By Shantelle Flavien
Do you love Fantasy, RPGs and heart warming tales filled with adventure and wonder twists and turns? Well Ni No Kuni II might just be for you. Ni No Kuni Revenant Kingdom picks up after the orignal, Ni no Kuni : Wrath of the Whit Witch. It goes back to the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell, King Leonard has been killed leaving his only son, and heir, Evan to take his place as king; However before the ceremony can take place a coup happens lead by the royal advisor Maucinger, as a different race from the Germilkins and with a torrent history between the races, he plans to have the rats take their place in the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell. With the coup taking its part without Evan's knowledge it seems that the young prince is in peril.
Fans of the first game are familiar with the rule from the first Ni No Kuni, that there are alternate universes and in those universes there is a person who shares the same soul as the other. They are each other living separate lives in different worlds.
So, in this other universe presumably our world, President Roland is in a car with an entourage of other cars is on his way to a an unnamed city. Before he can get there the city is nuked by a missile. The city as well as he and his entourage are knocked back. However instead of dying he is teleported to the bedroom of young king Evan and together they escape the coup of the kingdom.
The point of the game is to create a new kingdom. Evan and Roland travel together crating allies, fighting battles with the goal to create a place that will allow everyone to "have an happily ever after." The animation style for the game like it's predecessor has the guidance of the lead character designer from Studio Ghibli, Yoshiyuki Momose, as well long time music composer, Joe Hisasi, who has also worked with Studio Ghibli with many of the iconic soundtracks we all have come to love in all of their movies.
I don't own the game myself but, many online game vloggers have already taken to the game. With a run time of 40 hours to complete the game and that's with I assume no dedication to side quests or side missions or even dedication to the kingdom you build and the allies and relationships that can be cultivated in game to ensure the success of the kingdom that you build, it can be pretty long which is typical of most RPGs. What makes the game stand apart are the graphics. The graphics in this game are amazing, little details bring it to life! The character designs are fun and again the little touches really go a long way. The voice acting in the game is great and immersive. Most of it is 3D rendered but there are some 2D peppered in here and there. The landscape is just gorgeous. It's so beautiful. The wind in the trees, the texture in the rocks, the rivers, skies the enemies and the detail within buildings as well as the cities and towns you visit are very Studio Ghibli-eseque again focusing on the little details that add to a building or a place. Many gamers have made it with in the first chapter of the game and I'm still reeling from the detail added to the Sewers of the palace! The attention to detail on the doors, the windows the water and of course the fluidity of the movement with the characters is just flawless. I really love that when the characters do speak it looks like they are actually having a conversations.