Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli has captured the hearts of countless animation fans all over the world with its creations such as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Tales from Earthsea, and Ponyo. Even individuals who are not really into the format easily fall prey to the charms of the production house’s creations. And now, they are entering the PlayStation 3 market with Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
The game was actually released in Japan a couple of years ago, but it is only now that Ni No Kuni is available to the rest of the world. If you’ve already been captivated by the distinctive style of Studio Ghibli with its movies, then you will probably spend hours on hours staring at your screen with the PS3 game.
The studio partnered up with Level 5, a Japanese developer company, to bring together the world of animated films and video games. The result? A game that seems to charm the heck out of critics and enthusiasts alike.
The story line is ridiculously simple. We have Oliver, the protagonist, who wants to save his dead mother. In order to do so, the 13-year-old boy goes into a fantasy world with one of his stuffed toys, who is actually a fairy named Drippy.
Being an RPG, Ni No Kuni presents a lot of opportunities to discover the world. As you do so, you get to meet all sorts of characters – the entire experience apparently immersing you in your own animated world.
The game has had a very warm reception so far, with even critics saying that you really can’t ignore its charm.
You can get a copy of Ni No Kuni for the PS3 at Amazon for $59.96, and judge just how good the experience is for yourself.
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