A decent RPG with an intresting gameplay mechanic, however most of the game's story is unbearable and mediocre.
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The story of the game tells of kingdom called Balandhur. You take the role of a young man named Leonard who had a long crush on the king's princess Cisna, during Cisna's birthday party a group called the Magi attacked, during the besieg Leonard discovered a hidden power beneath the castle catacombs, a weapon called "Incorruptus", it also so happens that he was the chosen one who would wield this incurruptus dubbed "The White Knight", after succefully repeling the invasion princess Cisna was kidnapped by the Magi, Leonard, his long time friend Yulie and a mysteriouse traveller named Eldore set out on a quest to rescue the princess.
The graphics needless to say is very outdated compared to most games released at its time, character animations aren't very fluid, most look like plastic puppets struggeling to show emotional expressoins and the story is very predictable and dialouges are not very original.
Environments look as outdated as NPC models but they still do look beutiful and are noce to look at, though it would have been nice to have a bit of viarity other than deserts and forests. The sizes correspond well to the game's pace as a bit of grinding can be helpful when encoutering powerful enemies.
The fighting mechanics is active time based, similiar to Final Fantasy XII you will enounter enemies in the field and can directly engage them or ignore them, when engaging an enemy a circle appears that acts as your turn meter, once the circle is full you can give your characters commands, such as accessing items and performing physical or magic attacks.
Attacks can be assigned at certain slots, commands can also be combined to perform self cotumized combos, which will cost you AP to execute.
The most intresting function in the combat however is the Knights, once your AP gauge is full to an extent you can transform into a Knight, increase your attack and defence to a great magnitued, which can help making defeating larger enemies more manageable.
Your character as well as your knight can be equiped with variouse weapons and accessories, giving you some attack and other variouse stat boosts, items can also be merged to create new weapons or euipments, provided you have the listed items needed for the merge.
In the begining of the game you will have to create your own avatar, your avatar will participate in the main story however has absolutely no role in the story and is mostly just another background which kind of makes the story less barable.
The main use of your Avatar is for side quest missions (which cannot be accessed by any of the main characters) and an online mode called GeoNet, in which you can create your own town, embark on quests with other users online in order to increase your level, giuld ranking and earn rare items.
Sound wise the game has some solid music that fits well with its theme, character voices are also some what decent with the exception of Eldore who sounds like he mumbles a lot and you wouldn't be able to understand a thing a he says without the subtitles.
The crown jewel of White Knight Chronicles is mainly its gameplay, it has a good amount of content and the knights are pretty awesome in their respect, the story on the othe hand is incredibly cliche and un-original around ¾ and when the story finally starts to get intresting the game is over and you are left with an annoying and unsatisfying clif hanger,
While there is a lot of content in the game there really isn't much incentive for replay, you can choose to start the game over again with your items intact, however there is no higher difficulty and as such going through ¾ after your first play through would be very easy and boring as enemies no longer provide an decent challange, sure you can attempt the side quests which require a significant amount of level but you only get to play as your lame Avatar and no Knight and no story dailouge to support the plot, making it a generic RPG experience, and the game having trophies doesn't really help it as the trophies are incredibly tidiouse and would require an insane amount of grinding to accomplish.
White Knight Chronicels is still an OK game for those who love RPGs and mecha franchise like Gundam or Armored core, the game initself perhaps isn't all that epic but it has been able to establish a fanbase, and the sequel is sure to be a lot better.