Jeez Kevin, when are we gonna get that Ni No Kuni review?

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#1 Posted by DaRq_MiNoS (566 posts) -

I find Gamespot's reviews to be just about dead-on with my opinions on games, so I usually base my purchases off them (except when I bought Resident Evil 6 thinking, there's no way it could be that bad... but Gamespot was right again). Dying for the Ni No Kuni review here so I know if I should stop at the store tomorrow.

#2 Posted by Kravyn81 (9438 posts) -
I'm calling an 8.5. I'm anxious to see what they have to say as well.
#3 Posted by soapman72 (2713 posts) -

Prepared for Kevin to drop the bomb on his review...

#4 Posted by Sokol4ever (6305 posts) -

I'm sure he is doing his best, I have enjoyed Kevin's reviews of RPG's for many years and he truly is one of very, very few people you can trust when it comes to role playing games specifically, it's also a very long game - it takes time to properly review it.

As for Ni No Kuni, I wouldn't even wait for review, it will be a phenomenal game that every jrpg should pick up and play. There is so much information available on the game already, look it up. ;)

#5 Posted by DaRq_MiNoS (566 posts) -

Well I like RPGs, but JRPGs -- I haven't played one in a long time, and feel I could go either way on it. If Kevin gives it a 9 or better, I'll pick it up for sure.

#6 Posted by Chaos_Bladez (5801 posts) -
Don't pressure Mr. VanOrd. He's one the best reviewers in the industry and I'm sure he's using the time to write an accurate review. It's a LONG game too. If you really want to read a review of Ni No Kuni, Destructoid and IGN have one up. IGN gave it a 9.4 and Destructoid gave it a 9. I bet if you're interested, you should get it.
#7 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28072 posts) -
It's going up tomorrow.
#8 Posted by Kaisfate (141 posts) -
It's going up tomorrow.sammyjenkis898
you have no proof of that. stop trying to sound like you are an insider.
#9 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28072 posts) -
[QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"]It's going up tomorrow.Kaisfate
you have no proof of that. stop trying to sound like you are an insider.

That Twitter thing is awfully informative.
#10 Posted by DaRq_MiNoS (566 posts) -

pwnage.

#11 Posted by Minishdriveby (9844 posts) -
He said he cried at the ending.
#13 Posted by risako9 (840 posts) -

I'm expecting a 9.5 or even a 10. I got this game today.

#14 Posted by Kaisfate (141 posts) -
[QUOTE="Kaisfate"][QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"]It's going up tomorrow.sammyjenkis898
you have no proof of that. stop trying to sound like you are an insider.

That Twitter thing is awfully informative.

"that twitter thing" is hardly reliable considering he does not have final say on when reviews are posted. thanks but your sarcastic response did nothing for you.
#15 Posted by Minishdriveby (9844 posts) -
[QUOTE="Kaisfate"][QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"][QUOTE="Kaisfate"] you have no proof of that. stop trying to sound like you are an insider.

That Twitter thing is awfully informative.

"that twitter thing" is hardly reliable considering he does not have final say on when reviews are posted. thanks but your sarcastic response did nothing for you.

Seeing that he is the Senior Editor at GameSpot I would assume he has a large role in when reviews are posted, especially reviews that he writes.
#16 Posted by Pikminmaniac (8861 posts) -

I've been hearing that Van Ord has had quite a number of negative things to say about this game. I'm expecting that he'll give it around a 7.5.

#17 Posted by Minishdriveby (9844 posts) -

I've been hearing that Van Ord has had quite a number of negative things to say about this game. I'm expecting that he'll give it around a 7.5.

Pikminmaniac
Yeah he seems to have a lot of complaints with the grinding in the game.
#18 Posted by jeffster85 (2286 posts) -

I'm expecting a 9.5 or even a 10. I got this game today.

risako9
won't be 9.5. "In any case, Ni No Kuni is wonderful, frustrations aside--but expect some real frustrations that feel like they should have been avoided."
#19 Posted by yokofox33 (29522 posts) -

He'll give it an 8 I think. But let's be honest, it's gotten a plethora of wonderful scores from just about every site out there, so a GS score shouldn't sway your decision at this point.

Personally I think it's wonderful so far, albeit very early in the game.

#20 Posted by Minishdriveby (9844 posts) -
Yeah I'm getting this game regardless of what is review says.
#21 Posted by Kravyn81 (9438 posts) -
Ran out today and picked it up. Impulse buy FTW.
#22 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

Less than an hour until I get off work. Can't wait to pick it up today.

