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Valkyria Chronicles Thread: >Be teenage girl from another universe.

RentRent I'm always rightFuckin' deal with itRegistered User regular
edited July 2011 in Games and Technology
ATTENTION MY FELLOW GALLIANS!


Take up your arms! Keep your supply of Ragnite under strict lock and key! Bar your windows, and make sure to keep careful track of your children!

There is a traitor within your midst. Yes, yes my good citizens of the noble city of Bruhl, a spy.

Ask yourselves this question- Have you checked your wheat supply and noticed it's been a bit...low? Have you found one of your beloved milking cows- and everyone in Gallia knows that the milk from Bruhl is assuredly the most delicious in the land- have you found one of your beloved milking cows mysteriously dead in your field one day, although being of sound mind and body only the night previous? Have you been missing small items from your houses, which you had before discounted due to a slip of the mind, a simple misplacement of your valuables?

Well, these items are not a coincidence, I am saddened to inform you. No, there is a much deeper conspiracy at work here. The Darcsens.
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THE DARCSENS!


Yes, these foul, detestable creatures are responsible for nearly every ailment facing Gallia today. Since the beginning, when Gallia was but a child sucking on Europa's generous teat, these monsters have used every trick they could find to destroy Gallia from within and without. Do none of you remember the stories you heard when you were but children, of the incident now generally referred to as the Darcsen Calamity?

Of how the Darcsens invaded Gallia, and proceeded to ravage and destroy all in their path before being struck down, brought to justice by the glorious Valkyria? Many of you most likely think the incident was a sort of faerie's tale, a made-up story with no basis in verifiable fact?

Well, I am here to assure you, good sirs and madams, that that incident was no lie. No bedtime story meant to frighten little ones before being enfolded in the comforts of sleep.

The Darcsen Calamity is TRUE! Every word, all of it! Many of today's most brilliant and respected historians have verified it based off writings from the period! Do you realize what this means?

Since day one, the Darcsens have done nothing, nothing, but plan the destruction of Gallia.

Now for some of you, I realize that this realization may come as a bit of a shock. Many of you probably trust Darcsens as friends, perhaps even lovers.

But you must open your eyes! You must become aware of the simple fact that Darcsens cannot be trusted! You there, Mister.... Arnald, was it? You have a Darcsen friend, do you not?

I see. And what do you do when you associate with him? Ah, you talk to him of your work at the factory? Sir, for your sake I insist that you stop communicating with this man. For all you know, your simple remark on the state of your place of employment has already reached the hands of the Imperials!

THE IMPERIALS?!


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Imperials. All of us here know that the peace accord settled between Gallia and the Empire is but a temporary one, and the Empire will use any underhanded trick in the book to conquer our noble Motherland.

We cannot, we must not, let that happen! Not at any cost! But we are severely handicapped at every turn by those God Damned Darcsens!

Did you know, Mister Arnald, that a factory on the edge of the Gallian-Imperial border was bombed just last week? Well of course you didn't hear about such things in the newspaper, it is under the thumb of the Archduchess! She was protecting her own, you see.

And that brings me to my next point. The Archduchess is, in my opinion, a solid and capable leader, and she has served us well and steadily during the war that was but two years ago.

But her Darcsen sympathies are blinding her, blinding her, to the scourge we have upon our hands! Because of her pro-Darcsen bias, there are many critical holes in Gallia's defenses! We are but a sitting duck, waiting to be invaded, because our secrets are being sold to the enemy by the traitorous Dark Hairs!

As we are all aware, the Archduchess revealed her Darcsen heritage recently. She is, admittedly, a wonderful and compassionate leader. But her traits are the exception in the Darcsen race, not the rule! We cannot expect the same out of the rest of her kind!

And her blindness, her overwhelming compassion to others (which is both her greatest strength and her greatest weakness), in addition to her unique heritage, makes her quite frankly unfit to lead this country during a time of such tepid intercontinental relations. For the good of all the people of Gallia, she must step down so others, far more capable, can lead in her place to combat the Darcsen Menace.
DARCSENS CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

I must make this point clear. Even if you've been- more concisely, think you've been, a friend with a Darcsen, at any point the damned Dark Hair may turn on you, stab your right in the back- figuratively or literally. One must always be alert, ever watchful, ever aware of the dangers that associating with a Darcsen might provide.
HOW TO IDENTIFY AND PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST A DARCSEN


Now that you are aware of the very real dangers present in your own neighbourhood, down your street or across your yard, one might wonder what exactly is a Darcsen. What does one look like, and how can one protect their family and possessions from such awful creatures?
Common Darcsen Features:
  • Dark blue colored hair (hence the term 'Dark Hair'
  • No last name (their last names were taken away as punishment for their crimes during the Darcsen Calamity)
  • Looks unwashed, dirty
  • Rancid smell, (combination of their lack of hygiene and the stench prevalent to their race)
  • Shifty or 'untrustworthy' eyes
  • A hunch
  • Generally ugly or misshapen features
  • Shawls, worn around their necks (possibly as a form of communication of state secrets?)
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A stereotypical Darcsen. Note the treacherous look in her eyes, almost as if she were scheming to overthrow Gallia right now.

