Level-5 made their name known to RPG fans with great games such as Dragon Quest VIII, Rogue Galaxy and the Dark Cloud series. Their new RPG for the PlayStation 3 is looking to recapture the magic and whimsical atmosphere of those classic games by combining beautiful visuals with traditional elements of the genre.
The first thing you will notice about Ni No Kuni is the art style, which is created from a collaboration with famed anime company Studio Ghibli. The world is inviting, colourful and seems to be full of imagination. The player will travel from large cities to lush jungles and the game will include a large scale world map that you can freely explore, just like all RPGs used to.
The story will follow Olivier, as he enters the alternative reality world of Ni No Kuni in search for his dead mother. With his new ability to use magic, Olivier will meet many strange and wonderful characters along the way as he must also help the citizens of the parallel world in their own plight. The battle system uses a mixture of real-time and turn-based combat. Characters can attack using magic spells, but can also recruit enemies to fight for you. Battles seem to be a mix up of ideas from many different games and it will be interesting to see how they all come together.
If you love the charm and feel of RPGs from the Super Nintendo era and wish to explore a creative and imaginative world, then you should be interested in Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.