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  • Summary: A fantasy role-playing game in which the main character can transform himself into a huge knight as he strives to rescue a princess.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 77
  2. Negative: 3 out of 77
  1. Sure there are the usual hiccups such as localization but for the most part White Knight Chronicles is a solid title with some room to grow as far as the online portion of it is concerned.
  2. White Knight Chronicles has an excellent look and feel, and throws in enough unique twists on the JRPG genre to make this title something unique, but it is marked more by its missed opportunities and clich├ęs than anything else.
  3. It's good to see Level 5 doing big RPGs again, and White Knight Chronicles is a solid first effort in what could be a new series.
  4. On the whole, it's a great-looking game with an impressive amount of territory to explore, and it's largely free of the suffocating pomposity that seems part and parcel of so many Japanese-influenced RPGs.
  5. 60
    Though the game features several imaginative environments, the same can't be said for its pedestrian, trope-riddled story.
  6. It looks like your average JRPG, but it's more like a MMORPG. White Knight Chronicles is fun, but it lacks some spark and could have been much better.
  7. A real misstep for Level-5, with tedious battles and an equally uninteresting plot and characters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. Oct 6, 2010
    10
    I really like this game. It looks to me like MMO experience, but without MMO subscription price. I get party of 4 to manage, so I can playI really like this game. It looks to me like MMO experience, but without MMO subscription price. I get party of 4 to manage, so I can play around with different types of builds. I have armor and weapons to buy. I can play with my friends online. The graphics is good and world is interesting. It is not gray like many FPS today, but a full color palette. I like the basic game play, which I consider to be semi-turn based. The story started well. There is really not much to complain about. It might be a bit on easy side, but considering that I may want to experiment with my builds I need some room for mistakes. Expand
  2. WWII
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    The game's not as bad as I thought so. I've been playing it for like 6 hours and it is pretty cool, specially the online part. If The game's not as bad as I thought so. I've been playing it for like 6 hours and it is pretty cool, specially the online part. If you like Monter Hunter and you can stand the slower paced combat then you'll gonna love this game. This is like the rpg version of Monster Hunter but with a decent story. Expand
  3. JalexD
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    This may not end up being my final feelings on the game, but I picked this up early on launch day and I've barely put it down. All I can This may not end up being my final feelings on the game, but I picked this up early on launch day and I've barely put it down. All I can offer is this: If you've ever loved a Level-5 game, you'll likely adore this. Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2012
    6
    This could've been a lot better, especially since it's created by Level 5, who made some of the best JRPG's on the PS2. The story is veryThis could've been a lot better, especially since it's created by Level 5, who made some of the best JRPG's on the PS2. The story is very basic, the graphics are just okay and combat can become tedious and boring. But the character creation and the online quests are fun. Buy this for the multiplayer, some people still play it a lot. But don't expect much from the single-player mode. Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. White Knight Chronicles is a fun little title as far as the battle and character building goes. It's fun to create combos, watch them work (or fail), and mess around with your customized character to your hearts content. I wanted really hard to give this game a higher score but there were so many things that lagged down the fun gameplay that just couldn't be saved. I'll save the worst for last.

    The gameplay itself I find to be rather fun. I enjoy the combat mechanics for the character you do control and like to pick all sorts of weapons eventually getting to master a good bit of the many weapons available. I also enjoy shoving a cape on my back and running around and pretending to be Batman...with a greatsword...and E sized breasts. Of course while you're over there chopping enemies to pieces the companion AI has very little merits. They just stand there and hash out their weakest attacks. Pretty much they're there to heal you since they seem to stink really bad at combat. The gameplay and combat however are what dragged this game to a six.

    The story is unoriginal, bland, boring, and overall horribly cliche. I can't think of a more overused story then...princess gets kidnapped who has special powers go save her. That is the gist of almost every lame fantasy game ever made. The story is so lazily written, so lousy that I found myself grunting in physical agony as they dished out lame sub-plot after lame sub-plot. The story is bad...really bad, not to mention just some of the words for those ancient civilizations made me laugh because they were such dumb sounding words. I will not give it's story any merits. It sucks...plain and simple.

