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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review | Paste

Paste: "Ni No Kuni is a game at war with itself. During peacetime it’s what you expect: fun, goofy, charming, occasionally painfully sad and nearly always beautiful. During combat it feels like War and Peace to the rest of the game’s Peter Pan. These halves are both fine, but they don’t lock into a single whole. The cumulative game doesn’t resonate, and the difference between the narrative and play mechanics is both jarring and off-putting, especially combined with design that gets in its own way far too frequently. This is a game you want to whisk you away from school, work and the real world in general. It does that, sometimes, in spurts. But there’s always something laborious waiting to bring you back to Earth. Even the Pevensies had to go home sometime." (Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, PS3) 6.7/10

dafegamer  +   980d ago
lol @ the score. I hope those guys are kidding
secretcode  +   980d ago
And this is why outside of Giant Bomb and a few others, I don't pay attention to reviews/scores.
riverstars86  +   980d ago
The game is at best an 8/10. Coming from an unbiased gamer who has played almost all jrpg's this generation. Still gotta say Lost Odyssey is the best and is what FFXIII should have been.
Killzoner99  +   980d ago
Nice try TROLLS. Sorry Ni no Kuni didn't come out for your precious Xbox. The 360 could never run this masterpiece of a game. This game is without a doubt in the top 3 JRPGs of all time. Possibly the best. To doubt that says that you've never played the game or you're just plain trolling.
WildArmed  +   980d ago
But scores are always biased, the fact that you said "at best" an 8/10, supports that.

Personally, I'm loving the game. It's easily a 9/10 for me. And I've been playing JRPGs from more than just this silly generation.
riverstars86  +   980d ago

Considering I have the game and the fact that you have a bad reputation on this website, the only troll here is you. Guarantee you have never even played the game.
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fermcr  +   980d ago
I've played this game for 4-5 hours (bored to death) and i honestly can't understand how this game got all the 9's and 10's. If this game wasn't a exclusive, it wouldn't get all the praise it got. Way overhyped and overscored.
riverstars86  +   980d ago
I have to agree, it's still a good game, but some people on this website will praise it until the end just because it is an exclusive for PS3. I've read that some people think this is the best RPG of all time, I know there are some bias people on N4G, but that is just crazy talk.
Transporter47  +   980d ago
This game is what a JRPG should be like, not the crap like FFXIII. Kind of sad how you think this game is over scored because you don't like it.
DOMination-  +   980d ago
It has got its fair share of bad reviews too. I guess it gave people nostalgia as its quite a traditional jrpg i believe and people find that charming. I have yet to play it but for that reason alone i know I'll probably enjoy it.
GribbleGrunger  +   980d ago
Fella, in terms of JRPGs 4 - 5 hours is the equivalent of configuring your controller. You haven't started the game yet.
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franwex  +   980d ago

I'm 17 hours in and there is no change. Waaay over hyped. I quit playing a month ago. There are better rpgs out.
DigitalAnalog  +   980d ago
Let me guess: You desperately want your "OCD Shopping List" RPG isn't it. You just want everything to fall under your plate so you can constantly feel you have achieved goals even though it something meaningless like killing 5 chickens and collect/kill items/bandits and random caves/dungeons etc.
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j-blaze  +   980d ago
"If this game wasn't a exclusive, it wouldn't get all the praise it got. Way overhyped and overscored."

agreed, ps3 doesn't have AAA JRPGs like Lost Odyssey and Xenoblade, NNK to them is like the best JRPG ever lol
DigitalRaptor  +   979d ago
So basically fermcr, you played about 1/16th of what the game has to offer and you've come to the conclusion that it's overhyped and overscored? Good logic there champ. Superb. smh. At 4-5 hours you've barely scratched the surface.

Ni no Kuni was delivered praise even as a NDS title. The collaboration with Studio Ghibli and the fact that LEVEL-5 is a great developer with an admirable track record was where half the hype came from. The fact is, Ni no Kuni is an incredibly well-crafted JRPG.

Then we've got j-blaze in here who hasn't played it and still thinks it's overrated for the reason proclaimed as it being a PS3 exclusive. Funny how logic doesn't pass through that guy's cranium.

Tell me j-blaze, since when was Lost Odyssey with a 78% metacritic considered AAA?? Xenoblade Chronicles is locked in at 92%, but tell me... apart from Xenoblade and Lost Odyssey, where are the rest of these "AAA JRPGs" that PS3 fans have been missing?
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SephirothX21  +   980d ago
Its an opinion. Are they not entitled to one? Its funny how a game needs to get 8 or over to be considered good while a movie that gets 6 or over is considered good.
secretcode  +   980d ago
As I've learned from how gaming websites work: Opinions are wrong unless they are the same as yours.
admiralvic  +   980d ago
@ Secretcode

For some people / cases that is true, but a lot of it has to do with how you word things. If the fans of this game / genre see you gave it a honest go and realize it just wasn't for you, most of them will respect the fact you tried. The same goes for the opposite group, though some people do get lost in their opinion to accept others.
admiralvic  +   980d ago
Most RPG's start slow, so I am not surprised.
Aceman18  +   980d ago
this site fails. no click for you.
silkrevolver  +   980d ago
garos82  +   980d ago
ok paste about you stick with toothpaste reviews and leave the games to no kuni is far from perfect but to give it a 6.7 is plain delusional
AsheXII  +   980d ago
Im a big fan of Jrpgs and this game was indeed a disappointment. Its bad enough that you can't express your opinion without having your intention questioned.

