N3: Ninety-Nine Nights

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a game by Q ENTERTAINMENT, Inc., and Phantagram Co., Ltd.
Genre: Action
Platform: XBox 360
Editor Rating: 5.5/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 8.3/10 - 7 votes
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See also: Hack and Slash Games
N3: Ninety-Nine Nights
N3: Ninety-Nine Nights
N3: Ninety-Nine Nights

If there's one game you want to showcase a brand new console's potential on, it may be N3: Ninety-Nine Nights. The game showcases gorgeous graphics, fluid animations, and flash colors in this hack and slash adventure. Yep, it all looks pretty good, but even the most elementary console gamer knows that looks can be deceiving.

N3: Ninety-Nine Nights has the vibe of a JRPG coming into a more explosive, real-time fray. Perhaps that's because it is developed around that sort of aesthetic. Still, the gameplay looks far-fetched from the in-depth mechanics of that game. Seemingly all the player will do is grind through hordes of enemies. Let's see if the book matches up to the cover!

Ninety-Nine Nights of Foes on the Wall

We've mentioned already that the visuals of this game are sublime. The character models, weapons, environments, and everything else tap into a vibrant color palette that brings this fantasy world to life. Instantly players feel immersed, setting the scene for the intense battles about to kick off before them. You'll be holding the banner as a hero playing as one of seven unlockable characters.

But N3: Ninety-Nine Nights doesn't really get any better than the visuals. It won't take players too long to realize that the game is a slug of repetitive hack and slash combat that doesn't differ a lot. Honestly, there was a hint at the beginning of the game, given the commitment to the beautiful environments, that this game wasn't going to be outstanding mechanically.

However, that's not to say that the battles aren't entertaining for at least a little while. The intensity, flair, and style in combatting hundreds of enemies are epic. The problem is that they put up so little resistance; it's almost like throwing a giant bowling ball through paper pins. You'll feel like a hero, then suddenly lose purpose.

Unfortunately, the whole experience is a generic hack and slash outside the visuals. Players will enjoy the lush world they play in, but even that runs its course considering the linear gameplay. Clearly, N3: Ninety-Nine Nights feels like it was made just to show off the potential of a console or game engine and nothing more.

Take a Hundred Down and Pass Them Around

Hack and slash games have the stigma that they are repetitive and uninspired. That's why developers need to take care that they offer something more than that samey melee combat against endless enemies. Unfortunately, N3: Ninety-Nine Nights is not one of those games that will spark any interest outside of the pretty character models.

5

It doesn't take from the Dynasty Warriors franchise is evolving the genre to engage their players more. Instead, it does the bare minimum the genre expects, resulting in an incredibly average offering. It's a shame, really, because, with visuals like these, there was potential to deliver something stunning.

Round-Up - Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Fantastic visuals around each level
  • Combat is fluid and entertaining for a while
  • Unlockable characters retain interest

Cons:

  • The narrative is bland
  • Gameplay gets repetitive very quickly
  • The whole experience feels generic

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

In its most basic form, video games are centered on instant-feedback fun. This core element is something many developers unsuccessfully omit, making the actual soul of the experience lost to fluff content. A game that bares its soul to the world is N3: Ninety-Nine Nights. In rare honesty to a developer’s vision, this title provides a hack and slash experience that serves as unfiltered, mindless entertainment.

Endless Waves of Enemies

If you don’t naturally enjoy fighting mobs of enemies, the game is a little tricky to judge as a full package. Ninety-Nine Nights is a game made for people that are familiar with the crowd combat subgenre of action games. Any Dynasty Warriors veteran will easily understand the rules of engagement here. It’s easy to tell that it’s made for people that already have tons of hours invested in this sort of game. Judging from the short and simple tutorials as well as callbacks to other games of the sort. Although they’re pretty fun, Western audiences are not the biggest fans of this sort of game, and it’s for good reason sometimes.

Gameplay

A major setback of Ninety-Nine Nights is that it gets boring very quickly. Especially when you’re the sort of player that is used to games that have depth.

Unfortunately, the story here is generic and its gameplay can quickly feel shallow after a while. You can easily skip the dialog and go straight to the action. Even then, you’ll still have a solid grasp of where the story is going. That’s how predictable the story is. This won’t be much of a problem if you were only playing as one character, but with a sum total of 9 playable characters sprinkled into this game, one would expect things to be more creative. Button mashing is what you’ll be accustomed to throughout your adventure. Characters are equipped with a basic light attack, heavy attack, block and special. Other abilities can be used by combining direction keys with attack buttons.

Story

Following a tried and true fantasy story formula, the tale being told feels like a poor fanfiction of Lord of the Rings. In Ninety-Nine Nights’ defense, most fantasy stories are similar. Regardless, the characters feel bland and their motivations don’t envelope any interest while playing. At least their individual abilities are unique and enjoyable for a while. However, that doesn’t completely save this game from any form of criticism.

Enemies

There are also rival heroes in the game that put up somewhat of a decent fight. Similar to the way major villain characters can be fought in One Piece Pirate Warriors 3. However, the AI of these characters will pale in comparison to any competent video game’s villains. They are easy to evade and deal with, offering the opportunity to act as sponges for your endless combos.

Levelling Up

Your character gets stronger by simply finding items on the battlefield. Once enough XP is gained, you’ll be able to level up. However, even this can be a little annoying thanks to the cutscenes that tend to pop up as you’re trying to upgrade a character.

5

Ninety Nine Nights is a game that provides mindless entertainment for a casual players. However, anyone looking for a gaming experience that makes an impact is sure to be disappointed.

Pros:

  • Instant action
  • Multiple characters
  • Low skill curve

Cons:

  • Repetitive gameplay
  • Bad enemy AI

You know the drill: Pick a character and smash, cut, and combo your way through hordes of soldiers, demons, or some other ungodly creatures. The difference here--thanks to the power of the 360--is that Ninety-Nine Nighte throws literally hundreds of these abominations at you all at once with relative ease. When body counts reach too many to count, don't forget the ice packs for those button-mashing sore thumbs.

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