Tuesday, August 30, 2016

God Eater 2 and Resurrection equals 13.6GB download on Vita

Time to buy (yet) another memory card folks. According to PSN, the God Eater 2 and Resurrection bundle is down as a 13.6GB download (17GB on the PS4 - slackers). So, that's my 8GB stick out, and I'm still playing most of the games on my 32GB memory card.

Of course, I could go buy the physical version (in the EU) of GE2, but I'd still have to download the Resurrection game. No wonder games in Japan will soon come on two game cards! How are you enjoying your Vita God Eating today?

Hatsune Miku Diva launches on Vita

Back from her hair advertising duties with Scarlett Johansson, Ms. Miku is ready to rock the Vita chart, or try battling God Eater and Attack on Titan (also out today) as best she can armed with only a squeaky voice and amazing hair! On the plus side the game is a pretty tin 2,5GB, compared to her angrier launch buddies!
Here's the new trailer from Sega, In Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X, the world is comprised of five unique Clouds, each with its own aura – Classic, Cool, Cute, Elegant, and Quirky. As Miku and her friends progress, the auras of the songs they perform and even the modules they choose will have a profound effect on fulfilling challenge conditions for players to test themselves with.

There’s also the newly added Concert Editor, which lets players create their own mini-concerts from the songs, modules and accessories they collect. As players take on Requests and explore Clouds with Miku and her friends, they begin to forge relationships, and ultimately, will reveal the secret of the eponymous “X.”

Enjoy the character art from World of Final Fantasy

Some character art to brighten up that back to work Tuesday (for UK readers)... you want sharks, angry cephalopods and other deep sea beasties, you got them! Penguins with moustaches? Why not!

The Square Enix title is out at the end of October, along with what's probably the Vita's last year of a strong lineup. Hopefully with the Day One boxed release of some extra DLC value, there will be something worth collecting, perhaps even the metal slime LE Vita!

Sword Art Online Hollow Realization gets pre-order DLC bonuses and limited editions

Arriving on 8 November, the latest chapter in the Sword Art Online saga sees a bunch of God Eater goodies available, artwork of figurines, depending on where you order from.
  • Three exclusive costumes: a nightwear costume for female characters, as well as two costumes from God Eater, Soma’s costume for male characters and Livie’s costume for female characters (available by pre-ordering at GAME, GameStop, Grainger Games, ShopTo, Zavvi and other independent UK retailers). 
  • An exclusive lithograph signed by the creator of Sword Art Online himself: Reki Kawahara. (available only at Zavvi). 
  • The Collector’s Edition: including the standard game along with two exclusive 17cm figurines: of Kirito and Asuna (available in the UK at Grainger Games, ShopTo, Zavvi and other UK retailers).
Kudos to Bandai for putting up a decent retail presence, for Hollow Realization, hopefully Square will take note when it comes to Dragon Quest Builers!

God Wars spins up a new trailer

Sit through the doe-eyed CV pages and the pretty tired anime clips and enjoy God Wars for what it is, a very smart looking tactics combat game with spinning levels and some of the prettiest trees yet seen on the Vita. The isometric battling is the heart of the game and makes up about four seconds of the trailer, but I'm very interested in what else God Wars has to offer.

Hatsune Miku ropes in Scarlett Johansson for dodgy hair advert

Miku mania is sweeping the west with the release of Diva X this week, with the Vita game out today on PSN. But in Japan, things are more refined and luxurious with the digital dame getting calls from her "chum" Scarlett Johansson. The star of Eight Legged Freaks, Lost in Translation and a few other films that will have gone down well over there, probably trades tips with a bunch of polygons all the time.

A shame the Vita can't render such stylish tresses in real time, but we'll have to settle with stabbing buttons frantically in time to the songs, and being too busy to notice.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Get the gig with this new Ghost Hunters trailer

So, this is an updated version of the Japanese original with the improvements being revised scenarios, a sensory input system, brand-new scenarios and characters, battle system tweaks, and much more! But since we missed the original, how will we ever know if these are actually better?

Meet the crew in Berserk

I'll run these videos since they concentrate on the shiny faced heroes, but all the other press Tecmo is throwing out with PS4 videos and screens I'm ignoring, since they will bear no resemblance to whatever the Vita version will end up looking like.

