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Scheduled release date:

August 2, 2011

The original White Knight Chronicles was well received by role-playing fans but didn’t go over quite as well with critics. Nevertheless, the sequel is headed our way – May 20 for Europeans and August 2 for Americans – and with these dates secured, it’s now time to take a close look at Level-5’s promising sequel. Just in case you missed out on the original, WKC2 comes packaged with the first title, so you can get the full White Knight experience. Featuring overhauled visuals and a slightly revamped combat mechanic, the story follows directly on the heels of the first game (the plot takes place one year after the events of WKC). We’ll also get more cut-scenes but we’ll be able to skip them faster, just in case you’re impatient to get your exploring groove on. But most want the story, right?

You’ll be able to create your own avatar right off the bat, and if you just so happen to still have the character you created in the first WKC, you can import it. New characters include Scardigne and Lady Miu, whom you will meet at the start of WKC2; these two will eventually meet Leonard and the rest of the familiar party. Your avatar plays a silent role as he/she did before but then again, how can you expect developers to write lines for you? That’d be tough. Anyway, you’ll soon find that gameplay is similar to the original, as you will once again see enemies on the world map and engage them by selecting from your available list of commands. In this way, it’s reminiscent of Final Fantasy XII, and that isn’t a bad thing. Chain together combos, customize your attack approach, and gain victory.

Perhaps the biggest difference involves the positioning of your party members: this time, you have to be close enough to an enemy to successfully land an attack. Also, your position directly affects the amount of damage you will deal; obviously, attacking from behind is probably a good idea. New skills come along with this fresh fighting feature, and those skills will allow you to gain the ground advantage in different ways. Another new feature is the ability to break attacks- when a particular limb of a monster is about to do something nasty, a colored icon will appear over that body part. You will have attacks that correspond with that icon so if you’re watching carefully, you can nail that limb and stop the foe’s assault. In fact, it seems you’ll be able to have party members focus specifically on breaking particularly damaging attacks.

And then comes the crowd favorite; the creation and customization of your very own knight: the “incorruptus.” Once created to your own preferences, you can bring it with you online, where you can greatly expand your gameplay experience (as you could in the original). Furthermore, Level-5 is tossing in no less than 400 new weapons and pieces of armor, and we can also expect all new abilities and spells for the party. As for GeoNet, which sort of attained an addictive quality amongst big-time fans of WKC, this will also return and the developers say it’s basically the same, with only a few small updates. Oh, and lastly, the limit of four players per party has been upped to six, so that’s just more fun for all. We’re still not sure why US gamers have to wait so much longer for White Knight Chronicles 2, but we’ll be patient.  We kinda have to be.

After all, this is one of our most anticipated games of 2011. How about you?

5/2/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (93 posts)

Kiryu
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:39:37 PM
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Y can't these guys put Jap Voices in the 25 gb blu-ray disc?
I loved the first one's story.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:26:59 PM

Because they don't want to enable your addiction.

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Jawknee
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:53:54 PM

LOL!

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Kiryu
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:12:48 AM

@world
dude go watch some anime in japanese so that u can see how good their acting and stories r.
If ur not into anime atleast then watch Death Note.This anime will get u to like anime.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:25:59 AM

I'm already into anime, the original japanese is okay but nothing to get a boner over. I prefer en english dub so I can focus on what's happening versus reading the bottom of the screen.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:37:23 AM

ur into anime huh?No anime fan in the world watches anime english dubbed right now.Only people new into anime watch it dubbed.Dubbed voice acting suck compared to the original.Go ask any person who watches anime.
Would u play Uncharted in Japanese?
Would u play Shadow of the Colossus in English?
I'd always prefer to play them in their Original State to which they were meant to be in.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:41:38 AM

You like dub over sub?! That's crazy...

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Claire C
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:06:09 AM

Are you saying you don't like Faye's english voice actress?!?!?!? :_(

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Kiryu
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:23:27 AM

@claire
r u saying u haven't watched Cowboy Bebop in Japanese.I know Cowboy Bebop had good englsih dubs.But by not watching the original ur missing out on a lot.They really capture the essence of the Characters.The voice actor for Spike is done by a famous voice actor in the industry named KĊichi Yamadera.He also played Akiyama Shun in Yakuza 4.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:33:01 AM

@world
Happened to our argument world stopped?
Looks like i won.

