Hey everyone, as some of you PlayStation faithful may know, one of the big PS3 exclusives for 2013 is Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a JRPG which is fully animated by Studio Ghibli, famous for animating such movies as Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke, as well as many others. As a huge fan of many of these, and a fan of RPGs and PS3 exclusives, I have been fairly excited since its announcement. On December 4th, the demo launched on PlayStation Network Store, and I rushed to play it. I decided to share my first impressions with you fine folks.
There are two different level scenarios available in the demo. The first is a forest segment, around level 5. The second is on a volcano, around level 17.
|Battle with the Guardian of the Woods boss|
|Battle with Moltaan on top of the volcano|
While a bit more tutorial really would have been nice, once I got into it the combat is fluid and fun, something I didn't necessarily expect from a turn based game. While I understand that adjusting the turn-based formula has been done at least by games like FF XIII, Xenoblade Chronicles, and The Last Story, it was new and fun for me, having played none of these. As expected, everything looks absolutely breathtaking. Many of the cutscenes look like they could literally be a Studio Ghibli movie, and the art style translates well to 3D for the gameplay aspect. Also worth pointing out is the fantastic voice acting. Most characters have accents from the British Isles, and while I cannot necessarily place each one (especially Drippy), they are pleasant and fun to listen to. Even the brief dialogue between two guards was really enjoyable listening to the accents.
If you have a PS3, I recommend at the very least giving the demo a go. It doesn't cost anything, and it's a good time. The full game launches January 22, 2013 in America, and as I understand it the more people who preorder the better the bonuses become. If you are interested in the game, put down the $5! Expect a review some time after the game comes out (it's a JRPG so it's probly a trillion hours. Don't expect it fast). Til then, sound off in the comments about what you liked/disliked about the demo, expectations, speculation, whatever! By the way guys, yesterday was JD of Slightly Redder Red's birthday! While he hasn't posted in a while, I'm sure he would love some birthday wishes on either this post or one of his previous ones.