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Ni No Kuni 2 hands-on: a beautiful but breezy action JRPG


Full disclosure: I played a fair bit of the first Ni No Kuni on PlayStation 3 back in 2010, but even at the time, its storyline was an enigma to me. So I went into this preview session for Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom a bit blind, knowing only that some sweeping changes had been made to the combat system and that, rather alarmingly, legendary Japanese animation crew Studio Ghibli was no longer involved. On that second fact: I sincerely believe it’s not going to make a huge difference to one’s enjoyment of this sequel. I played two sections, and while they were both boss battles with little-to-no exploration opportunities, I can confirm that the game looks beautiful – more beautiful than any other JRPG in recent memory.

For those like me who occasionally dip into fantasy JRPGs for the soft-edge nostalgia of pastel animation and Saturday morning cartoon melodrama, Ni No Kuni 2 is a huge source of comfort. It’s like coming home. As I mentioned, the two sections of

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