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Welcome to the beautiful world of Ni no Kuni! After being overthrown in a coup, the young king Evan sets out on an extraordinary quest to found a new kingdom, unite his world and protect its inhabitants from the dark forces that threaten them. Join him on an unforgettable adventure which blurs the line between animated feature film and video game. Developed by LEVEL-5, Ni no Kuni II features enchanting character designs from the legendary artist Yoshiyuki Momose and a stirring soundtrack composed by the world-famous Joe Hisaishi.
I ordered the game in advance in December and have been eagerly waiting for it. What I can say is that I didn't play the predecessor. The Story:
A coup ensures that Prince Evan loses his father and he has to flee himself. Roland, who has... probably been dragged out of a parallel world and into the present one, helps him in his escape. To his horror, Evan finds that the deceased king's right hand has taken over the guard. Roland decides to help Evan become king and find his own guard. On their way they meet many friendly but also hostile faces. The story keeps its thread and it is unbelievably fun to accompany Evan on his way.
For me the graphic runs on a high level. The pictures are very sharp and the design of the individual characters very cute. It's a very loving game. The Chibi style, if you walk over the map, is not quite my case - but it doesn't bother me.
The fighting system:
I haven't had that much experience with my 3 hours of fighting. I play with a controller and therefore hardly use the keyboard at all. The fighting system is very flush and fun. It's easy to understand and the fights aren't really hard. If you're into real time fights, you're sure to have a lot of fun here.
I personally like the Japanese synchronization very much. The dubbing actors are very convincing in their role. Since I am a fan of Japanese culture and don't like the English voices, I changed them at the beginning of the story.
I am very curious how it will go on. If you are into real-time fights, like anime and don't mind the minimized graphics and story, you can have a lot of fun with the game. My only negative point of criticism so far is that you often run into the hands of too strong opponents due to accidents and then it can be that you die. I'm definitely gonna keep playing and write a second review sometime.
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