IGN Review of Ni No Kuni: 9,4 (Amazing)

#91grimms2Posted 1/15/2013 8:30:54 PM
squalledd posted...
"THE VERDICT

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of the best RPGs Iíve played in years. Moreover, it joins the elusive ranks of the best PlayStation 3 exclusives, a group very rarely encroached upon by any studio Sony doesnít own. Ni No Kuni is just that good: a beautiful mixture of the traditional makings of a JRPG combined with gorgeous graphics, a wonderful story, a great cast of characters and thoughtful gameplay. Better yet, I truly believe thereís something here even for those that donít necessarily enjoy random encounters, level grinding and stat building. The story, characters, aesthetics and gameplay really do mix to make something special well outside of the JRPG niche.

It took me just north of 40 hours to beat Ni No Kuni, and thereís still more for me to do. I didnít complete every last side quest and I didnít cruise through the entirety of the gameís battle arena. Word out of Japan is that the gameís coveted Platinum Trophy could take 80 hours to get, but know this: 40 hours with Ni No Kuni wonít allow you to see nearly all the game has to offer.

I didnít want the game to end. It proved one of those special experiences Ė like Iíve had with Final Fantasy VI, Wild Arms or Tales of Destiny in the past Ė where I didnít want to see the conclusion. I wanted it to keep going. Thatís because Ni No Kuni is just that special, and every RPG fan owes it to him or herself to pick it up and see why."


+Gorgeous, lush graphics
+Wonderful, expertly written and performed soundtrack
+Excellent story thatís familiar, yet markedly unique
+Engrossing battle system that takes influence from two great JRPG series
+Requires at least 40 hours to beat, and perhaps twice that to do everything"
Bad

Yes. that's what i felt it too when beating the last boss... i don't want to end!

Already got my copy bought and paid for. Picked up my steel case at Gamestop about two hours ago too.
#92xdividebyzeroxPosted 1/15/2013 8:32:55 PM
Muflaggin posted...
Hate to break it to you guys, but Colin is a notorious PS3 nut hugger. I can't remember the last time he gave a PS3 exclusive a bad score. Sorry. V_V

I'll bet it is the best JRPG he's played in years...considering he doesn't even play them. >_>


-reviewer mentions 2 or 3 other JRPGs in the review-

LOL.
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#93OEIO999Posted 1/15/2013 8:47:02 PM
PFirefly posted...

I didn't make a big deal out of 90 minutes, you did by acting like I was. I made counter points to all three bits of nonsense, not just that one.

N4G, metacritic, or even on gfaqs you can see an extensive list of reviews for any given game. If you use any or all of those options you can see that Journey was almost universally praised, and not some hipster move by IGN.

AS far as representing only yourself, I would like to draw you attention to this line: " this may or may not reflect how future games are made, but if it does than it'd be a sad time for gamers." You say for gamers. Not you, or even gamers that don't like that kind of game, but gamers. That implies all gamers, which is why I said anything about it. If you'd ended that sentence two words earlier I wouldn't even be talking about it right now.

As far as dicussing how Journey contributes, that's a whole other kettle of fish and not the purpose of the NNK boards. I only commented on Journey being a poor choice for anti-IGN sentiments, refute your simplifications of Journey, and try to get you to understand that you hadn't proven the point you were trying to make about IGN and instead were simply trolling.


I intentionally highlighted the chunk of that paragraph detailing your views on my '90 mins' comment, how much more evidence do I need.

Universally praised by some, while not others. That is how I'm lead to believe due to searche though several different gaming websites. And like I said I got the hipster statement from the reviewers themselves

I went ahead and said in the next statement that I was speaking for gamers in the future, for which I'd like to think I represent. If you and I are not in the same corner, that's fine by me. It's not everyone would be inclined to like the same games as is the case with Journey.

You're right, that is irreverent. But if I can remember correctly I commented how IGN made a poor choice by naming Journey GOTY because as I quoted it's similar to spending '90 mins in an art gallery', but you've yet to argue how Journey represents anything but
#94PFireflyPosted 1/15/2013 8:47:08 PM
OEIO999 posted...
And the others I have seen, didnt favour this game too highly, (VGA, Insidegaming, Mchinima, AngryJoe, Escapistmag e.t.c).


Just for ****s and giggles I looked up those other sites. Escapist gave Journey 100, and Machinma gave it 90...
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#95OEIO999Posted 1/15/2013 8:50:00 PM
PFirefly posted...
OEIO999 posted...
And the others I have seen, didnt favour this game too highly, (VGA, Insidegaming, Mchinima, AngryJoe, Escapistmag e.t.c).


Just for ****s and giggles I looked up those other sites. Escapist gave Journey 100, and Machinma gave it 90...


I looked at Escapists top 5 GOTY, it wasn't in it.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6V6MI1ZSRfg

Don't know where you got your 100 from...

And machinima was the same, I just looked at the GOTY but you can go ahead and count them as supporting Journey if you'd like
#96StaticPenguinPosted 1/15/2013 9:00:14 PM
VanilleHopen posted...
and their credibility goes further down the drain...

this game better than xenoblade.. LOL at the thought..


Man video game reviewers just cant win today.
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#97PFireflyPosted 1/15/2013 9:01:52 PM
OEIO999 posted...

I intentionally highlighted the chunk of that paragraph detailing your views on my '90 mins' comment, how much more evidence do I need.

Universally praised by some, while not others. That is how I'm lead to believe due to searche though several different gaming websites. And like I said I got the hipster statement from the reviewers themselves

I went ahead and said in the next statement that I was speaking for gamers in the future, for which I'd like to think I represent. If you and I are not in the same corner, that's fine by me. It's not everyone would be inclined to like the same games as is the case with Journey.

