I've been playing the game for 4 and a half hours and I'm loving it so far,Truly,I'm finding the game quite addictive because it's so charming.
I like how the story has been so far,you play as Oliver who's an ordinary boy from an ordinary little town and one night Oliver and another boy get up to mischief and try to drive a vehicle and Oliver ends up in the lake,his mother saves him but she dies afterwards.Oliver's tears make a doll named Drippy come to life and it tells Oliver of another world named Ni No Kuni which is parallel to the world Oliver is from and there is a person in Ni No Kuni that shares their soul with his mother and if they go to Ni No Kuni it would be possible to bring his mother back.
I love how the story is presented because at times it feels like I'm watching a studio Ghibli anime film because the story presentation gives time for Oliver and his mother to grow on you by showing you what is happening in their normal/daily lives and then when Oliver has to travel to Ni No Kuni which is a world much different to his own because it has walking/talking animals,magic,medieval in style etc.
The battle system is fun,it's action based but you have a timer to input commands,selecting attacks and spells sounds simple enough but occasionally you'll need to block a powerful attack and you need to do so within the timer.So far my party consists of Oliver and 2 familiars plus Drippy.Familiars are creatures that you can level up and you can select familiars to use during a battle and they have certain advantages/disadvantages.Same with Oliver,I can use him in battle and his physical attacks are weak but he can cast offensive spells and healing spells(where as my familiars can't so far).This adds strategy to battles because Oliver and certain familiars are better/less effective during certain points in battle and you can switch whether you want to control Oliver or a certain familiar.
Also,you can run around the battle area as a means to dodge enemy attacks(but like I said the powerful attacks/spells certain enemies do need to be blocked)and you can pick up orbs that give you more HP and MP on the battle area when you're moving around.
The story also seems like it's building up to something epic because I remember a scene with a mysterious looking character who I don't know if they're good/evil seemingly happy Oliver has entered Ni No Kuni.
The visuals during the gameplay are beautiful and charming and colorful and if you're a fan of old style JRPGs but you haven't been able to get into JRPGs this gen,like I said this game has lots of charm and good story telling and it has a world map,towns to visit,sidequests to do etc.
I also like how the game still lets you return to the town Oliver originally comes from(Motorville)or how sometimes it makes you return there because it's nice to switch in between a real style world and fantasy world and I like how the game makes you use magic outside of battle to make things happen in the story(you have to think how to use certain spells that affect a person's heart so they think differently and let you do certain things)and sometimes you'll need to use spells for puzzles in dungeons and it can feel like a Zelda game at times,especially when timing and correct patterns for when you use magic for puzzles in dungeons is crucial and just like in Zelda games you have a limited amount of MP to use for puzzles in dungeons and if you run out you have to grind more/find more.
But yeah,Ni No Kuni is one of the most addictve 7th gen games I've played,along with Yakuza 4,Lost Odyssey,Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core,The Last Story and NieR.
We all knew it was coming,SONY has something big to reveal to us and we knew it had to be the Playstation 4.I'm happy to hear a Final Fantasy game has already been announced for PS4 because the other games announced for it so far don't really excite me but to know a high production value JRPG shouldn't be too far away for PS4 is something that makes me happy,and if it looks as good as Final Fantasy Agni Philosophy demo,it will be epic.
It sucks it won't have native PS3 backwards compatibility,hopefully this stream/cloud idea that will let us play PS3 games allows me to play non mainstram PS3 games that I love a lot such as Ar Tonelico Qoga and Clannad.
I think it's good the PS4 is being released before the Xbox720 because SONY lost a lot of market share to Microsoft,partially due to releasing the PS3 a year after the Xbox360.Nintendo and Microsoft fanboys like to mention the PS3 is behind the Wii and Xbox360 in sales but the PS3 sold more units in the first 5 years of it's lifespan than the Xbox360 did but the Xbox360 had the one year head start and since many games are multiplat,many people decided to stick with their first console.