This is a blog post on a game I bought a while ago. It's Ni no Kuni!!!!!
This is a game that is often compared to Pokemon. Why? Because combat works similarly. The main hero, a kid named Oliver, is a wizard (or is he? Beat the game to learn the truth!) that can summon creatures that are literally called Familiars. Unlike Pokemon, Oliver can partake in battle personally. Even though doing so is either really stupid, or really hardcore because regular enemies will wreck you if Oliver doesn't summon a Familiar. At least until Oliver gets the Mega wand of Doom (spoiler alert!), Mornstar, which is COMPLETELY OVERPOWERED BECAUSE YOU HAVE A INSTANT KILL MOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, overpowered wands of doom aside, this game has a good story. The opening is sad and tragic, and because basically every trailer for this game shows you this scene, I will put on here.
NI NO KUNI RECAP!!!!!!! (but only the opening)
Once upon a time there was a town called Motorville. This town was boring and bland but had two kids who play an important role in the story. The first is Oliver, a well-mannered child who you play as for the entire game. The other is Philip (that's the English name, as this game was made by the legendary Japanese movie studio Ghibli. Hence a few mis-translations here and there), who at first glance looks like a stereotypical loser but is amazing!!!
Oliver and Philip both have been busy building a homemade sports car (out of garbage). By the time the game starts, Phil has finished his little... "Project". Philip tells Oliver that they have to try it out at night (because Philip doesn't want anyone but Oliver to know his lifelong dream is to build the best car ever).
Meanwhile in another dimension a major villain - the White Witch - realizes that Oliver is part of a prophecy that would ruin her, so she has her talking parrot thing sabotage the car Phil and Oliver were building. Hoping that Oliver would die from the "accident".
Oliver's mother goes to bed early so that she can go to a concert. While asleep, Oliver and Philip prepare their car for a test drive (and Oliver meets a ghost-child that shows up frequently throughout the game, often hinting, that the world around Oliver is NOT what it seems to be). Oliver is the first to drive (because Phil let Oliver drive provided he kept the car top-secret). It almost instantly breaks and spirals out control into a nearby river Oliver almost drowns if his mother (who woke up after a nightmare) hadn't saved him.
The effort however gives her a heart attack (she happens to have a weak heart) and dies a slow, painful death at the hospital, right before Oliver's eyes (most sad moment. EVER.).
Three whole days later, Oliver has locked himself up in his room and is STILL crying. A stray tear lands on Oliver's favorite doll, and it transforms into the most hilarious character ever!!! Mister Drippy!!!!!! Who speaks with an accent!!!!!!!! That the official wiki claims to be a Welsh accent but several people (who happen to be Welsh) claim that it is NOT a Welsh accent. Either way, he is hilarious. He calls Oliver a crybaby for mourning his dead mother, but reveals that there MIGHT be a way to restore her, because Mister Drippy is from another dimension and everyone in the real world has a counterpart in the other world. A Wizard named Shadar has imprisoned the counterpart of Oliver's mother (who is a wizard) in a shiny glowing orb of doom (a.k.a. the Soul-Snare). And by freeing her there is a chance that Oliver's mother will come back to life.
That is the opening sequence of Ni no Kuni. If you want the whole story, go to Wikipedia. Because they give spoilers constantly.
That is the story so now it's gameplay.
Oliver and later two more playable characters travel a massive open world. First by foot, then by boat, and finally your form of transport for the long run is an adorable dragon named Tengri.
This is a RPG (Role Playing Game), so expect the IRRESISTIBLE urge to grind enemies until you hit level cap. It's IRRESISTIBLE. Which means unless you are hardcore, you HAVE to grind. Pro tip: You can cut grind time in half by seeking out Tokos. They give over 25,000 experience points if you defeat them. (only problem. They rarely are seen) .
Oliver (once he gets a wand, which is mandatory) actually becomes a decent long range fighter and healer. But like I said, very late in the game he gets a overpowered instant kill attack. Which is very theatrical.
Oh, and Oliver cannot use Familiars as meat shields, because if the Familiar gets hurt, so does Oliver. Also Oliver has a Locket which can store emotions. Several Puzzles actually require collecting emotions from NPC's.
Finally there are dungeons. Yes, dungeons. They are rarely used as dungeons but every dungeon has a boss which are very impressive. Some are insanely tough.
My only complaint about this game is the teammate A.I. which feels incomplete at most. Half the time they get wrecked even by regular enemies because the A.I. told them to spam regular attacks constantly. In the long run that is going to make you die. A LOT.
For more info please go to the Wiki OR get the game yourself.