Five 2012 Titles That You Shouldn’t Overlook

By on October 22, 2011

Amongst the famous triple-As, you might also want to make space for these.

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The crazy season of video game releases has just begun and there will definitely be plenty of awesome games to play till the year end. Looking into next year we also begin to realize that the upcoming year is indeed filled with plenty of triple A titles such as Final Fantasy 13-2 , Mass Effect 3, and Tomb Raider. There are however a couple of games that I think did not receive the amount of attention they should have. These titles seem to have huge potential to be great games that should be marked on your must buy list for 2012. Let’s have a look at what these games are all about and what makes them so special.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Developer: Level 5
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Release date:  Early 2012
Platform: PS3

I think I speak for most JRPG fans when I say that we haven’t been getting many quality JRPGs this generation. With the exception of a few amazing titles such as Xenoblade, Eternal Sonata, and Tales of VesperiaI feel that the overall quality of JRPGs have reduced quite a bit over the past couple of years .I think however we might finally be getting a game that showcases just how ridiculously awesome a well-made JRPG can be. A JRPG set in a beautiful open world withinteresting characters, an interesting story,and solid gameplay elements. Enter Ni No Kuni the upcoming JRPG coming from Level-5.

Ni No Kuni feels simple yet really big at the same time. The world and art style constantly reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki movies (Howl’s flying Castle, Spirited Away etc.) The game follows a traditional JRPG system and looks to have a huge open world that you can explore and travel for countless hours. I was worried that Ni No Kuni will not make it out of Japan, but it turns out Level-5 announced that the game is indeed being localized for a North American release sometime in 2012. As a huge JRPG fan both this game and Final Fantasy Versus 13 are at the tip top of my hype list.

Asura’s Wrath

Developer: CyberConnect2
Publisher: Capcom
Release date: Q1 2012
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360

Asura’s Wrath is quickly becoming one of the most WTF games I have ever come across. Imagine combining God of War with the geniusness of the Japanese mind to create this insanely over the top beat them up game. If you haven’t seen Asura’s Wrath in action yet then stop what you are doing and head over to YouTube right now. The game has you in control of a demi-god called Asura who is really pissed off because the other gods have kidnapped his daughter. We don’t really know much about the actual story of the game but what we do know is that Asura is not going to stop until he finds his daughter and the person behind all this mess.

The gameplay of Asura’s Wrath is a mix between Dynasty Warriors and God of War while offering more crazy action than both games combined. For example one of the boss fights in the game has you fighting a guy wielding a 50ft sword while and fighting you ON THE MOON. If you aren’t exited for this game yet then I have no idea what can ever excite you more. Asura’s Wrath is coming out sometime in 2012 so be sure to keep an eye out for this title.

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