My Favourite PSX 2015 Announcement – Ni No Kuni II

My Favourite PSX 2015 Announcement – Ni No Kuni II

The most exciting announcement from PlayStation Experience 2015 over the weekend in my opinion was certainly not Sparrow Racing League from Bungie for Destiny: The Taken King (although this is much needed fun in a game that I have lost respect for). No, I was stoked to see that Bandai Namco revealed Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is coming to PS4 from the same developers who brought the amazing Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Level-5.

Wrath of the White Witch was released on PS3 for the western countries in 2013 and was one of the most impressive games I played on the previous gen console. The animated sequences were produced by the famous Studio Ghibli, with artwork inspired by their other productions including Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. This was the main reason I decided to try the game. Once I sunk a couple of hours into it I came to realise this was only a small reason why I loved it.

This JRPG has a likeness to Pokémon, where your character collects and controls familiars in battle. The combat style would have to be one of the best I’ve played in a JRPG, with smooth controls and a free range battle area, but in no way does this take away the strategic component needed to beat tough enemies.

One of my favourite aspects of the game is the engrossing world and the character development, especially of the main character Oliver, as you progress through the story. If the developers of the series, Level-5, can pull this off again for the sequel (although technically not a story related sequel), I will be highly impressed. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has all new characters with a brand new story to play through. And judging from the trailer that was shown at PSX, the game is once again inspired by Studio Ghibli art. Although not yet known if they have produced the animation this time around.

I am certainly hyped for this game. And may even dust off the old PS3 this weekend to continue my adventures through the “other world” of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. But wouldn't it be awesome if they announce a remaster for the PS4...

7 Dec 2015 8:16 PMBrittany Mitchell