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Here begins my Valkyria Chronicles blog. I shall start my logging impressions and random thoughts I have of the game with the first choice you encounter, the optional install of the game to your PS3 hard drive. Let's do a test, shall we?
Time to load Chapter 2's battle without doing the install
~11 seconds to load briefing
~4 seconds to load battle
~15 Seconds total
Time to load Chapter 2's battle with the install
~8 seconds to load briefing
~4 seconds to load battle
~12 seconds total
Time it took to install
Oh, that's cute. While it installs the game it starts with an unfinished painting and gradually fills it with color as it completes the install.
Is it worth it?
You read that right, it really only saved 3 seconds. And the game still takes over 10 seconds of loading just to show you the Sega logo when you start it. So I'm not seeing the benefits of the install here. Was it just added as a token measure cause it's fashionable for PS3 games to have an install option? Does it help in small ways through the battles that I'm not noticing?
Keep in mind that my test is pretty specific and limited to the chapter 2 loading, it's possible that other chapters vary and there could be some variation within battle, I just haven't noticed given how little I've played before installing it.
I'm going to go ahead and keep it installed since I have plenty of free space and I don't feel like waiting another 8 minutes to reinstall it again later should I regret removing it now.
Verdict: No not worth it based on the data I've seen so far unless you're so impatient that 3 seconds matters to you, or you die a lot on a battle and have to keep reloading it I suppose.
So on the podcast this week, I told Oliver I thought the music in this game sounded a lot like Sakimoto's. Yeah...apparently that's cause it IS Sakimoto's. Oliver really enjoyed telling me that.
The English voice acting is fine in this game (for once), but I still wanted to experiment with the Japanese voice acting. As usual, it sounds top notch though the subtitles are obviously only of the English version of the script and not of what the Japanese voice acting is saying.
Also, hearing a Japanese person say "Edelweiss" is awesome. "eederuuisu gou"
Up to chapter 9 in this game and I have to say, it is still a fine piece of work. I would be playing more, but I got distracted by: Wrath of the Lich King, Persona 4, and Prince of Persia. Not a bad set of titles to be distracted with, but I feel bad about it nonetheless. Now Oliver has gone and finished and reviewed it already, but I shall return and right the wrongs of the situation.