piracy with a whole ocean for a sandbox just to make it fun again,

EDIT - frequent and seemingly causeless game crashes. (how could I forget that?) /EDIT

Gee, I wonder why people would pass-up such a gem at full price in favor an old JRPG-themed strategy game. At least AC Unity has impressive graphics going for it. Ohwaitaminute..,!

Ticklefist:
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.

There was almost nothing else that was released at the time when Divinity did.

Assassin's Creed is currently one of the biggest franchises in the industry and Valkyria Chronicles is a port of a six year old game.

I didn't have a PS3 so I was oblivious to this title before I watched Unskippable.

Anyway a fan of tactical games and already got a copy for myself. I tested it on an AMD A6 laptop and it runs over 40+ FPS even when hooked to a 1080p monitor, which is good news for my brother who doesn't have a gaming PC for himself. Really liked the almost nonexistent loading times, which is something I heard is a problem on the PS3.

A surprisingly good port for a game that was previously a PS3 exclusive.

erttheking:
Get deez animus outta ma World War.

I have to ask, would you prefer it if it went with a different art style? Also do you feel the same about Valiant Hearts?

I got the game for PS3 when I bought my console but was put off by somewhat cheesy anime-esque delivery and God-awful controls. The idea of fighting through myriads of menus to perform every single move felt alien and obtuse to a person who grew up on games like Fallout, Jagged Alliance 2, Silent Storm, and X-COM (X-COM: Apocalypse. Heresy, I know. The tactics were pretty good there, though).
After struggling through a couple of missions I assumed these clumsy over-complicated controls were just the way console TRPGs dealt with controllers. A couple of other famed TRPGs I tried later, like FFT and Disgaea 3, confirmed my initial suspicion, so I gave up on the genre.

And now Valkyria Chronicles gets released on PC. I've warmed to "anime bullshit" games in the past years, so I'm willing to give it another try. The only reservation that I have is those goddamn controls. So there's the question: have they changed them in any way in the PC port? I heard they added the mouse support, which is great, but how useful is the mouse in the game? Is it simply used to click through the same myriads of menus, or was the interface streamlined to appeal to the casual PC audience?

I'm not exactly holding my breath, but still. Please, enlighten me.

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.

So like a Front Mission 3/4 kind of deal? Seen this game forever and was put off at what I thought the combat system was.

OT: I've officially turned into that bitter cynical guy who laughs at the big corporation as long as something bad happens to them. I've been sitting back and just loving how they keep getting bodied, even though I'm buying FC4 day one.

Aerosteam:

erttheking:
Get deez animus outta ma World War.

I have to ask, would you prefer it if it went with a different art style? Also do you feel the same about Valiant Hearts?

The art style isn't a problem. I actually really like the art style. My issue is with the tone.

Sigmund Av Volsung:

Weaver:

I sure did! Does anyone have an answer to that question?
I'm pretty curious.

http://www.pcgamer.com/valkyria-chronicles-pc-port-analysis-durantes-verdict/

According to the guy who made DSfix for Dark Souls, yes, it does! :D

Thanks so much! I might pick it up with my magic GMG bux I've managed to accrue over time.
Though I already own it on PS3...

erttheking:

Aerosteam:

erttheking:
Get deez animus outta ma World War.

I have to ask, would you prefer it if it went with a different art style? Also do you feel the same about Valiant Hearts?

The art style isn't a problem. I actually really like the art style. My issue is with the tone.

Ah, because of the way things look you expect the tone to be more light-hearted?

Well, as for myself I like how the aesthetic contrasts from the tone, not a lot of games do that.

Rozalia1:

Ticklefist:
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.

VC went over a much higher tiered opponent. Its like Heath Slater beating Seth Rollins, of course people are going to love it. Even if the heel only lost due to distractions, and everybody knows is going to pummel VC in the rematch at the next show.

But Slater and Rollins never had a rematch! So Heath Slater is still 1-0 vs Seth Rollins as long as you don't include 3MB losses to The Shield.

On topic! Yay? I mean this is totally awesome and all, but this doesn't actually mean that VC beat AC in sales. It means it beat AC in sales on Steam when AC was actually pulled from Steam for a few days.

Though if this news means I'll be able to get a VC2 then go team VC!

Oh, maybe, just maybe, we'll see more games ported to the pc! I'd kill for some Persona and Disgaea on my computer.

Aerosteam:

erttheking:

Aerosteam:
I have to ask, would you prefer it if it went with a different art style? Also do you feel the same about Valiant Hearts?

The art style isn't a problem. I actually really like the art style. My issue is with the tone.

Ah, because of the way things look you expect the tone to be more light-hearted?

Well, as for myself I like how the aesthetic contrasts from the tone, not a lot of games do that.

No-no, it's the way the characters act. THAT is what is way too light of tone for a game that covers such a serious topic.

erttheking:

Aerosteam:

erttheking:

The art style isn't a problem. I actually really like the art style. My issue is with the tone.

Ah, because of the way things look you expect the tone to be more light-hearted?

Well, as for myself I like how the aesthetic contrasts from the tone, not a lot of games do that.

No-no, it's the way the characters act. THAT is what is way too light of tone for a game that covers such a serious topic.

I actually like it that way honestly. Games where there's a dark/serious tone and are filled with dark/serious topics are depressing as fuck. Either that or the game passes the depression event horizon and everythin is so bleak that nothin is bleak anymore. Having characters that can still have fun and be joyful makes the depressing bits even more impactful.

