Published on January 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM | by Philippe Baghdassarian0
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review
I finally got some free time this weekend and gave Ni no Kuni a try. A try, that’s what I said at first, I ended up playing it for 14 hours straight until I realized it was 8 in the morning. I had not been so immersed in any video game in years. Let’s look at a few facets on the game:
Not (another) Final Fantasy Copycat
We’ve come to believe that any JRPG will feature huge swords and slick Asian hairstyle. This is not the case in Ni no Kuni. Instead you take control of a little boy called Oliver who wants to bring his dead mother back from the dead.
The story is the big highlight of this game, as I’ve said it’s no copycat and successfully avoids clichés which have become part of recent Japanese games. The story has a particular warmth to it which is a bit hard to explain in words. I would highly suggest not rushing through the main quest-line and doing some exploring, you`ll be rewarded for it.
This might be one of the only drawbacks of the game. The combat does not steer away from regular JRPG combat, which can make it somewhat stale and grindy. Tip: Using L1 and L2 makes skill selection easier during combat.
As a fan of the Pokémon series this was a pretty fun twist for me, the familiars pretty much act as Pokémon do. They level up with you, they fight along side you, etc… I would recommend that you don’t necessarily keep on using your starter familiars as you can get stronger ones down the line, I know, it’s hard to see goodbye since you get attached but you won’t regret it.
You can get a chart with stats of the familiars over at GameFaqs.
The art style may not be for everybody, especially here in North America where we are used to a more realistic art style, it may look childish to some but in my opinion, the graphics in Ni no Kuni are simply gorgeousness, this is exactly what I had been expecting from JRPGs for so many years and all of them still used a rather dated art style. I want to think that out of all the JRPGs, this is the one with the best graphics hands-down. We have Studio Ghibli to thank for that since they handled the art direction.
Play it! Play it! Play it! If you have a PS3 buy this, you won’t regret it. Everything from the art to the story is stellar.