1UP | White Knight Chronicles Review

Like a cute kid suddenly thrust into awkward adolescence, Japanese roleplaying games haven't exactly blossomed gracefully into the HD console generation. Games like The Last Remnant and Blue Dragon arrived to middling reviews. Final Fantasy XIII spent half a decade in development before it so much as earned its U.S. release date. And Dragon Quest? Square Enix seems content to keep the series on DS.

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Bungie3274d ago

this must be the biggest flop combo in the history on video games

ps3 need some good games for 2010

Elven63274d ago

You must not have gamed through the 80s or even 90s, I can think of a ton of developers from that era who would have killed for a score like this. ET, Pacman, etc.

Or more recently, Rogue Warrior, Vampire Rain, etc.

OmarJA-N4G3274d ago

Flop or not i'm enjoying this game beside MAG & soon Heavy Rain & i already finished ME2... :)

A month has passed & i'm still waiting for a 360 game. :)

Man In Black3274d ago

2009 was one big combo for the 360, then.

sak5003274d ago


You have to have an xbox360 to wait for a game but since you own a ps3 you must have been the patient kind to wait 3 years into consoles life for any decent games.

Nineball21123274d ago

" I guess
2009 was one big combo for the 360, then."

Okay, that's funny right there, I don't care who you are.

JasonPC360PS3Wii3274d ago

2009 vs right now and right now the PS3 has nothing but flops

Aquanox3274d ago

Just imagine for a moment that GT5 flops. Which other game does SOny have other than God of War 3?

maniacmayhem3274d ago

Well i enjoyed InFamous, I also enjoyed Demon's Soul, Valkyrie Chronicles and Disgaea 3.

Chubear3274d ago

Keep playing reviews 360fans while the PS3 base are enjoying a huge variety of exclusive game genres. You just keep, yeah, you got nothing but multiplats. Ok, scratch that, go back playing PS3 reviews. lol

maniacmayhem3274d ago

Well I'm enjoying Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts, Halo Wars, Left for Dead 2, Mass Effect 1 and soon to be 2 and Gears of War 2

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WildArmed3274d ago

the reviews have been quiet disappointing..
but nevertheless, I have extremely hyped that my copy is arriving today.
I guess JRPGs just don't have that 'wow' factor anymore, doesn't matter.
I still <3 JRPGs the most lol

BeaArthur3274d ago

I don't think it has anything to do with the genre, this just doesn't appear to be a very good game. I wouldn't know, I haven't played it but it is getting some pretty average/bad reviews.

Montrealien3274d ago

This is the kind of game you will love if you know what your are getting into. Reviews have little meaning imho on this kinda of game. this reminds me of Too Human, there was so much hate on it, and people attacking it since there was some low review scores, but the fact of the matter was the the people that knew what they where getting into, loved it. Just like White Knight Chronicles.

I tried it a little, seems exactly what it is meant to be, a jrpg and jrpg never review well. but thats not to say that fans of the genre will not love it to death.

doeman3274d ago

what concerns me the most is gameplay. it looks reminiscent to ff12, a game i LOVED because of the gambit system. it made everything quick and easy because you could preset all your attacks.

wkc looks like they tried to do that, but... idk.. it just didn't turn out as "fun"?

Nineball21123274d ago

Quote: "When I'm in the market for an RPG, it's for a select few reasons: I'm looking for an epic story, rad loot, combat that stimulates the tactical chunks of my brain, and beautiful environments. White Knight Chronicles does none of these things well. To top it all off, the game inexplicably ends after less than 30 hours with most of the major plot points left wholly unresolved. Developer Level 5 has already announced a sequel, but I wonder who they think is lining up to play the follow-up to a mediocre, overly-short RPG?"

Ouch... just ouch.

paradigmfellow3274d ago (Edited 3274d ago )

Do people realize that this is a year and a half old game. I feel that people are comparing it to modern games that have come out after this game was released first in Japan. I personally love this game.

kewlkat0073274d ago (Edited 3274d ago )

sheesh...I don't know if it's gonna have strong legs in the west with these reviews but my fav genre currently is in the dumps.

oli3274d ago (Edited 3274d ago )

i really dont care about reviews, and as far as ive seen alot of ppl havent complained as much as reviewers have.

@paradigmfellow has a point

baum3274d ago

That's gonna be translated to a 40 or something like that in Metacritic, which is another reason why nobody should take Metacritic seriously as it doesn't even have a way of adequately translating letter grades.

BeaArthur3274d ago

baum...maybe they should stop using letter grades then.

