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White Knight Chronicles II Gameplay, Combat Details

Okay, it still doesn't have an exact release date for North America. August 2 just wasn't going to happen, apparently.

But White Knight Chronicles II should be here in September, and D3Publisher assistant producer Miki Takahashi has posted up some additional gameplay details at the PlayStation Blog.

There's some storyline info but we leave that to you to read, as some crazy hardcore role-playing aficionados don't want to know anything about the plot beforehand. As for the "extensive multiplayer component" in the game, this lets you go "questing" with up to six players. The Georama feature returns - don't waste your life with it, though! - and WKCII also "boasts various improvements based on user feedback regarding the original game."

You may have already heard, but the combat system features "dramatic improvements," such as a faster Action Gauge, new skills and spells, and the ability to earn AC (Action Chips) more rapidly. These let you transform and perform awesome combos, remember? Oh, and Takahashi reminds us that for the first time, players will be able to build and upgrade a unique Incorruptus for their avatars. And here's one last piece of vital info:

"The North American version will include a fully localized version of the Japanese game with additional on-disc quests that were originally released as downloadable quests in Japan in January 2011. In our North American version, players can start from White Knight Chronicles II without completing the original game — an important point, as the Japanese version requires players to clear White Knight Chronicles: International Edition in order to play the sequel."

That clears things up a bit; some had believed we too would have to play through the original title in order to experience the sequel. But US gamers won't have to do that. ...hey, that isn't weak. That's accessible.

Related Game(s): White Knight Chronicles 2

Tags: white knight chronicles 2, wkc2, white knight ii

7/18/2011 10:17:36 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (35 posts)

Highlander
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:47:22 AM
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Hmmmm... There is more DLC since January, so I hope that it will be coming here too, and the whole not having to clear the WKC International before playing, is fine, so long as players who played WKC1 can play again using their existing avatar if they want to,

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Highlander
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:59:00 AM

While I remember I was reading about the changes to the combat system, when you enter combat, your turn circle starts already filled, so you don't wait for it to fill when entering combat, you can strike immediately. After each command in combat, the turn circle starts filling again as soon as you select your move, in the past you had to complete the attack first and it slowed things down. The changes for action chips might make things quicker, but I don't know, I will need to see it in practice.

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Lotusflow3r
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:13:20 PM

Apparently, they're holding off on online Guilds DLC and the Avatar Story DLC for the US release for us.

Not sure if they'll be on the US disk or just that they want to release that DLC for both sides at the same time. I think the latter if the Blog is anything to go by.

Oh, and that is correct about the Turn Circle.

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Highlander
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:16:52 PM

As long as they release the DLC here, I don't care if it's on the disc, or not. I just want the complete game. Having got back into the questing, I think I could really get into it with WKC2.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:36:00 PM

I hope it's on the disc since we have to wait so long for the game.

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duomaxwell007
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 2:41:08 PM

Well if they only have the DLC up til January 201 on the disc then that means Guild update, and Avatar story quests wont be on the disc as those were released in March

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Excelsior1
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:53:38 AM
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i have been watching this game closely. i think it has a metacritic score of 64. i did notice famitsu scored it higher than the previous game and praised it's dramatic improvements as well.
japan seems to like it so i will try to ignore the critics. the only review that gave me puase was eurogamers. they were very critical and compared it to a boring offline mmo. i don't like mmo type battle systems but i'm so hard up for jrpg material at this point i am just going to blow off that comparison. day 1 purchase.

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Highlander
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 12:00:40 PM

The metacritic score is reflective of reviews coming from sources not necessarily familiar with JRPGs or particularly fond of them. It might be reflective of how an average gamer would see the game, but for gamers familiar with RPGs and who like RPGs, the game could be more like a 75-85 - or higher depending on personal opinions of course.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:37:07 PM

modern reviewers are trying to assassinate JRPGs, you are wise not to let them affect your views on this game. Form your own opinions and you will be fine.

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duomaxwell007
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 2:42:38 PM

well as much as I like the game if youre not playing it for the multiplayer mmolike experience then there are better RPGs to spend you money on, I wouldnt recommend WKC to anyone just for the single player campaign alone.

