Demo is out tomorrow

#1 Posted by abdo (1037 posts) -

The demo for Ni no Kuni will be on PSN tomorrow in US/Canada. Nothing about whether it'll be on European PSN as well.

#2 Posted by Morrow (1829 posts) -

Aww. Oh well, I'll buy it anyway. Playing a demo would only make me feel less patient, like with the FF13-2 demo...

#3 Posted by Sinusoidal (1510 posts) -

The Japanese version of this has been staring me in the face for the past year on the Korean shopping sites where I buy games. It came here on the Japanese release with a booklet containing Korean translations. My Korean's a bit rough, and I can't imagine actually playing through a dialogue-heavy game having to read a book along with it anyway, so I'm excited about this. Now I just need to lower the unplayed-games pile a bit so I can validate the purchase when it actually gets released and I have to import it at some ridiculous price...

#4 Posted by ProfessorEss (7376 posts) -

Nice. Thanks for the heads up Abdo.

#5 Posted by Atlas (2446 posts) -

Dude, I had no idea this game was coming out on PS3. That is super exciting news, as I love Studio Ghibli films.

Dunno about a demo, but it's out on January 25 here in Europe. Stoked about that.

#6 Posted by Seauton (114 posts) -

Any idea what time it'll be up? On a side note, I really dislike the new(ish) PS Store layout

#7 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

Wow pretty good demo, man. I could play the full game.

#8 Posted by Happenstance (462 posts) -

I thought the game looked great (apart from a few textures on the first boss and the tree but I cant decide if those were just poor or by design). Im not entirely sold on the combat, it got better when you moved into the second part of the demo but I'll have to wait and see. I'll probably like it more when playing the real game and not just thrown in with little understanding.

#9 Posted by Marz (5653 posts) -

hmm didn't know this was coming out soon, i was interested , gonna have to download the demo.

#10 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

@Happenstance said:

I thought the game looked great (apart from a few textures on the first boss and the tree but I cant decide if those were just poor or by design). Im not entirely sold on the combat, it got better when you moved into the second part of the demo but I'll have to wait and see. I'll probably like it more when playing the real game and not just thrown in with little understanding.

Ha ! Ha ! Who thought it was a good idea to throw people into a boss fight? I think I died twice before I figured out how to swap character and throwing out a heal.

#11 Edited by SpunkyHePanda (1665 posts) -

Seems pretty cool. Totally ready for another great Level-5 RPG.

#12 Posted by killacam (1284 posts) -

@Grissefar said:

@Happenstance said:

I thought the game looked great (apart from a few textures on the first boss and the tree but I cant decide if those were just poor or by design). Im not entirely sold on the combat, it got better when you moved into the second part of the demo but I'll have to wait and see. I'll probably like it more when playing the real game and not just thrown in with little understanding.

Ha ! Ha ! Who thought it was a good idea to throw people into a boss fight? I think I died twice before I figured out how to swap character and throwing out a heal.

yeah... weird demo. i want to like this game but i'm not sure.. the battles were better than i'd expected, but the endlessness of shuffling down corridors and fighting battles is what kept me from finishing eternal sonata. i should mention i love jrpg's, but these are too... slight... too.. directed.. or something... but i like the monsters.

#13 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4351 posts) -

Cool, as a big studio ghibli fan I've been looking forward to playing this for a while.

#14 Posted by ManU_Fan10ne (662 posts) -

Just downloaded it! Put in my pre-order a month ago, and I can't wait to actually play it :)

#15 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

I was kinda bummed by it when I realized how JRPG it was going to be with the Tales overworld map. I liked what I played of it, but I'll set my expectations accordingly.

#16 Posted by JCGamer (663 posts) -

I wonder why so many people are excited about this game when it didn't do all that well in Japan? I guess I'll try out the demo myself, but other than the graphics, sounds like another run of the mill JRPG.

#17 Posted by SpunkyHePanda (1665 posts) -

@JCGamer said:

I wonder why so many people are excited about this game when it didn't do all that well in Japan? I guess I'll try out the demo myself, but other than the graphics, sounds like another run of the mill JRPG.

Did it not do well? The reviews I've seen have been pretty favorable.

#18 Edited by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

I can't decide between the English and Japanese voices. The British voices from the trailers have somewhat sucked a dick. Not that there is much voicework anyway. Ha ! Ha !

#19 Posted by ManU_Fan10ne (662 posts) -

@SpunkyHePanda said:

@JCGamer said:

I wonder why so many people are excited about this game when it didn't do all that well in Japan? I guess I'll try out the demo myself, but other than the graphics, sounds like another run of the mill JRPG.

Did it not do well? The reviews I've seen have been pretty favorable.

