Friday, November 28, 2014

Europe's PSN gets a decent load of Vita game deals

For the first time ever, Call of Duty on Vita is probably worth picking up at £12, while plenty of other games including new titles like Akiba's Trip and FIFA 15 have great discounts and PS Plus subscribers get to save even more. Looks like the US wasn't so lucky, but I'm sure their time will come.

PS Vita Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed – Was £32.99/€39.99/AU$59.95, now £14.99/€19.99/AU$24.95 20% additional PS Plus discount
Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland - Was £34.99/€39.99/AU$54.95, now £15.49/€18.99/AU$28.95 10% additional PS Plus discount
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend - Was £19.99/€24.99/AU$32.95, now £5.79/€6.99/AU$10.45 20% additional PS Plus discount
Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified – Was £44.99/€49.99/AU$69.95, now £11.99/€14.99/AU$22.95
FIFA 15 - Was £34.99/€39.99/AU$54.95, now £14.99/€19.99/AU$24.95
Gravity Rush - Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$22.95, now £3.29/€3.99/AU$5.95 10% additional PS Plus discount
Invizimals: The Alliance – Was £19.99/€19.99/AU$24.95, now £11.99/€14.99/AU$22.95 10% additional PS Plus discount
NAtURAL DOCtRINE - Was £34.99/€39.99/AU$54.95, now £14.99/€19.99/AU$24.95 20% additional PS Plus discount
Persona 4 Golden - Was £34.99/€39.99/AU$54.95, now £11.99/€14.99/AU$22.95 20% additional PS Plus discount
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE - Was £24.99/€29.99/AU$44.95, now £9.99/€12.99/AU$19.45
Rayman Legends – Was £24.99/€29.99/AU$39.95, now £11.99/€14.99/AU$22.95 10% additional PS Plus discount
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – Was £14.99/€19.99/AU$24.95, now £11.99/€14.99/AU$22.95 10% additional PS Plus discount
Soul Sacrifice Delta – Was £24.99/€29.99/AU$44.95, now £11.99/€14.99/AU$22.95 10% additional PS Plus discount
Unit 13 - Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$22.95, now £6.99/€9.99/AU$14.95 10% additional PS Plus discount

More shouty shouty Gundam Breaker 2 action

Keeping the mech vibe rolling, even as the world gets bored of yet another Transformers movie (except for the DinoBots), Bandai keeps pumping out the action for Gundam Breaker 2. There's more yelling, more swords, more emotion and lots of mechs continuing to pummel each other.

Is there no other type of advertising allowed for these games? Apparently it celebrates the news parts for some mechs, but spotting them in among all the gun and movement effects requires expert knowledge.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vita finally gets a Minecraft bundle

Not sure if this is official, or just an Amazon deal, but you can pick up a new PS Vita and Minecraft for £149 on Amazon UK, starting Friday. Given the game was the third biggest Vita launch ever, this could help shift a few consoles, even if its only parents trying to shoo kids off their consoles when they hog them for Minecrafting sessions.

It is already ranking at #66 in the console most wanted list (way higher than most Vita stuff gets) and with a little promotion could do some good. The bundle was posted a couple of days ago, but I haven't seen one anywhere else. No sign of one on the Amazon US site where Borderlands is still the only current bundle.

Vita sales dive ahead of its biggest week of the year

So, the whole selling to girls idea collapses pretty quickly as sales of Vita and Vita TV fall by 50% in a week, with no major releases. Guess those pink consoles and stack of romance games will be sticking around on shelves for some time to come.

However, there's hope yet as Phantasy Star Nova, and limited edition Vita and Vita TV go on-sale this week. That's alongside Fate Hollow Ataraxia and Great Odeo Blacksmith, all of which should provide a decent boost to sales. With the Vita only 25,000 sales ahead of last year, it will need stellar sales for the rest of the year to stay ahead of the trend.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tales from the Borderlands out for big formats

Looks like Vita owners may have to wait some time to get their hands on another Borderlands adventure, as the lead formats are out the gate already with Episode One, and there's little sign of movement on the portable front.

Still, enjoy the trailer and get ready for the wasteland fun that only Telltale and Gearbox can cram into an adventure.

Steamworld Heist gets a distinctive soundtrack

Having got into Steamworld Dig thanks to PS+, I'm more than happy to pay up for Steamworld Heist, should it come to the Vita (it is listed as multiple platforms for now). As development progresses, it looks like the soundtrack is coming along brilliantly, with Steam Powered Giraffe providing the first track.

Chill out with Last Inua's launch trailer

This is from the Mac/PC version before you get too uncalm, but a Vita version of Glowforth's Last Inua has been on the cards and should follow to the portable at some point. Filled with icy but loving detail, it looks like a great platform adventure to add to the roster and is certainly high on the atmos factor.

If you like the soundtrack, you can listen to that on Soundcloud.