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Lotusflow3r
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 4:53:38 PM

I have to act on the contrary, im more in tune with the single player on this game. It carries a lot of what i miss in today's RPGs. It can definitely be better, say, if it wasn't dedicated to being an MMO, but as is, it's Jrpg goodness.

Shows how tight Jrpgs are this gen really.

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DcIronfist
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 10:55:02 AM
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I actually just started playing the first one recently, so will keep an eye out for the second one. I am sure whatever download content will make it's way here eventually. :)

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:21:58 AM
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Does this mean that they are no longer going to include WKCI on the same disc as II, or are they still going through with that?

I have been holding off on WKCI in the belief that the next game would contain both games.

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Highlander
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 11:32:38 AM

That was a bit confusing to me as well. But I remember that the press release from D3 specifically states it includes the WKC1 elements, so you should be OK.

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 12:10:40 PM

How many hours would you estimate I would need to put into either game to really enjoy the game?

Basically, I know you (Highlander) put in roughly 500 hours. I can't do that! Not because I wouldn't want to, but with the family life, there is no way I can commit to that. So perhaps is this not the game for me? Can 50 to 100 hours give you enough fulfillment, or does it require 100's of hours?

It sounds like a Platinum for this game would be out of the question, so going in, I know I wouldn't even try for that.

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Lotusflow3r
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:09:11 PM

WKC1 is on the disc and completely remastered so that it has the same gameplay as 2 and they blend seamlessly to make one big RPG. You can choose, though, at the start which game you want to start from. It'll carry over any items and your GR stats etc if you have such data.

You did the right thing holding off. The original needs to be none existent now.

You'll need a decent amount of time to get the most out of it, it is a game that requires a lot of grinding.

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Highlander
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:12:25 PM

I've put about 360 hours (or there about) into the game. You can enjoy the game with far fewer hours, and a lot of the hours I put into it were because I specifically was chasing particular goals in the NewGame + kind of domain.

It can take many more hundreds of hours to platinum WKC1, it's supposedly easier to platinum WKC2 because they have made the frequency of material drops higher and reduced the material requirements for many of the things you can make in-game in the binding system.

I can't remember the actual length of a basic play through, it depends on how much leveling you do with your party. I'd estimate that the two stories together will be about 50 hours worth of SP game play if you only play through one time and don't bother with all the possible side quests and sight seeing.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:40:30 PM

You can very much enjoy this game by just playing the main quest and some or all side quests. That's what I did, along with the surprisingly fun multiplayer I probably only put 60 hours into WKC1. So there's no need to put hundreds in. It's about as long as your basic Final Fantasy.

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duomaxwell007
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 2:51:09 PM

Even if you had to put in hundreds of hours to fully enjoy the game. I dont see whats stopping you from doing that.

For example lets say you work 40 hours a week have a wife and 3 kids.. obviously with responsibilities such as that you couldnt game 8+ hours a day everyday... youd be lucky to get in two hours a day.. but even with that you could still achieve 100+ house of play time all it means is it would take you LONGER to achieve than most ppl. So while it might take you a year to achieve what ppl with a lot more free time could do in a month doesnt make it impossible to do.

I know ppl with 2 jobs, wife and kids that play mmos that theyve been playing 4+ years.. obviously with all that commitment they cant sit there and game 10+ hours a day, so theyre getting things done at a MUCH slower pace than everyone else, they enjoy the game enough that theyve been sticking with it for years. So if you enjoy WKC2 platinuming it is very possible.. might take you two years but its definitely doable.

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Highlander
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 3:02:17 PM

Duo is right about the time commitment. I got WKC1 on day 1, and it's taken me this long to hit about 360 hours. Of course it depends on your other game time, and what other things you get up to.

I definitely agree you don't need hundreds of hours in the game to enjoy it, but you can, if you want to, spend hundreds of hours and get a great deal more out of the game. It's all about what you prefer.

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burnedknight
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 12:52:10 PM
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Looks awesome i just wish it would release already i need a good jrpg to play before i go crazy

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playaplus
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 12:58:59 PM
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idk to me the 1st was a disappointment....like some of it...just not enough to get the second one unfortunately

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Lotusflow3r
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:04:04 PM
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The improvements are mostly with battle only. It's much more well rounded. I could never go back to WKC1's system.
It's so much more strategic! The types of attacks (slash, thrusts) play a much bigger part now, Knight control has improved tenfold and doesn't feel clunky, air strategy is needed now as some annoying enemies decide to take to the air and much more i won't spoil.

