From the off, the game sells itself with its strong narrative and beautiful aesthetics. Delivered in the frame of a book chronicling Gallia’s involvement in the war, each chapter plays out in both detailed cutscenes – the only portion of the game to miss out on the push to 60 FPS – and short bursts of Visual Novel-esque story segments. The game’s anime roots shine through with each distinct personality that graces the stage; Welkin is a biology nut whose devotion to the virtues of life and peace set him at odds with the violence and ruthlessness that war demands, whilst his lieutenant Alicia is a baker turned staunch Gallian defender. Though the exploration of these personalities at times cloud the game’s core emotional impact – as side stories and sub-chapters throw standard anime antics into the mix of grim drama – they keep the game’s story focused on the people involved in the conflict, encouraging emotional investment in your team, Squad 7.
Despite those flaws I have no problems recommending Valkyria Chronicles Remastered. The jump to 60 FPS has tightened up the performance of the controls marginally, and the HD coat of paint is visually stunning. Coupled with the extra DLC missions giving greater depth to the game’s ancillary cast, and the new Hard EX mode for the tactically gifted or exceptionally masochistic, it serves as a strong strategy RPG on a console that can on occasion lack such diversity.