Friday, July 3, 2015

Slain confirmed for 2016 Vita release

Indie retro slasher fest Slain from Wolf Brew was funded on Kickstarter with a possible Vita version. That's now been confirmed by the dev team (all two of them) with a new trailer featuring all the blood you could want on a Friday morning, and a cracking theme by ex-Celtic Frost (Swiss metallers) Curt Victor Bryant.

A gothic combat-puzzle platform adventure, it sees you in the bloody boots of Bathoryn, a hero in a Gothic world, seeking to liberate seven great towers from their deadly overlords. Bathoryn must battle his way through a doomed land packed with gruesome pixel art foes before ascending (or sometimes descending) each tower, defeating puzzles, traps and monsters alike.

At the heart of each tower, he must confront a mighty overlord. Defeat it and Bathoryn’s quest continues. Fail, and you’ll die gruesomely – mauled by werewolves, disintegrated by floating monstrosities, squashed by great weights or torn apart by hidden blades. And you will fail…

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth confirmed for western Vita release

As widely expected, Bandai has announced Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth will get a western release on the playStation Vita and PS4. Then news came out of Anime Expo, which has already produced more games for the Vita than E3.

It won't arrive until 2016, but that's a happy thought to hibernate through the winter with. More info to follow, once I'm sure this isn't a dream. Well done to everyone who signed that petition! The PS4 will get a retail version, while its only coming to digitally to Vita, but I'll take that!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Danganronpa can do disco too

The would-be victims and deranged bear folk of Danganronpa aren't immune to a little tuneage, as NIS America gets ready for the western release. Landing in early September, Another Episode throws a different slant on the Danganronpa adventures and this musical intro interlude sets the theme neatly.

Question, how many musical styles can you hear in the track?

Japan waves new trailers around like confetti

What Vita gaming crisis, Japan can afford to throw around new game trailers as Nekoburo Catsblok shows off its tinkly tunes and whiskery gameplay. Can't help but think that's going to be extremely addicitve.

Spike is up next with a new look at Grand Kingdom, with characters, battling and tactics all getting a look in. Due out in October there's some excelling looking pre-order gear.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dancing All Night waltzes into Japanese chart

Ouch! After all that marketing and hype, Persona 4 Dancing All Night can't even break through the 100,000 barrier. With over four million Vita owners in Japan that makes it less than 1-in-40 buying the biggest new Vita title of the year.

UPDATE: Actually, the Famitsu chart lists it as selling 80%-100% of its initial stock, so perhaps it was just Atlus being cagey about the release. Hopefully they have plenty more stock to get out to stores to keep the game high in the charts.

Add in digital downloads, plus the hardware bundle, and Atlus might have a slightly better sounding number to announce soon.

Chaos;Child makes a modest entrance in the top 10, while Minecraft soldiers on stoically, selling around 10% more copies than last week. The Media Create chart shows four Vita games in the top 20. Next up for the Vita, God Eater Ressurrection in November!

01./00. [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Black Kingdom / White Kingdom (Nintendo) - 260.675 / NEW
02./00. [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night # (Atlus) - 94.036 / NEW

08./06. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (Sony) - 10.896 / 220.589 (+12%)
09./00. [PSV] Chaos;Child # (5pb.) {- 10.325 / NEW
14./00. [PSV] Shinobi, Koi Utsutsu (Idea Factory) - 6.762 / NEW 

On the hardware front, at least the release gave the Vita a shot in the arm, almost doubling sales to around 24,000. But, that's still down on previous summer spikes and leaves the Vita down 150,000 compared to sales at the half way point of the year.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Monster Hunter Frontier G8 update packs in the beasts

Monster Hunter Frontier might exactly be cutting edge, but Capcom is still updating it in Japan with a new G8 edition packing in more feral critters and features including new armour, events and gear. More details on the Japanese PSN blog.

Not sure if it'll get a physical release like previous major updates did. Has anyone imported one and tried playing it from the west?

Ray Gigant trailer wades into battle

Having got fed up with Operation Abyss, I'm back into Demon Gaze with a fun-lovin' vengeance, which makes me want to pick up Ray Gigant all the more. Come on Bandai, bring this puppy here, please.

