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White Knight Chronicles II Review

July 28, 2011

If you’re a big fan of JRPG’s you would know they haven’t really lived up to expectations this generation. Compared to the amount of  how many were released during the last generation but when compared to this generations amount, you would easily realise that JRPG’s are on a downfall. So White Knight Chronicles II comes along exclusively to the PS3 but is it good enough to warrant a purchase? Let’s find out.

The story of WKCII is weak or just average. Nothing spectacular. You start off with a 40 minute introduction which drags on really because you don’t get a tutorial and seems like you’re dropped in the middle of the story not knowing what’s going on and with skill points to add to your characters. If you’ve never played a JRPG you will find this part of the game complicating because it doesn’t hold your hand and tell you everything that you need to know. Although you do get the first game on the same disc meaning if you’ve played the first or start with playing the first game you will understand most of the games mechanics. Mostly everything you need to find out will have to be done by yourself. Also each section is split into mini sections just like most JRPG games and at the end of it is a boss or that’s how you progress with the story, with a few branching paths that may lead to a treasure or just a different method to reach your destination. The game is linear to some degree, but not as much as say FFXIII.

The gameplay is what makes this game. It’s really fun to progress and make your character stronger by leveling them up, increasing their guild rank, learning new abilities and hunting for bounties. The game is packed with content, online and single player. Hundred of hours can be put into this game which is the reason why I needed a couple of weeks to write a review for this game, it’s really that big.

The battling itself is not exactly turn based but some what similar. You hit an enemy and wait for a circular bar to fill up until you can then proceed with another attack. You’re limited by what skills you can choose from depending on your level, mp and other character attributes. You have a number of quick access bars that you can choose from. With these you can attach your most used skills and abilities to access them more efficiently during battles. You control only one character during battle but can switch characters in case you want to use one of their skills at a specific moment during a fight. Also true to its name you can evidently transform to a White Knight right from the get go of the game, but the character you’ve created will not be able to transform right from the start. Only one of your allies will be able to.

Online in WKCII is much like a completely different game. You can journey with a friend/stranger together and complete quests together to increase your guild rank and make your character even stronger than before. Online is packed and I mean literally packed with hundreds of quests to complete and choose from. Unique items to purchase and other various features. I mean you can spend hours without even realising. It’s really fun to play with people online and while time flies you will realise it’s past your bedtime.

The games visuals are really great and you will spend most of your time in more natural looking locations rather than cities with the latest technology & skyscrapers. Games rarely tend to do this. Each town has numerous things to do and you can spend hours doing the sidequests in each town.

The voice acting itself isn’t anything spectacular but it does work but the music in the game is addicting and you will find yourself humming it even while not playing the game.

To fully experience this game, you need to play this game more than you would play a usual game. To summarise WKCII it has a lot sidequests, awesome online mode, great battling system and gameplay but a very weak story. So if you’re looking for a great JRPG to consume your time in until the next big JRPG then look no further because WKCII is one of the best JRPG’s to have been released this generation.

8/10