Thursday, July 30, 2015

Yoru no Nai Kuni videos look pretty sweet

Tecmo Koei has put up a couple of clips of Gust's RPG adventure Yoru no Nai Kuni which looks pretty stunning. Not only are the usual static talking characters all gorgeously animated and ebbing and flowing along with the conversation.

Yes, its all from the PS4 version, but the Vita edition should still be pleasing on the eye. Still waiting to hear from Tecmo if this will get a western release. The name alone, The Land Without Night would make it a must-buy - with the Japanese release hitting in September.

PS Plus in August shows Vita library running out of steam

August sees the PS+ line up change looking pretty diminutive. The Vita is getting one newish game, Stealth Inc. 2, well it came out in April. One recent game in Castle Storm and one ancient, but great, game in Sound Shapes.

Things aren't much better if you have one of the big consoles, with a limp Tomb Raider spin off, Limbo and God Of War hitting the roster.

Still, Stealth Inc. 2 and Sound Shapes make PS+ well worth it for the month, with the sequel to Stealth Inc offering more brilliant puzzle and platform action.

Yes, summer is usually a pretty dry month for releases, but what are the chances that the line up will continue to wilt beyond this, bar the odd new and free from launch indie?

There's also the slightly ominous trickle of Vita games being skipped or cancelled. While there's still enough in the launch list to keep us happy, it will only take a few more to fall by the wayside and things will thin out considerably.

There's also the juggernaut that is PS4, with Sony announcing great shipment figures in its latest quarter. That will gain more attention from developers and as the PS4 hits its stride fewer will be interested in making a compromised Vita edition.  

The Criminal Girls are back with a new trailer

Criminal Girls 2 isn't going to advance any genre very far, but that was hardly the point. The original was borderline smut for teenage boys, or disturbed men, and its unlikely this will vary from that template.

The dead/undead girls must find the real criminal among them in a vaguely fun RPG, while atoning for their own sins with hefty amounts of tickling, spanking, jiggling of boobs and so on. The limited edition version rams this home with a sleep eye mask with one of the girls arses on it, and an optional whipping crop.

There's a bit more detail in the RPG visuals this time around, with things looking a lot less pixelly, but I seriously doubt there will be much effort to expand the gameplay.

Dengeki Fighting Climax gets American limited edition

Arriving in October, Sega is bringing Fighting Climax west with its roster of manga characters from the likes of Sword Art Online and Durarara! While the EU version will be digital only, the Americas get a modest limited edition with a soundtrack CD.

The North and South American versions will have a special launch edition that includes a Bonus Edition Soundtrack CD from notable SEGA composers, including Teruhiko Nakagawa, Naofumi Hataya, Kenichi Tokoi, Jun Senoue, and others. This CD Soundtrack will only be available for retail pre-orders and a limited number of launch copies!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Vita now a firm third in Japan hardware stakes

Over the last six weeks the Vita has been pretty much locked in third or fourth place on the hardware sales front in Japan. That's behind the 3DS and more recently the PS4, with the odd Wii U good week getting in the way, according to Media Create.

With Sony Japan reticent to share any Vita game news this year, is it now focused on the PS4 too? Unless TGS has the odd bombshell or three, I think we can officially end Sony's big-league participation in its own product.

On the software front, Makai Shin Trillion nudges into the top five, but isn't exactly setting the chart alight, while Minecraft sells another 10K but drops out of the top 10 for the first time.

05./00. [PSV] Makai Shin Trillion # (Compile Heart) 18.506 / NEW 
11./09. [PSV] Minecraft:  (Sony) 10.180 / 263.487 (+3%)
14./08. [PSV] Taiko no Tatsujin: V Version (Bandai) 8.277 / 66.959 (-34%)
19./00. [PSV] Vamwolf Cross # (D3 Publisher) - 3.369 / NEW

Iconoclasts brings style and nostalgic platform action to the Vita

A game five-years plus in the making, Joakim Sandberg has spent ages refining the world of Iconoclasts, in which Robin and her crew of explorers take a journey across the wondrous world.

With Bifrost helping out on coding duties, the action platformer is packed full of gorgeous touches and magnificent sights. There's some more info on the PSN blog, but this looks like a must-buy for all gamers who fancy a trip back to the 16-bit era.

Summer sales open up across the PSN territories

Both Europe and the US PSN are having summer sales, starting this week. Here's the EU listing for Vita owners with a few newish games, but mostly old stuff, with the odd extra discount for PS+ subscribers.

