Game of the Month: November 2008
- Posted December 9th, 2008 at 07:13 EDT by
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Last month’s premiere title, LittleBigPlanet, was a no brainer for Game of the Month. Despite going up against heavy hitters such as Fallout 3 and Dead Space, Media Molecule’s social platformer ultimately won us over with its irresistible charms and unbeatable longevity.
Fast forward one month to November, and Sony’s flagship console is graced by a gigantic sequel in Resistance 2 and a groundbreaking, pivotal RPG in Valkyria Chronicles. Depending on which side you asked, one game was better than the other. Shooter fans will undoubtedly vouch for Resistance 2 while starving RPG fanatics will make their case for Valkyria Chronicles.
Our review of Valkyria Chronicles brimmed with praise and fulfillment, yet on the other hand, our Resistance 2 review was majority positive, yet didn’t seem to hit the benchmark of hype we had expected from the title. Given that differential, PlayStation Universe can announce that Valkyria Chronicles is our Game of the Month for November 2008.
Valkyria Chronicles did something for PlayStation owners that hadn’t been done in a very long time. It provided a Role-Playing Game that changed the way you looked at the genre and forced you to sit back in order to just take in the title before you. As mentioned in our review, I felt that Valkyria was a genre defining title for this generation of consoles. Beautifully rendered watercolor-esque graphics, empowering voiceovers, an enthralling story and the ability to emotionally attach the player to the characters on screen are just some of the major highlights that VC has to offer.
Of course, don’t take my word for it. PS3Forums.com’s Official Valkyria Chronicles thread is full of positive information and testimonials to SEGA’s unique IP. We’ve included some of them below for you to check out.
Sieghardt: “In short, yes. It's a very enjoyable story filled with a cast of extremely likeable characters. The only complaint I would have made about the story is that there wasnt enough about Selvaria, but that has been rectified by DLC”
Pirulee: “This game is fantastic. Love the the art, love the story, love the gameplay and love the strategy within it. It really deserves an outstanding 9/10. Great game, I'm happy I bought it!”
Medeia: “Wow, just wow! Holy effing anuspaste, Batman! The chapter 7 fight is NUTS! That was brutal beyond stupid; why the hell did they program that? I won, but it was ugly, ugly, ugly. It took fifteen turns, killed half of my troops (thankfully all were evacuated in time!), and I had to rip out about three fistfuls of hair, but I actually beat it with a C rating. Jeez, this game is sick! If that's what it does to me just seven chapters in, then I'm damn near afraid to find out what happens in another five or six...”
Kentatus: “Just had to contribute to the thread and say that Valkyria Chronicles is epic. I just recently finished it, and i must say that this is definitely game of the year to me personally. Also, i am so glad that I played VC with the Japanese voice track on. Experiencing VC as it was meant to be experienced left me in awe. Plus, i revisited most of the scenes in English dubbing, and wow the english voice actors were terrible to be blatantly honest.
AHHH time to go into withdrawal mode for a few days as i rewatch all the scenes again and again, over and over lol. I'm praying that there will be more works of art like this in the upcoming future. Hope everyone else enjoyed Valkyria Chronicles.
P.S.: Selvaria Bles is outrageously cool.”
Looking ahead to December, we reckon it's going to be very difficult for any title to oust Prince of Persia for Game of the Month. Considering Sonic Unleashed is the only real rival that Ubisoft's hotly anticipated adventure faces, we’re pretty sure December has already been decided.
Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
- 2:36am EST - December 9th, 2008
hmmmmmmmmmm seems fair enough. im not that huge of a fan for this game but its greta for those who are
- 2:40am EST - December 9th, 2008
brilliant game !
- 2:50am EST - December 9th, 2008
It's a great game, I haven't played R2 yet but hopefully that'll change soon, I love VC mind you i haven't finished it yet, i find it rather hard on some chapters ^^;
- 3:20am EST - December 9th, 2008
- 3:28am EST - December 9th, 2008
psn id: gingo.... valkyria chronicles was certainly the dark horse this year it was really great even though i'm not a big fan of rpgs but i still have to say imo R2 just pips it for the sheer epicness of all the different modes ( campaign, co-op and online)
- 4:12am EST - December 9th, 2008
It's the game I'm currently playing. Really good.
- 4:37am EST - December 9th, 2008
wow better than R2??? really??? honestly??? even in replay value??? i doubt it
- 4:51am EST - December 9th, 2008
I would of said R2.
- 5:06am EST - December 9th, 2008
R2 should have won because its a fantastic game overall but VC didnt feel right as a game, this is coming from a guy who loves RPGs
- 5:20am EST - December 9th, 2008
Good choice guys. This game can't get enough positive attention.
- 7:23am EST - December 9th, 2008
LOL Resistance to Owns Valkery or how ever u spell it. playing valkery and games like FF have always never been anything special thing to me. mostly it always reminded me of pokemon for gameboy color with gameplay. with resistances bench mark of 8 player co-op 60 player maps and bosses like leviathin i think it should have gotten its dew on here. Dave Wales next time u put something out like this atleast check psu's voter box which show R2 is the better choice for game of the month. a garenty R2 will be up for best game of the year award valkery i highly dubt it.
- 8:39am EST - December 9th, 2008
Good on Valkyria Chronicles game.
Now we can wait for Valkyria Chronicles 2 to happen. XD
Why not LOL
- 8:45am EST - December 9th, 2008
Second that....Valkyria Chronicles is an awsome game, with an awsome story. im not sayin R2 was bad...but....i just like a good story :)
- 11:29am EST - December 9th, 2008
Well, that's interesting, is Valkyria Chronicles really that good? I guess I will have to check it out in the New Year when I find some time. R2 would have been my choice, it just get's better the more I play it, which has been a solid 3 weeks straight so far. First game I've tried multiplayer and I must say I'm enjoying it. It's nice to see so many great games out right now, only problem is how to find time to play them all.
- 12:55pm EST - December 9th, 2008
I played the demo for this and it was pretty epic. I'm not surprised it won this month. PS3 really hasn't had many good role playing games but this one is a great one.
- 1:43pm EST - December 9th, 2008
I couldn't agree more. Valkyria Chronicles is epic and defnitely a piece of art. I'm very, very glad I bought it.
Ps.: I have to agree with the quoted guy saying that chapter 7 fight is insane. Let me repeat CHAPTER 7 FIGHT IT IS I-N-S-A-N-E.
- 6:58am EST - December 10th, 2008
currently playing this too and i love it very much. its breaking up the time i play R2, BF:BC and Socom Confrontation but thats ok, ya digg?
- 1:16pm EST - December 10th, 2008
What they rate this game? I haven't played it yet??
- 8:52pm EST - December 10th, 2008
Not to take anything away from this great game, but I think the honor should have gone to Resistance 2.
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