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Submitted by Lavalamp 546d ago | review

Ni no Kuni Review: Expect the Expected | 1UP

1UP: "Level-5's long-awaited RPG does a disservice to the magic of Studio Ghibli." (Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, PS3) C+/A+

GribbleGrunger  +   546d ago | Well said
'Level-5's long-awaited RPG does a disservice to the magic of Studio Ghibli.'

Anyone want to comment who's actually playing this? I feel an unnatural hatred here.
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Kingofwiiu  +   546d ago
I'm from England so no. But come on guys... 1 bad review ? Its like a needle in a hay stack. Nearly every other review I've seen has been between a 9 and a 10. It's obviously a genius game.
Irishguy95  +   546d ago
It's not 1 bad review.

Also it's not a "bad" review.

Game informer and 1Up gave it a 'ok' score
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   546d ago
@Irishguy95

I agree with your 'ok' notion, but depending on who you are talking to 'ok' may not be considered sufficient(i.e. overachievers).

Those that settle for mediocrity or don't mind playing an 'okay' game might not see a 7/10 or a C+ as being terrible, but those that want nothing but top quality may see it as being bad. It depends on the individual on whether or not okay is acceptable.
MaxXAttaxX  +   545d ago
1up hasn't been good for a while.
They're throwing a tantrum with scores like this probably because Metacritic no longer counts them lol.
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@Irishguy95

GameInformer's review was a bad review. They brought up issues that were nonexistent. They said the game lacked save points, when in reality you can save at any time on the world map, in towns and at dungeon save points.
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Bimkoblerutso  +   546d ago
No, it's excellent. Maybe not Ghibli's most creative universe or story ever, but it's still got that magic touch that no other studio has. Add that to Level 5's know how and you've got one of the best RPG's of the generation.

So far, I mean. I've only played a few hours.
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sunnygrg  +   546d ago
1up

1up what?

1up your ahem...

Five hours into the game, I am absolutely mesmerized by it. This game would have been a disaster at the hands of Square Enix. If anybody, it had to be Level 5 and they have done a great job at capturing that Ghibli magic.
knifefight  +   546d ago
I beat the JP version last fall. Even after the immediate glow of finishing has worn off, it's still my favorite RPG of this generation.

I'll buy the English version soon, because I can easily sink another 90 hours into this game.
aquamala  +   546d ago
On the fence about this game myself.. The only JRPGs I enjoyed in the last maybe 5 years are Persona's... Just got tired of the standard JRPG "formula,", and really hoping this is not another JRPG with tons of dialog (of 12 year olds ) you have to go thru, and tedious battle system
thorstein  +   546d ago
Did you like Dragon Quest VIII? I am enjoying a similar experience with this one. "Tedious battle system"

It is quite intuitive, or did you mean that you don't like turned based, which would be a completely different way of looking at it.
Oh_Yeah  +   546d ago
Take it from someone who hasn't really liked a jrpg in a WHILE. This game is different. 9/10...It's not the standard tired formula of taking turns to attack..The battle system is real time ish and fun. As for the story? Yeah your a young kid but weren't we all young once? The story is actually pretty crazy if you think about it realisticly , Oliver is under a lot of stress from something bad that happened so he then developes some type of schizophrenia or post traumatic stress disorder, thus the world of Ni no kuni is made in his mind as an escape. I don't know if anyone else thinks about it like that. Anyway, this is the best jrpg I've ever played. Also this is the closest thing you'll get to an open world pokemon game on consoles..definitely don't miss this.
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disturbing_flame  +   546d ago
I think it's the same guy that wrote the review of Far Cry 3 on 1up
He gave Far Cry 3 a B-

He is more attracted by linear games than Sandbox, i say that because he also gave a B to Borderlands 2.
Trenta27  +   546d ago
It's beautiful, adorable, exciting, and challenging.
Aceman18  +   545d ago
1UP opinion on a game im loving so far is garbage. same goes for gameimformer review.

beautiful, charming game so far.
rlacorne  +   545d ago
I'm 10 hours into the game, and so far enjoying every bit of it.

