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October 15, 2017

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom had two booths at IgroMir. And even if they did not differ in catchy design, it was difficult for real JRPG fans to pass them by. So I could not resist and played the latest Bandai Namco project and now I hasten to share my impressions.Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom game review

Graphics in the game – a real treat for fans of Hayao Miyazaki (Hayao Miyazaki).

In the Far Far Away Kingdom…

As you might guess from the number in the title, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the successor to Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The game is being worked on by ex-Ghibli employees, the same people who made Spirited Away, the Japanese animation classic.

With the aforementioned anime, the first part was related not only by the high quality of the animation, but also by the idea of ​​the protagonist growing up. As the story progresses, both Chihiro and Oliver make new friends and learn to prioritize personal gain and the needs of others, and end up willing to go to any lengths to save their loved ones.

Oliver’s story, like Chihiro’s adventures in the world of spirits, was still a fairy tale, and the second part, according to Bandai Namco, is designed for an older audience. Which is quite understandable, because the players during this time have already managed to grow by as much as seven years. However, I talk too much about the original, and in fact it is not even needed to understand the plot of the sequel. The second part is an independent work with its own story and its own characters, but in the same setting. This information is especially relevant for PC players, because the game, unlike Wrath of the White Witch, will also be released on this platform.

Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom game review

Heroes move around the map in the form of cute “chibis”.

So far, little is known about the plot of Revenant Kingdom. We play as Prince Evan, who was the victim of a palace coup and was forced to leave the kingdom of Dinh Dong Dell. Evan’s goal is to reclaim his rightful throne. In this he must be helped by new friends – the air pirate Tanya and Roland, a guest from another reality. It can be assumed that the matter will not be limited to one return of the throne, and the heroes will most likely have to save the world, as is usually the case according to the canons of the genre.

battle royale

On the thorny path to the cherished goal, our protagonist will meet many enemies with whom he will need to fight. And here it is important to note that the combat system of Ni no Kuni II has been completely redesigned compared to the first part. She got rid of the “half-stepping” and completely switched to real-time battles. This decision is quite logical: the game strives to be fashionable and attractive to most gamers. By the way, last year’s Final Fantasy XV from Square Enix went the same way.Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom game review

Dynamic battles fit very well into the game and in this regard made it similar to Tales of Berseria.

The vacant place of “Pokemon” familiars was taken by higgledy (higgledy), small multi-colored creatures that move freely around the battlefield. As companions, they help the heroes if they are in their area, for example, they give buffs and can heal. The characters themselves are also not born with a bast. So, Prince Evan is able to attack both in close combat and from a distance, which opens up a number of tactical possibilities.

By the way, about tactics. The game has a whole mode dedicated to the massacre of the enemy. It looks like moving around the world map with different units (archers, swordsmen, and so on), but it is not yet clear how it will be woven into the game (in the demo it was a separate item in the menu).

The second new mechanic of Ni no Kuni II is kingdom building, but, alas, it was not shown at the exhibition. Considering that the main character was left without his own castle, it can be assumed that he will either settle in a new one or return his own rather quickly.

Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom game review

In tactical mode, units are grouped around the hero. In fact, we control the prince, and the troops simply adapt to him depending on the chosen direction.

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At the moment, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom looks very attractive, not least thanks to its hand-drawn art. Add to that the lull in the JRPG genre right now, and you have one of the most anticipated Japanese games of early next year.

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