The reviews have been really good, I think rpgLand gave it a legendary, that's something like a perfect score.

#20 Posted by cosi83 (397 posts) -

In Japan it did not sell well at all. Reviews were mixed

#21 Posted by ProfessorEss (7376 posts) -

@cosi83 said:

In Japan it did not sell well at all. Reviews were mixed

Seems so weird that a Ghibli/Level 5 joint wouldn't totally crush it in Japan.

Or am I wrong (uninformed) about those companies' popularity over there because of their popularity in the west?

#22 Edited by Sinusoidal (1510 posts) -

I just lost all my progress at 86% downloaded when my connection to the PSN Store timed out. Grr...

Edit: I lied. It kept downloading in the background. Installing now.

#23 Posted by WMoyer83 (643 posts) -

About to play this demo. I am hopeful, it's a make or break for me.

#24 Edited by Ducksworth (660 posts) -

Loved the demo, even if it was a bit on the easy side. I hear you were set to be much stronger than you would normally be at that point so I'm good, my only other complaint with it would be the linear levels. If it opens up later on I'm fine with having the beginning streamlined but I'm kind of cautious at the moment.

@ProfessorEss said:

@cosi83 said:

In Japan it did not sell well at all. Reviews were mixed

Seems so weird that a Ghibli/Level 5 joint wouldn't totally crush it in Japan.

Or am I wrong (uninformed) about those companies' popularity over there because of their popularity in the west?

From my understanding there could be a multitude of reasons. It was a game marketed towards children but ended up being too complex for them, the difficulty supposedly fluctuates quite a bit as well. When the PS3 version was being released it wasn't made clear what the differences between the DS and PS3 versions were, on top of that the PS3 version was overpriced even by Japanese standards. When given the option between a bargain bin DS version and a pricey PS3 version the former probably looked more appealing. I feel like there has to be another reason though, Ghibli is a huge name and I wouldn't think the last few times Level-5 dropped the ball would have this big of an impact.

@WMoyer83 said:

About to play this demo. I am hopeful, it's a make or break for me.

L1 is the button you're looking for.

#25 Posted by ProfessorEss (7376 posts) -

@Ducksworth: Did the DS version do well? Maybe too many people felt they had already played it and didn't feel the need to get the PS3 version when it came out.

#26 Edited by Ducksworth (660 posts) -

The initial shipment for the DS version was 600,000 units, the game came out December 9, 2010 and by March 2011 it had sold 500,000 units. In the first week of sales Ni No Kuni DS sold about 170,000 units, in comparison the PS3 version only pushed about 65,000 unitswhich is 40% of its nitial shipment. I wouldn't exactly say they sold "well" but they seem to be ok with the way it played out, I'm not expecting the game to get a great reception here but I really hope it sells well enough.

#27 Posted by liako21 (522 posts) -

@cosi83 said:

In Japan it did not sell well at all. Reviews were mixed

not enough grinding and random encounters.

#28 Posted by Hector (3364 posts) -

I can't stop playing the demo. The game looks amazing and the gameplay is addicting it's like a cross of Pokemon and a Tales game.

#29 Posted by Fattony12000 (7416 posts) -

Died in that very first battle you get into (I picked the default story from the two options, the one on the left) because I could not tell what I was doing and choose Marr Mite to go up against that hefty green dude. Once I picked Oliver the second time around, it was great fun! I liked the English voice actor that used for Drippy, and the over world was very pretty. Shame it didn't sell well over in Japanaland.

#30 Posted by Fredddi43 (332 posts) -

I really like that game. Was on the fence about preordering before, but now the Wizard Edition is sitting on my preorder list.

The Demo really made me fall in love with it. Especially the language options you have available are great, that's how it should be. You can choose between a bunch of different language as subtitles and the original Japanese and English voices. I played with English subs and Japanese voices, and found the acting to be really good. The music in that game is downright amazing. Every time you finish a fight a theme comes on, and that is one of the best things i've heard in video games. Art is awesome and the story seems rad.

Can only recommend you check out the demo!

#31 Posted by GunstarRed (5186 posts) -

Played the demo last night. I liked the Welsh bell-moon-pokemon-thing. I think it looks pretty nice and the music is understandably great coming from Joe Hisaishi, but it's always hard to show a game like this at its best in a demo. It seemed a little boring maybe, I didn't find any of the cutscenes or fights you can get into particulary exciting. I'm still really interested in it, I worry that there is going to be too much to take note of. In the volcano part of the demo there was eight separate characters leveling up with things to take note of and I assume, seeing as their was slots below your party could be three or four people at a time, potentially with their own three pokemon. I know some people love all of those stats and characters and whatnot, but it's something that really puts me off getting into another JRPG.

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