Namco had a smallish space at Pax Australia this year, but it had three upcoming titles that were high on my “wanting to play” list. I am pleased to say I got some hands-on time with each. Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant kingdom, Dragon Ball FightersZ and Code Vein were the three on display, and after some reasonably short queue times, all were easily accessible.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is the follow up to the excellent, 2011 release, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the white Witch. Level 5 and Studio Ghibli have again teamed up for the sequel. Set hundreds of years after Wrath of the white witch, the story follows Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, a boy who is king of a cat tribe that is at war with a mouse tribe. The game looks similar to the original but this time there are elements of Kingdom building and management available. It looked gorgeous and played smoothly.
Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 2.5D fighting game based on Dragon Ball Z, as you would presume. The game felt similar to Tekken Tag, with teams of three characters chosen for each player. You have the ability to tag in other characters at will. Graphically the game was brilliant, looking like a fight seen from the cartoon, presented in HD. The gameplay looks highly complicated when watching due to the speed of the action, but when playing it feels reasonably easy. I loved every second of it, having repeated visits throughout the weekend, get excited Dragon Ball fans!
Lastly there was Code Vein. After seeing the trailer on the E3 coverage I was excited. The game looks and plays similarly to Dark Souls, which isn’t everyone’s idea of fun but I’m a fan. Code Vein would have to win the award for “shows least finished demo”, in that most people only played half of it, complained about difficulty and left. Honestly, from what I saw and played, Code Vein makes Dark Souls look easy! It is brutal, rushing in and attracting a number of enemies’ results in death, however like Dark Souls, each death is a lesson learned, I am super excited for this.
That was it from Namco, three games only, but three games that are sure to grab the attention of gamers and critics alike.