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Level 5 Will Work Exclusively For Sony If WKC Is A Success?

Merely hours after we questioned Square-Enix's potential bias this generation, we've learned that PlayStation 3 owners may leap aboard another competent developer's bandwagon.

Many of our readers have already expressed complete faith in Level 5 this generation, as the highly anticipated White Knight Chronicles is high on the priority list for most RPG fans. In fact, some have come right out and said, "forget Square-Enix; we're siding with Level 5 this time." Well, you may have a point: the latest rumor says Level 5 has signed a deal with Sony, stating that if WKC is a commercial success, the developer will create games exclusively for PlayStation platforms. This rumor comes from European gaming site PS3 Life, although they're not indicating a specific source. We do know of several other developers - Naughty Dog, Insomniac, Sucker Punch, etc. - who have similar deals with Sony, and that has led to exclusive franchises like Jak, Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper, Uncharted, and Resistance. Could Level 5 toss their lot in with Sony in the future? If this rumor is true, does this give you even more incentive to support WKC when it releases? Don't you want Level 5 exclusively on your side?

There's little doubt that White Knight Chronicles should be a great game, and if it also sells well, we might be able to look forward to many future Level 5 gems. Remember, the developer has frequently gone on record, praising the PS3's potential...perhaps it's time to solidify the relationship between developer and publisher!

Related Game(s): White Knight Chronicles

12/8/2008 Ben Dutka

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karneli lll
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 1:01:15 PM
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Even before this i read about WKC n i loved every bit, this game was already a day one purchase for me. Unfortunately, with Sony's advertising this game might end up passing by silently,the way LBP did

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Random_Steve
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 1:13:14 PM

Sony havent given up yet. I've seen quite a few on Tv recently of LBP and Singstar. Weirdly though, the majority are for the PSP

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King James
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 2:17:45 AM

I see that Buzz! commercial a lot.

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Arvis
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 1:02:03 PM
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Well, I was going to buy the game anyways... maybe I'll buy it twice!! :)

My best friend just got a PS3 and I can't wait to play the WKC's multiplayer quests with him. Without a doubt, this is THE game I am looking forward to for the PS3.

-Arvis

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Dante399
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 1:48:05 PM

LOL twice :)
me too buddy

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CH1N00K
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 1:08:02 PM
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Sounds like Level 5 has realized that there is a need for someone to step up and fill the void left by Square-Enix' betrayal. Let's just hope that Sony figures out how to advertise this to use it to their advantage.

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TheRaPtuRe
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 1:26:11 PM
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sony need to sort there advertising if its gunna be a success.
Get your act together cos at the mo the xbox is dominating advertising.
We have better games but the casual people dont know about them.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 5:14:30 PM

I don't know why people keep making this claim. I see WAY more PS3 (and PSP) commercials than I do 360 or even Wii commercials.

I counted the other day: four PS3 ads, three multiplatform (NOT identified as 360 only), and only one 360 ad and NO Wii ads. Those results are not atypical, though I would guess I see a slightly higher percentage of 360 ads on most days.

I'm in Canada, though I doubt that makes much difference as most of the shows I watch are on U.S. HD channels.

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food86
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 1:35:46 PM
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true dat, better games but not many gamers too share wit. I believe in the ps3 though games are what make a console not people, and ps3 is on the right track, WKC, Infamous, Heavy Rain, God of war, Mag, GT5, Uncharted 2, Ratchet& Clank,
Should I go on?

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arctic
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 6:41:55 PM

KZ2:)

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Dante399
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 1:50:56 PM
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I hope WKC becomes the new ruler of RPGs, and let that SE make crappy games on crappy machines.

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Ed_Wayne
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 1:54:41 PM
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It was already a day one buy for me. Level-5 makes good games.

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Mole
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 2:19:11 PM
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If this stays true I will be extememly happy. I got on board since Rogue Galaxy...maybe part two for the PS3???

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BlinkBoy
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 2:20:39 PM
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All we need now is release dates of rest of the world!!

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Ivan_PSP
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 2:28:05 PM
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Well Sony already owns Naughty Dog and every single IP from Sucker Punch Productions to Insomniac Games. Level 5 is gonna do great.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 2:54:54 PM
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Damn right, now hear this: To all Sony fans at home and every ship at sea- Buy this game! With Level5 in our camp, 360 can keep nasty Squeenix and they can just make miserable little RPGs together while PS3 shows what a next gen RPG can farkin do! WKC FTW. Bring on the NA release dates and by God take away my exclamation point key!

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FLYING_APE
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 3:04:33 PM
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Well they better try and get a worldwide release date. Us british have too wait ages for a jrpg. LEVEL 5 better get a release date for NA and europe before march 31 or they go f**k themselves and go multiplat.