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Claire C
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:33:25 AM

No I haven't. :(

But Spike and Faye's voice actors are perfect. They're all perfect to me. I don't know Japanese so I don't understand what subtitles would add.

I do agree that foreign films should only be viewed in their original languages with subtitles. Film dubbing is always poor, but not anime.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:35:29 AM

Nice, Kiryu.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:40:04 AM

@claire
Naruto,Bleach and Death Note ,the 3rd most popular anime right now suck in dubbed compared to the original.

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duomaxwell007
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 2:15:28 AM

have you seen the original fullmetal alchemist? PLENTY of ppl say that the english dub is BETTER than the japanese for that one soo explain that

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Kiryu
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 3:38:13 AM

I watched FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood in Japanese which followed the Original Manga Story and it was Epic!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 7:38:52 AM

I went to bed dude, just relax. I'm tired of anime elitists making that argument is all.

Bebop in English ftw

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mikeA92
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 9:05:45 AM

I guess I'm not an anime fan then...dang.
Oh well, *goes back to watching Eden of the East(dub)*

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Kiryu
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 9:38:41 AM

@world
k world let continue.now where were we?
oh yes
Would u play Uncharted in Japanese?or
Would u play Shadow of the Colossus in English?
I'd always prefer to play them in their Original State to which they were meant to be in.

what do u say?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:29:32 AM

I would play any game in the language I spoke. Games and Anime don't do half assed dubs like movies do anymore. In the old days I'd agree with you, but this isn't the old days.

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mikeA92
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:36:21 AM

@Kiryu
Hey man, I know your question wasn't directed at me but I'm just curious. You say this and that about how one should stick to the original state because its how the creator intended for it to be consumed and all. But consider that this is just one aspect of the entire production, isn't it? In your case its just the language, the creator doesn't think his product will succeed based on just that does he? I mean, last I checked, the overall experience is what makes these things successful, and that doesn't include just language. So what I wanna say is, if I play/watch a different version of a product that caters to my preferences, and I get the same experience as the guy who goes for the original, won't that be a win-win for both of us?

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Kiryu
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:38:15 AM

originality matters to me.The ones who created it r the ones who do it best.
I guess u would play any game in your language even if it's crap.
I see anime and play games the way they r made,it's my choice.

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:44:38 AM

I personally like Goku's(dbz) English voice over his Japanese counter-part.

For the most anime I will agree that the english isn't as good as the sub version, but I can watch the english dubs just as long as there are not completely unbearable.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:54:08 AM

k one more thing.If u started watching DBZ from cartoon network,Dragonball didn't start from raditz landing on earth.Dragonball started from goku as boy living in the woods.In Japanese the voice of goku was done from a young boy to a teenager to a man.Which were all played by the same voice actor.If u had watched Dragonball from start to finish in Japanese u would have loved goku's voice.
and by the way nobody can shout Kamehameha as good as Japanese Goku's Voice Actor in the World.

There r so many mistakes in the english version,the script especially was not at all correct.and vegeta actually says over 8000 not 9000.

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Arvis
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 11:14:32 AM

Um, you know what I like about watching television shows?

NO READING!!

Talk about "originality" until you're blue in the face, but there is NO SENSE in preferring subs over dubs. To say "the acting is better in Japanese" is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard in my life. Unless you speak the language, you are not qualified to make a judgment on the quality of the voice acting, and there's no arguing that.

You can't go around saying "the Japanese actors capture the essence of the characters better" and act like you've actually made a point. That sentence doesn't even MEAN anything, considering there is no set qualitative standard for measuring "character essence capturing."
In other words, what you're actually saying is: "The Japanese voice actors are better because I like them better."

If you like subs better, that is perfectly fine and rational. But to go around acting like only stupid people would disagree is simply ignorant arrogance. And to pretend that your opinion has a stronger foundation than someone else's (especially on such a trivial issue) is just the most egocentric thing I can think of.

