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? 🙂