gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Ni No Kuni deals with the mature theme of the death of a young boy's mother. Oliver is the main character that travels to an alternate world in hopes of bringing his mother back to life while saving the alternate world from destruction.
These concepts are nothing new to RPG's and Ni No Kuni does nothing to add to the genre. At its core, you will be grinding for countless hours and enduring countless pages of text because the developers have not learned the art of subtly. The repetitive dialogue becomes such a nuisance that it will ultimately frustrate players and you will find yourself mashing buttons just to get through it.
The saving grace for this particular RPG is its stylized format. The animation is breath-taking, the colors are bold and vivid and the voice dialogue although at times awkward lends a human element that will eventually draw the player in.
Game play is typically the same; battle after battle, boss after boss, find the treasure, level up, buy new equipment, talk to towns people, go on quests, etc...
On the whole it is a decent game with stunning graphics but the over abundance of text dialogue, repetitive action, typical grinding and familiar plot make Ni No Kuni a definite rent with an option to buy when it seriously decreases in value.
gamers (78%) 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.
gamers (70%) 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.