Saturday, November 22, 2014

One Piece Unlimited World Red's Prestige DLC-filled trailer

One Piece is a great piece of anime theatre, but the games, not so much when it comes to western releases. Still, the recent Unlimited World Red adventure is now available in a Prestige Edition on PS Vita and PS3 with all the DLC and extras thrown in.

It weights in at 1.6GB and a hefty £45 price tag, but it looks great and, if you want the next One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 game to come west, probably needs to sell in decent quantities.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Save us from Sony's advertising department

I've seen the Vita ads aimed at younger players on Disney XD channel, and I get and understand them. I've seen the recent Sony Japan adverts and see what they're trying to do. So what in the name of all that's Holy is Sony Benelux trying to do with this piece of crap?

Did Sony fail to see the whole sexism and gamer-gate storm recently? Isn't Sony Japan trying to sell a whole load of Vitas to girls, at least recognizing that they play games? Just as I was about to head out for the weekend on a vaguely happy note, Sony manage to drag the tone down!

Don't just ban this sick filth now, but make sure the creators never work in gaming again!

Aqua Kitty DX sparkles with a new Vita trailer

The original PSM game from TikiPod is getting tarted up for a Vita and PS4 release next week. Check out the new trailer for all the better graphics, while keeping a cute retro feel, trophies, new modes and other extras. Loved this first time around for its fun Defender-like approach, with a feline twist.

God Eater 2 Rage Burst's new-ish trailer

The major update to God Eater 2 was unveiled at TGS back in September, this revised trailer has an extra 15 seconds of footage in it. Having compared the two, there are some very subtle differences, lights in buildings are a different colour, there's a proper release date at the end and perhaps a few extra frames here and there, plus a link to the offical site. Can you spot the other differences?

Phantasy Star Online 2 update's epic trailer

While all the fuss is about Phantasy Star Nova this week, PSO 2 is getting yet another update with new content. A new video from Sega shows off what the game might look like on a PlayStation 6, but I suspect the gameplay is more grinding and slightly less grand in scale than this representation, but enjoy it while you can and, if you play it on import, enjoy the experience.

Did notice that PSO 2 is working now on some servers around the world outside of Japan, so if you want to jump on-board, give it a shot with a Japanese PSN account. This update will hit Japan on December 12.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Telltale's Game of Thrones gets a proper trailer

We've been teased enough by Telltale Games and its story set in the Game of Thrones universe. Now a proper trailer is out to give up some of the goodies. Based on the award-winning HBO television drama series, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom. 

Some cast members of the series will reprise their roles in the game. While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Heady, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes.

The release still says other platforms to be announced, but I'm guessing the Vita is still a safe bet.

Sony Japan does Vita advertising properly

While Sony Europe pretends the Vita is for kids, only marketing it on Disney channels (as far as I've seen) Japan is taking a more open-ended approach, showing off the whole range of Vita games including Minecraft, PS Nova, Baseball and others. Sure, there's young people in it, but it has less of that "kiddie" dynamic.

Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 trailer gets Vita-fied

I may have posted a 3DS trailer last week, or might not, too scared to look! If I did, here's the new Vita trailer from Koei, Tecmoand Omega Force to rectify matters. Its all in Japanese, but you get the gist, pick a character, and start slaying the endless enemies.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How did the new pink Vita help sales in Japan?

The answer is, it almost doubled them, from 10K up to nearly 20K according to Media Create, not massive but a healthy boost in this quiet patch for releases. Dengeki Fighting Climax managed to sneak into the chart at No. 9, shifting 25,000 units, 10K down on the PS3 edition, while the girl-friendly fairy story Hanayamata: Yosakoi Live managed 6K in sales.

Out today in Japan is the new Monster Hunter Frontier G6 update and a host more girl-friendly games as the Vita tries to get some mojo back. Next week comes Fate/Hollow Ataraxia.

Monster Hunter Frontier G6 shows off its chops in new video

Men in small hats with big swords, its all going on in this Capcom trailer for the latest monster update to the Frontier part of the series. Hitting the PC, Vita and PS3, its getting a boxed release to goose interest and does look fun, says a deprived westerner looking on sadly.

Kadokawa's Durarara gets a stylish trailer

Yes, its just another Japanese visual novel with relationship issues all over the place, but the Vita is a bit light no news at the moment. And, this popular source anime and manga seems to be pretty popular, so enjoy the smooth tunes, pretty art and annoying shouty man voiceover.

I think this is the second title in the series, probably an uprated version of the PSP title and yes, I know there's supposed to exclamation marks all over the place, but tough! Its out early next year to coincide with the TV series.

Firefly Diary (htol#NiQ) gets a premium western edition

Arriving in February, NIS America brings up the Japanese take on all these ethereal indie wandering games that seem to do rather well. Despite the gibberish title, Firely Diary, as I'm sticking to from now on, looks like a pretty decent effort and package (for the US).

The puzzle action game will be available February 24 in North America as a PlayStation Vita exclusive! Digital copies of the game will be available on PSN and physical copies will be available exclusively for the US through the NIS Online Store. This title will also be available in Europe on February 25 as a digital-only release.

In this atmospheric game, you use the Vita’s touchscreen and rear touch pad to navigate a young girl through dangerous ruins. Two fairies—one operating in light, and the other in shadow—must work in tandem to uncover this girl’s memories and save her from the darkest of fates.

Rollers of the Realm gets a launch trailer

Rollers of the Realm from Phantom Compass is now available on the PS4 and PS Vita in the Americas for $9.99. The PSN versions will be on sale for 10% off for the week after launch. The PS4 and PS Vita versions will be released in Europe on Nov. 26 for €7,99 and for the week following launch, will be €6,99.

Enjoy the new launch trailer, seems a shame to launch this into the Vita's best games patch of the year, but it definitely has some unique qualities.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Minecraft on Vita shakes up the UK chart, a bit

Three whole new entries in the UK Vita chart today. With Minecraft on Vita managing to be the most successful launch on the PlayStation, doing better than PS3 and PS4. It was also the third biggest ever Vita game launch after Uncharted and the original FIFA Football. Shame there's no bundle or physical version! It can't stop the overall Minecraft PS version dropping a place on the UK chart, but still boosted sales by 79%, whatever that equates to?

Tales of Hearts R is in at two, while Batman 3 (without the DLC thanks to cheapskates Warner) manages to dislodge Killzone but not FIFA.

UPDATE: On its own the Vita version of Minecraft managed to make it into No. 15 in the individual formats chart, an impressive achievement, given there are three FIFA 15s and four CoDs ahead of it. (Make it No. 8 if you strip out the duplicates.)


Vita's big winter games score well in Japan

There's a right old battle between the 3DS and the Vita in this week's review scores, but I think we know which game will sell millions of copies. Phantasy Star Nova is just a point behind Pokemon, but even the with limited editions, will struggle to keep up with old Pikachu.

Visual novel Code Realize also does well, while it seems odd for Great Edo Blacksmith to be so well rated, given the shallow dating offering that Nippon Ichi is selling it at. Guess that's Famitsu for you. Between the three Vita sales might get a tickle, but will it hit the highs of this time last year? I doubt it.

Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (3DS) – 9/10/9/9
Etrian Odyssey II (3DS) – 9/9/9/9
Phantasy Star Nova (PSV) – 9/9/9/9
Hero Bank 2 (3DS) – 9/9/8/8
Code:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi – (PSV) – 9/8/8/8
Great Edo Blacksmith (PSV) – 8/7/7/8