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Can ‘Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom’ be the Game of the Year?

This sophisticated role-playing game takes place in a mystical land where players must follow a young king who wants humanity to ‘live happily ever after.’



Sounds cheesy? Absolutely it is.

But this fairy tale has more to it than meets the eye. The game includes three different modes, each with unique tasks and playing styles that can influence other modes.

The story starts in a fictional modern world. You, the President of the United States, witnesses what seems to be a nuclear attack.

Instead of perishing, you wake up in a palace where you meet Evan, a young king trying to escape a coup. Together, you encounter new characters to strengthen your party and rebuild the lost kingdom.

Throughout the game, you travel over land and sea to discover new kingdoms, helping them solve internal issues within their borders to earn the trust of other leaders. Each kingdom is packed with characters who will ask you for favours (side missions) that include battling powerful monsters or or going to war against fearful armies.

Upon completing the main mission, kings and queens will agree to sign a peace and unity treaty with King Evan, with some of their citizens even moving to your small kingdom, ‘Everland’.

With at least 45 hours of game-play to finish the main story, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has a vast number of items to explore.

Battle mode

This is the most addictive part of the game. Fighting in this engaging RPG is unbelievably smooth and glitch-less. You fight any number of enemies with three main characters of your choice, using different sets of abilities, weapons, and magic spells.

War mode

Besides the manual fights, you’ll lead an army into wars where a whole different method of combat is applied.

In these battles, you start with limited ‘might points’ and you have to plan a strategy to utilize these points to build towers, heal wounded soldiers, and perform special actions in the war zone.

Kingdom-building

This is hands-down my favourite part of the game. The ever-growing kingdom of Everland will be under your control, and you can direct farmers to get vegetables, gather lumber to upgrade your weapons, build research institutions to enhance your abilities, and more.

It’s impossible to count the number of things you can do, or items you can collect in the kingdom. This sub-game is more detailed than any Sims game.

Pro-tip

In the early stages of the game, a Pikmin-like creatures will join your party. These mini colourful spirits can deal opponents massive damages or heal your party if they’re upgraded regularly. Keep an eye on their needs and they’ll be of great advantage in the later stages of the game.