Monday, April 24, 2017

SAO: Hollow Realization getting Abyss of the Shrine Maiden DLC

Sword Art Online fans will have a lot more adventuring on their plates soon, as Bandai start to roll out the DLC for Hollow Realization.  This first batch of DLC on 16th May, with two more chapters to follow.

The first DLC will put you in the shoes of Kirito and his friends exploring a new stage in Aincrad Castle - where flaming earth, magma and heat waves dominate the atmosphere. While trying to clear this incredible new stage players will also be faced with the challenge of trying to defeat Bane - the crimson demon. Keep your eyes peeled as a mysterious masked person makes his appearance. Will it be an ally or a new enemy?

Along with the main scenario comes the following:
  • Heroine Quest – where you will have the chance to add Asuna, Lisbeth, Silica and Premiere as heroines in the first chapter.
  • Enigma Order Quest – where you can acquire the precious Fuse Paragon, Mystic and Ultana GP.
  • Items and skills-  for becoming powerful as never before.
  • Customization -  change the appearance of the main characters.

More screens and detail on Digimon Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory

Following on from the recent Japanese update, here's a look at some new western screens of Digimon Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Story in action. These focus on the Internet Cafe where the hacker and his friends get together, including Hacker genius Erika Mishima. The game arrives in early 2018 here, but progress seems to be going well.

 To prove his innocence, Keisuke Amazawa has to become a new member of Hudíe -  a hacking group of the digital world. The team is used to meet in an internet café in Ikebukuro to solve and settle all kinds of troubles in the digital world. From there, Keisuke Amazawa will be able to access underground websites, accept a variety of requests (and unlock many new quests by interacting with various NPC) to become the perfect hacker and solve the digital mysteries.

 By using Digimon abilities, the new generation of hackers can use several hacking skills to unlock security or support the Hudíe members such as Erika Mishima, a genius girl who acquired mysterious powers following an accident. Conflict between hackers becomes intense especially when Fey, the leader of the biggest hacker group called Zaxon, uses Hudíe to get rid of the hackers who interfere with her business.

Akiba's Beat Story trailer

This popped up last week, but is well worth checking out, as are the pics comparing the real Akihabara to the in-game version. PQube are bringing Acquire's Akiba's Beat to western gamers, on May 19 (Europe). The action RPG with a musical twist is set in an accurate but stylised recreation of Akihabara.

As dark forces descend on the town, the people’s memories, hopes and dreams manifest in reality and warp Akihabara in strange ways, threatening the very fabric of space and time!

Persona 5 triggers sales of Persona 4 titles

While it might not be big numbers, the arrival of Persona 5 has seen sales of the Vita's Persona roster rise. Off the back of Persona 5, it is good to see Persona 4: Dancing All Night as UK retail No. 1, with Persona 4 Golden also returning to the top 10 at No. 9. While some people were down on the tranquil nature of Root Letter, the placid visual novel still clings to the higher end of the chart after 24 weeks of release.

And with news that Persona 5 Dancing might be on the cards, who knows if another bout of story-laden musical tapping could be heading our way.

1. Persona 4: Dancing All Night (NISA)
2. Root Letter (PQube)
3. MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death (Idea Factory)
4. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Warner)
5. Danganronpa Ultra Despair Girls (NISA)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2017 UKIE Ltd

Oddly enough, even with Persona 4 Golden at £3.99 on UK PSN, its not among the current top sellers, perhaps because everybody owns it.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday is Japanese game trailer day

Yep, another new collection of clips race across the Internet, as eager western gamers wonder what will come our way. First up is Exile Election, the not-quite-Danganronpa title from NIS. Then there's the boy band idol VN Marginal 4 and finally, Artdink has a new trailer to keep promoting Neo Atlas 1469, with a look at the Portuguese traders of the time.

Will add more as they arrive.

And they keep coming, enjoy yet another Blue Reflection trailer, added to the bottom, focusing on some special puzzles for keen players.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Persona 5 Dancing All Night a possibility?

Atlus in Japan has registered a bunch of sites recently. with the names, and and listed. Its not too far of a stretch to imagine a Persona 5 Dancing game, and a Persona 5 Ultimax fighting game using the characters from the new episode. What the others are could be anyone's guess, but the chances of a Persona 5 Golden seem to be slipping fast as Vita sales in Japan.

2015's Persona 4 DAN was fun, but jammed with too much chat, and fluff. Hopefully any future game, assuming it came to Vita would be tightened up. However, Switch or other formats are now more likely.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Vita sales continue to fall as Switch takes hold in Japan

Vita sales slid to a level not seen since the barren post-launch wasteland of 2012 in Japan, with the machine selling 5,600 in the latest Media Create hardware sales figures.

Sales are definitely been caned by the Switch, which is selling every unit Nintendo can make in Japan, with Mario Kart to come in a couple of weeks. And with Minecraft coming to Switch soon, it should make an easy replacement for all those Japanese currently loving the blocky game on their Vita.

The only Vita interest on the chart, aside from Minecraft, is Entergram's new busty schoolgirl adventure RepKiss which managed to sell around 3,000 copies.

