Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

9.5 Overall Score
story: 9/10
graphics : 9/10
gameplay: 9/10

strong/ unique protagonist

boring side quests

The Ps3 has many exclusives that have grabbed my attention right off the bat.  The Uncharted series, Heavy Rain, and Metal Gear Solid 4 have been some of the best Ps3 games I’ve ever played. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Developed by Level 5 Studios, is right on par. It’s a top ten Ps3 exclusive and one of the best Japanese RPG’s to come out in years.

The story centers on Oliver, a boy from Moterville, which is your typical suburban town. Many video games today have your archetypal alpha male who is a complete badass. Oliver is in every sense, the exact opposite. He isn’t a character you see all the time which is a bit of a relief. Oliver is well mannered, kind, and sensitive. I felt his personality drove the game’s story and made it unique. After a tragedy occurs in Oliver’s life, he sets out on an adventure with an amazing group of characters to not just fix himself but the people around him. The story is focused on emotions and how Oliver deals with a heartbreaking loss.

If you’ve ever played Pokémon, then I’m sure you’ll sense a similar feel with the game play. Your characters can capture creatures called familiars. Familiars can equip items, level up, and even evolve if you want them to do so. What’s great is that the game does not require you to capture familiars if you don’t want to.  Although I think it only helps if you do. The battle system is executed perfectly. The battles take place in an open space and in real time. Switching in and out familiars, moving around enemies makes the battles fast paced. You can use Oliver or any other characters in battle but it’s recommended to use familiars.

Graphically, Ni No Kuni is superb. This was due to the fact that it was designed by studio Ghibli, the studio responsible for Ponyo and Princess Mononoke. The game is beautiful. Every so often, I would stop to look at the animation surrounding me. One of things that really caught my eye was how the major cut scenes were anime. From Ding Dong Dell to Hamelin, Ni No Kuni is no joke and gorgeous throughout.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is immaculate in all three departments. It took me over 50 hours to complete and I loved every second of it. Sony has done it again, adding another great game to their exclusive library. This one is highly recommended.

 

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