I don’t tend to get excited about things. As far as I can remember I’ve always been that way. Sure I can look forward to something and have a sense of anticipation, but I just don’t ever seem to be filled with a sense of excitement. No bad thing, it’s just the way I am. If I’m in a cranky mood, I sometimes get annoyed if people say they can’t wait for something, when they clearly have no choice but to wait. That’s me being pedantic, but I’m also patient (it’s a virtue you know ;))

Anyway, I’m digressing before I’ve even started. There is something coming up in the near future that I am almost excited about. I’m trying to temper my enthusiasm for fear of being underwhelmed, but it’s (hopefully) less than 3 weeks away now so anticipation levels are rising.

And… I’m looking forward to a new video game! My deteriorating relationship with video gaming has been well chronicled on this blog, and whether the reasons behind this are due to changes in me, or changes in the video games industry, or a bit of both. However a new game is due to be released imminently, and since I first heard mention of it maybe 18 months ago, I’ve been almost, almost, excited at the thought of playing it!

And the award for game that I’m most looking forward to playing in 2013 goes to… Ni No Kuni, as it’s known in Japanese (of course it would be Japanese…) or Ni No Kuni – Wrath Of The White Witch as it’s known to us in the West. I don’t know an awful lot about it, like who the titular witch might be, but what I do know, and from what I’ve seen from one brief video, and playing a short demo, is that it could be (thumbs pressed) the best game I’ve played in years!

Why?

Firstly, it’s an RPG, my favourite genre, and a genre which has seemingly gone out of fashion, at least in the West, especially the more ‘traditional’ style of RPG. Ni No Kuni is what I would call a traditional style RPG.

Secondly,  it’s made by a studio called Level-5, who are probably best known for their ridiculously popular series of Professor Leyton games on the Nintendo DS, but also made one of my favourite games of all time, Dark Chronicle on the Playstation 2.

Frozen fish versus mimic!!!

Frozen fish versus mimic!!!

Some of the things they’ve made since haven’t quite hit the spot for me the same as that game did, but Ni No Kuni looks extremely promising.

Thirdly, Level-5 have teamed up with the makers of ridiculously good Japanese animated movies Studio Ghibli (kinda like a much better version of Disney) so that the whole look of the game, and especially the characters will be gorgeous.

What's not to like?

What’s not to like?

So at the very least, Ni No Kuni should provide lots of good eye candy (I don’t mean that in a rude way!)

Fourthly, the game offers you a choice of English voices or Japanese voices with English subtitles. Having heard both of the vocal tracks whilst playing the demo, I’m still undecided as to which to choose when playing the full game, but it’s always good to have the choice. Some games lose a lot in translation (and bad voice acting) though I suspect this wouldn’t be the case where Studio Ghibli are concerned.

I’ve been working on this blog post for a few days now (can you tell?) but only found out today (the 8th) that the game’s release has been delayed by a week. Argh! I’m still patient of course, but my patience is being stretched a little. I’ve treated myself to the special edition of the game too, which means maybe, hopefully it will arrive a day or 2 earlier, and I’ll have a plush toy and a fancy looking spellbook to enthuse over too (yes, I’m like a big kid at times 🙂 )

Of course I’m wary of expecting too much then being disappointed, but so far, everything I’ve seen (though I’ve not seen a lot) has looked ideal. If my blog post output dries up rapidly next month, you’ll know that I’ve become enchanted by a magical world full of magical creatures on a magical adventure.  Magical!

Here’s a little taster of the game’s  launch trailer. It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck it looks sooooo good. That’s not excitement, is it?

Not sure what’s coming next, I’m spoiled for choice at the moment! There’ll be something though, soon…

Bye for now… ses x