Now that you have identified your Darcsen, now you must deal with it. Keep wary of it, be aware to not show your back to it, and keep it at arms distance at all times.

Many of you in the crowd may be wondering, "But why would a Darcsen want to destroy my country? I have done them no harm!"

Well, my friends, that is a tough question to answer. Many of today's top Gallian scientists are attempting to find out the root of why the Darcsens are such an untrustowrthy, conniving race. Some theorize it is simply because they are greedy. Others believe it might be due to an instinct of self-preservation. In my opinion, though, Darcsens act they way they are because they're simply animals.

A Darcsen cannot feel patriotism for one's country, or love for thy neighbor, or even understand the concept of hygiene! They cannot love, they can only hate and take advantage of others! They are too stupid to comprehend the concept of a common good! Darcsens simply operate like an animal- a dog, even.

A dog may be a loyal friend, and may even come at your call, but a dog is simply an animal. Its instincts are to act in its own best interest at all times. It cannot love, or understand. It is simply an animal. Darcsens are those animals. And like a rabid dog, Darcsens must be put down before they are a danger to us- humans.
DO NOT TRUST A DARCSEN. NOT FOR ONE SECOND.

Make sure to keep them at arms length, and try not to show your back to one of them- it could spell your doom.

Do not, DO NOT, use Darcsen made products. This includes but is not limited to tanks, many types of machinery, and many ragnite-powered devices. Turn them over as soon as you can to a trusted Darcsen Object Inspector, and we will return it as soon as we deem it safe to use.
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Some of you may be fearful for you or your family's safety at this point. And rightly so.

Darcsens are a mean, crafty, and evil bunch, and some of you might be afraid for the health of you or others in this town.

Luckily, there is a group dedicated to the protection of your very way of life.

For you see, being that Archduchess Cordelia is simply unwilling to combat this blight upon or glorious country, many have requested that she step down and allow another to assume her role temporarily until the Darcsen scourge is wiped out. Unfortunately, she refused, so House Gassenarl, acting selflessly in defense of the greater good, has spearheaded a rebellion to claim the Archduchess' seat- by force, if necessary- the Gallian Revolutionary Army.
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We are prepared to fight for our freedoms, your freedoms, Gallia's freedoms- but we are small. We are but a drop, against the ocean that is the Gallian Army.

We desperately need new recruits, of any and all ages, genders, shapes, and sizes. We must stomp out the Darcsen menace before they overpower us and we become but slaves to the Imperial forces, ready to strike at us whenever we are weakest.

Some may think this is lunacy, but do you not remember the exploits of Lt Gunther and his Squad, but one year ago, that lead to our eventual trouncing of the Imperials? Was it not true that Lt Gunther enlisted in the militia from this very town, indeed?

And I dare not need remind you of the destruction of Bruhl during the war last year. The evidence of your attempts to rebuild are still all around you! There is still soot, and rubble, in the streets! Could Bruhl last another Imperial attack?! I dare say, no it couldn't. We cannot, we will not have another massacre, not on my watch.

But if you do not enlist in the Gallian Revolutionary Army, then the blood will be on your hands as well. Because I offered you a chance to save your town, and you threw it away, like a coward.

Do not let what happened a year ago happen again. Not when you can help prevent it, right here and now. Enlist in the Gallian Revolutionary Army, it is your sworn duty.

And thus began...
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  • RentRent I'm always right Fuckin' deal with itRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Welcome to the Valkyria Chronicles Series Thread

    This thread is for discussion of what many consider to be the best SRPG series this gen.
    This thread is for:
    • Discussion of Valkyria Chronicles 1, exclusively for the Playstation 3 (released April 24, 2008 in Japan, November 4, 2008 in North America, and October 31, 2008 in Europe)
    • Discussion of Valkyria Chronicles 2, exclusively for the Playstation Portable (released January 21, 2010 in Japan, August 31, 2010 in North America, September 3, 2010 in Europe, and September 2, 2010 in Australia)
    • Discussion of the upcoming Valkyria Chronicles 3, exclusively for the Playstation Portable (will be released January 27, 2011 in Japan, release dates have not been announced for Europe, Australia, or North America- a localization hasn't even been confirmed yet (but it is assumed that there will be one, since both prior games were localized)

    This thread is NOT for:
    • Being a dick. Don't be a dick.

    Since Valkyria Chronicles 2 just came out, a majority of our discussion is about that game. Interested in Valkyria Chronicles 2? You should be, it is quite simply the best PSP game released thus far.
    What changed from VC1 to VC2?


    Note: this assumes foreknowledge of VC1.

    Let's go down the list.

    Plot (light spoilers)
    The story kicks off with our hero, Avan Hardins, being informed that his brother, Leon Hardins had just died under mysterious and unexplained circumstances (since explaining them would be a violation of state secrets), whilst training to become a soldier at Lanseal Military Academy. Incensed and disbelieving that his beloved brother could actually die, Avan enlists into Lanseal to try and discover what exactly happened to Leon.

    Along the way, he meets his two people who would eventually become his close friends, Cosette Coalhearth and Zeriand gets appointed chair (sort of like a leader/class representative, common in Japanese high schools) of his class, the infamously terrible "Class G".

