WITH the next generation of more powerful consoles on the horizon, heaven only knows where the RPG genre will go in the next couple of years.
Here, Ni No Kuni perhaps gives us a glimpse of the future, without forgetting the glorious Japanese RPG genre that has enthralled gamers for decades.
Taking control of charming young Oliver, who lost his mother in an accident, you meet Shizuku, a fairy of tears.
With Magic Master, a book of wizardry, in hand, you go off on a journey to bring his mother back.
The focus on creature collection and Pokemon-style battles brings an additional overlay of brilliant side-quests, the outcome of which will present a tantalising array of rewards that can make for improved performance in the main game.
Graphically, the Japanese anime style is reproduced to a tee, and the voice-acting is equally impressive.
However, perhaps the sheer scale of this title – you could easily spend 60-70 hours discovering new things in the game – is what will set RPG fans salivating.
Savour every moment.