Oh, and by the way: Death Note sucks in any language.

-Arvis

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SayWord
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 11:31:31 AM

@kiryu dude I've been watching anime for like 15 years and I hate reading subtitles (unless the english sucks). recent animes english dubs have been fantastic. I get it you like the japanese voice option, but don't try to force your opinions onto others.

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Kiryu
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:11:24 PM

@sayword

When i posted this comment "i wanted Japanese voices" i specified so it's my choice and that world guy comes and comments against my wishes.So i had to start this argument.Nothin aganist u others.
if u want to watch anime in english go ahead i don't have anything against u.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:53:29 PM

lol, Kiryu, I HAD to make that joke that started this whole thing. It simply had to be done. I've never seen you deviate from these 2 comment structures: "Yakuza is good" and "Japanese voices are best"

So you see I HAD to poke a little fun at you. It really was outside of my control. It just had to be done :)

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huh1678
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 6:33:31 PM

Bu bu but Japanese Voices are the best!

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Temjin001
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:52:35 PM
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Okay, so is WKC good, or so-so? It seemed the game wasn't well received by critics and forum posters. Now it seems people are heralding it as something more.
I don't get it.
Anyway, back in the day, I wanted this one to be a hit. Now I get the feeling that starving jRPG gamers are just accepting WKC for what it is and playing and enjoying it because it's one of the few games of it's type on ps3.
Anyway, I'm on the fence looking away on this one. Maybe I'll change my mind someday.

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SayWord
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:02:21 PM

I would highly recommend getting wkc2 especially since it comes with the first one. It wasn't the greatest rpg of all time but it was under rated by most critics and gamers. I dived into playing with pretty low expectations because of scores the majority of reviewers gave it, but I was glad I didn't listen:p

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Temjin001
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:13:02 PM

I suppose Lost Odyssey also didn't net a very high critic average, and I think it's great.
In fact, it seems I remember LO was attacked and marked down for staying true to a traditional jRPG format. Just imagine how FPS games would rate if that same belief was leveled against them.
And not to open a big can of debate (eh, I don't care, debate all you want) but I sense the wRPG insurgence over the last 10 years, or so, has caused many critics to think of the jPRG format as a "dated" genre format. Suggesting that by not conforming to wRPG conventions the jRPG games are decidedly inferior, or lacking. That's sort of sad, actually. Seeing that the very nature of the game's design has been confused. As despite similarities in attribute progression and the "RPG" label, a Dragon Age/Oblivion isn't really like a FF/Xeno/LO.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:31:52 PM

There's no debate Temjin, critics are THAT stupid these days.

As for WKC, it's good but not up there with the old classics. What it does do is give you some of that old feeling, punishes you with some of that old grind, has some sweet towns and locales, and has customization options we haven't seen in twelve thousand years. Overall I see it as a very good start for an IP and I can't wait for the second one.

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:36:50 PM

I'm a big rpg fan, old school final fantasies are my favs. I was looking forward to this game for 2 years and had such high hopes I was wondering if it wouldn't disappoint because I was expecting too much.

I loved it, I loved the story, the gameplay, most of the characters. Which usually I only like 2-3, but I really enjoyed everything about this game. Maybe it was tailored specifically for me, but if you like JRPG's then you really should not pass this one up.

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Jawknee
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:54:56 PM

Seems like most critics, especially western critics rip anything that's Japanese themed to shreds.

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PorkChopGamer
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:40:58 PM

Tem, that second sentence in your second paragraph sums it up. White Knight is mediocre at best. Like most mediocre games
(yes, like Dynasty Warriors!), it can only be enjoyed by a few. There are plenty better JRPGs than this to spend your money on.

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Highlander
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:49:23 PM

Mediocre is not a word I'd use to describe the game - at all. It's better than about 85% of the games release this generation - if not more. OK, it's not a shooter and doesn't have that fast paced action that so many games feature today, but it does bring a lot to the table, and the graphics are really, really well done. Faces aren't the best, but the towns and landscapes are gorgeous.

Mediocre is not the right word at all for this game.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:49:23 AM

85%? Nah. I'd put White Knight right above Last Rebellion. There really are better JRPGS out there. Heck, even Enchanted Arms is a better JRPG if you can suffer the Pizza Man golems and goofy storyline of the first four hours.