    At the same time, House Gassenarl has taken advantage of Gallia's structural weakness, stemming from the end of the first European War (which ended on a shaky and generally publicly distrusted peace treaty between the two nations (Gallia and the East Europan Imperial Alliance (generally referred to as the "Imperials") to attempt to overthrow the current ruler of Gallia (Archduchess Cordelia) and establish a new ruling family in her place. They take advantage of the public's distrust of people of Darcsen heritage (commonly known derogatorily as "dark hairs") and Cordelia's own confession as to her Darcsen heritage to stage a coup.

    The militia is not allowed to fight against members of its own country, so as it currently stands the Gallian Army is fighting the Gallian Revolutionary Army (the Rebel's official name). The Gallian Army is also receiving strong help and support militarily from the Lanseal Military Academy, who as part of its training cycle sends out new students out to the front lines to complete missions and provide essential military assistance.

    Thus begins the Gallian Civil War, set two years (ED 1937) after the end of the first European War, and is the setting for Valkyria Chronicles 2.

    Having to deal with both the pressures of uncovering the secrets of what happened to his brother, keeping his class in line, leading his class into battle, and attempting to help out his classmates' various social problems, Avan is quite a busy guy.

    Will Avan ever find out what happened to his brother? Can he stop being such a poor student? Will he ever get Class G the respect her deserves? Will I ever stop asking questions? No.
    Characters
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    Avan Hardins

    The main character of this story. Happy go lucky and generally optimistic.

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    Cosette Coalhearth

    Main female lead of this story. Possible love interest of Avan. Bubbly and a bit ditzy.

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    Zeri (no last name, due to being a Darcsen)

    Secondary male lead of this story. Avan's rival, somewhat. Competitive, intelligent, and a bit of a know-it-all.

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    Juliana Everheart

    Secondary female lead of this story. Class G's main rival. Stuck up, a bit of a bitch, but a brilliant tactician. Racist against Darcsens. Comes from a wealthy and powerful family.

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    Gilbert Gassenarl

    Headstrong and arrogant, like his son.

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    Baldren Gassenarl

    Gilbert Gassenarl's son. One of the Gallian Revolutionary Army's top generals. Headstrong and arrogant, like his father.

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    Audrey Gassenarl

    Gilbert Gassenarl's daughter, Baldren's sister. Devout follower of Yggdrism, therefore leading her to pray frequently throughout the day. Calm-headed and coolly logical.

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    Dirk Gassenarl

    Baldren and Audrey Gassenarl's half-brother. Little else is known about him

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    Archduchess Cordelia

    Revealed her Darcsen heritage at the end of Valkyria Chronicles 1. A wise and compassionate leader.

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    Aliasse (no known last name)

    Does not know many seemingly innocuous human customs. Possibly a Valkyria? Nobody knows.

    And finally...

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    Class G's "mascot", in the same vein as Hans from Valkyria Chronicles 1. Avan's bird.

    Gameplay

    The game is mission-based this time around, with each month (it's set in a military academy so plays out much like a school year) allowing you to access a certain number of missions. When you complete over a certain amount of "free" missions within the month, you unlock the "key" missions, which are plot-sensitive. After completing all of the "key" missions for the month, you then progress onto the next month. Wash rinse repeat.

    Gameplay in Valkyria Chronicles remains mostly the same- the BLiTZ system has been ported over from PS3 pretty much fully intact-except that everything has been improved. Confused? I'll explain.

    The major difference in the gameplay between VC1 and VC2 is base capturing. Simply put, due to the limitations of the PSP's hardware, the PSP simply cannot support huge, massive maps a la Valkyria Chronicles 1. To make up for that, Valkyria Chronicles 2 instead hosts multiple different maps within the same mission, sometimes as many as five, and they're all interconnected.

    Simply put, certain bases act as "gateways" to other bases on other maps. As soon as you capture the requisite base on either map, you're able to pass between them freely, Therefore, this game has a much larger emphasis on capturing and keeping maps, as opposed to simply capturing them, leading a much needed defensive strategy to the VC metagame.

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    All bases with a sort of flame looking icon next to their base icon are "gateway" bases. Every base on this map, for instance, is a "gateway" base.

    Secondly, another large change to VC2's gameplay is no more permanent deaths. That's right, if you have a squad member fall in battle and you don't collect them within three turns or an enemy touches them before you do,the squad member is simply hospitalized, rendering him or her merely inaccessible for 3 missions.

    Thirdly, the all-new "Morale" system has been implemented into Valkyria Chronicles. The Morale Gauge is a number in the upper left hand corner that, as its name implies, lists the current morale of your deployed troops. Positive actions- such as rescuing a downed party member, capturing bases, killing Aces, or killing named enemies, increase it, and negative actions- such as downing a party member, hospitalizing a party member, destroying your tank or APC, or losing a captured base- decrease it. With higher Morale, the more likely your squadmates are to have positive potentials trigger or learn new potentials (which are always positive). The lower your Morale, the more likely your squadmates won't have potentials trigger, or even have negative potentials trigger. If your Morale ever hits 0, you automatically fail the mission (this is meant to prevent things like zerg rushing a heavily defended base with disposable bodies for the capture a la VC1).

