Ni no Kuni scores big in Famitsu [Update]

Also: other big releases scored.

This week’s Famitsu has the first review of Level-5’s hotly anticipated Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The Japanese game magazine mecha awarded the PlayStation 3 RPG an 8, 9, 10, and 9, adding for a total of 36/40.

Weekly Famitsu also reviewed other big releases, including Modern Warfare 3 and Saints Row: The Third. Here are their verdicts:

  • Battlefield 3 (PS3, 360, PC) – 9, 9, 9, 9 [36/40]
  • The Sims 3: Pets (PS3, 360) – 8, 8, 8, 8 [32/40]
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (PS3, 360) – 9, 9, 8, 7 [32/40]
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3, 360, PC) – 10, 10, 9, 10 [39/40]
  • Saints Row: The Third (PS3, 360, PC) – 9, 9, 9, 9 [36/40]
  • Shinobi 3D (3DS) – 7, 7, 7, 7 [28/40]
  • The Sims 3: Pets (3DS) – 7, 7, 7, 6 [27/40]
  • One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 (DS) – 8, 8, 9, 8 [33/40]
  • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Atsumete Henshin! 35-Sentai! (DS) – 7, 7, 6, 6 [26/40]
  • Maple Story (DS) – 7, 7, 7, 7 [28/40]
  • Miss Princess! (DS) – 8, 7, 8, 7 [30/40]

Thanks, [email protected].

Update: Here are some of Famitsu’s thoughts on Ni no Kuni, courtesy of the same source:

  • Can be cleared in 40-50 hours. It mentions something about 100 hours and “yarikomi,” but I’m not quite sure as to what exactly.
  • Animation is nice to watch. Attractive scenario.
  • Highly strategic puzzles.
  • Smooth transitions from animation to gameplay.
  • Excellent atmosphere—easy to figure out what you’re supposed to do next.
  • Though it feels highly complete, it feels like it’s lacking in terms of new ideas.
  • The fact that any person of any age can get into Ni no Kuni is a plus.

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