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ninokuni

My video game purchases for 2013 is off to a great start.

Two weeks ago, I was absorbed into the new world of Dante in DMC: Devil May Cry. And then last weekend, I became inchanted by this little Japanese RPG called Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. This is Level 5 and Studio Ghibli’s first collaboration.

The story centers on a young boy named Oliver who is destined to be the savior of another world. Following the loss of his mother, the young boy eagerly joined this epic quest with Drippy, high lord of the faeries in the hopes of saving and bringing back his mother.

I am no stranger to JRPGs and since the introduction of the original Playstation, I have played quite a number of these games. While this isn’t really that different from what has gone before, Ni No Kuni stands atop of them all due to it’s unbelievably infinite charm. It helps that Studio Ghibli’s name (of Spirited Away fame) attached to the game. That alone, gives high marks in terms of the art for this title.

Gameplay is immersive, while you do play as Oliver throughout the game, during fight scenes, it is better when you use your Familiars. These are like your Pokemon pets that fight for you. There are about 400 of them to collect (all of them are really over-the-top cute), so you’ll never run out of things to do in this game. Aside from the main story, side quests include fixing people’s broken hearts. They can be done via fetch quests or other errands, all of these will make you not notice that you’ve been playing the game for over 20 hours. It is that immersive.

I really don’t have anything negative to say about the game. I guess, if I have one thing to nitpick, it’s that I would like to hear some more voice acting from the game. Some cutscenes are text heavy and takes away a little joy from my playthrough.

At a little over 30 hours of play in this game, I’m barely halfway to finishing this game. And that’s fine because I really having a good time with this title.

It’s a game that every PS3 owners really should not miss.

RATING: 9.5 out of 10 Stars