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White Knight Chronicles Review

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Frankly, if you can overcome those obstacles of the game – White Knight Chronicles is a title worth playing through. The issue is most gamers won’t be able to overlook these key elements to enjoy what’s underneath it all.

So, now that the bad is out there and out of the way, what makes White Knight Chronicles a title worth picking up? An evolutionary battle system combined with stellar online play similar to the Monster Hunter series makes WKC a title that offers not only lasting appeal, but the ability to make every playing experience unique to the player at the controls.

If you’ve been following along with the White Knight Chronicles media train, you’d be aware that the combat system on offer is more tactical in how its set up than most games in the genre. Instead of having your standard command prompt come up with each turn, gamers are given the ability to set command tactics for each party member (including themselves) which helps mold your party into a group of characters that suit your playing style best.

The coolest aspect of the combat system is that Level-5 allows gamers to create and utilize their own combos within the game. Each character is enabled with the ability to choose a certain number of attacks, buffs, spells, etc., to put in specific order to create a combo. If you want to utilize a Slash, Back Slash and then Fire Spell as your point of attack, you can. Meanwhile, another character could be utilizing something entirely different to take down your enemy.

On the bottom of the screen, your Combat Tactic slots will be displayed prominently and by clicking left or right on the D-Pad, it changes which attack or movement will be powered up next. This is a great way to move from one type of attack to another and it’s what allows the experience to differ from one gamer to the next.

Next, you’re going to want to increase the abilities that you have at your disposal to use in your Combat Tactic’s slots. This is done through a simple “Learn Skill” tree that is both user-friendly and easy to understand. With each level you gain, you gain a number of skill points that can be used to purchase new skills that in turn unlock better skills. To do this, you access your skill wheel and choose which type of skill you’d like to learn (Sword, Longsword, Magic, etc.) Once you’ve done this, you’re given a list of skills that can currently be purchased and even check out some of the skills set to come later on in order to give you a better idea of how you’d like to build your character. As you purchase new skills in that specific skill tree, it will unlock the more powerful attacks that you will have at your disposal.

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Comments (19)

  • Blackou7

    Awesome review. Sucks that I won’t be buying this until Sunday.

  • LastBoss

    I’m picking up this game today.

  • zinmaster

    me too

  • zinmaster

    my psn is ZIn_Oo-Orochi see you guys on Online mode of this game

  • Loki

    Great review. I was really worried about the battle system after watching the review of Gamespot, but it seems pretty decent after reading this review. Actually, I’m still contemplating whether I should get the game now or later.

  • PS3 alex

    im gonna get it later

    and plz post a vid review that would be nice

  • Skynetonline

    I GOT IT!! After the 3 years i been waiting for this game!

  • Bloodmask

    So in few words the game sucks and is not even worth a rental :
    Bad Graphics
    Bad Characters
    Bad Battle System
    Bad Exploration
    Bad Story
    According to this review this is one of the worst videogames ever, ty i won’t even rent this crap =)

  • Pennywise

    Oh goody… I have to put up with N4G 260 *******’s on other websites too. Back to your cave bloodmask and bungie. Losers.

  • Patrick Steen

    To Bungie, your comment has been removed -we don’t appreciate racism. On-Topic: Great review The Dean.

  • Sir Rickard

    LOL at the two comments above.
    @Bloodmask, that’s your choice, I’ve been excited about this game a long time. I know Level 5 make great quality titles.
    @Bungie, you’re obviously a stupid fanboy and racist. Maybe member of the KKK too? Guess what, Japanese are way ahead of USA (and any other country) when it comes to technology. The Japanese are much better at not wasting recources in their factories (yes I know it cause I had a course called industrial production). And so on. I’m not saying Americans are bad, Japs are ahead in technology. “Is time for Japan to dissapear from the planet” Wow that’s really nazi…
    X-Box 360 being the ONLY real gaming console? Wow really? I’m sure none of Atari’s consoles are real, I’m sure none of Nintendo’s consoles are real, I’m sure none of Sega’s consoles are real, I’m sure none of Sony’s consoles are real, HELL I’m even sure that the original X-Box ISN’T REAL etc. .
    As for war, it’s really stupid and retarded.
    Make love, not war!

    Fanboys+Racists= One of the worst combinations ever

  • GametimeUK

    Now this is a real review hahaha worst game ever ! the game is annoying, boring, repetitive “only on PS3″ “a must NOT buy”, while we get the EPIC Mass Effect 2 , i love PSU the best pro 360 website ever! and proud americans too!

  • LarryL

    Wow, fanboyism is back up to 2006/2007 levels. I’m AMAZED at how hard 360 fanboys are on the offensive. And it’s not just random idiots on the internet, the big/major websites are back to their 2006/2007 levels of fanboyism. I actually though MS paying these sites to bash anything PS3 related was over, but I guess with the amzing PS3 lineup yhis year, M$ got the checkbook back out to pay reviewers to give PS3 exclusives low scores just like they were doing through 2008. And of course the rats took the cheese.

    Noitice the bigger review sites have ALL been giving MAG and now White Knight alot lower scores than both smaller websites and users? That’s the tell-tale sign. Just like in 2007, PS3 exclusives are being given low scores for no good reason. Just like Ratchet and Clank Future being given a 7.5 with it’s only negative “too much variety” and Heavenly Sword being given 7.5 for being too short when it’s 8-10 hours long when Gears of War got 9s and 10s being 4 hours long. And in 2008 MGS4 getting a lower score for it’s story than Halo 3 (GT)

    Now MAG for example, IGN does a review, the review describes a SOLID 8 game, but then just randomly gives it a 7. All the big sites are scorring it low, while players of the game all LOVE it and smaller sites have all given 8plus. And now with White Knight it seems there’s a contest for who can score it lower. First I see 7s, then I see 6s, now IGN gives it a 5, lol. REALLY? A game that got all amazing reviews in Japan and by websites that reviewed imported copies? Yup…..M$ is cutting checks again, otherwise the gamespots, the IGNs and all the other big sites just have complete 360 fanboy trash reviewing PS3 games.

    It’s probably a little bit of both. This will be confirmed when these “journalist” start giving out their scores for Heavy Rain. If you start seeings 6s and 7s for that, you KNOW the M$ checks are flying. Then they’ll give GoW3 7s 8s, lol.

  • The Dean

    You guys are crazy like the Big Mac Snack Wrap! Lol

  • megatopak

    man i enjoy reading your reviews cause they are so not bias unlike other sites

  • remahr

    By this review, it sounds like this is a bad game but you love it :D . Definitely going to have to try this game, coming from Level-5, but maybe a rent, first.

  • LastBoss

    I just picked up my preorder and this great, but not amazing. If you’re into jrpg, pick it up now.All you haters and 360 fanboys stop wasting your time, M$ doesn’t pay you to cheerleaders.

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  • StarSpeed

    Good review of White Knight Chronicles. This game sound like it is more of a rental than a game someone would buy based on the review.

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