Ni no Kuni (Series) Review
Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 5 days ago.
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, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch
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.
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom: The Prince's Edition
Ni No Kuni Remastered: Wrath Of The White Witch
Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.
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.
This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.
Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 11-14 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. The combination of a cartoon visuals, adventure story, battles and exploration are enjoyed by pre-teenage players.
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