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Ni no Kuni Demo Disappoints |

Luke Frazier writes: "Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was supposed to be my perfect game, yet I knew nearly nothing about it. The beautiful offspring between beloved Studio Ghibli of [insert every Ghibli production here] fame in the feature film world and proven Japanese game developer Level-5, I didn’t need extra information or exposure. With those attractive origins, anything else would be ancillary at best. It goes without saying that Ni no Kuni has long held the honorable position of my most anticipated game of 2013.

And after playing through the just-released PlayStation 3 demo, it’s a pity that’s no longer the case." (Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, PS3)

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Kamikaze135  +   1165d ago
I hate to say this, but I agree with this article. I was pretty hyped for this game, but after playing the demo....I no longer even want it. The camera sucks, it doesn't look as crisp as I thought it would, and the battle system wasn't nearly as fun as I had anticipated.
Godchild1020  +   1165d ago | Well said
I am pretty hyped about this game and after playing the demo, I got an insight about the gameplay and the combat system. I'm looking forward to this game even more.

I didn't have a problem with the camera; It works and you have control over it with the Right analog stick. It's not the fastest, but it works. For the type of art style, I think it looks great.

I wish they started the demo from the beginning and not from some random part of the game. I need to play the game again though. I first played it on a SDTV.

Edit: The translation in the game could be better. Ouer/Youer, I know they are meant to our and your, but still. I remember that from Feary: Legends of Avalon.
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Kamikaze135  +   1165d ago
Well I'm glad that you enjoyed the demo. It's not a bad game, it just doesn't appeal to me nearly as much as I thought it would, which is disappointing.
NewMonday  +   1165d ago
classic turn based JRPG, at least with this game anyone can try it for themselves and not depend on 3rd party opinion
kingdavid  +   1165d ago
He says youer and ourer because of his accent.. It's deliberate. Theres other deliberate spelling mistakes in there too.

I enjoyed the demo and Ill get it. I dont know why people dont like the battle system what were those disappointed actually expecting?

Imo its a great mix between turn based and real time. The fact you can move your character around during the battle makes it even better.
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knifefight  +   1164d ago
Re: 'He says youer and ourer because of his accent.. It's deliberate. Theres other deliberate spelling mistakes in there too. "

Yep. It was the same way in the Japanese version. That character spoke with a distinct and constant "Kansai-ben" accent.

In the English version, it's Welsh (so I'm told).
SaiyanFury  +   1164d ago
Pardon my own two cents, as I've only spent about 5-10 minutes with the demo (fighting the Forest Guardian). I LOVED it. I love the pseudo turn based battle system. The graphics are boss as I would expect from the influence from STUDIO GHIBLI. Camera controls work just fine. The demo does exactly what a demo should; whet your appetite for the full game, and the demo (from my short 10 minute stint) does that for me. I WILL be getting this game. Such a small amount of great JRPGs coming out this generation compared to previous gens, it's nice to have another one to look forward too. :)
joab777  +   1164d ago
It made me more excited. I cannot wait to play this. I guess i understand his complaints if he was hoping for something new and groundbreaking. I like it how it is and the demo seems to hint towards depth in combat. We will hav to wait and see.
AsimLeonheart  +   1164d ago
Looks like the author of the article has been proven wrong unanimously. LOL. Everybody loves this demo and we need more games like these. Artistic beauty like this game has all but vanished from modern mainstream games. I am really looking forward to getting this game next month.
Army_of_Darkness  +   1164d ago
game looked great, ran smooth and felt like an old school jrpg
As soon as I started the demo I walked straight to the boss fight! So I was like Wtf?! Is this suppose to happen?! Lol! But after a couple minutes of running in circles I caught on to the battle system and whooped that guardians ass! Fun game I can't wait to buy it! Oh and the world map was awesome!
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ThanatosDMC  +   1164d ago
I liked it better than FF13... nuff said.
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thorstein  +   1164d ago
I was wondering about this "review." There is a demo available but Ni No Kuni doesn't release until next year.

Thanks for those of you that posted, I honestly don't want the demo because I KNOW I will not want to stop playing!

