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85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 44
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 44
  3. Negative: 0 out of 44
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  1. Sep 19, 2018
    95
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 weaves an emotionally charged tale about how war changes everything it touches and even through moments where winning felt just as bad as losing, I felt compelled to push forward to the end. As a title that carries the heavy burden of expectations following the original’s pedigree of excellence as well as having to make up for a string of lackluster sequels that followed, Squad E carries on with its head held high, exceeding lofty expectations as it improves on nearly every aspect of the original, proving with utmost certainty that this is one of the finest series the genre has to offer.
  2. Jun 1, 2018
    95
    10 years after Valkyria Chronicles, the franchise is now resurrected thanks to Valkyria Chronicles 4. Deep and filled with interesting characters, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is breath-taking and is only marred by some minor flaws.
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    92
    A game that justly pleases a small niche of players who know how to appreciate the finesse of a good tactical RPG...Valkyria Chronicles 4 is just the game we expected and the sequel that many yearned for since in 2008.
  4. Oct 2, 2018
    90
    Despite an hours-long tutorial, it takes some time to fully understand the mechanics of Valkyria Chronicles 4 and it remains a challenge from start to finish. That said, the time spent with engaging characters and their stories is immediately rewarding and it’s hard to resist being pulled into the drama, sacrifice and yet somehow buoyant positivity that motivates them. The focus is on tense and often tragic battles, but both fans of the series and newcomers to the franchise will appreciate Valkyria Chronicles 4 as an excellent sequel and the most accomplished realization of the concept to date.
  5. 90
    Although it's essentially an extension of the first installment (right down to the presentation and mechanics), Valkyria Chronicles 4 is still an absolute must-have for VC fans, as well as SRPG enthusiasts who don't mind a little light-hearted character development.
  6. Sep 11, 2018
    90
    As a modern take on a fantastic formula, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is an easy title to recommend for strategy RPG fans everywhere.
  7. Sep 11, 2018
    90
    At the end of the day though, I want two things from a new Valkyria game. I want fun, challenging missions and I want to plunge into an overstuffed cast of JRPG soldiers. The game delivers on both counts in spades: the missions are better than ever before in the franchise and the characters are just what you’d hope for. The story is doled out at a bouncy pace and the localization is full of personality. Maybe one day we’ll get a fully realized next-gen Valkyria Chronicles, but until that day Valkyria Chronicles 4 represents the best the series has ever offered.
  8. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    For the first time since the very first Valkyria Chronicles, it feels like the series has realized its full potential. It’s easily the longest Valkyria game yet, but it doesn’t suffer for it. Longtime fans have a lot to love here and for newcomers, it’s the very best place to try the series out.
  9. 90
    An excellent game, compelling in both its character roster and its gameplay.
  10. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    Though familiar mechanics and units remain, excellent new features and conveniences transform the way you see the battlefield.
  11. Sep 10, 2018
    90
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 has the unenviable task of reinvigorating a series that hasn't seen a mainline home console entry in over a decade, as well as washing away the bad taste left in players mouths after the dreadful Valkyria Revolution. That it succeeds so comfortably on both fronts is at once a surprise and a delight. The storyline is thoughtful and engrossing, the cast is varied and likeable, and the combat is challenging and rewarding throughout. This is the game Valkyria Chronicles fans have been waiting for, and one that newcomers to the series should be equally excited for.
  12. Sep 27, 2018
    88
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 is an imperfect, flawed, and splendid game where the highs ultimately outshine the lows. A few seemingly minor iterations go a long way in adding a fresh layer on top of the existing battle system — which was already one of the more innovative hybrids of real-time and turn-based tactical gameplay found in any modern strategy game. Valkyria Chronicles has always been about managing risks and rewards, and it’s at its best in Valkyria Chronicles 4. And even despite some inefficiencies in plot delivery, it still manages to deliver a resonant payload through a series of small character moments, slow-building tension, and decisive moments. Also, there’s a dog with a hat.
  13. Sep 13, 2018
    88
    A valuable technical sector and an impressive soundtrack.
