Ni no Kuni Isn't the Savior of Japanese RPGs

1UP: "Though I stopped playing Ni no Kuni shortly after writing my review, I've been keeping up with comments and discussion threads about Level-5's deliberately old-fashioned RPG. And in this supplementary reading, I've witnessed otherwise intelligent people subscribe to what strikes me as a dishonest narrative about this game's place in the industry: namely, that Ni no Kuni stands as the Great White Hope of Japanese RPGs -- or maybe it's more of a Miracle on Ice situation."

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Kalowest1720d ago (Edited 1720d ago )

"Ni no Kuni Isn't the Savior of Japanese RPGs"

What about the SMT series, the Atelier Series, and the Tales Of series... aren't those awesome JRPGs?
Some more examples: Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, Pandora's Tower, Lost Odyssey, Little King's Story, The Legend of Heroes series, The World Ends With You, and the Dragon Quest games.

Snookies121720d ago

Agreed for sure, no doubt Ni No Kuni is a wonderful JRPG, but people shouldn't act like it's the only great one to come out this generation.

DA_SHREDDER1720d ago

Besides lost odessy or however you spell it, to me this is the first true jrpg this gen, but I hate the combat system, and the little boy girl protagonist. Wasnt impressed with the demo

Celeras1719d ago

I don't disagree with the OPs sentiment, but the vast majority of games he used to support his argument are either mobile games or on the Wii. That doesn't mean they should be disregarded, but that's not exactly at the forefront of gaming like a major PS3 release is.

Army_of_Darkness1719d ago

So to hear them trash talk one of the great jrpgs for this gen is really disappointing to see cause this game is indeed great!

MaxXAttaxX1719d ago

you didn't like the game much to begin with and gave the game a "C" or something like that.

Slapshot821719d ago

Very intelligent reply Snookies. Bubble up mate.

ElectricKaibutsu1719d ago

You guys... he's not trash talking Ni No Kuni. He's just saying that it's not like JRPGs didn't exist this gen and then suddenly Ni No Kuni came out, which is how some people are acting. The title is a bit misleading. He just means JRPGs don't need saving.

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Root1720d ago (Edited 1720d ago )

Don't you think it's mostly because this JRPG got more peoples attention then any of those you've just named

I mean you mentioned Lost Odyssey and people think that was amazing...the real FF13 game of this gen

Anyway got my Wizards coming in a few days :)

j-blaze1720d ago (Edited 1720d ago )

or because it's a ps3 exclusive and some actully believe that the WHOLE game is made by Ghibli?

anyway, i completely agree with Kalowest and Snookies, well said!

DigitalRaptor1720d ago (Edited 1720d ago )

j-blaze. Every single trailer that has come out and most articles have mentioned that it's a collaboration project between Level-5 and Ghibli. No one has missed that.

The fact that it's a PS3 exclusive also has nothing to do with the praise it's received, so yeah.... you talking crap yet again.

Kalowest1720d ago

"Don't you think it's mostly because this JRPG got more peoples attention then any of those you've just named"

Of course, but the games I mention are still high quality JRPGs nonetheless.

Seraphim1719d ago

This is the first spectacular RPG [so far] that I've played since Lost Odyssey. Those 2 games, in my mind, define everything great about RPGs & have truly been the only 2 spectacular RPGs this gen. Yeah there's some good ones in the mix as well but these two, in their own right, have nothing but greatness written all over them. Instant classics, true masterpieces.... Not to mention it's great to see a truly deserving RPG get the great praise Ni No Kuni has received. It's rare even the best of RPGs get the kind of acclaim and praise this game has received so far. well deserved....

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wishingW3L1720d ago (Edited 1720d ago )

the new Atelier games and Tales series games are terrible games in my opinion.

Snookies121720d ago

The Tales games are fantastic with their gameplay and characters, and it's one of the few series that actually STICKS with what fans want. Unlike a lot of other series out there that try to change to appeal to more people and end up losing those they started with.

NeXXXuS1720d ago

final fantasy XIII says hi

-Ikon-1719d ago

Souls series is the great white hope for JRPGs


Donnieboi1719d ago

Shin Megami Tensei/Persona/Devil Survivor (all in the SMT series) = The saviors of JRPG's. FACT.

