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Ni no Kuni (Series) Review

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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 10 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Ni no Kuni is a series of adventure video games where you play a young character with an important mission. The first games follow Oliver, and his journey to another world to save his mother. The sequel, Revenant Kingdom, follows Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, a boy king who is usurped from his castle, and sets out to reclaim his kingdom.

Gameplay consists of exploring the world and meeting characters to build a party of adventurers, as is the way of these style of games. You can accept different quests, some of which are side-missions while others progress the main story. Combat encounters then employ a battle system that you have to learn to perfect. Ni no Kuni II added the ability to develop a home town which offered resources to help you with your battles.

The games were developed separately, but follow similar heroes quest form:
  • Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn (2010) on Nintendo DS and then updated for PlayStation 3.
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (2013), a significantly expanded version of the previous game, on PlayStation 3 and later remastered for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (2018) on PC and PlayStation 4

The games stand out for offering a role-play experience that is both accessible and of high production value for a wider audience than usually play these sorts of games. Studio Ghibli's animation and character work establish their believability and complexity while the soundtrack extends the feature film feel.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 09/12/2010, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @LEVEL5_IA

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 50 hours and 70 hours to complete. This depends on how long you take to progress and whether you pursue every side-quest.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

 

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is rated PEGI 12, like the other Ni No Kuni games. In this instance, it is for depictions of realistic looking violence towards a fantasy character, and depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like characters. The majority of the gameplay consists of depictions of non-realistic looking violence towards human-like and fantasy characters. When fighting, bright lights and magical effects appear on impact of attacks, numbers appear showing the amount of damage inflicted, while health bars appear above their heads indicating their status. When a health bar has been depleted, the character falls to the floor and their body quickly vanishes. This game also contains infrequent depictions of realistic looking violence towards fantasy characters. The most pertinent scene involves a large rat monster being shot in the eye. Blood appears on impact of the attack and he then staggers backwards. Later in the game the same character is shown with a scar where the injury occurred.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Adjustable Anytime: You can adjust the difficulty while playing.

Assistance

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Extensive Complex Reading: Extensive reading required.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @daisyalesounds


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