Im sick of these small, greedy and bs talkin japanese

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MetalHead09
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 3:31:18 PM
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when is this game supposed to come out or have they announced it yet? if this game is a success i hope level five will become the new square, unless square rethinks their strategy i dont see them living much longer. sadly ive skipped out on rpging over the past couple years, maybe level five will bring me back to rpging.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 5:15:57 PM

Dec. 25th in Japan. AFAIK no NA/EU date released yet.

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Shatterday
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 3:38:12 PM
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Dark Cloud 1 and 2 were a couple of my favorite games for the Playstation 2. It may be selfish to want to keep Level 5 for ourselves, but have you seen their studio? It's like... some crazy 5 star hotel mansion thing...

Anywho, It's up to us to give this game a warm welcome and not let it slip through the marketing cracks. Open your wallet. Give them what they need to succeed. They'll definitely return the favor.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 4:57:51 PM

DC1 was my very first PS2 game :)

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AntDC
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 8:53:05 PM

And what a brilliant game at that.

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Arvis
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 1:52:13 PM

Seriously. And they actually managed to make DC2 even better. If the trend continues, WKC should be the Greatest Video Game Of All Time!

...but I think I'm getting ahead of myself.

-Arvis

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Joe_III
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 3:55:15 PM
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It would be kinda nice...I've always depended on PS for my console RPGs, and so far, the well has been pretty dry. One-console devving RPGs really works best, imho, and I can't wait for WKC. I'm almost thru the ChronoTrigger remake...

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crapreviews
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 3:55:27 PM
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Bring on LEVEL 5. Hail to the new RPG ruler! :D

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 4:00:29 PM
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I am counting down the release day of WKC.

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Alienange
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 4:33:52 PM
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Ben, we DO want Level-5 on our side, however I highly doubt they'll be turning their backs on all that NDS money. Still, regarding home consoles, we need to support this RPG 100%. Unless it's some terrible flop ... but that's not possible from these guys.

To all you pretending to be Squeenix haters, you'll all be first in line for FFXIII so quit it. Squeenix is good, they're just not the best anymore.

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crapreviews
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 4:46:52 PM

Oh im not saying i wouldnt buy FFXIII cuz i will...... in 2020 when it finally comes out lol.

what im saying is that they have lost my respect as to how they treat their customers who have always been there. In fact if it wasnt for FF i would have no interest in them at all. FF is the only game i have played from SE for many years now.

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kreate
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 9:44:46 PM

actually i don't doubt final fantasy. i doubt their other rpg games like the last remnant and the infinite discovery which i think are mediocre rpg.

cuz of the betrayal, i don't want to buy final fantasy other than versus 13 cuz its exclusive.

square can go **** themselves.

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karneli lll
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 5:03:47 PM
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not me,im renting ff13 as for ffv13,it may go multiplatform too so maybe a future rental as well. As for SE being good,anyone who throws away honor,morals or standards for the sake of some extra coin is not a good person. As a matter of fact,thanks Alienage,i wont even rent ff,im done with SE.

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kreate
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 9:46:43 PM

i might take yr approach of renting the ff game instead of buying it. never thought about that cuz i never rented any games b4.

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 5:26:06 AM

Wow Karneli III... I didn't realize you were that angry with SE. Not even rent it? Blockbuster's days are truly numbered.

Of course if I could only buy one, I'd buy WKC. If WKC and FF are released within a month of each other ... Level-5 will get my money.

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m2tbo
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 5:12:25 PM
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I'm not sure Level 5 will revolutionize RPGs like Square did but every game of theirs that I have played has been extremely enjoyable. I'm in the middle of Rogue Galaxy right now and it's no FFXII but is pretty amazing.

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crapreviews
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 5:17:06 PM

Rouge Galaxy was a good game IMO.

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ec0li
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 5:39:01 PM
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Off topic -- Anyone here ever played Panzer Dragoon Saga RPG for the Saturn? Sega needs to make a next gen version. It's probably the best rpg I've ever played. It would be perfect for the PS3. Damnit, Sega needs to revive their great rpg pedigree -- Shining series, Phantasy Star, etc. PS3 would be the right market for them.

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Joe_III
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 6:43:29 PM

Panzer Dragoon has to be one of my top 10 RPGs...

The Phantasy Stars tho...I only tried Online for the Xbox, but quickly dropped it. And hope it doesn't come back

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ec0li
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 6:56:27 PM

I still have my Saturn and the game! From the haunting music, amazing art style, innovative battle system this game was one of a kind. Besides FF3(FF6 in japan I believe) no other rpg has made me feel real sadness and joy while playing through a game.

Phantasy Star for the xbox was a pseudo mmo game that was great for the Dreamcast but it felt dated on the Xbox. It did revolutionize online gaming for consoles though. I was referring to the old Phantasy Star games on the Sega Master System.