PS Vita Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Original price £24.99/€29.99 Offer price £9.49/€11.99
Killzone Mercenary Original price £14.99/€19.99 Offer price £6.99/€9.99 
Lemmings Touch Original price £7.99/€9.99 Offer price £3.99/€4.99
Looney Tunes Galactic Sports Original price £19.99/€24.99 Offer price £11.99/€14.99
Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy – Full Game Original price £34.99/€39.99 Offer price £19.99/€24.99
PlayStationVita Pets Original price £19.99/€24.99 Offer price £11.99/€9.99
SpongeBob HeroPants Original price £29.99/€39.99 Offer price £14.99/€19.99
The Amazing Spider-Man Original price £34.99/€39.99 Offer price £11.99/€14.99
The Walking Dead: Season Two – Season Pass Original price £15.99/€19.99 Offer price £6.49/€7.99
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season Original price £14.99/€19.99 Offer price £5.79/€6.99
The Wolf Among Us – The Complete First Season Original price £19.99/€24.99 Offer price £6.49/€7.99
Uncharted: Golden Abyss Original price £19.99/€24.99 Offer price £5.79/€6.99
Unit 13 Original price £6.99/€9.99 Offer price £3.99/€4.99
WipEout 2048 Original price £11.99/€14.99 Offer price £5.79/€6.99
FIFA 15 Original price £34.99/€39.99 Offer price £9.99/€12.99
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed Original price £34.99/€39.99 Offer price £19.99/€24.99
MUD – FIM Motocross World Championship Original price £6.99/€9.99 Offer price £3.99/€4.99
MXGP – The Official Motocross Videogame Original price £14.99/€19.99 Offer price £6.99/€9.99
Putty Squad Original price £19.99/€24.99 Offer price £3.29/€3.99
Rugby 15 Original price £29.99/€34.99 Offer price £11.99/€14.99 
Worms Revolution Extreme Original price £11.99/€14.99 Offer price £5.79/€6.99
WRC 4 FIA World Rally Championship Original price £24.99/€29.99 Offer price £6.49/€7.99

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Actual Sunlight will light up the Vita

Games about grown-up themes like depression and angst are pretty thin on the ground, but here comes Actual Sunlight. A Canadian game, it has been rebuilt in Unity 5 for the Vita and will be arriving soon.

Not much is obvious from the trailer, but there are plenty of lets plays of the original PC version if you want a look, but since its a short story, you'd probably be setting yourself up for some unfortunate spoilers.

The game is out on August 11 in the States, no word of an EU release.

Get a deep vision of Lost Dimension

NIS America, or Atlus, depending on who's publishing Lost Dimension for you, have popped up a new trailer showing off the game's deep vision mode that helps you peer into the minds of your colleagues, one or two of whom are traitors to the overall cause.

That's to defeat a bad guy known as The End, as if they couldn't be bothered to explain the game in terms of even the slightest complexity. See previous clips and screens for more detail. Here's the launch trailer...

Hopefully adding a slightly Danganronpa twist to this horribly vanilla looking tower-climbing, monster-bashing fest will make it slightly more palatable. The game hits stores at the end of August in Europe, out in the US today.

Dragon Quest Builders video is very, very Minecraft

Square just showed off a few minutes video of Dragon Quest Builders on its live event video (hopefully a replay will appear soon). In the clips we have some mining, some home building and a little bit of combat.

There's also what looks like NPCs to live and work in your village, where it seems you can build Inns and other useful social structures.

All of it was welded into the Minecraft template, down to the crafting table, which doesn't scream of originality. At the same event, Dragon Quest Heroes II was dated for next spring.

Catch the replay now, DQ Builders starts around the 28 minute mark!

Tri-Ace and Spike bring new RPG Exist Archive to the Vita

I thought Tri-Ace was done and dusted, but they're still going with Spike for a new RPG just announced for the Vita, with a big splash in the new Famitsu out later this week. Now much information to be gleaned from the mini-scan, except that 12 people are fighting their fates, or some such.

Hopefully a site will go live shortly after, so we can get a proper look, but if you squint a bit, there's lots of pretty worlds being drawn and some typical RPG action to enjoy.

Puzzler Dreii brings balance to the Vita

One of the more interesting games of recent years is now heading to the Vita in an upgraded form. Dreii is a peculiar puzzler requiring language and mutual help. Described as "collaborative physics conundrum"

The official site has a little info, but like the game itself, its rather enigmatic. Here's a clip from the original Drei, which was a hit iOS and Android game. The new version is coming to multiple platforms, but a Vita edition is most welcome, arriving this autumn.

Bandai shows off Gundam Conquest V in card, robot, strategy action

Part real time strategy, part card game, part robot battler, Bandai's Gundam Conquest V tries to show off a lot of game in a couple of minutes. Still, we're probably better off waiting for a pure game play clip to figure out in the intricacies of the game.

The multiplayer aspects look fun, but have to hope that's in online not local mode for the game to stand any chance of doing that in the west, not that I think we'll get this one. Out in a month, pre-order bonuses include some extra cards.

Here's a slightly longer video taking a look at the bots trying to bring down a defended position, it doesn't look the most tactical of games, but hey' at least a few words are in English for importers.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Handball 16 sportsing up the Vita in autumn

Don't sneer folks, Handball is a huge sport in Europe, especially in Spain (one of the Vita's few bright spots) Germany, Scandinavia and the eastern states. So, BigBen's Handball 16 title could do quite a bit of business across the continent. Seems to be an update to the PC Handball Challenge series.

And with the Vita so short of sports games generally, hey - why not give it a go? The game is due out in autumn (countries not specified) and has one arty trailer to its name, hopefully the game will match that ambitions. A couple of early screens are over on the game's Facebook page.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Snail's W3D Android handheld console coming September

Amazon US has a 29 September release date for Snail's 3D handheld that was first announced earlier this year. Packing an Octacore MediaTek CPU to drive a killer 1080p IPS screen, it could be pretty good for gaming, if there were any mega Android, beyond the usual freemium fluff, games on the way. (Maybe there are, I don't really care).
However, the $399 price tag will probably kill this stone dead, and then interested gamers can pick it up for $199 as they try to clear stock in early 2016. Then again, it does have microSD cards, so can piss all over the Vita in that respect!

The scary thing is all the shit devices (and the Xperia Play) below the main listing, do people actually buy these knock-off monstrosities?