46 posts tagged vita
Surprise! Persona 4 Golden $20 on PSN too ⊟
Yes, it’s another deals post. Deal with it, hurr hurr. Atlus has essentially price-matched Amazon by dropping the price of a Vita download of Persona 4 Golden to $20, through December 3.
It’s up to you if you want the convenience of an instant download or a copy that won’t eat up your memory card. There’s definitely something to be said for both options! And there’s definitely, definitely something to be said for sinking into P4G over a holiday break or two. [Edit: forgot to note, image is by Kikurage.]
Tiny Review: Tearaway ⊟
Tearaway feels like a AAA game. I don’t necessarily mean that in terms of production values, but rather in the sense that, like the stereotype of modern big-budget games, Media Molecule’s Vita platformer is strictly linear, guiding you from spectacle to spectacle as smoothly as possible. It is, to use the common comparison, an amusement park ride, complete with occasional keepsake photos.
But I’m not denouncing this game, despite its trivial combat, nonexistent challenge and rudimentary puzzles. For once, that kind of handholding is okay because Tearaway uses this AAA framework not to show us, like, how simultaneously cool and sad war is or whatever, but to show us something beautiful.
And it’s really, really beautiful.
So, uh, Hyperdimension Neptunia PP is happening ⊟
Hyperdimension Neptunia PP is a PS Vita spinoff of the PS3 SRPG series… in which you manage the idol singing careers of girls who represent game consoles and developers.
"Teach these girls to sing, dance, and properly promote themselves to the general populace thanks in part to your expertise in training video game idols back on Earth. As the girls’ popularity rises, they will be able to join one another in singing duets, or maybe even come together for a full ensemble!"
It’s coming out in North America and Europe in 2014. I love NIS for taking insane risks so consistently. This is about as insane as it gets!
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Murasaki Baby, Samurai Gunn videos ⊟
These were the two biggest question marks for me, having followed the Sony press conference yesterday solely via Twitter and liveblogs, so I looked up the trailers and thought you would want to see them as well.
The creepy Murasaki Baby is the first game by Ovosonico, a studio headed by Massimo Guarini, who directed Shadows of the Damned. With that pedigree, I’m down. The trailer looks interesting too, with spooky-cute visuals and a touch-controlled Pac-Man 2 thing happening.
Tearaway: still way cute ⊟
I love that this is the big AAA game on Vita: an adorable papercraft adventure starring little box people and your thumb. I thought I’d highlight it since the smaller indies were the star of the show today.
There is some excellent music in this new Gamescom trailer!
Price cuts, Minecraft, & an indie bonanza for PS Vita ⊟
I know we’re posting a lot about the PS Vita this week, but the system has been off the freezy lately. Sony had so much great stuff to announce today at Gamescom, including an immediate price cut on its hardware (now $199.99 in North America, €199 in Europe) and memory cards — more on the latter after the break.
Minecraft and Borderlands 2 are coming to PS Vita. So are Hotline Miami 2 (we already knew about that one), Rogue Legacy, Samurai Gunn, Fez, and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. Here’s the big list of indie titles announced for PS Vita today:
PS Vita for $200 at Amazon ⊟
Just in time for Divekick, Spelunky, and the continuing delight of Dragon’s Crown, you can get a wifi PS Vita for $200, $50 off its regular price. I didn’t look up the price of the 3G model, because don’t buy that one. I’m seeing this price at a couple of other retailers, so maybe it’s a price drop, or perhaps an announcement is imminent?
Other Vita sales mentioned earlier but still worth noting: the above-pictured Japanese Game Sale, which offers crazy prices on everything from Muramasa Rebirth to Metal Gear Solid HD (which is a version of some Japanese games made right here in Austin), the Summer Select Sale (Spelunky, Divekick, Kickbeat, Divebeat, Dragon Fantasy Book 2) and the Made in Canada Sale (Guacamelee, Mutant Blobs Attack, some very worthwhile PS3 games by Capy).
It’s actually way too easy to get cheap awesome games on this thing…
Sega’s Uta Kumi 575
Sega’s making a new rhythm game for Vita, due in Japan for 2014. Uta Kumi 575 is a combination music game/word puzzle game, in which players fill in blanks in the scrolling lyrics, which the on-screen Kawaiikochans then sing using Vocaloid tech.
The use of synthesized Japanese speech and Japanese fill-in-the-blank word puzzles means this is unlikely to make it out of Japan. But in Japan, Sega seems to already have its eyes on making a new franchise. There’s already a tie-in iOS app, and there’s already a selection of goods for sale!
This seems like the kind of thing that could either generate massive interest, or sit unloved in a line-free Tokyo Game Show demo booth despite being adorable and fun (Rhythm Thief, looking at you).
I wish one of these procedural song-generating games would come out over here, even in Japanese. I need to import Kuma Uta…
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Oh hey, Tokyo Jungle Mobile is out
If you have a PlayStation Mobile device, like a PS Vita or… man, I don’t know, probably some kind of phone (real talk: a PS Vita), you can now check out the Tokyo Jungle spinoff on the PS Store for 3 bucks.
I haven’t had a chance to play it yet, but it looks exactly like the PS3 game (which was a tense action-roguelikeish-survival game) but in an isometric grid view instead of a Final Fight side view. Which is really weird!
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$50 credit with Vita purchase
Coming so close to E3, the timing on this offer is super suspicious, but on the face of it this seems like a good deal. From today through June 8, if you buy a PS Vita from Amazon, you’ll get a $50 credit. Use it to get PlayStation Plus and start playing Gravity Rush and all the other free stuff! Or preorder Dragon’s Crown! Or pick up my favorite RPG ever, Persona 4 Golden! Or PSN credit for Sound Shapes! Or subscribe to monthly deliveries of some diapers or something, I don’t know.
Why is it suspicious? The cynical part of me thinks that if there’s a big discount like this before E3, Sony could announce a price drop at the show. But if it’s $50, same deal! Who knows what’s going to happen at E3 anyway.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate 2.5D Metroidvania hitting 3DS, PS Vita
Warner Bros. has two new Batman games on the way, the first being a prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins, starring Deathstroke as the primary antagonist and coming to Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. No one cares about that, though, because it’s developed by WB Montreal instead of Rocksteady (original Batman: Arkham series studio), and it’s not the second title…
Which is a 3DS/PS Vita spin-off titled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a 2.5D Metroidvania-style game coming from Armature Studio, the development house formed by Retro/Metroid Prime veterans several years ago. Normally a portable spin-off Batman game wouldn’t excite me too much, but doesn’t the combination of all those words in the previous sentence just sound baller?
All we know about the latter game is it’s a “completely separate experience that takes place after the events of Arkham Origins," according to Game Informer. The console and portable editions release on October 25.
Dragon’s Crown screens are blowing my mind
The last few minutes have just been a stream of semi-angry IMs to Eric about how crazy great these screens look.
- "this art my god"
- "how is this a screenshot"
- "THIS GAME"
This game looks better every time I see it.
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