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  1. Positive: 76 out of 84
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  1. Mar 19, 2018
    Its gorgeously lush visuals are quite simply among the best ever seen in a game, offering an object lesson in how stylisation has the power to trump photorealism even in the 4K age. Some players will lack the time or patience to put in the effort that any heavyweight role-playing game demands – this is a 50-hour adventure at least – but it puts forward an irresistible case for your attention. As video games are once again weathering ignorance-fuelled attacks that paint them as universally gun-centric, violent and nihilistic, Ni no Kuni is a timely counterpoint.
  2. Mar 19, 2018
    An astonishing experience. Once again, Level-5 has risen to the top of a previously floundering but increasingly revitalized genre. Ni No Kuni 2 pushes the envelope and reinvents the wheel while staying true to its JRPG roots.
  3. Mar 19, 2018
    I loved every moment of Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom and could easily recommend it as an entry point to the genre for newcomers as well as longtime fans of the genre. Developer Level-5 has truly outdone themselves with this one and I would just like to say to them, thank you for the adventure.
  4. Apr 16, 2018
    I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed Ni no Kuni II. It’s one of the best JRPGs in years and it’s a must-buy for fans of the genre. It’s cute, thoroughly addictive and has more tweaks and statistics than you can shake a sword at. If you enjoyed the first game, you will love this.
  5. Mar 23, 2018
    Ni No Kuni II is a machine that runs on beauty, fun and delight. With simple storylines and engaging characters, it weaves a narrative that captures the optimistic nature of childhood, without forgetting to deliver deep RPG mechanics. Utterly abandoning many of the confounding elements of the original title, Ni No Kuni II marches to its own quirky beat. This is a game that will be remembered as a classic.
  6. Mar 20, 2018
    Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is a triumph that successfully blends JRPG with components of kingdom building, third person action, and real-time strategy. It tells an interesting story with intriguing characters and the presentation quality from the in-game visuals, cutscenes, soundtrack, even the menus, are masterfully done. Whether you played the original NNK or not, Revenant Kingdom is highly recommended.
  7. 95
    Ni no Kuni II is pure magic. It consistently surpassed my expectations.
  8. Mar 19, 2018
    Simply spectacular. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is simply one of the best JRPGs of the last decade. An instant classic and definitely the most ambitious title in Level-5's history.
  9. Mar 19, 2018
    Some may argue Revenant Kingdom clocks in a bit on the short side at around 30 hours to finish the story, but it’s a nice departure from the trend of top-rated JRPGs that last 60 hours or beyond. Ni no Kuni II is a brilliant follow-up that outdoes and improves upon its predecessor in just about every category. This is one fairy tale that most certainly earns its happily ever after.
  10. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is this perfect execution of an RPG that I haven't experienced in a long time. It's grand in its vision and, while simple in the execution, the execution it delivers is nearly flawless nonetheless. There are moments where I wish the game paced itself better, toned down the threatening music, or attempted to tug at my heart a bit more, but the game was fun and charming and worthy of praise. Buy this game.
  11. Mar 19, 2018
    One of the best JRPGs released in ages, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is as charming as it is intricate, full of expressive characters and addictive gameplay systems that mesh together in perfect harmony.
  12. 95
    Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is pure greatness. Everything it does it does at the highest level. RPG fans owe it to themselves to experience this gem. Easily one of the best games of this generation.
  13. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni No Kuni II is a masterpiece combination of Ghibli style graphics, Joe Hisaishi music works and classic J-RPG gameplay (Level-5 signature). We love its colorful characters, moving storyline and varied game styles.
  14. Mar 20, 2018
    Watching King Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum grow from a usurped young king into the leader of a global superpower and ruler of Evermore is one of the most memorable journeys in recent JRPGs.
  15. Mar 19, 2018
    A magical game that lives up to the legacy of the first entry of the series. A great RPG that you have to play.