(See Itani's comment below!)
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MaxXAttaxX  +   1164d ago
Game is going to be amazing!
I'm hyped even more after playing the demo.
Unique, yet still a proper JRPG. This is the type of game that's been missing this gen.
itani  +   1165d ago
I played the demo and found the battle system really addicting too bad the demo had a timer :(
Aceman18  +   1164d ago
i know at first i didnt know what i was doing, and i kept dying lol. once i realized you could move around it opened up everything.

i have to be quick with your decisions, and i love that you can switch out your creatures during battles.

personally i was getting extremely tired of realistic rpgs they were getting boring fast at least this brings back whimsical charm that's been missing from games this generation.

the game looks ABSOLUTELY beautiful, and has all the beauty and charm that the old rps from snes, ps1 days. this is a day one purchase easily.

this can easily be my favorite, or 2nd favorite game this generation behind valkyria chronicles.

one last thing i have to say at 39 i literally had tears in my eyes while playing this awesome demo lol.

so i 200% disagree with this authors opinion.
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Oh_Yeah  +   1164d ago
Damn...just finished the demo.. I haven't liked a turn based rpg since I was young because the gameplay hasn't changed much the genre just got stale, but this right here? This is awesome. It's like a mix between pokemon and final fantasy but better. I wouldnt exactly call it turn based though because you and your opponent don't just stand there waiting for your turn to attack. you actually have to move, be quick, and use tactics if you don't want to be pummeled. Props to level 5 for making a great game in what has become a lack luster genre. I hope this inspires other devs in the genre to step up their gameplay.
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Nexgensensation  +   1164d ago
this demo is amazing! this is game is a dream come true unlike PSASBR. it's like playing pokemon like the actual tv series. this is the game that I've waiting for.
doogiebear  +   1164d ago
I'd rather wait for Persona 5. The demo BLOWS!
TheHater  +   1164d ago
I had the complete opposite reaction when I played this. I enjoy this demo more than any JRPG release so far this generation. With this and Tales Of, next year is looking good for my JRPG fix.
MazzingerZ  +   1164d ago
I recall som demos being a completely turn off and the game turning all the opposite, Blue Dragon was a nice JRPG, Folklore's demo another example, the sixaxis controlls were broken in the demo...I wanted to play the game anyway and it was an awesome game, typical Playstation game, the sixaxis were fixed as well.

RPGs are always difficult to "sell" via en demo, too short for such a large asking someone to play a 120 hours FPS campaign...even headshots get old after 60 hours into a campaign :P
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showtimefolks  +   1164d ago
i had high hopes for this game, can't wait to play the demo and decide for myself.
darkziosj  +   1164d ago
most of people didn't like it because there were not enough explotions to make them happy.
RBLAZE1988  +   1164d ago
Wow I can't remember a demo that made me so exited for a game...or genre for that matter. It's very well done and smooth as butter for the most part. This is a jrpg through and through and anyone who had missed the magic of jrpgs for the past decade should try the demo. And make this judgment for themselves. The production value and gameplay are so compelling that I am sure I will buy this when it comes out.
Miguelitons  +   1165d ago
I haven't played the demo yet, will do this later, but have played the game at Gamescom in Cologne this year and also was disappointed by the game design, didn't like it much. I haven't ordered the game now, maybe it will change after playing the demo, have to see.
Blackcanary  +   1165d ago
When you say game design do you mean art style cause you the art style is based and done by the studio ghibli artist if if you don't like there films then u won't like the game.
lashes2ashes  +   1164d ago
I'm betting he is talking about game how the game is designed lol gameplay not art style.
AmayaAi  +   1165d ago
I don't care. I still want to play it.
Ultr  +   1164d ago
The game is awesome. I read this and the comments, and cant be that bad right? and am playing it right now...
WOW this game is amazing, I like everything. the art is beautiful and the fighting is excellent, dunno what they expected, because THIS IS WHAT I expected! and it is great!
AmayaAi  +   1155d ago
Happy to help :)
AsheXII  +   1165d ago
What? the demo was awesome!
belac09  +   1164d ago
its just another spoiled hipster gamer article, anyone who loves jrpg's will absolutely love this game, the open world is beautiful, the battle system is amazing, its just a stupid reviewer, dont pay any mind.
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Norrison  +   1164d ago
I second that, I really liked it, missed this kind of games.
catch  +   1165d ago
I personally loved it. I'm even more excited for release. Feels like classic charming jrpg goodness. I had no trouble with the camera. The only slightly disappointing part was it wasn't quite sharp enough to do the animation justice but by the end of the demo I barely noticed.
Catoplepas  +   1165d ago
Couldn't disagree more.

That's a very all-encompassing title by the way. The majority of the people I've spoken to are more hyped than ever.

