It’s hard to believe in this day and age, but not everything Sega touches turns to poop. Valkyria Chronicles on the PS3 is a very interesting and unique strategy-based RPG with a cast of great characters and a compelling story. The sequel is due to land on the PSP in the next few months, so let’s hope that it turns out to be as good as its predecessor.
To make the wait even tougher for fans, Sega has released some enticing details about the sequel. It seems that, in addition to all of the gameplay mechanics from the PS3 version, the PSP sequel will include two new mechanics: Potential Ability and Morale. Potential Ability is a special ability certain characters gain when they meet specific criteria on the battlefield. These abilities are usually highly advantageous and will obviously force players to put an even greater focus on what each of their soldiers is doing. The Morale system, which they spelled “moral” but is quite clearly meant to be “morale”, is self-explanatory. If you’re doing well, the morale of your soldiers will be high, if you’re losing, their morale will be low. Apparently this can have any number of effects on the flow of the battle and players will be able to influence it in various ways.
Sounds good so far, doesn’t it? The PSP has one or two fairly decent strategy games, but we really need another, and Valkyria Chronicles 2 could just deliver us what we need.