    Fourthly, there are now two main vehicle types instead of one- APCs and tanks. Tanks are pretty much the same as before (albeit much, much more customisable now- there's literally hundreds of combinations available to you). APCs, however, are very different- and very good. APCs have drastically, drastically higher AP amounts, are able to carry at least 2 personnel, but this comes at the cost of vastly reduced HP and defenses. This change, coupled with the vastly smaller maps, means most classes aren't restricted by their AP gauges any more, making all of the classes viable to use (except for Engineers, which are much worse than before- see below), as opposed to VC1, which degenerated to Scout + order spam by the end game. Of course, APCs are able to be customized just as heavily as tanks are now.

    Fifthly, there are now classmate missions, which are unlockable classmate-specific missions (hence the name), which usually explain the classmate's backstory or character motivation more thoroughly upon completion. They also always replace the classmate's shittiest potential with a really good one, or in the case they have no shitty potentials, the classmate learns another good potential. This places a larger emphasis on trying out your ENTIRE class, not just your handpicked favorites with good potentials for every situation.

    How classmate missions unlock:
    • After you spend five CP (or more) on one character, you unlock their first "scene".
    • After ten, you unlock that character's second "scene".
    • After fifteen, you unlock their third scene, which is the one that initiates the mission.
    • Complete the mission, and you'll unlock the classmate's fourth scene, which is always voice acted.

    Sixthly, there is now an instant calling of reinforcements- no having to wait a turn for them to arrive at the base. This makes it much easier to use all of your squadmates in a single battle, and makes the battles seem surprisingly more integrated, despite the unit cap (only 6 can be deployed simultaneously at any one time).

    Finally, there are no ingredients and the MVP system. Ingredients are items that you obtain after battle, which are awarded based on ranking and number of speciality units (such as Aces and named enemies) killed. With them, you can combine these ingredients to create new weapons or give a class a pre-battle buff.

    The MVP system is a system wherein an invisible number of points are awarded to a character based on how many enemies/tanks/turrets/etc they kill or destroy, how many bases they capture, whether or not they are the one who completes the mission, and how many allies they rescue. The one with the most points at the end of the mission is the MVP, which determines how many credits they are awarded. The allotment of what types of credits seems to be frustratingly random (however the MVP always gets the most, the runner up gets the second most, etc), so be prepared to have to grind certain missions to get the credits you want.

    Classes

    All these class pics are thanks to OtakuD00D. Everyone thank that guy. He is cool.

    Classes have been changed hugely in VC2. There's a lot to go over, but let's start with the newest and most fascinating change, class upgrading.

    Remember how I said in the above paragraph that characters you used when you were deployed gain credits at the end of battle? Well, when your squadmates have attained enough credits of specific types and amounts, they gain the ability to upgrade classes. This usually reflects in more health, or defense, or able to use a better weapon, or a new ability. Every class has two splits in their upgrade paths, which two more for each upgrade path, making a total of four final classes per class, making a grand total of twenty final classes.

    Let's go into detail for each class, shall we?

    Note: This guide assumes foreknowledge of VC1's class structure.

    Scouts

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    They've been rebalanced from VC1. Scouts now have had their AP vastly reduced, and AP is not as important as it once was, since maps are not as big any more and the addition of the APC has made them not as essential to use.

    Scout Upgrade Tree
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    Scout Veterans

    Increased AP only. Somewhat dull.

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    Snipers

    Yep, Snipers are now an upgrade path of Scouts, and are, surprisingly, arguably more useful than in Valkyria Chronicles 1. Since the maps are smaller, and the addition of instant calling of reinforcements, this now makes it so you can pop a sniper at the base, gib a couple of guys, then call them back instantaneously. Very useful.

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    Scout Elites

    Also increased AP only.

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    Heavy Scouts

    Able to use rifle grenades (a la dinging 11 with Scouts in VC1), and they use a special type of rifle that fires at least seven shots. AP reduced to 450 (base Scout's AP total) as a result though.

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    Sniper Elites

    Able to use 3 shot burst sniper rifles, basically making them into machines of death. And yes, they get 3 of them. Three 3-shot bursts. Goddamn.

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    AT Snipers

    Combining the precision of the Sniper with the raw power of the Lancer, you get the AT Sniper. Roughly equal in power to Lancer Veterans.

    Shocktroopers

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    Shocktroopers have remained mostly unchanged since their VC1 days, and because of that they're juuust barely the best class in the game, simply because they're useful in nearly all situations. However, the game imbalance in favor of Shockies is much less pronounced than it was in favor of Scouts in VC1.

    Shocktrooper Upgrade Tree
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    Trooper Veterans

    Carries three grenades instead of two. Does slightly more damage per shot than normal shockies.

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    Gunners

    Uses gatling guns instead of machine guns, which fire in a spray in front of them (as opposed to within an aiming circle). Not too great offensively, because of their unique firing system, but they can chew through turrets no problem and are great for base defense (since their interception fire, the fire the gatling gun straight forward instead of in their swath-like motion).

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    Trooper Elites

    Increased stats sans AP. Nothing to note, really.

