There's never not a new gacha game just around the corner, but I'm still always going to try them and see if they're any good. Luckily I can report that the recently launched Valiant Force 2? Yeah, it's pretty good!
Like many gacha games, Valiant Force 2 is an RPG, but it leans more on the strategy side of things, with a battle system that reminded me of long nights spent grinding away at Final Fantasy Tactics on the PlayStation. Between some delightfully challenging encounters and a compelling job system, I've been glued to my phone for over a week now working through the fairly lengthy main story campaign.
Valiant Force 2's main missions are also aided by fairly high production values. The game features occasional fully animated cutscenes, including the one I grabbed the screenshot above from, which plays when you roll the gacha. The script has also received a very strong English translation, which is not the norm for this style of game. Sure, the story is fairly generic fantasy/anime stuff, but at least I can actually follow what's going on and get to know the characters. That's more than I can say for most gacha games!
As for the gacha itself, it seems relatively generous so far, but you know these games tend to get much worse later on. Still, if I'm able to get through the main missions with what I've received without spending money so far, I'll be totally happy. This one's absolutely worth a shot if you like gacha RPGs!