These days, I’m mostly playing on my Playstation 3. Ni No Kuni is my currrent drug of choice and I’m enjoying it a lot. I won’t lie, I’ve been looking for a good roleplaying game to play for a while. Going back to Xenogears and Final Fantasy IX just weren’t doing it for me, and the pickings for PS2 classics on the Playstation Store are pretty pitiful. Ni No Kuni also satisfies my secret Pokemon urges, if only a little bit.
The story is ok so far. No, I haven’t beaten it, I just got it! The price dropped to 19.99 and that was a deal I couldn’t pass up. I’m broke, so I like buying games on the cheap side when I can.
Anyway, the characters aren’t my favorite. Oliver is fine, I guess. He’s the “pure-hearted one” according to his bizarre-looking guide/sidekick, Drippy. Oliver’s mother dies at the beginning of the game and while grieving, Oliver’s tears awaken a doll that his mother made for him named Drippy. Drippy introduces himself as “Lord High Lord of the Faeries” and quickly enlists Oliver to come to his world to help him defeat the bad guys. The only other character I’ve gotten in my group so far is Esther. She is the daughter of one of the great sages that Oliver must speak to. She’s really just kind of a generic yes-man so far. There hasn’t been much character development yet.
I will say, though, that I’ve been having a blast just running around leveling up, capturing monsters and evolving them. That’s the link to Pokemon for me. The monsters are all kind of anime inspired, which is fine because that’s the way the game was designed artistically. Speaking of artistic, this game is beautiful. I love the way the designers put the visuals together on this game. It really does feel unique.