Inazuma Eleven is still one of my favourite gameplay concepts of all time. It's one of those JRPGs based around a specific thing; Pokemon or plastic spinning tops or demons or whatnot, starring an intense youngster who's totally obsessed with tactical battling, outrageous special attacks, collecting loot and becoming the very best like no-one ever was. Except, instead of pulling out a sword or Pokeball, you'll throw down a couple of jumpers and get involved in a game of five-a-side.
Only with strategic real-time action and the ability to pull off ludicrous power moves that set the ball on fire or summon massive monsters onto the pitch! Now that the DS trilogy has come to an end, it's time for the 3DS sequel to... kick things up a notch? Oof.
Football is everything in Inazuma Eleven GO; a way of life, the combat system, the entire driving force behind the plot. High school football is apparently the most important sporting event in the entire world, yet ten years after Raimon High rose to prominence as the ultimate soccer academy, things have gone horribly wrong. A massive conspiracy has taken over the sport and rigs every match, effectively dominating the entire world in the process. So it's up to freshman Arion Sherwind to lead a revolution and bring sportsmanship back to the beautiful game, making a new Raimon team while meeting some old faces.
It's silly, ludicrous, hilariously hammy and impossible to take seriously, but Inazuma Eleven GO embraces its silliness so earnestly that you can't help but get swept along for the ride. You won't be able to keep a straight face as Arion shouts "I'm going to defend football! I won't make football sad!," and that's absolutely fine.Click here to read more...
It's yet another flash deal from The Game Collection, for yet another opportunity to get Level 5's JRPG for under £15. It makes it £2 cheaper than the next best deal over at ShopTo.
Matt declared the Level 5 / Studio Ghibli collaboration to be "one of the best JRPGs of the last decade" when he reviewed it earlier this year, and it's hard to argue with that statement, really. If you've held off from getting it this long, it may end up being one of the better £15 purchases you've made this year. Thanks to thelaine @ HUKD!
Thanks to fluffykitty79 @ HUKD!
It's official: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be headed to British shores in "early 2014." With the legendary puzzle solving prof joining the finger-waggling lawyer to solve a dastardly crime, we certainly have no objections to this anticipated fan service crossover. See what I did there? Cool. Just checking.
We've got a short new trailer after the break.Click here to read more...
UPDATE: Irah @ HUKD found this before we did!
Platform: 3DS (eShop, £7.19)
Developer: Milennium Kitchen
Level-5's second 3DS collaboration has been a bit of a damp squib, to put it mildly. GUILD02 promised us reckless innovation from legendary developers like Keiji Inafune, yet brought us one of the most insultingly primitive shooters on the platform and a horror adventure without the brains or innovation to back it up. Disappointing was an understatement. It was with relatively low expectations, then, that I approached the final proposition: an anime-flavoured visual novel from the creators of cult adventure series Boku No Natsuyasumi.
Four hours later I emerged enriched, uplifted and thrilled that I'd spent time in good company.
Attack Of The Friday Monsters! is an intruiging little game, casting players as a young boy who moves to a sleepy Tokyo suburb with his parents who've set up a struggling dry cleaning business. Over the course of a few hours, you'll meet a cast of new friends, solve a mystery, help out your old man and gradually find your place in the new setting. Story, narrative and characterisation are the most important aspects of the experience, far overshadowing any traditional notions of gameplay. It's a small-town coming of age story like any other, except for the fact that enormous monsters from Japanese B-Movies turn up to ravage the city every Friday afternoon.
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This morning brings us not one but two trailers for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies fresh out of Comic-Con. The anticipated sequel is coming to 3DS in Autumn, heralding the first time that investigation sections have been rendered in 3D.
If you have no objections [you're fired - Ed], we've stashed them after the break. Also, we may refer to it as Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies from now on.Click here to read more...
GUILD-02, the second season of left-field downloadable 3DS games from LEVEL-5 and legendary Japanese developers, kicks off today with the release of Starship Damrey. This atmospheric title brings survival horror to the eShop, plunging players into a nightmarish abandoned vessel with no memories and an "inconceivable truth" to discover.Click here to read more...
This is the first time I've seen the much-loved JRPG under £30 and I wouldn't expect to see it drop much further any time soon. This offer is only for the weekend, so it'll be back up to £33 by Monday. On the plus side, for your money you're getting one of the best RPGs we've seen on this generation of consoles. Do you really want to be burned by the next Final Fantasy game again? Thought not. Don't forget to check out our reviews in the links above for more information on the game.
