Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch DEMO

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Just a few days ago the demo version of Ni No Kuni was released on PSN. This is the game I mentioned a few months back when I was participating in the Wizard’s Edition pre-order on Namco Bandai’s website. I got around today and downloaded and installed the demo version on my ps3 (yes I did put XCOM down for an hour or so).

I just finished the demo and wanted to share my impressions. First off, the game looks amazing. It’s everything I hoped it would be graphic wise. The character development seems pretty good too, the demo only let me play for 25 minutes but I was already introduced to quite a few different characters in the story. The battle system far exceeded my expectations. The battle encounters happen in standard RPG fashion but remind me a lot of the Pokemon games because the wild battles start while walking around and a “!” appears over the wild animal’s head before it cuts away to the battle. The battle system is a lot more complex than Pokemon though. You choose who will fight the battle and it’s not necessarily the standard turn-based design but more like Final Fantasy XIII where you can run around to dodge attacks while choosing to defend, attack, use spells, or eat provisions.

You gain EXP and money from battles. In the demo I was able to fight a boss battle that was actually pretty challenging even after I got a hang of the controls. I spent probably 10-15 of my 25 minutes trying to figure out the best way to approach the boss.

This demo has me really excited for my Wizard’s Edition to come in January. I wish it was more than 25 minutes long!

Curious… has anyone else downloaded an played? What are your impressions? 🙂

5 thoughts on “Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch DEMO

  1. I saw this post, so I downloaded the demo and gave it a shot. I thought it was pretty challenging out of the gate; to start on a boss when you are not familiar with the controls, well.. was just a bit off-putting. Once you figure it out, it was still a challenge to manage offense vs defense. I agree with your reference to Pokemon and FFXIII, but I would say it’s more like Pokemon meets Eternal Sonata. I may give it one more go, to see if this is for me or not. Right now, this one would be a pass from me.

    1. I agree the boss battle was difficult in that particular play through. Did you play the other level (lava one)? That one you got to do some small battles before the large one.

  2. I checked out the lava section, that was more enjoyable. More characters in the party to play with. I think I’d have fun playing the game, but I’m not dropping $60 on that title, hopefully i could get it on the cheaps in the future.

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