- System: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
- Developer: LEVEL-5, QLOC
- Release Date: Sept. 20, 2019
- Pricing:$49.95 US
- Rating: E10+
- Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/ni-no-kuni-wrath-of-the-white-witch
Who it Caters to
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered also caters to a unique group of fans - gamers that also love the art of Studio Ghibli, which made all the animated cutscenes. Many gamers, especially ones who enjoy JRPGs, are also a fan of Studio Ghibli films. The rare chance to see that beautiful animation in a video game isn’t one to pass up, and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered provides it! The game also has an emotional and well-written story with plenty of character development, twists and turns, and memorable moments. If gamers like a great narrative, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered caters to them.
What to Expect
Because combat occurs in a closed arena rather than on the normal gameplay map, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered might feel a bit aged at first as that style of RPG has been going out of fashion. However, combat itself still occurs in real-time (with wait bars) and you can move freely around the arena. It’s a good combination of old and new, but important to understand going into the game that the combat system is done reminiscent of a more traditional JRPG style. It also takes some time to unlock any extra party members that you can switch in and out of battle, so again, expect to be patient in that regard.
Finally, if you played Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch before, you can expect better graphics and a clearer picture in this Remastered edition. Especially if you have a nice TV, you can notice just how much better the game works on the PlayStation 4. If you thought it was beautiful before, expect to have your breath taken away one more time.
In Drippy’s world, Oliver is able to use magic. He encounters many people who are heart-broken due to the dark wizard’s terrible influence and works hard to help the people he encounters along his way. He also befriends a girl named Esther and a thief named Swaine, who joins his team to fight the evil wizard and find Alicia. Through the help of other sages, the group learns of a powerful wand that may be able to defeat the wizard, but due to it being destroyed, they don’t know how to retrieve it. Oliver and his friends must solve his mystery, find Alicia, defeat the wizard, and help as many people as they can to save both worlds.
Combat itself happens in a closed arena away from the world map. This battlefield can be moved about freely as players attack enemies using magic and abilities. Each character in the party has unique abilities that can be used in combat. One main feature of fighting in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered is the ability to tame the monsters, making them a Familiar that can be used in combat. These familiars also level up alongside the human characters, and each has their own unique abilities as well. A powerful Miracle Move can also be activated, significantly changing the tide of battle. Playing the main story will also unlock more party members to choose to use in combat.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remaster fully supports trophies on the PlayStation 4 to keep track of your achievements in the game. As with any major RPG, you can save your game to return again later, which you will definitely need to do as this is a long game! You can save freely on the Overworld map and at select places inside cities and dungeons.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Remastered means PlayStation 4 players enjoy the game at 1080p resolution and with a frame rate of 60 frames per second (FPS). PlayStation 4 Pro users can also opt for a true 4K resolution at 30 fps, or 1440p at 60fps.
- The OST always seems to be perfect for the moment, making the game even more emotional, exciting, or fanciful when it needs to be and drawing players fully into the experience.
- The characters’ personalities and stories make them come to life, and you really want to help them and find out more about them.
- Combat is varied, with a faster pace than other turn-based RPG games but still much more than just another button masher, too.
- The animation is all gorgeous, from the CGI worlds of normal gameplay to the cutscenes made by Studio Ghibli, which wouldn’t feel out of place in a real Ghibli film.
- While the story is told well and does have its surprises, the twists and turns come late in the game - potentially later than some gamers may last before giving up.
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered is a fairy tale kind of story, so the ending is predictable.
- Many of the side quests are similar to one another and may feel repetitive to gamers that don’t like grinding and collecting quests.
- There are several instances where the game feels like it’s going to end but continues for a long time still, which can be frustrating when you feel like you have reached the climax and can start to drag.
- The English dub of the game isn’t the worst, but it’s not as good as the original Japanese version, either. Some gamers may also be frustrated to learn that several character’s names were also changed between the Japanese and English versions of the game.
- The story itself has not changed at all from the original release; only the graphics have been improved. If you’re hoping for new scenes, characters, equipment or something else more tangible to buy the remaster, the game doesn’t have anything like that.
Honey's Final Verdict:
Are you going to try out Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered? Is it going to be your first time playing, or did you play the original as well? If you already tried it, have you been enjoying the improved graphics on the new edition? Let us know how you feel in the comments!