Outside of that, improvements are minimal, it's almost identical and feels very much like a huge expansion pack, more so than New Vegas. Put it this way, I've been playing it for a very long time and i've seen only TWO new locations, the rest, so far, have all been the same locations in WKC1, but with new objectives...sometimes a new area to an old one might become accessible which is a bonus.

A main improvement, though, is the difficulty. It can get REAL tough. My friend returned the game after repeatedly dying at the FIRST boss and sometimes inbetween!
I'm taking a small break as a certain boss is proving too difficult at the moment.

Bounty hunting is your best bet at grinding if you don't want to do the big side quests (you can bring the whole gang to do them now, not just your avatar) and can be a lot of fun and a good challenge.

Other good improvements are requirements to enhance or bind equipment, it's much less costly, for instance, what took 40 rare items to build, now only takes maybe 3-5.

You also get a whole new system to enhance your MANY Knights now too, creating new artifacts or armour for them or just enhancing it's core unit so that it can equip a lot more stuff.

Oh, and GR levelling up is much easier now. I'm at GR13 and it didn't take long at all. Same applies to Georama levelling up.

Another added feature is Errands. Basically small back and forth fetch quests that can fetch you rare items or thousands of Guild Points upon completing them.

Anyway, if you have never played the original, this will be the definitive JRPG purchase you'll make. It seamlessly blends the remastered original with the 2nd to make one HUGE rpg.

Oh, on the by, i have WKC: Origins sitting next to me, i'll post thoughts on that too after divulging.

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Highlander
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:15:35 PM

I have to order that on import since the US will never see it (WKC Origins for PSP), but I am looking forward to WKC2. As far as I know there was some improvement in the graphics engine and more enemies. But you'll know more about that since you actually have the game. I'm going by screen shots and numerous articles elsewhere.

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Lotusflow3r
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:26:13 PM

There are new enemies, some real good one's, but you don't see enough of them. But then again, i haven't finished it yet and things could change.

I forgot to add, there's a lot more spells and skills to learn and many new status affects, good and bad...just a lot more strategy involved basically.

Judging from your comments on this game over time, i can easily say you'll think it's brilliant and worth your waiting and time.

Funny thing about WKC: Origins is that i knew it was by a different developer, but had no idea it was Matrix Software, only the people who developed one of my fave games of all time, Alundra!

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Highlander
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:40:46 PM

Well, I consider that WKC is currently (in the US) the standard bearer for JRPGs on the PS3, It very much sounds like WKC2 will take that position and solidify it greatly.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 1:44:59 PM
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I may have plenty to play in the interim but I still can't wait for this. I've wanted to play WKC1 again for awhile but I have to let it sit on the shelf because I wanna do it with the new upgrades.

I'm craving JRPG and I want to see where the story goes next. It's so sad what reviewers do to these great games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 2:19:51 PM
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Hey, anybody wanna buy a like-new copy of Resonance of Fate off me?

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duomaxwell007
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 2:51:34 PM

nope already platinumed that game :p

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bebestorm
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 5:31:55 PM
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Im still on the fence because the first one just didnt grab me. The enviroments were great.

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Char
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 1:37:15 AM
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WKC2 day one purchase for me! :D

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___________
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 3:43:06 AM
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wait....... this still aint out yet?
its a miracle, AU actually got a game BEFORE the states!
im scared.......
first valve released a game on ps3, then LA Noire finally releases, then DNF finally releases, then were looking like will finally get a R18 rating for games, now this!
soon HL3 will be out!
wait, i thought the rapture was not till next year..........

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 12:11:57 PM

SCEA dropped the ball and left it to a smaller publisher. Odd that SCEJ, SCEI and SCEE all had a hand in publishing the game and yet NA has to wait for a third party. Pathetic.

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___________
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 9:11:33 AM

ahhhhhh, so THATS why it released earlier here!
BTW anyone who got a code for the R3 beta in socom 4 apparently the betas live now so you should be able to redeem them.
wonder when + members will be getting in.

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Underdog15
Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 1:32:27 PM

Well, highlander, doesn't THAT just speak volumes about jrpg's in NA?

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