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Best JRPG of this generation.

This game was incredible. Gorgeous graphics, epic music, enjoyable gameplay.....it's damn near perfect. It's easily the best JRPG of this generation.

I honestly wonder if Kim actually played the entire game, or a different game all together. I experienced none of the frustration she talks about at all. You can in fact save the game at anytime (just press the triangle button and then the start button). The 10% deduction from your money when restarting is only a slight irritation as it can be regained with only a battle or two.

Does Kim really like RPGs? I honestly am not sure.

  • dude youre dead on this game is awe inspiring.

  • Kim's review was the worst I have read in a long time. I'm glad Riener made sure to tweet about how much he enjoyed this and also Sleeping Dogs.

  • completely agree.. The GI review for Ni No Kuni is garbage... Either she didn't play it or just sucks that bad at video games in general.

  • You know what's weird, is that she's not the only reviewer that felt that way about the battle system. Phil Kollar (who we all knows loves JRPGS) gave this a 6.5 at Polygon. I also just read a review from Venturebeat saying that the comabt "mars [the] poignant tale". http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/04/ni-no-kuni-wrath-of-the-white-witch-review/ I'm just wondering if they can't evolve with a new battle system for JRPGs. As for me, I'm enjoying the hell out of it. It's definitely not easy but gets much easier once you get All-Out-Defense/All-Out-Attack. I love having to cancel my moves to prepare to defend and making sure I'm getting the timing down right. I think I've only died once while fighting a boss and that was the genie one because I totally didn't expect it. (Damn it Drippy! Lol!) There are definitely times where I'm getting owned by dudes but that's because I'm usually in the wrong area. But that's why you can SAVE in the world map. I think I've used the "Continue" button twice when dying and that was because I forgot to save - typically I remember to. And guess what? I'm not going to forget to save now, that's for damn sure. It really boggles my mind and the only thing I could think of is that they don't remember how to play RPGs because they're so different now. If you love old-school JRPGs, this one keeps all the great bits and gets rid of most of the lame grinding. I had to grind for hours with FFIV. I did it and I still loved playing the remake on my DS. You don't have to grind in this game to progress (only on some of the side quests that require specific familiars to complete - but they reward you really well for those). Plus, you can run away. Yah it fails but keep trying and it'll work. I've saved my ass in areas I shouldn't have been by doing that. Also, another thing is that there is a fine balance with upgrading your familiars. Since they start over at lvl 1, it can get pretty tough. But you HAVE to upgrade them because you can tell that the mobs you fight later on are upgraded versions themselves. Uggh... I don't know. I just don't get it. I feel like because of this review and others like it on US websites, people are putting off buying it and playing it. In the UK where it got universal glowing reviews, it's #1 and is sold out. It's such a travesty since it truly is one of the best games that have come out in a long time. This game makes me wish I could just stay at home and play Ni No Kuni. It's been a long time since I've felt that way about a game like this... especially on a console.
  • Absolutely correct. I haven't shed a tear or been this sad about beating a game since Final Fantasy VI when I was little. Ni No Kuni was absolutely amazing in every aspect. All GI's review seemed to be was just a whining child who got upset because the game was too hard for her. The point of these people's jobs is to objectively review the game, not rip on it because you simply are not good at it. Her review is just proof of how spoiled gamers have become these days. I remember the days where you didn't even get a chance to restart a boss battle. You had to return all the way to your last save, losing everything you gained along the way, yet she is complaining about paying a measly 10% of your money? Being absolutely truthful, I've died once the entire game, and that was during the Solosseum Series. You can't just run into every major battle half-cocked and 10 levels below what you should be. You have to put in the time to grind for levels and equipment, something the GI reviewer clearly didn't do. It's a shame GI is as such a large publication as it is in this instance because some people are going to take this review as gold and let it deter them from an absolutely wonderful experience. GI do yourselves a favor next time and find someone who has experience with the style of game they are reviewing, because this reviewer clearly has none with JRPG's.
  • Having just beaten this game myself, I have to say I completely agree with you guys.  The game was straight up fantastic and nothing like what Kimberly described.  I never allowed myself to get penalized because I saved constantly.  As far as the battle system, the only time I even worried about defending against nasty attacks was during boss battles.  In random battles I was almost always the one kicking ass, and if not, I healed.  It's one of the best RPGs I've played in years and I can't believe Kimberly scored it so low and had so many issues with it. And yes, in this case I consider a 7 low.  I know a lot of people like to say that a 7 is still a good score, but that's BS in this case.  All the things Kimberly said she was expecting from the game and didn't get were all the things I got.