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GamesBeat: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch: Stupid combat mars a poignant tale (review)

Ni No Kuni is a noteworthy achievement for Studio Ghibli and Level-5. Take a master of film animation and add one of the well-regarded studios for role-playing development, and in this case, we get a video game that’s stunning to behold — one that can take players to unexpected emotional places and make them eager to push through the story to see the next brilliant cinematic.

And we also get an experience that’s a bit too rooted in old Japanese role-playing traditions. (Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, PS3) 72/100

JeffGrubb  +   1028d ago
Stupid combat! Why you no fun?!
morganfell  +   1028d ago
Cause former head of Kotaku work with me and tell me so.

First Japanese games are becoming too Western. Now they are still too Japanese? The idiocy among the untalented hack crowd takes absurdity to a new level.

Besides, his worthless opinion is completey drowned to it's death by the legions of players loving this unbique and magical title.
idontgetit  +   1028d ago
But Studio Ghibli!
Roper316  +   1028d ago
to each their own I guess, while I prefer a turned based battle system in my JRPGs' I don't really have a issue with this games battle system. I personally feel this is a great JRPG and I have basically been waiting all gen for a game like this.
NeXXXuS  +   1028d ago
I think the battle system is different but nostalgic. It gives me a good vibe. The guy reviewing the game probably just sucks at using the battle system and got pissed off enough to write about how much it "sucks."
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Blastoise  +   1028d ago
"And we also get an experience that’s a bit too rooted in old Japanese role-playing traditions"

I hate this reasoning. People like these traditions, people want these traditions. We wanted a traditional JRPG with next gen graphics, that's it. And that's what we finally got. I don't want Final fantasy 13.
MmaFan-Qc  +   1028d ago
i guess the guy wanted a shit gameplay like ff13 instead of Tales games?

thats his problem and the review shouldnt be taken as the ultimate virtue.

whats important is what YOU like.
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GribbleGrunger  +   1028d ago
That quote is jingoistic and doesn't even try to hide it. The very reason I love this game IS because it's has retained the Japanese gaming culture.
zeroskie  +   1028d ago
I'm sorry this guy sucks at the combat system.
Kamikaze135  +   1028d ago
I absolutely love the game and have nearly 70 hours clocked in, but the combat does suck.

- The A.I is horrible. Allies burn through their MP way too fast. I also have Swaine refusing to use his familiar and shooting everything he sees...which doesn't even do too much damage compared to his familar.

- collision detection makes it so your familiars are constant walking into each other

- Spells with a cut-scene cancel all spells being cast...minus a few of Olivers from time to time. Feels more like a glitch than working as intended.

- VERY rarely I would see familiars standing around not attacking. Some I even see moving away from enemies for no apparent reason.

Though I feel that the pros far outweigh the cons. With a powerful team, the A.I becomes less important since it allows more room for error. This game is a 9/10 in my book. Definitely one of the best RPGs I've ever played.

My team is at level 99. The bosses are relatively easy minus a few.
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NeXXXuS  +   1028d ago
try leveling up more. i'm only on old smoky and i'm level 21. i never had to use healing items when facing the boss. have you even used your tactics slots when you're in battle? I use the option "provide backup" and it works well. you probably haven't even tried giving your other characters each other's familiars to try out. Esthar's main familiar Gogo uses up too much magic so i gave her the Lemur that you get in Ding Dong Dell. She actually uses that one more since he's stronger and barely uses up her magic.

@kamikaze - Esthar rarely heals me or herself right now. try giving her a familiar that's based more for it's attack and she'll use it more often. putting it in the first slot of her familiars basically forces her to use it but it helps maintain your MP.
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Kamikaze135  +   1028d ago

Yep. I've used tactic slots. Swaine refuses to use his familiars for some reason. I'd say around 40% of the time, I see him shooting rather than his powerful familiars.

Esther....I set her to heal, but she heals me when I lose the slightest amount of MP, so her MP is constantly draining.

Again, most of the bosses are easy, but for the more difficult bosses later in the game, it becomes annoying when I have to be responsible for healing and attacking while being chased by enemies because my healer can't heal.

I have her with the penguin and Beam-Man, who doesn't have any skills set since the main purpose of it is to provide defense when the penguin can't be used.

And yes, I've tried the other tactics. Get farther in the game and you'll eventually start seeing these glaring issues. The part where you're at is pretty easy and not challenging at all.


The thing is that I need her to's just that she heals TOO much. At level 99 she's still burning through half of her MP within 2-3 minutes. Half way through boss battles and colossium matches she can't provide heals anymore so I find myself healing, running from enemies, and trying to attack.
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GribbleGrunger  +   1028d ago
I've heard this quite a lot. Have you got the perk that makes the monsters drop more orbs? I can fight for hours before I need to seek sleep and recovery. If I want to play longer I tend to pick familiars that aren't magic users. This game requires thought and planning. If you don't do that it will kick you in the nuts.
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oakshin  +   1027d ago
very true but it still is a dont suck

it if u dont have atleast 40 hours u cant judge how hard it is cuz its not hard it gets harder as u go on
darkronin229  +   1028d ago
Now if I can just find the time to play a 40+ hour RPG...maybe in the summer?
Tex117  +   1028d ago
Everyone is entitled to their opinion for sure, but that review really should have started with.

I really don't like JRPG's. They have never clicked with me, and No Ni Kuni is no different.

That would have summed it up.
Sketchy_Galore  +   1028d ago
I do find the battle system a little clunky, a real time fighting game in which you select block and attack from a list without pausing is a little weird and causes some strange left hand contortions trying to work the left stick and the D pad at the same time. Still that's the only thing about this game that isn't incredibly amazing and this score is at least 90 points too low.
Catoplepas  +   1028d ago
Use L2 and R2 instead of the d-pad.

Problem solved.
kevnb  +   1028d ago
wow, glad I read this becasue I probably would have fumbled around. only reason I havent started is because I have to finish xenoblade first.
Sketchy_Galore  +   1028d ago
Had no idea you could do that. Thanks that's actually very helpful.
cyhm3112  +   1028d ago
this game needs a brain which this reviewer doesn't have to play
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