Category Archives: Vita

Tearaway PS4

PlayStation Vita’s ‘Tearaway’ Being Redesigned For PlayStation 4

The poor PlayStation Vita. It doesn’t have many games, and the one shining gem that it does have is now being redesigned for PlayStation 4. That’s right, Tearaway is coming to the PlayStation 4 and is waving bye-bye to the sad and neglected Vita.

The game utilizes the PlayStation 4’s touch pad for various gameplay mechanics and to traverse through the game’s incredibly imaginative and vivid world. It’s from the creators of LittleBIGPlanet known as Media Molecule, so any charm contained within is entirely expected.

Check out the new trailer for the PlayStation 4 version of Tearaway below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INgdq_HuTMg’%5D

The Walking Dead Amid the Ruins

The Walking Dead Season 2 'Amid The Ruins' Debuts Next Week

The second to last episode for The Walking Dead Season 2 is called Amid The Ruins, and Telltale Games has revealed that the penultimate episode will be coming out next week.

The new episode is set to launch on the PC, PS3 and Vita on July 22nd, Xbox 360 on July 23rd and iOS on July 24th. The episode will cost $5 individually, but you can also have the whole season paid for with a season pass that costs $19.99.

Check out the trailer for the new episode below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TgHThlzcWI’%5D

Metrico Digital Dreams

Metrico Gets A New Trailer And A Release Date On Vita

Metrico is shaping up to be one of the most interesting titles to come out this year, with very intriguing gameplay wrapped around just-as-intriguing visuals. Now we finally know when this game will be coming out, as developer Digital Dreams has revealed that the game will be releasing for the Vita on August 5th.

A brand new trailer was also released to mark the occasion, which shows off even more of this cool little game’s world. Check out the trailer below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ltwWj46jL4′%5D

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Pre-Order Bonus Details Revealed

The Oddworld series will be making its way back into the spotlight via developer Just Add Water’s remake called Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, and now we have the full details on what you get for pre-ordering the game.

According to the PlayStation Blog, if you pre-order the game you will get a new mission called Alf’s Escape and the Scrub Abe outfit. The new mission features new puzzles with unique dialogue and PSN leaderboards. This is set to be released post-launch, but you get it for free if you pre-order.

Another great thing about Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is that it is both cross-buy and cross-save, so getting the PlayStation 4 version will also get you the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game and will allow you to switch between each version and retain your save points.

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty releases on PSN on July 22nd.

Natural Doctrine

'Natural Doctrine' Releases This September

The PlayStation 4 is going to have a pretty light rest of the year, which is thanks to several delays of some pretty big titles. This, however, makes smaller games on the schedule more intriguing. Natural Doctrine, then, could be the Playstation 4 game that will get some added exposure due to there really being nothing else going on for the system.

The game has been available in Japan, though over there its reception was less than glowing. Still, there have been plenty of games that don’t get well received in one place and then are loved somewhere else, so that’s really not much to judge a game on.

Natural Doctrine is a tactical RPG developed by Kadokawa Games and co-published by Kadokawa Games and NIS America, which has me intrigued due to the quality that these people are capable of producing. The game involves a universe where humans battle other races with magic and swords, with the protagonist named Jeff setting out to vanquish goblin dens to clear access to resources that will benefit the survival of the human race.

Natural Doctrine will release on September 16th for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

Dangranronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PlayStation Vita) Review

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PlayStation Vita) Review – *Sound Of Jaw Dropping On Floor*

The genre of the visual novel definitely isn’t one that I or many gamers see a whole lot of these days. The last visual novel that I played was Hotel Dusk: Room 215 for the DS, and that great game came out back in 2007. However, it was an incredibly engaging game due to its unique mechanics and ability to suck you in and really make it feel like you exist in the setting of a mystery.

If Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc reminds me of Hotel Dusk, it’s only in that they are both visual novels that control similarly and involve mystery. That’s really where the similarities end, because the ride that Danganronpa takes you on is far more strange, twisted and demented than just about any other game that I have played. As soon as you turn this game on, you know that you are in for an experience like no other.

The game begins with our main character Makoto Naegi arriving at an elite High School called Hope’s Peak Academy, which is a school that only accepts the best of the best students. Makoto is simply average in every way possible, but he got picked to join the school as a result of a raffle in which he was chosen to join the school as the ultimate lucky student. However, when he arrives outside of the gates of school everything turns south very quickly.

Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc Hope's Peak Makoto

When he regains consciousness, he finds that he and 14 other students are trapped inside the school with no way out. A demonic teddy bear named Monokuma informs them that they will be spending the rest of their lives inside this school, and that if anyone resists they will be killed. However, the one way a student *can* leave the school is if they murder another student and get away with it. If they do get away with the murder, then they “graduate” and the rest of the students are punished.

Thus, throughout the course of the game you and the other students will be doing anything they can to find a way out of the school, while also trying to keep in high spirits and trust each other. As the game goes on the evil Monokuma will introduce incentives for killing someone, and that is when things truly hit the fan and several deaths follow.

It’s not a spoiler to say that many people will die in this game, and it is up to you to figure out who killed them in a trial that takes place at the end each chapter. This aspect of the game is similar to the Ace Attorney series, as you have evidence that you have discovered over time that you must use to prove or disprove the scenarios of the case. These trials are lengthy and intense, and every single one of them left me in awe at how intricate and devious they were.

Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc Trial

Writing is extremely important in a genre such as the visual novel, and Danganronpa‘s writing is nothing short of phenomenal. Every character is so well-written and fleshed out just to the point that you can understand them without knowing too much about them. The characters have so many layers that will be revealed (or not) throughout the course of the game, ultimately leaving you with a much different opinion of them at the end of the game compared to the one you had at the beginning.

The visual style is that of an anime that you will find in many Japanese titles that gives everything a bright and deceptively friendly look, but that is exactly what makes the horror within so much more shocking. The visuals are only appealing on the surface, as when you get close enough you will see that just about everything in this game is twisted and horrifying. My only gripe with the visuals is that developer Spike Chunsoft decided to go with pink blood and this made many of the murder scenes less shocking, in my opinion. I often times wondered why the blood was pink rather than completely being mortified by the murder, and the color of the blood should have been just about the last thing on my mind in that situation.

Exploring Hope’s Peak Academy is also very engaging, because after each chapter a new floor of the school opens up that contains more secrets for you to unravel. Sometimes the things that you will find will be relative to the upcoming trial, but other times you will find things that will help uncover the secrets of the school, itself. There is so much detail in every room inside the school, making the search of every nook and cranny extremely exciting and imperative.

Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc Students

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is easily one of the most jaw-dropping games I’ve ever experienced, and is a definite contender for game of the year. It doesn’t have the gameplay of a typical game you come across today, but the writing, visual style and immersion factors are so riveting that it more than makes up for it. This is a game that completely sucks you in, forcing you to question just as much as the other characters are about what the hell is going on. If you own a PlayStation Vita and are looking for an experience that will continually shock you, then look no further than Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.

Condone

Child of Light Coming To PlayStation Vita

News Judgment… Child Of Light Coming To PlayStation Vita

Ubisoft’s beautiful RPG Child of Light is set to make its PlayStation Vita debut this July, the company announced today. The game will be available digitally for $14.99 as well as physically with some extra content.

The retail version of the game will include all of the DLC; which includes a bonus quest, a new character and some collectibles.

You can play Child of Light currently on all last and current generation consoles as well as PC. The PlayStation Vita version is set for a July 1st release.

My Judgment:

I missed out on Child of Light on its first go around due to a bunch of other games that were clamoring for my attention, but rest assured that I will not be missing its PlayStation Vita release. This seems like the perfect kind of game to play on the Vita’s excellent screen, as the game’s visual style will more than likely look phenomenal. I’m ready for you, child, I’m ready.

Wolfenstein The New Order

New Video Game Releases (May 19th – 25th, 2014)

Things are picking up this week as we have a major new release in the form of Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game is a reboot by MachineGames of the classic FPS series that is set in an alternate historical reality where Nazis won World War II. Scroll down to see a complete list of what is coming out from May 18th to May 25th, 2014.

3DS

  • Mega Man V (Virtual Console – Game Boy)

PlayStation 3

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Drakengard 3
  • Mugen Souls Z
  • R-Type Dimensions (PSN)

PlayStation 4

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Transistor (PSN)
  • Sparkle 2 (PSN)

Vita

  • Sparkle 2 (PSN)

Wii U

  • Swords & Soldiers HD (eShop)
  • Squids Odyssey (eShop)
  • Fit Music for Wii U (eShop)

Xbox 360

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order

Xbox One

  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
Disgaea 4

'Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited' Coming To PS Vita This August

NIS America has revealed that the enhanced version of Disgaea 4, called Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited, will be making its way exclusively to the PlayStation Vita this August. The game is set to be released both physically and digitally.

