The Axe of the Blood God Review of Ni No Kuni 2

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat talks about her review of Ni No Kuni 2 in the latest episode of the RPG podcast.

Article by Kat Bailey, .

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.

After multiple delays, the sequel to Ni No Kuni 2 is finally launching this week! Does it measure up? We discuss! [download link here].

Our Ni No Kuni 2 review is now live, and I generally thought it was... good? It definitely has some issues, particularly a surplus of mandatory fetch quests. Nadia and I talk about that, the combat, the clashing visuals, and whether or not Evan Pettiwhisker will in fact be the first against the wall when the revolution comes

But that's not all! Triple-A action games love co-opting skill trees these days, and God of War is just the latest. Nadia and I discuss the phenomenon, as well as why God of War feels like a third-person shooter now. It's all in the latest episode of our RPG podcast!

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Kat and Nadia settle down to review Ni No Kuni 2! [22:00] How does the combat hold up? Why does the overworld look like it was imported from the PS2? And will Evan Pettiwhisker be the first against the wall when the revolution comes? We have answers to all these questions and more! Plus: The move by triple-A action games to co-op skill trees. Does it work? We discuss!

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  • Avatar for Drachmalius #1 Drachmalius 6 months ago
    It was nice to hear Kat's thoughts on Ni No Kuni 2. I never played the first one but was considering trying the sequel, but I think I'm gonna skip it for now. I've been playing a bunch of old games lately anyway, thinking of finally playing Planescape: Torment next since I picked it up in a sale a few months ago.

    On the subject of God of War it sounds like they're really trying to bring in new players with all the changes. But something about the character of Kratos has never really appealed to me and suddenly making him another "bad dad" in a video game isn't really helping.
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #2 Wellman2nd 6 months ago
    I have to ask which is the more glaring, the Ni No Kuni 2 world map or the overworld map of Tokyo in SMT IV?
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #3 The-Challenger 6 months ago
    In GoW II I thought his journey was motivated by the slaughter of his people by Zeus, and then Kratos' subsequent death at the hands of Zeus. But I haven't played it in awhile.
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  • Avatar for falz3333 #4 falz3333 6 months ago
    I'm not seeing usgamer's podcasts on soundcloud lately
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  • Avatar for Maxbeedo #5 Maxbeedo 6 months ago
    Ni No Kuni always looked like it was directed specifically at kids (and I don't mean "b cuz anime"). Very simple, not much character growth. I platinumed Ni No Kuni 1 (mostly because there wasn't much else out at the time) and was never satisfied with it. The world was beautiful but the characters were expressionless and bland and never face any problems beyond what fairy tale characters deal with in stories you tell a 4 year old. From what I've seen the sequel has this same problem. The basic combat looks more fun at least, and there's definitely a market for such a game, it's just not for me.

    @Drachmalius I just recently played Planescape: Torment for the 1st time as well. I thought I would hate "playing" it but it wasn't quite as bad as I feared since it is very much *not* focused on combat. Reading/dialogue takes up most of the game, and the penalty for failure is minimal, so it's a fairly stress-free experience (although a guide helps if you get stuck like I did not knowing which 1 out of 300 NPCs I needed to exhaust all dialogue with to progress). Edited March 2018 by Maxbeedo
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  • Avatar for Flipsider99 #6 Flipsider99 6 months ago
    @Wellman2nd What's wrong with the Tokyo map in SMT IV? It's not only a nice looking map that follows SMT tradition, it has an incredible music theme. Loved that map!
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #7 Jonnyboy407 6 months ago
    I gotta a say I appreciate the silliness in this episode.

    "Throw the kid!" Classic.
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  • Avatar for benjaminlu86 #8 benjaminlu86 6 months ago
    I can say with confidence that this is the first time I've wholeheartedly agreed with Kat's politics with respect to NNK2.
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