I don't feel like there's too much of grinding at all, and so far the game's been pretty generous about outfitting my familiars with level appropriate equipment from side quests and common "out of your way dungeon chests".

About Sidequests, they come plenty, and while some are simply about going through the motions, some others are pretty original and provide a greater challenge (Bounty hunts).

Also, 1up's reviewer complains about the lack of a physical wizard's book, but the whole book is available to browse in-game. No need to even look things up on internet, it's all there, looking mighty pretty, and full on any information you'd need.

Also, battles are usually really quick, making grinding quite easy. What frustrates me with battles is the warping visual effect before every encounter. But this has been getting on my nerves in every single old-school JRPG I ever played, and I can easily live with it and enjoy the game.

So, for me it's easily a 8.5 - 9 / 10. Best ps3 JRPG so far, in my opinion!
MoB21  +   546d ago
While I do agree that the game kind of spoon feeds you quite a bit to start, I've been so captivated by the beauty of this game to even really care about it.
Summons75  +   546d ago
Yeah, I played a good 3 hours before life had to take me away ad they were still giving me tutorials. Then again I don't think I've ever seen a Jrpg (besides demon/ dark souls) that doesn't give you a 5 hour tutorial that teaches you battle and gameplay in layers. It's good desgin because you don't want to teach everything at oce or people will get confused. Demon/ dark souls teaches you the basics then let's you figure the advance stuff out on your own ( also good design).

Loving ni no kuni so far and I can't wait till it fully opens up because the starting side quests were fun alone and I want to do more. Also interested to see how the story unfolds.
joab777  +   546d ago
Obviously i havnt got to the end yet but according to the trophy guide there is alot of post game material that isnt for the meek. The battle system may seem easy at first but is actaully very intricate. If its too hard, there is an easy setting too. My guess is that he played about 20 hrs.

And i love the expect the expected. I wish he had named the other games cut from this mold. It is true that in any jrpg there is grinding etc., but we love that, at least i do. Also, they did add a long tutorial and easy mode to make itaccessible to a broader audience as the story and graphics are charming. But, they should get alot of credit for not skimping for the hardcore players in doing this. Everyone can play this and get exactly what they want. Who knows? He probably played it on easy to get through it quick.
Blastoise  +   546d ago
Resident Evil 6 - C+

Ni No Kuni - C+

Ouch. :(
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Norrison  +   546d ago
There's always that reviewer that won't like an awesome game, it's his opinion, but mine is diferent too, it's more like A- to me
jc48573  +   546d ago
1UP gave DmC an A. -__- boss battles suck back in DmC. Waste of 60 dollars right there for a 6 hour game.
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SonyNGP  +   546d ago
Yes, because 1UP is obviously run by 1 guy and nobody else.
ApolloTheBoss  +   546d ago
Finally someone who ISN'T a sheep to that terrible game.
knifefight  +   546d ago
Or, "If lots of people like something I don't like, it means they're sheep!"

Nice.
ApolloTheBoss  +   546d ago
@knifefight Ain't it? :) But in all seriousness, What defines a sheep?

"A group of people who lack the capacity for careful consideration, imagination, or individual thought."

What I'm saying is that people are being fooled out of their money by reviewers who are obviously being bribed by publishers into giving them an excellent score. ^^^^Proof of that is this poor individual above me, and like him or her, some people are complaining about how they spent 60 bucks on a game that they thought was complete crap. And before you argue with me about how this doesn't happen in the gaming industry, believe me it's happened plenty of times.

http://www.vgchartz.com/art...

http://theplayvault.com/wp/...

