UGO writes: "In the past few years my interest in Japanese RPGs has waned to the point that I only play one or two a year, and never on a game's release date. I'll pick them up months after they've come out to fill whatever lull the industry is in; when I finally have the time to invest in a 30+ hour adventure. To be honest, I'm oddly not even excited by Final Fantasy XIII because it's hard to get excited for a game--even a blockbuster--if there's only a minute amount of information to run with. I'm only saying all this because today I ran across the first RPG in a while that made me perk up and take notice.
SEGA's Valkyria Chronicles combines two of my favorite elements in RPGs: guns and tactics. I'm tired of swords and bucklers, spears and wands. I want hot, bolt-action gunpowder and metal. And it's exactly what Valkyria Chronicles delivers."