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kreate
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 9:48:53 PM

shining series are on the ps2.
phantasy star is also on the ps2.

panzer dragoon? wasn't there a remake that came out on the ps2 as well? or was it xbox or both?

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ec0li
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 11:30:08 PM

Then I guess you've never played the older Shining or Phantasy Star games that were excellent. The Phantasy Star game on PS2 and Xbox was again like I said, a pseudo mmo that saw it's better days on the dreamcast. It wasn't fully story driven like the old rpg series back then. The Shining game on the PS2 was not the usual strategy rpg like the old Shining Force games or a dungeon crawler type rpg like Shining: The Holy Ark on the older Sega systems.

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The_Vandelizer
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 7:07:24 PM
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Level 5 rocks ive been waiting on WKC!!!

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LightShow
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 7:08:29 PM
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i hope so. I'd rather have L5 than Enix, having enix back on the bandwagon kinda feels like remarrying your wife you divorced cuz she was cheating on you...

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King James
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 3:03:13 AM

Cheating on you with your life-long rival.

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Advent Child
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 7:25:27 PM
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I was gonna buy WKC whether this deal existed or not!

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Riku994
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 7:57:10 PM
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WKC has my 60 bucks, now moreso than ever! bring on WKC, bring on Dark Cloud 3!

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GoldenShadow
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 8:14:29 PM
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It is their choice, it does nothing but benefit me so I'm on board.

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AntDC
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 8:56:01 PM
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Hope so, this would be good news for us as it would mean better quality games from them and no crappy ports!

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kreate
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 9:37:26 PM
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if this is true, i'll buy white knight chronicles on launch.
level5 is known for good RPGs and if they can make RPG games for playstation exclusively, i'll support them all the way.

sony needs more developers like lvl5 on their side to compete against the rising RPG developers that's siding with the xbox like mistwalker.

is sony working hard on first party RPG titles?

if sony fails to bring out good exclusive RPG on their platform by 09 or 10, i don't know what else to say to them. hopefully korean companies or apple bring out another console to compete against a ps4 or a xbox720.

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isaya85
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 11:00:36 PM
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WKC day 1 purchase level 5 is the new rpg king, EVERYONE please buy this game especially all you PS3 owners

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Banky A
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 11:13:11 PM
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I love Level 5.
After hearing the music (I like Level 5's tunes xD) and seeing the multiplayer, White Knight Chronicles was immediately on my watch list (ok I was joking, it's on my must have RPG list besides Final Fantasy :P).

I think they should be promoted to Level 6. I'm certain they've accumulated enough Exp points.
xD

Bank

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eba101
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 6:30:07 AM
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4 shure im gettin this game but any word if rise of the argonauts is going to be any good

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PS3_Wizard
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 9:02:48 AM
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Ok...get ready to laugh...but what is WKC about? What's gonna make it so great? I'm not saying its not great, i just honestly never heard of the game until a few days ago.

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Banky A
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 12:36:46 PM

Laughing out loud xD

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Arvis
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 2:15:41 PM

See what video of the game you can find. There's an impressive gameplay video from TWO YEARS AGO on the internet, but I don't think there is anything else gameplay-wise. And even thought it's a two year old video, it still impresses.

Actually, that video is the main reason I bought a PS3. I saw it and thought "I need to have this game the day it comes out..."

-Arvis

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Banky A
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 9:28:08 PM

@ Arvis

Hey, that is some gut feeling and faith you have for the game xD
I hope it doesn't disappoint you. Though it doesn't look bad enough to do so :)

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PS3_Wizard
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 8:15:33 AM
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Wow, talk about blind faith Arvis. I agree with Bank Alexander.

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Arvis
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 1:28:43 PM
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Yeah, I don't normally do things like that, but it gives you an idea of how impressed I was by White Knight. Obviously there were other reasons for me to get a PS3 (Final Fantasy, Home, Oblivion, my roommate buying an HDTV, etc) but White Knight Chronicles was the icing on the cake of my indecision.

The fact that I was already in love with Level 5 helped me make the decision as well. If it had been anyone else developing I would not have been so sure that the game would be great.

-Arvis

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Banky A
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 8:59:46 PM

Yep. I know what you mean, it's just that you said it's your 'main' reason, so just thought.. yeah xD

I pretty much got my PS3 just because I wanna' see the look on my friend's faces when they realize it's a better system in the end xD. And to play games from Level 5 and sequels to the old PS2 classics (so many good memories and feelings xD). Not so much Square-Enix anymore, grrr. Still awaiting those pure Sony games from them :/

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NetheRealm
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 8:20:30 AM
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I'll rent and play any good RPG on the PS3 from bethesda square level 5 whoever, but if they want me to buy it's gotta be 1080p with custom soundtracks. Period.

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desktopartist
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 8:34:08 PM
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unfortunately for the ps3, white knight chronicles didn't do so well according to famitsu... however... there were no technical issues...

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