Valkyria Chronicles Remastered's selling point is right there in the title: it's a remaster. It isn't a remake: nothing fundamental about the game has changed, and it's this that might give veterans pause when considering making a purchase. Visually, this is a lovely game throughout: the anime style might give some pause, but it's elegantly blended with a watercolor aesthetic that not only provides a consistent motif, but actually ties into the game's storytelling vehicle, which is literally a book. Cutscenes in particular are a joy to behold; while anime often clashes with three-dimensional space, it blends perfectly in Valkyria Chronicles. Special mention goes to the comic book style onomatopoeia that accompanies most of the notable wartime sounds.
Standing as the counterpoint to the mindless synth nonsense that accompanies most anime, Hitoshi Sakimoto's moving orchestral soundtrack hits a multitude of emotional highs that perfectly accompany the on-screen action. It's often rousing and invigorating, but it's particularly effective during the game's down time. Voice acting can get a bit hammy at times; this is no Xenoblade Chronicles. However, there's a certain charm to the cheese that makes it worthwhile.