First published on 18 Mar 2013. Updated on 17 Apr 2013.
This co-development between Studio Ghibli (of My Neighbour Totoro
fame) and Level-5 (home of the Professor Layton
games) sees the former holding up the better part of the deal. From the engaging, classically Ghibli plot to the colourful characters and witty, charming cutscenes, Ni No Kuni
has probably the most engaging world we’ve seen in a major title in years.
Not that Level-5 has done a bad job, but the core gameplay is basically a mash-up of every standard Japanese RPG element of the past 20 years: random battles, side quests, spells to summon help, even Pokémon-style monster training. Innovative it is not.
Watch No No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch