Saturday, April 21, 2012

A to Z Challenge: R is for Rocket Propelled Lances

Valkyria Chronicles may be the first place I ever encountered the idea of a projectile lance.  I think it is an excellent idea.  Valkyria Chronicles (VC) came out early on in the PS3 lifecycle, it took a new look at conventional strategy games and tried merging a few of the better parts of turn based and real time strategy to a decent success.  Aside from the gorgeous art style (simulated watercolor motion picture) what really stood out to me were the knights armed with lances facing off against tanks, little did I know these lances could be fired like rockets.

It isn't known exactly what powers these absurd weapons but judging from the emissions it is either a chemical trail like a rocket or even a huge burst of steam.  I'm not willing to count out Ragnite either, the all-purpose energy-resource macguffin of the VC universe.  Still I think rocketing lances as a siege weapon, either for destruction or for sending up chains, would be an excellent addition to any game dancing with steampunk elements.


  1. Never played VC and likely never will because I don't have any of the modern Sony systems. But I can certainly appreciate the flavor of its setting. Reminds me of the Full Metal Alchemist manga/anime minus the magic of alchemy.

    1. Well if you ever do pick up a modern sony console (although I can't fault you for staying away from the brand after the stunts they pulled) it's a fantastic little game. The technology themes are similar to Full Metal Alchemist but its overall tone is far more serious but still very light hearted throughout many parts.