  16. May 10, 2018
    If you have a spare 100 hours or so, you could do a lot worse than this. If you don’t, its ever-long pacing means it’s not at all hard to pick and play in increments. Absolutely recommended.
  17. Mar 28, 2018
    Level-5 has done it again as they delivered another thoroughly enjoyable JRPG thus proving that the genre isn't going anywhere. If you're not too disheartened by the lack of the slower-paced turn-based battle system and the monster collecting that was featured in the original then you'll have a ton of fun building your very own kingdom and traversing the stunning world of Ni no Kuni II.
  18. Mar 28, 2018
    This is an absolutely wonderful tale; a fantastic fable that makes up for every little flaw by giving the player a monumental amount of things to do and play with. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a must play for Ghibli fans, fans of the first Ni No Kuni, fans of JRPGs, Suikoden fans, and just about anyone who appreciates a good adventure in general.
  19. Mar 26, 2018
    Building on the strength of the original, it presents a meticulously crafted world, brought to life by a team of visionaries who deserve every praise they’ve received over their long, illustrious careers. With a much improved combat engine and a myriad of entertaining new gameplay elements, it comes two steps closer to achieving the true potential of a title that can rightfully be recognized as the result of a dream collaboration.
  20. Mar 26, 2018
    A sweet, whimsical adventure in a faraway land you'll love getting lost in.
  21. Mar 23, 2018
    It has mostly superficial similarities to the first game, but it's one of the most genuinely enjoyable and fun JRPGs to come out in a long time. A charming story, delightful cast of characters, exciting gameplay and amazing presentation combine to make a game that is a boatload of fun to play. Its only real flaw is sometimes getting too bogged down in its own systems, and the story could be meatier. JRPG fans of all ages should find a lot to love here, and it's a must-have for anyone who loves the genre.
  22. Mar 23, 2018
    Revenant Kingdom is a better game than its excellent predecessor, which makes it a must-play for genre fans and curious folks alike.
  23. Mar 20, 2018
    Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is an authentic audiovisual masterpiece. The 40 hours that lasts its story mode are virtually duplicated with the huge number of extras. Although its weak point is how extremely easy the game is, it is balanced with a story that highlights the importance of union and that delights us with moments as hilarious as epic.
  24. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni no Kuni II is one of those games that delivers a positive vibe not just through gameplay, but deeper stories, solid characters, as well as outstanding visuals and soundtrack. Moreover, it comes with fresh ideas that make it more engaging and fun, something that we rarely get these days from major franchises.
  25. Mar 19, 2018
    If you're looking for classic RPG with that touch of magic and uniqueness, make sure you don't miss this adventure. A new unforgettable work from Level-5.
  26. 90
    I didn’t quite love Ni No Kuni 2 quite as much as its predecessor, because I wasn’t quite as connected to it. The game’s choice of themes and approach to storytelling didn’t quite tap into the same emotions. But it is without a doubt a better game. With the addition of city building and strategy battle elements, Ni No Kuni 2 is a deeper and more varied experience than most JRPGs out there, and certainly among the most beautiful and artful games that you’ll ever see.
  27. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is a JRPG delight that embraces the best of classic design and combines it with some new and exciting ideas. The lacklustre plot and underdeveloped characters are unfortunate, but don’t distract from what is an otherwise fantastic package. It doesn’t reach the exceptional heights of its predecessor but remains an essential part of any hardcore RPG fan’s catalogue.
  28. Mar 19, 2018
    Although the precedent set by the first game was remarkable, Ni no Kuni II manages to position itself as a worthy continuation of what is already one of the most interesting sagas in the current role playing scene. Level-5 has created a game that stands out from the competition with its own personality. For lovers of Studio Ghibli, you will find in this game a jewel to continue dreaming about.
  29. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the RPG adventure that's like shooting sunshine right into your veins. So clear your calendar, because Level-5 is about fill it with monsters, magic, and city management.