Edit it so it applies to the singular if you would. Or at least add the proviso "some".
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League_of_Draven  +   1165d ago
I don't think he played the same demo I did. I downloaded a demo called Ni no Kuni and it didn't disappoint. Now I'm interested in what this person really played.
Son_Lee  +   1165d ago
This demo was the best thing I played all year.
DarkRenzokuken  +   1165d ago
People these days just try and find fault with everything. I was lucky enough to be invited to a Playstation Event in London and I was happy to see the demo there.

I stood in the queue watching everyone die against the bosses in both scenarios and I thought to myself "Wow, is it that hard?" Finally my turn rolled around and I played the demo skipping all the cutscenes because I am a massive Ghibli fan and don't want the demo to spoil anything for me.

At the event, we had 20 minutes to complete one scenario and because I watched my plus one beat the first boss, I decided to attack the volcano scenario and my god! I loved every second! The stunning visuals, the Tales of style battle system, everything! I loved that demo and now even more so that I got to sit without restriction.

Yesterday, I happily strolled around the world map absorbing the beauty of a Ghibli masterpiece.

If you don't like the game, that's your opinion. It's like I don't understand why everyone loves Call of Duty just a difference of opinion, I guess.
jetlian  +   1164d ago
your lying! this is nothing like tales of battle system. this has no real time combat
AmkOwns  +   1165d ago
The game was super fun iv never played a jrpg before but its actually a great game i might consider getting it .
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Blackcanary  +   1165d ago
I Love EVERY THING TO DO WITH STUDIO GHIBLI and i have all there films on DVD and i love Level 5 and i loved the demo can't wait for the full game. Wish Studio Ghibli turned this into a Film and the fact that Joe Hisaishi created the music and that the Studio Ghibli Animators are the ones that created the art style makes me love the game even more.
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abzdine  +   1165d ago
amazing graphics but fight felt kinda slow and boring. No tutorials to explain different commands.
I'll give it a try anyway cause i think this demo is taken from the beginning of the game.
Hicken  +   1164d ago
You need a tutorial to figure out what "Attack" and "Defend" mean?

I mean, hell, I died a couple of times as I got used to the fighting mechanics, but I had no problems with trial and error. The third time I fought the Forest Guardian, I dominated.

Time was short, since I started it up not long before I had to go to work, but now that I know what I'm doing, I imagine I can have even MORE fun exploring the world. And I haven't even tried the second boss fight.

Also, if you're level 5 in the demo, odds are it's pretty early on in the game.
knifefight  +   1164d ago
Before the demo came out:
"This game looks kiddy and easy!" and "Oh please I want a challenge" and "Looks easy lol"

After the demo came out:
"WTF I didn't understand the battle system!" and "I died twice before the timer was up ;_;" and "Just wish I wasn't getting killed in battle so much."

It's just kind of funny.
Dinmagic  +   1163d ago
The demo showed very early parts of the game, the easiest parts to be exact. Once you pass the 3rd village things start to become unforgiving. Do not doubt this game, people. It's a true return to classic RPGs.
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knifefight  +   1164d ago
Also, no need for trolling demo impressions when there are full reviews kicking around.

Julie  +   1164d ago
That review is awesome,the demo is full of magic i love it! the battle system fun! i can't wait for the full game :O

And of course sadly shady websites/blogs like this one looking for hits will use it for trolling :I
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BoNeSaW23  +   1164d ago
Thanks man!
That is a great review which I enjoyed. Unlike this crap article that I read with a furrowed brow the entire time.
thorstein  +   1164d ago
Yes. Level 5 has always done well. Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest VIII, Professor Layton, Rogue Galaxy, White Knight Chronicles.

The hits just keep coming.
leahcim  +   1164d ago
For me it is already a Legendary game..
Redempteur  +   1164d ago
the demo was awesome..

an old school world map , a battle system that doesn't hold your hand and force you to have some thinking ..Defend actually have some purpose here ..
dual voice , multi 5 tier translation that is actually good and many hidden goodies ..

how can this disapoints unless you've only played rpgs with no diifculty ?
Blaze718  +   1164d ago
I love the demo. I bought Black ops2 the other day and the first thing i did when i got home was pop on this demo. Nuff said.
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freezola75  +   1164d ago
I too was bummed out by the timer LOL

This game is high on my most wanted list. Love the demo! Although I respect the author's viewpoint regarding the game, I still want to play the full version very much.

Wish there was a Vita companion tho :-(
strigoi814  +   1164d ago
The demo was great i like the battle system make me a little pissed when i press a wrong move
ginsunuva  +   1164d ago
Okay author, your opinion. Bye.
rextraordinaire  +   1164d ago
I thought the demo was awesome. It made me preorder the game.

