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One of the best RPGs....All heart
on 25 January 2017
Lets be clear, this is one of the best RPG's ever.
I'm a bit of an old gamer and have been an RPG gamer from "the day". For those who might be interested in a sample of the body of games I've enjoyed over the years (when they came out originally!), we have the likes of Phantasy Star on Master System, Might and Magic on Mega Drive, Secret of Mana on SNES, Final Fantasy Tactics on a chipped PS1 to allow it to play US games....I'l stop boring you. The only reason I mention it is to highlight that I've enjoyed the evolution over the years of different fighting sytems, leveling/grinding and characterisation, but what lies at the heart of a good RPG is whether the Story has a heart. Every time you find a good one, you develop a deep investment in the progress of the characters which means you can't leave the story unfinished.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is Ni No Kuni in a nutshell.
The fighting system is great, but not the best. The pace is slow to start and feels like a kids game initially. The Monster system is vast, but perhaps too vast for its own good and slightly flawed. Forget that all, the characterisation, animation (obviously), story and voice acting is breathtaking. I completed it moons ago but I still feel connected to the story. Do leave it in English, they have done the best acting job I've heard, especially Drippy. I can't wait for the second game to come out. I write this review to encourage anyone unsure of whether to take the plunge to just get on with it. If you like RPG's you owe it to yourself. At this price, buy 2, share some joy and give one to a friend who needs it :)