Aerosteam:

Ticklefist:
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.

There was almost nothing else that was released at the time when Divinity did.

Assassin's Creed is currently one of the biggest franchises in the industry and Valkyria Chronicles is a port of a six year old game.

I think the word "sliver" is being overlooked. I'm just not impressed that a game outsold another game for 2 hours then went right back down to not outselling it.

shintakie10:

erttheking:

Aerosteam:
Ah, because of the way things look you expect the tone to be more light-hearted?

Well, as for myself I like how the aesthetic contrasts from the tone, not a lot of games do that.

No-no, it's the way the characters act. THAT is what is way too light of tone for a game that covers such a serious topic.

I actually like it that way honestly. Games where there's a dark/serious tone and are filled with dark/serious topics are depressing as fuck. Either that or the game passes the depression event horizon and everythin is so bleak that nothin is bleak anymore. Having characters that can still have fun and be joyful makes the depressing bits even more impactful.

I like moments like that too, but I feel like the game goes too far. Like the characters were created for a story where everything is supposed to be happy all the time...They feel like caricatures at time, with the main character relying way too much with his love of nature to serve as a personality. It creates a rather jarring tone when he talks about how much he loves nature while plowing a tank through enemy lines. And they don't just act like this off the battlefield, that I could've bought, but when they talk like that on the battlefield it just feels unreal. These people just seem kind of detached from what's going on around them, like they don't truly understand the gravity of the situation. To be honest I can think of a game or two where this doesn't bother me but...in a game that's intentionally drawing parallels to the most brutal war in human history it just feels kinda fucked up.

shintakie10:
But Slater and Rollins never had a rematch! So Heath Slater is still 1-0 vs Seth Rollins as long as you don't include 3MB losses to The Shield.

Checked and you're right, I was sure Rollins got his win back on Main Event but it seems he didn't. Very odd as when an upset victory happens on Raw, it usually just means that person is getting beaten on Smackdown.
Looking at the record it seems Seth beat Ziggler on Smackdown while Slater Gator went over the Dust Brothers... what odd booking.

I was orginally going to use Brock instead of Seth, but I thought it overkill.

erttheking:
Such cutesy crap with a war that actually happened leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I didn't realize World War 2 had superpowered magical females whose powers date back through thousands of years, gigantic land battleships, and was fought over a do-it-all natural resource. Also, the WW2 that actually happened flared up in AD 1939 with the German invasion of Poland, while Valkyria Chronicles' conflict takes place in EC 1935 - the difference in dates and calendar system, not to mention the fact that the real world didn't have an Atlantic Federation or an Empire geographically based on the Soviet Union, or that the protagonist country is named Gallia should be an indicator that Valkyria Chronicles is not set in a war that actually happened.

Valkyria Chronicles is based off the 1930's and 1940's era in terms of aesthetic, but otherwise is pretty much like any other fantasy world setting. It just uses WW2 as a base, much like how bog-standard fantasy RPGs uses medieval Europe as its base. Valkyria Chronicles is not a WW2-game like Medal of Honor or Company of Heroes, it's a WW2-inspired fantasy game. Thus, it has every prerogative to have "cutesy" stuff as it wants.

Uliana:

erttheking:
Such cutesy crap with a war that actually happened leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I didn't realize World War 2 had superpowered magical females whose powers date back through thousands of years, gigantic land battleships, and was fought over a do-it-all natural resource. Also, the WW2 that actually happened flared up in AD 1938 with the German invasion of Poland, while Valkyria Chronicles' conflict takes place in EC 1935 - the difference in dates and calendar system, not to mention the fact that the real world didn't have an Atlantic Federation or an Empire geographically based on the Soviet Union, or that the protagonist country is named Gallia should be an indicator that Valkyria Chronicles is not set in a war that actually happened.

Valkyria Chronicles is based off the 1930's and 1940's era in terms of aesthetic, but otherwise is pretty much like any other fantasy world setting. It just uses WW2 as a base, much like how bog-standard fantasy RPGs uses medieval Europe as its base. Valkyria Chronicles is not a WW2-game like Medal of Honor or Company of Heroes, it's a WW2-inspired fantasy game. Thus, it has every prerogative to have "cutesy" stuff as it wants.

Let's not pretend that the game isn't massively copying the second world war. For all your arguments about how it differs from the actual war, when you include a massive expansionist empire that is spreading to the west and carrying out the extermination of a specific minority through concentration camps, there's a bit more than just inspiration going on. If your gonna copy serious stuff like that and dumb it down with cutesy fantasy stuff, why not just greenlight this?

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No. No it isn't. Fantasy worlds don't have maps that are blatant rip offs of Europe. I know that technically it's fantasy, but when you bring that much IRL baggage in, the fantasy defense is very flimsy. And when the fact that it's fantasy makes the characters forcing cutesy bullshit down my throat and taking a approach to racism I would expect from Sesame Street while in the middle of a god damn concentration camp any less painful, I'll let you know.

Rozalia1:

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

...oh, it can? Sweet, can't wait to utilize my awesome monitor.

*goes and purchases steam key for game, starts download*

Good job advertising that, I'll have to check this game out inbetween my dragon age trilogy play.

This is welcome news indeed, I would have bought it myself, but I still have my PS3 copy of the game, and I'm not letting go of it, ah what the hell, I might just buy it on Steam too, do my part to support it and all that

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