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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

JRPG fans rejoice! Ni No Kuni just £3.99 over on PSN

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Matt Gardner
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JRPG fans rejoice! Ni No Kuni just £3.99 over on PSN

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a marvellous games. It's brilliant, beautiful,and it'll bring you to tears within the first ten minutes. It's also under four quid over on the PlayStation Store and you should buy it immediately.

Here's what I said in my review: "One of the best JRPGs of the last decade, Ni No Kuni is in many ways a love letter to a genre slowly fading away into obscurity. Brimming with imaginative aesthetics, and packing a hefty emotional punch or two in spite of its rather clichéd story, Level-5 and Studio Ghibli have worked wonders to whisk us away to another world. An utter triumph in roleplaying escapism in a game that manages to stand on the shoulders of the genre's best to deliver a modern classic."

Just buy it already. Cheers bernardsfingers!

 

Ni No Kuni | £17.99 | DVD.co.uk | PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Ni No Kuni | £17.99 | DVD.co.uk | PS3

Ni No KuniDVD.co.uk | £17.99 (save £8)
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Note: you can buy a digital version from PSN for £15.99, but you'll need a mighty 20Gb+ spare space on your hard-drive.

Ni No Kuni | £15.99 | PSN | PS3

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Jonathan Lester
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Ni No Kuni | £15.99 | PSN | PS3

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Half Time | Staff Picks - Best Games of 2013 So Far

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Matt Gardner
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2013 Half Time, Best Games of 2013 So Far, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, The Last Of Us, Tomb Raider

Hot damn, this year's had some fine titles already. It's a testament to the strength of the output over the last six months, that no two choices here are the same. Do stay tuned for our rundown of the top ten games of the year so far in our democratically-sourced list later in the week, but in the meantime, here are our personal shouts for the best games of the year thus far...

Jonathan -- Fire Emblem: Awakening

Half Time | Staff Picks - Best Games of 2013 So Far

The first half of 2013 has seen any number of great games hit home consoles and the PC, but for my money, the best game of 2013 released on the Nintendo 3DS. Fire Emblem: Awakening may not have the clout of BioShock Infinite or The Last Of Us, yet it delivers perhaps the most exquisite gaming experience of many a long year.

The tactics and tough decisions are as solid as you'd expect from the venerable series, but Awakening upped the ante with a tragic yet uplifting storyline and a cast of truly unforgettable characters. Over the course of the massive campaign, you'll laugh along with your newfound friends, shed a tear when they die in combat, and punch the air with delight as they fall in love right there on the battlefield. Dynamically. Through gameplay. Eventually, their offspring joins your army, building an emotional attachment that makes permanent deaths all the more difficult to bear. Sure, the strategy was top-notch, but the glorious happy highs and stomach-churning emotional lows made Fire Emblem Awakening something truly special and unique.

I will be very surprised if it doesn't become my overall game of the year all told once December rolls around. Your move, 2013.

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PWNCAST | 2013 Half Time Retrospective

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PWNCAST | 2013 Half Time Retrospective

Holy Half Time, Batman! The PWNCAST is back! That's right, the original Dealspwn podcast returns for a special appearance as we take stock of the first half of 2013, reflecting upon some of the best games that we've witnessed over the past six months. Not only that, we take a look at the platform landscape and try to determine who's had the most successful year thus far, before attempting to come up with three highlights each for 2013 so far.

PWNCAST | 2013 Half Time Retrospective. Recorded: 10th July, 2013

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be a few instances of strong language.

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Ni No Kuni | £19.78 | Zavvi | PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Ni No Kuni | £19.78 | Zavvi | PS3

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Ni No Kuni | £22.99 | Zavvi | PS3

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Ni No Kuni | £22.99 | Zavvi | PS3

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Ni No Kuni | £24.99 | Zavvi | PS3

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Ni No Kuni | £24.99 | Zavvi | PS3

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch | £19.99 | PSN | PS3

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch | £19.99 | PSN | PS3

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch | £19.99 | PSN
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Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch ReviewVideo Review

We've posted the list of PSN sales this week already, but this one is worthy of special note. It's a fantastic game, one of the best JRPGs of this generation, if not all time. Get on it, PS3 owners!

 

Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch | £29.95 | Game Collection | PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch | £29.95 | Game Collection | PS3

This is the first time I've seen the much-loved JRPG under £30 and I wouldn't expect to see it drop much further any time soon. This offer is only for the weekend, so it'll be back up to £33 by Monday. On the plus side, for your money you're getting one of the best RPGs we've seen on this generation of consoles. Do you really want to be burned by the next Final Fantasy game again? Thought not. Don't forget to check out our reviews in the links above for more information on the game.