Thanks to dibz10 at HotUkDeals.
Level-5 have announced that they'll be publishing three more left-field downloadable games on the 3DS eShop from big-name developers. From atmospheric horror to insane tank-on-insect action, there's certainly going to be plenty of variety on show for "GUILD02."Click here to read more...
It’s not quite as good as their previous deal, but Simply Games are yet again providing the best price for Level 5’s epic RPG. A saving of £4 separates it from the next best offers elsewhere.
The dream collaboration between Level 5 and Studio Ghibli ended up delivering everything we had hoped for and more, with Matt declaring that Ni No Kuni is “one of the best JRPGs of the last decade” in his review. Even if you only have a passing interest in the genre, you really should give this a go. Thanks to morg106 @ HUKD!
It's unusual for us to be posting a game deal at a price this high, but demand has been so high that Namco Bandai have been struggling to meet it. This price beats the competition by over a fiver though and is still considerably cheaper than the £49.99 PSN version. If you're willing to take the plunge at Zavvi, you'll find the game has plenty of value for money. It's RPG masters Level 5 working with Studio Ghibli, of course it was going to sell.
Thanks to notorious91 at HotUkDeals.
With stock once again reaching retailers, it appears Zavvi are hoping to tempt a buyer or 50 into taking their £35 offer. Overall it provides a saving of £3 over the next best deal from Asda.
The dream collaboration between Level 5 and Studio Ghibli ended up delivering everything we had hoped for and more, with Matt declaring that Ni No Kuni is “one of the best JRPGs of the last decade” in his review. If you even have a passing interest in the genre, you really should give this a go. Thanks to olioli86 @ HUKD!
Been struggling to nab a copy of the JRPG extravaganza that is Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's Ni No Kuni? Well fret not, as Namco Bandai have announced that UK stock is due to be replenished this week.Click here to read more...
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is out on Friday and, as we've discussed in a rather long and deeply involved review, it's pretty damn fantastic!
Here's a little summary:
Ni No Kuni is more than the sum of its parts, more than Level-5 doing an impression of Studio Ghibli. The story might not quite be in the same league as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, but there's something that resonates all the same. There were moments that brought tears to the eye, others that brought the biggest smile to my face, and innumerable little vignettes that made me audibly chuckle, and all this amplified by visuals that dazzle and delight, a score that floods your ears with magnificence, and Familiar-based combat that proves rich and deep and engrossing. A triumph in roleplaying escapism.
Anywy, the video review is ready, so you can hear the mellifluous tones of my voice while sinking into a game so pretty it would probably make John McClane swoon.Click here to read more...
Developers: Level-5 | Studio Ghibli
Publishers: Namco Bandai
NB. There are some light story spoilers in terms of the set up and Oliver's motivations, but that's it.
There's a reason why I love RPGs - perhaps the greatest being that it's such a rich and varied genre. Sometimes I want to forge my own path and write my own stories in a world of fantasy and adventure. Other times, I want to dive into a narrative-rich experience that sucks me in like my favourite books might, and lets me fill in the gaps between plot points. There's a sense of immersion with which I've always connected, from tabletop to page-turner to PC to Game Boy to Xbox to iPad. Much of it has to do with investment, and the time and careful consideration that goes into setting things up the way we want them and developing characters in certain ways. But more often than not, it has to do with exceptional world building, and the sheer thrill of escapism.
Level-5 and Studio Ghibli know more than most about weaving fantastical webs designed to captivate the mind and warm the heart.
It's one of those collaborations that you dream of, really, and one that fans might never have thought would genuinely occur given Ghibli's famed director Hayao Miyazaki's apprehension over video games as a worthwhile medium. But although he might have little to do with Ni No Kuni himself, the strong sense of morality and strength of character that oozes from the works of his such as Ponyo, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and Spirited Away, are clearly evident in Ni No Kuni. It's clearly been a labour of love, enormous in scale and yet rich in detail. The name gives it away: Ni No Kuni, roughly translated, means 'second country', stirring up connotations of another world, a concept that works on a number of levels.
The dream, of course, is that playing Ni No Kuni is like virtually living out a Studio Ghibli film - one in which you play a more direct role. But have Level-5 pulled it off?Click here to read more...