Friday, August 26, 2016

Money-Hungry Princess nicks the Bond Theme

From Software's and NIS's Money-Hungry Princess is taking liberties with a certain introductory theme tune, but beyond that we have a first look at this pixelly heist action-RPG. Music isn't the only thing the princess is stealing, with her in full flow as our heroine goes after all the gold. Certainly looks like a lot of fun with plenty of pace, as long as they don't weigh it down with dumb plot.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Collar X Malice loves Japans Media Create chart

A single new entry for the Vita this week on Media Create's chart, with Idea Factory otome title Collar X Malice making a modest dent, landing at No. 11 with 7,200 sales. Otherwise Toukiden 2 continues to grind out a few more with another 5,000 sales taking it to 86,000 boxed copies.

Vita hardware sales dropped 1,000 to sell just above 10,000 this week. However, Japan will have its own PlayStation event on September 13 which hopefully will see a new colour update or hardware refresh, among all the fake excitement over PlayStation VR. It will be beamed live on YouTube if you're around.

EU PSN Vita sale now on

The Americans had their fun with a flash sale at the weekend, now we get a go to pick up a bargain or two with a new sale, that's pretty much the usual old PS one, PSP and a few Vita suspects. Certainly nothing new of note. Still, a good time to pick up that missing Tomb Raider, Metal Gear (Peace Walker for £3.29), Tekken, Persona or other classic.

Ace Combat Joint Assault, Alundra, Ape Academy, Ape Academy 2, Ape Escape, Ape Quest, Arc Arena: Monster Tournament, Arc the Lad 1, Arc the Lad II, Arc the Lad III, Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, CAPCOM CLASSICS COLLECTION RELOADED, CAPCOM CLASSICS COLLECTION REMIXED ESSENTIALS, CAPCOM PUZZLE WORLD, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Cool Boarders 2, Cool Boarders, Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped, Crash Bandicoot®2: Cortex Strikes Back, CTR™: Crash Team Racing, Darkstalkers Chronicle, Destruction Derby, Disgaea Infinite, DISGAEA2: DARK HERO DAYS, Everybody’s Golf® 2, Farming Classic Collection, Fate/EXTRA, Fear Effect 2™: Retro Helix, Fear Effect™, Fighting Force 2™, Fighting Force™, Gangs of London™, Gex: Deep Cover Gecko, GEX™, GEX™ 3D: Enter the Gecko, GODS EATER BURST, G-Police®, Grand Theft Auto PS Vita Collection, GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, GRANDIA, Half Minute Hero, Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley, INTERNATIONAL TRACK and FIELD, Jak 3™, Jak and Daxter Trilogy, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy™, Jak II™: Renegade, Jet Rider™, Jet Rider™ 2, Jet Set Radio, Jumping Flash, Klonoa™: Door to Phantomile, Kula World™, Kurushi Final, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver™, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, MANA KHEMIA: STUDENT ALLIANCE, MediEvil®, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, METAL GEAR SOLID, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Monster Hunter Freedom Essentials, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Motor Toon Grand Prix™ 2, NAMCO Heritage Bundle, Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, PANDEMONIUM 2™, PANDEMONIUM™, Patapon™ [PSP], Patapon™ 2 [PSP], Persona 2/3 Bundle, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 3 Portable, Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle, Prinny 2, Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?, Ratchet & Clank™, Ratchet & Clank™ 2, Ratchet & Clank™ 3, Ratchet & Clank™ Trilogy, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, RESIDENT EVIL DIRECTOR’S CUT, Ridge Racer Type 4, Ridge Racer™, RIDGE RACER™ – Ultimate Edition, Rockstar Games PS Vita Collection, RPG Classic Collection, RSG’s Magnificent Seven, Sega Mega Drive Collection, SILENT HILL, Sly 2: Band of Thieves™, Sly 3: Honour Among Thieves™, Sly Raccoon™, Sly Trilogy, SOULCALIBUR: BROKEN DESTINY, Spectral Souls: RotEE, Spyro The Dragon Trilogy, STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 2, STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 3 MAX, Suikoden, Suikoden II, SUPER MONKEY BALL ADVENTURE, Super Star Wars, Syphon Filter™, Syphon Filter™ 3, TEKKEN 2, TEKKEN 6, TEKKEN 6 + SoulCalibur:Broken Destiny, TEKKEN™, THE WARRIORS, TOMB RAIDER, Tomb Raider Chronicles™, Tomb Raider II Starring Lara Croft, Tomb Raider III, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Tomba 2! : The Evil Swine Return, Tomba!, Twisted Metal™, Urban Chaos™, Valhalla Knights, Valhalla Knights 2, Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance, Vib-ribbon™, Wild Arms™, WipEout®, Z.H.P.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Claire is scared on the Vita

