Friday, September 4, 2015

Bandai's brawler Burning Edge gets a fists of fury trailer

Bandai has dropped a trailer for its new fighting game Crows: Burning Edge that will pummel the PS4 and Vita. The official site has a growing collection of pics about the dudes and thugs that inhabit yet another school, where all the action takes place.

Looks like the perfect antidote to all the squeaky manga girl games doing the rounds these days, more please!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Spike's tour of Grand Kingdom continues

Grand Kingdom is building up a head of steam as Spike keeps up a neat series of trailers. Cue more growling voiceovers, quick flicks between scenes and characters flying this way and that.

The Grand Kingdom remake characters all have an air of familiarity about them, but don't stray into the grotesque realms of Dragon's Crown. The new game lands in November and folk seem pretty hopeful for a western version.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Koei Tecmo line up for Tokyo Game Show listed

Hot on the heels of Sony's rather limp line up, Koei has a huge list of titles across console and mobile to show off in various guises at Tokyo Game Show. Of interest to Vita owners are a mix of multi-platform titles plus a couple of useful exclusives, but it has to be Attack on Titan that will take centre stage.

Looks like most videos will be through the grim Nico nico system, so give it a few days for some decent quality clips to turn up. TGS runs from the 17th to 18th this month for press, with public days at the weekend.

Angelique Retour (PS Vita, PSP) – Trailer, Stage
Atelier Sophie: Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PS4, PS3, PS Vita) – Playable, Trailer, Stage, Niconico Broadcast
Attack on Titan (PS4, PS3, PS Vita) – Trailer, Stage
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus (PS Vita) – Stage, Niconico Broadcast
Kiniro no Corda 4 (PS Vita) – Trailer
Samurai Warriors 4: Empires (PS4, PS3, PS Vita) – Playable, Trailer
Yoru no Nai Kuni (PS4, PS3, PS Vita) – Trailer, Stage, Niconico Broadcast

Actual new entries in the UK Vita chart

I haven't bothered with the UK charts in a while, and its so bullshit, with its boxed copy only focus, that even trade mag MCV has ditched reporting on them.

However, since the Vita gets two new entries, that's probably worth a mention. NISA's Lost Dimension charges in at No. 2, ahead of One Piece in at four.

With Danganronpa and Persona 4 DAN on the way, plus the likes of Space Hulk and more coming, enjoy this purple patch. I'm in the process of reviewing NIS America's Lost Dimension, which is strangely interesting, definitely worth a go.

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Sony's Vita line up at Tokyo Game Show revealed

While keeping the list of new games (Gravity Rush 2) a complete secret, Sony has revealed what it will be showing on the Vita at TGS. The lead games are the endless selling Minecraft (300,000 boxed sales and growing), and the likely to be very popular AirshipQ, that riffs off Terraria, which was also pretty popular.

Will Square bring Dragon Quest Builders along to complete the construction king triumvirate?

However, I'd guess most of the focus will be on the big hitters, including this season's big releases, Tokyo Xanadu and God Eater: Resurrection. Only four Vita games doesn't sound much, so hopefully there's a few more in the secret pipe alongside Gravity Rush 2, if Sony does decide to reveal it.

Sony's press conference is on the 15th at 4PM local time. Here's a little render of the Sony booth layout, looks like at least some Vita games will be playable on the show floor.

Space Hulk smashes on to US Vita systems

Looks like a good month for Vita strategy fans. While Take Two's X-COM Enemy Unknown Plus has picked up an ESRB rating, suggesting a fairly imminent launch, Space Hulk is landing on the US PSN today.

Unleashing the heavily armoured Games Workshop and Full Control classic in its mobile edition on Sony's handheld. Check out some gameplay in the video and some pics over on IPlayPSVita.

New colour Vita models the start of something beautiful?

Sony is releasing its usual refresh of Vita colour models, with an orange, blue and white edition in Japan, releasing in a couple of weeks. The Aqua Blue model is even creeping out of Japan and landing in America with a GameStop exclusive for November for the usual $199.
Perhaps other colours will go to other stores? However, this is all nothing without some new games, marketing, or development effort. So, is this the start of a Sony push for the second age of Vita? Or just the usual minimal effort revamp or a revamp.