The original Disgaea 4 was well-received, but the PS Vita version will be bringing a whole lot more to the table. The following is a list of some of the things that Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited will add to the formula:

  • Brand-new scenarios that flesh out the backstory of fan-favorite characters
  • New characters and cameos of previous characters from the series
  • New spells, techniques and other gameplay enhancements
  • New music tracks
  • Hi-res sprites that look better thanks to the PS Vita’s screen

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited is set to be released on August 12th in North America and August 29th in Europe.

Natural Doctrine

Western Trailer Debut For Kadokawa Games' 'Natural Doctrine'

Another JRPG is making its way to North America thanks to NIS America, and now Natural Doctrine has received its first western trailer.

The game does look very promising, as it reminds be a lot of old-school RPGs that I can’t get enough of. The game is being developed for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, though from the trailer it seems more like an early PS3 game.

Check out the Natural Doctrine debut western trailer below. [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVMXzGgXnLY’%5D

Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog Developing "Two Brand New Experiences"

Naughty Dog are pretty much the best developers around right now, bringing us both the Uncharted series and the fantastic The Last of Us. We know that both a remaster of The Last of Us and new entry in the Uncharted series are in development, but what we didn’t know is that they are working on two other things that are completely unrelated to those games.

Creative director Neil Druckmann spoke with EDGE and said the following about current projects:

“We’re working on this re-release, but at the same time we’re working on two other brand-new experiences.”

What these brand new experiences are is anyone’s guess, but you can bet that Naughty Dog is going to be having all eyes on them at this year’s E3.

Titanfall (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC) remains the top selling game for April 2014

PlayStation 4 Outsells Xbox One In U.S. During April, 2014

The PlayStation 4 continues to be the king of the console race, as for a 4th month in a row it has been the highest-selling video game console. This news comes as the result of the NPD Group’s report today.

As has been the trend, the current-generation consoles continue to outsell their predecessors in their first 6 months. The report says:

“Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales.”

So much console gaming becoming obsolete, eh?

Sofware sales have lagged behind a bit, dropping 10% to $227.9 compared to the $254.3 that was generated during the same month last year.

Below is the top 10 games for the month of April:

  1. Titanfall (360, XBO, PC)
  2. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC)
  3. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC)
  4. Minecraft (360)
  5. LEGO The Hobbit (360, PS3, One, PS4, 3DS, NWU, PSV)
  6. The LEGO Movie Videogame (360, 3DS, PS3, NWU, XBO, PS4, PSV)
  7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, NDS, 3DS, PS4, NWU, XBO, PSV, PC)
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS)
  9. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
  10. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)
Skullgirls

'Skullgirls Encore' Free Tomorrow Via PlayStation Plus

Reverge Labs’ upcoming fighting-game called Skull Girls Encore is releasing on PlayStation Plus in the U.S. tomorrow, and all subscribers will be able to add the game to their Instant Game Collection for free.

Skullgirls Encore has a sharp and vivid 2d art style that reminds me of the classic arcade fighting games. In this game, you control a slew of different Skull Girls that are all complete with crazy and unique attacks for taking people down.

The original Skullgirls released for PSN and XBLA on April 10th, 2012.

Arcana Hearts 3

'Arcana Hearts 3: Love Max' Headed For PlayStation Vita

The anime-styled fighting game from developer Examu, Arcana Hearts 3: Love Max, is coming to the PlayStation Vita, they announced. The game was originally only available on the PlayStation 3.

The PlayStation Vita version will bring some new things to the table, such as expanding on the story with over 300 hidden scenarios that depict the daily lives of the game’s heroines.

Arcana Hearts 3: Love Max is being developed for the PlayStation Vita and is slated for a Fall release.

Sony Announces A Dozen Indie Games Coming To PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 continues to boast about how impressive its indie game devotion is, and today they have strengthened that by revealing a dozen more games that will be coming to PS4 and PS Vita.

The following are descriptions and video taken from the PlayStation.Blog regarding each individual title that will be making its way to a new Sony console.