Thanks to dibz10 at HotUkDeals.

Ni No Kuni Should Be Back In Stock Later This Week

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Matt Gardner
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Ni No Kuni Should Be Back In Stock Later This Week

Been struggling to nab a copy of the JRPG extravaganza that is Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's Ni No Kuni? Well fret not, as Namco Bandai have announced that UK stock is due to be replenished this week.

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UK Games Charts | 2nd February 2013

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Jonathan Lester
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UK Games Charts | 2nd February 2013

In what can only be described as a massive coup for JRPGs, PS3 exclusive Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch has soared straight into the number one sales spot. This sublime collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli has haunted our dreams for months now, and the finished product is nothing short of spectacular. Check out our Ni No Kuni video review and in-depth written review for more details.

Elsewhere in the charts, Hitman's HD trilogy joins the same old faces jockeying for position, and the top forty is still bereft of Wii U exclusives. We've got the full UK top ten after the break.

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PWNCAST | Season 3: Episode 4 - JRPGs

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Matt Gardner
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Final Fantasy, Infinite Space, JRPGs, Lost Odyssey, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Podcast, PWNCAST, RPGs

PWNCAST | Season 3: Episode 4 - JRPGs

With Ni No Kuni releasing this week, we reflect on JRPGs as a genre and discuss their niche appeal here in the West. We chat about our favourites, and try to come up with a top three, as well as discussing how the genre might broaden its appeal outside of Japan.

PWNCAST | Season 3: Episode 4 - JRPGs, Recorded: January 31st, 2013

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be a few instances of strong language.

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch | £35 | Tesco | PS3

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch | £35 | Tesco | PS3

Overwhelming demand has seen the Level 5 / Studio Ghibli JRPG absolutely fly off the shelves since launch. As such, the price has gone up a little, but Tesco are currently the cheapest we can find by over £3. For Ghibli or JRPG fans, this really is the game you've been waiting for. Check out Matt's review links above if you still need convincing.

Thanks to erikadvice at HotUkDeals.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Video Review | Breathtakingly Beautiful

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Video Review | Breathtakingly Beautiful

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is out on Friday and, as we've discussed in a rather long and deeply involved review, it's pretty damn fantastic!

Here's a little summary:

Ni No Kuni is more than the sum of its parts, more than Level-5 doing an impression of Studio Ghibli. The story might not quite be in the same league as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, but there's something that resonates all the same. There were moments that brought tears to the eye, others that brought the biggest smile to my face, and innumerable little vignettes that made me audibly chuckle, and all this amplified by visuals that dazzle and delight, a score that floods your ears with magnificence, and Familiar-based combat that proves rich and deep and engrossing. A triumph in roleplaying escapism.

Anywy, the video review is ready, so you can hear the mellifluous tones of my voice while sinking into a game so pretty it would probably make John McClane swoon.

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review | An Act of Love

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Matt Gardner
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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review | An Act of Love

Platforms: PS3

Developers: Level-5 | Studio Ghibli

Publishers: Namco Bandai

NB. There are some light story spoilers in terms of the set up and Oliver's motivations, but that's it.

There's a reason why I love RPGs - perhaps the greatest being that it's such a rich and varied genre. Sometimes I want to forge my own path and write my own stories in a world of fantasy and adventure. Other times, I want to dive into a narrative-rich experience that sucks me in like my favourite books might, and lets me fill in the gaps between plot points. There's a sense of immersion with which I've always connected, from tabletop to page-turner to PC to Game Boy to Xbox to iPad. Much of it has to do with investment, and the time and careful consideration that goes into setting things up the way we want them and developing characters in certain ways. But more often than not, it has to do with exceptional world building, and the sheer thrill of escapism.

Level-5 and Studio Ghibli know more than most about weaving fantastical webs designed to captivate the mind and warm the heart.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review | An Act of Love

It's one of those collaborations that you dream of, really, and one that fans might never have thought would genuinely occur given Ghibli's famed director Hayao Miyazaki's apprehension over video games as a worthwhile medium. But although he might have little to do with Ni No Kuni himself, the strong sense of morality and strength of character that oozes from the works of his such as Ponyo, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and Spirited Away, are clearly evident in Ni No Kuni. It's clearly been a labour of love, enormous in scale and yet rich in detail. The name gives it away: Ni No Kuni, roughly translated, means 'second country', stirring up connotations of another world, a concept that works on a number of levels.

The dream, of  course, is that playing Ni No Kuni is like virtually living out a Studio Ghibli film - one in which you play a more direct role. But have Level-5 pulled it off?

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