Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Caligula can't take the Media Create chart throne

Caligula makes a modest start to life on this week's Media Create chart, selling over 31,000. A couple of modest more new entries help nudge hardware sales up a few hundred, but not much. New release Zero Escape is out tomorrow and will battle it out on 3DS and Vita, which should make for a fun chart next week.

01./00. [3DS] Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Marvelous) - 100.319 
02./00. [PSV] Caligula (FuRyu) - 31.243 / NEW
05./00. [PSV] Labyrinth of Refrain (NIS) - 17.573 / NEW
09./03. [PSV] Dragon Quest Heroes II (Square Enix) - 8.598 / 201.937 (-35%) 

12./09. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (Mojang) - 6.200 / 805.070 (+3%) 

18./00. [PSV] Chou Ezaru wa Akai Hana (Dramatic Create) - 3.785 / NEW

Retro shooters raid Kickstarter for funds

With the news that Super Icon's Best Buds vs Bad Guys has an official Vita stretch goal, things are on a tear for retro arcade game and shooters on Kickstarter at the moment.

Hewson Consultants (yep, them from the 8-bit days) are back with a homage to Uridium called Hyper Sentinel which launches on Kickstarter this Friday, nothing apart from a PC edition is listed yet but it looks like a Vita version would be a great fit.

Slightly more modern is Japanese R-Type inspired game Xydonia has a long list of stretch goals down to the 3DS, which suggests a Vita version might be next. It is half way to its base goal after just one day, so there's high hopes that this might raise a ton of money. UPDATE: The Breaking Bytes development team have confirmed they are interested in more stretch goals, so watch this space!

As ever, politely nudge the developers to express your interest in a Vita version, and after the miracle of Adventures of Mana, we'll see what happens.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

God Eater Resurrection gets a new trailer

Hitting the States now, here comes a whole lot of God Eater for PS4 and Vita, ignoring the whole remake thing. Unlike American Vita owners, we get Resurrection as a free download when buying GE2: Rage Burst arriving on August 30th in Europe.

Adventures of Mana now up on EU PSN

Only a few months ago, this game was definitely not headed our way, and despite a lot of subsequent shows of support, Square never officially changed their minds. However, here it is, live now on the EU PSN! Its £11.49 compared to the iOS version's £7.99 (plus in-app purchases).

That version arrived in February and has since garnered a massive 12 reviews, suggesting the mobile gaming community isn't exactly lapping it up. That may be why it has sprung up on Vita, to try and claw back some cash.

So, go get it to prove that it is worth Square's time making the port and that the Vita community sticks to its word. Remember to rate it on PSN, so we can see how many buyers there are. Quite why Square couldn't mention this as a bit of bonus news at E3, or just let us know it was coming - who knows? But get the word out there and start adventuring!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Further adventures in SAO Hollow Realization

Packing in limited editions, early play for PSN pre-orders and other goodies, the latest Sword Art Online trailer from Bandai shows off more of the world of SAO, enjoy and wait for the western release.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Kick Off Revival takes to the pitch

Coming to the Vita "later" here's the launch trailer for the PS4 version of Kick Off revival. That "later" is a good thing as the launch on PS4 is missing some content, according to the PSN blog post, and the reviews are a bit mixed, so there's hopefully time to tighten things up for the Vita releases.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Vote for the next DLC fighters in One Piece Burning Blood

Okay, ignoring the fact that all the characters are already programmed in from the Japanese version, you can now choose what order they come out in as western DLC via this Bamco clip and link. Its not much of a marketing trick but I guess its making some effort.

Trails of Cold Steel II warms up this autumn

Ready for round two? One of the coolest RPGs I've played in recent years concluded in dramatic fashion. And the sequel isn't too far off with a promised autumn/fall release. That's as close as we get for now, but I'm up for the boxed copy this time around!

