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Ni No Kuni : Wrath Of The White Witch / Revenant Kingdom.

Post by sleepery jeem » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:08 am

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Due for release on the 25th of January this will be my first big must have of 2013 (I've had it on pre-order for the last three months).

The story follows a young boy named Oliver who, stricken with grief by the death of his mother, is visited by a goblin-like fairy named Drippy who tells him there is a chance to bring her back to life. The creature reveals that there is another world existing in parallel with our own, and that every inhabitant of our reality has a soul twin in the adjacent dimension.

In typical RPG style, the rolling hills, vast woodlands and icy mountains are peppered with towns and mission locations to explore – and waiting somewhere out there is the eponymous White Queen, who seeks to thwart Oliver's quest.

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Special Editions :

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•300 page hardback physical copy of The Wizard’s Companion, the spellbook Oliver uses throughout his journey in the game. The full-colour Wizard’s Companion contains a bestiary of all the creatures found in the game along with in-depth item descriptions, spells and history of the other world.
•A plush doll of Drippy, Oliver’s guide through his adventures
•Exclusive “golden mite” and “golden drongo” DLC familiars.

Game : Wizard Edition @...Sold Out...Standard Edition £39.99 http://www.game.co.uk/en/games/playstat ... 4294966312

Zavvi : Wizard Edition @ £79.99 http://www.zavvi.com/games/platforms/ps ... 24958.html

Amazon : Wizard Edition with 2 Exclusive Familiars http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ni-No-Kuni-Wiza ... B008MLSNOY

Shopto : Wizard Edition @ £69.85 http://www.shopto.net/ps3/PS3NI09-ni-no ... ds-edition

Play.com : Wizard Edition @ £69.99 :? I had ordered it here but now the link is broken.

HMV : Wizard Edition @ £79.99 http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDet ... sku=912043

Tesco : (no listing as yet)
Asda : (no listing as yet)

:?: Is it perhaps as a PS3 exclusive the supermarkets just aren't interested in such a niche game,is R.P.G. yet again a byword for poor sales. :(

Argos : (no listing as yet)

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:) You just have to love the Japanese sensibility's.
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Re: Ni No Kuni Wrath Of The White Witch

Post by merman » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:13 am

It looks amazing, thanks to the work with Studio Ghibli. But twin dimensions? That's not new...

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Post by Snaggletooth » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:14 am

Probably my most anticipated game of 2013, also got deluxe edition on pre-order, Everything just looks divine in the game, thanks to ghibli art work.

That being said I have been trying to distance myself from any videos or reviews, I want it all to be fresh when I play it.
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Post by maf-me-quick » Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:43 pm

Played the demo. Looks great but can't say it really grabbed me.
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Re: Ni No Kuni Wrath Of The White Witch

Post by DifferentClass » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:00 pm

Now, I'm not the biggest Ghibli expert... there are still a couple of key films I have not seen, but judging from what I've seen this isn't a very Ghibli-esque game.

You can't judge the game entirely from a demo I know, especially an RPG which relies on context more than any other game, and you can't incorporate all that in a demo. But still acknowledging all that, something bothered me: a forest guardian was a boss... that you fight with no real reason other that it's in your way... that is so not Ghibli... that bothered me a lot.

The game looks a lot like a Ghibli production, but it doesn't feel like one. It's like they provided the art and left Level 5 to their own devices story-wise, which is fine as they can be good too, but I can't help but feel this game may be a missed opportunity now. I'll probably still get it, but I will with some apprehension and lowered standards.

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Post by Snaggletooth » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:14 pm

DifferentClass wrote:Now, I'm not the biggest Ghibli expert... there are still a couple of key films I have not seen, but judging from what I've seen this isn't a very Ghibli-esque game.

You can't judge the game entirely from a demo I know, especially an RPG which relies on context more than any other game, and you can't incorporate all that in a demo. But still acknowledging all that, something bothered me: a forest guardian was a boss... that you fight with no real reason other that it's in your way... that is so not Ghibli... that bothered me a lot.

The game looks a lot like a Ghibli production, but it doesn't feel like one. It's like they provided the art and left Level 5 to their own devices story-wise, which is fine as they can be good too, but I can't help but feel this game may be a missed opportunity now. I'll probably still get it, but I will with some apprehension and lowered standards.
You have a bit of a point, however given the style of the game and feel it springs to mind the more peacefully Ghibli films, but Ghibli have made a fair few films with some action in Princess Mononoke being the key one that springs to mind, I think that's why they used drippy to possibly help preserve the innocence of Oliver, But I am kind of expecting it to get a bit darker at points in the game, as some of their animation can do the same.

Also Ghibli isn't afraid to lending its animators to other studios Grave of the Fireflies wasn't a Ghibli film per say but its animation team worked on it for one of TV networks, short of the game having been a point and click adventure which isn't a genre associated with Japanese devs it was always going to be a bit harder to capture the feel of a film in a game precisely.

