315 posts tagged ps vita
htoL#NiQ, Criminal Girls coming to Vita in NA/EU ⊟
No, that isn’t me mashing the keyboard in frustration; NIS America announced at Anime Expo that it will publish the Vita adventure game htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary on PSN in North America and Europe this fall. That title makes even less sense in English than in Japanese.
In this atmospheric title, you’ll use the Vita’s touchscreen and rear touch pad to navigate a young girl through dangerous ruins. Two fairies – one operating in light, and the other in shadow – must work in tandem to uncover this girl’s memories and save her from the darkest of fates.
NIS will also publish… Criminal Girls: Invite Only in 2015. In case you somehow haven’t been following this series, you play the warden of a women’s prison in Hell, charged with rehabilitating girls representing the seven deadly sins, by making them fight other inmates in RPG battles. This is an Imageepoch jam. I don’t know what that means anymore.
Hatsune Miku Project Diva f 2nd has English subtitles ⊟
Possibly in response to certain criticisms from certain websites, the lyrics for the songs in Hatsune Miku Project Diva 2nd for PS Vita and PS3 will be subtitled in English, instead of transliterated Japanese. According to this Polygon interview, you’ll be able to switch between English, Japanese, and romanized Japanese subtitles.
"It’s not only a challenge for the localizers, but there’s actually a whole internal group process," producer Sam Mullen told Polygon. "We have to get everybody on board at Japan, and we have to get all the songwriters at home on board as well because it’s their song, we’re doing work for them and they have to give us their approval." Did not think about that!
Polygon’s had some really great Miku stuff lately, weirdly enough. It doesn’t feel like a “big website” topic, but you don’t see me putting together a thing like that over here.
Natural Doctrine LE ⊟
I’m totally not a limited-edition person (large print run of JCs, hurr) but NIS America has been on point with its LEs lately. The upcoming NIS Store-exclusive version of Natural Doctrine for Vita comes with a poster, art book, and 9”x 3.14”x 11.8” “Explorer’s Bag,” a nicely useful-looking item!
It ships September 16 for $60. And if, like me, you hadn’t been paying much attention to Natural Doctrine because it’s titled “NAtURAL DOCtRINE”, here’s the premise of the strategy game by Kadokawa Game Studio:
Seasoned explorers and novices alike venture underground into dangerous caves to collect the coveted material known as Pluton. On your first trip into the depths of these mines, your company of explorers quickly realizes that things may be more dire than you had imagined when you encounter a brand-new type of evil lurking below the surface. Will your band of explorers be able to defeat this new threat and warn the kingdom of their presence before it’s too late?
You can also get the game (LE or standard) on PS4 and PS3.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 out August;26 ⊟
Idea Factory International will release the Vita remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia on August 26, with the European release following the next day.
I must admit, I’m pretty curious about it! I know it doesn’t have the best reputation, but if I liked the idol game, I could probably deal with the actual RPG.
1001 Spikes: Of Death and Love ⊟
[Guest writer/TinyCaster Francesco Dagostino shares why he loves a game that hates its players so much, judging by the lengths it goes to kill them.]
This might sound like a very bizarre statement, but 1001 Spikes has some of the best sliding ice block puzzles I’ve ever had the honor of attempting to solve. They don’t appear until the second half of the game, but when they do you just get this sudden feeling that the people who made it (these people being 8bit Fanatics with the help of Nicalis) have a grasp on the puzzle-platformer genre that is waaaaaaaaay above average.
Every action that the main character Aban Hawkins can perform, from shooting knives to pushing boulders (or, in this case, ice blocks) has a lot of depth, and variables to take into account. Basically, to solve these stages, you don’t have to just push or break ice blocks, but also run behind them, jump ahead of them, use them to reach higher ground or run back and forth on top of them to avoid some of the game’s titular, deadly, and omnipresent spikes.
Of course, it’s not just the ice block puzzles that drove me to sit in this chair and start writing an article about this fantastic game instead of playing it some more: pretty much every single level is built to amaze and surprise the player. The focus being on the word “surprise” here. “Surprise” meaning “kill.”
Retro Waterproof Case for PS Vita ⊟
Hey, this makes your Vita look like a Game Boy! It also makes it… waterproof…
It’s $13.99 from Play-Asia, if you want to play some Spelunky in a nice bath and oh man I was joking but actually that sounds really great.
Dragon’s Crown for $20 ⊟
The Vita version of Dragon’s Crown is on sale at Amazon for $19.99. I loved Dragon’s Crown when it came out, and frequent tweaks, patches and updates have only made it better since then! There’s an endless tower thing now! Via @wario64.
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Magical Beat on North American Vita this week ⊟
Arc System Works’ Magical Beat is a color-matching falling-block puzzle game – that asks you to drop blocks to the beat of the background music.
I played a demo of this on Japanese PSN, hoping I’d be able to get it on my US account – and it’ll be here Tuesday! And so will the demo, which is good because I don’t know if I explained it very well.
Four more Spelunky Minis ⊟
The adorable Spelunky Minis toy series will be back in stock at Fangamer this Tuesday, in case you’ve failed to decorate your house with them. Even better, they’ll be joined ey four more deadly yet lovable enemies.
It’s like having a really great limited edition of Spelunky.
La-Mulana Vita trailer ⊟
Oh man, I forgot this was happening! I still haven’t played La-Mulana, and I still really want to. According to this PS Blog post, it’s coming out in December!
E3 first look: Akiba’s Trip’s male “strip portraits” ⊟
It’s like a Vita that you plug into your TV, to play (some) Vita games, PlayStation Now streaming, and PS4 Remote Play (from another TV)! Weird! The base model is $100, and there’s also a Dualshock 3/Lego Movie game/HDMI cable bundle for $140 that I don’t see on Amazon yet.
The US model is black, unlike the white JP version.
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