Before Xmas, a friend of mine was telling me how he couldn't find a copy of Valkyria Chronicles anywhere in Sydney. He'd walk into games stores, a crisp $100 note in hand, but no one wanted his money! Since then, and since I picked Sega's delightful SRPG as my 4th best game of 2008, a whole bunch of you have been telling me the same tale of disappointment. So what's the story, Sega?
Where The Hell Is Valkyria Chronicles?
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