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Preview: White Knight Chronicles for PlayStation 3

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313w ago - Recently 1UP shared their in-depth impressions of the offline portion of Level-5 and Sony's giant robot/fantasy RPG dubbed White Knight Chronicles as follows:

I don't get the feeling the game is a vibrant masterpiece -not yet, anyway- but it is certainly superior to Infinite Undiscovery, and corrects most of the problems with the deeply flawed Rogue Galaxy. Although WKC will turn out to be enjoyable comfort food for JRPG fans in whatever state it arrives on Western shores, a few simple tweaks here and there could improve it dramatically.

I hope this preview will serve to highlight some of the niggling interface problems I encountered in WKC - those little issues that all too often find their way creeping into otherwise highly polished Level-5 games.

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Despite how Sony has promoted WKC since its announcement at Tokyo Game Show 2006, it is an MMORPG at heart. Indeed, online adventuring is ostensibly half the game: The giant robot fantasy you've been seeing images of for two years, or "Story Part," is but a one-player experience built on a foundation clearly erected to serve the "Live Part," a Final Fantasy XI-lite four-player online RPG.

To serve the Live Part, the game presents you with an incredibly elaborate...
 

Trophy Errors Hit the PlayStation 3, Fix Coming

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314w ago - An unexplained error related to PS3 Trophy synchronization is breaking a number of games on the console.

The error, which seems to have first struck after the release of firmware version 2.50, appears to occur when users change their PSN ID or password.

After doing so, their Trophy data becomes corrupt and running a select number of games brings up an error that notifies the user of a failure to sync Trophy data. In the worst of cases, the game forces the player to quit and "try again", only to repeat the same message.

Known affected titles include WipEout HD, Burnout Paradise, LittleBigPlanet and Pain.

The first complaints hit forums back in October and, having gone unfixed for so long, it has left many doubtful that a patch will come before the Christmas break, when those PS3s should be getting a considerable hammering.

A Sony community man posting under the alias 'MusterBuster' only just this week said: "A fix is on the way, but I don't have an ETA yet".

Firmware update 2.53, released earlier this month, didn't fix the problem.

CVG has contacted Sony for an official statement. Hopefully we'll have some good news for you before the day's out.

Otherwise, there is one suggested fix that has worked for some titles. Bit of a pain...
 

White Knight Chronicles to Have Built-in Social Network Service

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315w ago - Level-5's PlayStation 3 exclusive RPG White Knight Chronicles will feature its own built-in social network service called "GeoNet."

The service includes friend lists, a journal with comment functionality, messaging, and also will keep track of who's reading your content to help determine journal popularity.

To quote: In addition to online play, White Knight Chronicles will include a built-in social network service.

Announced today at a pre-launch event in Tokyo, the built-in SNS is formally known as "GeoNet." This area of the game has all the features you'd expect of an SNS, including friend lists, a journal with comment functionality, and messaging. The service also keeps track of who's reading your content, so you can see if your journal is popular.

This is just one feature of what should be a feature-rich RPG. Developer Level-5 is even giving the game content off the Blu-ray disc! Today, the White Knight site was updated with a web comic, White Knight Chronicles: Episode 0 Dogma Wars (this is an English translation of the Japanese name, Shirokishi Monogatari: Epsiode 0 Dogma Senki).

This comic tells the story of a battle that took place 10,000 years prior to the game. You can see the Japanese version for yourself at the White Knight official site...
 

PlayStation Home Launch Announced, Hits December 11, 2008

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316w ago - Note: This is the third (and hopefully final) announcement that the much-anticipated PlayStation Home Open BETA will indeed arrive tomorrow. For additional details, be sure to check both the first and second PS Home articles from earlier today.

SONY Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that its highly anticipated PlayStation Home Beta service for PLAYSTATION 3 will become available for all PS3 users around the world on December 11th, 2008.

Following the successful completion of the closed beta service, PlayStation Home's open beta service will continue to evolve with new features and functionality.

PlayStation Home is a ground-breaking 3D social gaming community available on PLAYSTATION 3 that allows users to interact, communicate and share gaming experiences. By leveraging the power of PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation Home delivers overwhelming visual graphics and rich gaming social experiences only possible on the PLAYSTATION 3 platform. Within PlayStation Home, users can create and customize their own unique avatars and explore the virtual community in real time where they...
 

LittleBigPlanet Street Fighter DLC Hits PlayStation Store this Week

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316w ago - Just over a week ago, we reported on rumored LittleBigPlanet Street Fighter Sackboys surfacing soon... and today SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor finally confirmed it as follows:

HADOUKEN! When you're taking a break from playing your newly downloaded Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (available now on the PlayStation Network) – imagine venturing around LittleBigPlanet dressed as some of the greatest and most iconic characters in fighting.

Beginning this Thursday, CAPCOM's Street Fighter, one of the world's greatest pop culture phenomenons, teams up with LittleBigPlanet to bring you brand new Street Fighter costumes made especially for your Sackboys and Sackgirls.

Now is your chance to be geared up and ready to go toe-to-toe with anyone who stands in your way with Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile and Zangief costumes that will be available at the PlayStation Store.

For all you fans who want to add to your growing costume collection, each costume will be available for $1.99. OR you can purchase ALL 4 COSTUMES for $5.99 in our Street Fighter...
 
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