Monday, February 25, 2013

JRPGs With My Wifey (Part 1)

Ni no Kuni for the PS3
Just over a week ago, I bought Ni no Kuni for me and my wifey to enjoy. I haven't played a decent Japanese RPG in a long time, and I needed a good exclusive to go along with my PS3 purchase. After doing research, it seemed that Ni no Kuni was the game everyone is raving about. So, why not? I had to pick it up.

The game's heartwarming story features a young boy named Oliver whose mother had recently died. While he secludes himself in his room days after his mother's death, his favorite stuffed animal named Mr. Drippy comes to life. Mr. Drippy then convinces Oliver to help him rescue an alternate reality that is plagued with "broken-heartedness" by telling him that he can probably bring back his mother. In this alternate reality is where the game begins.

The gameplay is fun, and will satisfy even the more hardcore gamers. The combat system does require a bit of micromanaging, since you are controlling three characters and their "familiars". You could choose to control just one character during combat, as the AI for your teammates can be depended on to deal some heavy damage or to run away from incoming attacks.

Oliver, the main protagonist, meets his first familiar
The "familiars" are the creatures you can capture and tame to fight alongside you. It is not a Pokemon rip-off, since the gameplay mechanics are complete completely different. Seeking out familiars and leveling them up would be a fun experience for everyone. Grace enjoyed it when we encountered familiars that looked cute, and giving them funny nicknames when we capture them.

The game was created by Studio Ghibli. They're famous for some popular animated films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totora, and Princess Mononoke. Ghibli did an amazing job creating a game that shares similarities to their films. Making Ni no Kuni feel like an interactive movie is the true experience of the game.

That's it for now. I'll be putting up posts about Grace and I actually playing the game. It was an interesting journey.

See ya.

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