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IGN Review - Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of the best RPGs I’ve played in years. Moreover, it joins the elusive ranks of the best PlayStation 3 exclusives, a group very rarely encroached upon by any studio Sony doesn’t own. Ni No Kuni is just that good: a beautiful mixture of the traditional makings of a JRPG combined with gorgeous graphics, a wonderful story, a great cast of characters and thoughtful gameplay.

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Godchild10201501d ago

Seven more days! Ni No Kuni is one of my Highly Anticipated games for 2013. I'm happy to see reviewers are enjoying their time with it.

Septic1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

I have never really looked forward to this (because I was oblivious to what it was) but looking at some gameplay, this does look incredible now.

This might be a day one for me.

Ezz20131501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

sony keep bring those amazing games like no other
it's awesome to be ps3 owner

as i said before
"ps3 start this year with a bang (ni no kuni)

and in the middle ( god of war/sly cooper )

and will finish it with a bang as well (the last of us/beyond two souls and maybe TLG will get a date this year) "

knifefight1501d ago

This is just one more great review among many!
See also:
http://www.playstationlifes...

and
http://rpgland.com/games/re...

and
http://thesilentchief.com/2...

We've got a great game on our hands here. If you like RPGs, this one seems like a lock.

AsimLeonheart1501d ago

AWESOME! I am so glad this game is getting the recognition it deserves. Cant wait to play it! Really happy to get a AAA classic JRPG on my PS3.

Rainstorm811501d ago

I went back to play White Knight Chronicles 1-2 to ease the wait for Ni No Kuni, I gotta say I like it I'm kinda mad I missed out on this, even though I picked it up for 10$ .

Level 5 just knows how to craft a good JRPG, I think if any company, they have taken the reigns from Square-Enix (Squaresoft)

sikbeta1501d ago

Game is going to bomb, right? with all the charm in the world and will not sell well, that's too bad...

Army_of_Darkness1501d ago

Can't wait for this jrpg! its been forever that i actually got to play a great jrpg game! since folklore I think lol!

Enemy1501d ago

A GOTY contender in January, wow. Looks like Level-5 are back.

This with the The Last of Us makes two!

chrispseuphoria1501d ago

The next week is going to be slow in anticipation for this but hey, I've got Persona 4 Golden to beat...

Gamer19821501d ago

Shame no game in January ever gets GOTY... Excited for this game.. This game is the kind of game I bought a PS3 for.

AAACE51500d ago

I was at target a few days ago and saw the bin for this was empty. Anyone think this could fall into the rarity factor like suikoden 2 or ff7 black label?

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insomnium21500d ago

I just pre-ordered it from Zavvi.com. They give you 10% off if you order now. Can't wait! This is my first day 1 purchase in months. Hell even years! This one I cannot resist.

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Ranma11501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

This should start the JRPG come back .

Xillia and and Persona 5 cant come soon enough. These games are now picking up were Final Fantasy failed the jrpg genre this gen.

Hanso1501d ago

agree FF13 failed to impress me it was a good game on its own but a terrible FF imo
I got a few monts ago Tales of Graces F (my first Tales game) and i love it.
Cant wait for Xillia now

AsheXII1501d ago

Seems like people forget Xenoblade rather quickly, For many that was the best Jrpg in a decade. Ni No Kuni will be great, but it wont start anything that isn't already in motion ^^

wishingW3L1501d ago

is not that people forgets about Xenoblade is just that people already forgot that the Wii even exist.

dboyman1501d ago

@wishingW3L @AsheXII Or the fact the game was distributed in such a limited fashion in North America. I wanted to get a copy when it came out, but none of the local stores carried a copy, even Gamestop..

HarryMasonHerpderp1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

@AsheXII

I was so disappointed with Xenoblade.
I know I'm in the minority but I think it was completely overrated. Not saying it was a bad game but I thought the voice acting was atrocious, it made me feel awkward every time they would put on a fake English accent.
(it's so exaggerated, and they pause for really long after each sentence)
https://www.youtube.com/wat...
I also thought the graphics were pretty bad, after seeing screenshots and videos online I was expecting a great looking game, on my HD TV though it looked awful. Anyway not to completely bash the game I thought the gameplay was really good and the fighting was fun (even though they wouldn't shut up shouting the names of their attacks everytime you press a button) and the story was okay. I probably would of enjoyed the game a lot more if there was no voice acting and it was all txt.