What is is with lost little girls, these days? We've got Yomawari lost at night and now a port of the PC retro indie 2D survival horror game is headed to the Vita. The game has picked up a PEGI rating recently, so shouldn't be too far off. Other than that, not much news from the port team or developers, Hailstorm, but keep an eye out for Claire, especially if you loved the likes of Lone Survivor.

Abstract platformer "140" heads to Vita

Somewhere between Thomas was Alone and Sound Shapes sits "140" from Carlsen Games, a minimalist platformer that was well received on the PC. It is soon heading to the Vita thanks to Abstraction and Double Fine. Release doesn't seem to be far off, with a PEGI rating in tow, so check it out.

Review: MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death

Towers, four big brooding towers, all of them with something nasty at the top, or bottom. That seems to be the basic plot of MeiQ. But with a bunch of gabbling, generic, half-wits getting in the way almost every step, you might as well be in the middle of the Next, New Look or whatever clothing store you've been in that attracts mad women during their New Year sale.

In the first, the Black Tower, there's Connie who's always spinning around and getting lost and a few other ladies all trying to complete their mission or challenge you. Each level is grid based, with traps, tricks, treasure and an annoying lack of inquiring minds. The girls just blunder about, while you wipe out any opposition in what may be an attempt at a tutorial, until you get to the end of level guardian, when you need to start remembering what it is they were jabbering on about.
Fortunately, each of these mad women has a guardian in tow to protect them, packing swords, shields, Vulcan cannon and many other weapons, the girls (Estra, Flare, Maki, Connie, and your initial avatar Setia) are fighting the three particularly evil Shadows, played firmly in the Scooby Doo vein, and Gagarin the Dark Machina Mage.

Each girl's guardian will do the majority of the battling, using improve powerful Stones to help charge them up. Or, you can craft upgraded parts and weapons when you've learnt the requisite skills needed for the Machina forge, or swapping out weapons so water fights heat, rock smashes most things etc, etc.

The second, red, tower, is a flame pit of hell, not really a tower at all. But, the game plays fast and lose with these ideas. However, the monsters and landscape are horribly generic, if a little tougher to make it more of a challenge  further on you'll be fighting through woods, but the background graphics are extremely primitive.

You'll soon be flitting around between the towers, leveling up characters, not that you can assign points or anything, and using the Guardian combo skills to batter the stronger enemies. Lifts and portals can help move you around quicker, while you'll just whizz about on the ice or other slippery levels, with barely any differnce.

A plain and simple RPG with some really annoying characterisation, MeiQ is not much of anything except some fun grinding and simple building for people who like that kind of thing. There's no sense of exploration, just annoying level design, designed to frustrate. However, if recent RPG efforts have over-complicated things for you, like Ray Gigant, this may be welcome, but it really does nothing to great effect.

Score: 5/10
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Price: £32.99 (PSN)
Developer: Idea Factory/Compile Heart
Progress: Blue Maze, blue in the face

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wanderjahr goes big on RPG battling

Wanderjahr is a geek-centric RPG combat game hitting the Vita next week. You can play up to 18 characters with different roles, fight against tricky monsters in challenging battles, solve mysterious quests, and discover the beautiful and inspirational story.

Wanderjahr tells the story of UN Jariya, a global organization charged with maintaining world order and peace. You see, a hundred years ago, the Universal Source Code was discovered - and its secrets and structure was the key to create a better universe in harmony and peace.

