posted by StarRaven (BOYNTON BEACH, FL) Jan 27, 2013
Member since May 2011
gamers (81%) found this review helpful
There simply isn't enough games like this around. Eternal Sonata was great, but not very well known, kinda cheesey and fairly early in this generations life cycle. Then came along Tales of Graces which was a great, legit RPG, but too anime-y and didn't quite give that 'next gen' feel, but still, a solid JRPG experience. Valkyria Chronicles was another great RPG, but a very unique and different experience, not at all like these games.
This however... this is it. This IS the experience we've all been waiting for since DragonQuest VIII, since Rogue Galaxy, since FFX and FFXII. This is the JRPG that we've been waiting to experience on a PS3. Not White Knight, not FFXIII. THIS.
You need to play this. The story is great, and has a lot of deep layers. The characters are good. It's rare to be playing as a kid and not having being a blubbering, childish whiney moron and instead, get a smart, brave, motivated kid who fulfills all the requirements of a young hero.
Gameplay/combat is all cool too but I especially love all the small side quests, caring for my Familiars and a lot of the little things that make up the whole of them game. The graphics are of course, very pretty.
My only gripe is the game can't seem to make up it's mind when it wants to do voice overs. There's animated cinema scenes (which are choppy, Japanese people animated, ha!) there's cut scenes, and there's OTHER cut scenes with NO dialogue, and then there's just in game conversations, which of course don't have dialogue. It's just a little inconsistent. But when there are voices, they're great.
This is a great experience and you owe it to yourself to play it.
Sadly RPG's almost feel like a dead genre today, so it's nice to see a title like this come out for the PS3. I waited a week after this came out to see if it was truely the kinda of RPG that I wanted to play and now after buying it, I am not disappointed.
I won't bother talking about the story in the game (there are plenty other reviews here that can fill you in on that).
Gameplay is fairly straight forward. Like any RPG, you move from place to place as the story line develops. Each city you visit has side quests that you can choose to do and bounty hunts for you to hunt creatures on.
In battles you control a familiar that you can give orders to. Some familiars are good at physical attacks, others are good at magic, and others are good at dodging attacks. You only use one familiar at a time and each have a limited time you can use them before needing to switch out to rest up.
What makes this game so deep is that they slowly reveal more things you can do with your familiars. You first start the game with just you and your familiar. Eventually you gain another member to join your party with her familiar. Shortly after that, you learn about morphing your familiars into stronger and better familiars and how to charm new familiars into joining your party. It was approximately 6-7 hours before I had the second character join my party and 8 hours before I learned about morphing and charming.
The one drawback I've had with the game is some of the dialogue goes on much longer than I would prefer. At times it feels like you are told over and over to do the obvious thing.
Overall, this is a great game. I wish there were more classic style RPG's available for the PS3 but this one helps fill that void.
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
This by far is one of the best looking games I have seen, I must say at first I wasn't sure if I should get this but due to the all around good ratings for this game, I decided to pick it up and I must say It is a splendid game well worth the time and every penny.
Ni no kuni is a game that draws you into a fantasy world and definatily makes a believer out of you. This will surely go down as one of the best games of this generation.
Please for the love of God get this game, this is a game that defines class in its own genre.