Nothing warms my heart more than a good Japanese RPG, and Level-5’s Ni No Kuni looks to bring solid, tactics-based combat to more than just Japan. It’s a moving tale of a boy trying to bring his deceased mother back into his life, and while that may sound pretty fanciful in itself, the wonderfully colorful characters and surrealistic world only make the tale of Oliver more charming. This is one of the most beautiful games to appear on modern consoles, but if you also enjoy frenetic-yet-strategic combat, I suggest you mark Jan. 22 on your calendars.
Metro 2033 was a criminally underrated game that dared to do different things with the current first-person formula. It wasn’t about killstreaks and fancy cinimatics, but instead focused on telling a grim, forlorn story in a post-apocalyptic world. Last Light looks to continue this trudge through the sinister underground tunnels, and though THQ has officially filed for bankruptcy, 4A Games is still set to release its dark title in March. It’d be a mistake to write this one off, especially if shooters have failed to resonate with you this generation.
I’ll play absolutely anything Rockstar whips up. A Wild West adventure that’s really just a follow-up a mediocre Capcom title? Throw it in my PS3. A school-yard, open-world game where all the bank heist quests are replaced with teenage drama? Sign me up. The talented studio is more than capable of creating compelling games not named Grand Theft Auto, but when they do get around to finally releasing another numbered entry in the staple franchise, it’s best to take notice. Three protagonists, fresh multiplayer and the largest open world Rockstar has ever crafted are just a few features that will make this spring release an event worth getting excited over.