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article imageVideo: 'Ni no Kuni - Wrath of the White Witch' demo preview

By Can Tran     Jan 8, 2013 in Entertainment
The latest preview video from Game Trailers for "Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch" skims over the story and the mechanics of the game.
Game Trailers has uploaded a preview video for the upcoming role-playing game called “Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch” which is due out soon. In this video, it gives a skim of the game's story and the game play dynamic. While the graphics look very “childish” to hardcore gamers let a lone role-playing game fans, fans of Japanese role-playing games can appreciate the fact that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch plays like a solid role-playing game. In terms of development, it is a collaboration between video game company Level5 with regards to the game play mechanics and the anime company Studio Ghibli with regards to the game graphics. Playing the game is like watching one of Studio Ghibli's animated works; but, it's very interactive.
It is explained that the release has come to the United States after a long time. A special physical spell book will be included in limited edition copies of the game when it comes out. In the story, you play as Oliver who is the only son of a single mother. Due to an experiment gone wrong, Oliver is saved by his mother; but, the stress is too much as she collapses. She dies from exhaustion. Oliver's doll Drippy comes to life who tells him about a way to bring back his mother. It brings Oliver to somewhat of a parallel world that's filled with magic.
This is similar to “Chrono Cross” in which you will travel back and forth between worlds; but, you have to learn the ways of magic first. What you do in one world will affect what goes on in the other world and vice-versa.
In terms of battle, the biggest game play elements are using magic spells and familiars with the latter being part of combat. While there is a massive main story, there are side quests that can be taken as a means to level up without having to do level grinding which is time consuming. To complete tasks, you have to travel back and forth between the two worlds. In terms of combat, you won't be annoyed with random encounters; you have the choice to either engage enemies on the screen or just avoid them. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch should keep you occupied for days to weeks.
This game is due for release on January 22 for the Playstation 3.
Also, a video interview was conducted with Joe Hisaishi who is the music composer for the game. It is reported Hisaishi has composed the music for several of the anime movies that came from Studio Ghibli. Hisaishi explains that he got involved in the project due to the studio wanting him to work on the music. His task was creating enjoyable music that matches the fantasy setting of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. At the same time, he wanted to create music that had an elegant feel to it. In seven days, he had written twenty-one songs for the game's music.
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