Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dragon Fin Soup gets a gameplay trailer

It has been a long time coming, but Dragon Fin Soup, a retro RPG that was funded back in April last year, is finally getting it together. The five strong team at Grimm Bros raised $120,000, after only asking for $25K and have put out an alpha trailer to show off their progress.

It looks a lot of fun, the trailer appeared on the PlayStation YouTube feed, so expect an update post, perhaps with a release date soon. Check out more Kickstarter games here, including newly launched Children of Morta.

Grim Fandango rakes in the good scores

Are you ready for some proper adventuring? Aside from Broken Sword, there isn't much of it about, but hopefully the success of this (and its raking in a lot of good review scores), will spark more interest in the genre. Personally, I'd still rather play The Dig, which was an awesome Sci-Fi adventure, or some real classics like Discworld, or even the Magnetic Scrolls adventures. Still, this should be off to a great start, and should look just as good on the Vita.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Get ready to have your Krinkles Krushed!

Oh look, they've moved the perspective of Plants vs Zombies and put some different animals and graphics in it (says the cynical me). There's a plot in Krinkle Krusher, but that involves magic cake awaking an army of nasties, so you'll forgive me if I'm not too excited/stoked/whatever for this one.

The game comes from Spanish mobile game team Ilusis, so why there isn't a little more hot-bloodedness to this, I'm not sure. I imagine it'll be free on PS+ sometime soon, so no rushing out to get it early! Still, they did bring StreetKix to the PSP, so cheers for keeping the Vita in mind guys!

Htol#niq gets a freshly baked batch of screens

Is anyone else calling this game Hotel Nick, when they read the title? Some sort of prison metaphor perhaps? Maybe just me, anyway, NIS America has posted out a new bunch of screens to poster over that hole in the cell wall. If you like them perhaps you'd like the limited edition that NISA has lined up.

The actual game, perhaps better known by its subtitle as The Firefly Diaries is set in the depths of a labyrinthine ruin, where a young girl named Mion rises from a deep sleep. Lost, alone, and with no memory of how she got here or where her parents are, she is greeted by two fireflies—one composed entirely of light, and another who lurks among the shadows.

By shifting between a world of light and a world of shadows, these two fireflies must work together to recover Mion's memories and lead her out of the ruins, where voracious shadow beasts, ancient machines, and treacherous traps lie in wait to bar her path. But what secrets do Mion's lost memories contain? What is the connection between her, the ruins, and the fireflies lighting her escape? The answers may reveal a deeper darkness—one that must be faced from within.

Operation Abyss Limited Edition pre-orders for Europe

For those really keen on their JRPGs, and after some uncertainty last week, Europe can now pick up the Limited Edition version of the Operation Abyss for the Vita from the NISA Europe store. The New Tokyo Legacy LE version is now available to pre-order from their store featuring a 112-page art-book and 16-song soundtrack in a collector's box.

There's a peek at the pages, hot off the press of the art book. It does have the usual bonkers price of £54.99, but that's the breaks of playing a niche game on a niche console in a small pond. Here's some pics from last week, if you're not sure what all the fuss is about.

Rugby 15 gets into the chart scrum

Not much movement at the top of the chart this week, but Bigben, the publisher of the upcoming WRC 15 makes a decent dent in proceedings, landing at No. 5 with its Rugby 15 title. That neatly launches ahead of the Six Nations and this year's Rugby World Cup. The game lands at No. 8 in the all formats, so we're hopefully seeing the rise of a new publisher to support middle-ranking games.

2 = FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 2 18
6 new RUGBY 15 BIG BEN - 1

A quick squint at the EU PSN store Top Sellers shows a nice variety of games, and as things go increasingly digital, I maintain my call for Sony to start showing some numbers for these to keep the Vita relevant:

1 Minecraft
2 Atelier Ayesha
3 Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragfemnt
4 Danganronpa : TTH
5 Unfinished Swan

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Persona news broadcast coming early February

Japan is having a big Persona musical performance "Night of the Phantom" on the 5th of February, live from Budokan. Before that there will be a Persona news event from Atlus, presumably with news on the in-development games, including the Vita Dancing all Night title. Perhaps there might even be some news of new games? Guess we'll find out in a couple of weeks.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Operation Abyss waves some new screens from the depths

Getting good looking screenshots for the Japanese version of Operation Abyss was a nightmare as the native publisher just wanted to focus on pics of girls and their cleavage. Thankfully NIS America is on the game here with some cool looking shots of New Tokyo Legacy in action.

The limited edition will be availble to pre-order in Europe from Monday. The game is out in mid April and will be right up the streets of the many fans of Demon Gaze. Enjoy...

Toukiden Kiwami pre-order bonuses lined up

Tecmo has announced a collection of bonus content available to fans who pony up for a pre-order of the upcoming Toukiden: Kiwami. Releasing in Europe on 27th March, it will hit the PS4 and Vita. Check out the new trailer, and here's the word from Tecmo on the bonuses.

