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Ni no Kuni – Wrath of the White Witch Remastered: Great job, Bandai Namco!

Almost all JRPG gamers fans are likely to be familiar with the name Ni No Kuni from Level-5. Most probably know and fall in love with the second series which is available in multi-platform, while holding curiosity and longing to try out the first series – Wrath of the White Witch which unfortunately, only available for Playstation 3 at that time. Imagine how excited JRPG gamers were when Bandai Namco confirmed the re-release of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for some of the latest platforms with two of them – Playstation 4 and PC versions will get Remastered versions.

This means the best opportunity for two types of gamers: first, gamers who love their first series and want to try it again with a more qualified visualization quality. Second? Of course gamers newcomers who fall in love with Ni no Kuni 2 and want to taste the first series that although seen sharing the same universe, but share a completely different gameplay and story. It’s like diving back into a different series of fairy tales waiting for you to explore. Of course, along with the name “Remastered” that he was carrying, especially from the Playstation 4 Pro version that we tested, he also offers additional features in it.

There is no legitimate reason for not nominating Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch as one of the best JRPG games we have enjoyed in the past few years. The completeness of the elements he offers with superb quality has become a refreshing oasis, especially with the decrease in the quantity and quality of similar genre games in the gaming industry today.

An oasis in the midst of the dry quality JRPG game seems to be the right metaphor to illustrate the overall experience offered by Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The mechanism of battle and exploration that is interesting, innovative, challenging, but at the same time also addictive is just one of so many reasons to fall in love with this one game. His collaboration with the famous animation studio – Ghibli has given birth to a JRPG masterpiece that is too dear to miss. A well-established plot, powerful dynamic voice acts, and beautiful background music playing behind him make every second offered by Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch so valuable. Especially for those of you who have long missed the old JRPG sensation that is increasingly rare nowadays.

Does this game then come without flaws? Unfortunately no. There are some annoying things that might make you frown and maybe just swear. One of them is Derwin’s quest (as we mentioned before) which actually takes time without “compensation” from Level 5 to make more sense. Another weakness that is felt enough? AI that is not smart enough to function optimally. You are only allowed to use one character, which unfortunately, with the support of AI two other characters that are not adaptive. They do heal you when injured, but they cannot heal themselves when MP runs out for example. AI is also often issued Familiar with lame characteristics to do a lot of motion that is not effective. Example? Ask a familiar who is strong in magic attacks to physically attack. Enough to make you make skewed comments.

Choice and Choice

So departing from the actual experience of playing not much different from the original version, Level-5 throws Ni no Kuni back: Wrath of the White Witch for a more modern generation platform, complete with several new features that will certainly enhance the gaming experience you desire -chant.

First, the choice of language. No longer stuck with English depending on the import process like the first series on Playstation 3, you are now given the freedom to use the language of instruction between Japanese or English. As gamers who completed the original series completely with VA England, we ourselves did not complain much about its quality at that time, especially with enough intonation to make every character feel alive. But it would be a big lie if we did not recognize that in this version of Remastered, after trying out the Japanese language of instruction that he usung, we prefer this one language.

There are dual-language options!

Maybe in the name of a new experience that is more refreshing after trying the original version 6 years ago, or indeed because the Japanese language is far more effective in “selling” the taste of Ghibli Studios, which indeed plays a major role in the development of this game. Seeing scenes with a strong sense of Ghibli anime is now also strengthened by Japanese dialogues that express feelings so well, it must be admitted, amplifying the quality of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch which is basically already a quality JRPG game.

Second? You will also have the option to choose (at least in the Playstation 4 PRO version) we try, to play your adventure in native – 4K format with 30fps gameplay or 1440p with 60fps gameplay. The options you can choose from this initial menu will certainly affect what kind of experience you get. We recommend that you prefer to taste it at 1440p60fps if you want a smoother and faster taste of battle, considering that it also affects the speed at which the dialogue bar moves, which certainly appears in JRPG games like this.

Enjoy Ni Ni Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch in 2019 with captivating visualization, it would not be complete without the music of Joe Hisaishi, who will remain faithful to accompany your exploration process, from when you are in Motorville to adventure combing the desert to save the special world that belongs to you. This Drippy.

Broadly speaking, what is offered by Level-5 via the Remastered process does make Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch feel more modern and relevant for juxtaposition with the current AAA game. Good news which of course has the potential to make it increasingly glimpsed and enjoyed by JRPG fans around the world who had been blocked by platform problems to plunge in.

Remaster Intentions!

One of the fantastic things about Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is the fact that the Remaster process it offers is indeed no joke. We will provide a myriad of screenshots in closing this article to let you take your own comparison of how significant the visual improvements it offers compared to the Playstation 3 version 6 years ago.

If you choose to play it at 4K30fps, then Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered also manages to look super sharp with colors that feel brighter. The strategy seems to be achieved by making an outline on each character built to portray an anime, becoming much thicker. As a result, the overall experience indeed feels sharper and clearer, but it must be admitted, it feels awkward at some point, especially when the exploration process in the open world makes Oliver’s character model as if filled with two false eyeballs. This high-definition texture was also applied to the world that he encountered, from mere insignificant objects, leaves in pepohonon, to the existing NPCs.

If you choose to play it at 1440p60fps, then comfort while playing is an advantage that you reap. Playing this game at a higher framerate does feel more comfortable, and it must be admitted, it becomes our personal preference. Playing this game at 1440p still promises sharp visualization quality, but with the character outline that ends it isn’t as thick as when you tasted it on 4K.

A little sacrifice on the visual side feels worth the increase in framerate which is of course, significant. The good news again? Our process to try this mode also confirms a very stable 60fps framerate, with no significant decrease either when you are walking or entering combat mode.

One of the steps to remast other intentions that invite an extra sense of appreciation from us is the commitment to ensure the cut-scene style of the anime that he was carrying also get the same refinement. Unlike many other Remaster projects that usually ignore this aspect and end up with low-resolution FMV quality that hurts the experience, Level-5 seems to be working hard to ensure this iconic cut-scene is also sharpened. Tried it on our 4K 50inchi television showing a sharp cut-scene anime that should, without any impression that it “came” from the Playstation 3 version which of course, carried a lower resolution. We must admit that we were amazed at commitments like this and ended up falling in love further with the Ni no Kuni remastered project: Wrath of the White Witch.

So with the quality of the super intention remaster he carried and options that can be adjusted to your preferences, it can be concluded that Bandai Namco, Level-5, and QLOC perform fantastic tasks with Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered. He managed to appear as a tempting product for gamers who had tasted the original version and wanted a more relevant experience in terms of presentation and JRPG gamers who unfortunately had missed the original series for one or two things. Great job, Bandai Namco!

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