*note when typed in Mononoke it auto corrected to Monkeyshine, Which should actually be a film, Princess Monkeyshine.
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Post by DifferentClass » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:53 pm

Yeah but Princess Mononoke is a film I'm familiar with and that was about having some misguided reason to kill the Guardian in that film, but realising that wasn't the way, so trying to convince other characters not to was what the story was about. Ghibli has always been pro nature and stuff and having you fight creatures that represent nature seems weird to me... In a Ghibli game I would of expected to mostly fight Man. Even in Princess Mononoke that's what happens.

My favourite Ghibli films are Princess Mononoke, Whisper of the Heart and Laputa, so I guess I was hoping for that kinda thing but in game form... But what all I think it will be is another JRPG that looks like a Ghibli film, which is okay in its way, I suppose.

But this is speculation. We'll see how it is when it's out.

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Post by Pious the chosen » Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:32 pm

Grave of the Fireflies
Wow what a depressing film :shock:
Personally I loved the demo and couldn't be anymore stoked for this game. It gave me the vibe of FF 1-9, DQ 8 et al, that said I will stick with the standard edition. As for Ghibli work in general I've watched most of them and really couldn't mention one I didn't enjoy and I went off animated/kids movies in general a long time ago.
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Post by sleepery jeem » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:19 pm

Snaggletooth wrote: That being said I have been trying to distance myself from any videos or reviews, I want it all to be fresh when I play it.
Same here hence my staying away from the demo,though from my limited exposure to online pics i was getting a Jade Coccon vib from the gameplay.

As for the Ghibli connection the fact that i'm playing a cartoon is more than enough to keep me happy :)
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Post by sleepery jeem » Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:14 pm

:( Seems that the Yanks are getting a slightly shinier special edition to us.

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And Game now has a link available for the wizard edition...http://www.game.co.uk/en/ni-no-kuni-wra ... ion-180778
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Re: Ni No Kuni Wrath Of The White Witch

Post by Blakey » Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:38 am

This is now on my radar after Persona 4 has taught me that I actually DO like JRPGs, the genre I had avoided like the plague for my of my game-playing years....

That Wizard Edition looks hella good, but a £70 investment may be a bit much for me considering it might just end up on eBay the next day if I don't get on with the game (most likely)...
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Post by Pious the chosen » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:27 pm

In other news
IGN wrote:Namco Bandai has announced the release of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch in Europe and Australia has been pushed back a week to February 1.

The company took to Twitter to explain that the delay was due to "logistics", but reassured customers that they would receive compensation in the form of a free DLC companion.
The Draggle familiar will be available to download from launch day for anyone who purchases the game in either territory.

The JRPG was originally planned to release on January 25, and is a collaboration between veteran RPG-makers Level-5 and legendary animation company Studio Ghibli.
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Post by Snaggletooth » Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:06 pm

sleepery jeem wrote:This might explain why PLAY had no listing for the wizard edition,had moved my preorder to GAME anyway after PLAYs lack luster response to my email.
Good to hear play haven't gotten any better, not used them in ages due to lack of response from emails. Quite happy for this to be pushed back though got to much gaming on go atm.
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Re: Ni No Kuni Wrath Of The White Witch

Post by Blakey » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:17 am

Played the demo of this today.

Rather enjoyed it I must say, I liked the combat system as it was pretty much different than any other I've played with before, and certainly different from any other JRPG I've ever seen/played.

I loved the magestic music, the game world in itself was amazing, varied, colourful and just looked incredible. Thought the music really matched the game environments and I absolutely loved the graphics, especially the 2nd part of the demo on the volcano, WOW!

My only real negatives from the demo was that it seemed quite linear, the Hub-World seemed open enough and looked very expansive (reminded me of Hyrule somewhat) but looked a bit bare-bones, then you get to the area you're free to explore and it just seemed like a linear path down some trees with some predictable enemies bumping into you with a ! sign above them.

And the second minor negative I encountered was the post-fight summary screen, it just took too long and took up too much space on screen for me, I like summary screens that can just be skipped with a couple of quick button presses and then you can move on, but this one seemed to take its time and interrupt the flow of the game, maybe that was just me though.

Still undecided on it overrall, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would but I've no idea whether my interest would sustain for the 40-60 hour+ jaunt that's probably going to be required to finish it
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Re: Ni No Kuni Wrath Of The White Witch

Post by Blakey » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:16 pm

Review up in GamesTM this month, gave it 8/10.

Very respectable indeed.

Still undecided on whether to take the plunge or not yet, still not 100% it'll be my cup of tea.

Need to finish Sleeping Dogs and Forza Horizon first before I can even think of buying any new games.
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