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    Commandos

    THE attacking class of VC2. Their flamethrower gives them huge laterality and they pack a nasty punch. Plus, they get a 50 point AP bonus over Trooper Elites.

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    Gunner Elites

    Don't know anything about them, sorry, haven't used them yet.

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    Heavy Gunners

    Slow, but with amazing interception fire. Basically the ultimate defensive class.

    Lancers


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    Lancers have been rebalanced in VC2 to have better accuracy (those "missing the broad side of a barn" sequences don't occur in VC2) and more AP. Lancers are also now pretty much extremely necessary due to every mission having a zillion and one armored vehicles in it, and orders suck now, so aren't abusable anymore.

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that. Orders suck now. Whatev's.

    Lancer Upgrade Tree
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    Lancer Veterans

    Better stats, that's it.

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    Mortarers

    Able to shoot off Mortars (which have ludicrous range), the Mortarer is actually kind of a good class now, instead of in VC1 when they were worse than useless. Good for breaking up a heavy defense at a base you need to capture.

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    Lancer Elites

    Better stats, that's it.

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    Heavy Mortarers

    Their blast radius is ludicrously large, rivalling a tank's. To compensate they have a lower AP total, which doesn't really matter because mortars have ludicrous range anyways.

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    Mobile Mortarers

    Don't know anything about them, sorry, haven't used them yet.

    Engineers

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    Engineers are now really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really useless. Instead of using rifles, they use shitty-ass lame, gay pistols, their sandbag fixing and mine-defusing properties (arguably their strong points) were taken away from them and given to Armoured Techs, and they're really weak. Also, you never ever ever sans like twice ever have to fix tanks, and healing people is unnecessary as opposed to just letting them get downed and then rescuing them.

    Do not- do not- use Engineers. They are horrible. Upgrade anything else in the game, because any other class is more useful at anything than Engineers. As a matter of fact, skip the below spoiler and go straight to Armoured Techs, aka "the fucking shit".

    Engineer Upgrade Tree (skip this section)
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    Engineer Veterans

    Wait, you're still here? Well, I don't really know anything about these classes besides a little bit about Anthem Corps because I somehow got Cosette enough credits from being forced to carry her around. So I'll just let the screenshots speak for themselves. Oh and if you have a problem with that you can just

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    Anthem Corps

    The Anthem Corps carry tubas around, which they can blast at people and it gives beneficial status effects to everyone within a certain radius. Basically they're bards, and they're not as useless as Engineers are. Still pretty useless, though.

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    Engineer Elites

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    Medics

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    Anthem Elites

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    Melodists

    Armoured Techs

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    The newest class in the game, and fucking awesome. Melee-based, they're literal walking tanks, heavily armoured, and can run up to the enemy under heavy fire and swing a goddamn sword the size of Texas at their stupid fucking face. Armoured Techs are awesome. Everyone use Armoured Techs. Oh also they can fix sandbags and defuse mines.

    Armoured Tech Upgrade Tree
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    Tech Veterans

    Besides the "being able to place mines" thing, which is kinda cool but ultimately pretty useless, just a stat upgrade of the regular Armoured Tech.

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    Fencers

    Use Swords instead of Wrenches (which is what vanilla Armoured Techs use, even though they totally don't look like them), they have lower AP but hit much, much harder than ATs do (which ATs already hit pretty hard so...yeah). Fencers are totally kickin' rad.


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    Fencer Elite

    Don't know anything about them, haven't unlocked them. Sorry!

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    Mauler

    The anti-tank version of the AT, which comes at the drawback of being less effective against personnel, in addition to a very low AP total.

    Tech Elites (no picture available)

    Description: "Can place large mines that are effective against vehicles. Also better physical ability than tech veterans."

    Special Techs (no picture available

    Description:"Carries flash grenades that can suppress enemy interception fire and counters. Physically better than tech vets."
    Critical ratings

    If you don't trust me when I say it's like the best game ever (in which case, what the hell), here's some review stuff to convince you.

    Metacritic score 83
    At the heart of Valkyria Chronicles II is the same strategy game play that made the original PS3 title so great. If you missed it, this innovative adaptation of SRPG play lets you move your troops in a third-person view, in real time. You'll still use an overhead map to make decisions and carry out many orders, but you'll jump into that lovely third-person view when you take control of each individual troop member. In this view you'll position, take cover, and even aim and fire weapons. This formula beautifully mixes strategy and action, and this manages to greatly increase the draw of standard strategy role-playing game play.
    Valkyria Chronicles II is the best PSP game I've played in years.
    One of the best games on PSP.
    IGN wrote:
    Valkyria Chronicles II is awesome. It’s fun, it’s pretty, it’s rewarding, and it’s beyond deep. The story is a bit "by the numbers" and I could go for a few refinements on the battlefield, but I can’t complain. Valkyria Chronicles II has so much going for it that I’m going to be playing for months to come.
    Chance wrote:
    I know I haven't talked it up much, but Valkyria Chronicles II is probably my single most-anticipated game of 2010. Yes, even including Enslaved.

    BUY THIS GAME YOU DICKS



    VALKYRIA CHRONICLES 3


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    Recently revealed to be in existence, this game will be set concurrently to the events of VC1 (in 1935), centered around the exploits of the "Nameless Regiment", a penal battalion populated solely with ex-cons, AWOLs, and the general dregs of society.

