Studio Ghibli, Japan’s beloved animation studio, is teaming up with Level-5, one of the country’s most popular game makers, for a new adventure called “Ni no Kuni”. A high definition version is coming to the PS3. It is beautiful.
Studio Ghibli is known for anime like My neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, while Level-5 has made a name for itself with titles like the Professor Layton series and White Knight Chronicles.
Ni no Kuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou on the PS3 is a visual treat. A truly stunning, stunning game. It feels as though you have slipped into a Studio Ghibli anime. You don’t know whether you should play or just stand still and soak up the incredible scenery before you. This game is a knock-out.
The second choice for the TGS demo was combat. Oliver and Shizuku make their way through a lush forrest. As with other sections of the game, everything just looked wonderful. Combat-wise, the system offers several choices in the bottom left hand corner. Players can toggle through typical choices like “Attack”, “Heal” and “Defend” using the directional pad. To select an option, players press the circle button, which is the Japanese equivalent of the X button for Western players.
The demo I played was limited to only fifteen minutes. Fifteen minutes was not enough time, and I am interested in checking out Ni no Kuni on the PS3 in greater depth.