Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric is a freelance writer who enjoys talking about video games, movies, books and Dallas-based sports teams. Every week he watches a random film from his collection of several hundred DVDs and live tweets about it @RogueWatson. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla. He lives near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughter, two dogs, two cats, two fish tanks, some hermit crabs and a bookshelf full of Transformers.

Ni No Kuni II

Pre-Orders for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Now Available

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Japanese RPG sequel Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is coming January 19, 2018 for PC and PlayStation 4. You can pre-order the game starting today and receive the Day One Edition. The Day One Edition  comes with the Special Swords Set, which includes five unique blades.

A number of different version are available for pre-order. In addition to the Special Swords Set, the Digital Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive theme and five avatars for PlayStation 4. You also get the Season Pass and yet another sword. The Season Pass will provide access to “two large pieces of DLC,” which have yet to be detailed or announced.

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The $79.95 Premium Edition comes with special packaging including a Steelbook case. It also includes the Special Swords Set, 3D papercraft Kit, and soundtrack on CD. Strangely the Season Pass does not appear to be included.

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Finally you can plump down $199.99 for the Collector’s Edition. The Collector’s Edition includes everything in the Premium Edition, plus a Making-of Blu-Ray, a Visual Arts book, Lofty Plush, Chibi Mechanical Rotating Diorama, and the Season Pass.

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Ni no Kuni II is the sequel to 2013’s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for PlayStation 3. The JRPG was praised for its writing, characters, and beautiful animation; the cutscenes were produced by beloved Japanese animated Studio Ghibli.

The sequel takes place hundreds of years after the first game, in a world made up of humans as well as anthropomorphized cats and mice. It stars Evan, a young prince who is recently deposed and must rebuild his kingdom. The sequel will not be involved with Studio Ghibli but will aim to fulfill the same style and animation the first game was praised for.

Ni no Kuni II was originally announced in 2015 and was recently delayed to early next year. Developer Level-5’s CEO Akihiro Hino posted a video announcing the delay last month.

The sequel has not yet been rated, but the first game squeaked by with an E for Everyone with a number of content descriptors. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is due out January 19, 2018 for PlayStation 4 and PC.



Multiplayer First Person Shooter LawBreakers Out Today

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After a brief stint in retirement, game design veteran Cliff Bleszinski formed new studio Boss Key Productions a few years ago. Their first game is LawBreakers, an online multiplayer shooter that features multiple classes and gravity-defying maps. LawBreakers is launching today on PC and PlayStation 4 for $29.99.

“From the beginning, we committed ourselves at Boss Key to find the fun first when making LawBreakers, and place gameplay ahead of everything else. Since then, we’ve worked to push the genre into a new direction, taking everything we’ve learned in the past to deliver a super fast FPS that challenges gamers to be their best and truly compete in gravity-defying combat,” said Cliff Bleszinski, co-founder and CEO, Boss Key Productions. “We’re thankful to all the fans that participated in the various alphas and betas we rolled out. We always strived to do open development, and found that being upfront and honest with our testing, along with no NDAs, provided invaluable, transparent feedback. Without this rapport, the game wouldn’t be what it is today – and we think we have something really special because of it.”

LawBreakers features a future world where the laws of gravity have been shattered. All eight maps feature sections of low gravity for aerial combat. You can choose between nine different classes, from melee assassins to heavy weapons and support. A total of five different modes are available, including slight twists on king of the hill, control points, and capture the flag.

Boss Key partnered with Nexon, a Korean publisher who specializes in online gaming, to help publish LawBreakers.

“We’re very proud to be publishing the debut title for Boss Key Productions, one of the hottest new American game development studios,” said Jungsoo Lee, General Manager of Nexon America.“We truly believe Cliff and team have developed something great, breathing fresh air into the multiplayer FPS genre and pushing it to a new level.”

LawBreakers has been rated M for Mature, with Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Language. By comparison, Overwatch is rated T for Teen.

LawBreakers is out now for PC and PlayStation 4.