White Knight Chronicles Review
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System: PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Level 5 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SONY 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 2, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 (4 Online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

While this is something long sought after in a feasible working manner, White Knight Chronicles does not break through the barrier. Instead, it has its moments of great functionality, but like any other online co-op experience, it can suffer from lagging or faulty connections and will have you retrying again and again, sometimes more! Unfortunately, the online is my biggest complaint about the title. Since it doesn't directly affect the single-player experience though, this is only a minor issue as far as I am concerned.

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It would be extremely easy to dismiss the graphics of White Knight Chronicles as dated. However, taking into account the game's already been out for more than a year, White Knight Chronicles is an example of a beautiful RPG. Unfortunately, there are moments of framerate issues and occasional screen-tearing. The moments can get bothersome but never to the point of ruining the experience. One other complaint is the pop-in you will face in the game. Nothing as horrendous as in some other titles, but occasionally a shadow or a creature may pop into existence a little further into the environment. The pop-in, however, happens infrequently. In fact, the only time you may notice it is when a large creature materializes.

The voice track is another area where White Knight Chronicles falters. While most of the voice cast appears to have some experience in voice acting, some are way over the top. So much so in the case of one villain, you may never take the villain seriously. This is a problem and the removal of the Japanese dialogue from the game is puzzling since this is, after all, called the International Edition. I would normally say just turn the volume down to avoid the occasional grating voice acting, but that would be a disservice to the score of the game - a wonderful score that never becomes too annoying nor too sure of itself - a truly pleasant surprise.

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White Knight Chronicles does something that recent traditional RPGs have not: it has played it safe and close to genre conventions. While taking a worthwhile risk in the combat system, Level 5 doesn't stray from the old magic of what makes RPGs some of the greatest games published. Sure, you can easily write this off as a "been there done that" just by looking at the outside, but once you step into the world of Balandor, you'd be hard-pressed to find a good enough reason to leave. White Knight Chronicles may not herald the return of traditional RPGs with blazing affirmation, it is definitely a welcomed stepping stone for the genre on current-gen systems.

By Matthew Walker
CCC Project Coordinator

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.1
Graphics
While it doesn't shatter any molds, the visuals are beautiful and the creatures that you will face are both inventive and memorable.
3.6
Control
The controls are solid, but the magic of this game is in the combat system. However, it is up to you how enjoyable the combat system can be.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
While the voice acting leaves a little to be desired, the score itself is phenomenally nostalgic.
3.8
Play Value
A solid experience all the way around. White Knight Chronicles proves that it is still possible to make and enjoy a traditional RPG this generation.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Become the White Knight - Transform into the giant White Knight, gaining the ability to battle various enemies throughout the adventure.
  • Full Character Customization - Using a wide array of options, create a unique character in White Knight Chronicles. This customized character will also represent you in your online experiences in the game.
  • Combo Battle System - Engage in an easily accessible, active turn-based battle system that caters to players of all levels.
  • An Online RPG on the PS3 - Experience an RPG game on the PS3 that incorporates a variety of robust online gameplay elements.


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