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kraygen
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:07:39 AM

Porkchop do you play all your games while drunk and high?

Last rebellion wasn't even playable, it wasn't for specific people.

WKC may be only for a certain crowd, but that crowd would be any rpg fan.

I think calling WKC that bad is an insult to psx, just look at the review score.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:22:41 AM

Nope. Been a teetotaler my whole life. Never saw the draw to the stuff.

I don't think it's a great RPG as many claim. It's decent. But nothing to recommend wholeheartedly.



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Claire C
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:22:52 AM

After reading this conversation I don't know what to think. Still interested in taking a chance on WK2 though.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:24:32 AM

Porkchopgamer is unqualified to voice an EDUCATED statement about WKC2

You'll find some of those gamers around the net.

Nothing personal, porkchop just doesn't know what makes an rpg good. WKC had it all, a real story, real characters, a true lore, and a sense of adventure. It's the closest thing to classic Final Fantasy that you will find this gen. A bit short, yes, but still a fulfilling and engaging story.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:33:02 AM

Last Rebellion was playable. Figuring out the order of attacks was kinda neat. And the REALLY(I mean, REALLY) bad voice acting made me chuckle some.

WKC didn't really have a charm of it's own for me to hold onto. It was run of the mill, by the numbers. I expected more from Level 5. Especially after stuff like, Jeanne D Arc.


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Beamboom
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 4:48:44 AM

I totally agree with Pork. I qualify as a "rpg lover" and never found the fascination for wkc, and I played *hours* of that game just cause I wanted to get the bloody coop gaming going.
Above all it felt so... weirdly old-fashioned.
Like the looting of the same tree several times to pick up resources.What's the point in that? The game is riddled with details like that, who to me appear totally meaningless. It's not like they are showstoppers, but *why* was it done in the first place... That's what I asked myself all the time while playing.

And quoting Ben, "how can you expect developers to write lines for you" - well isn't that what practically *every* other rpg do? I think it's a weird and stupid decision to put your character entirely outside the story. What's the point? Why was this done? I suspect it is for one thing only: Laziness. It's easier to script npc's in a story than the player character. Easier on a less powerful system, like back in the days.


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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 7:40:19 AM

No, Enchanted arms is like a 4, doesn't even touch WKC.

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 8:07:43 AM

I saw you write once that you only played this game for a little bit and never played it again. You tyically give review scores to games you haven't played much? You gotta future in this business, for sure. Enchanted Arms is way better than WKC. Better, darker story, more substantial characters, better traditional turn/strategy-based gameplay. And it doesn't rely on MP to flesh out the gameplay hours.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 9:19:13 AM

Anybody who puts Last Rebellion - which absolutely WAS unplayable, as all critics and I would say most all RPG lovers will attest to - on the same plane as WKC has no clue what they're talking about. I'm sorry, but that's a fact.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:31:51 AM

Don't confuse an extemporaneous remark with a professional review.

Dude, as Ben just pointed out you are so out of your element here you're embarrassing yourself.

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Arvis
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 11:19:16 AM

I actually think the story in WKC is total crap.

But everything else about the game is either good or great!

-Arvis

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 11:30:21 AM

For safety's sake, I'll just keep any comment you make away from being anything remotely professoinal. The fact, is I've played all these games in this discussion to completion. ALL of them. And any RPG that has come out of Japan in the last 3 gens, no matter the system,I own and have completed about 80%, played half of 100%. Don't confuse the fact that I don't talk about RPGs on this site as much as the regulars as some proof of lack of knowledge. Now I know that's gonna get everyone running and crying to Ben because I say that, but it is what it is. I said WKC was a step above Last Rebellion. The production values make it so, but it was just as broken and boring, in my opinion. But at least, Last Rebellion was SO bad it was like watching Troll 2 or Plan 9 from Outer Space, so the terribleness amused me. WKC tried to take itself seriously and it had nothing to latch onto because it was full of RPG stereotypes. The only two RPGs I never plan on going back thru again ever are those two.