  30. Mar 19, 2018
    The story and most of the characters feel a bit too traditional, but aside from that Ni No Kuni II is a game that never disappoints. It's one of the most beautiful and heart-warming adventures in a long while, and it's better than the first game in every single respect.
  31. Mar 19, 2018
    With the sheer amount of meticulous effort Level-5 has put into the overall experience, this is easily one of the most enjoyable RPGs I have had the pleasure of playing in years. I couldn’t shake this undeniably genuine feeling of tingly nostalgia that washed over me whenever I was playing the game. Whether you are a fan of traditional adventures or just looking for something downright refreshing, it’s quite possible Ni no Kuni II will have the same overwhelmingly positive effect on you as it did on me.
  32. 90
    A great cast of characters and a wonderful story, it's tough not to fall in love with Ni No Kuni 2. If you're looking for a world to get lost in this is a game that will provide you with many hours of enjoyment, amazing you at every turn with a barrage of beautiful imagery, incredible music, and gameplay to match.
  33. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom excels in delivering a top-notch JRPG by creating a magical world filled with great characters and visuals.
  34. Mar 19, 2018
    If you were a fan of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, or JRPG's in general, you will not be disappointed with this game! This is the first title in a while that took my attention and held it firmly. I've had plenty of fun, great made games over the past few months, but this one takes the top so far.
  35. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni No Kuni II is one of the best action JRPGs of the last several years.
  36. 90
    Ni No Kuni 2 is a wholesome adventure that improves on the first game in almost every way. The art design and visuals are some of the best on the PS4 and the combat and exploration are both fun and engaging.
  37. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is an instant classic that can do it all. It's a beautiful action RPG, settlement builder and strategy … that offers a possible hundred hours or more of gameplay.
  38. Mar 22, 2018
    Ni No Kuni II is a little too easy, risking capitulating for such a small but fundamental element. However, the heavy, intense experience offered by Level 5's is so powerful that it's impossible to get away from the TV. It's an internal contradiction, a compromise you have to descend by, to enjoy one of the most exciting videogame worlds ever made.
  39. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni No Kuni II could have been genre-defining, but really, really good is just going to have to do instead. The way that the beautiful visuals meld together with Joe Hisaishi’s breathtaking score is nothing short of remarkable and it all combines together for something that feels genuinely earnest and charming. While far from perfect, Ni No Kuni II is an easy recommendation for fans of JRPGs both old and new.
  40. Mar 19, 2018
    Overall, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a sensational, well-crafted, and loveable game. It brings the spirit of Ni No Kuni in a new form with new mechanics, characters, and storytelling that anyone can pick up, play, and rightfully enjoy.
  41. Mar 19, 2018
    The courage of the developers to fundamentally change this sequel pays off.
  42. Mar 29, 2018
    Playing this charming game feels as authentic as the first, even though this one is not a collaboration between Ghibli and Level 5.
  43. Mar 25, 2018
    While topics and storytelling might be a tad too childish and the challenge level of this fairy tale is a little too low, it nonetheless is hard to escape the magic of this beautiful JRPG, with its varied mission and level design.
  44. Mar 23, 2018
    King Evan did not just charm its people, he charmed us. Ni No Kuni 2 tells a darling story and its great variety in gameplay makes it a dream to play.
  45. Mar 23, 2018
    Level 5’s latest endeavor in the realm of JRPGs is a beautiful journey and an excellent choice for fans of Japanese role playing games. It comes with an interesting story, rich content and well written characters that reminded us of the golden age of the genre.
  46. Mar 21, 2018
    Ni No Kuni II is absolutely delightful. While the original was bogged down by some cumbersome mechanics, Level 5 has done an outstanding job of cutting the fat while adding new elements and keeping things fresh — It has almost none of the filler that plagues the JRPG genre. I can’t stress how happy it makes me to see a game as good as this appeal to both someone like me, and to children as well. But most importantly, it’s not a kids’ game — it’s just a fantastic JRPG.