If u don't believe it, then you never played an SMT game.

Heisenburger1719d ago

I'm currently twenty hours into Persona 3 which is my first experience with the franchise.

Whoo buddy let me tell I think it is fantastic, and I have no rose tinted glasses with this game.

The thought(briefly) crossed my mind to purchase a Vita solely for Persona 4.

Persona 3 is only $9.99 on psn. If you(reading this now) are into jrpgs you owe it to yourself to check it out.


Donnieboi1719d ago (Edited 1719d ago )

@ Burger:

Yes I beat Persona 3 and yes it's amazing. Your in for quite a ride. Both me and my wife each beat it at about 165 hour range (And the bonus game called "The Answer" is an additional 40 hours--making it about 205 hours!!!). It's the best $10 you ever spent! Also, I love my Vita but can't recommend to anyone else that they should buy it (yet). It's very expensive when you count the cost of a memory card, the vita itself, a game (P4G is a must), insurance (in case it drops) and a screen protector.

BUT P4G is the best way to play P4. P4G is so much better than P4 original. And it's longer. I had 125 hours when I beat the Vita version; while the PS2 version takes only 60-80 hours to beat (which is long for a JRPG but not as fulfilling as P4 Golden is).

raWfodog1719d ago

No, it's all opinion but I do agree with you that all of those games are great.

joab7771719d ago

Yeah but ppl have a point. First, they said ps3. Most those games came out on wii or ds or are coming. Many are strategy titles. Its kinda like saying that valkyria chronicles has 3 games, why is everyone bitching? Because its been years since its been on a console. Also, with the Final Fanatsy series moving so far away from the genre, and tales games releasing primarily in Japan, no one can say that the ps3 and xbox have been inundated with games like Ni No Kuni. Throw in its charm, and all its traditional aspects and ppl are feeling nastalgic. Yes, i loved Lost Odyssey, but it feels like forever since i have played it. We have simply wanted great jrpgs in hd and now we have one. Theres nothing wrong with asking ppl to support it. I woukd love to see more of this as opposed to having to comprise a list of 10 games over 5 consoles, 3 yrs and multiple continents.

AsheXII1719d ago

Thats exactly their point... did you even read the article?

FFXI1011719d ago

"Ni no Kuni Isn't the Savior of Japanese RPGs"

I think it should read like this "Ni No Kuni is the SAVIOR of the Japanese RPG on PS3"

Atelier series, Tales series and most JRPG have not been on the same quality as they used to or as Ni No Kuni on PS3. I enjoy the game a lot and 40+ hours in and I'm not even half way through the game. I love it and I think Level 5 did such great job on this game, I hope they will release DLCs for Ni No Kuni and myabe a new game + mode like they did for the WKC.

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badjournalism1720d ago

I stopped reading at "I stopped playing after finishing my review..." because that tells me, the reader, you didn't finish the game to completion, wrote a dishonest review and thus have lost credibility.

EZMickey1719d ago (Edited 1719d ago )

As if your collective assessment on two different articles that you've elected not to read in their entirety has anymore credibility. If ever the pot called the kettle black, eh?

Anyway, reviewers do have deadlines there, mate. I would hardly expect the average reviewer to finish multiple playthroughs of any RPG game they're tasked with reviewing and still make their deadline.

Come on.

Kran1719d ago

"reviewers do have deadlines"

So you're saying they had a mere 1 day deadline or something? Most reviewers, especially the ones on 1Up, get a good 2-3 weeks to finish and write the review. So you're technically saying he couldn't finish the game in 2-3 weeks and probably only played an hour a day.

You make the reviewer sound incapable... which he probably is.

jc485731720d ago (Edited 1720d ago )

I have noticed that people on 1UP seem to dislike Ni no kuni.

sashimi1720d ago

seems like they're just catering to their demographic for hits.

AsheXII1719d ago

Thats not the point of the article at all.

Ezz20131720d ago

coming from a site who give it C+
i would never take that site seriously any more

this game is a 9.5/10 for me nothing less
and good thing that this games is getting 9+s and 10s every where

Relientk771720d ago

This game is easily one of the best JRPGs in this generation without a doubt

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