Monday, November 24, 2014

Hatoful Boyfriend sets its beady eye on the Vita

Have pigeon fanciers ever had their own game? If not, then this isn't it either as its a pigeon dating game. One that has seen some rather good reviews, so don't cluck off right away. Based on a Japanese visual novel, this western interpretation being developed by Mediatonic, it explories the struggles and insecurities of the only human student’s search for love at a prestigious school for birds.
Romantics will encounter a feathered cast of characters and try to coo a suitable love interest. Those with darker tastes might discover something altogether more sinister. Follow your heart as you choose your path and go on starry-eyed dates, but be wary of fowl twists and turns along the way that could turn your love life upside down.

The game is out in early 2015 and will cost around €8.

Review: Aqua Kitty DX: Milk Mine Defender

Another graduate from the school of PSM, Aqua Kitty (trailer) gets a gameplay and graphically up-rated version for the big league PSN on Vita and PS4. The premise is simple and a well-trodden one for Defender fans, scoot left or right around the level, protecting your milk mining kitty buddies from the nasty robo-enemies.

Your ship can get a couple of upgrades, to boost its power but whatever you have, wave after wave of robots will be on your case. They get bigger, nastier and the screen gets busier as you dodge, weave and try to protect your buddies. With a mix of modes including Normal, Arcade and Infinity, there's plenty to play but its the same challenge, and there's a distinct lack of the DX-Factor to grab you for longer play.

What is there is very good, with great chip-tune music, chain kills to boost your score and local co-op (for the PS4 only). In game explosions are pretty and the visuals are clean and striking, but it feels like Aqua Kitty could deliver a little more.

For a start, the radar is tiny and the indicators are smaller still, looking up in a busy moment means near certain death. It wouldn't be too hard for some big arrows, more strident sounds or other indicators to help find your miners in distress. The weapons also feel a bit under powered, DX should mean power-up-up-up and add a little insanity in the game.

With leaderboards and trophies added its well worth adding to your Vita's list of shooters, but isn't quite up there with TxK, Gravity Crash or Pixel Junk, which give you that little bit more pizzazz and oomph. Still, definitely worth your time and perfect for quick blasts of nostalgic shooting action.

Score: 7.5/10
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Price: £TBA
Dev: TikiPod
Progress: Enough milk for a latte

Is Phantasy Star Nova a donkey?

Sega seems to be asking the question with a quirky new video that mixes some regularly-shown footage of Phantasy Star Nova with some donkeys at rest. Having just complemented Japan on its advertising taste, not sure where this is going, but its still better than anything Europe puts up. Perhaps this is just a marketing thing that us non-marketing types don't get!

Minecraft maintains one-ness on the Vita chart, beating Hatsune Miku sales

Minecraft sticks to the top of the Vita chart with cement-like tenacity, holding off the surging FIFA and newcomer Hatsune Miku whose launch trailer I forgot to post last week. She lands at No. 5, so I hope lots of digital sales are going on to keep Sega interested in the format!

Perhaps she did better than the PS3 version which only enter the PS3 chart at No. 26. Between them, they failed to dent the top 40, which doesn't sound good for any future projects. Overall, Minecraft PlayStation edition is down to No. 9 in the all formats.

1 - MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY. 1(last week) 2 (weeks on chart)

Check out Front Wars on PSM

Do you have a hankering for some Advanced Wars, or Battle Isle, style combat? Front Wars looks good on PSM, evolving from an iOS title, its a little more expensive but comes with none of that dumb in-app purchase nonsense.

Actually looks good enough for an upgrade to a full Vita title, if the developers are so inclined. Anyone else spotted any PSM gems recently, don't have the time to try them out and the PSM store is so frustrating these days.

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?

EDIT: Since Sony has pulled the video, it was basically a sexy female doctor doing Viz level jokes linking the Vita to playing with yourself, go figure!

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!

UPDATE: Looks the ad was pulled from Sony's YouTube channel, but really, why was it ever made in the first place?

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.