Trails of Cold Steel II picks up one month after the decisive collision that changed the fate of the entire nation of Erebonia. The speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system returns, with all the bells and whistles players fondly remember, along with the new Overdrive mode, new means of transportation both across the land and sky, new allies, new dangers, and a renewed sense of hope as Rean tirelessly works to right the wrongs that have led the country to disarray.

Note that Clear data from Trails of Cold Steel carries over, granting bonus stats and extra items, while also remembering the many relationships cultivated during the earlier time spent at Thors Military Academy to allow for more personalized conversations throughout the story.

Hopefully the sequel will get more notice from the gaming press than the first one did, just because its not on PS4!

Go robot sleuthing in 2064 with MidBoss' great adventure

I do like the sound of this mystery adventure set in Neo-San Francisco, arriving in the middle of August. A text-heavy adventure with some sparkling pixel graphics, it sees your life as a struggling journalist interrupted by a droid. It happens to be the first sapient machine, a Relationship and Organizational Manager named Turing.

Together, you and the quirky robot will encounter a colorful cast of locals and overcome challenges as you uncover the city’s secrets behind the overlapping futures of technology and humanity.

The gloves are on in Toukiden 2

Yep, another day, another fricking way to pummel things in Toukiden 2. This time with a great big metal glove... woow? Here's a few of the other weapons, but seriously Tecmo, how about just the one clip next time? My excitement has fallen to "meh" levels.

Berserk goes postal in first trailer

A sword! A big sword! A big, slicing, sword... welcome To Berserk, the next big thing from Omega Force and Tecmo. It takes the musou theme to the next level with massive gibs and serious overkill to the hapless hordes... how that'll look on the Vita I have no idea, but don't get your hopes up! Check out some screens over on 4Gamer.

Update: here's the English version!

Rocketbirds 2 getting patch and free DLC

Haven't got round to getting this yet, but if you're in the coop, here's a quick video on the contents of a patch update and some free DLC to make your avian antics even more violent and entertaining! Most importantly aiming has been fixed with better use of the crosshairs, while the DLC packs in new weapons and extras, thanks Ratloop!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Yomawari: Nights Alone waves its torch

Yomawari creeps ever closer for western Vita owners. Check out the game's site for more details on the torch and its use. Will lighting up the dark prove hazardous to our heroine's health or will it help solve the mysteries within the game? Either way, remember to close the game's browser tab when you've finished otherwise you'll be hearing cicadas chirping away for hours!

Root Letter can't wake snoozing Vita sales

Summer is here and half way though the year, we're on another quiet week for sales, with the Vita shifting 11,400 unit on the week according to Media Create. That puts it at 513,000 units for the year and in line to match or slightly beat 2014's overall numbers.

On the software front, Dragon Quest Heroes II sticks around the top three, selling another 13,000 copies and proving a better stayer than the PS4 version. Otome title Hakuoki Shinkai did pretty well, landing at No. 4 and selling 10,500 copies, well above the usual sales for these games, handily beating the well promoted Root Letter which sold only 4,900.

The indefatigable Minecraft is still in the top 10, shifting another 6,000 copies and approach 800,000 physical sales.

This week sees the arrival of the Labyrinth, Witch and the Wardrobe, which will probably not make much of a dent. After that its Zero Escape time, with the game scoring 32/40 in the recent Famitsu.

Psycho Pass gets a western intro trailer

Mandatory Happiness, hey? Well phooey to that! However, at least this western trailer comes with information about the game. Set in 2112, Tokyo, two new detectives have been assigned to the MWPSB Criminal Investigation Department Division 1.

Nadeshiko Kugatachi is an Inspector whose memories were wiped, and Takuma Tsurugi is an Enforcer who is searching for his missing childhood friend. Calm, serious, and unable to comprehend human emotions, Nadeshiko meets Takuma, a hot-headed man determined to become a tough detective. More information on the cast and story will appear on the game's site.

Once they encounter each other, the gears of fate begin to turn. The story takes place somewhere far away from Tokyo in the once futuristic Sado Marine City. What will their answers be when they reach the "truth"...?