Ni no Kuni: The Another World for PS3 - Studio Ghibli/Level 5 title Page 8

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  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 15 Jan 2013 10:10:47 10,852 posts
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    Depends how invested you are in Studio Ghibli. The fact that it has a Joe Hisaishi score is an instapurchase for me.

    The battle system is suffering from an identity crisis but the critters seem to be varied. Most reviews I've read have been positive about the overall game.
  • Murbal 15 Jan 2013 10:11:50 21,928 posts
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    oops dopple posta

    Edited by Murbal at 10:14:47 15-01-2013
  • Murbal 15 Jan 2013 10:11:50 21,928 posts
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    http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/15/ni-no-kuni-wrath-of-the-white-witch-review

    (9.4)



    Edited by Murbal at 10:17:40 15-01-2013
  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 15 Jan 2013 10:11:59 10,852 posts
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    This is not going to be a big seller either so I imagine that what copies are available will disappear relatively quickly, like Tales of the Abyss 3DS.

    Obviously there are good chances of a reprint if the demand is there but this is one of those rare "one off" type of games that I need to have.
  • Deleted user 15 January 2013 10:14:35
    I think it might sell quite well, its been top/second of the hot future releases on amazon for a a good month now. That might not mean much but its a good sign ?
  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 15 Jan 2013 10:16:40 10,852 posts
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    It might have a good first week or two but it will die off quite quickly. JRPGs (apart from FF) are not big sellers in the UK.
  • Cappy 15 Jan 2013 10:42:15 11,831 posts
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    If predicting human behaviour, in this case likelihood of people purchasing Ni no Kuni, was easy, the World would be an entirely different place.

    If you were betting, poor sales would be the more likely outcome, though various degrees of success are entirely possible. This type of RPG, with it's stylings that provoke feelings of nostalgia can appeal to a lot of people, it reminds you of that PS2/PS1/SNES RPG you really loved.

    Plus it has that entire sector of the market to itself, the majority of similar releases have picked up a residue of the worst anime style character design and story telling which has become more and more repellent to audiences in the West.

    Dragon Quest VIII came from absolutely nowhere, it sold 800,000 copies in Europe, there was little brand recognition, the previous seven games never made it here, on paper it's a very ordinary, traditional RPG with few surprises. I'd like to think it's success is due to a similar charm and simply being well executed.
  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 15 Jan 2013 10:45:21 10,852 posts
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    Good call :)
  • Ror1984 15 Jan 2013 17:00:11 2,851 posts
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    Murbal wrote:
    http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/15/ni-no-kuni-wrath-of-the-white-witch-review

    (9.4)

    Hooray, I saw the boss with the Gammon Cannon in that video :D I'm getting even more excited for it now.

    Edited by Ror1984 at 17:07:07 15-01-2013

    FFXIV: ARR - Khroma Midgard, Odin.

  • Cappy 17 Jan 2013 12:32:45 11,831 posts
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    For those who don't venture 'out there' the EG review 9/10

    Mild spoilers in the review so avoid if you don't want to know about characters joining your party etc. Oli liked the battle system, as I said I think it's just a case of learning the ropes because it doesn't work on the familiar turn based standoff template.
  • Bremenacht 18 Jan 2013 00:42:47 17,613 posts
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    Cappy wrote:
    For those who don't venture 'out there' the EG review 9/10
    Eeeeehhh it's all looking rather good for this game. The only thing that's still putting me off is the possibility of endless random battles on that world map.

    Ah - and the ever present backlog. That's putting me off too.
  • ecureuil 18 Jan 2013 00:45:56 76,526 posts
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    I want this game so bad. Might just wait for a lull in releases, I have a huge backlog of games, including FarCry 3, which I haven't even started yet. Glad it's turned out good though.
  • Ror1984 18 Jan 2013 00:45:59 2,851 posts
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    @Bremenacht It's been a while since I played the demo, but I think the enemies were visible on the field and could be avoided.

    I also have a ridiculous backlog, but everything is getting shelved when this turns up.

    FFXIV: ARR - Khroma Midgard, Odin.

