Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Extended Trailer Released

Square Enix has released an extended trailer of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII RPG sequel. Square Enix previously revealed that the game would ship worldwide for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this autumn.

The game is the final chapter in Lightning’s story, and revolves around a 13-day countdown until the end of the world; players must save humanity within 13 days and 13 nights.

A previous trailer of the game was released for Jump Festa 2012:

Another Ni No Kuni Behind the Scenes Video Looks at Studio Ghibli’s Art

Namco Bandai Games’ European division have released another behind the scenes look at the PS3 release Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. In this video, the Director of Animation at Studio Ghibli Yoshiyuki Momose, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino and the animation production staff who worked on the RPG discuss Studio Ghibli’s animation for the game, and how they approached Ghibli’s art style and the gameplay.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be available in America on 22 January 2013 and Europe will receive the game on 25 January.

To watch the first production video about Level-5 click here.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Will Be released in March 2013

NIS America has announced that Idea Factory and Compile Heart’s Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory RPG will be released in March 2013 (12 March in America and 15 March in Europe). Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is the third installment in the series and will be available on PS3.

A limited edition of the game will be available, containing a full-color, hardcover art book; two exclusive Time Capsule Tins and the Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory original soundtrack.

NIS America gave an official description of the game:

Several years after preventing Arfoire’s revival, Gamindustri has remained at peace. The CPUs and their younger sisters have been enjoying their quiet lives for a while… Then one day, the CPU of Planeptune —Neptune— is sent to another dimension. This new dimension feels very much like her own…except it has only progressed to the Gamindustri of the 1980s. In this dimension, a group of villains calling themselves the “Seven Sages” are trying to create a world free from the rule of CPUs. With help from her new friends, including that dimension’s CPU of Planeptune —Plutia— Neptune begins her quest to protect a totally different Gamindustri in her brand-new adventure!

The game was originally released in Japan on 30 August, and an anime adaptation of the game series has been green-lit.

Preview of Digimon Adventure PSP Game Released

Namco Bandai Games has released a preview of the Digimon Adventure game, which will be released on the PSP on 17 January 2013. The game is part of the 15th anniversary of the Digimon franchise. The video features dialogue, cutscenes and actual gameplay footage.

The story of this RPG follows the original 1999 TV series and the 2000 film Digimon: The Movie; the game will also contain some new events and unlockable mystery Digimon once the main game has been completed. All the original characters will be available to play, many of which will be voiced by the original Japanese cast.

New Promos for Tales of Xillia 2 Game

Namco Bandai Games has released some new promotional videos for the PlayStation 3 RPG, Tales of Xillia 2. The game will be released next week on 1 November in Japan. 

The first promotional video featured here will run again during a special early demo and discussion event with producer Hideo Baba in Tokyo on Sunday.

The second promo features character profiles, actual gameplay and cutscenes.

For those of us in the west, we may be waiting some time to play this game; although, the first Tales of Xillia game will be available internationally in 2013.

New Promo of Toriko Gourmet Monsters! Nintendo 3DS Game

Namco Bandai Games has released its second promotional video for the upcoming Toriko Gourmet Monsters! RPG. Based on Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro’s Toriko manga and anime, the 3DS game will be available in Japan on 13 December.

The game features Gourmet Hunters (Bishokuya) and gourmet monsters fighting alongside one another in a last-man-standing style of gameplay. Characters from the manga appear in the game, including the Four Heavenly King Bishokuya: Toriko, Coco, Sunny and Zebra. The entire world of Toriko has also been recreated in the game for the characters to explore,  including the Gourmet Pyramid, the Baron Archipelago, the Cave of the Sandy Beach and the Regal Plateau. Over 200 gourmet monsters can be created, and wireless play is available for players to fight against each other.

The first copies of the game will include a special augmented reality card set, with an extremely rare Jet Black Battle Wolf card. Also, for a limited time, people who buy this game, Naruto SD Powerful Shippuden, or One Piece Romance Dawn: The Dawn of Adventure will receive an original bookmark set.

God and the Destiny Revolution Paradox’s First Gameplay Trailer Released

The Japanese game developers Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) has released the first trailer for their RPG God and the Destiny Revolution Paradox (Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Paradox), featuring previews of the actual gameplay. The game was originally going to be released on 20 December, but has been delayed until 24 January 2013.

The story follows a high school student named Renya who suddenly becomes a god; along with five angels, he grants wishes and changes people’s fates.

The game will be available on PlayStation 3 as the developer’s 20th anniversary commemorative title. NIS previously created the Disgaea role-playing game series. On this new project, the developers have hired some familiar outside help; The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novel illustrator Noizi Ito is the game’s character designer and Yousei Teikoku (The Future Diary, Katanagatari theme songs) is providing the game’s soundtrack and theme song.

The game will be available in a standard (¥7,140 = £56) and limited edition (¥9,240 = £73). The limited edition will include a Destiny Revolution Bible for New Gods booklet, two soundtrack CDs, and a first-edition box.

Sohei Niikawa, the CEO of NIS, has already announced that a television anime is in the works, but has yet to be green-lit.

One Piece: Romance Dawn PSP RPG Gets 2nd Promo

A new promtional trailer of One Piece: Romance Dawn has been released. The lengthy promo shows a closer look at the gameplay from the perspective of Luffy and the other Straw Hats; the promo ends with a teaser trailer for the upcoming film One Piece Film Z, which will be released in December.

The game is set during the East Blue Saga, as the Straw Hat Crew battle bosses the likes of Arlong, Buggy, and Don Krieg. Namco Bandai Games will release the game in Japan on 20 December.


Atelier Totori Plus Game Trailer shows Characters and Gameplay

Based on the 2010 PS3 release Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, Atelier Totori Plus will be available for PS Vita on 29 November in Japan. Videogames company Tecmo Koei have released a trailer that reveals the characters and some in-game footage.

An expansion of the original PS3 game, Atelier Totori Plus will feature more costumes, illustrations and alchemy recipes; it will also provide downloadable characters for owners of the PS3 version. This RPG will be priced at ¥6,090 (about $78) for the standard edition or players can purchase the limited edition with a Vita decal and paperweight for ¥8,190 (about $104). 

Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland was released in America and Europe one year after its 2010 Japan release; therefore Atelier Totori Plus is likely to have a similar delay for a UK release.

New Trailer for Studio Ghibli Animated Game “Ni no Kuni”

The trailer that was originally given an early showing at Germany’s GamesCon trade show is now available to watch online. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has been co-developed by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli. This is the first videogame developed by Studio Ghibli and the trailer shows the influence of the great characterisation and story that Ghibli are famed for. 

Ni no Kuni is a tale about a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into a parallel world to become a wizard in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way, he meets new friends and tames many creatures in this other world; these creatures help him to battle formidable enemies. 

This RPG will be available on PS3 and will include both English and Japanese voice tracks. Standard and special “Wizard” editions of the game will be available in the UK on the 25 January 2013.

Playable Characters For “One Piece: Romance Dawn” RPG Revealed

From the original game preview, it looked as if this game would focus on the adventures of Luffy; however, it has now been revealed that players will be able to control four others of the Straw Hat crew, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji.

The game follows the Straw Hat crew in their early East Blue Saga, as they battle bosses the likes of Arlong, Buggy, and Don Krieg. In this RPG for the PSP, players can upgrade their abilities in areas such as speed, defense, and attack strength in order to defeat enemies. 

One Piece: Romance Dawn is scheduled to be released in Japan this Winter.