  47. Mar 21, 2018
    Ni no no Kuni 2 is a great work from Level 5. Instead of making just a worthy sequel for the first videogame, it has taken the opportunity to add a lot of different and unique activities to enrich the experience. There are shadows in the development of the characters and the main story, and it could have gone a little deeper into the battle system, but even this has his own strengths, accompanied by one of the most beautiful artistic designs we have seen so far. A unique JRPG with personality.
  48. Mar 20, 2018
    Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a beautiful game that takes the soul of PS1 era JRPG to create a must play experience for every fan of the genre. Despite a great presentation and atmosphere, the game can feel like a drag by its fetch quest format.
  49. Mar 20, 2018
    This game has a wonderful, colorful world to explore, and it provided us with a lot of fun, but the voice acting was lacking, and we wished to be able to choose the difficulty because the game was way too easy.
  50. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni No Kuni 2 is an astonishing adventure, one of the most beautiful and fun action jRPGs released in the last several years.
  51. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni no Kuni 2 improves over its predecessor in almost every way: it's more polished, the gameplay is more refined and has a good pace, and the story would look good in a Studio Ghibli production. Ni no Kuni 2 is an absolute joy to watch and to play, it's deep yet not complicated, and a true and genuine JRPG.
  52. Mar 19, 2018
    A magical adventure that combines several genres with success. The result is a great JRPG from Level 5, despite not reaching the excellence of the first Ni No Kuni.
  53. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni No Kuni II is full of some tremendously creative decisions that make this unlike many other Japanese RPGs, as well as a clear step above an already good game in the original Ni No Kuni. However, some additions like the RTS elements left me scratching my head. Despite this, Ni No Kuni II tells a beautiful story that’s set in an even more beautiful world, and should be enjoyed by most JRPG fans.
  54. Mar 19, 2018
    In the face of a cohesive and long-lasting progression, Ni No Kuni 2 cannot be fully remarkable in all its aspects. From a graphical point of view it is a small artistic miracle, from the narrative one weaves an elementary, frayed and childish weave, which only generates a thrill of emotion only at the end, when it is too late.
  55. CD-Action
    Jul 6, 2018
    Part an RPG, part a strategy game, part a city builder, as a whole a fairy tale that makes Studio Ghibli and Dragon Quest spring to mind. [06/2018, p.56]
  56. Jun 6, 2018
    Ni No Kuni II is truly a tale, deliberately naïve and full of colorful characters. The combination of different genres, JRPG, management and RTS, works well, as each style is interwoven with the others.
  57. 80
    It's all fantastic and layered and balanced.
  58. Apr 23, 2018
    Ni No Kuni 2 manages to showcase that even without Studio Ghibli, Level-5 can still create a truly wondrous and magical JRPG. Even though the new features and strategic elements feel undercut by its easy difficulty, this is still a fine example of what the genre has to offer.
  59. games(TM)
    Apr 20, 2018
    An enchanting RPG...A claimant to the JRPG throne. [Issue#199, p.78]
  60. Apr 16, 2018
    For every flaw encountered there are multiple charming moments that are just so winning that you tend to forget about any shortcomings the game has. The world is a joy to explore, the score is absolutely magical and it’s just plain fun. If the flaws were fixed it could be a contender for game of the year, instead it’s just a very good game and one that is very much worth your time.
  61. 80
    Despite issues with its difficulty, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom does enough to set itself apart from its predecessor, delivering a tremendous fantasy JRPG in a bright and glorious world.
  62. Mar 27, 2018
    Level-5 has still put together a wondrous and whimsical RPG to lose yourself in for many hours.
  63. Mar 27, 2018
    Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom improves upon its predecessor in almost every regard, yet somehow its magic is lost along the way.
  64. Mar 26, 2018
    The vast amount of content to explore and multitude of game systems to experience make for a great game throughout that doesn't get stale. However, this variety comes at a cost of some of its systems being simplistic and underdeveloped. By focusing on a smaller set of deeper and better integrated systems, the experience could have been even better. But with its attempt to boil the ocean, Ni no Kuni II falls just short of being truly amazing.