When a review site gives DmC an almost perfect A, and gives a C+ to an incredible game made by one of the most reward winning studios on the planet, you know something doesn't smell right.
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jc48573  +   546d ago
bosses suck "bad." sorry for the typo.
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oakshin  +   546d ago
watch this 1 will be 1 to make it 2 metacritic
trouble_bubble  +   546d ago
Shouldn't be, metacritic dropped 1up well over a year ago.
clearelite  +   546d ago
Phew. They probably want this to stand out with the attention of sore thumb, but I'm not buying it, and don't really care what they have to say.

I think the consensus is in and they do not seem to be apart of it.
oakshin  +   546d ago
good i dont know much about metacritic all i know is i want this game 2 do good so theres more of them
thorstein  +   546d ago
Maybe they're trying to be relevant again....so they post a trolling review.
MmaFan-Qc  +   546d ago
@thorstein 1up started to be a futile videogame website the day they stopped their "1up show"
lashes2ashes  +   546d ago
So excited for this. Downloading right now and should be done in little more than a hour.
DigitalRaptor  +   546d ago
Sorry but this just ain't right. Ni no Kuni is a game that excels at what it sets out to do and is perfect in so many different areas including defining its genre. 1UP and their "opinion".

DmC: Devil May Cry get's an A/A+. Ni no Kuni a C+/A+.

Yeah that aint' right!
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HarryKawkReturns  +   546d ago
You and your "opinion".

Personally, I'm loving both. But that's just my "opinion". Weird huh?
Riderz1337  +   546d ago
Are you serious 1UP? I actually expected a little more professionalism from you. I can understand these small websites trying to give it a low score to get hits but for you guys to do it... I mean come on. What a slap in the face to the developers. Now this will most likely get on Metacritic and f*ck up the score.
clearelite  +   546d ago
"I actually expected a little more professionalism from you." really? Oh I see, "a little more". I get it.

I think one thing this site teaches people is to not really expect journalistic integrity.
Siren30  +   546d ago
Game can't be that good if I am seeing the same people comment in every review article about it instead of playing it
oakshin  +   546d ago
im still waiting myself
DigitalRaptor  +   546d ago
Not everyone is able to get it yet. It's only out in the US. Europe and Australia have to wait until February 1st.
VsAssassin  +   546d ago
Sorry, I for one want to keep playing this game but I actually have a full-time day job plus overtime hours, so your argument is somehow pretty void.

Now if I were still in high school, I would have called in sick; however, I am on leave on Friday just for this game, so if that's not telling about the game's greatness then I don't know what is!
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   546d ago
I guess you have no good games to play, going by YOUR logic, as you are reading every comment in every review article, of a game you have no interest in if I may add (not to mention you actually made a comment in one), instead of playing the games you enjoy? No need to be jelly.

Also can you point out the individuals(whom actually are able to purchase the game) that appear in every review article Mr.Observant? Or are you just making this baseless generalization just to troll?
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Aceman18  +   545d ago
got my copy yesterday and loving it. im commenting on this from work right now. i just can drop my livelyhood to play games 24/7.
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vikingland1  +   546d ago
I have to disagree with 1up's score I'm only 3 hrs in so far. My opinion may change the further in the game I get. But so far I would give it an A. I think it's a very Charming and fun and well done game. Oh well I gotta get back to my game. It's calling me back.
FFXI101  +   546d ago
I agree, I think both Level 5 and Studio Ghibli did s great jobs. I love the art style and the music is amazing too.

I gotta say I haven't play A JRPG as good as Ni No Kuni for a long time. As much as I love Level 5, even WKC isn't as good as Ni No Kuni(single player)

I'm happy I bought the game and it exceeded my expectation. I'd recommend to anyone who loves RPG or JRPG.
sdozzo  +   546d ago
Legit review. Get off it.
Hicken  +   546d ago
Legit HOW?
sdozzo  +   545d ago
Someone gave their opinion. Just because the majority of people like the game doesn't mean others can't.
SuperSonic266  +   546d ago
wtf?
Heisenburger  +   546d ago
'C' how this review doesn't hinder my enjoyment of this beautiful game?

