It really sounds like you just hate spinoffs. So let me ask
It sounds to me like you have a different definition of spin-off than I do.
- Why can't this have melee combat? Why? Is there any good reason? Because one game in a franchise that this is based on, that was a completely different genre of game, didn't have melee combat? Not good enough.
You misunderstand. I have absolutely no problem with melee combat in a setting where it makes sense. That isn't this setting.
First of all, despite some fantastical elements VC always had a fairly down-to-earth vibe. It was clearly inspired by WW2 more than your typical sword and sorcery stuff. Melee combat doesn't really make any sense there.
Second of all, combat in VC was always very lethal. Most standard enemies could be taken out with a single well-placed attack. But the only way they could fit melee combat into this game was to nerf guns, almost laughably so. Look at the gameplay video. They fire clip after clip after clip at enemies and do almost nothing. It feels almost like the designers didn't even want guns but included them because they felt they had to.
- What's wrong with magic in a fantasy game? Do you hate all games that use magic? Of course not. This isn't a big deal. I hope you're not one of those people that just hates things because it's "cool" to hate things on the internet.
First of all that is an incredibly immature and unnecessary 'counterargument'.
And again, I don't hate magic. I hate butchering the setting. VC actually had a pretty original setting. There were fantasy elements (like the Valkyria themselves) but they were used sparingly. And overt spellcasting, even by Valkyria, was never part of that setting. So excuse me for not being happy about the original elements being ripped out of an original setting to turn it into a generic sword and sorcery hack and slash.
- This isn't a VC game and it isn't taking place in the established VC universe, so.... that might just get to the root of your complaints.
OK, so it has completely different gameplay, a completely different aesthetic, and a completely different setting...
That's not even a spin-off. That's an unrelated game they slapped 'Valkyria' in the title because they were afraid to sell it on its own merits...