    The story seems to be shaping up to be a lot darker than either of its predecessors, since all of the units in the penal battalion have no names-only numbers. In addition, they seem to be forced to carry out all of the missions that are too controversial and, probably, suicidal for either the militia or the army to carry out during EW1.

    Anyways people turned off by VCII's high school aesthetics should find solace here.

    Oh yeah, this game is PSP exclusive, apparently. So, uh, looks like there's two reasons to buy a PSP now.

    More images:
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    VC3 TGS trailer

    VC3 gameplay video, thanks Chance

    Bonus shit


    Hey, so VC2 has a password unlock system where you can input a...uh...password and...um...unlock stuff. Wow, that was kind of a useless sentence. Anyways, I've collected all the bonus shit together so here it all is (also, ways to unlock certain bonus characters, so slightly spoilery. You've been warned.)
    To unlock this You input this code at the password screen, under 'Extras' in the main menu
    Blitz Logo Sticker VWUYNJQ8HGSVXR7J
    Edy's Squad CR6BG1A9LYQKB6WJ
    SEGA Logo Sticker 6RK45S59F7U2JLTD
    Faldio GWNU95RSETW1VGNQ
    Gallian Military Sticker TXU14EUV74PCR3TE
    Isara Gunther and Isara's Dream Sticker 37LRK5D214VQVFYH
    Selvaria 53K8FKGP1GHQ4SBN
    Sonic the Hedgehog sticker CUP34ASEZ9WDKBYV


    Isara - Link VC1 Save Data
    Emilia - Link Phantasy Star Portable Save Data
    Sigrid - Complete Reiner's classmate mission
    Nahum - Have 100,000 DCT
    Jugin - Complete the game
    Brixham - Complete the game
    Heinz Gilden - Get 5 Medals
    Juliana Everhart - Get 20 Medals
    Leon Hardins - Get all Medals
    Inghild - Clear 10 Classmate Missions
    Aisha - Clear 20 Classmate Missions
    Oscar - Clear mission 120, not 100% sure what that means, possibly clear 120 missions since I don't think they're numbered.
    Karl - Have 10 units withdraw or become injured
    Elenor Varrot - Get Scout level 50
    Rosie - Get Shocktrooper level 50
    Largo - Get Lancer level 50
    Emil - Get Engineer level 50
    Zaka - Get Armor Tech level 50
    Alicia - 10 Medals
    Welkin - Learn all Orders, and then finish the Order Master paid mission that becomes available

    Also, if you have a PSP2 (Phantasy Star Portable 2) save file on your memory stick, you can go to the 'Link Data' link (also in 'Extras', above the password link), and select it, which will unlock Emilia from PSP2, some stickers, and two extra missions. If you don't have a PSP2 save file, don't worry, download one here.

    Avatar/Signature Stuff


    First off here's a transparency you can use to affix to stuff so we can make some sigs (I made it myself!)

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    Valkyria Chronicles 2 avatars

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    avan.png
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    brixy.png
    chloe.png
    clementia.png
    coleen.png
    cordelia.png
    cosette.png
    erik.png
    franca.png
    gilbert.png
    heinz.png
    helmut.png
    Jamill.png
    jarde.png
    jean.png
    Joachim.png
    juliana.png
    kurt.png
    Laurence.png
    lavinia.png
    leon.png
    lotte.png
    magari.png
    marion.png
    melissa.png
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    mischlitt.png
    morris.png
    nahum.png
    nichol.png
    noel.png
    pete.png
    randy.png
    raymond.png
    reiner.png
    rene.png
    rodriguez.png
    shopclerk.png
    Sofia.png
    Vario.png
    vicky.png
    welkin.png
    zeri.png

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  • Baka_ShadeBaka_Shade Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Nominating this thread for Best Use of Racism in an OP

    Man, I should really go back and finish the first game. Got steamrolled one too many times fighting
    That fucking Death Star of a tank
    and then SF4 came out.

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  • SurikoSuriko AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Might be worth putting Valkyria Chronicles somewhere in the OP title.

    Otherwise, :^:

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  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Baka_Shade wrote: »
    Nominating this thread for Best Use of Racism in an OP

    Man, I should really go back and finish the first game. Got steamrolled one too many times fighting
    That fucking Death Star of a tank
    and then SF4 came out.

    At least you still have the save. I was halfway through that fight and my save got nuked when my PS3 decided to kick the bucket.

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  • ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Awesome, awesome, awesome.

    Well done, Rent. Your tribulations have borne fruit. But yeah, put Valkyria Chronicles in the thread title, so people can - y'know - find the thread.

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  • Fig-DFig-D Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Christ alive, Rent, why do you do this to yourself? One glorious OP would have been enough! I mean, I can't complain, they are wonderful things, but you love too much! And love hurts.

    But yeah, you might want to put Valkyria Chronicles somewhere in that thread title.

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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Yeah, this isn't SE++, where you can put whatever the hell random thing pops into your mind first for a title. :P

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  • Fig-DFig-D Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    It's been fixed.

    Yay Peer Pressure!