This doesn't upset me. What upsets me is the thought of someone, who enjoys rpg's, not being able to see the beauty of this adventure.
sdozzo  +   546d ago
As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Kratoscar2008  +   546d ago
Like me :(
mamotte  +   546d ago
DmC = A (I agree with this. Good game)
Far Cry 3 = B-
Ni No Kuni = C+

All reviewed by Bob.

My opinion: Dear Bob: Stay away from any game that doesnt include hack'n slash, or shooting things, you suck in playing RPG games.
jp_footy2  +   546d ago
"Level-5's long-awaited RPG does a disservice to the magic of Studio Ghibli."

Ok, time to go to bed.
fabod86  +   546d ago
Ain't funny 1UP... try harder next time. :/
DangerousDAN  +   546d ago
I love the art style in this game
Veneno  +   546d ago
I was just thinking how great an idea it was for level 5 to work with Ghibli, and after they worked with Akira Toriyama on Dragon Quest 8.

I would love to see level 5 do a game in collaboration with Katsuhiro Otomo, studio MADHOUSE, or Shonen Jump. Would be mind blowing!
DivineAssault  +   546d ago
GTFOH! But everyone has their own opinion i guess.. wont change the fact that the majority of reviewers loved it.. Just in there w game informer to drop the metacritic score on purpose IMO
Blackcanary  +   546d ago
No bad review would stop me from playing this game. Since when have we had a JRPG with a world over view map in it as i like to call it. Like back in FF 7, 8 I love Level 5 they never skip out on towns and working with Studio Ghibli my favorite Japanese Animation Studio. They've given us something we have always wanted. Including a game that is what all Pokemon lovers have always wanted.

You would be mad to skip out on this game.

Now Level 5 need to get working on Dark Cloud 3.
Kran  +   546d ago
Yeah.... what this review explains throughout the whole game is not what I got in the 40 minutes of the demo I played which is why I don't believe this review for one second.

Bring on Feb 1st.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   545d ago
Wow Level 5 have surely fallen from greatness.

First White Knight Chronicle 2 getting horrible reviews and now Ni No Kuni.

Level 5 maybe you should just stick to the 3DS.
Ezz2013  +   545d ago
you don't own ps3 stop your BS
and because one lame review it fallen from greatness?!
lol 87% meta is fallen from greatness?!
so you think halo 4 sucks too you know because it's 87% meta too

your comment is an EPIC FAIL as always

go play fable kinect ..
and i dare you to show your psn ...let's play any game you want
but i know your answer already
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Lvl_up_gamer  +   545d ago
LOL still showing your insecurities by claiming people don't own a PS3 if they have an opinion that hurts your feelings huh?

Here I will PM you my PSN name and you can send me a msg to confirm.

hopefully you won't be so insecure anymore

LMFAO oh so now you have blocked me huh?

So pathetic.

Well here. Send me a msg then. Da_HiVeTyRaNt01.

Now you are comparing a game to a developer?

Halo 4 was developed by 343 and while all the other halo games were from bungie so how did bungie or 343 fall from greatness? I said Level 5 fell from greatness which is a developer, not a game so tell me how halo 4 fell from greatness when it was developed by 343 which was their first game that wasn't a remake and how Bungie fell from greatness when they didn't even make Halo 4?...Please try and keep up or maybe your tears are preventing you from reading clear.

The ONLY epic FAIL of a comment was yours. Ni No Kuni only has 33 critic reviews thus far and Halo 4 has 87 so talk to me when Ni No Kuni reaches the same critical reviews as Halo 4 ALSO why are you comparing an RPG to a FPS? You are comparing apples to oranges...you can't even keep a comparison in the same genre....

