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Game of the Month January 2013: Ni no Kuni
Ni no Kuni's journey to western shores seemed to take forever, but it, thankfully, appears that our patience paid off in the end.  Combining the remarkable and distinct art style of Studio Ghibli with a battle system seemingly ripped straight from Pokemon, Level 5's recent effort shimmers with personality and style.  It's easy to mistake the exploits of young wizard Oliver on a quest to mend his own broken heart as mere kid's stuff, but Ni no Kuni is a traditional JRPG with bite and spectacle to spare.  Ni no Kuni features a remarkably fast paced battle system based around finding and raising familiars to fight the various creatures of the land.  Outside combat, Oliver uses special magic spells found in a book called the Wizard's Companion (which was a main part of the DS version of the title released in Japan and has been thoroughly recreated in digital form here) to interact with the world.  Those hoping for large overworlds and tons of side quests should certainly give this PS3 exclusive a try before it quickly becomes a collector's item.

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November 2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds October 2013: Pokémon X & Y September 2013: Valdis Story: Abyssal City August 2013: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn July 2013: Shin Megami Tensei IV June 2013: Muramasa Rebirth May 2013: The Night of the Rabbit April 2013: Soul Sacrifice March 2013: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk February 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening January 2013: Ni no Kuni December 2012: Crimson Shroud November 2012: Persona 4 Golden October 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward September 2012: Borderlands 2 August 2012: Guild Wars 2 July 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] June 2012: The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinov May 2012: Diablo III April 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles March 2012: Mass Effect 3 February 2012: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning January 2012: Final Fantasy XIII-2 December 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic November 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword October 2011: Dark Souls

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