Sixteen days ago, after having completed Hitman Absolution, I was faced with the question as to which game out of the large list I have accumulated over the last year I should buy. Absent from that list, foolishly enough, was Ni no Kuni. I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli, second only in my mind to Pixar, and I thought that the game looked amazing. Unfortunately what I currently lack is time, and a 50 hour game just did not seem particularly feasible. My friend Keir happened to say hello on Steam as I was debating it. I started our conversation considering Tomb Raider, Dishonoured, Dead Space 3, Far Cry 3 and many more. I ended our conversation having already purchased Ni no Kuni and waiting for it to install onto my Playstation 3. What can I say? Keir's a persuasive guy.
Obviously, due to the fact that I do not live in Kansas with their bloody Google Fiber internet (I'm not bitter), it took a rather long time to download the 22GB of Ni no Kuni and I was not in a position to play it until the following morning. On that Sunday I felt as though I was being introduced to the comfortable world I am wonderfully familiar with from movies such as Ponyo and My Neighbour Totoro. The game takes a dark turn fairly early, but picks up almost instantly, more fantastical than ever. It's hard not to fall in love with this game, and I for one am infatuated.
It's been a while, but here is a game that I think about whilst developing my app during the day. A game that I want to be playing even as I leave to watch Iron Man 3. Ni no Kuni well and truly has me hooked, and the only thing that prevents me from playing it more is what I suppose could be called responsibility, but at the moment it feels more like masochism. I am still only 17 hours in, but have probably played for at least 3 more hours than that considering the amount of time I have died on this one jelly fish boss. 20 hours in sixteen days is a lot for me at the moment, and only a game like this one could have inspired it. Perhaps it will take me a month or so to complete it, but when I'm having this much fun I have to stop and wonder, why does it matter?