Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Developed by Level 5
Published by Bandai Namco
*Cry Baby Bunting*
Ni No Kuni follows the story of Oliver who discovers his toy doll is a fairy called Drippy from another world, he tells Oliver that his world is being ruled over by a tyrant called Shadar so having recently had a tragedy occur to him a drippy telling him there might be a way to resolve it Oliver agrees to help him, I have to say that ni no kuni doesnt have the most interesting plot and the characters apart from Swaine are also boring and dont really have personalities it really brings down my enjoyment of a game when I dont care for the characters or the story on which there involved in.
Ni No Kuni is a RPG similar to pokemon where you capture familiars and use them in battle, its a good idea but its not done very well getting familiars is a random chance which is very annoying when you want to obtain a certain familiar and the game just wont give it to you, personally I stuck with the same familiars that are given to you early in the game. The battle system is a sort of action RPG where if you press the X button you will start doing physical attacks and you also have magic spells with Oliver, switching out familiars is very quick and easy but this is where the game shows one of its biggest weaknesses the battle system is way to easy all you have to do is switch to you familiars press X and occasionally switch back to Oliver to heal or cast a spell, the only boss this can not be done on is the final boss which admittedly very well done. and finally I have to talk about you Allies that ” help ” you in battle they are some of the worst help in a RPG i have ever seen they constantly use up their MP and when it comes to a boss they have none left and end up dying too quickly it was never to much of a problem because you can single handedly beat almost all of the bosses in the game.
Ni No Kuni has a very nice Soundtrack the world map theme is one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard and the battle themes aren’t to bad either. The voice acting isn’t very good especially in Olivers case but the more shocking thing is the lack of voice acting in general only about 10% game is voice acted which is so unusual considering the amount of voice acting that level-5 put into for example Dragon Quest VIII a game for the PS2 it’s very disappointing overall.
Ni No Kuni to put it bluntly looks incredible, the character models look very good, its a very colorful game, the world map and environments look lovely and familiars designs aren’t to bad either no gargoyles sitting on toilets but i’ll let that slide, on another note the Anime cutscenes are some of the best i’ve seen in a game Studio Ghibli the people behind movie’s like Howl’s Moving Castle did a great job and definitely should be commended for it.
Ni No Kuni has a lot of things you could be doing besides the main story there are quite a few side quests that usually have you fetching an item of taking out a specific monster, the main game for me was just under 60 hours and there were new side quests unlocked after i had beaten the game and these side quests don’t reward you with generic rewards like money they give you stamps which you can use to fill cards and the more cards you fill the better the rewards I would definitely consider doing this as the quests aren’t to hard and the rewards are well worth it.
Ni No Kuni had potential to be a great game but there are too many flaws that hold it back from greatness.
My Score – 5/10
- Very Nice Soundtrack
- Stunning Graphics
- Nice Rewards for Side Quests
- Repetitive Battles
- Uninteresting Story & Characters
- Hardly any Voice Acting
- Bad AI on Allies
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is available now on PS3 worldwide from all good retailers and is available on Nintendo DS in Japan Only. Thanks go to Bandai Namco for the Assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.
Review by Jonnie Dixon