Friday, October 24, 2014

Digimon gets sexy to appeal to older gamers

Bandai knows that the original players of the early Digimon games have grown up, so to keep them in the fold, the new Cyber Sleuth game has a slighty more attractive appeal to it, as shown in a bunch of new screens on the game's official site, but wow!


As if the characters weren't sexy enough, the battles and monsters look pretty cool too. All part of the effort to distinguish it from the dreaded Pokemon I guess! Here's hoping its a big hit on launch next spring.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

PSN throwing sales about like the limbs of the undead

Wherever you are, you should be able to get a good bargain on your local PSN, with most stores having some kind of sale. In Euroland we have a Halloween sale with some vaguely scary games on the chop, with 10% or more off for PS Plus subscribers.

EU

Alien Breed Was £6.49/€7.99/AU$11.95, now £2.49/€2.99/AU$4.55
Demon Gaze Was £32.99/€39.99/AU$59.95, now £15.99/€19.99/AU$29.95
Draw Slasher Was £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.55, now £2.49/€2.49/AU$4.55
Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut Was £7.99/€12.99/AU$14.95, now £2.89/€3.49/AU$5.25
Silent Hill Book of Memories Was £24.99/€29.99/AU$39.95, now £6.99/€9.99/AU$14.95
Sumioni: Demon Arts Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$9.99, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$4.99
The Walking Dead: Season 2 – Ep.1 Was £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.55, now £2.49/€2.99/AU$4.55
The Walking Dead: Season Two – Season pass Was £15.99/€19.99/AU$29.95, now £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.95
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season Was £14.99/€19.99/AU$24.95, now £5.79/€6.99/AU$10.45
Toukiden: The Age of Demons Was £29.99/€39.99/AU$47.95, now £14.99/€19.99/AU$24.95
Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov’s Revenge Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.95, now £3.29/€3.99/AU$5.95

The US has Plants vs. Zombies and Dead Nation on-sale this week with more to come in future updates. There's also a US sale for all the Persona games, which every Vita owner should have.

Heroes' Fortress Bagooon goes free in Japan

Aquire is joining the Vita's free-to-play line up with Bagooon, a 2D card game with castle building elements and great big explosions as the enemies sweep through your lovingly crafted level. Looks fun, but with iOS and Android versions also coming, unlikely to take the Vitaverse by storm.

Hatsune Miku 2nd F western pre-orders

The U.S. is getting some fun-looking pre-orders when it comes to Miss Miku's boxed release of her second Vita outing. Anyone ordering from GameStop gets two in-game costume module packs for free – the Extra Character Pack containing Akita Neru, Yowane Haku, and Kasane Teto as well as Hatsune Miku’s Americana Module.

In Europe, the Amazon pre-order comes with the Americana Module Miku Costume. I'm sure a few other deals are out there.



Vita games on show at MCM London ComicCon

Comic Con comes to London this weekend, and there's a few Vita games among the movies and merch-fest. With Tales of Hearts R, LEGO Batman 3, Akiba's Trip and Danganronpa 2 on show. Check out the meaty PDF file for all the details.



Sony has a PS4 stand, no sign of the Vita, there's also Ubisoft on the floor, Konami, 2K and Koei. Both TT games and Namco have panels, explaining their craft and latest products, and there's bound to be some news and fun out of the show, alongside the comic village, a smattering of cosplay and all the other goodies including an indie corner.

A few tickets are still available for Saturday, plenty for Sunday and Friday. If you can't make this one, there's another across three days next May.

Sony giving Phantasy Star Nova the big push

Hoping to pick up fans from the core PSO2 series, Sony is going all out to promote Phantasy Star Nova to gamers with both PS Vita and Vita TV bundles in Japan. With cool boxes and decals (and also available in black), these look pretty sweet and Tri-Ace's game is going through a strong beta with plenty of feedback. There's also a message from the developers.

The offline-focused game is out in late November, and if this is Sony's only big push, along with the female-oriented pink model and games, then there's a lot resting on it to boost sliding sales. I suppose we live in hope of a western release, but not much!




Sony's 20th Anniversary PlayStation site kicks-off

Ahead of 20 years of PlayStation on December 3rd (gulp, as you realise how young you were at the start of all this), Sony Japan has popped up a celebratory site. There's a timeline through PlayStation history, and plenty more to come, with an anniversary PlayStation awards and plenty of blog posts

Check out the site, I guess the western version will follow soon, as there's little point in a 20th US, then European anniversary next September. Then again, given Sony's strange view of the world, it could drag this out for all-time up to the PS one's launch in 2000!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sony selling tickets for PlayStation Experience, Vita owners need not apply

As I've already suggested, if you're a Vita owner, don't bother wasting your money going to Sony's Las Vegas expo expecting anything for the handheld. Sony can't even be bothered to show the handheld in its new trailer for the event, which is probably going to be an awesome gamefest for PS4 owners. And why not, that's where Sony's profit comes from.

There are supposed to be new announcements at the 6/7 December event, with some teasing expected beforehand. But seriously, if Sony couldn't spend more than a minute on the Vita across its big three key-notes, there is nothing coming, ever, for the Vita from the lead studios. If there is one single game, then that's still not worth dragging our asses to a Las Vegas show for.

Rainbow Skies, sequel to Rainbow Moon, on the way

SideQuest and EastAsiasoft continue to do the Vita proud with a new episode in the enthralling saga of the Rainbow world, to come in 2015. Promising a much bigger world to explore and the ability to add monsters to your party, it looks quite the step up with a more exciting world to explore and lots of classic RPGing to enjoy.

