Ni No Kuni (PS3)
The story is cute. The art is very nice. The music is fabulous.
Other than that it’s basically a clumsy mashup of Dragon Quest VIII plus Pokemon plus the old, bad FFXIV.
The worst structural problem is that it’s needlessly complicated for no good reason other than to drag out playtime.
The worst gameplay problem is that when you’re doing okay in battles, you’re only doing so because you’re absurdly overleveled and/or getting stupid lucky. If you could actually control your dudes instead of relying on the dopey tactics AI, I doubt any grinding would be needed at all.
I’ll finish it, but it’s not really the apex JRPG that I was hoping for.
I’ve got 3D Dot Heroes up next.
Anyway, the music is, again, absolutely awesome, by the very talented Joe Hisaishi (who did a lot of stuff for Miyazaki). The soundtrack is totally worth buying, even if the game isn’t your cup of tea.
…. I turned some of the musical cues into ringtones.