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  • Fig-DFig-D Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    In other news, I was finally able to complete the VC2 download and move it over to my PSP. What "Extras" would you guys reccomend for a first time run through? I remember someone commenting that the Phantasy Star mission's gun was pretty overpowered, so I'll probably avoid that. And I probably won't use Isara because it would just feel... wrong. Anything else I should steer away from?

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  • ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I put the TGS gameplay footage up on YouTube, if you want it in the op:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqlJy5-HwFo

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  • ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Fig-D wrote: »
    In other news, I was finally able to complete the VC2 download and move it over to my PSP. What "Extras" would you guys reccomend for a first time run through? I remember someone commenting that the Phantasy Star mission's gun was pretty overpowered, so I'll probably avoid that. And I probably won't use Isara because it would just feel... wrong. Anything else I should steer away from?

    Well, putting time in with the new characters is wise because they get pretty well-realized side-stories to attend to, and each one has their own special mission. The only Squad 7 person I have on my team is Marina, 'cause I love Marina, and now Selvaria. Just for shits & giggles.

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  • Fig-DFig-D Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Yeah, I love Marina too. I was one of the guys with a Marina av/sig combo for awhile.

    I may just do the Edy's Squad unlock for her and ignore the rest. Or at least ignore the PSP2 missions until I'm a good way into the game and the item I get won't be quite so overpowered.

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  • ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    You can't even attempt the PSP2 missions until... July or August, I think. They're "two star," whatever that means.

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  • Chrono HelixChrono Helix Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Updated the thread my sig links to (and I really ought to get a new one, too...)

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  • ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
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    Ha!

    Now I really need that art book to come out.


    Edit: oh c'mon, Edy's a classic. I was always partial to the one with Rosie behind the sandbags, though.

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  • ShivahnShivahn Unaware of her barrel shifter privilege Eastern coastal temptressRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Rent wrote: »
    Common Darcsen Features:
    • Dark blue colored hair (hence the term 'Dark Hair'
    • No last name (their last names were taken away as punishment for their crimes during the Darcsen Calamity)
    • Looks unwashed, dirty
    • Rancid smell, (combination of their lack of hygiene and the stench prevalent to their race)
    • Shifty or 'untrustworthy' eyes
    • A hunch
    • Generally ugly or misshapen features
    • Shawls, worn around their necks (possibly as a form of communication of state secrets?)
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    A stereotypical Darcsen. Note the treacherous look in her eyes, almost as if she were scheming to overthrow Gallia right now.

    I am somewhat conflicted by the usage of my portrait :P

    Excellent OP.

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  • XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Stop releasing PSP games, Sega.
    No-one else is.

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  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    VC3 is also PSP? Fuck you, Sega.

    Adus on
  • SurikoSuriko AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Adus wrote: »
    VC3 is also PSP? Fuck you, Sega.

    This bears repeating:
    Heh. Even Japan's not happy that VC3 is on PSP instead of PS3.
    Text reads: "Valkyria Chronicles 3 is... on the PSP?!"

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    Poor Selvaria. You're not alone. I'm sad too.

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Rent, I told you to get Anthem Elites and Medics. You still haven't gotten them yet?

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  • hobbifiedhobbified Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I want a new PS3 game as much as anyone, and I think it's bullshit that we don't get one.

    But, I already bought the PSP, and VC3 looks pretty damn awesome, with better graphics, better gameplay, and at least marginally better cutscenes compared to VC2. Let's just focus on that.

    And if you don't have a PSP? What can I say... they're cheaper than PS3s. Go find yourself one. You've got 6 to 8 months until VC3 reaches western shores.

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  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    hobbified wrote: »
    And if you don't have a PSP? What can I say... they're cheaper than PS3s. Go find yourself one. You've got 6 to 8 months until VC3 reaches western shores.

    That's some fucking poor logic. I already have the PS3 and it has more resources to take advantage of. They're making their games worse in order to put them out on these portable systems so few people have and want.

    I'm not buying a PSP for two games and supporting this bullshit. I let VC2 slide in hopes that if a third happened it would return to the PS3.

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  • Space CoyoteSpace Coyote Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Does my new Valkyria Chronicles signature work?

    I'd rather have a new VC on the PS3, but on the other hand it does help justify my purchase of a PSP.

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  • PikaPuffPikaPuff Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    So looking at the trailer, it looks like the plot took the natural route. Scouts discover how OP they are, and after the attempted nerf by VC2, they rebel and rise to power, forming their own army.

    [tiny]the joke is that that black logo looks a lot like a scout logo[/tiny]

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  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Adus wrote: »
    hobbified wrote: »
    And if you don't have a PSP? What can I say... they're cheaper than PS3s. Go find yourself one. You've got 6 to 8 months until VC3 reaches western shores.

    That's some fucking poor logic. I already have the PS3 and it has more resources to take advantage of. They're making their games worse in order to put them out on these portable systems so few people have and want.

    I'm not buying a PSP for two games and supporting this bullshit. I let VC2 slide in hopes that if a third happened it would return to the PS3.

    Bullshit. They're making them for the Japanese audience first and foremost, where everyones fucking cat has a PSP. It's massive over there, and that's who they're making the games for. Cheaper dev cost, bigger target audience, more money.

