And some other platforms (PS4, Xbox One.) But most importantly, SWITCH!
This... listen up. Valkyria Chronicles is pretty much one of my favorite games ever. It's like a fully 3D Advance Wars that is turn-based but also has real-time action during each turn. So awesome. The PSP sequel was alright but felt stripped down to fit on a handheld (and the 3rd game, also on PSP, never made it to the West) and then they made some weird crappy action game and I've been giving up hope for it to ever return to form on a console...
But now it is back on consoles! And not a side game, a real Valkyria Chronicles game! On a Nintendo console, to boot! HECK YEAH. Sega already said it is coming to the West too. In 2018.
I don't remember the music, but it's not really an adventure story. It's a very thinly veiled fantasy version of WW2 that can get kind of dark and hopeless at times, especially if your characters die. A lot of the time it feels like you're just barely scraping by, from both a narrative and gameplay perspective. I don't think an upbeat or adventurous soundtrack would fit the game's tone. But I can see how that intro cinematic gives the impression of a more upbeat and romantic story.
And yeah, the first one did have Skies of Arcadia characters. They were pretty useful too. I don't think later games had similar cameos, but I could be wrong on that.
Gave the demo a shot yesterday, and it's pretty cool. It's got flowery fields, dogs in hats and fascists getting shot in the face - all the stuff I like. I'm usually pretty bad at military strategy though, and I'd need a ton of time to put into a game like this, so I don't know whether I'll get it or not.
Gonna replay it today, and see if I can turn off the voice acting. Really annoys me when voice actors constantly do that little melodramatic exhale at the end of each sentence, as if that would convey any sort of emotion by default. Looking at you, Claude.