Yo-Kai Watch is a new IP from Level 5 that’s set to rival Pokémon in the “collect all the things” genre of video games. It even has its own anime show and, curiously, its own dance. It’s taken Japan enough by storm that next month already sees Yo-Kai Watch 3 over there. In the US, the TV show and the toys have been huge hits, and I think it’s only inevitable that they make their way to our shores. We’re just starting to get the first wave of this new craze, so I let the game inspirit my 3DS to see what it was all about. Come join my adventures around Springdale.
Every once in a while, there comes a game that brings back my faith in a given genre of video games where all else makes that genre look tired, clichéd, and overtroped. If you’re not aware by now, Ni No Kuni is the first non-Pokémon JRPG to top the UK game charts in ten years. I’m going to tell you why. And why—even if you don’t generally enjoy RPGs—you should play this game.
Level 5 has released the latest game in their White Knight Chronicles JRPG series, and Level 5’s well-paid marketing department have sat many long, coffee-laden hours to bestow upon it the creative name of White Knight Chronicles 2. I have always been a fan of JRPG games, because the driver behind the game is the story, not the character. Because WKC2 is a direct sequel to WKC1 (unlike some JRPG games **cough** Final Fantasy **cough**), Level 5 thought it a good idea to also include WKC1 on the same disc. In the same breath, they addressed many of the issues that fans had with the first game, so you can almost call the version that ships on-disc White Knight Chronicles 1: Remastered. Is it worth playing, however? Let me answer that question for you, after the jump.