39 Comments
Posted by bassman2112

Hisaishi*

Not Hiraishi

Posted by Alex

@Bassman2112: Typo! Sorry!

Posted by Vinchenzo

Ni no Kuni's music wasn't that memorable, the story was standard JRPG, and the gameplay went from fun to tiring near the last half. I'd say you come to it for the Ghibli art and that's probably your best bet.

Posted by bassman2112

@Alex: No worries!

Cool video though haha, nice to see he uses piano sketches to great effect =)

Posted by Larsa

I wish he would work with Takeshi Kitano again.

Edited by JoeGuy

Making a bold statement; I honestly believe this has the potential to be the FF VI of this gaming gen. Just an artistic, involving, emotional accomplishment. Music, writing, art direction, production value, clear direction and vision. I really hope people support this so it finds the mainstream audience. These types of games really need to be made more often.

I already bought the C.E. so I'm putting my money where my mouth is. It's harking back to old school JRPGs, the questing and overworld, it honestly has me excited. I haven't bought a C.E. since Mass Effect 1.

Posted by zoozilla

This guy is like the Japanese John Williams.

I can't help but like anything he does.

Posted by Pezen

I so wish this game wasn't a JRPG.

Posted by Aretak

Nice. It's been my most anticipated game for quite some time. Have the lovely CE version with the plush toy and spell book pre-ordered.

Posted by Vinchenzo

@JoeGuy said:

Making a bold statement; I honestly believe this has the potential to be the FF VI of this gaming gen. Just an artistic, involving, emotional accomplishment. Music, writing, art direction, production value, clear direction and vision. I really hope people support this so it finds the mainstream audience. These types of games really need to be made more often.

I already bought the C.E. so I'm putting my money where my mouth is. It's harking back to old school JRPGs, the questing and overworld, it honestly has me excited. I haven't bought a C.E. since Mass Effect 1.

It's not, and the latter half of the game revolves around spamming the Gradion spell while running in circles. It's a solid game but nothing spectacular.

Edited by JoeGuy

@Vinchenzo:

Thanks for your opinion, I'll decide how good I think it is though. One person having a bad experience or not liking it doesn't really make a definitive declaration of the games quality.

Posted by OllyOxenFree

@Vinchenzo said:

Ni no Kuni's music wasn't that memorable, the story was standard JRPG, and the gameplay went from fun to tiring near the last half. I'd say you come to it for the Ghibli art and that's probably your best bet.

Yeah, after playing the demo I was not even sure if I wanted to play more. But hey, it's still cool that Level-5 and Studio Ghibli worked together. That's actually something I've been pondering about since Dark Cloud is a "what if" they did.

Posted by Grissefar

@Vinchenzo said:

Ni no Kuni's music wasn't that memorable

I hope you're joking when you say this piece of music is not memorable

I love the shit out of his music and it is half the reason Totoro and the others are so good.

@Alex said:

@Bassman2112: Typo! Sorry!

Wow shame on you man, but it is hardly the first time so what can you expect? Ha ! Ha !

Posted by Vinchenzo

@Grissefar: It's not a bad piece of music but it pops up every time you're on the overworld. So while I didn't hate it I got tired of it.

Posted by Grissefar

@Vinchenzo said:

@Grissefar: It's not a bad piece of music but it pops up every time you're on the overworld. So while I didn't hate it I got tired of it.

Yeah I noticed that in the demo so I can definately see that happening.

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

I need to play the demo

Posted by DS23

If you have a PS3 and don't play this I shall glare at you disapprovingly. Glare I say!

Edited by schmid
Posted by Jack_Lafayette

This guy seems like he'd be cool to hang with.

Posted by dropabombonit

I hope he does a concert of this someday like he said at the end the video because the ones they did for Studio Ghibli films were magical. I listen to his music when doing work and it's just so relaxing. This soundtrack from the little I have heard sounds as good if not better than his other work

Posted by Amaru25

suh-weeeeet!

Posted by Mumrik

@Vinchenzo said:

Ni no Kuni's music wasn't that memorable, the story was standard JRPG, and the gameplay went from fun to tiring near the last half. I'd say you come to it for the Ghibli art and that's probably your best bet.

Isn't that also honestly what everybody does?

I really haven't heard anybody else talk about the gameplay with much enthusiasm either. I guess that hurts the prospects of this becoming a franchise.

Posted by OllyOxenFree

@Octaslash: Man, Alex just attracts the weirdest of individuals.

Posted by artraider

@Vinchenzo: can you explain more what made the game tiring game play wise or what made the story not so good?

Edited by MikkaQ

Man from the thumbnail that guy looks like a Japanese Vern Schillinger from Oz.

Posted by MeatSim

I like how super chill this guy is.

Posted by SupberUber

I'm looking forward to this!

Posted by Sweetz

I was pretty excited for this, but having read from people that have played the Japanese version, it's the basically the same exact RPG that Japanese studios have been continually remaking for 20 years now. Random encounters, lots of grinding, characters that stand in one spot delivering a one repeated line. Basically any Dragon Quest game except with Ghibli's instead of Toriyama's aesthetics. I'm sure for some people that kind of throwback is exactly what they're looking for. Sadly I lost my taste for formulaic JRPGs many years ago.

Posted by ThePantheon

This'll be the first PS3 I buy day one in a LOOOONG time. Can't wait.

Posted by Krabonq

Studio Ghibli... ? Pffft, imho he's mainly the great compser behind several Kitano Takeshi movies.

Posted by Vinchenzo

@artraider said:

@Vinchenzo: can you explain more what made the game tiring game play wise or what made the story not so good?

At first it seems there's a lot of dynamic to the gameplay since you have 3 main characters and 3 ninajinn (or whatever they call them in English) for each of those 3 characters. So you go into it thinking there's a lot of variety, but you'll realize there really was no variety once you make the Gradion staff, which gives you the Gradion spell. This'll fuck up every enemy; I spammed it for the last 25% of the game which took away all the excitement but it's really the best spell.

Well the game has a kiddy look and, understandably so, a very simplistic and "heartwarming" story. You'll play through the most predictable start to finish story you've ever seen. It'll wrap up and you still will not have cared about the characters or the ending that you could see coming from a mile away.

It's about a 45 hour game, then 25+ more hours for the side-quests. I did everything but one side-quest because I wasn't about to grind 5 items for, from what I read, the ingredients to synthesize an item to finish the quest.

Posted by Geralt

I read Vinchenzo's comments and thought of Popolocrois. An okay JRPG with adorable kiddy story.

I'm getting this.

Edited by Kosayn

Hopefully there is a boss theme in there as strong as the opening scene music from Mononoke -

Posted by deanimator

This makes me even more excited for this game. I love everything that Hisaishi does.

@Larsa said:

I wish he would work with Takeshi Kitano again.

That was such a great pairing.

Posted by cheky

Now this is the reason I will play this game.

Posted by dr_mantas

This seems charming as all hell.

Posted by cotain

i usually don't care to overly much about music in a game. Well, only if it is noticeably bad. But I friggin love Ghibli's movies scores. Not sure if he did Princess Mononoke's music or not but that was great. Oh yeah, Ponyo was awesome as well.

Posted by FakeKisser

I'm very excited about this game, but the more I see, the less it feels like Studio Ghibli to me. That may change once I start playing it, though.

Posted by GERALTITUDE

I like Studio G and I want to want to play this but I just don't. Still, I hope they are involved in another game in the future. And I hope I will want to play it then...