DatNJDom813274d ago

WKC really didn't get my attention. The online looked like it would be fun but besides that it wasnt really catching my attention. Too bad. Maybe when JRPG stop with the "kid saves the world" thing, then we might get better games. Well waiting for FF13vs...................

beardpapa3274d ago

it's strange reading this review from them because wasn't it them that gave a positive remark for the preview hands-on article of WKC?

yojoe263274d ago

But nonetheless I have played it for over an hour now and have enjoyed EVERY bit of it thus far. It's not breaking any new ground here, but for a rpg fanatic like myself in great need of some rpg love, this game is doing a dang fine job of filling that void. Granted not as well as, say, demon souls, but the combat I definitely like even better than Dragon Age and dragon age scored higher than this. Just saying: If you're like me and are starving for some JRPG goodness then at least give this one a rental or something. Don't just base everything on these reviews.

DeepInterludium3274d ago

Most of the reviews are solely basing their reviews on the single player game. It's like judging PSO based on it's single player component. Some of the early reviews trashing the game probably didn't even play online. It's not the greatest game but it's not horrible as reviews are making it out to be.

Marceles3274d ago (Edited 3274d ago )

After playing it for a few hours I'd give it a 7.5. It's nothing to be extremely enthusiastic about but it's also nothing to bash either. It reminds me alot of FF12 as far how the pacing of the game is. Other than 7 hit custom combos and transforming there's not really anything else exciting about the fighting in the game. I think the biggest thing will be the online multiplayer sidequests and just leveling up your avatar with friends, but I really can't get into the game where I'm hooked on playing it for a long time as I usually am with RPGs.

ThanatosDMC3274d ago (Edited 3274d ago )

@ ^

I'm glad the newer JRPG are gonna be like Kingdom Hearts battle system which FFv13 is going to have. Also, those Star Ocean games. Oh well, im still waiting on what people who would have bought it would say after they play for several hours.

GameGambits3272d ago

I'm about 40 hours of game play into this game. I spent 22 hours straight yesterday playing it. Reviewers can go screw themselves.

5/10 from IGN 6/10 from Gamespot and now this? You are telling people with a score like that it's not even worth renting even if you like JRPGs. 100% false and 100% bull crap.

Things worth mentioning this game does well that I doubt reviewers are covering.

1) Battle system is like FF12 with a few extra goodies. If you were a fan of FF12...I get the feeling you didn't care about its story anyway as it was the most dull tale ever told in the FF games. That game was riddled with so much dry dialogue and no emphasis on what was said, but the gameplay was fun. This has that same scenario.

2) The music. JRPG music fans will find some very well placed mood setting songs set into this game. I do wish the battle theme was more up beat, but the rest of the games soundtrack is just as good as Dark Cloud 1 and 2's musical scores.

3) The online, the online, the online! This is the meat and the cheese of this game. Quests will have you doing puzzles in dungeons, exterminating different monster types, transforming stones to make bosses spawn, etc and that's just the first 10 quests. It's great to play it with 3 other buddies you know. I had a great time building up my town thus far with the limited money I have, but it's a great idea they took from Dark Cloud into here. Message boards, and blog posts you can do are also a nice charming quality. It's FUN---you just need at least 1 friend leveling along with you to make the best out of it.

4) Character creator. What other game lets you do THIS MUCH to customize your character with? Yeah not all the hair styles are awesome choices, but the amount of things to tweak took me about an hour and a half to finish my character up with. This is the level of customizability I want from ALL types of RPGs that let you make your own character. I mean I LOVE ME2 and Fallout 3, but the choices were very limited on making your character. I think my brain would implode if I could tweak this much stuff in those games. :)

5) Art design for towns and dungeons is SUPERB! Yeah the graphics aren't FF13 in quality, but speaking as someone who's got 120 hours of play on FF13...that game didn't have this big of dungeons and towns to explore.(obviously) It's a shame people aren't noting how great looking things get later on in game.

Those are 5 things off the top of my head that all put together alone merit this game a 8/10. The 2 points knocked off are easily for poor story, poor dialogue, a lack of difficulty, and of course not letting the character you make have a knight form themselves to tinker with online.

With how much they got right in WKC1 I would be really surprised if WKC2 wasn't a big JRPG hit when it hits. They've laid out some serious ground work and blue prints for a sequel that could blow people away.

If you are a fan of JRPGs in any sense you owe it to yourself to at least rent this game to see what the Japanese were enjoying a year and a half ago.

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creeping judas3274d ago

I am surprised by the reviews all over the board. But I will tell anyone listening that this is the best JRPG that I have played this gen. I was ready to not try another one after all the crap (IMO) that has come out so far. But damn this game is fun!!!

Son_Lee3274d ago

I just don't understand. Four hours in and I'm loving this game. I hate MMO-style games and I'm enjoying this. If you want a good JRPG, pick this one up. User reviews will be far higher than press reviews.

m-s-8-23273d ago

You must be like me, and don't allow another persons opinion to influence yours. I'd been waiting for this game for about 3 years now so I wasn't about to let bad reviews sway me from purchasing it.

Im about 7 hours playtime into the game and have really enjoyed it. The combat at times seems way too easy, and that's about my only real complaint with this game.