Thursday Aug 19, 2010
Welcome to day IV of the Community BLiTZ! Today’s update comes a little later than most, as we’ve just finished a recording session with a community site to talk about VCII – that podcast will go live next Monday, and I’ll link you guys to it then for those who would like to check it out.
Today has been a busy day with news about Sonic Colors, then Sonic 4, and now Valkyria Chronicles II – so most of all, thanks for waiting. Today we’re going to talk about the promotion system in the game, and some of the new features and classes available in VC II!
Community BLiTZ Day IV: Level up!
For today’s purposes, we’re going to be using Avan as an example and reference. Everyone please say “Hi, Avan.”
Awesome. Now that introductions are out the way, take another look at Avan and you’ll notice that he’s set up with his standard Gallian-1 scout rifle. Snazzy.
Avan is a special exception in VCII, because you can choose to make him any class you want. He starts off as a scout, but if you feel like changing him to, say – a shocktrooper – you can do that, too. In which case he’ll look a little something like this:
And boom, shocktrooper Avan. Now that we’ve covered off that basic point, we’ll also get into how specific promotions work within the game, and how you can advance the levels and stats of unit types.
If we use Avan for a number of missions, and are constantly picking off enemies while playing as him, he’ll earn credits based on his accomplishments. After he picks up enough, we’ll be able to advance him to the next class upgrade, where we have to make a choice between two types. For this scenario, we’re going to be looking at Avan as a Scout.
As a Scout, Avan has two choices: Sniper, or Scout Veteran. The Sniper plays similar to the Sniper class in the original game, meaning that his mobility and defense will be lower, but he’ll now have a sniper rifle and be able to score some amazing head shots. Alternatively, we can take him down the Scout Veteran route, which will give him improved stats all around from the basic Scout type. Beyond Sniper and Scout Veteran, each of those have an additional two advanced classes you can level up to, meaning that you’ve got a total of four final choices for every character – and the four are unique to every class.
The nice part is how you get to make this choice with every single unit in the game – a great move because you don’t have to turn all scouts into snipers or all scouts into veterans: you can craft each and every scout of your squad into the specific end-game type that you’d like them to be.
For our next demonstration, we’re going to need another helping hand. Hm.. Joachim! Hey, Joachim! Stop dozing off! We need you for a moment!
This is Joachim. He has an awesome hat.
Ah, there we go – what’s up, Joachim? Now that we’ve got an Armored Tech here in front of us, we’ll explore down that pathway too, to give you guys a deeper understanding of the new class and how it works.
In battle, Joachim here would be swapping his Academy uniform for his armor, shield, and warpick. If we were to use Joachim in a number of missions, and pick up enough credits from using him, we could then decide which direction we want to upgrade Joachim towards. Our choices:
Later on, we’ll get the chance to level up Joachim even more, but for today’s blog, that’ll be the end of our feature. To confirm, you can also switch classes around, so don’t worry about ever getting locked into a single class!
Avan, Joachim, thanks for being our special guests this time around. It’s late now and the blog author is losing his sanity quickly, so we’re going to go ahead and move into today’s special thanks, the giveaway, and yesterday’s winners!
Tonight we’d like to give our special thanks to the Valkyria fans over at NeoGAF, who have one of the longest-running still active Valkyria Chronicles threads that I can think of! You can check out their original Valkyria Chronicles thread here, and their newer Community BLiTZ thread here.
They get some extra VC1 DLC codes as part of their special thanks tonight – you’ll need an active GAF account to post and win one! If you don’t have one though, fear not – we still have our regular giveaway below.
First up, please give your congratulations to yesterday’s winners across the blogs, twitter, and Facebook!
Congratulations to all three of you! You can contact me on the forums, facebook, and via Twitter DM to let me know where to send your artbooks. Take good care of them!
More free stuff!
There are no right or wrong answers, so as long as it’s more than just “lol dood I liek fencerz“, you’ll likely have a shot at winning. In addition, we’ve still got our other giveaways:
They dress in red, they hate Darcsens, and they call themselves the Gallian Revolutionary Army. Tomorrow, we take a break from the members of Class G and look instead to the villains of Valkyria Chronicles II – the Rebels.
We’ll see you then!
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