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User Review : Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

  • Visuals
  • Battle System
  • Story
  • Only One Victory Animation for the Protagonist

A Game that is as Wonderful as it Looks (Spoiler Free Review)

Before you read, it must be known that I am a huge JRPG fan and have been for decades (before it was called JRPG and games like this were just referred to as RPGs).

Ni No Kuni is an experience that should not be ignored. If you like RPGs, you will love this. My first reaction to the game, way back when it was teased, was awe. Studio Ghibli and Level 5 means quality. I was reminded of the PS2 gem: Dragon Quest VIII (also of Level 5).

One of the first reviews I read (one of the few negative ones)claimed that there was a problem with the battle system. Rest assured, the battle system is excellent. It is a hybrid of Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest, and Real Time. Level 5 is able to pull all of this together brilliantly as you are able to move around during combat. You can avoid attacks while your meter fills up so that you may attack, defend, cast spells, use items, call on your familiar, or run away.
I find the run away option useful only if I am in a terrible bind (ie no MP, no food, low HP), and even then you might be able to get healed during battle. Further, the battle system allows you to control your familiar (which is part of your soul) and have them attack through a variety of attacks.
The only annoying thing is that Oliver's Victory animation is ALWAYS the same...

The story starts off well and allows you to familiarize yourself with the controls. Luckily, you can skip parts that seem tedious. Once you enter the "Another World" you are treated to visuals only found in today's top AAA games. And what a stunning world it is! I wished to walk around and engage in combat regularly. The benefit is that you level up quickly at first (and so does your familiar.) Your sidekick/ advisor, Mr. Drippy is a hilarious character. (He calls you "cry baby bunting" then when you shout that your name is "Oliver, Ol-iv-er!" He states, "Guess the cry baby part was right." But with a Scottish accent, hysterical.

The presentation and all that is included will guarantee that I will be coming back to this game again and again. This is certainly one of the best games released within the past 12 months (I can hardly say "this year" as it is only January). While the story isn't as gripping as the Walking Dead, it has moments that bring you into Oliver's World. It is E 10+ so don't expect romantic sexual encounters found in other RPGs of this era, but that is okay with me, sometimes they are not needed.

It is Studio Ghibli. And the Graphics are amazing! Smooth animations really make this an enjoyable game.
Composed by Joe Hisaish (known for his work with Studio Ghibli) and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. It is spot on and rivals that of many Final Fantasy and Zelda Titles.
Gameplay is smooth, silky and oh so much fun.
Fun Factor
I can see myself coming back to this masterpiece again and again.
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Relientk771787d ago (Edited 1787d ago )

As a JRPG fan, I am loving the game it is completely amazing and really is the full package you look for in a video game.

Irishguy951787d ago

How is the plot? Good twists etc?

thorstein1784d ago

Excellent. The characters are good, with no pulled punches for western audiences. I like the story. Not plot twists so far but I am only on like the 2nd chapter.

coolbeans1782d ago

You've posted your review for the game so soon into playing it?

Godchild10201783d ago

Coming from someone that has beaten the game, It would be a spoiler to mention if there was/is a plot twist. Especially if you know what the plot or main goal of the is.

It's worth finding out.

nzk01786d ago

This game has gotten rave reviews, I'm really looking forward to playing it.

sdplisken1783d ago

another goty contender for ps3
must buy

byeGollum1783d ago (Edited 1783d ago )

thanks for a spoiler free short review. . I'll give the game a go :)

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