Game Informer - In this week's show we discuss the passing of THQ, plus Ni No Kuni and some Nintendo news.
After listening to the reasons Kim Wallace didn't like Ni No Kuni, I'm even more 'stoked' for the game. She took 40 hours to complete the game and complained that some of the battles were too hard ... She also said she doesn't like grinding. That's what RPGs are all about. She then complains that you have to do some side quests to get perks! BRILLIANT! I've been wanting an RPG that makes side quests relevant again. I think the review deadline is to blame here, but she hasn't realised that. She then complains that she wanted the main protagonist to mourn for his mother throughout the game. That would have been a little OTT, wouldn't it, especially when the world is so beautiful. Immersion requires you to lose yourself, while the narrative gives you an understanding of the character. The balance is a very important thing, but the main objective of an 80+ hour game should be to ENTERTAIN. The young boy enters this world because he believes he can save his mother. That would give him an optimistic view of his mother's death and therefore grief would not figure in his mindset that often. Isn't that what a lot of people do in reality ... and isn't it particularly true of young boys or girls? Everything she says is wrong is the reason I want this game. She just isn't an RPG player, it's clear as crystal.
Who buys a RPG to not Explore? You are not obligated to do the side quest and there is a spell you learn at some point in the game where you can avoid enemies because it blocks your scent from them. Also once you reach a certain level in the game and explore areas, enemies will run away from you and not come towards you, because you are stronger than them. The ending of chapter 6 was amazing and the end of 7 was a great close. IMO. Also the characters do build a bond with each other, you just have to pay attention to it. After chapter 6 you can see that their bond grew more and more as the game went on. Also how did she get 40+ hours and only did a few side quests. I believe I have gotten almost 50% of the side quest done before beating the game and I broke 42+ hours. I got all my Familiars that are in my party to level 45+ and they are at their third phase. With my main characters in my party at 60+. I don't think see used the Tactics menu. I'm not going to lie, I had the same problem with the animation and getting hit mid potion use and it not taking affect or middle spell use. But I always had my teammates that helped with healing, so I didn't really complain about it. It was a deal breaker for me. Later today and Monday I going to spend some much needed time to get back into the game and fight the Guardian of the World.
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