You're right, that is irreverent. But if I can remember correctly I commented how IGN made a poor choice by naming Journey GOTY because as I quoted it's similar to spending '90 mins in an art gallery', but you've yet to argue how Journey represents anything but


I'm done dicussing 90 minutes. You think it was a major part of my response, I say it isn't.

You also don't represent all gamers, which is my point there. Plenty of people don't like Journey which is fine, but plenty and all are two different things. You only represent the section of gamers that don't like Journey.

Though I prefer not to discuss in depth what Journey contributes, since this isn't its board, you seem to require that of me for some reason. This blurb from Jenova's bio on TGC explains better than I could:

"Jenova loves video games and is frustrated to see video games losing their appeal as he and his friends age. While studying in film school about the history of media, Jenova realized that to mature a medium, a wide range of content is required to satisfy audience's various emotional needs. Jenova wants to be part of a movement to expand the range of emotions video games can communicate, and help turn video games into an expressive medium that can be enjoyed by everyone."

http://thatgamecompany.com/company/people/jenova-chen/


Having played all of TGC's games and Jenova's college project "Cloud," I agree with what he's doing and believe that he has suceeded. Emotion and humanity are what Journey contributes to gaming. You may disagree, and in fact you probably will, but you'll find more people who agree with me than with you on that point.
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#98PFireflyPosted 1/15/2013 9:06:34 PM
OEIO999 posted...
PFirefly posted...
OEIO999 posted...
And the others I have seen, didnt favour this game too highly, (VGA, Insidegaming, Mchinima, AngryJoe, Escapistmag e.t.c).


Just for ****s and giggles I looked up those other sites. Escapist gave Journey 100, and Machinma gave it 90...


I looked at Escapists top 5 GOTY, it wasn't in it.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6V6MI1ZSRfg

Don't know where you got your 100 from...

And machinima was the same, I just looked at the GOTY but you can go ahead and count them as supporting Journey if you'd like


Metacritic or N4g... take your pick. I used metacritic's normalized scores to simplify things, but escapist gave it 5/5 stars (100%) and Machinima's was absolutely glowing with praise.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/9494-Journey-Review

http://www.insidegamingdaily.com/2012/03/03/journey-review/
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#99OEIO999Posted 1/15/2013 9:19:57 PM
PFirefly posted...
OEIO999 posted...

I intentionally highlighted the chunk of that paragraph detailing your views on my '90 mins' comment, how much more evidence do I need.

Universally praised by some, while not others. That is how I'm lead to believe due to searche though several different gaming websites. And like I said I got the hipster statement from the reviewers themselves

I went ahead and said in the next statement that I was speaking for gamers in the future, for which I'd like to think I represent. If you and I are not in the same corner, that's fine by me. It's not everyone would be inclined to like the same games as is the case with Journey.

You're right, that is irreverent. But if I can remember correctly I commented how IGN made a poor choice by naming Journey GOTY because as I quoted it's similar to spending '90 mins in an art gallery', but you've yet to argue how Journey represents anything but


I'm done dicussing 90 minutes. You think it was a major part of my response, I say it isn't.

You also don't represent all gamers, which is my point there. Plenty of people don't like Journey which is fine, but plenty and all are two different things. You only represent the section of gamers that don't like Journey.

Though I prefer not to discuss in depth what Journey contributes, since this isn't its board, you seem to require that of me for some reason. This blurb from Jenova's bio on TGC explains better than I could:

"Jenova loves video games and is frustrated to see video games losing their appeal as he and his friends age. While studying in film school about the history of media, Jenova realized that to mature a medium, a wide range of content is required to satisfy audience's various emotional needs. Jenova wants to be part of a movement to expand the range of emotions video games can communicate, and help turn video games into an expressive medium that can be enjoyed by everyone."

http://thatgamecompany.com/company/people/jenova-chen/


Having played all of TGC's games and Jenova's college project "Cloud," I agree with what he's doing and believe that he has suceeded. Emotion and humanity are what Journey contributes to gaming. You may disagree, and in fact you probably will, but you'll find more people who agree with me than with you on that point.


Fair enough. I made the mistake of wording it out in a way that made you think I was speaking for all gamers. And the only thing I had learned from that text was the same thing I had phrased at the beginning of this argument, sure to a greater detail that is. Journey represents a decent aesthetic visual experience, with apparently an emotional ride that gamers were meant to feel. Now as a film or an artistic project, it would seem it manages to reach its goal. But as a PS3 GAME, it's incredibally underwhelming and fails to match to what others games this gen have at least attempted to create (you know those big blockbuster, 10-20+ hour GAMES)
#100PFireflyPosted 1/15/2013 9:26:32 PM
OEIO999 posted...


Fair enough. I made the mistake of wording it out in a way that made you think I was speaking for all gamers. And the only thing I had learned from that text was the same thing I had phrased at the beginning of this argument, sure to a greater detail that is. Journey represents a decent aesthetic visual experience, with apparently an emotional ride that gamers were meant to feel. Now as a film or an artistic project, it would seem it manages to reach its goal. But as a PS3 GAME, it's incredibally underwhelming and fails to match to what others games this gen have at least attempted to create (you know those big blockbuster, 10-20+ hour GAMES)


If you feel that its underwhelming and doesn't match other games, I can respect your opinion even if I don't agree. Its good then that the PS3 offers such a wide range of games. I really don't think you should be worried that you'll be crowded out by games that try the same approach as Journey.
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