- Game: Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
- Platform: PS4
- Developer: Level-5
- Publisher: Bandai Namco
The original Ni No Kuni is easily one of my favourite JRPGs of all time, not just because of its charming plot and enjoyable mechanics, but because its themes of coping with depression really struck a chord with me as a former sufferer.
While I was excited for a follow up, I have to admit that I did have a secret worry that the sequel would suck and not live up to what I’d experienced before.
Sadly, while it didn’t suck – Ni No Kuni II is a great RPG – it just didn’t resonate with me in the same way.
It simply lacked the emotional punch the original had in spades, and the characters never really developed in the ways I’d hoped. Maybe because I had such a deep personal connection with the first game it was unfair of me to expect a repeat, but it’s natural I’d find a little disappointment there.
Otherwise, it’s a lot of fun, is way charming, and its fast-paced combat makes it a refreshing genre entry. I completely recommend it.
If you want to know more about its systems, check out the two IGN videos I wrote and captured footage for below.