Friday, March 27, 2015

Sony UK chops PlayStation TV price cut

Sony struggles with the Vita haven't really been helped by the PSTV clouding the waters. Trying to shift at least one gizmo, the PlayStation TV (originally Vita TV in Japan, who get the sexy models like the one here) is getting a hefty discount down to £44.99 in the UK. Guessing that's for the solo box, without a DualShock controller. Ironically a 32GB memory card probably costs more than the console!

Aimed firmly at the PS4 owner, with Remote Play, PlayStation Now and Vue (eventually) plus some PS Vita and PSP game support, it is being sold as a cheap addition for the second or third TV in the house of a PS4 user. Of course, this being Sony, the site lists £44.99 and £84.99 as prices, so not sure what the bundle's price is (with the controller and memory card).

With Apple likely to be upgrading Apple TV soon, Sony had better get them shifted now while the Android micro consoles and PC micro systems also tout for business. When Amazon put the PS TV onsale briefly, it sold in minutes, so there's clearly some interest, but enough to help nudge the Vita upward? I doubt it, and if this can get a price cut, where's one for the Vita itself?

Trails in the Sky gets a Japanese TV spot

Falcom's The Legend of Heroes Sora no Kiseki FC Evolution is getting read for launch in Japan with a new TV spot. I got Trails in the Sky for the PSP, but never really had the time to get into it, and certainly didn't fall in love with it, as it took an age to get going. Hopefully if this updated version comes west it will make more of an impression.

Spike Chunsoft shares some Shiren the Wanderer gameplay

Wow, everything has a retro feel this week, retro shooters, RPGs and adventures, and now this nod to a 16-bit classic with Shiren the Wanderer 5 Plus bringing back some fond memories for niche die hard role playing fans. Updated from the DS original, it lands in Japan in June and I'd be rather hopeful for a western port

Shoot 'em up Project Root dated for the Vita

Hot on the heels of the sexy Soldner X-2 comes Project Root from OPQAM in Argentina, which I've been banging on about for over a year. It will hit PSN at the end of April bringing with it some highly sexy free roaming shooting. The only video footage is about a year old, so I wait to see just how smooth it looks on the Vita.

More on the PSN blog with what I'm guessing are PS4 screens, the game is Cross Buy, but I'm guessing not Cross Play. While we're on the subject, you might want to nudge Sky Force developer Infinite Dreams to get its monstrously good iOS shooter on the Vita. The original was great fun on the PSP, but the anniversary edition is something that Raiden heads would love.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Krinkle Krusher video is just magical

I've definitely written about this before, because its hard to forget a game called Krinkle Krusher, but I couldn't place it. Out of Brazil, here's a new trailer anyway. The game is a fantasy castle-defence game driven by a "humorous storyline", using magic as your weapon of choice. The Krinkle King has created his army and has ordered it to storm the Kingdom’s castle to capture the Great Tree’s magical fruit.

The game is cross play on PS4, PS Vita and PS3 and is arriving soon on PSN. With various arenas, spells and gems to spice up the action. Developed in Brazil by Ilusis, its certainly distinctive.

Revamp of classic Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ bouncing to the Vita

The west will soon get its hands on Agatsuma's ‘Rubbering Action’ Physics Puzzle Platform game based on whatever the hell Sayonara UmiharaKawase was. Tagged with a spring release, and costing $19.99, €14,99 or £10.99, it is billed as one of those easy to play, difficult to master, titles. The press release is pretty much gibberish, and their home page doesn't exist, so here's a trailer of the 3DS version...

Apparently there was a PSP version some time ago, which I don't recall. Quite why such a cute looking game has a massively boobed girl on the Vita's box art (which I won't share) I have no idea.

Destiny of Spirits' destiny is the scrapheap

Despite claiming over a million downloads, Sony is still canning its free to play card/monster battler Destiny of Spirits. I had a couple of goes at it in the early running and despite the usual crossover updates from dinosaurs to Gods, never found that exciting or compelling. The game's servers will be closed on 30 June in Asia and I'm pretty sure any western ones won't be far behind.

There will be another update before the end, presumably for a final splurge. Did anyone get into this and will it? Did anyone spend much money on the in-app purchases?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Broken Age for the Vita

Sums up the Vita's predicament rather nicely, very much broken, but I guess adventure fans will lap this up on the coat tails of Manny from Grim Fandango. Broken Age from Double Fine was a successful Kickstarter back in 2012 and arrived (well, Chapter 1 did) on iPad last year. I guess this will be the full package with part two landing on Vita and PS4 next month. Here's the episode 1 trailer to get you in the mood.

