After a year of its released in Japan, finally managed to get my hand on this exclusive PS3 game.What excite me the most its animation is done by the famous studio ghibli (the one responsible for great anime like spirited away and my neighbour Totoro) and together with company Level-5 which responsible for making puzzle so fun in prof layton series. After finish playing it I would say the experience with it is Brilliant and Fun. Not only it is strong with its storyline but the battle system its introduced quite new and not to forget Fun.
Overall the story is nice and full with unexpected turn of events. If you watch any of Ghibli anime, the story and the world you travel makes you feel like you’re playing in Ghibli world. It manage to catch your heart as early as the first few hours of the game especially the tragic event happening to the main character a thirteen year boy Oliver. Her mother died after saving him from drowning due to her weak heart. Here’s a miracle happened whereby he met a fairy named drippy and this fairy is sure not what a fairy supposed to look like and behave. With a long nose attached to small lantern and almost round body explained to the boy about how he can save her mother in Ni No Kuni world. A parallel world to us whereby the people soul there is linked to the soul in our world. This fairy make the story more fun as his dialogue is always funny.
The side quest introduced is so much fun and easy whereby you collect hearts components from one people and share it to the people who lack of it and there’s also bounty hunt included for those who like fighting more. Ni No Kuni is a vast world to explore from field ,desert, sea, and even cemetery.Travel at first will be quite tiring but as you progressed you acquire many means of transport either by magic or even by dragon!! One side quest that I like the most is collecting the missing page of your book especially the fairy tales section. A section of short stories similar like those cinderalla or Snow white
The battle system introduced is something you should try. Believe me levelling up is so much fun and not dreaded like any RPG games.You either fight using yourself or by using a monster known as familiar. This familiars you will be able to catch in the wild , train and even evolved them with the right item……sound familiar,definitely if you play any pokemon games before. There are about 400 type to catch each with their own unique ability and stats and you know what they say Gotta Catch them all!! The battle still involved choosing option like attack, provision and so on but it also include some real time. In the middle of attacking you can suddenly cancel your attack to run around the enemy like maybe to attack its rear for better damage.As you form a party, with so many character moving around in battlefield it creates a very lively battle scene. You can even switch control to your party member easily and the others will be controlled by AI. Even though you can give order to the the AI, you still have to decide to either be on more defensive or offensive more .and this is important as you fighting with stronger opponents.And if this lively and fun fighting still make you tired of levelling , they even throw one creature that offer very high experience,even higher than any boss in the game!!
To further increased the thing you can do in the game, they includes alchemy system whereby you mixed ingredients to form a new stuff. As you progressed, you acquire better formulae such as to synthesize a very powerful weapons,armours and shields .Yet a game without good soundtrack will be very dull and for this reason the original soundtrack is composed by Joe hishaishi, responsible for many great soundtracks in Ghibli animes, and performed by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchaestra. the song really fits the mood and event in the game nicely. my favourite would be at the fairyground town background song.If you like japanese RPG games, this games is something you shouldn’t miss at all.Really wonderful experience.