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Tapewurm1501d ago

Really looking forward to this title. Game Informer's review seemed to miss the point evidently.

MikeMyers1500d ago

This game looks really good, love the art style.

callahan091501d ago

Holy crap. I absolutely loved White Knight Chronicles, and IGN didn't seem to care for it much at all. So for them to take another Level 5 RPG and LOVE it like this, it must be amazing. I can't wait!

Rainstorm811501d ago

13 hours into White Knight Chronicles and im loving it, I want to get through 1 and 2 before Ni No Kuni comes out but I doubt it.

chadboban1501d ago

After Xenoblade and The Last Story I'm so glad to see the return of fantastic console JRPGs. Ni No Kuni is definitely one of my most anticipated games of the year. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

I'm so glad to finally be able to say that great console JRPGs are back!

bigjclassic1501d ago

jrpgs are standing tall. hopefully more will come from sony, nintendo, square and namco

EddieNX 1501d ago

Agreed. Sony have knocked it out of the park by bagging this as an exlusive I must admit. Pre ordering now...

vikingland11501d ago

I hear what your saying, I have my copy preoderd allready. Between this game and Persona 4 Golden I will be busy for quite some time.

Eyeco1501d ago

well the PS3 is off to a good start this year, I'm definitely picking this up

princejb1341500d ago

I'm excited
Haven't played rpg game in so long

iNMyFiN4LH0uR1500d ago

In North America? Are you serious? That would be awesome!

Outside_ofthe_Box1500d ago

Can't wait to pick this game up. Finally a true JRPG reminiscent of the PS1 jrpg glory days.

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VsAssassin1501d ago (Edited 1501d ago )

I clicked on approve. Guys, please click on approve.

Edit: Now this game is awesome!!!

silkrevolver1501d ago

Just wanted to make sure I added the tag correctly. I did, right?

VsAssassin1501d ago

I think we just need to wait until this really gets approved for this to show up there. Great post though!

Godchild10201501d ago

Am I wrong by saying this is the closest I would get to playing Pokemon on the PS3?

wishingW3L1501d ago

the review does say that the game's like a cross between Pokemon and Tales series.

Conzul1501d ago

I've never been into JRPGs. Is it twitch combat in this one? I think I could deal with that, this game looks sweet!

Lovable1501d ago

Haven't played Persona games bro? You can get Fes in PSN...

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Sigh1501d ago

First day buy! Level-5 x Studio Ghibli Fanboy here, so it's a no brainer, Lol.

j-blaze1501d ago

i'm a huge fan of Ghibli myself, they did the art and cutscenese for this game, i have to say they did a very bad job at designing the characters this time

DigitalRaptor1500d ago (Edited 1500d ago )

HAHAHAHHA! So it's just coincidence that the one Ghibli production that has "badly designed" characters is the PS3 exclusive video game?

Mate, we get it. You hate PS3 exclusives for bizarre reasons that aren't tangible in any real sense nor do you justify them. Just stop causing yourself this embarrassment.

solidjun51500d ago

You troll all the time J-blaze.

TheLastGuardian1501d ago

Looks like we've got ourselves a game of the year contender already.

Only on PlayStation®3.

Summons751501d ago

That would be really nice to see this game get nominated for goty, realistically though it will probably be pushed aside for mediocre games or AAA games which typically are nominated before they are even released. Hopefully it will shine though. I'm excited for this game.

Godchild10201501d ago

It can get nominated for Best RPG or something along those lines, if it doesn't get nominated for Game of the Year.

Imalwaysright1501d ago

2013 is packed with great games but i would like to see Ni No Kuni win GOTY because the JRPG genre needs it.

BanBrother1501d ago

I hope it does also. So many under-appreciated JRPG's, it would make me very happy if this one GOTY (obviously it will win some, but I mean lots and lots).

The only contenders so far, at least for me are Metro Last light, Beyond 2 Souls and The Last Of us

PS3 owners should also check out tales of Vesperia. You can import it, and the PS3 version has added features and dialogue (waaay more dialogue). It is rumoured to be releasing in the West (only japan right now)

Rainstorm811501d ago

But......it's January......o_O