  14. Sep 13, 2018
    88
    Valkyria Chronicles finally comes back to major gaming platforms, where it belongs. Despite some minor defects, the management of tactics and strategies in and out the battlefield offers a great experience. SEGA bring us a huge amount of high-quality content, but the tone of the narrative might not be in line with part of the western audience.
  15. Sep 11, 2018
    88
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 does the franchise justice, possibly more than any other Valkyria Chronicles title. If you are looking for a good new strategy game, this should be on your radar.
  16. Sep 18, 2018
    87
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a perfect comeback of the series after a not so good Valkyria Revolution.
  17. Sep 18, 2018
    87
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 is the sequel I’ve been waiting for, returning to the roots of what made the first game so special.
  18. GamePro Germany
    Sep 14, 2018
    87
    Varied turn-based strategy in watercolor-anime style with a humane story and a resonating anti-war message.
  19. Games Master UK
    Oct 4, 2018
    85
    Get past that initial hump, though, and you'll enjoy a game quite unlike any other: 50% JRPG, 50% strategy game, and 100% worthy return to home consoles for a truly fascinating series. [Nov 2018, p.86]
  20. Sep 20, 2018
    85
    With peerless strategy gameplay, brilliant level design, and great storytelling, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a worthy inheritor of the name. And just in case the number in the title seems daunting, rest assured, the game is every bit as playable for complete newcomers to the series as it is for those who’ve been waiting 8 years for the series to return to the west.
  21. Sep 17, 2018
    85
    Valkyria Chronicles returns to the essence of the first game of the series, adding a handful of new features, with new units to play and bigger and best designed maps. It loses a couple of innovations from the sequels in order to restate the formula, but is a safe step to convince fans and newcomers alike.
  22. Sep 12, 2018
    85
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a very well done more-of-the-samey which recalls the powerful gameplay and narrative of the original entry to deliver it once again on a more modern terms.
  23. Sep 11, 2018
    85
    A true sequel for the franchise. It’s not a huge evolution, but it is good and very respectful and we’re sure fans will appreciate that.
  24. Sep 10, 2018
    85
    Ten years have passed since the release of the first title, but the mechanics and the unique mix of action, visual novel and turn-based strategy of the Valkyria Chronicles franchise remain enjoyable and addicting, making this fourth episode probably the best up to now.
  25. Sep 10, 2018
    85
    We were 7 years without a numbered game of this acclaimed series. Valkyria Chronicles 4 tells a beautiful story with a beautiful visual aspect, mixing the usual tactical battles, but now they are more agile and they are for a broader audience. Sega will manage to expand the brand.
  26. Sep 10, 2018
    85
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 isn’t a huge evolution of the formula, but right now it doesn’t really need to be. If anything, this is exactly what the series needed -- to go back to what made many of us fall in love with the original and ramp it up to 11.Yes, some of the kinks still aren’t ironed out after all these years, and that’s something that can’t be overlooked. It’s not as groundbreaking as the original, but even after a decade, Valkyria Chronicles shows it still has the magic.
  27. Oct 29, 2018
    83
    Even if you're not already a fan, Valkyria Chronicles 4's engaging story and interesting characters will win you over with a WW2-inspired setting that doesn't shy away from dark subject matter. For veterans of the series, this new chapter will give you a good run for your money, despite some unintuitive menus and wonky character mechanics.
  28. Oct 3, 2018
    82
    Strategic war games don't get much more engaging than Valkyria Chronicles 4. Its memorable world, satisfying gameplay, and oodles of content will delight any fan of the genre for dozens of hours.
  29. Sep 10, 2018
    82
    A good successor to the original Valkyria Chronicles, with some new stuff. It's a pity the game is so stuck in its past.
  30. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 28, 2018
    80
    Valkyria Chronicles has had a rocky history in the West, with the third game never even hitting our shores, but Valkyria Chronicles 4 is just what the fans ordered. [Issue#155, p.96]
  31. Edge Magazine
    Oct 11, 2018
    80
    The scenarios are often ingenious finding fresh ways to breathe new life into familiar systems. [December 2018, p.116]
  32. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 can feel like a clone at times, but a small iterative change makes a meaningful difference to an otherwise identical experience. I felt like I was playing a game preserved in time, which was semi-refreshing after a decade of absence, but my thoughts might change if Valkyria Chronicles doesn’t eventually.
