What’s hot in 2012?

Atelier Meruru (PS3)

What could wait more eagerly than the sequel of my 2011 GoTY? However, I don’t know much about Atelier Meruru, not even at which point of the Atelier timeline it is… and I prefer not to know until I insert the disc in my PS3. Anyway, my faith in NIS America is total.

Ciel no Sourge (PSVita)

Now that the Arland trilogy is over, Gust is preparing something totally new. With the ambition of transcending several genres, Ciel no Sourge is presented as a “7D communication game”. The player is interacting with a girl named Ion like in a classic love adventure game, but the JRPGesque kawaii design and the multiplayer-looking menus clearly suggests it is far more than that. 

Gravity Daze (PSVita)

THE game that will make me buy a PSVita one of those days. You play as Kat (?), a young girl that has the ability to control gravity. Looking like an action/adventure game pioneering a unprecented design, Gravity Daze will also feature RPG elements such as side-quests.

Shining Blade (PSP)

You suffer from the lack of Valkyria Chronicles 3? You will hate Sega even more when seeing their new tactical-RPG, not coming to us any soon. Shining Blade is basically Valkyria Chronicles 4 in a heroic-fantasy world and with much less male characters.

SoulCaliburV (PS3)

My favorite fighting game comes back in 2012 with trophies and brand new characters like Ezio and this fine lady (Lexia, was it? no, Viola, just checked…). I would have preordered if only NamcoBandai wasn’t the publisher : I still have a grudge against them. If someone sells it, let me know.

Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney (3DS)

Finally! Level-5 did confirm that the much-awaited collaboration between Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright will release this year in Japan. Improved graphics, incredible design, a scenario filled with mystery and both gameplays in one game : Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney might well become the best 3DS game ever.

Ni no Kuni : Warth of the White Witch (PS3)

Ni no Kuni on PS3 failed to sell in Japan, but it’s precisely this version that NamcoBandai (them again, do they want to apologize to PS3 gamers?) will help localize and publish in Europe. Developed by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli, Ni no kuni, on the top of being a promising RPG, is really an interactive Ghibli movie.

Tokitowa (PS3)

NamcoBandai (again 0_0′) recently announced this new PS3-exclusive for this year in Japan. They present Tokitowa as an «interactive HD anime». I don’t have a clue what this could mean, but the classy character design definitely makes it worth the wait.

God Eater 2 (PSP)

Always hungry for new JRPG IPs, I was particularly impressing by the first screens of God Eater 2. This action/RPG, in which you face monsters after the Apocalypse, is a serious competitor to Monster Hunter. But God Eater’s character design is far better in my opinion.

The Last of Us (PS3)

Naughty Dog must have read my mind : I’ve never been interested in Uncharted, but they knew that including a teenage girl equipped with a Remington 700 would catch my eye. Also taking place after World’s end, The Last of Us seems to be both an interesting adventure game and an exciting survival-horror.


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