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The Gaming Review - Ni No Kuni

Release Date: 
01/22/2013
Rated: 
ESRB: E
Game Platform: 
PlayStation 3, 3DS
Star Rating: 
9 out of 10

Let the Asian invasion begin.



The Pitch: Blending the pedigree animation style of the studio behind Spirited Away with key elements of classic JRPGs, Ni No Kuni sets out to deliver a patient, thoughtful and ultimately magical gaming experience.



What It Really Is: A standout role-playing game in a sea of first person shooting and third person action. Ni No Kuni isn’t as much a game as it is an impression that washes over you when you’re playing it. It doesn’t take long to see that the graphics that Studio Ghibli packed into Ni No Kuni are one of the highlights here, and playing through the campaign feels like an all-day anime marathon with surprising depth. Sure, the game borrows plot points and characteristics from typical Japanese stories like its “unlikely hero against ambiguous worldwide evil” theme or its Pokemon-esque helper buddies that you can collect throughout the game to help you on your quest. But the end result isn’t some cheap knockoff of a Miyazaki flick. Instead, Ni No Kuni stands sturdy in its own right and proves that Japanese RPG’s can be enjoyable even if big-boobed women or tentacle porn aren’t integral parts of the story.



Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “There’s Ni No way we can stop playing Ni No Kuni” -Maxim.com



Fun Fact: Ni No Kuni was released in Japan back in November of 2012. Why the long delay coming stateside? Because the game had to be localized for English. The wait was worth it, as Ni No Kuni doesn’t suffer from any of the typical quirks of translation. Is that right or no, bastard man?



Who’s It For: Fans of Miyazaki films and people who know that Ghibli Studios is as big in Asia as Pixar is here will have already cashed in their pre-orders, but Ni No Kuni can be an eye-opening game for the uninitiated. So if you’ve been meaning to try out a lengthy RPG but don’t dig the whole Final Fantasy series, Ni No Kuni is a top-notch game where you can earn you spurs in the category.



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