Friday, February 27, 2015

Shadow Blade gets a reloaded trailer on its way to the Vita

We've already got Muramasa on the Vita, but if you want some more slicing action with a slightly more cartoony feel (great comic on the site), then check out Shadow Blade Reload from Dead Mage. An updated version of the original is coming to the Vita, this summer by the sound of it and will pack in plenty of slicing and dicing, platform action.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stealth Inc. 2 sneaking up on the Vita?

Formerly a Wii U exclusive, the diminutive agent clones in Stealth Inc are heading back to the Vita. And, lets face it, they did look fantastic on a little OLED screen! The news comes via a trophy listing for the game across PS4/PS3 and Vita, expect an official news blip from Curve on Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones, with the studio already making big waves already in 2015.

They've just had a snazzy logo redesign and announced that UK gaming PR legend Simon Byron is joining as a Publishing Director. The company has already helped bring Titan Attacks, Lone Survivor and a few others to the Vita, so give them all the support you can.

UPDATE: Curve say (via a Twitter DM) that they know nothing about this, so perhaps fake, or someone jumping the gun? Time will tell. The fact there's also a ESRB rating for the game floating around, suggests some gun jumping going on, perhaps part of the first level?

Captain Earth Mind Labyrinth gets a talky trailer

Bandai announced last year that Captain Earth Mind Labyrinth was coming to the Vita and a new trailer has popped up to show some of the mange and a a bit of the game in action (if lots of talking is your idea of action). Hopefully there's a bit more to it than that and the brief puzzles.

Note the plentiful English - could this be another one ripe for import or a western release? Sure, it won't be up there with God Eater 2 Rage BurstRay Gigant and Bandai's other roster of Vita games, but the more the merrier!

Ray Gigant gets a spooky teaser trailer

Well, I was really enjoying the first half of the trailer, apart from the gurning character snaps that seemed totally out of place. Then it suddenly turns into a totally generic game clip for the rest of it, albeit with a very cool dragon.

Not that much to see really, but Bandai clearly have hopes for Ray Gigant with a summer release date. Check out the mag scans from the Dengeki article and the official site is now open for business. Will Bandai's partnership with Experience push them to do something a little more out their comfort zone? Guess we'll find out.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Feast your eyes on Ray Gigant from Bandai and Experience

Next up in today's big reveals, a look at the Dengeki scans of Ray Gigant, a game from Bandai and Experience that, stop me if you've heard this before, pits a bunch of school kids against a marauding band of demons from some other dimension.

It looks a bit like the recent Experience fodder but with a modern setting to appeal to the, stop me if you've heard this before, Persona lovers out there. Still, the more the merrier and with Bandai doing a good job on shipping their games west, and Experience being one of the better translating teams, here's hoping we get to see this here.

The game's teaser site should reveal more very soon. Click on a pic to view without the page clutter.

First Tokyo Xanadu screens pop up

We've had the dinky magazine scan, we've had the moody artwork, now feast your eyes on some proper screens of Falcom's Tokyo Xanadu in action. The game is an RPG that looks very much as if its borrowing a little of the Persona vibe (no bad thing).

They appear in the latest Dengeki magazine, scans of which have some moody teens mooching around surburban Tokyo by day and battling monsters and giant fiends by night in dark and dingy mazes. (Click on a pic to see them without the page clutter.)

Release date frenzy for much-anticipated Vita games

My poor release list has been edited into exhaustion today, with three major indie titles all getting release dates. Hotline Miami 2 from Devolver and Flame Over from Laughing Jackal (priced at £7.99) have just been dated for the 11 March in Europe, while earlier Olliolli 2 was confirmed for 4 March.

Certainly going to be a fun month

Roll 7 announce OlliOlli 2 landing next week

The developers of OlliOlli have just announced that the sequel will be hitting PSN next week on March 3/4, so get your pads on and prepare for more fiendish boarding challenges and daily tests to pit your reflexes and thumb skills.

The cynical among you may be wondering if that puts it up for PlayStation Plus freebie inclusion, guess we'll find out later this week. Olliolli2, Welcome to Olliwood will be hitting PS4 and Vita.

God Eater 2 Rage Bursts through the Japanese chart

No surprise but Bandai Namco's God Eater 2: Rage Burst is No.1 in Japan for the Vita, selling 234,180 copies beating out the PS4 version which sold a lowly 38,000. That's only down by around 25K on GE2's original launch week figure.

The Vita version is also No. 1 on the Japanese PSN, so combine Media Create's physical sales, those of the natty limited edition and digital sales, total numbers should be somewhere in the region of awesome. All things being equal, that should ensure we get Rage Burst in the west too!

