Sunday, January 9, 2011

Valkyria Chronicles 2 finished

Today I completely finished Valkyria Chronicles 2, after 4 months.

The main game doesn't take much time (I finished it in late September), but in the post-game you need to do A LOT of grinding in order to get all the medals. I also got all the potentials for the 62 characters available, all the titles (except for 3 that needs the multiplayer mode), all the 197 missions A ranked and with at least one of each enemy ace weapon, including the DLC ones.

That medal made me suffer a lot...

Comparing it with Valkyria Chronicles, the gameplay has been improved mostly because you can choose the leaders, the tank is much more customizable (and you can choose to not deploy it), there are 20 3rd tier classes (albeit some being way more useful than others)... However, VC1 had little to no grinding, while VC2 has way too much: you'll have to grind to get enemy ace weapons (each can have up to 3 different drops, 2 of them weapons), you'll have to farm the credits to class change each character, and the worst of it is to farm materials and weapons parts to build weapons in R&D (there are weapons parts that are dropped in only one mission, and you need to beat it over 15 times in order to get all the parts required).
At the end the game gets very repetitive and tedious, because not only you need to repeat the same missions over and over but because the non-story missions are very similar and in the same few locations...

There's also a problem with the character models. Despite the game being good looking for a PSP game, the character models uses only one male body and one female body regardless the height and weight of the character, with terrible results:

Selvaria, a busty female with a height of 175cm, shares the exact same body with Aliasse, a 150cm flat-chested loli.


The reward for all the grinding are two characters. The first one, acquired once you get 20 medals, is Juliana:

Unlocked Juliana (blue) versus Story mode Juliana (red). The pinkish shield is way more fitting for the character.

The reward for getting all the medals is Leon Hardins, the missing older brother of the main character:

Despite being the "ultimate character", is a rather mediocre lancer...


Finally, this is the top 12 in my deployment list:

Not counting the main characters Avan and Zeri, the first male character in the list is Largo, at the 23th place.


Next step: wait for the upcoming Valkyria Chronicles 3, that supposedly will fix all the bad traits of this game.

25 comments:

ARIES THE RAM said...

I do agree on trying to get all the medals, characters and unlocking everything.....
it took me about 50-60 hours to finish the story itself but im still trying to unlock all the potentials in all the characters.....then the weapon drops, all A rank, R&D and lvl ups is going to take forever..... overall its fun but after 100+ hours it feels tedious.....

Soth said...

I clocked over 380 hours myself to complete it. The levels are not really a problem (I reached the limit cap of unused experience long before I finished the R&D). Once you play 100+ hours it really feels tedious, but when you reach 200+ is not fun anymore...

ARIES THE RAM said...

GAH!!!
my mem stick corrupted......
there goes everything.....
....now i need to find a saved data online cause i really dont wannt redo the whole game...

Soth said...

I can offer mine, but I think is PSP locked

ARIES THE RAM said...

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is it possible to copy the 'saved' file in the momory card and transfer it to somewhere else?

Soth said...

It can be copied, but I think is only valid in the PSP that generated it.
Anyways try it, I uploaded the saved data at:

http://www.mediafire.com/?hr23r3j2w1wihda

Franny8061 said...

I know save datas can be transfered. But man, I gotta know. What is Leon like?! I worked my ass off for 25 medals because I thought that's what had to be done to get him. But it is 27. What are his potientials like!? Is he good!? He looks awesome! I want him so bad. I have every other character. Whine Whine. But I do love the game. I'm at 170 something hours.

Soth said...

Leon's potentials are weird because he gets abilities that are not from the Lancer class, like Dud mine, Max Accuracy or Max Evasion.
His personal potentials are Country Bred, Born Leader, Camaraderie and the Leon's exclusive Furious Energy (triggers under enemy interception fire and raises all the stats).
Since he is lacking the Ammo Refill and Max Vs Armor abilities is not really a good Lancer, and doesn't help that you get him when you are literally over with the game so there's no point in using him.

Anonymous said...

i accidentally deleted my save data the other day and i've been trying to find a complete game save file for valkyria chronicles 2 to replace it, but every save data i download isn't recognized by the game. the psp menu says its vc2 data and it has all the usual displays but the game itself won't acknowledge it. i definitely have the ntsc version cus i picked it up when i was in LA. i dont spose youd have any idea what im doing wrong? sorry i just don't know who to ask, nobody i know does this kinda stuff

Soth said...

As I said previously, I think VC2 savedata is only recognized in the PSP that generated it. You can copy and transfer it to another PSP, but the game won't recognize it as a valid file because the PSP serial number doesn't match.

ARIES THE RAM said...

yeah it didnt work....
but i really dont want to go back at it again.....

James said...

Can you tell me where in the game you can find the medals you've earned? I can't find that menu....

Soth said...

In Avan's room there is an entry that lets you check all the stats (ranks, deployments...). The medal list is the last one.

iceman said...

Can you repost the save file? It's saying that the file was deleted.

Soth said...

@iceman: If you read the other comments, it was clearly stated that IT DOESN'T WORK!. That savedata works only in my PSP and in any other one the game says that the save is corrupt. So no, I'm not going to repost it again.

iceman said...

Yeah I know, I passed over it when I posted and caught it after. Still, save locks are kind of annoying.

Sally said...

Unlocking Leon is such a pain, though I unlocked Juliana by accident. I wish he was some kind of awesome spaz lancer with mad potentials that made him entirely worth all the grinding. After you get him you've already done everything in the game which is lame so you don't have much of a reason to use him besides making him 3rd tier and stuff. Unless you get the DLC, that is.

Anonymous said...

Is there any place that has a list of all the titles you can unlock? I still have 20 or so that I don't know how to get.

Soth said...

I used a list from a Japanese wiki, but here is a list available in English: https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=tnnNxk2VhRC0-wbcO_gvs1g&authkey=CIDf6LoO#gid=85

Anonymous said...

do you have any video of Leon as a playable character? i've been looking online but i can't find any (in english)

Soth said...

No, I don't have any video, and I don't know how to make an acceptable one...

Phoenix said...

Please Soth, can you upload again your savegame? Don't worry, I know how to use it ;)

Thanks.

Soth said...

@Phoenix: Here it is: https://anonfiles.com/file/590cbb45a30e1f874abfa5f31fd8be4d

Choki2 said...

Soth~ can u upload DLC for this game too~ :)pleaseeeeeee.......

Soth said...

Sorry but I don't really know what are you asking for. My PSP is unhacked and I have no knowledge of custom firmwares and stuff...