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Warning: this LP will likely contain some spoilers (mostly minor, though). Also, this game contains scenes of violence (though no blood), political/racial undertones, and otherwise fairly harrowing depictions of warfare and persecution for a game rated T/Pegi 16. Not only that, but this game now features a certain someone with quite a foul mouth. Both my own commentary and a good chunk of Raz's dialogue will contain gratuitous amounts of "s**ts" and "a**holes", and maybe even an "H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks" or two. Hello fellow strategists, and welcome to a brand new game and LP! And in fact, it's my first ever video LP. Of course, I'm here bringing you the fresh new Valkyria Chronicles 4, a strategy-action game loosely based on World War 2. Nothing else special about this, just a new game. Though I will attempt to play through the game with minimal grinding. From now until I beat the game, I will be uploading four one-hour blocks every week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Expect a new part on those days; if I miss a day or two, I'm probably out of town. I'll let folks know here what's going on if anything comes up. Without further ado, let's get started with Valkyria Chronicles 4! ヽﾉ
Isn't vegetable man bootiful? Warning: this LP will contain spoilers, naturally, though I won't spoil significant plot elements until I reach them, even under spoiler tags. I'll go into it assuming some haven't played, and I'll gloss over some story elements so that those following can understand the context behind the stuff I'm doing in the game and so that those curious could hear my thoughts on the game. If you haven't played this game, I highly recommend that you do, especially if you're a fan of strategy (particularly games like XCOM), WW2 revisionism, or good anime. (It's only $20 on Steam) Also, this game contains scenes of violence committed against unarmed civilians (though no blood), political/racial undertones, and otherwise fairly harrowing depictions of warfare and persecution for a game rated T/Pegi 16. This is balanced out by occasional slice-of-life or otherwise lighthearted moments, but it, by and large, is a game about war. Don't let the silly image above fool you. Dude's actually incapacitated and in need of a medic. Final warning: my posts are all kind of rambling and long-winded. I apologize; I'm trying my best to improve. So yes, for my first LP ever on this site, I decided to do a favorite of mine: Valkyria Chronicles. Except it is now modded, and I won't be using the leaders (Alicia, Largo, and Rosie) at all. The mod is called Gallian Crossfire. It makes a ton of changes to the original gameplay elements, due to the original game honestly being kind of a breeze by strategy game standards. Essentially, it makes the game a shit ton more difficult, sometimes maybe even a little unfair. I'll list all the specific changes under here, but those who haven't played the game might not understand any of this. Be warned, it's a fairly big list. With all these changes, it now really does feel like you're just this ragtag militia from a technologically poor country fighting a military superpower. If you want this mod for yourself, just look for it under VC's "Community Guides" segment of Steam. Or just look it up on Google; if you've found a page on Steam titled "Gallian Crossfire rebalance mod", then you've found the right one. The mod was created by a user named busards. Table of Contents (should link directly to each corresponding post): Page 1: LP Intro/Prologue Chapter 1-1 (Intro) Chapter 1-2 (Gameplay) Chapter 1-3 (Gameplay) Chapter 1-4 (Closing)/2-1 (Intro) Chapter 2-2 (Gameplay) Chapter 2-3 (Closing) Interlude Segment 1 First Recruitment Segment Chapter 3-1 (Intro) Page 2: Chapter 3-2 (Gameplay) Chapter 3-3 (Gameplay) Chapter 3-4 (Closing)/Interlude 2 Break Where I Promise to LP VC 3 (Japan-only game, but I have English patched version) Interlude 3 Report (Ellet) Chapter 4-1 (Intro) Page 3: Chapter 4-2 (Gameplay) Chapter 4-3 (Gameplay) Chapter 4-4 (Closing)/Interlude 4 Chapter 5-1 (Intro) Chapter 5-2 (Gameplay) Chapter 5-3 (Gameplay) Chapter 5-4 (Gameplay) Chapter 5-5 (Closing)/Interlude 5/Report (Hans) Page 4: Chapter 6-1 (Intro) Chapter 6-2 (Gameplay) Chapter 6-3 (Gameplay) Chapter 6-4 (Gameplay) Page 5: Chapter 6-5 (Gameplay) Chapter 6-6 (Gameplay) Chapter 6-7 (Closing)/Interlude 6 (Largo Report Acquisition) Report: Largo's Passion (Part 1 - Intro) Report: Largo's Passion (Part 2 - Gameplay) Report: Largo's Passion (Part 3 - Closing)/Chapter 7-1 (Intro) Chapter 7-2 (Gameplay) Chapter 7-3 (Gameplay) Chapter 7-4 (Gameplay) Chapter 7-5 (Gameplay) Chapter 7-6 (Gameplay) Chapter 7-7 (Gameplay) Page 6: Chapter 7-8 (Closing)/Interlude 7 Start of DLC 1: Behind Her Blue Flame Part 1-1 (Story) Behind Her Blue Flame Part 1-2 (Gameplay) Behind Her Blue Flame Part 1-3 (Gameplay) Behind Her Blue Flame Part 1-4 (Gameplay) Behind Her Blue Flame Part 1-5 (Gameplay) Page 7: Behind Her Blue Flame Part 1-6/2-1 (Story) Behind Her Blue Flame Part 2-2 (Gameplay Start) Between the last part and the next part is a long break and an apology for said break, plus a recap of everything that happened before Behind Her Blue Flame Part 2-3 (Gameplay) Behind Her Blue Flame Part 2-4 (End) Interlude 7 Continued/Chapter 8-1 (Story) Chapter 8-2 (Gameplay) Chapter 8-3 (Gameplay) Interlude 8 (Incorrectly labeled) Chapter 8-4 (Middle Story Part 1) Chapter 8-5 (Middle Story Part 2) Chapter 8-6 (Gameplay Start) Without further delay, let's get started: EDIT: I'm not gonna be posting here for a bit. With the release of VC4, and my desire to play it, I'm reticent to be playing two Valkyria Chronicles games simultaneously. And moreover, I plan to actually LP VC4. So in the end, to save me from a possibly staggering workload and to keep me from getting burned out on this game, I will keep this LP on hold until I've thoroughly finished VC4 (beaten all the main chapters and DLC). I will not end this LP yet, though. I promise that unless something happens to me (life's unexpected, what can I say?), I will ultimately finish this LP all the way through. I'd say at the latest, I'll be starting back up in early January.