  33. Oct 2, 2018
    80
    An admirable return to form, Valkyria Chronicles 4 feels like a safe bet for both newcomers and veteran commanders alike.
  34. Oct 2, 2018
    80
    Valkyria Chronicles IV’s playbook is a beautifully illustrated, tactical delight.
  35. Oct 1, 2018
    80
    Classic gameplay makes this game stand out from the get-go. The story and the characters are extremely well realized. The soundtrack is fantastic. Graphically the game performs well although there are some hiccups now and then. Gameplay is great but nothing really innovative. Recommended, especially if you're a fan of the series.
  36. Sep 26, 2018
    80
    With its wonderfully-orchestrated aesthetic, together with a surprisingly well-written and likeable cast of characters, though the game is not without its momentary frustrations, lingering legacy issues and unflattering textures, Valkyria Chronicles 4 on the whole marks a more-than-welcome return to form for one of last-generation’s most striking RPGs.
  37. Sep 24, 2018
    80
    More a remake than a sequel but still a welcome return for one of the most original and distinctive genre mash-ups of recent years.
  38. Sep 24, 2018
    80
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 rights the ship after Valkyria Revolution almost sank it. Fans of strategy RPGs should definitely try the demo out and see if the game is right for them.
  39. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 proposes again the lucky formula of the saga. Few new features, but very good, for a game ideal for both experts and newbies.
  40. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    Ultimately, despite being the fourth game in its series, Valkyria Chronicles 4 really is the sequel Valkyria Chronicles needed, and I have to say that I'm pleased that war has never looked more pleasant.
  41. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a triumphant return to form for the beloved strategy series, and it’s amazing to see it finally pack a punch outside of Japan once again.
  42. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    It stays so true to the franchise's first iteration that it'll feel as if almost no time has passed in the decade or so since the original game first came out.
  43. Sep 10, 2018
    80
    It's safe, by the book, predictable, and it does little to fix the flaws of the original game. However, that's not a bad thing. After repeated attempts to reinvent the wheel, it's a relief to see the developers going back to what made the first game work, without handheld limitations or reinventing the franchise.
  44. Sep 25, 2018
    75
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 brings the series back to its roots and polishes that experience to a shine. It’s a return to form for the decade-old tactical RPG series and its best entry to date, albeit playing it extremely safe. While it does iron out some of the kinks that plagued its predecessors, it does little else.
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  1. Sep 21, 2018
    You don’t need to play the previous games to enjoy this side story of turn-based tactics in a fantastical WWII. You will need a lot of patience for character archetypes and massive difficulty spikes.
  2. Oct 9, 2018
    A breathlessly brilliant tactical RPG, it's just a shame that Valkyria Chronicles isn't quite as assured off the battlefield.
  3. Sep 10, 2018
    Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a confident game that doesn’t always earn its bravado. It is beautiful, thrilling, and paradoxically fractured. But if you’re able to endure the clumsier scenarios, you’ll find a rousing war story with plenty of challenge.
  4. Sep 21, 2018
    If you’re new to the series, I’d still absolutely recommend starting with the original. For fans, though, it’s more Valkyria Chronicles, and that’s reason enough to pop a giant red exclamation mark above your head with excitement.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 80
  2. Negative: 15 out of 80
  1. Sep 25, 2018
    10
    Perfect, like the first one but more complex plot and better graphics. Finally we get another awesome Valkyria Chronicles.
  2. Sep 25, 2018
    9
    Great story, great gameplay, great graphics. Has the heart of a Valkyria game!
  3. Sep 27, 2018
    10
    While I did have some fun with the handheld games, they never really captured the spirit of the original. However, VC4 truly does feel likeWhile I did have some fun with the handheld games, they never really captured the spirit of the original. However, VC4 truly does feel like the proper sequel to the original that I've been wanting for all these years. Full Review »
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