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SayWord
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 11:38:34 AM

I don't understand you porkchop, I get it you don't think wkc is that great. But the majority here think otherwise yet you keep insisting for us to agree with you. Either you are very over opinionated or you love to be laughed at?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:55:28 PM

Last Rebellion and WKC in the same discussion = embarrassing.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 2:35:58 PM

You can own every rpg, fighting game, racing game, or whatever game.

If your brain doesn't know what quality is you're unqualified.

If you don't like the game, fine.

Objectively though you're wrong. The moment you brought up Last Rebellion you lost.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 2:47:20 PM

I do know through all of this that I'll never play Last Rebellion :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 3:23:10 PM

Everyone should just be thankful he doesn't review games. 'rolling eyes'

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Dancemachine55
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:53:18 PM
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I'm glad I skipped the first WKC now. With the first revamped and packaged with WKC 2, this might just be the tipping point to make me wanna get this.

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:38:33 PM

honestly I'm glad I bought the first one when I did, I've got over 150 hours, not sure the actual number, and I'll put in a lot more before 2 releases.

If you enjoy rpgs, you really shouldn't pass up on this one.

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Stabs88
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 7:42:43 AM

I can agree that i will get the game since the wkc will be with it. Was going to buy it kinda like dragon age how i got that 2 months before DA2. I'm looking forward to the online for additional game play

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duomaxwell007
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:02:48 PM
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Id like to know the source for this release dates.. because teh only place i see them at is retail sites and we all know those are placeholder datea... id prefer something a little m ore solid like from the developers or publishers site that confirms these dates


edit: just checked D3Publishers WKC2 face book and even they confirm (as of may) that there is no official date other than Summer 2011: heres the link http://www.facebook.com/pages/White-Knight-Chronicles-II/213430272017735

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:33:44 PM

yeah Ben told us all about that earlier, but you are new here so you get a pass :)

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duomaxwell007
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:57:39 PM

care to clarify what you mean exactly? what is it that Ben told us already?

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Alienange
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:07:45 PM

What makes you think all press releases end up on facebook?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:08:23 PM

The official release dates according to the publishers.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:47:32 AM

The release dates came from D3Publisher themselves and a press release.

...I'll go with that over Facebook for now.

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duomaxwell007
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 2:16:44 AM

well that press release should be shown in the press section of d3publishers site... but their latest press release only talks about a BEN10 pack.. but if you wanna link me to this press release I overlooked Id be more than happy to check it out.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:33:34 AM

Wasn't trying to harass you duomax, let's just look forward to the release.

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Riku994
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:06:49 PM
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I actually really can't wait for this, I absolutely loved WKC. I just don't like how they had to dumb down the original title, originally set to be a PS3 launch game, for the sake of online play. (Don't start with the "we planned this all along", you know they didn't). Regardless, I am very excited for this game.

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:40:02 PM

Actually they did plan it all along. If you've played previous level-5 games, this type of thing really isn't new to them.

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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 5:44:36 AM

Yeah, it was planned all along. WKC was born from their abandoned Xbox Live game, True Fantasy Online.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:36:17 PM
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Sooo cited for this, I could tell this series had a future. The first was really good but only approached greatenss, I'm expecting greatness from the second and the PSP game.

I'm ticked about that super late US release date though, I wanted to play over summer. Level 5, let's put Square Enix to bed.

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:40:43 PM

"Level 5, let's put Square Enix to bed."

Too late.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 2:11:42 AM

Level 5 isn't doing the PSP game. Matrix Software (developers of Alundra and co-developers of FFIII and IV) has been commissioned and aided by Sony Japan to do it. That being said, given the history of the studio, I'm more than willing to bet that they'll be up to the task.

Just felt like being a smart alec.
Peace.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 7:57:52 AM

no prob, preciate the info lawless

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:42:55 PM
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I can honestly say that WKC is my favorite ps3 game. I love the crafting, the combat, story, everything.

I loved it's cliff hanger ending and really looking forward to playing WKC2. As much as I'm looking forward to it, I still plan on playing through the first one with the new gameplay mechanics. Should be pretty sweet.

