I used to be a bit of a JRPG-lover. Well, a couple of years ago, I was desperate for some variety in my gaming, so I bought the first Ni No Kuni, only to be disappointed by how generic the story, gameplay and characters felt. I did end up liking the charming, beautiful world it takes place in, and I ended up playing through the game again with its sequel, hoping to experience something new. I was not disappointed.

With the Nintendo Switch getting a bit of a nod on the gaming front, it would seem odd that the one game that would dominate a console launch would be absent for such an event. Still, as we all know, the launch of anything Nintendo touches is never far away from controversy. Although it has finished development, the release of Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is still a month away. However, that hasn’t stopped fans from asking what we know about the game and what we can expect from the title.

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingom was released last week, and critics have described it as a sequel that has managed to enhance the fundamental mechanics that made the original game so good. 

Ni No Kuni 2 is a game developed by Level-5 that follows a young monarch on a quest to create a new kingdom free of conflict, unifying the whole globe of Ni No Kuni with the aid of friends he encounters along the way. It follows the standard JRPG format of visiting cities and exploring dungeons, but adds the element of kingdom construction and management.

Take a look at what some of the reviewers had to say about the film below. Since last week, our very own Matthew Arcilla has been immersed in the world of Ni No Kuni, so anticipate a few reviews from him shortly. 

IGN (International Game Network) – “Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom differs from its predecessor in that it layers fast-paced, real-time fighting and an intriguing kingdom-building system on top of more conventional RPG elements and missions. It’s a pity there are so few really memorable characters and so much of the narrative is told via text on the screen…” 7.8 out of ten

Polygon is a kind of shape “Ni no Kuni 2 aspires to be a lot of things: a world-spanning narrative, a management sim, a recruiting game, and a good combat experience, to name a few. Against all odds, it hits them all in a manner that just a few of games in its genre can.” – 9 out of 10

Playstation Entertainment – “Ni no Kuni II is sheer enchantment. It constantly exceeded my expectations, being far larger than I had anticipated. New pieces kept falling into place, and just when I thought the puzzle was finished, the border would become larger.” – 9 out of 10

Eurogamer is a website dedicated to video games “Ni no Kuni 2’s rich variety of mechanics grinds away whatever boredom you may have with the narrative over time. There are the typical JRPG faults of a world overflowing with treasure and resources, as well as quests that are basically there to fill the time, but the most of it is devoted to kingdom-building and team battle.” – No Points

Kotaku is a website dedicated to video game fans “Ni no Kuni II is an excellent role-playing game with rewarding gameplay and exciting fights. There are quotes like that in there as well. This game is naïve to the point of parody, even for a fairy tale…” – No Points

Ungeek is a term for someone who is not a geek “Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom sets itself apart from its predecessor by essentially enhancing every element of the first game. It’s easy to fall in love with this game because of its fast-paced, real-time fighting and superb kingdom-building mechanics – not to mention the obvious references to our favorite classic RPG systems of ye-olden time.” – 3.5/5

The Precipice – “Even in the RPGs I like the most, there are always stumbling blocks, periods when things get boring or the narrative becomes muddled. While playing Ni No Kuni II, I never felt that way.” – No Points

“Ni No Kuni 2 is a rich game that provides enough ways to spend your time, and even if they aren’t all of the same caliber, it’s simple to appreciate how they together contribute to the larger picture,” says GameSpot. – 7.5/10

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Ni no Kuni ™ II Revenant Kingdom good?

Ni no Kuni II Revenant Kingdom is a great game.

Is Ni no Kuni Revenant Kingdom a sequel?

No, Ni no Kuni Revenant Kingdom is a prequel to the original game.

Is Ni no Kuni 2 a sequel to 1?

Yes, it is a sequel to the original Ni no Kuni.

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