Ni no Kuni is a collaboration with Level 5 Inc. (Professor Layton) and Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away), one of the most famous Japanese animation studios. Originally a DS title then on the PS3 in Japan, Ni no Kuni has finally been localized to the NA and PAL regions. With a game based around a young protagonist in a world of magic is Ni no Kuni banking on the name of Studio Ghibli or do they have something magical.
It’s been a while since I reviewed something that’s actually out… The first Trine was released in 2009 developed by Frozenbyte. Trine was an innovative puzzle platformer where you switch between three characters with different skills to traverse and solve puzzles. Trine had excellent design, visuals and gameplay and was generally well received. The sequel was released December last year and does Trine 2 still have the magic?
This footage has just caught my attention for a new Phantasy Star Online game. I don’t know how many of you played the first Phantasy Star Online but I spent a lot of time playing the Gamecube version. By today’s standards Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 and 2 is very slow and simple. PSO2 looks like it has much more fluid and varied combat. You can jump and fight in the sky, manually aim firearms and magic can be cast rapidly. There also seems to be a great deal of character customization with outfit designs. The dragon boss was seen being jumped on to attack a different point of it possibly to deal more damage. Hopefully there will be other large bosses that take advantage of the size of enemies. This is a Windows exclusive game which is disappointing but I am looking forward to seeing more of this game in the future.