Specifically, pre-orders through Game will receive additional armour for their slayer, fashioned after new-comers’ Soma and Reki’s costumes. For those who prefer the armours of Toukiden’s six original NPC slayers they will be available as a pre-order bonus from Independent retailers through CentreSoft. Lastly, for players who would prefer to put on the façade of a monster, ShopTo.net and the PlayStation Network will offer 2 pieces of armour, a set of Tenko gloves and a Chthonian Fiend Mask!
The games aren't even up on Amazon yet, so keep an eye out to see where you can actually pre-order it from.

Square just rubbing in the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD stuff

Yeah, yeah, you've made a game better than a four-year old PSP original, well done and big whoop to Square Enix for that. The thing is, this is still nothing that couldn't run on the Vita, if you drop the shadows and a smidgeon of detail, as Square adequately demonstrated with the company's recent HD updates. Why this isn't on Vita I will never know, given the Vita system selling performance in Japan that FFX-HD had.

Sword-swinging AeternoBlade dated for February

Developed in Thailand by Corecell, AeternoBlade is a classic side-scrolling fighting game for the Vita. Originally a 3DS title, it has been visually tweaked, upscaled, had shadows added, booted up to 60fps, given a lick of paint and generally tarted up.

A 2D scroller, the game has a bit of PS one feel to it, which is fine and focuses on Freyja, a heroine forced into battle against the villainous Beladim, using the power of her time-warping sword to avoid nasty issues like death (but not taxes, I guess). The Vita version also gets some extra costume DLC, and there's a range of exotic characters across the game.

AeternoBlade will be released in PlayStation Store in the US on 10th February and in the EU on 4th February 2015.

Thought for Friday: 2015 getting better all the time

What a strange week! Shed loads of good news, led by the likelihood of God Eater Rage Burst arriving in the west (as long as Bandai remember to bring the Vita version along with the PS4 edition). Plus the likes of Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters and Operation Abyss headed our way. They join the likes of Stein's Gate and many other cool Japanese titles I want to play.

Even the western developers are getting a bit of a move on with WRC 5 coming to the Vita, Flame Over look more top-notch by the week and plenty of releases to enjoy in what's usually the quiet patch. A few more announcements wouldn't hurt, with Kickstarter seeming particularly flat.

Then, on the flip side, we hear news that Naughty Dog (possibly) were working on a bunch of cool Vita games, all of which failed to be green lit. And then IGN ask the thorny question (via a reader), will there be a Vita 2? Despite the valid and interesting discussion, it puts kind of a downer on what should be a good week, let's just focus on what we do have, and could realistically get!

As I said at the end of last year, the Vita is already looking like having a better 2015 than many expected, and is certainly clinging on to life rather well.

Sony 10% PSN discount code goes live, delays forecast

Like it or leave it, I guess! Sony's "we're not very sorry" apology of a 10% discount due to the Christmas outage on PSN is live (excluding pre-orders, movies, etc). Here's a list of all the country codes, gamers in the UK can use T6R3KB529K. PlayStation Plus users also get an extra five days on their account. Party on, Wayne!

The discount runs from now until 9AM Monday morning (hands up, who gets paid Monday morning?), and will work with existing sale items. Note, you need to use the code on the PC webstore, it doesn't work on the Vita's own PSN app.

In related news, Sony will delay its next corporate figures due to the hack (any excuse to bury bad news I guess). Since everything at Sony is down the toilet except the PS4, I guess things will be even worse than expected. The company will have a conference on 4th Feb to discuss its forecasts, but there will be no hard numbers until the end of March.

Bigben and Kylotonn bringing WRC 5 to the Vita

This is curious, as Milestone are the rally experts and have released the previous versions of WRC, I'd expect their name to be plastered all over this. However, Milestone has just announced the less formal Sébastian Loeb Rally Evo while Bigben has this video up for WRC 5. Their game is being developed by Kylotonn, who have a low-key truck racing game and some in-progress projects under their belts.

Milestone dropped the Vita from its list of platforms with the recent Ride announcement, and there's no sign of a Vita on SLRE. BigBen do mention the Vita on its Facebook page for WRC 5, but not in the video, which focuses on PS4 and X1. Still, as long as it plays well, guess we'll find out soon enough. Bigben also published Rugby 15, which needed more work, but hopefully they're ahead of the game on this one.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

God Eater Rage Burst gets an EU trademark

Some clever spotter has noticed on the EU trademark site a submission today (the 22nd) by Bandai for Rage Burst. That's some pretty big news right there, and I'm sorry I don't know who to credit for the spot. Naturally it gives no details, but the game, soon to go on-sale in Japan would easily be the biggest Vita western release of the year.

There's plenty of stories about the game in previous posts, with massive weapons and even more massive monsters. But, frankly, I hadn't even dreamed, even with Bandai's carefully growing support for the Vita that it would bring the God Eater series here in Vita form (we did get to enjoy the PSP editions).

Unrelated to that news is this new Asian trailer that comes with English subtitles, so we have a clue what the hell is going on!

Of course, there's a long way to between registering a name, and the actual game appearing on a shelf, if it does happen. But I'll keep an eye out for any more news.