In the capacity of games journalist, it’s easy to become very jaded about video games. As you find out how things work behind the scenes and play through games looking for points to make in reviews, it’s sadly common to devolve into lazy dismissal of anything with even the smallest flaws.
Then, occasionally, some spark strikes the soul in a way that brings roaring back those feelings you had as a child, waking up early every weekend just to lose yourself in a vibrant and lovingly assembled world. The games you can unreservedly enjoy without them feeling like a second job, which evoke the strongest emotions media can produce. For me, that list contains quite a few titles – Grim Fandango, Mother 3, Flower, Journey, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door and Tales of Symphonia. Now, a new game joins that esteemed group. It’s Namco’s epic Ni No Kuni.