Valkyria Chronicles

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Valkyria Chronicles
Valkyria Chronicles cover
Developers
Sega
Windows Little Stone Software
Microsoft Store Lab42
Publishers
Sega
Engines
CANVAS
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2014
Reception
Metacritic 85
OpenCritic 85
IGDB 90
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives Third-person, Top-down view
Controls Direct control
Genres Tactical RPG
Vehicles Tank
Art styles Anime, Stylized
Themes Europe, World War II
Series Valkyria Chronicles
Valkyria Chronicles on HowLongToBeat
Valkyria Chronicles on IGDB
Valkyria Chronicles guide on StrategyWiki
Valkyria Chronicles on MobyGames
Valkyria Chronicles on Wikipedia
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Key points

Includes all the currently released DLC from the PS3 version.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Europe only.
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
DRM-Free when Steam is not installed or when steam_appid.txt is in directory containing any number.[1]
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete files in the installation folder[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\movie\
  2. Delete or rename files OPENING.SFD and/or SEGALOGO.SFD

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam <path-to-game>\*.xml
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\SEGA\Valkyria Chronicles\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/294860/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Steam <path-to-game>\savedata\<user-id>\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\SEGA\Valkyria Chronicles\savedata\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/294860/pfx/[Note 1]
The DLC save games are separate from the main storyline save games.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

Configuration tools graphics settings.
Configuration tools graphics settings.
Configuration tool in the Microsoft Store version.
Configuration tool in the Microsoft Store version.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Pillarboxed 16:9.
Ultra-widescreen
Pillarboxed 16:9.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming or adding borderless windowed="1" to the line <custom_gfx_options in the file system_config.xml[3]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Appears to use a built in post-processing AA that is non adjustable.
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA with flag 0x084010C0.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Set Frame Limit to Refresh Rate. Introduces audio desync for cutscenes rendered in engine, causes tanks to sometimes consume more AP over less distance (particularly when trying to go uphill). You will encounter this clipping issue.
HBAO also available on Nvidia with flag 0x00000032.

SLI support[edit]

Use Nvidia Profile Inspector[4]
  1. Change the SLI compatibility bits to 0x03402005 which works good or 0x42402405 also gave good balance
  2. Change the NVIDIA predefined SLI mode to SLI_PREDEFINED_MODE_FORCE_AFR2
  3. Click on Apply changes
Incompatible with Downsampling

Input[edit]

Configuration tools key rebinding and input settings.
Configuration tools key rebinding and input settings.
In-game audio & input inversion settings.
In-game audio & input inversion settings.

Make walk hold from WASD with Shift[edit]

Use AutoHotkey[citation needed]

Save the following as a .ahk file then compile it into an app. Place the exe in the game's directory then use it to launch the game (you could make a shortcut to it or rename Valkyria.exe to something else and name it in its place).

Click expand to view contents
RunWait, Valkyria.exe
ExitApp

#IfWinActive, ahk_class Valkyria Chronicle
#SingleInstance Ignore

+w::Up
+s::Down
+a::Left
+d::Right

~w::sendinput {up up}
~a::sendinput {left up}
~s::sendinput {down up}
~d::sendinput {right up}

To change the modifier used for walking change the pluses(+) in the first stanza to ^(Control) or !(Alt).

Audio[edit]

Configuration tools audio settings.
Configuration tools audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM and SE
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Japanese
Russian
Fan translation by «Alliance Team», download.
Spanish
Fan translation, download.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Unable to get up the ramp Chapter 18a[edit]

Change video setting/resolution to 60HZ[citation needed]
  1. Press play Valkyria Chronicles
  2. Choose 'Configure Valkyria Chronicles'
  3. Change resolution to desired resolution with 60HZ

Crash in Chapter 3[edit]

Change video setting to Windowed and switch off Steam Overlay[citation needed]
  1. Press Valkyria Chronicles with the right mouse button on Steam
  2. Choose Properties
  3. Uncheck "Enable Steam Overlay while in-game"
  4. Press play Valkyria Chronicles
  5. Choose 'Configure Valkyria Chronicles'
  6. Change screen mode to Windowed

You may also need to change the launch file to run in Windows 7 Compatibility Mode.[citation needed]

Once you have returned to Book Mode without the crash you can change your settings back to normal.

Game is accepting input from nonexistant device and is infinitely scrolling up on start[edit]

Enter Windows Device Manager and disable devices[citation needed]
  1. Open Device Manager from Windows Start Menu
  2. Expand "Human Interface Devices" list
  3. Find and disable device labeled "HID-compliant vendor-defined device"

When you reopen the game after you have disabled the device, the scrolling should stop and everything should work as normal.

There may be more than one device with that label, but for me it was the first one in the list.

Desktop visible even in fullscreen (Windows 10)[edit]

Disable fullscreen optimization of Valkyria.exe[5]
  1. Open Properties of <path-to-game>\Valkyria.exe
  2. In Compatibility tab check "Disable fullscreen optimization"

Falling through the map after climbing up the ladders at the back of the map in Episode 15a - Fight for Ghirlandaio[edit]

Download fix from mega or google drive and install in Valkyria Chronicles\data\mx[6]
Included in Imperial Onslaught (v2+) and "Quality of Life Fixes" gameplay mod.

Framerate dies when walking through grass[edit]

Disable vsync[citation needed]

This game really doesn't like vsync (at 60 fps at least). It can also cause other types of slowdown-related bugs. You can try to alleviate screen tearing by locking fps to 58.

Nvidia's "Fast Sync" works fine, no tearing and no slowdown. You might need to enable it through the Profile Inspector if it's not in the control panel.

Text semitransparent in target information box[edit]

Change refresh rate[citation needed]
Correct display on top, wrong on bottom
Correct display on top, wrong on bottom

This happens with some refresh rates. Refresh rates of 30 and 60hz work. 50 and 59.94 does not work.

Stuttering in cutscenes[edit]

Limit framerate to 30[citation needed]

The game incorrectly upconverts video framerate resulting in heavy stuttering at times. Limiting framerate to 30 in the launcher mostly fixes this. Using external framelimiters work so you can use FPS Limiter with hotkey support to toggle between 29.97FPS for cutscenes and 60FPS for gameplay while ingame.

This can also be automated with Autohotkey:

  1. Download and install AutoHotkey
  2. Download FPS Limiter and extract it to <path-to-game>
  3. Edit fpslimiter.cfg and set InitialFps to 29.97 and ToggleFps to your desired framerate
  4. Create a new Autohotkey script in <path-to-game> with the following content:
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Run,fpslimiter32.exe,,hide
Run,Valkyria.exe
Loop {
	Sleep,1
	PlayingMovie := 0
	Loop,Files,movie\*
		{
		FileMove,%A_LoopFileLongPath%,%A_LoopFileLongPath%
		if (ErrorLevel = 1)
			PlayingMovie := 1
		}
	if (PlayingMovie = 1)
		SendInput,^{Numpad0}
	if (PlayingMovie = 0)
		SendInput,^{Numpad1}
	Process,Exist,Valkyria.exe
	if (ErrorLevel = 0) {
		Process,Close,fpslimiter32.exe
		ExitApp
		}
	}

You should now be able to launch the game with this script and get less stutter. Some minimal stuttering is unavoidable unless you can live with the 59.94hz bug mentioned above, since the cutscenes are 29.97 FPS.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
64-bit exclusive to the Microsoft Store.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio CRI ADX2
Cutscenes CRI Sofdec2

Mods[edit]

Save file hacking guide
ValkyrieEdit - For character bug workaround see here.
Texture extraction/replacement tool guide

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTS 240

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/294860/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (294860) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References