Elsewhere in the chart, a few niche games tacked themselves on to the tail of the chart while Sengoku Musou 4-II is losing steam fast (last week's details here.) On the hardware side, Vita sales tripled on last week to 35,200 while Vita TV sales remained sadly flat around 750 units. So, just shy of 36,000 units for a nice spike in the graph.

Minecraft sells 200K on Vita in Japan

Interesting snippet of news from Famitsu, the manic miner title has sold over 500,000 copies on PlayStation platforms, with over 200,000 of those coming on the Vita as of 26th January, having hit 100,000 sales by 17th December.

With a boxed copy launching next month over there (where God Eater 2 Rage Burst just rocketed to the top of the chart), expect those sales to keep on rising. Vita is the second most popular platform among schoolkids for the game in Japan according to the Famitsu article, All interesting stuff, wonder if new owners Microsoft will big up an Xbox One sequel to try and get sales moving in Asia?

The game has been UK Vita No. 1 for 16 weeks since launch, wonder how may units that equates to? Shame Sony can't be bothered to trumpet even the smallest of successes. Terraria also did well over there I recall, so if you want to make it big in Japan, block builders appear to be the way to go.

While we wait, here's Capcom's info on Resi Revelations 2

Episode 1 of the episodic serial thriller Resident Evil Revelations 2 releases digitally across Europe today (February 25th) on everything but the Vita at £4.99 an episode. Still no word from Sony on a release date. Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted Sony is bringing a big series to the Vita, but its dim silence remains singularly unhelpful.

The beginning of the Resident Evil Revelations 2 tale sees fan favourite Claire Redfield make a dramatic return. Survivor of the Raccoon City incident depicted in previous Resident Evil games, Claire now works for the anti-bioterrorism organization Terra Save. Moira Burton, is attending her welcome party for Terra Save when unknown armed forces storm the office, capture Claire and Moira and take them to a dark and abandoned detention facility on a mysterious island. Headed for the remote island in search of his missing daughter, Barry Burton meets brand new character Natalia Korda, a little girl who has a strange power that allows her to sense enemies and hidden items.

Using this skill alongside Barry's proven combat abilities, players will need to alternate between the two to survive the mysterious island and find Moira. With terrifying enemies waiting around every dark corner, players will need to use their ammo and weapon supply wisely, in classic survival horror style. Evolving the episodic chapter set-up of the original Resident Evil Revelations,

Hopefully, to make up for being late to the party, Vita owners will get the full box experience, with all Complete Season content, two additional spin-off episodes that focus on telling the side stories of each of the two new Resident Evil characters: Moira Burton and Natalia Korda, an additional Raid mode characters Hunk and Albert Wesker, four alternative costumes and the Raid Mode "Throwback Stage Pack" featuring four stages from recent Resident Evil titles.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Get some Iron in your Zen Pinball diet

Its been a while since I've noticed any new action on the Zen Pinball front, after all those Star Wars and Marvel tables, but the good folks at Zen are still bringing out the tables with Iron and Steel part of a new pack for the Vita, PS3 and PS4 out on the US PSN today.

The pack brings a mix of the wild west, Viking lore to the table with plenty of new ramp layouts, in-game puzzles and other tricks to master. Here's an hours worth of gameplay to get you in the spirit!

Xeodrifter floats from 3DS to the Vita

Looks like a mini Turrican to  me! Xeodrifter was a big noise on the 3DS with some great reviews, and is coming to the Vita. Renegade Kid (also developer of the well rated Mutant Mudds) is teaming up with Gambitious for the port.

Due in a the late spring or early summer, expect plenty of blasting and secrets to find in this classy retro shooter.

Bandai's Ray Gigant is another Vita game

Last week there was yet another mystery countdown site from Bandai, turns out that its yet another Vita game (two in one day, with Tokyo Xanadu, we are truly blessed!) Ray Gigant is being developed by Experience Inc and is set for a summer release.

The site is yet to reveal all, but the game is covered in the latest Dengeki magazine in Japan, offering three heroes who rise up to meet the Gigant, a massive monster threatening the earth. More info and images as the scans come in, or the site updates.

Also in Dengeki or unveiled on its own teaser site will be news of Compile Heart's Death in the Labyrinth, making it three new Vita games announced in one day! Did someone take one of those special pills?

Bandai shows off a bunch of Digimon Cyber Sleuth action

This game keeps looking better every time I see it and Bandai's latest video shows off some new battle scenes alongside the characters we've already met plus a few new people (I think). The game is out in Japan in March, we can only hope that Bandai's recent western push keeps rolling with this heading our way too.