Apotheon (PS4)

“Jumping, rolling, and parcouring, untouchable all around the map while showering your foes with exploding arrows. Shooting the chain off a hanging lamp and sending the burning oil to ignite whoever’s unfortunate enough to be standing below. Shield bashing your opponent in the face because he got inside your speartip range with his axe, sending him reeling across the room, then chucking the aforementioned spear into his chest and watching him cartwheel down a flight of stairs in a fountain of artfully-styled gore. It’s all very satisfying, in a classical way.” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOvwpj0pw9A’%5D

Axiom Verge (PS4 & PS Vita)

“Axiom Verge is a retro-styled 2D “metroidvania” action-adventure, inspired by such classics as Rygar, Contra, Bionic Commando, Blaster Master, and, of course, Metroid. But it also gives you power over glitches like those found in classic games, allowing you to scramble enemies, corrupt environments, and enter hidden areas.” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U04mprotZU’%5D

Chasm (PS4)

“In Chasm, players take up the role of Daltyn, a young soldier sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a mining crew in the remote mountain town of Karthas. Upon arrival you learn the town has been cut off from the outside world by supernatural forces. Now trapped, you are left with no option but to explore the mines below the town and uncover the source of the disturbances. Only by gaining new special abilities, evading dangerous traps, and defeating hordes of deadly enemies can you hope to save Karthas — and possibly the world!” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEJMG8DjkiQ’%5D

Drifter (PS4 & PS Vita)

“Drifter is an open-world, sandbox, space trading game with a procedurally-generated galaxy 100,000 light years across, made up of tens of thousands of star systems to explore and features an original soundtrack by composer Danny Baranowsky. In the game you take on the role of a spaceship captain attempting to eke out a living among the stars by trading goods between star systems, hunting pirates for bounties, mining asteroids for valuable ore, or even becoming a pirate yourself.” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGYrY9McncA’%5D

Escape Goat 2 (PS4)

“The theme of Escape Goat 2 is transformation. As you manipulate hidden machinery, walls move around and blocks settle into new places. Things look different when you’re done with the room (especially if you employ your mighty horns to their best use). And you have a remarkable companion to help you on your journey…” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX7Ogs_FD20′%5D

Ironclad Tactics (PS4)

“Ironclad Tactics is a fast-paced, card-based tactics game set in the American Civil War… with robots! Although it’s reminiscent of the tactics games and collectible card games that we’re all familiar with, we’ve done a few things that make the game stand out.” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yT2h7bhgNY’%5D

Jamestown Plus (PS4)

“We want Jamestown Plus to be the definitive, be-all, end-all, director’s cut, remastered, extended edition of the game. When the three of us sat down to make a co-op shoot-em-up back in 2009, it was always our hope that one day we would bring it to console. This Summer, that dream finally becomes a reality.” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXuuFezbSiI’%5D

Nidhogg (PS4)

“We have the most fun playing Nidhogg in front of our TV with friends. Sharing a TV and controllers is way more comfortable than crowding around someone’s desk and sharing a keyboard. Exclusive to the PS4 version, the built-in tournament mode now indicates your fencer’s color on DualShock 4′s light bar… how cool is that?!” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPD0Ya4YWDU’%5D

Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition (PS4)

“Skulls of the Shogun is a mash-up of turn-based strategy and fighting-game flare, scientifically engineered for lightning-quick rounds, thoughtful strategic play, and a frequently inappropriate sense of humor with its tongue planted firmly in cheek. And whether you’re into single or multiplayer, Skulls has you covered.” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DsDUsovH3A’%5D

Source (PS4)

“A great Metroidvania is an experience where you go off on an amazing adventure. You may not know where you’re going, or who your friends are, but you have a purpose and a way of defending yourself. This is what we’re setting out to do with Source, except with a new kind of character set in an alternate dimension, inspired by life as we know it.” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5dPY3UAtOE’%5D

Spelunky (PS4)

“We’re once again teaming up with BlitWorks, who did a great job on bringing the game to PS3 and PS Vita. For PS4, we want to do even more — like bump up the graphics to 1080p, let players upload replays to the leaderboards, add more social features to the Daily Challenge, and otherwise take advantage of the PS4′s unique hardware.” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BavpUeuQsts’%5D

Starwhal: Just the Tip (PS4)

“Starwhal is a vehicle for that sort of experience we all cherished with our friends where the mood oscillates between giddy laughter and serious competition. Starwhal is superficially silly and narratively vacant, but somehow something so much deeper when you get a group of people wrangling space mammals in mortal combat. It’s easy to understand what’s going on, the rules are simple, but the whole thing is just weird enough that it throws everyone on to the same bizarre, but level, playing field.” [youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJiJi7IwQEk’%5D