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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Retro classic Bounder to bounce on the Vita

In the eight-bit days, pretty much anything could be a hero, which is why we got Bounder, a game all about a tennis ball, trying to boing its way to freedom. The top-down game, from Gremlin Graphics if memory serves, was pretty unique for the time.

The 8-bit original versions will soon land on mobile, and now the developer has gained the rights for console versions, with the Vita a target offering a new up-to-date edition plus the originals.

Naturally, this sends most older gamers scurrying back to other games we'd love to see including Wizball, Uridium, Fred, California Games, SpinDizzy and so on. Many have been remade on PC, but it would be great to get some of these on the Vita's OLED!

Vita sales shoot up in Japan

Not sure why yet, but the Vita sold over 6,500 units last week in Japan, beating sales of the PS4 Pro and the 2DS LL! There were no new Vita games in the Media Create chart, so perhaps there was a sale on to generate those extra 1,500 units over the previous week. Or, maybe lots of PS4 owners want to remote play Monster Hunter World, which has sold 7 million copies WW and 2 million in Japan!

Enjoy the good news as it lasts, with the Switch and PS4 romping ahead. Dragon Quest Builders arrived on Switch at No. 2 selling 28,400 copies compared to Vita's launch sales of 178,016 back in 2016.

Or, perhaps lots of gamers are getting ready for Four Knight Princess Training Story (NIS) out this week or Attack on Titan 2, out next week. Seems unlikely, given that AoT2 looks way better on every other device and FKPTS is also on Switch, but you never know!

Last week's figures

Review Midnight Deluxe

I'm naturally suspicious of a game that gives you a silver and gold trophy just for your very first move! And to grab a platinum in under an hour, that smacks of someone trying to sell their game as an easy set of achievements.

Ignoring that, Midnight Deluxe, a sort-of-successor to 36 Fragments of Midnight, is an illuminated game of touchscreen golf, trying to flick your glowing cube (actually a fairy|) into a target hole. Your shots must overcome natural landscape obstacles, pointy fences, whirring saws, smiling fluffy monsters and lasers - the usual golf course hazards.

With no story, plot or cutscenes, you play Over 70 levels, each a single screen, aiming to finish in the least amount of shots possible. That's tricky as the touchscreen controls lack the sensitivity required to play well. You can do full power or little chip shots easily, but anything mid-range is in the lap of the gods. On some levels, you need to take repeated shots quickly to avoid rising spikes or moving objects where the game becomes pure pot luck.

The challenge does ramp after the 40th level, when you get the platinum! Diving through laser grids and multiple switches add to the challenge, but progress does feel more like luck than skill. Even so, Midnight Deluxe is deeply lacking in ambition,

Petite Games have failed to provide any secrets to find, no variation in colour scheme, no bonuses, no nothing! Sure, its cheap, and a spot of exclusive fun for Vita and Switch owners, but not even a level designer? What exactly is Deluxe here? Okay, the game is a package of a couple of older PC games, with some extra levels tacked on, but it still feels mighty empty.

Score 5/10
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Price £3.99/$4.99
Size: 97MB
Publisher: Ratalaika
Developer: Petite
Progress: Finished

Monday, March 5, 2018

Gintama Rumble DLC pack unmasked

Still playing your import Gintama Rumble? Bandai has some fun DLC on the way with a host of paid-for assist characters to play as in that certain musou style. Check out some Vita gameplay from the January launch and remember the Asian version has English subs if you want to get a copy!

Japanese Attack on Titan 2 TV spot

Pretty sure there's an asterisk in there somewhere, with "PS Vita version looks  nothing like this!" Even so, the Attack on Titan sequel from Koei Tecmo is out next week in Japan, and should shift a few copies on Vita. Especially exports, as the game won't get a western Vita release. There's some Vita gameplay from a January post, if you can stand the pain of pop-up it doesn't look too bad.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Rice Digital offering a Muv-Luv complete set

If you love your Muv-Luv then this collector's edition from Rice Digital is for you. Muv-Luv contains both the ‘Extra' and ‘Unlimited' storylines, while Muv-Luv Alternative completes the trilogy. The CE features:

  • Muv-Luv & Muv-Luv Alternative for PlayStation Vita (PEGI-rated UK/EU versions or ESRB-rated US versions)
  • A premium Muv-Love collector's slipcase to store both games
  • 6 x Muv-Luv art cards