And you wann talk about EPIC Failures of a comment. LMFAO yours is about as EPIC of a Failure comment as they come.
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Ezz2013  +   545d ago
""LOL still showing your insecurities by claiming people don't own a PS3 if they have an opinion that hurts your feelings huh?""

hurt me feeling ??!!
you are the troll and every one know that
i laugh at you every time you comment
you as always wrong and lame

"""Here I will PM you my PSN name and you can send me a msg to confirm."""

yeah you can pm me from your friend ps3
that won't work
open any game you have let's play now

"""hopefully you won't be so insecure anymore"""

yeah i'm sooo insecure that i go troll every ps3 article like you
and i'm insercure when i own xbox as well ?!!
you can't fail any more than this lol

"""LMFAO oh so now you have blocked me huh?

So pathetic."""

are you mental?! ... you are the one who blocked me
when you couldn't answer back

""Well here. Send me a msg then. Da_HiVeTyRaNt01.""

yeah no as i said ...let's play any game you want right now

"""Now you are comparing a game to a developer?"""

where did i do that ...you can't read too
i'm talking about the games not the dev

"""Halo 4 was developed by 343 and while all the other halo games were from bungie so how did bungie or 343 fall from greatness? I said Level 5 fell from greatness which is a developer, not a game so tell me how halo 4 fell from greatness when it was developed by 343 which was their first game that wasn't a remake and how Bungie fell from greatness when they didn't even make Halo 4?...Please try and keep up or maybe your tears are preventing you from reading clear.
The ONLY epic FAIL of a comment was yours. Ni No Kuni only has 33 critic reviews thus far and Halo 4 has 87 so talk to me when Ni No Kuni reaches the same critical reviews as Halo 4 ALSO why are you comparing an RPG to a FPS? You are comparing apples to oranges...you can't even keep a comparison in the same genre...."""&am p;qu ot;

yeah my tears XD...i'm crying right now
remind me why i'm crying again ?!! i get all those awesome ps3/pc exclusives and whatever left over xbox and ...and you love to pretend that you own ps3 while playing kinect lol

and yeah you can't read as i can see
i'm talking about the games scores...how you say a dev fell when it game get 9s and 10s every where ?!!!
and spin it all you like both have the same score

and i'm not comparing them ...the game have 87% if you think that's bad score... then you must think halo 4 bad too because it have the same score

i'm only comparing scores but as i see someone who can't read would never understand that

as i see you still upset that journey the psn have more GOTY the any xbox exclusive can dream of lolXD

"""And you wann talk about EPIC Failures of a comment. LMFAO yours is about as EPIC of a Failure comment as they come.""""

cry more ...i can't hear you
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   545d ago
WOW are you serious?
This is just ONE review. You do know that Halo 4 got a 1/5 review right? Far worse than a C+/A+, but I'm sure you didn't equate that as Halo 4 getting horrible reviews based off that only poor review.

Very hypocritical and trollish of you to make such a comment.
StrongMan  +   545d ago
"LOL still showing your insecurities by claiming people don't own a PS3 if they have an opinion that hurts your feelings huh?

Here I will PM you my PSN name and you can send me a msg to confirm.

hopefully you won't be so insecure anymore

LMFAO oh so now you have blocked me huh?

So pathetic.

Well here. Send me a msg then. Da_HiVeTyRaNt01."

Look who else have that same PSNID

MOTY + 579d ago
XBL gamertag - Mike01
PSN ID - Da_hivetyrant01

Happy to disappoint.

Just because someone isn't a blind Sony follower doesn't mean they don't own a PS3.
#12.3.1
http://n4g.com/news/793232/...

Here is you as Man_of_the_year who aslo shares that PSNID

http://www.badjoystick.com/...

How many troll accounts do you have?
Alcohog  +   545d ago
Yeah well, that's just like, your opinion man.
gamefanatic007  +   545d ago
game critics are idiots. I listen to actual user reviews..not critics who play a few hours of a game then make a review...stfu. the game is magical!
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