  • Bremenacht 18 Jan 2013 00:53:32 17,613 posts
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    Ror1984 wrote:
    everything is getting shelved when this turns up.
    And that is why I have a backlog!
  • Ror1984 18 Jan 2013 01:15:14 2,851 posts
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    @Bremenacht Well, that's part of my problem, but certainly not the entirety of it. If I could just stop buying games...

    FFXIV: ARR - Khroma Midgard, Odin.

  • ZuluHero 18 Jan 2013 01:25:09 4,023 posts
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    Yeah you can see the enemies. even on the world map.
  • chub 18 Jan 2013 22:04:22 447 posts
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    I'm not going to buy any new games this year, as I really must tackle my backlog.

    I had a go at the demo though, just to see what all the fuss is about.

    Oh no! My finger slipped, and just accidentally made a pre-order. Oh well, too late now!
  • munki83 18 Jan 2013 22:43:54 1,400 posts
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    Saw the reviews for this saw the trailler.....pre ordered
  • MadCaddy13 19 Jan 2013 14:08:38 1,856 posts
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    Gah... My order for the special edition has been cancelled by game. Anyone else?
  • LeD 19 Jan 2013 15:16:15 6,210 posts
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    9.3 on GT: http://www.gametrailers.com/reviews/9g5ua4/ni-no-kuni--wrath-of-the-white-witch-review
  • beastmaster 19 Jan 2013 19:44:30 11,190 posts
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    I've played the demo. It's not that great a demo but I can see I'm going to sink all my time into it.

    The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.

  • Deleted user 19 January 2013 20:02:01
    My word this game looks bloody stunning.
  • Zackv4861 19 Jan 2013 23:45:39 1,082 posts
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    I actually rather enjoyed the demo but feel it could have been a little longer. Can't wait it'll be excellent i'm sure
  • UncleLou Moderator 19 Jan 2013 23:56:28 35,428 posts
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    Bit of a strange demo I thought of an obviously very charming game. Loved the sidekick.
  • Short-Round 20 Jan 2013 00:14:42 1,181 posts
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    Edge review 8/10
  • neems 20 Jan 2013 22:27:05 1,159 posts
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    I don't normally do JRPGs, but from that GT review this just looks amazing. Seriously tempted.
  • Gregolution 20 Jan 2013 22:38:06 3,171 posts
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    First jrpg I still like after playing (demo) for more than10 minutes. I usually can't get on with them at all but this might need to be bought.

    Bags of charm and love the battle system.
  • waggy79 20 Jan 2013 22:40:17 915 posts
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    Looks like Game have stopped giving away the wizards book for preorders
  • JinTypeNoir 22 Jan 2013 00:28:28 4,365 posts
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    I only have two warnings about this game:

    1) The familiars system at times can feel a little like Level 5's other collection based titles in that its trying a little too hard to create marketable critters for children to buy and compared how full of soul and heart the rest of the game is, it is remarkably cynical and sad. But really, its quite faint.

    2) Do NOT grind! Please, I beg you. (Unless you are one of those people who enjoys grinding, I guess.) This game does not have an even difficulty level that slowly ramps up all the way through. It's more fluid than that, but its quite clear it was designed to make everything you can do more worthwhile. Play the game the way it was intended and I can almost guarantee you'll have a better experience, even that means getting your ass handed to you several times, actually especially because it means that. This game got ripped to shreds for its uneven difficulty by Japanese hardcore RPGers who really should know better, but were on a mission to hate this game into oblivion.

    I also recommend you buy the special edition so you can get the book. Especially if you are part of the generation who misses huge and detailed instruction manuals that were worth reading and contained all sorts of entertaining miscellany, or if you are even lucky enough to remember Infocom and their feelies. Also, because referencing the glorified PDF file in the game is annoying compared to having the book with you.

    Otherwise, I have nothing but praise for Ni no Kuni (both the untranslated DS version and this game, which are not completely, but mostly different, BTW), the best original RPG masterpiece this entire generation. For me, this was better than Nier, better than Radiant Historia, better than Demon Souls.

    Somehow Level 5 and Ghibli found a way to bottle magic and poured it all over this game.

    Edited by JinTypeNoir at 00:29:16 22-01-2013
  • ZuluHero 22 Jan 2013 00:41:14 4,023 posts
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    waggy79 wrote:
    Looks like Game have stopped giving away the wizards book for preorders
    Hope I still get mine!
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