MonsterBag teeing up on the Vita

Okay, file under definitely different, MonsterBag from IguanaBee is a South-American developed game with a distinctly quirky flavour to it. We've got rows of blue people, shooting from vehicles and all sorts of weirdness. Add in a a release date of April 7th and its hard to gauge much else, check out the PSN blog post and see what you make of it.

Minecraft and PSO 2 v3 splash into the Japanese chart

This week's Media Create chart sees a flurry of activity, but that's just the calm before next week's storm. Minecraft, already having sold over 200,000 on digital, makes its way into the retail market with another 36K sales, while the latest update to Phantasy Star Online also shifts a hefty 26K, with Digimon moving another 20K, after last week's low stock launch.

01./00. [PS4] Final Fantasy Type-0 HD # (Square Enix) {2015.03.19} (¥7.344) - 92.094 / NEW
02./00. [PS3] Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (Capcom) {2015.03.19} (¥5.389) - 73.373 / NEW
03./00. [PS4] Battlefield: Hardline (Electronic Arts) {2015.03.19} (¥7.884) - 68.823 / NEW
04./00. [PS4] Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (Capcom) {2015.03.19} (¥5.389) - 42.358 / NEW
05./00. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (Sony) {2015.03.19} (¥2.592) - 36.151 / NEW
06./01. [PS3] Yakuza 0 (Sega) {2015.03.12} (¥8.845) - 29.568 / 175.390 (-80%)
07./00. [PS3] Battlefield: Hardline (Electronic Arts) {2015.03.19} (¥7.884) - 28.976 / NEW
08./00. [PSV] Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 3: Deluxe (Sega) - 26.289 / NEW
11./03. [PSV] Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (Bandai Namco Games) {2015.03.12} (¥7.171) - 20.166 / 96.926 (-74%)

On the hardware front, once again the Vita outsold the new LL 3DS, shifting 21K units while the PS4 is now picking up steam ahead of both of them on 46K. Even so, I have to wonder what Type-0 would have sold if it had arrived on the Vita? It would also have helped if Sony could tie the Vita launch of Resident Evil R2 to the main consoles! 

Graph coming soon

EU PSN top sellers updated

Since the Vita's PSN chart is the only real Vita ranking that matters now, I'll focus more on this than the rarely changing retail chart. This week sees HellDivers nip back into the top spot, as the game picks up more fans, otherwise Soldner X-2 replaces Flame Over, which I'd hoped would do better, but it does have a PS4 release to look forward to.

Hotline Miami 2
Hotline Miami
Grim Fandango
Sword Art Online
Final Fantasy X/X2
Soldner-X 2

Some Easter sale EU Vita bargains appear

Not quite up there with the US PSN's lightning sales, but we get a few deals in today's update that might tempt you with Tales of Hearts R, LBP and FIFA 15. Probably more games to be added when the site updates, there's movies, PS3 and PS4 games too.

DragonBall Z: Battle of Z - £11.99
Oddworld: Strangers Wrath – £3.29
Fifa 15 – £11.99
Freedom Wars - £10.79
Little Big Planet Marvel Super Hero Edition – £6.49 (£5.84 with PS+)
Tale of Hearts R (bundle – £19.99

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Arc's Damascus Gear hits PSN

Arc's Damascus Gear has hit the US PSN, and here's a new trailer to show off the game in action, with mechs, destruction and plenty of battling going on. The PSN title costs $14.99 and packs in plenty of missions, upgrades and megabots to take down.

Lego Ninjago hits the Vita this week

The latest Lego adventure, Shadow of Ronin hits the Vita (and 3DS) this week and here's a new comedy trailer and some screens to celebrate the non-movie tie-in of the year from the Lego people and Traveler's Tales, published by Warner. Not such anything in the way of marketing as usual, comment if you see something (most likely on the kid's channels, I guess).

There's the usual lego-y challenges plus some ninja skills to learn and show off against the highly varied enemies, as the developers get a freer rein than they would on a licensed property.

Last Borderlands 2 patch improves performance

Most games that get a "performance" update generally result in a shrug and a frown. But for Borderlands 2 on the Vita, every extra fraction of performance, improvement in texture loading or other boost is very welcome.

The patch is live on US PSN, but we're still waiting for it in Europe, as of Monday morning (UPDATE: The patch finally arrived Friday morning). Early reports vary suggesting that there is some improvement, with faster texture loading, while others are still unhappy that some major bugs remain unfixed, and probably never will be.

Me, I'm just happy to play the game on the go, regardless of some shaky performance, sharing time with it on the PS3. It is good to see Iron Galaxy (now working on Killer Instinct for console) still working on the title, although they mention on Twitter that this will be the final update, so enjoy it while you can.