The combat system is mediocre and its AI is poor, there is too much padding in an already uneventful plot.
SOD_Delta  +   980d ago
I agree with you. Ni No Kuni is beautiful, but other than that I too found it disappointing.

6.7/10 isn't a terrible score. It's a rather reasonable score.
silvacrest  +   980d ago
you expressed your opinion and everyone else is expressing there's, whatever their intentions they have that right

you cant express your opinion and then turn and complain when people reply with there own

im also a big fan of jrpgs, i've played the tales series, final fantasy and a host of others so i can appreciate different combat systems

ni no kuni manages to pull off a very user friendly combat style but not something so dumb down that a seasoned jrpg fan would be put off by

i'll agree that your companion AI is poor, to often they would blow all their magic in one fight

uneventful plot? really? i wont even go there, that will make this already long post a TL;DR

hell, i bet im already there
AsheXII  +   980d ago
Im not complaining about replies, what i said couldn't be more clear. There is a difference between arguing against my cons of the game and saying i must be a troll just because i have a different opinion.

One poses as a conversation, the other is a dismissal based on ignorance.
admiralvic  +   980d ago
While I would love to say you're right, I've seen a LOT of sites look at reviews like editorials.

Like I saw one site give Rising a 3/10, which in no reality is that a fair score. You can hate everything about the game and disagree with its existence, but it DOES work as intended, so it should at least be average. That review in question was more about how it wasn't Metal Gear Solid and despite Snake / Solid being missing from the game, they still felt they were trying to be Metal Gear Solid. Sure this is someones opinion, but when you work as a "professional", you also need some creditability.

I doubt anyone is saying it's hard to fathom this game getting a low score, but I can see some people thinking this score is a "trolling for hits" article. One of the BIGGEST things against late reviews is that scores can be skewed by other media outlets. If 80% of the sites give it a 7.9 or better at launch and many people call it the greatest RPG this year / generation (as I've seen some people claim), then it's not hard to believe the person might have inflated expectations versus people who reviewed it without all the good buzz. Just my 2 cents, but it seems a lot of later scores for this game have been 6's, which I suspect has a lot to do with this concept.
WonderboyIII  +   980d ago
xenoblade and nino kuni are the best RPGs this generation. 2 different games but each is great in its own magical way.
silvacrest  +   980d ago
this is just attention seeking, this review would have been lost in all the positive praise most legit review sites gave it

but now that the reviews are in and the hype is down we get this....
cyberninja  +   980d ago
Another troll review...
tiffac008  +   980d ago
I think the reviewer just keeps exploring areas where the monsters are overpowering to the current level of his characters. Accessible areas with overpowered mobs is a staple in old school JRPGs. You just need to be prepared and of course, grind your level up to avoid getting frustrated all the time.

If you do not show your patience then you will definitely always have a cliffhanger against the mobs in the game and will more than likely end up without any money.

Its a "slow paced" game. Yes it is, because the story was written by Studio Ghibli. They have never been known for fast paced and action packed stories. They have always been methodical in how they unravel their stories and I am thankful to Level-5 that they stayed true to Studio Ghibli's formula of story telling.

I cannot argue with the tedious combat system and weak AI but they are nothing that you cannot get used to or overcome.
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silvacrest  +   980d ago
i didn't read the article (looked to troll worthy/hit bate)

but i did read your comment, if his major gripe is getting destroyed by enemies there is a simple easy way to level up, i wont say in case people dont want to know so just google it if anyone is interested

the story is great and like you, i am glad they went with that style of story telling
tiffac008  +   980d ago
Essentially, the author feels that the game is difficult. He also had issues with the menu heavy combat system. I do not fault him on that one because I myself felt that some quick button command could have been implemented, especially against boss battles.

And like all the other negative Ni No Kuni reviews they do feel that the game is slow paced but of course, I think they are just not acquainted with the works of Studio Ghibli in general.

A lot of gamers today are not used to grinding anyway. So this is probably not surprising. Since Ni No Kuni was designed to be nostalgic and heavily rooted in old school JRPG.

He also had an issue with the frequency on the need to cast spells. You will just have to read on that part because its kind of hard to explain, when its hard to understand on how that can be detrimental to the game. ^^;
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Dunpeal  +   980d ago
more like
ElementX  +   980d ago
If I still had my PS3 I'd buy this. A friend at work was talking about it and he wasn't a fan. Guess everybody is entitled to their opinion.
Relientk77  +   980d ago
Lol 6.7/10 what a joke, you guys didnt actually play the game did you

by far the lowest score I've seen for the game, all the other ones are great scores, as they should be

such an amazing game
dafegamer  +   980d ago
this my current goty. It seems that all modern jrpg has spoiled gamers minds, what a real traditional jrpg is(I'm looking at you square enix)
Blackcanary  +   980d ago
I need my PS3 fixs i was 25 hours into this game was doing as many side quest as i could and trying to collect most of the familiars before my PS3 got YLOD. Can't wait to go back inside Drippy MUM if u know what i mean. Still need to beat the boss.
josephayal  +   980d ago
best rpg this gen

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