    We just get sloppy seconds.

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  • hobbifiedhobbified Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I edited some pixels. This should blend better against dark backgrounds like the forums.

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  • ChanceChance Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Does my new Valkyria Chronicles signature work?

    :^: yes it does.
    Adus wrote: »
    They're making their games worse in order to put them out on these portable systems so few people have and want.

    I guess they figured, given that those "few people" with PSPs outnumber PS3 owners by about twenty two million, and that the PSP is cheaper to develop for, and that it has a built-in audience of strategy RPG enthusiasts, it might be the ideal place to grow the franchise fan base - especially since the high-def market is so toxic to original IPs, and expensive to develop for.

    I mean, sure, they could be making a big mistake. Everyone in the world wanted VC3 for PS3 - myself included - but their reasoning makes absolute perfect sense.

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I would like to state for the record that I never wanted VC3 on the PS3.

    In fact, I can't think of a single game I actively want on home consoles, because it means I won't get it play it.

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  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I'm in the same boat. I mean, I have a PS3 sitting there. But I never get the time to actually play it. When I want to, the TV is doing other things.

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  • manwiththemachinegunmanwiththemachinegun METAL GEAR?! Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Ugh, why can't they just do PS3 ports of VCII and III and keep their PS3 fanbase happy?

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Also, I will state once more that whoever designed the VC2 Credits system needs to be introduced to the business end of a Armoured Tech War Pick.

    Magari has 4 Diplomas and 0 Certificates. Marion has 5 Diplomas, and once again, 0 Certificates. On the other hand, it took Coleen 4 missions of hitting MVP or runner up to get her her first Diploma.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Technically, since there are more VC games on PSP than PS3, I think we can start calling it a PSP franchise with a PS3 spinoff.
    (I'm sorry, I just like riling people who incessantly port-beg.)

    I'm in the middle of doing Franca's mission, and I'm of the opinion that I really, really like the story and individualized missions, but would love to get rid of the generic "training/fight off random rebels" missions. Hearing that VC3 is trending more toward a scripted, linear, VC1-ish setup has me excited. So far my favorites are the ones that force you to bring only two or three characters, because there's nothing more fantastic than rolling up with two troops on an entire batallion and whittling everyone down.

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  • MalechaiMalechai Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Yeah if anyone can figure out what kind of dark magic that are used to determine the distrobution of certs that would be awsome. The squad member ranking is preaty straght forward cap a base thats some points kill a dude thats some points pick up a down man points ect. But when my mvp gets 17 arms certs when he needs armsx and the guy in 18th place gets 14 certificates I want to (redacted) the silly goose that game up with this.

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Nichol is absolutely drowning in Diplomas he will never use why the blazes couldn't they have made the Credits a pool that everyone can draw from?

    At least he has all those fancy shmancy certifications to show to France.
    D:

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  • BolthornBolthorn Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Wonderful OP. It actually made me a bit angry at the bigotry. Then I remembered I don't own a PSP (yet) and shifted my anger there. I'm not mad at Sega for doing what they feel is best with the franchise. I'm bummed that I don't have a PSP to play the game on. Trying to convince the wife to let me go pick one up along with a copy of the game, especially now that she's been hogging the PS3 and preventing me from finishing Suikoden (which I could do if I had a PSP).

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  • ystaelystael Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Awesome OP. Icky, but awesome. (Extra icky because I just finished reading Richard Evans's The Third Reich in power, the 1933-1939 volume of his history of Nazi Germany, which is basically all about that.)

    I'm still in February. When should I expect to feel like unit classes other than scouts and shocks are more useful?

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Armoured Techs become 'Jaw drops to the floor' awesome once they become Fencers, which you can start doing around March.
    Lancers become awesome not by virtue of their upgrades (although they're nifty) but by the game flooding you with tanks later on. (Hint: Get Coleen's classmate mission ASAP.)
    Engineers have better basic firepower than Scouts, but the lack of grenades really hurts them - until you upgrade them to Anthem Elites and Medics, upon which they become awesome (but that's in August).

    Also the Tank becomes so disgustingly broken that I refuse to use it and only use the Utility APC.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Is there any real point to going down the other branch of the Armored Tech tree (the one with the mines)? I only have Joachim as a Fencer, and Alexis can go down there as well but I was waiting for her to open the eilte ranks just to see what they're like, but since I've never even placed a mine once I'm wondering if I should bother.

    Also, I made Raymond a Steampunk Bard, but I'm not seeing the benefits right away; all I saw was a "Fury Lv 1" pop-up on Avan or something to that effect. Do you have to play songs aimed at specific people, and do you play multiple times?

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  • PureauthorPureauthor Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    AT Vets: I made Isara one and frankly, there's no point. 90% of the time the AI is too retarded to warrant going down that line. The upgrade that nullifies interception fire via flash grenades might be nifty, but I haven't got to try it out yet.

    Anthem Corps and Elite: That's a buff. Anthem Corps is decent but nothing special. Anthem Elite gets you a 50% boost to all your boostable attributes (ATTK, DEF, EVD, and I think Accuracy but I'm not sure on that last one) for 3 turns in an AoE. It's like a VC1 order in human form.

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