Still, things are looking up over the next few weeks, with Sting's Dungeon Travelers 2-2 out this week and Desire Remaster, Akiba's Beat and Exile Election on the 27th, but even that lot won't move Vita sales much, Sony needs new colours or a new model and fast to stay competitive, which seems less likely than ever, even as Switch gains steam.

While the small but loyal Vita userbase may continue to punch way above their weight in Japan, the power of the Switch launch will soon see publishers and developers switch focus if momentum continues.

Check out Akihabara as rendered in Akiba's Beat

Just a few weeks to go until we get to roam the streets of Akihabara, home to Akiba's Beat developer Acquire. Which is why they've gone to impressive lengths to capture the look and tone of their own beat. PQube are on publishing duties for PS4 and Vita, and while this may lack the stripping vampires of 2014's Akiba's Trip, it should still sell well as a physical Vita release.

Players enter the delusional dungeons with teams to find out what's causing mayhem on the streets! More on the game here, which is out on the 19th of May in Europe. Rice Digital has a Limited Edition for collectors.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 trailer

Wow, they really are dragging out the Japanese empire building series, with a new Power Up Kit as part of this package. Guess that stuff never gets old! Koei's latest installment comes out at the end of May in the east, with PS4 and PS3 versions in tow. The Vita version has touchscreen controls and use of the camera to create player's own characters.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Rose in the Twilight overview trailer

With a Rose in the Twilight now on sale on EU PSN for just £14.99 you might be tempted, but not sure what all the fuss is about. Let NIS America enlighten you with this new trailer explaining the basics and nuances of the game.

In this sepia platform adventure, a girl awakens in a castle void of color and time, affixed with the Curse of Thorns upon her back. After meeting a sleeping giant, the two work together to escape. Help them unravel the mystery of the thorns and the history behind the somber castle.

Bandai's new game is Code Vein

Coming to unspecified formats, Bandai Namco across the world has just dropped some information via Famitsu to go with last week's teaser trailer. With what looks like a vampire-tinged Souls game, it features a range of attacks, and buddy support, that can strengthen your own character or weaken enemies.

UPDATE: The title now features in the new Famitsu magazine and looks rather too shiny and detailed for the Vita, while still very much in the God Eater vein, but I guess we'll find out soon enough.

FURTHER UPDATE: Bandai's western PR state the game is coming to "major home consoles in 2018" which doesn't sound very Vita to me.

As a Unreal Engine-powered game, I'd guess the likelihood of a Vita version is low, although others have proven it can work, if enough hoops are jumped through. And, since its from the some of the God Eater team, they should have the experience to create a version that does the job. More to be found out soon, whenever the Bandai press release arrives, likely this week, with some gameplay videos hitting next month.

Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] hitting Japan in Summer

2D brawler from the arcades and PS3, Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] is an updated version hitting Japan this Summer on the PS4 and Vita with an updated version, It adds a new playable character and presumably a few tweaks to the battling and costumes. Here's a peek at the PS3 original in action, with some very impressive backgrounds and high-speed battling.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Caligula's digital bundle comes with swimwear

Struggling to find Vita news these days, so even the addition of some swimwear to Atlus' digital bundle of The Caligula Effect will have to do. Yep, you get the game, a theme and some cossie DLC because that's just what you need when fighting off evil music producers in a digital prison!

The game is out in early May and should provide a little help and comfort to those suffering from not owning Persona 5!

Vita rival PGS handheld PC goes Titanium

If you're looking for an after-Vita gaming device, but don't think Nintendo can cut it, there are plenty of others out there, from endless Tegra-powered Android model handhelds to this full PC in a portable console. The PGS must be doing some business as the company behind it are pushing out new models, with Titanium casing and a new software bundle.

A new limited edition, the PGS Hardcore Titanium is due for the end of Q2 2017, with some custom gear for early buyers. Offering full Windows 10 gaming, plus all the emulators you want without having to jump through Henkaku hoops, perhaps this is your next gaming machine? Check out their blog for more details and the system's spec which remains unchanged with an Atom X7 Quad Core CPU and Intel HD video, which might not cut it for big-screen gaming, but should be decent enough for a small screen device.
With all this market activity, and new interest thanks to the Switch is Sony really going to let the Vita go quietly into the night?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Vita sales slides further in Japan

Is it time to ring the alarm bell yet on Vita sales in its home territory? Fair enough, its a quiet week all round, with no new game, but dipping to just below 6,000 sales on the new Media Create chart data is among the worst performances across the Vita's lifetime.

Blue Reflection is already out the chart on Vita and Musou All Stars is dropping fast, while the PS4 versions at least show some resistance. Nintendo's Switch continues to sell out wherever stocks are found, so things are looking slightly bleak on the Vita front.

Does everyone in Japan who wants one now own a Vita? Will future sales just be replacements? Is Sony's sudden interest way too little, too late. The good news is, it doesn't really matter for us, we have a long list of games over the next year, some will be cancelled sure, but the rest will make it and be enjoyed by the loyal Vita community.

Last week's chart