Interestingly, it seems very few Vita review versions of Attack On Titan made it out. Presumably to stop people being "confused" by the lower quality visuals and "thinking" they were the PS4 edition - as if gamers wouldn't notice the difference.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Money-Hungry Princess nicks the Bond Theme

From Software's and NIS's Money-Hungry Princess is taking liberties with a certain introductory theme tune, but beyond that we have a first look at this pixelly heist action-RPG. Music isn't the only thing the princess is stealing, with her in full flow as our heroine goes after all the gold. Certainly looks like a lot of fun with plenty of pace, as long as they don't weigh it down with dumb plot.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Collar X Malice loves Japans Media Create chart

A single new entry for the Vita this week on Media Create's chart, with Idea Factory otome title Collar X Malice making a modest dent, landing at No. 11 with 7,200 sales. Otherwise Toukiden 2 continues to grind out a few more with another 5,000 sales taking it to 86,000 boxed copies.

Vita hardware sales dropped 1,000 to sell just above 10,000 this week. However, Japan will have its own PlayStation event on September 13 which hopefully will see a new colour update or hardware refresh, among all the fake excitement over PlayStation VR. It will be beamed live on YouTube if you're around.

EU PSN Vita sale now on

The Americans had their fun with a flash sale at the weekend, now we get a go to pick up a bargain or two with a new sale, that's pretty much the usual old PS one, PSP and a few Vita suspects. Certainly nothing new of note. Still, a good time to pick up that missing Tomb Raider, Metal Gear (Peace Walker for £3.29), Tekken, Persona or other classic.

Ace Combat Joint Assault, Alundra, Ape Academy, Ape Academy 2, Ape Escape, Ape Quest, Arc Arena: Monster Tournament, Arc the Lad 1, Arc the Lad II, Arc the Lad III, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, CAPCOM CLASSICS COLLECTION RELOADED, CAPCOM CLASSICS COLLECTION REMIXED ESSENTIALS, CAPCOM PUZZLE WORLD, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Cool Boarders 2, Cool Boarders, Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped, Crash Bandicoot®2: Cortex Strikes Back, CTR™: Crash Team Racing, Darkstalkers Chronicle, Destruction Derby, Disgaea Infinite, DISGAEA2: DARK HERO DAYS, Everybody’s Golf® 2, Farming Classic Collection, Fate/EXTRA, Fear Effect 2™: Retro Helix, Fear Effect™, Fighting Force 2™, Fighting Force™, Gangs of London™, Gex: Deep Cover Gecko, GEX™, GEX™ 3D: Enter the Gecko, GODS EATER BURST, G-Police®, Grand Theft Auto PS Vita Collection, GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, GRANDIA, Half Minute Hero, Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley, INTERNATIONAL TRACK and FIELD, Jak 3™, Jak and Daxter Trilogy, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy™, Jak II™: Renegade, Jet Rider™, Jet Rider™ 2, Jet Set Radio, Jumping Flash, Klonoa™: Door to Phantomile, Kula World™, Kurushi Final, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver™, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, MANA KHEMIA: STUDENT ALLIANCE, MediEvil®, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, METAL GEAR SOLID, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Monster Hunter Freedom Essentials, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Motor Toon Grand Prix™ 2, NAMCO Heritage Bundle, Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, PANDEMONIUM 2™, PANDEMONIUM™, Patapon™ [PSP], Patapon™ 2 [PSP], Persona 2/3 Bundle, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 3 Portable, Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle, Prinny 2, Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?, Ratchet & Clank™, Ratchet & Clank™ 2, Ratchet & Clank™ 3, Ratchet & Clank™ Trilogy, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, RESIDENT EVIL DIRECTOR’S CUT, Ridge Racer Type 4, Ridge Racer™, RIDGE RACER™ – Ultimate Edition, Rockstar Games PS Vita Collection, RPG Classic Collection, RSG’s Magnificent Seven, Sega Mega Drive Collection, SILENT HILL, Sly 2: Band of Thieves™, Sly 3: Honour Among Thieves™, Sly Raccoon™, Sly Trilogy, SOULCALIBUR: BROKEN DESTINY, Spectral Souls: RotEE, Spyro The Dragon Trilogy, STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 2, STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 3 MAX, Suikoden, Suikoden II, SUPER MONKEY BALL ADVENTURE, Super Star Wars, Syphon Filter™, Syphon Filter™ 3, TEKKEN 2, TEKKEN 6, TEKKEN 6 + SoulCalibur:Broken Destiny, TEKKEN™, THE WARRIORS, TOMB RAIDER, Tomb Raider Chronicles™, Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft, Tomb Raider III, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Tomba 2! : The Evil Swine Return, Tomba!, Twisted Metal™, Urban Chaos™, Valhalla Knights, Valhalla Knights 2, Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance, Vib-ribbon™, Wild Arms™, WipEout®, Z.H.P.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Claire is scared on the Vita

What is is with lost little girls, these days? We've got Yomawari lost at night and now a port of the PC retro indie 2D survival horror game is headed to the Vita, due out next week (30 August) as Cross Buy with the PS4 version.