This will also make it feel like one long awesome story. Probably with another cliff hanger story.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:48:46 PM

I'm definitely playing through the first story again too. That's gonna make for one helluva long and satisfying experience.

I even liked the online in this game and I don't do multiplayer much.

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:24:48 PM

same here, I very rarely get online on any game, but I probably have 50 hours online on WKC so far and honestly I feel like I"m just getting started.

I haven't done most of the quests they added last summer/fall. Had new games coming in and I haven't spent much time on it since then. Have been planning to get back into it once I heard the release date for WKC2.

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Highlander
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:47:11 PM

Yeah, it had a good ending, almost like one of those fantasy novels where the first in the trilogy ends with the uber-bad guy talking to his evil minions from a parapet and droning on about bringing the past back to life or whatever...Oh, wait, that's what they did...

;)

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Alienange
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:10:47 PM
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I think I'll manage the wait. I never did finish the first one although I thought it was pretty well done. Hopefully I can get into it once I'm done meeting out justice in New Vegas.

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Highlander
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:45:18 PM
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Although your character doesn't have much to say in the main story, there are apparently DLC story quests that feature your avatar prominently. So That online element of the game may be even more addictive than before.

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kraygen
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:16:20 AM

I personally liked that your character wasn't the focus of the main story. I feel it allowed them to tell the story the way they wanted.

I think sometimes these WRPG's are lacking in their stories because they are trying too hard to give us options. These options tend to leave too many plot holes in my opinion.

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txgamer
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:58:44 PM
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I would like see the combat improvements in action.It will be fun having 6 people on a quest.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:38:11 AM
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The first Wkc game had crisp graphics but I definitely see an improvement with WKC2.

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SuMtOnE
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:55:34 AM
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may i suggest Hajime No Ippo? very very good anime

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Vitron
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 4:59:18 AM

Dude, Code Geass, its classic.


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Scarecrow
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:30:55 AM
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I'm going to adore this game to death!

Ben puts it right, this is a combination of what made great jrpgs great. It takes a classic save the princess story and gives it an elegant story that's very familiar yet very unique.

It then gives you this fun battle system that's very similar to FFXII/Dragon Age and let's you customize it to your liking. And now FINALLY we can even create and modify our own knights!

I wouldn't be surprised if this game shares RPG of the year honors with Dark Souls.

Eldore is the man! His personality is almost like Auron's, but still uniquely his own. And that damn Caesar guy, hilarious!

May 20th will be magic!

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PorkChopGamer
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 1:39:18 AM

I'd be REALLY surprised if it did.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:36:30 AM

I think people just didn't play the game long enough to get to the twists and depth in the characters. I hope to see more of that in the next one.

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 12:49:20 PM

Porkchop,

What specifically is it that you detest about WKC? I mean seriously, you're jumping in here to contradict someone else's opinion.

Why do you find WKC so horrid?

OK, some story elements are cliche, some are not. It's not strictly turn based in the classic sense, but it is turn based.

I haven't played Trinity universe, but have played Enchanted Arms (PS3), Cross Edge, Hyper Dimension Neptunia, Atelier Rorona and even Ar Tonelico Qoga for good measure.

I've played Enchanted Arms on PS3, and actually I liked that game, although the opening story segment was irritating in the extreme. Enchanted arms on PS3 had some graphical bugs. But as I look back on it, I enjoyed the combat system, and have always planned to go back and complete it - I just haven't done so yet. I actually think Enchanted Arms on PS3 is an underrated game, but WKC is still a better game than it, WKC is simply far, far more polished.

Cross Edge had zero real story, it was a niche game aimed at fans with fan service galore, the combat system was complex, but you could master it, and the item synthesis was OK. Basically it was a combat/synthesis system looking for a game. One of those things that you play for a couple of hours occasionally because you're in the mood for that kind of system, but the game doesn't drag you in with character or story. WKC is at least an order of magnitude better in story, character and system, not to mention being leagues better graphically.