Square's Chaos Rings III trilogy can't spike Vita sales

Two new entries in the top 10 can't help Vita sales much, with things looking pretty flat for the handheld as we approach the most important point of the year. Chaos Rings III only sold 20-40% of its stock according to Famitsu, and the Media Create chart makes pretty happy reading only for 3DS fans.

The latest Amnesia otome game managed just half the sales of the previous release, which doesn't look good either. Super Hero Generation and the latest Power Pro Baseball ship this week, which might have better luck.

01./01. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # (Capcom) - 327.212 / 1.773.501 (-77%)
02./02. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo)  - 53.075 / 1.610.904 (-31%)
03./03. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5)  - 42.778 / 2.755.687 (-26%)
04./00. [PSV] Chaos Ring III: Prequel Trilogy (Square Enix)  - 12.436 / NEW
05./04. [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 ReMIX (Square Enix) -11.215 / 117.309 (-47%)
06./06. [PS3] FIFA 15 # (Electronic Arts) - 4.462 / 20.612 (-72%)
07./00. [PSV] Amnesia Later × Crowd: V Edition (Idea Factory)  - 3.668 / NEW



More hapless beatings in Dengeki Fighting Climax

While I do like that Sonic background, there's only so much of these practice round clips I can take. Here, we get some of the support characters kicking undefended ass, as Sega shows off more of the Dengeki girls wielding their weapons.

Fighting Climax is out in three weeks in Japan (13 November), so maybe these videos will go away after that. Or the publisher might start showing some real action to get gamers excited.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Samurai Warriors 4 unsheaths for launch

Tecmo Koei has put up a load of art and a new trailer on the official site for this week's launch of Samurai Warriors 4. The game supports cross save between the PS4, PS3 and Vita versions, and looks like another highly stylish and effective slice of feudal Japan.

With a huge roster of characters, massive battles and detailed graphics, it'll be interesting to see how the Vita version stands up.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kan Colle Kai the Vita's most wanted

Now that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is out, you'd think Famitsu's most-wanted list in Japan has a little more room for Vita games. But no, there's very little making big pinging noises on the radar, with Kan Colle Kai "This Ship Breaks", announced over a year ago, the top Vita hit.

Even reasonable big series like Phantasy Star and God Eater are way down the bottom of the list, suggesting that the Vita won't get much in the way of big sales at the critical end of this year. There's been no real update to the Kan Colle Kai site, although the date has moved to early 2015, so I wonder what the recent hype has been about it, can't say I've noticed anything.

Anyone seem something about it? All I know is its a naval fleet sim, probably with lot more characterization than any western effort would have. UPDATE: Apparently its based on a browser Flash game with over 2 million players.

1. [PS4] Final Fantasy XV – 670 votes
2. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – 603 votes
3. [PS3] Persona 5 – 526 votes
4. [PS3] Tales of Zestiria – 361 votes
5. [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers – 368 votes
6. [3DS] Bravely Second – 351 votes
7. [PS3] Dragon Quest Heroes – 302 votes
8. [PS4] Kingdom Hearts III – 292 votes
9. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 280 votes
10. [PS4] The Evil Within – 263 votes
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18. [PSV] Kan Colle Kai – 170 votes
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22. [PSV] Phantasy Star Nova – 130 votes
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24. [PSV] God Eater 2 Rage Burst – 116 votes
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26. [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night – 113 votes
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30. [PSV] Samurai Warriors Chronicle 3 – 102 votes

FIFA 15 still tops on Vita Chart

Akiba's Trip runs away from the high end of the Vita chart like a pantsied vampire and there's not much happening to replace it. There are re-entries for Pets and Ninjago (at 19) suggesting kids are picking up a few Vita's but sales must be tiny at that end of the chart.

1 - FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 1 4
2 KILLZONE: MERCENARY SONY COMPUTER ENT. 3 59
3 BORDERLANDS 2 2K GAMES 4 21
4 TEARAWAY SONY COMPUTER ENT. 8 48
5 LITTLEBIGPLANET PS VITA SONY COMPUTER ENT. 10 107
6 FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD REMASTER SQUARE ENIX 5 31
7 THE RATCHET & CLANK TRILOGY SONY COMPUTER ENT. 6 16
8 UNCHARTED: GOLDEN ABYSS SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9 134
9 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS DECLASSIFIED ACTIVISION 18 87
10 CHILD OF LIGHT UBISOFT 15 15
11 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12 48
12 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014 SEGA 11 28
13 ASSASSIN'S CREED III LIBERATION UBISOFT 7 100
14 AKIBA'S TRIP: UNDEAD & UNDRESSED NIS AMERICA 2 2
15 re PLAYSTATION VITA PETS SONY COMPUTER ENT. - 9

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2014 UKIE Ltd

Over on Amazon, there's not much shuffling among the best sellers, as we all wait for Freedom Wars and Tales of Hearts R.




Things are a little crazier on the Vita's own best-seller list with the full price Need for Speed somehow at the top. Who knows how that happened?



Bigben brings a bunch of board games to the Vita

A quick Monday morning peek at the ESRB lists produces a few new Vita games that might cheer up those of a logical, more relaxed, mind frame. There's a new Solitaire, Mahjong and Chess game heading our way, with a bundle.

Will they be as good as the spectacular Pure Chess, the many Mahjong games, but I don't think the Vita has Solitaire (unless its buried in PSM). No sign of a release date, so expect more news soon, nothing on the company site, so far.