Famitsu Flops White Knight Chronicles
As some of you may already know, White Knight Chronicles has just been dealt a massive blow, courtesy of Famitsu. Now, you may not give two figs about the Japanese publication (especially one that gives something like Haze a 37/40), but it still has a major impact on gamers.
Level 5's hotly anticipated RPG received a very average 27/40 score (7/8/7/7), and this isn't a good sign for a variety of reasons. Firstly, being a Japanese publication, one would expect a bit of pro-JRPG bias, and if that's true, WKC may be even worse than that score indicates. Secondly, although Famitsu can be quite erratic, they tend to be a trusted source for RPG reviews. Thirdly and lastly...well, it's just not a great score, no matter how you look at it. This is the type of game where expectations sat in the 36-38 range, and 27 is well below the anticipated level, so RPG fans worldwide are fuming right about now. We haven't had the chance to actually read the text of the review - perhaps they're harping on one or two significant drawbacks that we wouldn't consider to be significant - but suddenly, the hype level for WKC just took a very steep dive. Obviously, this doesn't mean we're going to abandon all hope, but now we're starting to question...what drops this game out of elite status? Heck, why doesn't it even break the 30 barrier? What exactly is wrong with it?
We don't have the answers to these questions just yet, but we'll try to find out the reason behind that Famitsu score. Perhaps it's something that really doesn't appeal to Japanese gamers but really does appeal to the Western crowd. Or...sadly, we could be grasping at straws.
Related Game(s): White Knight Chronicles
12/21/2008 Ben Dutka