  65. 80
    Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom offers a traditional JRPG experience with great visuals and a variety of gameplay elements. It's not executed perfectly, but the charm will keep you battling monsters and obsessing about your kingdom until you reach the conclusion and beyond.
  66. Mar 25, 2018
    Ni No Kuni 2 Revenant Kingdom isn't as good as the original, but it's still an extraordinary RPG with beautiful visuals and a heartbreaking story about a boy who wants a world without war.
  67. Mar 22, 2018
    Between being a relatively traditional Japanese RPG, a kingdom management sim, and an advocate of real-time strategy, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom could have easily stretched itself too thin, but developer Level-5 somehow manages to pull everything together and make it all seem worthwhile. This is a robust but accessible adventure that's stuffed with charm and character. A really fun combat system and gorgeous visuals top things off, making the sequel a joy to play. In a word, Ni no Kuni II is delightful.
  68. Mar 21, 2018
    Level-5 was right to take its sweet time. Almost eight years after the original game, Ni no Kuni II is as strong as its predecessor. Beautiful, varied, well paced and well written, the game almost ticks all the boxes of the J-RPG we all expect, even though it might be a little too classical and clean to surprise the core fans of the genre.
  69. Mar 20, 2018
    Great combat and engaging mechanics compesate for the fact that the charms and great story of its predecessor are somewhat watered out in favor of more traditional genre tropes.
  70. Mar 19, 2018
    A Japanese role-player that everyone can enjoy, and which mixes old school influences and some interesting innovations to charming effect.
  71. Mar 19, 2018
    Building your kingdom is satisfying and engaging, even with the weak narrative hooks. The cycle of rewards became an obsession, and had me staying up late to recruit just one more ally, or complete just one more upgrade. Combat could be tighter, and other supporting elements could use some polish – but like any kingdom, this experience isn’t about individual contributions. It’s about how those contributions come together, and the fun of this experience as a whole outweighs its flaws.
  72. Mar 19, 2018
    It's chock full of excellent battles and surprising moments that make for a far more memorable experience than you initially expect and leaves you impressed by your own accomplishments. If you didn't play the first game, don't let this one pass you by too.
  73. Mar 19, 2018
    The plot is slow-burning, the combat system may seem too simplified, the side quests are boring and repetitive. Even the stunning graphics are stained by some performance issues. But it is only by looking at the game as a whole that we can understand its true value. It is as if Ni No Kuni II were able to fill its own gaps thanks to the great variety of experiences that it has to offer to the gamers.
  74. Games Master UK
    Apr 19, 2018
    A satisfying timesink with some enjoyable elements, let down by a complete lack of challenge. [May 2018, p.72]
  75. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom distinguishes itself from its predecessor by layering fast-paced, real-time combat and an engaging kingdom building system atop more traditional RPG systems and quests. It’s a shame it delivers so few truly memorable characters and restricts so much of its storytelling to text on screen, but by the end of Ni No Kuni 2 the broader themes certainly resonate and the 40+ hour journey has been well worth it.
  76. Mar 19, 2018
    Level-5 is more than capable of dumping out healthy portions of its secret sauce on top of its games, but the combat of Ni no Kuni II and its attempt to do so many different things can hold it back.
  77. Apr 3, 2018
    For most of my time spent playing Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, I loved the beautiful world and engaging combat - the core of the game. But every once in a while, everything would grind to a halt and I'd have to deal with the overworld strategy mechanics that feel poorly integrated. Luckily, this sequel has enough great moments to overcome those annoyances.
