Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of the best RPGs I've played in years. Moreover, it joins the elusive ranks of the best PlayStation 3 exclusives, a group very rarely encroached upon by any studio Sony doesn't own. Ni No Kuni is just that good: a beautiful mixture of the traditional makings of a JRPG combined with gorgeous graphics, a wonderful story, a great cast of characters and thoughtful gameplay. Better yet, I truly believe there's something here even for those that don't necessarily enjoy random encounters, level grinding and stat building. The story, characters, aesthetics and gameplay really do mix to make something special well outside of the JRPG niche.
It took me just north of 40 hours to beat Ni No Kuni, and there's still more for me to do. I didn't complete every last side quest and I didn't cruise through the entirety of the game's battle arena. Word out of Japan is that the game's coveted Platinum Trophy could take 80 hours to get, but know this: 40 hours with Ni No Kuni won't allow you to see nearly all the game has to offer.
I didn't want the game to end. It proved one of those special experiences - like I've had with Final Fantasy VI, Wild Arms or Tales of Destiny in the past - where I didn't want to see the conclusion. I wanted it to keep going. That's because Ni No Kuni is just that special, and every RPG fan owes it to him or herself to pick it up and see why.