Friday, June 24, 2016

Kick Off Revival takes to the pitch

Coming to the Vita "later" here's the launch trailer for the PS4 version of Kick Off revival. That "later" is a good thing as the launch on PS4 is missing some content, according to the PSN blog post, and the reviews are a bit mixed, so there's hopefully time to tighten things up for the Vita releases.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Vote for the next DLC fighters in One Piece Burning Blood

Okay, ignoring the fact that all the characters are already programmed in from the Japanese version, you can now choose what order they come out in as western DLC via this Bamco clip and link. Its not much of a marketing trick but I guess its making some effort.

Trails of Cold Steel II warms up this autumn

Ready for round two? One of the coolest RPGs I've played in recent years concluded in dramatic fashion. And the sequel isn't too far off with a promised autumn/fall release. That's as close as we get for now, but I'm up for the boxed copy this time around!

Trails of Cold Steel II picks up one month after the decisive collision that changed the fate of the entire nation of Erebonia. The speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system returns, with all the bells and whistles players fondly remember, along with the new Overdrive mode, new means of transportation both across the land and sky, new allies, new dangers, and a renewed sense of hope as Rean tirelessly works to right the wrongs that have led the country to disarray.

Note that Clear data from Trails of Cold Steel carries over, granting bonus stats and extra items, while also remembering the many relationships cultivated during the earlier time spent at Thors Military Academy to allow for more personalized conversations throughout the story.

Hopefully the sequel will get more notice from the gaming press than the first one did, just because its not on PS4!

Go robot sleuthing in 2064 with MidBoss' great adventure

I do like the sound of this mystery adventure set in Neo-San Francisco, arriving in the middle of August. A text-heavy adventure with some sparkling pixel graphics, it sees your life as a struggling journalist interrupted by a droid. It happens to be the first sapient machine, a Relationship and Organizational Manager named Turing.

Together, you and the quirky robot will encounter a colorful cast of locals and overcome challenges as you uncover the city’s secrets behind the overlapping futures of technology and humanity.

The gloves are on in Toukiden 2

Yep, another day, another fricking way to pummel things in Toukiden 2. This time with a great big metal glove... woow? Here's a few of the other weapons, but seriously Tecmo, how about just the one clip next time? My excitement has fallen to "meh" levels.

Berserk goes postal in first trailer

A sword! A big sword! A big, slicing, sword... welcome To Berserk, the next big thing from Omega Force and Tecmo. It takes the musou theme to the next level with massive gibs and serious overkill to the hapless hordes... how that'll look on the Vita I have no idea, but don't get your hopes up! Check out some screens over on 4Gamer.

Update: here's the English version!

Rocketbirds 2 getting patch and free DLC

Haven't got round to getting this yet, but if you're in the coop, here's a quick video on the contents of a patch update and some free DLC to make your avian antics even more violent and entertaining! Most importantly aiming has been fixed with better use of the crosshairs, while the DLC packs in new weapons and extras, thanks Ratloop!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Yomawari: Nights Alone waves its torch

Yomawari creeps ever closer for western Vita owners. Check out the game's site for more details on the torch and its use. Will lighting up the dark prove hazardous to our heroine's health or will it help solve the mysteries within the game? Either way, remember to close the game's browser tab when you've finished otherwise you'll be hearing cicadas chirping away for hours!

Root Letter can't wake snoozing Vita sales

Summer is here and half way though the year, we're on another quiet week for sales, with the Vita shifting 11,400 unit on the week according to Media Create. That puts it at 513,000 units for the year and in line to match or slightly beat 2014's overall numbers.

On the software front, Dragon Quest Heroes II sticks around the top three, selling another 13,000 copies and proving a better stayer than the PS4 version. Otome title Hakuoki Shinkai did pretty well, landing at No. 4 and selling 10,500 copies, well above the usual sales for these games, handily beating the well promoted Root Letter which sold only 4,900.

The indefatigable Minecraft is still in the top 10, shifting another 6,000 copies and approach 800,000 physical sales.

This week sees the arrival of the Labyrinth, Witch and the Wardrobe, which will probably not make much of a dent. After that its Zero Escape time, with the game scoring 32/40 in the recent Famitsu.

Psycho Pass gets a western intro trailer

Mandatory Happiness, hey? Well phooey to that! However, at least this western trailer comes with information about the game. Set in 2112, Tokyo, two new detectives have been assigned to the MWPSB Criminal Investigation Department Division 1.

Nadeshiko Kugatachi is an Inspector whose memories were wiped, and Takuma Tsurugi is an Enforcer who is searching for his missing childhood friend. Calm, serious, and unable to comprehend human emotions, Nadeshiko meets Takuma, a hot-headed man determined to become a tough detective. More information on the cast and story will appear on the game's site.

Once they encounter each other, the gears of fate begin to turn. The story takes place somewhere far away from Tokyo in the once futuristic Sado Marine City. What will their answers be when they reach the "truth"...?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice pops up on PSN

I do sort of love that the odd "from out of nowhere" mystery game can still arrive on PSN, but it does suggest that publishers have just given up, and will throw out a game with no fanfare whatsoever. Which is quite a shame as Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice does have a decent fanfare in the soundtrack.

At heart it looks like a classic retro RPG, out now on EU PSN for £7.39 developed by Muteki Corporation. There's some Mode 7 style maps to navigate and lots of Final Fantasy style chat and plenty of battling. Could be good, could be very vanilla.

Kylo Ren, he's not a Jedi, he's a very naughty boy

Is what the latest Vignette clip for Warner had me thinking as they ramp up for the Vita release of the Star Wars game based around the latest movie. Due out next week, the Vita version should have much of the big console features, so get ready if the endless prevous Lego games haven't got you bored of block based puzzles.

Minecraft version 1.28 now live, adds Battle Mini Game

Vita owners can get in on the battling action now, with a fresh update to Minecraft. The new v 1.28 editions adds the Battle Mini Game mode, allowing for combative play between multiple players. The 206MB update also has some extra fixes and updates. Check it out now, and get battling!

The game servers are reporting full right now, or I get chucked straight out of any game I try to join, just need to get some friends online I guess!

Best Buds vs Bad Guys hits Kickstarter

Not yet confirmed for the Vita (although it mentions the portable on the game's home page) Best Buds vs Bad Guys has now hit Kickstarter with a modest £4.5K goal for the PC version. A homage to all things 80s side-scrolling and shooting, it really looks like an instant classic with fast-paced shooting and giant bosses, from the makers of the joyous Life of Pixel.

Borrowing from all the classics of the day across arcade and home computer, from Robocop to Ghost and Goblins, Zool to Turrican, it looks like a brilliant blast, and will hopefully be a big success for the father and son team, who suffer from Autism and Asperger's syndrome, at Super Icon.

UPDATE: The team would love to a Vita version, budget depending. Hopefully, if the Kickstarter takes off they will have sufficient funds for a port.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Another bunch of Grand Kingdom characters

Meet more of the crazy kids who will make up your squad in Grand Kingdom on the Vita soon thanks to NIS America's latest clip. It shows off the Dragon Mage, Arcanist, Blacksmith and Challenger classes. The game will be available next week in North America on PSN on June 21, and at retailers on June 28.