It’s no secret that we weren’t crazy about White Knight Chronicles here at IGN. When the PlayStation 3-exclusive role-playing game (RPG) finally found its way out of Japan in 2010, it was more than a year old, and plenty of other titles were already grabbing gamers’ attention. But even though we scored the game low, there was a contingent of RPG lovers out there that really enjoyed the experience. Hell, I have a friend on my PSN list — a loyal IGN reader — that played the heck out of the original, and continues to until this day (well, until the PSN died, that is).
As for myself, I found the 15 or 20 hours I spent with White Knight Chronicles to be fairly fulfilling, albeit one-dimensional. There was nothing there to compel me to finish the game, so I never did. But that’s part of the reason why I’m so interested at first glance by White Knight Chronicles II. Not only are the same seeds still there that kept me engaged in the first game (at least for a time), but improvements have been made that make the overall experience a more fluid one. And there’s one very special reason why, even if I didn’t complete the original White Knight Chronicles, I’ll be jumping right into the sequel unabated.
That’s because White Knight Chronicles II comes complete with the original White Knight Chronicles.
That’s right. White Knight Chronicles II is basically two games in one. And better yet, you can import your save file from the original White Knight Chronicles into its sequel. This is great news, especially for gamers like me that never finished the original, since you can import your save file from any point in the previous game. White Knight Chronicles I and II are presented on a single Blu-ray as a sort of continuous journey, so you can jump into the adventure at any point. And the refinements made to the second game carry back to the first game, making it a sort of cleaned-up version of what we got back in 2010.
And speaking of refinements, there are several worth noting. White Knight Chronicles II totes a bunch of features you’d expect from a sequel to an RPG, such as new weapons, armor, skills and spells. But beyond that, there are improvements that publisher D3 refers to as “fan-requested new features,” including faster-paced battles and complete customization over your Incorruptus — your powerful alter-ego that fans of the original White Knight Chronicles will be plenty familiar with.
White Knight Chronicles might not have been the most exciting game for many PlayStation 3 owners, but there’s good reason to be excited about its sequel — especially if you enjoyed the original. With two games in one, an overall experience promised at more than 100 hours of gameplay, JRPG fans are bound to get a lot of bang for their buck. And that doesn’t even include the scores of hours you can achieve through multiplayer, which makes its return from the original White Knight Chronicles and this time supports up to six players at a time.
There’s no firm release date for White Knight Chronicles II, though D3 promises that PlayStation 3 fans will have the game in their hands sometime this summer. And if you’re interested in playing the original in preparation for the sequel, don’t bother. You can take care of both games at once.
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