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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Demo Impressions

I had the chance to download and play the (short) Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo that was released on PSN yesterday. Here are my impressions on the demo of the game that will end the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy.

One of the first thing that I noticed is that the game name is not Final Fantasy XIII-3, which would have been expected to follow the previous games name structure. The game is called Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the main heroine of the FFXIII trilogy, and lets you know that she will be the only playable character.

The demo shows a segment that seemed relatively advanced in the story, even for me who has completed both FFXIII and FFXIII-2, so I did find that the story was a little confusing: Snow (Lightning’s long friend) is now an enemy and the demo’s opening cutscene starts with those two having a fight to the death.

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[Japanese PS Vita game] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment announced

Sword Art Online (SAO) is a Japanese anime that aired in Japan between July and December 2012. The story follows Kirito, a gamer who gets stuck along with 10.000 players in a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG). If you are into Japanese anime and haven’t watched SAO yet, you’re really missing out! An English-language version aired on Toonami during last July, and that is a great option for anime fans.

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Tales of Xillia: Preview and Limited Edition Unboxing !

Tales of Xillia follows Jude Mathis, a clever medical student attending school in the capital city, and Milla Maxwell, a mysterious woman accompanied by four unseen beings. The kingdom of Rashugal has been experimenting with a powerful source that led to draining the mana from the world. Realizing the harm it is inflicting on the world, Jude and Milla set off on a journey to destroy it and restore the mana back to the world.

Tales of Xillia is the latest Japanese-RPG from Namco Bandai Tales of Studio and is also a milestone for being part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of the “Tales Of” franchise. The core theme of this game is said to be a “RPG of Unwavering Convictions”. Intriguing… !

I’ve had this game pre-ordered for a few months now, and I was eagerly waiting for its release! With Ni no Kuni (which I a ago), Tales of Xillia one of I hyped to , I’ll my about I with . For the record, I played a little more than the first hour, and I won’t be spoiling anything.

Before I start, I recommend you watch the new Launch Trailer that went live earlier this week:

Tales of Xillia Launch Trailer

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Demo Impressions

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a heart-warming tale of a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into a parallel world in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way, Oliver makes new friends and adopts many of the wonderful creatures that inhabit the world, raising them to battle other creatures on his behalf as he takes on formidable enemies. Developed by LEVEL-5 alongside Studio Ghibli, the legendary animation studio, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch combines beautiful animated visuals, masterful storytelling and a sweeping score into an epic role-playing adventure like no other.

A demo for the upcoming JRPG Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is now available on the PSN. This is one of the upcoming games I was the most hyped to play in early 2013, and I’ll share with you my impressions of the demo.

Long story short, the demo blew my mind.

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