Thankfully, both Sony and Namco Bandai are content to be fools, bringing two beautiful, colorful, sincerely whimsical games to PlayStation 3: Sanzaru's Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Level-5's Ni No Kuni. Neither of these games are new or unexpected, but despite being known quantities they stood out at a recent industry-wide pre-E3 event by virtue of going against the grain. They lack the seriousness and realism of the other big-budget games on display, yet they aren't aimed specifically at young audiences, either. Both Sly and Ni No Kuni recall a vanished era of games (we called it "The PlayStation 2 age" -- you might have learned about it in school) when developers could take a lighthearted approach to design without being apologetic about it.
This post has been edited by acemanwise: 02 June 2012 - 09:27 AM