Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a heart-warming tale of a young boy called Oliver, who embarks on a journey into a parallel world to become a magician in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way Oliver makes new friends and adopts many of the wonderful creatures that inhabit the world, raising them to battle other creatures on his behalf as he takes on formidable enemies.
The unique fantasy adventure is developed by LEVEL-5, the studio behind the smash hits Dragon Quest VIII and IX, and the Professor Layton series. For the game’s characters and animations, LEVEL-5 collaborated with the legendary Studio Ghibli, the team responsible for countless anime masterpieces including My Neighbour Totoro, Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away. The in-game music comes from the hand of Joe Hisaishi, the composer of the scores to over 100 films including many of Studio Ghibli’s greatest productions.
The epic title is being localised with English or the original Japanese voiceover, with English subtitles included as an option.
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Ni nu kuni is a jRPG like no other in this gen. It excels in every aspect, graphics, gameplay , story, etc. It captures the gamemaking that Level 5 is known for combined with the art of studio ghibli. Beautiful. Actually, the game has only one drawback: a lack of voiced cutscenes. A magical expirence that will be enjoyed mostly by fans of the genre. .
Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch is one of the best games on ps3. Not just the best jrpg, or rpg in that matter, it's easily one of the best that came out exclusively on the system. It was done with the collaboration by Studio Ghibli, the famous animation film studio from Japan which is responsible for the classics like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke etc. and Level 5 studios who made the ps2 games Dark Cloud and Dark Cloud 2. Anyone who has seen those movies or played those games are familiar with the animation style. Here they produce a game which looks beautiful, from the gameplay the the short animations done by Ghibli throughout the game. The battle system is involving and interesting. The world itself is massive and you will probably spend hours upon hours exploring it by doing the main and side quests. I finished the game in about 70 hours. After you finish it you can still spend time playing it, because it doesn't end and you get new tasks. If you like jrpg or rpg games don't miss it. And if you don't, this is the best way to get started.
Great game with so much to do. I spend 60 hours playing the story and doing side missions, without even touching the trophies. Story is really well done, and the gameplay is quite original. Animated graphics and nice soundtracks are beautiful, the only bad thing is the amount of text you go through throughout the game. Don't get me wrong, it's very interesting, but it could be even better (less text more voice overs). Even thought it looks childish, with you playing a young protagonist, it is still meant for all generations. If you are tired of buying games with 10 hours of playability, try the game out.
Ni No Kuni is a glorious showdown JRPG. Level 5 borrowed many features from the systems of some of the finest exponents of the genre and have merged into a unique title, which is able to offer an immersive and refined without sacrificing the depth and the high level of challenge so dear to veteran players, all in the wonderful atmosphere of the works of Studio Ghibli. If you love Japanese RPGs do not miss this title for no reason at all.
Ni No Kuni is an RPG (role playing game) developed by Level 5 with the backing of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio behind Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and many other animated films. The visual style and graphics of this game is the first thing that jumps out, as it showcases Ghibli's signature character and environment design. In addition cutscenes include 2D animated scenes in the tradition of Ghibli films which are wonderful to watch. The game itself is entertaining and boasts an easy gameplay (controls and in game menus are easy to pick up and comprehend.) An interesting part of Ni No Kuni is the blend of traditional RPGing (quests, character builds) with collecting or capturing familiars "in the wild", a popular concept seen in games like pokemon. Familiars, one of the pillars of the game are small monsters "born from the heart of people" who will fight on the player's behalf. Like characters, you will need to level them up, evolve them, and equip them with weapons, armors, and accessories. Ni No Kuni's story is fun, but definitely geared toward children, older gamers can still enjoy the game, but will most likely find it less engaging then the target audience. The game has the option to be played in it's original Japanese audio with subtitles! A fantastic feature if like me you love to play games or watch movies as they were intended to be heard, and cringe when you hear horrible voice overs. I did listen in briefly on the english dub, and it's not awful, in fact its probably one of the better english voice overs out there. I give this game 31/2 stars, I rounded up. I hope this review helps someone out there. Enjoy the game.
Ni no kuni is really beautiful. At times it feels like watching a Ghibli animation. And it has a really cool world map. What I don't like is that some things that you have to do, repeatedly even, feel too guided. I'm into about 15 hours of playing now but sometimes it feels like I'm still in a tutorial. And the battle system lacks depth. It's still a fun game and I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan of Ghibli movies.
This game is without a doubt a really big and fun adventure. I've been seeing a lot of Ghibli movies in my life, and when I play Ni no Kuni I can feel the Ghibli universe and his esence everywhere. The OST is fantastic, and the history endearing, the only point which I don't like is that the millions of battles during the game, but only a few are disposable. I really recommend this game.
There has been a glut in the release of JRPGS in recent times but make no mistake; Ni No Kuni: Wrath of The White Witch is all you need to convince yourself why JRPGs will always be around as they provide something that Western RPGs often lack: emotional investment, a simple yet satsifying combat system and good production values with cutscenes that seamlessly bridge the gameplay with its strong narrative without looking tacked on. Be prepared though for a long-term commitment as you will need to spend between 60-80 hours if you wish to truly enjoy every aspect of its narrative and mission structure.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a game that echoes the golden era of RPG's back in the 90's. A fabolous story, magistrall OST, great gameplay and mechanics, and gorgeus animated graphics. If you like classic RPG this is for you. If you don't like RPG games... well, play this one to change that opinion.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch is a game that any fan of JRPGs (especially Dragon Quest) should play. It is a high quality, excellently voice acted, addictive and imaginative RPG, with the signature style of Studio Ghibli. A real-time battle system with spells and a splash of Pokemon with commanding "familiars" in battle stops the battles from feeling repetitive and boss fights give some added challenge. Don't expect to have to grind for levels or complete tedious side quests here either: the level of progression is natural as the story progresses and the "errand" side quests are quick and simple, but offer satisfying rewards for completing them. Don't be put off by it's childish looks - this game has the essence of Studio Ghibli films that people of all ages can enjoy and enough depth to keep the hardcore gamer interested.