Ni No Kuni is a nostalgic experience that brings you back to the days when you were a kid, sitting in front of your first console, playing your first RPG for hours on end trying to explore every nook and cranny and acquire everything. Back to the good days where Squaresoft was capable of telling a true tale of adventure and creating likeable characters that didn't mope about being a wuss every 5 minutes.
I just beat the game, and to me, it is very similar to Tales of Destiny, Xenogears, Chronocross, and FF8 (some might say FF7 too). It is everything that RPGs these days are not anymore, with a strong focus on story telling, character development, and progression. It balances cutesy and mature elements well, and delivers well paces story telling. Everything seems rather simple, but engaging at the same time.
It is a nice refreshing breath from current RPGs that focus on coolness, fighting action, excessive unnecessary melodrama.
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I love RPGs... I love anime... so this should have been a slam dunk for me.
Ni No Kuni is a beautiful game, the visuals and the audio are spectacular. The story seems interesting too. So why do i feel disappointed?
Its the terrible gameplay. It's also the terrible characters (except the Lord High Lord of the fairies...) Oliver is one of the most dull characters i have ever seen! The story drags on way too long to get interested in... Kinda like FFXIII
The combat is a juggling act of flipping through commands while watching your familiar's stamina meter while avoiding getting clobbered by cute but horrifyingly tough monsters while trying to catch one of the said monsters while trying to revive your imbecile team mates while hoping that Flippy would drop some glims already!!!
Very E rated this game is... But fun for anyone -- If you enjoy stories as this. The game reminded me of the movie "Spirited Away" . I'm not sure if it was written by the same author, but it still had much resemblance of that show.
The game interface will remind you of Final Fantasy. The simplistic nature of controls fits well for the title, but I still would have preferred a "Zelda-like" interface that could have you switching characters out.
The story is a very rich debt and enlightening tale.
In a world parallel to ours--where magic is still alive--a great darkness has stricken the soul of everyone. Stealing fragments of people's life force and killing anyone who opposes him, this inflicted evil is cast by one who is called Shadar .
There is one who can end the reign of that evil... Known as "the pure-hearted one", Oliver.
This game has one very long tutorial, but you wont notice that the first hour of the game is the tutorial. Until you have unlocked all of the menu items in the game... You have not seen what the game or story has to offer.
I'm not a big role-scenario type gamer that likes to sit and press a button and let the game fight itself. But I like these type of stories and its a good break from the western gaming & story routine. Eastern cultures still bring delightful folklore to the table so often and its a very rare thing to see new folklore.
Its a great time killer and fun story. Playing on Normal difficulty is pretty useless. Level5 placed a lot of work in all the game elements and it fits well in all instances.
If you like a very clever story or folklore... If you liked Final Fantasy... You would definitely find this game amusing.