In announcing this, Sony's PlayStation Twitter account was instantly flooded with requests for SD card and HD out support, plus a return to OLED screens - all things the Vita could do at the drop of a hat, to help make it more user-friendly. Still, we can dream, right.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Vita singing praise to Hatsune Miku X in 2016

Hatsune Miku will be back in 2016 to give the Vita another dose of vocaloid tonsil teasing and rhythm action. A 'new' game is due in March for the Vita, and later in the year for PS4. I say 'new' as I suspect there could be a fair amount of remixed, remastered, or just borrowed material. But it looks like there's some new artistes on board.

The trailer celebrates the games across the series' eight-year history, with most of the big hits on PSP and Vita. the "Xth new project", will probably pick up a revised name, anyone guessing on Hatsune Miku G?

Not sure if anyone will wait for Sega's dopey western arm to port it, so imports seem to be the order of the day, along with mass setting up of Japanese accounts to get the presumably endless DLC.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dengeki Bunko opening movie brings the brawl

Fighting Climax indeed! Here comes the latest bunch of heroes to mix it up in a brawler, as Sega brings Dengeki Bunko west for anime fans to mix and match fighters from their favourite series.

Shows featuring in the game as either lead characters or assistants include:

A Certain Magical Index
Accel World
Black Bullet
Shakugan no Shana
Sword Art Online
The Irregular at Magic High School

Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan
Boogiepop and Others
Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl
Golden Time
Kino's Travels
Spice and Wolf
The Devil is a Part-Timer!
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

Friday, August 28, 2015

Crunchyroll app finally pops up in Europe

Holy heck! From wayyyy out of left field, the anime fest Crunchyroll app has finally arrived in Europe. And, its not even April 1st! You can grab the app now and sign up for the 14 day free trial, or carry on your anime viewing on your lovely OLED screen for just £4.99 a month.

The free app is a mere 10MB, just hope the shitty WiFi chip in the Vita can cope with your manga-fest of viewing! Now all we need is the Netflix app, and us EU types will be set for a happy winter's viewing tucked up in bed!

Nanako and Margaret star in latest western P4D clips

Persona 4 Dancing all Night rolls nearer with a couple more clips of more of the game's heroines in disco action. Master of Ceremonies Margaret struts her Vogue moves, while Nanako is out to impress.

The game is out at the end of September, with special editions to help shift boxed copies. How excited can we get for this?

Summon Night 5 dawns on western Vitas

The PSP game Summon Night 5 is almost here, thanks to Gaijinworks, just as Japan gets news of Summon Night 6!

The Summon Night series offers strategy role playing. The latest edition packs in an expansive story plus event battles and side missions for a total of 70 battles for completionists. It also has multiple endings and a fishing minigame.

Players who just enjoy the story of RPGs but are bad at the battles will enjoy the available Easy mode which will let them get through the game concentrating on the story. All others can enjoy the challenge of Normal

Gaijinworks also has Class of Heroes 3 in the pipeline, so keep supporting them for some class Vita action!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Atelier Sophie gets a bookish trailer

Having had a couple of months delay for spit and polish to November, Gust has to keep the interest in Atelier Sophie going. So, here's a new gameplay clip to keep players keen on Sophie and her book/best friend.

It definitely looks a gorgeous game, and has all the elements needed, as long as the story rocks. Will the Vita version be of more interest to Japanese gamers compared to the full fidelity of the PS4 or PS3 version, guess we'll find out in Winter.

Lucy4 is hot and looking for Vita support

A new entry in Square Enix's list of potential crowd funding games lists Vita support as a possibility, and the game itself looks worthy of backing.

Coming from Indonesian team Ninecats, Lucy4 is a side scrolling action, and role playing game. Check out the animations on the page, follow them on Facebook and generally spread the word and see if we can get this cool looking title up on the Vita. 

Vita sales lowest in 10 weeks in Japan

Vita sales dived in Japan for the worst numbers of the summer, with the trend likely to head down until autumn's big games arrive.

The only new entry for the Vita was at No.6 with Idea Factory's romance Reine des Fleurs selling over 11,000. That was one ahead of Minecraft which passes the 300,000 boxed copy sales, a pretty elite club for Vita games, even in Japan.