  78. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 9, 2018
    The spirit if Studio Ghibli lingers, mostly thanks to Joe Hisaishi's score. But this sequel isn't as charming or bold as its new features would have you believe. [May 2018, p.71]
  79. Apr 17, 2018
    Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom intensifies the action in its JRPG foundation, mirroring some of Level-5’s best work instead of leaning more heavily on the charm of Studio Ghibli. It’s resulted in a game I continue to enjoy a great deal and a desire for Level-5 to distance itself even further from the animation giant to get a peek at what the developer can do, again, when completely uninhibited in any way.
  80. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is a game that is built on extremities. Its weaknesses are extremely flawed, but its strengths are profoundly great. The story and characters are woefully brought down by such uneven pacing, which is unfortunate given the relevant commentary that is sprinkled throughout.
  81. Mar 19, 2018
    As a successor the game definitely improves on a couple of aspects whereas other elements are not realized as well. Both graphically and in terms of content you definitely won't be bored anytime soon. Boss fights are great fun and the combat system in general works really well, although it does rely a bit much on hack 'n slash. Strategy therefore takes a backseat which is a shame. Another point of concern is the framerate which can be somewhat unstable at times.
  82. Mar 19, 2018
    Ni No Kuni 2 is a sweet-tempered and attractive RPG with a strong castle-building mechanic, but it's dragged down by a jarringly ugly overworld, mandatory fetch quests, and a lot of padding. It's a pleasant throwback for fans of the genre, but it ultimately fails to meet the high bar set by other big-budget JRPGs.
  83. Mar 19, 2018
    The potential was there for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom to be a big improvement over its already solid predecessor, but instead of focusing on one new thing and doing that well, it doesn’t keep anything that worked and gives us several modes that could’ve been great but all have major issues. It’s not a bad game, but certainly not on par with the original and does little well enough to make it stand out in a pretty big sea of PS4 RPGs.
  84. Mar 19, 2018
    The in-game reference to Facebook emphasizes how over-cluttered and unfocused Ni no Kuni II is, as this is a solid action-RPG buried under a steady stream of fetch quests and cookie-clicker-like town-building.
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  1. Mar 21, 2018
    Not the charmer its predecessor was, but a jolly 40 hour epic with dashing combat and an engrossing empire-building subgame. [Recommended]
  2. Mar 19, 2018
    This is brilliant, it’s everything I wanted the game to be and maybe even a little bit more.
  3. Mar 27, 2018
    While it most certainly has a simplistic way of looking at the world, when there’s so much cynicism surrounding us in our everyday, it makes entertainment this boldly, earnestly optimistic all the more revitalizing.
  4. Mar 19, 2018
    7 hours in and this game is addictive and rewarding in a way that suggests there will few other games this year that can compete. It is as if Level-5 have put everything they have done in a cauldron and magically created this incredible RPG. [Provisional Score = 90]
  5. Mar 20, 2018
    A good game that sadly lives in the shadow of its excellent original.
  6. Mar 19, 2018
    It’s a game where I always knew what I was doing and why, and, more importantly, I enjoyed doing it. Revenant Kingdom isn’t the Howl’s Moving Castle game I’ve always dreamed of. It’s something much better.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 872 Ratings

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  1. Mar 23, 2018
    Man omg, Ni No Kuni 2 is incredible and awesome game ever i playing.. it is way better than first one.. the graphic look so beautiful..Man omg, Ni No Kuni 2 is incredible and awesome game ever i playing.. it is way better than first one.. the graphic look so beautiful.. Character are adorable : Evan, Roland and other characters.. gameplay is excellent especially real time battle Full Review »
  2. JvJ
    Mar 23, 2018
    An amazing game that won't just tell you a story, but will make you live it.
  3. Mar 23, 2018
    What a beautiful game! I loved the first Ni No Kuni and they captured the same atmosphere in this game. The gameplay is great: fluent battlesWhat a beautiful game! I loved the first Ni No Kuni and they captured the same atmosphere in this game. The gameplay is great: fluent battles and perfect controls. The game looks absolutely stunning and the surroundings are varied. A musthave for fans of the genre and if you've played and loved the first game, you should definitely play this one. Full Review »