#23 Posted by ItsEvolution (2593 posts) -
[QUOTE="Kaisfate"][QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"][QUOTE="Kaisfate"] you have no proof of that. stop trying to sound like you are an insider.

That Twitter thing is awfully informative.

"that twitter thing" is hardly reliable considering he does not have final say on when reviews are posted. thanks but your sarcastic response did nothing for you.

You got owned. Deal with it.
#24 Posted by DaRq_MiNoS (566 posts) -

Total pwnage not once but twice, yes.

#25 Posted by Soilworkcob (626 posts) -

Total pwnage not once but twice, yes.

DaRq_MiNoS

Agreed.

#26 Posted by Justforvisit (5047 posts) -

Probably never, the game isn't available for the XBox xD

#27 Posted by DaRq_MiNoS (566 posts) -

I see Kevin just put up "9.0 Editor's Choice" on the Ni No Kuni page. Don't see the review yet, but this means I'll be shelling out $60 tonight or tomorrow :-)

#28 Posted by Minishdriveby (9844 posts) -

I see Kevin just put up "9.0 Editor's Choice" on the Ni No Kuni page. Don't see the review yet, but this means I'll be shelling out $60 tonight or tomorrow :-)

DaRq_MiNoS

Oh snap! I decided to shell out $80 for the hardcover guide and game because this game is selling up fast, and I feel like it will have a limited release kind of like Xenoblades.

#29 Posted by Minishdriveby (9844 posts) -
[QUOTE="Kaisfate"][QUOTE="sammyjenkis898"][QUOTE="Kaisfate"] you have no proof of that. stop trying to sound like you are an insider.

That Twitter thing is awfully informative.

"that twitter thing" is hardly reliable considering he does not have final say on when reviews are posted. thanks but your sarcastic response did nothing for you.

Well I would once again like to point out the level of ownage is over 9,000!
#30 Posted by DaRq_MiNoS (566 posts) -

lol, i almost feel sorry for the guy

#31 Posted by Kravyn81 (9438 posts) -

Concerning Kevin V's twitter logic:

Oh yes. My Twitter feed can become a litany of minor gripes when playing a game because I take to social media to ease the frustrations.

Kevin Van Ord

This is part of a comment he replied with on the game's review page in the comment section.

#32 Posted by risako9 (840 posts) -

After playing this game for 10 hours straight. I can say is that it will need more effort from developers to top this game.

Probably the best RPG that came out this generation.

#33 Posted by colibriosis (597 posts) -
Considering it's a Japanese game, and especially since Studio Ghibli is behind it, I really hope it can be played with Japanese voices. If this is not an option then I want nothing to do with the game.
#34 Posted by CommanderShiro (21746 posts) -

Considering it's a Japanese game, and especially since Studio Ghibli is behind it, I really hope it can be played with Japanese voices. If this is not an option then I want nothing to do with the game.colibriosis
There is a Japanese audio option.

#35 Posted by DaRq_MiNoS (566 posts) -

Got it today. Only been playing it a few hours but I'm blown away.

#36 Posted by Kravyn81 (9438 posts) -

Got it today. Only been playing it a few hours but I'm blown away.

DaRq_MiNoS

Like this guy?

Blown Away

:cool:

#37 Posted by DaRq_MiNoS (566 posts) -

Hey, how'd you get my picture? j/k After playing it all day today, I'd say it looks like it's one of the very best games of this generation. Yet another great PS exclusive, and I read they're planning to do a sequel if it does well on the western market... it's so good I can't believe it won't do well.

Anyway, this should happily hold me over until DS3, GoW:A, and Tomb Raider come out :-)

#38 Posted by Kaisfate (141 posts) -

i am enjoying the game, but i have to say that Oliver's writing is kinda bad.... and his voice acting is mediocre so it is a double whammy. if i have to hear "jeepers" or "golly" for 50 hours i will probably just stop playing. also, im pretty tired of the protagonists in RPGs being little kids these days. i dont know why jRPGs always have kids for characters, but it really needs to stop. last time i checked, an 8 year old isnt saving diddly **** they would take one look at a giant monster and wet themselves. i understand it is a game and fantasy, but i cant get over that fact. seemed like there for a while, about 6 years ago or so, that was going to change with games like Lost Odyssey coming out.... but then Blue Dragon, XenoBlade (amazing game even with teenager characters), Final Fantasy 13-2, and now Ni No Kuni.... they just keep putting out RPGs with juvenile main characters.

