Thursday, March 22, 2018

Aksys welcomes you to a summer of mystery

We already knew the games were headed west, but Aksys has bookended its little visual novel fest with a neat campaign, the Summer of Mystery.

Three upcoming interactive fiction titles feature adventure, intrigue and suspense, including Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly in April, 7’scarlet in May, and Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk in June.

Featuring creepy towns, mysterious mansions and ancient feuds, each phyiscal release will include a collectible character card set inside the package, and fans who purchase all three titles can get an exclusive set of collector pins.

In Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, a girl wakes up in a mysterious mansion with no memory of who she is or how she got there, while in 7’scarlet, Ichiko visits a strange village to look for clues about her missing brother.

The heroine of Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk must find a treasure to bring peace to her town and unlock the mystery of her own past. A popular genre for young adults in Japan, otome (interactive fiction) games feature deep character development and engaging plots in which the player’s choices influence the storyline. Rich anime-style artwork and cinematics draw the reader further into the story as they create their own adventure each time they play the game.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Attack on Titan 2 and Winning Post 8 chart for Vita in Japan

Vita sales took a sharp downturn last week by 1,800 sales down to 3,644 as some games actually pop up in the Media Create chart. The numbers are kind of what I was expecting, still the previous weeks' higher sales were a welcome shot in the arm.

On the games front, Attack on Titan 2 makes a fairly scattershot entry, but still doing decent numbers on the Vita, selling:

No. 3 PS4 - 28,480
No. 4 Switch - 22, 941
No. 8 Vita - 15, 261

Also out across several formats, Winning Post 8 sold:

No. 11 PS4 - 8,459
No. 17 Vita - 3,837
No. 18 Switch - 3,745

Full data here, last week's figures here. Over in Famitsu-land, the latest review scores are out with SRWX topping the list ahead of a bunch of visual novels.

Super Robot Wars X 33/40
Memories Off: Innocent Fille 32 (video below)
Enkan no Memoria: Kakera Tomoshi 29
Galtia V Edition 29

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Penny-Punching Princess trailer is full of character

Penny-Punching Princess, an isometric brawler, sees the poor princess dethroned and having to fight her way back up the rankings to take charge once more. And why fight, when you can bribe the enemy bosses? And even former princesses have friends, so meet her silver-tongued beetle butler, Sebastian, and the smelly-but-sweet zombie Isabella.

Looks like a lot of deviousness in NIS America's quirky title, arriving in early April.

Monster Slayers to deck the Vita

Digerati and Nerdook Productions are bringing Monster Slayer our way soon. A rogue-like, deck-building, RPG adventure, players create a hero and choose a path through the perilous Northern Valley to defeat minions, monsters, overlords and the legendary Harbinger to become a true Monster Slayer.

Key Features include:

  • Strategically shape your deck as you acquire new cards from merchants, treasure chests, and allies
  • Collect fame from each run to unlock new abilities that can be used by future heroes
  • Every playthrough is different: levels, enemy encounters and loot are randomly generated
  • 12 different character classes: Rogue, Ranger, Knight, Barbarian, Cleric, Wizard, Assassin, Beastmaster, Apothecary, Brute, Monk, and Necromancer
  • Recruit companions to join you on your quest and make use of their special abilities
  • Equip your hero with stat-boosting loot to improve the chances of victory
  • Beat the game to unlock the ultimate challenge: Legendary Mode
  • Inspired by the much-loved deck-building RPG, Dream Quest, created by Peter Whalen (Hearthstone)

Sir Eatsalot finally chows down on a gameplay trailer

Having teased us for months with art and animated GIFs, Behind the Stone has finally got round to unveiling a proper trailer for the Portly Knight's game. Sir Eats' finds himself in all sorts of predicaments, showing a game that won't take itself too seriously. The food-frenzy adventure is out next month, physical and digital, with an Asian release just confirmed.

Sign up for details on the limited-to-2000-units physical edition here thanks to PlayAsia.

Japan shows off a little Remote Play love

Maybe this is why Vita sales keep perking up in Japan? Is Sony finally realising that the Vita can help keep PS4 owners onside when it comes to the onslaught of Switch? Check out this Fist of the North Star Remote Play demo.

