Just chiming in, Ni No Kuni is very much like Dragon Quest 8, it's even created by the same company (Level 5). The familiar AI sucks and it has some grindy elements but its a JRPG so *shrug*. I really enjoy it and I thought DQ8 was about the same. It's nothing earth shattering though, I wouldn't go buy a PS3 for it or something.
Playing: Dark Souls 2: Scholars of the First Sin Watching: Mr. Robot