the problem is, these games typically dont have stories that make you forgot about the character's age, or the stories dont put the characters in situations that make them seem more "mature" than their age would suggest. They dont make games like Grandia or Breath of Fire anymore where even though the characters are 15 years old, they are involved in more mature, engaging stories that help you overlook that fact. While i think Ni No Kuni is neat and everything about the game is adorable.... i can definitely tell that it isnt going to go down as one of my top favorite RPGs just because it is so childish -always-. everything about the game is childish. the art design, how the characters look, how they talk and act, how the familiars look, how you feed them "sweets" to make them better, how the characters are always so ignorant of how the world works....

i dont mind having a bit of this in my games. i can think of several, like the original Grandia, that have made use of that kind of stuff to great effect to lighten the mood. however, having an entire game based around it, and throwing it in your face for 50 hours is just not entertaining for me. It really is hard to take Ni No Kuni serious when Mr. Drippy is NAMED MR DRIPPY.... and is talking about worlds ending... and then Oliver fires back with a "Jeepers!" How am i SUPPOSED to take it serious when i know an 8 year old probably couldnt even comprehend the idea of the end of the world in the first place.

#39 Posted by idunnodude (2282 posts) -
He said he cried at the ending.Minishdriveby
he said he cried at the ending of journey too. i think hes just a really emotional dude or something lol. and i agree with post above, the game is just too childish for me to indulge in. a trend that many JRPGs fall into. i think its just an anime/japanese thing lol. last great JRPG i played was FF12. not bashing the game though, the art style and graphics look really polished, im thinking it would be a great game for kids or something.
#40 Posted by DaRq_MiNoS (566 posts) -

I'm 40, and that was my big concern before getting the game (that it was for kids). It kinda is and kinda isn't. I'd equate it to Shrek. I could watch Shrek with a 10 year old, and we'd both enjoy it a lot. That's how Ni No Kuni is.

#41 Posted by Kravyn81 (9438 posts) -
Maybe it's just me, but I usually ignore details like this in most games. I really don't care if the protagonist is someone my age or a little kid; it just doesn't faze me at all.
#42 Posted by Venom_Raptor (6958 posts) -

a 9/10 is laughably high

#43 Posted by yokofox33 (29522 posts) -

a 9/10 is laughably high

Venom_Raptor

Well, to be fair, it got stellar reviews everywhere.

I know you don't care for RPGs though. Doesn't mean it's automatic crap. It's excellent for it's genre.

#44 Posted by Venom_Raptor (6958 posts) -

[QUOTE="Venom_Raptor"]

a 9/10 is laughably high

yokofox33

Well, to be fair, it got stellar reviews everywhere.

I know you don't care for RPGs though. Doesn't mean it's automatic crap. It's excellent for it's genre.

You clearly don't know me then, I love RPG's.

#45 Posted by yokofox33 (29522 posts) -

[QUOTE="yokofox33"]

[QUOTE="Venom_Raptor"]

a 9/10 is laughably high

Venom_Raptor

Well, to be fair, it got stellar reviews everywhere.

I know you don't care for RPGs though. Doesn't mean it's automatic crap. It's excellent for it's genre.

You clearly don't know me then, I love RPG's.

:|

Excuse me, then. JRPGs you hate. I remember this.

#46 Posted by Bubble_Man (3090 posts) -

a 9/10 is laughably high

Venom_Raptor

Why, because YOU don't like it? It looks like the best JRPG on the gen to me.

#47 Posted by DaRq_MiNoS (566 posts) -

I think a 9/10 is laughably LOW if it's anything. 9.5 or 10 is what it deserves. There are very, very few people I've seen that have anything negative to say about it... and I feel sorry for them because they're missing out.

#48 Posted by colibriosis (597 posts) -

[QUOTE="colibriosis"]Considering it's a Japanese game, and especially since Studio Ghibli is behind it, I really hope it can be played with Japanese voices. If this is not an option then I want nothing to do with the game.CommanderShiro

There is a Japanese audio option.

Cool :D
#49 Posted by Nophoria88 (410 posts) -

[QUOTE="Venom_Raptor"]

a 9/10 is laughably high

Bubble_Man

Why, because YOU don't like it? It looks like the best JRPG on the gen to me.

It doesn't just look it, it is the best JRPG this gen. This is a pure AAA JRPG, ignore him.

#50 Posted by jeffster85 (2286 posts) -
[QUOTE="CommanderShiro"]

[QUOTE="colibriosis"]Considering it's a Japanese game, and especially since Studio Ghibli is behind it, I really hope it can be played with Japanese voices. If this is not an option then I want nothing to do with the game.colibriosis

There is a Japanese audio option.

Cool :D

are the english voices very good?