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Ni No Kuni preview: Is this the best JRPG in ages? You better Ghibli-ve it! | CVG

Gamesmaster Staff:

We're hardly soft touches here at GamesMaster. We spend better parts of the day battering zombies to undeath and/or painting the air blue during a game of FIFA or Halo. But every once in a while comes a game with such powerfully constructed beauty, both in form and in substance, that even our battle-weary hearts thaw. (Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, PS3)

wanieldiik  +   962d ago
After trying the demo, I find this very easy to believe.
Mounce  +   962d ago
I find it hard to believe due to the amount of whiners I saw in N4G who said they played the demo. All they did was moan about variable things in it.

Though as I know well, Demos just aren't as they used to be and not always Demo-nstrate the best the game has to offer. Like, Uncharted 1's demo was 'meh', yet I still got the game due to hearing it was 'All that' and it simply was. Demo meant nothing.
wanieldiik  +   962d ago
really? People complained about the demo? I really enjoyed it. At first I was like "this was ok" then I gave it another shot and the more I played the demo, the more I enjoyed it. To each his own I guess.

And yes, I agree on the uncharted demo and that's why you shouldn't judge a game based on its demo.
rezzah  +   962d ago
I saw ppl who complained about it. Wasn't a huge bunch, but some dropped their pre-orders.

Just saying since you didn't see them.

How did you guys play the demo? Is it out in NA yet?
Kamikaze135  +   962d ago
Yeah, it's out in NA. I actually didn't like the demo at first, but I tried it again a few days later and loved it.
BanBrother  +   962d ago
Very excited. I am getting back into the JRPG mood. I only recently started Lost Odyssey and have almost finished it.

In anticipation of Ni Nu Kuni I am playing a lot of older ones.
MariaHelFutura  +   962d ago
Tales Of Vesperia is a great JRPG aswell for the 360. If you haven't played it, change that.
belac09  +   962d ago
lost odyssey is sooo underrated, that game was amazing!
BanBrother  +   962d ago
@belac09

Yup. Was just playing it for 5 hours straight, through the night. Onto the last disc (4). Best 360 game along with Alan Wake IMO.

@MariaHelFutura

I have the PS3 Tales of Vesperia, is the 360 version different?
Ranma1  +   962d ago
Am excited.

To be honest. I dont feel like this is the game which will make JRPG's mainstream like FF7 did
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SugarSoSweet  +   962d ago
This is one of the WORST rpg's ive ever played....

Thats the problem with JRPG's they refuse to innovate...Western RPG's like mass effect have innovated JRPG'S are still stuck in the PSX era with just slightly prettier graphics
BanBrother  +   962d ago
I agree that JRPG's don't really innovate, but they aren't really supposed to. It is a very specific genre, and people will always love playing them.

That being said, how have shooting games innovated since doom? There are still many linear shooters with prettier graphics.

Forza and Gran Turismo have only improved. Unless you want a racing/fps/brawler.
rextraordinaire  +   962d ago
Sometimes, sticking to your roots is better than trying to innovate at all costs. Take Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2, for example... Clearly innovation is not all.
bikar  +   962d ago
Problem is that Mass effect with his "inovations" has become a shooter with rpg elements
What is so innovative about Mass Effect? Is it innovative because it is a third person shooter with some light RPG elements? You THINK that is innovative? Who are you, some retarded drunken fratboy?
Irishguy95  +   962d ago
Yes and no. Innovation for RPG's seems to decrease story quality and gameplay. Combat and graphics are the improvements, while arguably more important things for an RPG are left behind.(Combat is only one aspect of Gameplay)
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dorron  +   962d ago
This is the most beautiful RPG I've seen in quite a while. I'm really hyped for it.

Would love a Dragon Quest VIII remake or HD version as well.
wishingW3L  +   962d ago
the only thing this game has going for it is the charm and time will prove me right. I know many people that started the game on Twitch TV and dropped it after 10-15 hours because of how boring it was.

The thing about this game is that it is so archaic in every single way and the monsters and their evolution are so lame too. When you evolve a monster the only thing that changes are their stats and colors and because of this it doesn't has the WOW factor of Pokemon. Like evolving a Charmander to a Charizard, now that's motivating. Now you have some huge beast fighting for you but Ni No Kuni doesn't has anything like that. There 's a huge lack of customization and feel of progression to this game.
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rextraordinaire  +   962d ago
I'd like to prove you wrong about the evolution aspect. From the demo alone, you can see more than a palette swap for the evolution of the first monster they give you. In the volcano quest, it has different horns and a cape...

EDIT: Actually, I think it loses it's cape and gains an armor. The hero gets a cape.

Anyway, still is more than a palette swap.
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Julie  +   962d ago
Dunno why people feel the need to troll this game read this and shut up:
http://www.playstationlifes...

This game also has a LOT more content and a lot more to do than the awesome pet system.
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Fullmetalevolust  +   962d ago
You know a game is good when you want to replay the demo countless times and the music gets stuck in your head while you start having dreams in a ghibli type of world.
rextraordinaire  +   962d ago
Yeah, I'm probably at my 6th run through the demo now...
Rampaged Death  +   962d ago
I played the demo and the game looks beautiful, voice acting is great and the story looks like it could be awesome but the combat system is confusing. I just hope the retail game has a very helpful tutorial.
Summons75  +   962d ago
I was skeptical on the combat but after the demo I'm more than sold. I was going to buy it day 1 regardless because its studio ghibil and level 5 so it's way more that enough to buy it alone but the actual game seems great, can't wait till it releases and I can dive into the story (which is why I've been avoiding the game for the most part). Music in the game is amazing too, very well made all around.
belac09  +   962d ago
spoiled ass gamers will hate it, real jrpg fans will love it, its as simple as that. i for one cant wait! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! i want it now!

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