2014 is certainly a year of RPGs! With games like the Dark Souls II, The Witcher III, and the Dragon Age: Inquisition; this is going to be a big year for RPG fans.
As for 2013, it started off with Ni Nu Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and kept on delivering great games both on consoles and handhelds. Pokemon X/Y, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Diablo 3 are some of the biggest RPGs of 2013.
Let’s have a look at the nominees:
- Ni no Kuni
- Pokemon X and Y
- Shin Megami Tensei IV
- Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
The winner is Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
The Playstation 3 exclusive version, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has come down a long way since Nintendo DS release. With Ni No Kuni, the developers have taken up a few ideas from popular franchises such as Dragon Quest, Pokémon, and Tales.
Not only this, but it has also accomplished in gaining what other JRPGs tend to ignore, i.e. a solid narrative, intriguing characters, and engaging gameplay. The hard work of Studio Ghibli and Level-5 has paid off.
The story of Ni No Kuni revolves around a melancholic boy; Oliver mourning over his dead mother. This boy unintentionally gives life to one of his dolls named Drippy.
Came from another world, Drippy feels the loss of Oliver and tries to comfort him. Oliver comes to know about a way reviving his mother IF he could find a soul mate in the parallel universe, i.e. Drippy’s universe. And, thus, their journey starts.
One of the best things about the central character of Ni No Kuni is that he’s not one of those sword-wielding characters that we’re used to. Instead, he’s a simple boy who loves cars and unknown of the fact of what fate has in-store for him.
The core gameplay of Ni No Kuni can be considered as an amalgam of Pokémon and Tales series. Just like the Pokémon, you’ll be able to fight any creature and eventually capture them. These creatures are called Familiars, and they can level up, equip weapons, and armor.
Moreover, they can also undergo the process of evolution of transform into stronger forms. However, it’s not only about fighting and capturing the creatures as the game offers a ton of hours to explore and do side-quests. The story and the quests are pretty rewarding in terms of loot and cash.
The game has a slow start and includes stumbling from one specific location to another but as the story progresses, new opportunities will be thrown in your way. A piece of warning, the game gets insanely hard at later stages; better buckle up!
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is surely one of the best JRPGs to land on Playstation 3.
Runner-Up: Pokémon X and Y
Pokémon X and Y are the series of RPGs developed by Game Freak exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. Similar to previous games, these installments follow the journey of a Pokémon trainer roaming the lands of Kalos as they battle and capture Pokémon to bring down the crook organization of Team Flare.
The game is played from a third-person perspective and features 69 new Pokémon and a ton of novel features. Both games follow the exactly same storyline but can be played singly.