Readers often cry havoc over the conclusions of the gaming press, but seldom are the battle lines scored so deeply and conspicuously as in the case of White Knight Chronicles.
Level 5′s PS3 RPG has been treated to a thorough roasting by reviewers, with a dismal 64% average on Metacritic. IGN’s Ryan Clements comments that “the only thing more colossal than the White Knight is my disappointment”, while 1UP’s Dustin Quillen calls the game a “bland, second-rate RPG”.
I chipped in for VGD yesterday in what began as a review but wound up an opinion piece on WKC’s undelivered promise, remarking that its flaws “are those of a lot of JRPGs, but all the worse for the lateness of the hour.”
After publishing the feature, I took an extended tour of WKC review threads and forum posts. The enthusiasm the game has stirred up across the community – not just from those who have only screenshots and videos to go on, but from those who’ve played its older Japanese incarnation – is, quite frankly, flabbergasting, as is the outrage directed at those less-than-favourable reviews. I’m still convinced I’m right to think of the title as an insipid, sporadically interesting but generally redundant effort from a developer who should know better, but my curiosity has been piqued.
So here’s a simple proposal. Whether you’ve played White Knight Chronicles or not, I want you to tell us why you like it, and why you think I and the majority of writers don’t. Feel free to indulge any conspiracy theories or unpleasant character assessments you might have. If we get enough responses, I’ll add another page, or two, or three to this article and paste the better ones in.
Well, what are you waiting for? Give all that bubbling discontent a voice.