Right now there is literally one game that could tear me away from Lost Odyssey (until the update, that is) and that is the aforementioned Valkyria Chronicles. It's got everything!!
- Tactical-RPG goodness? Check.
- Lush enviroments? Check.
- Entrancing musical score? Double check.
Hitoshi Sakimoto has done no wrong since I started really getting into his stuff, and this is no different. I can't wait until an official soundtrack is released.
I'm up to chapter two (with one game over!!... F***ING tanks) and so far it's been quite enjoyable. The turn-based strategy is very easy to pick up and isn't overly difficult. The enemies AI is that nice level between "Can i haz gun?" and "OMGWTFBBQ!!" Even if you do get hit/killed, it doesn't feel cheap. It's almost like this is the game Battalion Wars should have been.
Did I mention that the game is absolutely gorgeous? You can tell in the screenshots that it looks pretty but once you've got it up on your HDTV, it's a completely different experience. The Canvas engine is a remarkable achievement on Sega's behalf and I do hope that they use it in future games. It'd be a shame to let it fall by the wayside.
Hopefully my daughter (2 & 9 months) will like this one. Actually, she might be a little disappointed I'm not playing LO anymore!! She loved the battles!