Anyone familiar with this site or me knows that I’m a huge fan of the Fire Emblem series of games. There’s just something about a ragtag group of characters, each with their own distinct personalities, going up against some near-unassailable evil that hits all the right notes for me. Valkyria Chronicles is one of the rare non-FE games to hit all of these same notes, alternating between humorous dialog and the crushing realities of war while sporting the kind of cel-shaded artwork that you’d never expect to work given the subject matter. It does, though, as does the combat’s mixture of real-time movement and turn-based combat. This is one of those rare gems that I’m glad I finally got a chance to play (thanks to a completely unexpected PC port) despite my PS3’s disc drive giving up the ghost.