Watch Us Play Ni no Kuni II

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Yesterday in New York City, I had a chance to sit down with an early build of the beautiful upcoming role-playing game Ni no Kuni II. It is much, much different than its predecessor.

Here are two video clips from the second Ni no Kuni, which comes out January 19 for PS4 and PC. In the first clip, I tried the game’s Musou-ish “real-time strategy” mode, in which you run around a battlefield with an army, attacking your enemies with a rock-paper-scissors-ish combat system.

Then I checked out some more standard gameplay, which involved going into a dungeon and rescuing a lady from a nasty wyvern. In this footage you can see the new combat system, which feels more like a Tales or Star Ocean game than a turn-based RPG:

I am very much looking forward to playing more, and very glad that publisher Bandai Namco moved this one out of the fall rush.

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So- Ni No Kuni is one of my favorite games of all time. (It also had one of the best, albeit most controversial, collector’s editions of all time)

You say this is very, very different from the first game, which is... concerning to me. Based on your brief time with it, do you feel like fans of the original will like this?