Neptunia is OK, it's a first stab at 3D exploration, but the combat reminds me too much of Cross Edge, and the story isn't one that will grab you. If you like the in-jokes and the overall presentation, it's good, but the combat system suffers a fatal flaw (healing) that makes it annoying to play - though I still will complete the game eventually. Graphically, it's a step up from sprites, but needed some polish to make it better. The 3D exploration feels just plain slow and heavy, ponderous perhaps. The story is not that strong, but then again, it's not meant to be.

Atelier Rorona is a great little game, as good or better than many, on par with WKC, but different in so many ways it's not even a real comparison. Rorona looks and feels like an anime TV show, and that's not a bad thing. the graphics are fresh and bright and cute/pretty. The characters are all archetypes and the story is a simple one. The game is all about the alchemy system, but even so, exploration is in 3D and the combat system is pretty good, and thoroughly turn based. I put Rorona on par with WKC, but as I say, they are really very different and can't be directly compared with ease.

Ar Tonelico Qoga is a lot of fun, but you have to remember how much of it's tongue in cheek when playing. But at the heart, the combat system is interesting, though not turn based. I like the characters, and the girl in peril story line is always good for a play or two. I'm enjoying Ar Tonelico Qoga more than Neptnia, but I don't see myself sinking anything like as much time in it as WKC. Graphically, it's pretty good, but not really up to the standards set in WKC. So far the story is pretty good, but no better, and in some ways more preposterous than the story of WKC.

I've also played some Record of Agarest War. I must admit I have a hard time forgiving the game's graphics, and it's system is a bit complex, but not overly if you like that kind of thing. The problem is, it doesn't really look like a PS3 game.

WKC has the edge over these games in terms of graphics, voicing, story (just), character and skill/combat/alchemy systems - the combination of all 3 in WKC gives the game a lot of depth - IMHO. The GeoRama and questing adds a lot of replay for those that enjoy building their character up. You don't have to play online, and in WKC2, you can get the other characters from story mode to tag along in place of online players. That effectively makes even the online questing available in single player mode. I don't know what it is that you think you want from WKC that it doesn't offer. You clearly don't like it, but I'm not sure why.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 2:17:31 AM
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Aww man. Less than three weeks to go. Makes me HAPPY! I've got an RDO coming up, but no-ones quite sure of whether it's the 13th or the 20th, but if it's the latter, both this and L.A. Noire will be D1Ps, if not, they'll be D2Ps. I always wanted to pick up the first WKC, but me not being sure of whether I'd like it, and the loooong time that it remained over the $100 price point put me off. Considering that this has both games in it, as well as the PSP spin-off, I can't wait to pick it up.

And I need more RPG experience. FO3, Oblivion, FFXIII, VC, Demon's Souls and soon enough Nier just isn't enough. Can't friggin' wait!
Peace.

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mwvdragon
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 5:11:07 AM
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I am looking forward to this game. I played the first & enjoyed it.

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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 5:36:02 AM
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Good people.....i hope you're ready.

This is going to bring that charm we all miss back and warm us up for Second Land!

Can't wait to visit everyone again and see where else my adventure takes me.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 9:00:06 AM

Yeah Level 5 is really going to be a force to be reckonned with seein as there are the only ones making exclusise JRPG's for the PS3. Not to mention White Knight Chronicles and Second Land are also the closest thing we have to traditional turn-base, minus Trinity Univers and Hyperdimension Neptunia.

Here's a link for a new gameplay vid. for Second Land (PS3 exclusive)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nJ4SQ1EB64

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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 9:38:20 AM

Everyone should watch that video here!

It is THE Rpg we claim to all want (and from Square). Look at that gorgeous FREE ROAM world map, look at the town gameplay and NPC's. Imagine the exploration, imagine the amount of secrets, sense of progression that feels just like the days of old, but fresh too! It looks like a modern SQUARESOFT game!
The battle system looks uniquely great too!

L5 are the new kings of the Jrpg and the new SQUARESOFT.

I hope people here realise what you yearn for is right here under your noses being developed by people who don't forget the roots.

Thanks for sharing shadow.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:57:19 PM

No prob. JRPG's are so rare on consoles these days, especially the PS3, that the very second one releases that FINALLY hits the mark, you can bet waves are going to indulge in it and hopefully the masses will hear about it. We're simply just too starved for the traditional JRPG on this gen's consoles.

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