Kadokawa teasing two new RPGs for PlayStation

Teased at a recent Kadokawa event, these 2015 titles could be on any format, but they look RPG-like judging by the vectors, swords and so on, and Kadokawa has plenty of experience in this field. There's also the small matter of DRPG (dungeon RPG) tagged on the first one and SRPG (strategy RPG), any guesses?

Pocket RPG to light up the Vita

Pocket RPG from Tasty Poison Games is coming to the Vita from iOS and Android, bringing some much needed 3D dungeoneering with three character classes, a range of items to upgrade to and a focus on action, rather than endless exposition.

Its a few years old, but the Vita edition looks looks pretty smooth, if primitive and the dual-sticks are perfectly suited to its arcade nature. Wonder if the company's shooter Neon Shadow will also make it to Vita, perhaps if this sells decent numbers.

Girls and battleships game, Kan Colle Kai gets a first trailer

They might be tied down with battleship chains, but that's no worries for Kadokawa's girls of Kan Colle Kai where having an aircraft carrier strapped to your arm is no hassle. Announced over a year ago, there hasn't been much news since and the trailer doesn't really give much game play idea away.

But, since its based on a browser game, I don't think we're looking at a 3D spectacular here. The strategy game is scheduled for release next year and hopefully we'll see some gameplay next time.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hatoful Boyfriend sets its beady eye on the Vita

Have pigeon fanciers ever had their own game? If not, then this isn't it either as its a pigeon dating game. One that has seen some rather good reviews, so don't cluck off right away. Based on a Japanese visual novel, this western interpretation being developed by Mediatonic, it explories the struggles and insecurities of the only human student’s search for love at a prestigious school for birds.
Romantics will encounter a feathered cast of characters and try to coo a suitable love interest. Those with darker tastes might discover something altogether more sinister. Follow your heart as you choose your path and go on starry-eyed dates, but be wary of fowl twists and turns along the way that could turn your love life upside down.

The game is out in early 2015 and will cost around €8.

Review: Aqua Kitty DX: Milk Mine Defender

Another graduate from the school of PSM, Aqua Kitty (trailer) gets a gameplay and graphically up-rated version for the big league PSN on Vita and PS4. The premise is simple and a well-trodden one for Defender fans, scoot left or right around the level, protecting your milk mining kitty buddies from the nasty robo-enemies.

Your ship can get a couple of upgrades, to boost its power but whatever you have, wave after wave of robots will be on your case. They get bigger, nastier and the screen gets busier as you dodge, weave and try to protect your buddies. With a mix of modes including Normal, Arcade and Infinity, there's plenty to play but its the same challenge, and there's a distinct lack of the DX-Factor to grab you for longer play.

What is there is very good, with great chip-tune music, chain kills to boost your score and local co-op (for the PS4 only). In game explosions are pretty and the visuals are clean and striking, but it feels like Aqua Kitty could deliver a little more.

For a start, the radar is tiny and the indicators are smaller still, looking up in a busy moment means near certain death. It wouldn't be too hard for some big arrows, more strident sounds or other indicators to help find your miners in distress. The weapons also feel a bit under powered, DX should mean power-up-up-up and add a little insanity in the game.

With leaderboards and trophies added its well worth adding to your Vita's list of shooters, but isn't quite up there with TxK, Gravity Crash or Pixel Junk, which give you that little bit more pizzazz and oomph. Still, definitely worth your time and perfect for quick blasts of nostalgic shooting action.

Score: 7.5/10
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Price: £TBA
Dev: TikiPod
Progress: Enough milk for a latte

Is Phantasy Star Nova a donkey?

Sega seems to be asking the question with a quirky new video that mixes some regularly-shown footage of Phantasy Star Nova with some donkeys at rest. Having just complemented Japan on its advertising taste, not sure where this is going, but its still better than anything Europe puts up. Perhaps this is just a marketing thing that us non-marketing types don't get!

Minecraft maintains one-ness on the Vita chart, beating Hatsune Miku sales

Minecraft sticks to the top of the Vita chart with cement-like tenacity, holding off the surging FIFA and newcomer Hatsune Miku whose launch trailer I forgot to post last week. She lands at No. 5, so I hope lots of digital sales are going on to keep Sega interested in the format!

Perhaps she did better than the PS3 version which only enter the PS3 chart at No. 26. Between them, they failed to dent the top 40, which doesn't sound good for any future projects. Overall, Minecraft PlayStation edition is down to No. 9 in the all formats.

1 - MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY. 1(last week) 2 (weeks on chart)

Check out Front Wars on PSM

Do you have a hankering for some Advanced Wars, or Battle Isle, style combat? Front Wars looks good on PSM, evolving from an iOS title, its a little more expensive but comes with none of that dumb in-app purchase nonsense.

Actually looks good enough for an upgrade to a full Vita title, if the developers are so inclined. Anyone else spotted any PSM gems recently, don't have the time to try them out and the PSM store is so frustrating these days.