Sure, just one video won't make much of an impact, but if there's a constant stream of them, reminding Japan that it works, and is still in the stores, every little could help.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Vita sales still over 5K in Japan last week

Vita sales dip a little in Japan, down to 5,467 according to the latest Media Create data. But are still batting well above recent norms and averages. Again, there are no games in the chart so no real idea why this is happening. Still, its good news as Sony will have to continue to make the console a little longer to meet demand, and developers will churn out more games.

Last week's figures

Epic new Attack on Titan 2 trailer

Sure, the game is not coming west on Vita, not even digital-only. But Attack on Titan 2 will be an easy import for people who played the first one. Here's the latest trailer from Japan as it hits the shelves, out in the west on everything but Vita next week.

Check out the latest Vita version gameplay here.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Bullet hell Vasara a possibility for Vita

2019 seems a mighty long way away, but Brazilian developer and publisher QuByte is hinting that the pair of Vasara shooters (2000-era Raiden goes bullet hell with manga overtones) might come to the Vita. And, it'd be great to have another game that takes advantage of the Vita in portrait mode.

Already confirmed for Switch and other consoles, it'd be a good pair to have, even if I'm probably crap at them, although I'd be more than happy with direct ports of proper Raiden or Gunbird. Anyway, will stick it on the list of possibility for now until we hear some firmer news.

Get your rogue on with Bit Dungeon Plus

Another Indie Studios Bit Dungeon Plus is a to-the-gills version of the original PC with monsters galore in a roguelike pixel world. You'll throw melee and magic attacks against the many enemies, with loads of weapons to collect and the essential grind to help you survive the later levels. The game has been on every platform ever, so should fit well on the Vita.

Loot your Vita in the Devious Dungeon

If these pixels look a little familiar, its because Devious Dungeon is from Woblyware, the same people behind Omega Strike in the previous article. Publishing via Ratalaika, Devious Dungeon is a medieval focused action platformer. Release date to be announced soon.

As a generic knightly hero, you must venture deep within the dungeons eliminating the monsters, collecting loot, and leveling up and upgrade your gear. Features include 65 randomised levels over five worlds, RPG-style upgrades, boss battles and more.

Omega Strike takes aim at the Vita

Steam release Omega Strike from Woblyware is headed to the Vita, judging by a recent trophy listing.  In true eighties-retro style, our bandana-wearing hero and his friends are out to defeat Doctor Omega and his mutant armies.

Omega Strike is a pixel-fest of an action-adventure game with multiple playable characters, set across an interconnected world, loaded with monstrous enemies and hidden treasures, plus new abilities for your heroes. Each character has unique abilities which you must utilize to overcome the deadly traps and enemies that roam the world of Omega Strike.

Attack on Titan 2's Annihilation mode on Vita

Out in Japan this week, check out Attack on Titan 2's multiplayer modes including Annihilation mode, as played by a couple of the voice actresses. The game supports 4 vs 4 players who can rack up scores for their team by taking down the big chaps. Good to see Tecmo happy to show off the Vita version!

Friday, March 9, 2018

A good look at Super Robot Wars X gameplay

Enjoy nearly 15 minutes of gameplay of Super Robot Wars X just put up by Bandai in Japan. That's if you ignore a couple of minutes of chit-chat at the start - hope there's a Skip button! Beyond that, there's a good look at the tactical map, set up screens and the combat action between the quirky bots and mech-type tanks.

UPDATED: Added a newer Asian English video with 10 minutes of gameplay and subtitles to go alongside the Japanese original.

NeuroVoider is one for the fans

With miniscule to modest sales, the developers still turning up to bat for the Vita are mostly doing it for the love of the handheld and the community. Remember that when it comes to your buying decisions.

The latest labour-of-love from Flying Oak is NeuroVoider, the twin-stick RPG, it looks like a must-buy and the developers have little reason other than passion to bring it our way! We should get news of a release date next week.

UPDATE: Release date confirmed for 14 March! Price, £6.99