Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered Review

Posted October 9, 2019 by Jacqueline Juretus in Video Games

Developers: Studio Ghibli, Level-5

Publisher: Bandai Namco

Release Date: September 19th, 2019

Platforms: PS4 (reviewed), Nintendo Switch, PC

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch came out in 2011 to excited fans everywhere, interested to see a Studio Ghibli style game. It was generally praised as a hit on the PS3. The bar was set very high that the second game, which came out on PS4, is widely seen as a disappointment. But, does the first game still hold up alongside modern JRPG titles?

The answer is a resounding YES.

The story is a wholesome one of healing hearts and adventure. The emotional beats are highly impactful and still resonate. In a gaming era with a lot of edgy protagonists and violence, Ni No Kuni manages to stand out without ringing false or overly saccharine.

Visually, the game is a masterpiece with beautiful animation. The hand drawn cut scenes work well with the cell shaded gameplay. Environments are varied, with each one being more whimsical than the last. Framerate stays smooth and consistent, with everything looking clean.

While combat is a bit tricky at first, the tutorials are competent in soon getting you assimilated. The gameplay is both smooth and fun, aging well. Boss fights are challenging, but rarely frustrating. Players can have a lot of fun outside of fights just walking about town taking in the scenery as well. You can talk to anyone, and there’s plenty of sidequests to do.

Overall, this game feels like it could have been released brand new today in how it looks and plays. Everything that made this game wonderful in the original still holds up in the remaster.


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