Fantasy Life

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Professor Layton 7 and Fantasy Life 2 announced for smartphones

Professor Layton and Fantasy Life publisher Level-5 has revealed that the next entry in each of these series will be released as smartphone titles.

As reported by Siliconera, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino announced the upcoming Professor Layton title, currently just called Layton 7, at its Level-5 Vision 2015 event in Japan.

A screenshot teased some card-related gameplay - ostensibly part of a puzzle - wherein players will have to solve a riddle to determine which character is a vampire. It's unclear if this is part of the overall plot, or simply a one-off brainteaser.

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Fantasy Life review

Fantasy Life review

Tinker, tailor, soldier, why?

The brand of heroism expressed by a pointy sword has been well served by video games, but what of the noble lumberjack? How about the fearless carpenter? Or the gallant tailor? For that matter, where are the video game seamstresses? Shouldn't they too have the chance of a vainglorious death, the opportunity to issue a hoarse plea for revenge even as the knitting needle tinkles to the floor? Many are the roles needed to feed, clothe and equip an army of warriors, yet too often we are forced to play as a paladin, when perhaps the real hero is the angler who caught that guy his delicious kipper breakfast.

Fantasy Life aims to accommodate all these ambitions and more. The brightly coloured pastoral town of Reveria is familiar and indistinguishable from a nation of Japanese RPG villages, but the lives you can build here are more diverse than in other fantasy games. Here you are free to become a different sort of saviour: a superman amongst miners, a champion amongst chefs, a fisherman king. You are, of course, also allowed to play as a paladin, a mercenary, an archer or a mage and, in truth, you'll need to spend at least a little time in one of these roles in order to learn how to hack and spell your way through the monster horde outside the village gates. Nevertheless, variety is the spice of Fantasy Life, and the chance to try out a range of callings is welcome.

Similar to Animal Crossing, you begin the game as a young boy or girl who arrives at an unfamiliar town, where you take up residence with a local landlord and begin the business of settling in with the locals. The game has a day and night cycle and you are responsible for how you use your time between dusk and dawn. You can even pull an all-nighter at the stove or lathe, should you so desire.

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Level-5 RPG Fantasy Life gets European release date

3DS role-player Fantasy Life will arrive in Europe on 26th September, Nintendo has announced.

Said to be a mix of Animal Crossing and Final Fantasy, the colourful RPG was crafted by Professor Layton and Ni No Kuni developer Level-5.

Fantasy Life first launched in Japan back in September 2012 - when it promptly sold out. An expansion, Fantasy Life Link!, quickly followed last year and added online play.

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Ulala vs. Ryu and a thousand giant ants: the games of TGS

The best games that you may never play from this year's Tokyo Game Show.

There was a single image that summed up this year's E3 perfectly, and with a little alteration it pretty much does the trick for Tokyo Game Show 2012 too. Whereas western developers seem transfixed with Naughty Dog's semi-interactive model, in Japan there's still a rush to emulate Monster Hunter's unending success. Every game announced at Sony's conference seemed to be about tackling huge beasts in expansive environments - a theme that carried through to many parts of the show floor itself.