Ni no kuni: wrath of the white witch

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Ni no Kuni offers a timeless art style and it already played wonderfully. So what does this remaster offer over the original? Buttery smooth 60-frames-per-second, và that even applies to base hardware. Pro users with a 4K TV have an option of playing at higher resolutions, with a 4K option at half the frame rate. There’s no HDR in sight, however, which is a shame because the sequel really benefitted from the feature, looking truly radiant on compatible screens.

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So it’s the same game, only tidier. But let’s look at this another way. What all of this really means is that Ni no Kuni Remastered is still absolutely wonderful. For Japanese RPG fans, it’s nigh-on essential; for those who missed the original and enjoy the genre, well, you’re in for a real treat. You’re also in for an emotional rollercoaster, so buckle up.

We play as Oliver, a young boy who suffers a tragic loss at a young age. In his grief, his doll companion springs lớn life, promising khổng lồ help bring back what he has lost – if only he comes khổng lồ his “world”, a colourful land full of magic where the Dark Djinn Shadar has interfered with the hearts of its citizens. As it turns out, the people of this other world tóm tắt a soul mate with those from Oliver’s world, và thus if one was to lớn be healed on one side, it might vày the same on the other.

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It’s truly a heart-wrenching tale, và it’s told with a childish innocence at its core. Some might be put off by this, but it would take a stone-hearted soul not to lớn fall for its charm. It’s the kind of narrative that takes you back to being a kid, where imaginations run wild và the limits of reality extend beyond the confines of what society deems so. Here a book is no mere volume but a Wizarding Companion that can give us the knowledge khổng lồ teleport khổng lồ other regions & fix its rotting ills. “Look for something small & sticky – lượt thích a stick – that ought to vày the trick,” our adorably brash fairy sidekick tells us early on. The imagination of the young working wonders as we tìm kiếm beneath trees for a “wand” lớn transport us lớn his world. It might be as “magical as a flippin’ cabbage,” but it does the trick, allowing us to mở cửa a gateway lớn an abundant world of colour.

Ni no Kuni is traditional in many ways. There’s an overworld map that you traverse between location hubs, & beasts wander the plains itching for a scuffle. Combat is a slightly altered version of the Active Time Battle system used in older Final Fantasy games, with a pinch of Pokémon on the side. You can charm & collect the beasts you encounter, taking them as quality combatants to lớn help you on your journey. They grow up with you, evolve over time, & have their own strengths and weaknesses. You have full control khổng lồ move around the battle field, collecting health và magic glims that spill out of enemies, but it’s not the same free-form whack-and-slash from the sequel. This is a little more thoughtful và tactical, và certainly about more than giving them a whacking & sending them packing.


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On the journey we meet countless heartbroken individuals who require our aid. As a wizard, Oliver must borrow the missing part of someone’s heart from another and share it with those in need. See an overly exuberant captain aboard a ship? Let’s borrow some of his Enthusiasm & give it to those who have lost their get-up-and-go. Sometimes what we need rests in the alternative world. When the cat king of Ding Dong Dell goes missing, his soul mate, Timmy the store lady’s pet cát from Oliver’s world, leaves clues for where we must go.

It’s a most charming adventure, filled khổng lồ the brim with laugh-out-loud moments. Ni no Kuni benefits from excellent writing & a genre-defining localisation script. No two characters are confused for others, they all have their own chất lượng manners. Some of the locations you’ll visit are some of the most memorable in any entry into the genre, and Ni no Kuni frankly set the standard for what a localised voice-over ought lớn be when it was first released. We would venture to lớn say it’s still the best in its class. While it’s a shame that not every line is voice acted, it’s a testament to the character of its prose that you’ll find yourself reading lines in much the same way you expect to lớn hear them.


Conclusion

It’s fair to lớn say that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the white Witch didn’t really need a remaster at all, but we won’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and choice is a good thing. It’s undoubtedly nice to lớn have this standout last-generation title running so smoothly on PS4, và it’s just so tidy. After all, it’s also fair to lớn say that this was & is a truly special game. Far more narratively focused than its sequel, this is a tentpole title for lovers of traditional Japanese role-playing games.

Stunning art design và heart-wrenching narrativeBeautiful Studio Ghibli animation clipsJoe Hisaishi"s soaring musical score is breathtakingIntoxicating world full of character, wit, và charmBest-in-class English localisationOnly minor changes over the PS3 original

Tidy 8/10

Scoring PolicyReview copy provided by Bandai Namco


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Jacob first encountered clip games on the Sega Mega Drive, where he developed the skill of determination from Fantastic Dizzy. But deep down he knows his passionate roots belong to PlayStation. Final Fantasy VII took over his life at a young age and he was never the same again.

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Mon 16th Sep 2019

Ha love the new scoring system.

I was let down by NNK2 & never got khổng lồ play this, I will get it when I have a little while.


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Mon 16th Sep 2019

Missed this last ren as was a 360 owner, và was a bit jealous. So very happy now it"s come lớn PS4!!


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Mon 16th Sep 2019

Never had a PS3 so this is a brand new game to me.The only downside at the moment is its cost (€ 50) especially since I got the sequel for € 20!


Mon 16th Sep 2019

If the game can just drop on price a teensy bit more, I"ll re-buy the game.

I love the sequel, but just did not care for the way the combat was in the first game. My love for the second game is making me want lớn give the first trò chơi another try.


Mon 16th Sep 2019

Same thing as I said on nintendolife.

I remember when I played this on ps3 after beating the original studio ghibli story & starting with the wrath of the white witch level-5 extra story (which was added into the story by level-5 for ps3) the quality of the writing, cutscenes dropped significantly (which stopped being animated and written by ghibli at that point và all were fully cg) also I didn’t encounter any bugs before that but once I got khổng lồ that part I got many bugs và glitches.Great trò chơi when it comes khổng lồ everything ghibli & level-5 made toghether. Mediocre game for everything after that where ghibli didn’t return for additional story.


Mon 16th Sep 2019

One of the best games I"ve ever played. If it was shorter, I"d play it again.

Hope everyone who hasn"t played it yet và plans on giving it a chance, ends up enjoying it even half as much as I did.


darkswabber Never heard about the "extra story" thing. Is it related khổng lồ some kind of DLC playable after beating the main story?BTW, I just ordered a retail copy of NIER Automata for € 20. It"s good khổng lồ have a huge backlog: there"s always a great game to buy và play while you wait for a new release to lớn have a price drop!


kyleforrester87. Ni no kuni 2.and divinity original sin enhanced edition.easily 2 of the best rpgs ever made.word up son


andreoni79 prey is easily one of the best game i ever play.the beginning when you went to lớn the