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White Knight Chronicles - New Level 5 RPG (PS3)


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Level 5 already has a product page up on thier website and it looks really damn nice.

 

http://www.level5.co.jp/products/shirokishi/index.html

 

Here's some screens to make your mouth water:

 

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Here's a very nice trailer for the game: white Knight Story Trailer

 

Level 5=Awesome.

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Now we're talkin'. This is what TGS is all about. Bring on the Japanese-developed games for the next gen!

 

Level 5 made some of the best games in the last generation, and it looks like they're off to another great start on this one. They come up with some great stuff. Cannot wait.

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An interesting solution to your customers not having played through the original game when you're trying to sell them a sequel.

 

You didn't beat White Knight Chronicles? Well you'll be playing through it before you can access the sequel

 

As revealed earlier in the week, White Knight Chronicles 2 includes the original White Knight Chronicles in full. In an interview with 4gamer today, series director Toshiyuki Kusuda revealed that those without clear data from the original are going to be forced to play through the original's story before starting up with the sequel.

 

That's "clear data" and not just "save data." Your White Knight save file must be a clear file for it to be used with White Knight 2.

 

If you do have a clear file, you'll be presented with a choice of starting from the very beginning, complete with character creation, or continuing from the end of the first game. If you choose to start from the beginning, you'll get to keep your items and such, but you'll start back at level 1. This unfortunately also means that your character will be level 1 even when playing the online "live" mode. If you choose to start from the sequel's starting point, your character will reset to below level 35.

 

Even if you did clear the original, you may want to replay it in the form that's included with White Knight Chronicles 2. The game has been updated with the gameplay systems from the sequel. Kusuda feels that players of the original will be able to play it with a new feel thanks to the updates.

 

I know there will be outrage from folks on this but I think it's actually a pretty interesting way of pushing gamers to complete an experience before jumping into the next. Especially since they are making improvements to it. It also helps to solve a financial issue for some folks who will go out and buy a sequel without ever bothering to finish the first. Well, since you can't access the sequel anyway, why bother buying? Bad from a sales perspective for Level 5, good for us impulse buyer types. Though I think it levels out when you consider folks that may never have bothered with the first may now be pushed to buy the sequel since they get both games.

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It's a confusing message they're putting out. For gamers new to the series, it's irrelevant - treat it as one big long RPG. Users don't expect to be able to jump into the "middle" of a new RPG they've bought.

 

For people who bought the original, it's more confusing & I can see where the issues of value can come into it.

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