Summary: White Knight Chronicles II is a mixed bag. The online component is a ton of fun and reminiscent of some of the best MMO’s, but it is tied to a single-player game that is mostly uninteresting, repetitive and dull. The combat system, while fun, is not as deep, rewarding or satisfying as the combat system in some of the best RPG’s. The story is weak and hurts the game’s pace. Some battles can be too long for their own good.
Conclusion: White Knight Chronicles is a game that isn’t quite the sum of its parts. The parts actually add up together pretty well on paper, but in reality the MMO and single player Japanese RPG styles don’t merge too well, and what you’re left with is a fun combat system with a cluttered HUD, generic storyline and design and a multiplayer component that is a side-component at best. It could’ve been so much more.
Excerpt: I had never heard of Dream Chronicles, and it seems to have barely registered as a blip upon its release on XBLA and PSN, so it comes with a great deal of surprise that this was actually an award-winning, best-selling game in 2007. Well, best-selling indie/casual game, to be specific. Dream Chronicles could best be summed up as Myst Lite.
Excerpt: There was a time when point and click adventure games ruled the world. Games like The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, the Gabriel Knight series and others helped to define an entire generation of gamers.
Conclusion: Dream Chronicles doesn't go anywhere. It's antithetical to the concept of adventure, allowing the failure of its mechanics to leave a more distinct impression than its puzzles and presentation. A poorly ported interface, in terms of both control and interaction, is a significant problem, but an experience that never aspires to reach beyond the genre's 90's blueprint is its worst.
Conclusion: , won’t find as much enjoyment in the experience as others. For the price of $9.99, it’s hard to say this title is a must have considering of titles currently on the market for the same price and offer more content. For those who do pick up the title, you are getting a solid puzzle adventure experience in The Dream Chronicles, albeit a short one.
Excerpt: There was a time when the adventure and puzzle genres were big. They were always most popular and most successful in the PC realm but with the advent of full digital games for consoles, we’re starting to see many such productions on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
Summary: Parents need to know that White Knight Chronicles is a fairly standard Japanese role-playing game that it features fantasy violence. There is no blood or gore, but players can have their characters slash and aggressively jab monsters with bladed weapons. Parents should also note that there is mild profanity (“hell,” “damn,” “bitch”), reference to alcohol (our hero works in a winery, but doesn’t drink), and a few light allusions to sex and romance (via words like...
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