The latest trailer focuses on the battles, monsters and heroes. Combat is definitely different to previous Experience games, and hopefully the back story and plot are more conducive to making this a fun game.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lost Dimension gameplay looks into the mind

Some of your crew in Lost Dimension are traitors, but you may be able to spot them by peering into their addled minds. This new trailer shows off the feature in action. The game is out on the 28th July in the US, early buyers will benefit with some $20 worth of DLC.

J-Star Victory VS+ s can't dislodge T-Rex from the top of the UK Vita chart

J-Stars can't dislodge Jurassic World from the top of UK's Vita chart, arriving at No. 3. It lands in mid-table at No. 16 on the all formats chart, with help from PS3 and PS4 sales. That's mostly PS4 sales, as that's the only edition to make the individual format chart at No. 18.

Steins;Gate is still doing a sterling effort for PQube sticking around the top five. Otherwise its a pretty quiet week on the chart front.

4 - FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 3 40

On the PSN chart, Jurassic World sits on top will HellDivers still doing great guns at No. 2, with a confused mess of games below due to various sales.

New Atelier arrives in September, all about that Sophie

Atelier Sophie gets its first rush of art and screens on the Japanese sites today, with Gust introducing us to the leading lady and her sidekick. Plachta is a book, who turns into a girl, who will help teach and guide Sophie on her adventures. The official site plays some very soothing music if you want a browse.
While Plachta is handy, she's also lost much of memory, and Sophie's role is to help her find it through various mean of alchemy. As Sophie's powers increase, she can help turn Plachta in to an increasingly powerful ally to do battle with the game's many enemies.

Sounds like quite a neat tie-up, and explains much of the teaser video from last week. With some gorgeous art, involved progression, this could be one of the Vita's more refined RPGs/ All pray to Tecmo Koei that we get it over here, ideally with the premium box retail version.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

God Eater Ressurrection gets a first trailer

While you can currently pick up PSP title God Eater Burst on the EU PSN for £3.50, Bandai Namco and the Project G.E. Team are giving it a major makeover for Vita and PS4. Due in October, here's the first trailer with around five minutes of gameplay and cut scenes, hot on the heels of those first screens.

Proclaiming bigger weapons, bigger monsters and more battle modes, it looks like biz, if you don't mind those low-detail backgrounds. Hopefully one of these versions will appear on Bandai's western release list sooner or later.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kan Colle Kai preps for launch

The second most anticipated Vita game in Japan, behind Persona 4 Dancing All Night is the updated and improved version of browser battleships strategy title, Kan Colle Kai.

Launching in August, from Kadokawa, there's a new bunch of pics out, I've had to swipe them from Famitsu as the official site is currently down. See their page for a few more, but as a strategy game there isn't a huge amount of variety.

All about tactics and weaponry, it looks like a reasonable shoe-in for a translation, or you can grab it from the likes of Play Asia, with a limited edition offering a Vita case and some cute little figurines.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Vall halla gets a story trailer

Sukeban Games' quirky and thoroughly retro bartending game has an updated trailer, with some very Captain Blood sounding music playing away. There's actually a hefty sounding bit of back story at play here, and who can go wrong with robotic bartenders?

With a full roster of cheeky, angry and plain weird clientèle, Va-ll hall-a definitely looks like something well out most gamer's comfort zones.

EU PSN update adds J-Stars Victory Vs and Samurai Chonicles 3

This is a bit late, but so are Sony as the games aren't on-sale on PSN yet. Bandai's J-Stars Victory Vs for £29.99 and Tecmo's Samurai Chonicles 3 for £32.99 (plus a host of paid for DLC) are the games arriving on the store this week at  some point in the next day or two for the UK.

Note, you may need to search for them on PSN.

Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend from Arc System also lands, along with a bunch of the PSP titles in the series at £19.99. I've already dug around in the PSM section, while there's a return of the big in Japan sale with

Ray Gigant sees Experience back on form

After the rather crushing disappointment that was Operation Abyss, Ray Gigant seems to be more up to scratch, judging by this new video. Developed by Experience, but with Bandai on publishing duty the developers seem to be doing a bit more to progress the genre, even if only by a couple of nudges, and has a far cleaner interface.

With giant baddies to take down and a hopefully coherent story, this releases in Japan at the end of July. Hopefully we'll get a western version, although I wonder if the relative failure of OA compared to Demon Gaze might dent those hopes slightly.