posted by cwestbrook5309 (WOODSTOCK, GA) Mar 20, 2013
Member since Oct 2011
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
This game was fantastic for me (23M). However, there are a few things an adult needs to know before going into this game. The story, game-play, and musical score are all extremely engaging and you can have an amazing experience, yet this can only be had if you drop all cynicism before playing. There are dialogues and cut scenes that are almost painfully childish. As an adult, this can really pull you out of a game and it has for me before. I essentially just convinced myself that I was playing a video game form of a Disney movie and was able to enjoy myself quite a lot. In summation, if you can drop the adult cynicism and just enjoy a Disney-esque adventure, then I could not recommend this game more. However if strong, preteen themes and dialogues are too too much for you, then do not waste your time on this game.
gamers (59%) found this review helpful
Despite what you'll hear from the thousands of screeching fanboys out there, to any other adult gamers out there (I'm 31), this game is frustratingly childish, to such a degree that I had to give it up about 10 hours into it, something I almost NEVER do.
I'm a big fan of RPGs, even JRPGs, but this game makes it impossible for an adult to take seriously. There is fantastic visuals and animation, to be sure; the cut scenes are essentially Miyazaki movies, and the graphics are first rate. The world is large and diverse, and extremely detailed, with a lot of nice little touches.
But you can only play a game so long that actually where your main character actually says things like "Gee Wilickers, Mr. Drippy!" non-ironically. Every character is so cutesy and cornball as to defy belief; every character hits you with a "friendship makes anything possible" and "you can do it if you try your best!" 20 times a conversation. Every monster, too, is basically either a Kirby-like marshmallow or looks like steamboat willie.
I was a huge fan of Dragonquest VII, which while having a "childlike" art style, still had some mature themes. Not so here. A real shame, I really wanted to like it. Maybe it gets fantastic at hour 11 and I'm missing out, but I doubt it. Every real critic's review mentions that the plot is basically garbage, and that definitely seems the case to me.
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!!!