With changes, updates and tweaking, the code could be improved to create a better existence to all, but alas, when you least expect it, two weeks before you are done, evil shows its ugly face, and monsters appear in droves with the intent to destroy everything you have worked for. Is this a coincidence?

Selling fast, grab the Steins Gate 0 Amadeus edition while you can

Steins Gate 0 is going to be big, and the PQube/Rice Limited Edition (UK or US edition) will hopefully do the game justice. Unfortunately, this is the biggest version of the press image I could find, hopefully a larger one is on the way. In the meantime squint at all the goodies you could be getting.

Apparently, these are selling out fast, so grab one while you can!

  • Standard Edition of STEINS;GATE 0
  • STEINS;GATE 0 The Selected Works Soundtrack Exclusive to the Amadeus Edition 
  • STEINS;GATE 0 Premium Artbook  
  • Amadeus Pin Badge Exclusive to the Amadeus Edition 
  • Fairy Upa Exclusive to the Amadeus Edition  
  • High quality presentation box Exclusive to the Amadeus Edition

MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death story trailer

I've just started playing this girls and their robotic guardians game, hopefully have a review up next week - if you like old school RPG then this feels pretty comfortable. But for now, check the first story trailer for Idea Factory's MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death, out in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Neo Atlas 1469 gets an opening trailer

ArtDink have stuck with train simulators for so long, I wondered if they'd ever do anything else. Yet here we go with global exploration, trading and a spot of combat, all crammed into the creaky hull of some wooden junk. As a 15th century trade, you need to build up convoys, hire admirals and explore the great unknown to set up trade routes and find your fortune. Nothing too new there, but pretty different for the Vita, unless you played the PSP game Sid Meier's Pirates.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Slain: Back from Hell confirmed for autumn Vita release

Slain looked great, but had a poor reception on PC thanks to its retro-heavy controls. Handily, being last in the queue, the Vita version will launch with that and other issues fixed in the Back from Hell version, which is what you get when a developer listens to feedback!

Features include:

  • Challenging ‘elemental’- based melee and magical combat.
  • 6 hours of bone-crushing, metal-fuelled mayhem & gore.
  • Choose from 3 unique weapons in your fight against the demon hordes.
  • Full soundtrack recorded by Curt Victor Bryant formerly of Celtic Frost. \m/
  • Boss fights, mini-boss fights, sub-mini- boss fights &; macro-sub- mini-boss fights.
  • No laborious leveling, no tedious grinding, no wimpy crafting, plenty of secrets!

Vita sales up in Japanese doldrums release week

Nothing to see here in this week's Media Create sales, move along... except Vita sales were up 1,200 over last week. That's despite no new entries for the Vita, and only a few visual novels coming on sale, guess Japan is on holiday.

For the first time in many months there's no Vita game in the top 10, with a queue of recent games sticking around in the lower rankings. No major launches either this week, so expect the stupor to continue.

11 Toukiden 2   8,249 80,688
12 Minecraft     6,768 847,602
15 Ys VIII         5,688 69,878
18 Pro Baseball 3,718 168,552

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Moonlight streams PC games to your Vita

Fun and games continue in the world of Vita gaming with a new helping stream your legal PC game collection to your Vita's OLED screen. Presumably this needs the 3.60 firmware with Henkaku to run the patch, but after that its just your PC games appearing on the go streamed over WiFi, using Moonlight which is based on Nvidia's streaming engine.

Come on Sony, make or ask for an official version in an app to allow everyone to enjoy this fun!

Regalia gets a Gamescom trailer

Kickstarted last year, Regalia, brings some intense looking RPG combat action to the PC, PS4 and Vita, with the PlayStation versions arriving in 2017. You can still chip in with a $25 PayPal to grab the PC versions and a free console PSN code. For now enjoy the Gamescom trailer showing off plenty of battling and the huge variety of combatants and wide variety of enemies to pummel.

Monster Boy gets a Gamescom trailer

One for the maybe/maybe not list for a Vita port, but the devs still have an interest, Monster Boy is coming along brilliantly on PS4. This new Gamescom trailer shows off a fresh batch of heroes to add to the Sega Wonder Boy stylings of the original Game Atelier idea. Hoping to see it on a handheld in 2017!