I was hyped already, but having the chance to try the battle system (Pretty sweet fusion of real time and turn based, and the ability to switch character and monsters on the fly works well), and spending some time in the menus, I got an idea of how deep and complex the whole package really is under all the cuteness. From what I gathered from the multiple menus, this game includes some sort of alchemy mechanic, common to most level 5 RPGs (Rogue Galaxy, Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest IX), some monster evolution stuff taken straight from Lufia II, and gee, an actual world map like when I was a kid! :D

Like when I was a kid may be my point actually. I started enjoying RPGs on my snes when I was a kid, and Ni No Kuni plays exactly on the nostalgia from those days.

I suppose that younger persons that enjoyed RPGs from FFVII to nowadays won't get all the childhood memories this game showcases, which is weird considering the childish look of the game...

Anyways, can't wait! Been repeating the same 2 quests 3-4 times already. Guess I really enjoy the game.
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Krew_92  +   1164d ago
I loved the demo, at first I was annoyed they threw us into bosses so quick, and I was lost at first.

It took me about two tries to get used to the controls until I beat the first boss. The second boss I beat in one try.

If anything this demo made me so excited for the game, I want to play the finished product more than ever now.
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Veneno  +   1164d ago
The creature and character designs are wonderful. But cmon guys, this demo was super lame. I know thefinal product will be great but JUST AS A DEMO this was not impressive. Devs need tk study the original Bioshock demo. That is the best demo I've ever played because it gave you a nice chunk of the game and leaves you wanting more. This demo was was 2 boss fights and a very uneventful walk toward one of them. And it was timed. It was super limited and doesnt give you a chance to take your time and take it all in. it was completely stingy and for absolutely no
good reason. why the hell was there a time limit? Its not like there was anything to explore.
rextraordinaire  +   1164d ago
I don't agree. 25 minutes is enough time with this demo. If you skip the cut scenes and know your way in battles, the first boss (the forest one) takes about 3-4 minutes. That leaves you a whole 20 minutes to explore the gorgeous world map, grind some levels, learn about the menu, read the ingame tutorials, and find some hidden treasure chests located here and there. You also get a hint of the missing hearts mechanic before the demo ends.

Second quest leaves you enough time to learn about managing your party, which is really what this second quest aims to be, I suppose, since you're giver a second character and a full party of monsters, complete with changeable equipments and skills.

I suppose we all wish they let us grind infinitely in those 2 closed sections of the game (They are also limited by story points and the good ol' "You can't go there yet".) , but those 50 minutes (don't forget, you get 2 times a 25 minutes) are all it took for me to make sure it's a first day purchase. I think that was the point of releasing a demo: To make fans before the release. :)
deletingthis34675334  +   1164d ago
After reading the comments from people playing the demo I'll go with them over Average Joe Journalist #372219 with a website that gives me server errors that I cannot even read the article to begin with. Buuuuuurrrrrrrrn.

Anyway I am so looking forward to playing and I don't give a shit what anyone else says about this game. Maybe this guy doesn't like anything without "Square-Enix" slapped on the box for sales or he is just trying to collect ad revenue by writing a controversial article for the sake of controversy :P Tales of Xilla is also coming out in North America next year too. Next year is looking to be some J-RPG fun. Sick of run of the mill military war shooters flooding the market.
Heisenburger  +   1164d ago
Looks like the author could use some ENTHUSIASM. *giggles to myself*
rextraordinaire  +   1164d ago
I see what you did there.
Nexgensensation  +   1164d ago
tiffac008  +   1164d ago
Well to each his own but to me Level-5 and Studio Ghibli are two companies that knows what their doing. So I know I won't be disappointed with this collaboration and it helps to know what your getting into.
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zgoldenlionz  +   1164d ago
Forget what this dude says, the demo is great. It's just cooler to hate something rather than like it, that's all this article is.
Robotronfiend  +   1164d ago
Nice to see lots of Ghiblits loving the demo. I did too.
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yesmynameissumo  +   1164d ago
The demo sold me. When did gamers become such crybabies?
Fakdafakinfakerz  +   1164d ago
Day one.
LiViNgLeGaCY  +   1164d ago
Well, everyone is entitles to their own opinion. Me personally? I absolutely loved every second of it. The battles were extremely fun and tense. I love how you have to keep switching out your familiars to cater to certain situations. The graphics were gorgeous, voice acting seemed just fine, and I had a blast.

My only gripe was I wish they had explained the battle system better BEFORE thrusting right into a boss battle. I got whooped a good two times before I started pushing buttons and figuring stuff out.

Can't wait for January 22nd!
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