Preview: Ni No Kuni (PS3)

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Ni No Kuni is a beautiful new game for the Playstation 3, made by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli.

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While most Japanese RPG games don’t become a hit on the European market, this Japanese game studio got the attention because of it’s cooperation with Studio Ghibli, the studio famous of its anime movies Spirited Away and The Cat Returns.

The first thing that comes to mind when you see this game is the astonishing graphics. Not in the way that everything looks realistic or fantastic 3D, no its graphically looking like you are stepping into one of Studio Ghibli’s anime movies. Beautiful surroundings, fantastic music and sound. And as for the game itself, it has an enormous amount of depth to the story and the games’ features.

While I read some annoyances by others about the repetive elements in this game, I think this is the type of thing you can expect from a Japanese game. Japanese players’ taste is simply different from that of European players.

The story of Ni no Kuni revolves around thirteen-year-old Oliver, a resident of Motorville, whose mother, Allie, suddenly dies after rescuing him from drowning. A doll, given to Oliver by his mother, is brought to life from his tears and reveals itself to be a male fairy named Drippy, who gives Oliver a book that allows him to use the power of magic and enter the world of “Ni no Kuni,” a reality parallel to his own. In Ni no Kuni, Oliver may be able to find his mother. Using the newfound power of magic, Oliver and Drippy venture into Ni no Kuni. There, he befriends Esther, Swaine, and other alternative versions of people (and animals) he knows.

Oliver battles using the magic book given to him by Drippy. The magic book contains various spells to be used during the battles. You can arrange your characters to optimize your strategy in a battle, for example to place characters as a shield before ranged characters.

The Western PS3 version was recently released on the 22nd of January 2013, while the original Japanese PS3 version was already published in November 2011. There has also been a Nintendo DS version of the game, but that was Japanese only (December 2010).

I wouldn’t mind to play this game, but I don’t have a Playstation 3, so I will have to play it at a friends’ place. This game looks simply amazing in graphics, has an interesting storyline and I simply love RPG’s.

Game on

Steven

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