The game has picked up a PEGI rating recently, so shouldn't be too far off. Other than that, not much news from the port team or developers, Hailstorm, but keep an eye out for Claire, especially if you loved the likes of Lone Survivor.

Note from the developer: There will be a "day one" patch, covering bugs we found after we submitted it to Sony. We really want this to go as smooth as possible. With more people playing there's bound to be something that happens that we probably never even would have thought to test. We promise to fix everything you guys find / that we can. It might not happen that same day, as we might wait a week to "round them all up". But it will be addressed. You can always contact me here or on twitter ( @HailstormDavid ) to let me know if you found something.

Abstract platformer "140" heads to Vita

Somewhere between Thomas was Alone and Sound Shapes sits "140" from Carlsen Games, a minimalist platformer that was well received on the PC. It is soon heading to the Vita thanks to Abstraction and Double Fine. Release doesn't seem to be far off, with a PEGI rating in tow, so check it out.

Review: MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death

Towers, four big brooding towers, all of them with something nasty at the top, or bottom. That seems to be the basic plot of MeiQ. But with a bunch of gabbling, generic, half-wits getting in the way almost every step, you might as well be in the middle of the Next, New Look or whatever clothing store you've been in that attracts mad women during their New Year sale.

In the first, the Black Tower, there's Connie who's always spinning around and getting lost and a few other ladies all trying to complete their mission or challenge you. Each level is grid based, with traps, tricks, treasure and an annoying lack of inquiring minds. The girls just blunder about, while you wipe out any opposition in what may be an attempt at a tutorial, until you get to the end of level guardian, when you need to start remembering what it is they were jabbering on about.
Fortunately, each of these mad women has a guardian in tow to protect them, packing swords, shields, Vulcan cannon and many other weapons, the girls (Estra, Flare, Maki, Connie, and your initial avatar Setia) are fighting the three particularly evil Shadows, played firmly in the Scooby Doo vein, and Gagarin the Dark Machina Mage.

Each girl's guardian will do the majority of the battling, using improve powerful Stones to help charge them up. Or, you can craft upgraded parts and weapons when you've learnt the requisite skills needed for the Machina forge, or swapping out weapons so water fights heat, rock smashes most things etc, etc.

The second, red, tower, is a flame pit of hell, not really a tower at all. But, the game plays fast and lose with these ideas. However, the monsters and landscape are horribly generic, if a little tougher to make it more of a challenge  further on you'll be fighting through woods, but the background graphics are extremely primitive.

You'll soon be flitting around between the towers, leveling up characters, not that you can assign points or anything, and using the Guardian combo skills to batter the stronger enemies.

Fresh skills allow you to find mystery hidden doors or treasure, necessitating another run through each level. At least lifts and portals can help move you around quicker, while you'll just whizz about on the ice or other slippery levels, or use the cranky not-bumping-into-walls navigation technique to, um, bump into walls!

A plain and simple RPG with some really annoying characterisation, MeiQ is not much of anything except some fun grinding, especially in the massive, pointless forests, and simple building for people who like that kind of thing. There's no sense of reward for your exploration, just annoying level design, made to frustrate. However, if recent RPG efforts have over-complicated things for you, like Ray Gigant, this may be welcome, but it really does nothing to great effect.

Score: 5/10
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Price: £32.99 (PSN)
Developer: Idea Factory/Compile Heart
Progress: Blue Maze, blue in the face

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wanderjahr goes big on RPG battling

Wanderjahr is a geek-centric RPG combat game hitting the Vita next week. You can play up to 18 characters with different roles, fight against tricky monsters in challenging battles, solve mysterious quests, and discover the beautiful and inspirational story.

Wanderjahr tells the story of UN Jariya, a global organization charged with maintaining world order and peace. You see, a hundred years ago, the Universal Source Code was discovered - and its secrets and structure was the key to create a better universe in harmony and peace.

With changes, updates and tweaking, the code could be improved to create a better existence to all, but alas, when you least expect it, two weeks before you are done, evil shows its ugly face, and monsters appear in droves with the intent to destroy everything you have worked for. Is this a coincidence?