    Now the graphics and surroundings are alright as far as the PS3 is concerned. Not great, but not terrible, but with my favorite RPG of all time being Wild Arms...I don't think graphics count. What does count is the fact that they looks semi-human mixed with anime which just kind of weirds me out. Leonard's eyeballs are the size of tennis balls yet his head is normal sized. It just looks awkward.

    As for music...I forgot it had any.

    Now on to the absolute worst part of the game. The thing that drug it down so far on the score meter. I could have given it an 8 even past all of the terrible writing and generic and boring storyline if it weren't for the characters. We start with the master dork himself, Leonard.

    Leonard is about as absolutely lame, cookie-cutter, and retarded as it gets. He has a single track mind to save a girl he met all of ten minutes ago because he briefly met her for all of thirty seconds in his past. This is as cliche as it gets. He is a walking, talking, mouth-breathing, useless idiot. His dialogue makes you want to kill him every time he opens his stupid mouth since all it consists of is him whining over the princess who he's known for all of ten minutes. And if the creep isn't obsessing over the princess he's just being all around dumb. His supreme overconfidence makes Cloud look a go-getter and Link a conversationalist. Now we move onto dork number two, Caesar.

    Caesar is that guy who thinks he's cool. The guy who thinks he's so cool that when he wakes up his stupid dreadlocks actually look cool, and not only to him but to everyone around him. With his mind-numbing dialogue, his stupid face, and his cocky attitude he almost makes me want to barf. Not to mention a few other dumb things about him...like dragonsight. Because dragons can totally see into the hearts of men. Moron. I can't stand him or Leonard, and when you put them together it's a ticket to disaster.

    Then we've got Yulie...who tags along. That's all on her.

    Kara, and Eldore were about the only people I liked. Eldore was the wise, and strong magician who could still best you in a swordfight or at a match of wits, and Kara was just a badass who took little crap from anyone. They alone could not help my brain recover from the overload from Leonard and Caesar...also the princess is the super generic good girl with zero personality.

    In the end the game was ruined not by terrible storyline, but by it's god awful characters. The characters were so bad that I found myself straining just to finish the game. The giant knight was kind of cool...if not useless, and the gameplay was fun. However nothing could ever save it from Leonard or Caesar.

    On a side note...who names their main character Leonard? That's like naming them Gunther, or Melvin, or Norman, or...Leonard.
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  6. Jan 25, 2011
    4
    I had to wrestle to get through the 3 hours I put in this game. I don't understand any appeal to it. The graphics are pretty mediocre, if notI had to wrestle to get through the 3 hours I put in this game. I don't understand any appeal to it. The graphics are pretty mediocre, if not bad for a next-gen game, the price tag is horrible (it's still at 69 euro in the stores here), the gameplay is boring and unclear (you get moves that cost less than later moves but are more powerful? They should have some way to show how strong your individual moves are). Furthermore, you get to create a character and it turns out not to be the main character? You have to manually skip to your character if you want to play it, every single time and then it turns out it doesn't even get it's own suit-thingy. The only thing that stands out for this RPG is the fact that you can go online and do quests and go on this online forum thingy that's filled with people that can't write if their lives depended on it and are looking for online dates, honestly. Okay, I guess the graphics could be considered funny if you're realllly doing your best and the music isn't very annoying, but that's about the best you could say for this game and really, it wouldn't even deserve the 4 I'd give it. Expand
  7. Sep 28, 2011
    3
    It's very hard for me to understand what anyone can like about this game. Combat is slow, tedious and non-strategic, you basically spend allIt's very hard for me to understand what anyone can like about this game. Combat is slow, tedious and non-strategic, you basically spend all the time pressing X controlling your one guy. Story is a lame collecting of 90's clichés, characters are flat and boring. But combat is really the worse, and there's a lot of it : it's like paying FFXII but controlling only one character and having only 2 or 3 different skills. There is a big online community and playing the game online is free - so that may be a plus for some. But online play is little more than farming the same bosses over and over by pressing X and sometimes healing... Expand

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