Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vita Owners will be Walking with the Dead Today

The Vita version of The Walking Dead: Season Two hits today. Enjoy this launch trailer.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Rises on NA

 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will be released in North America this year, both at retail and on the 3DS eShop. This version will feature over 220 tracks from the original Final Fantasy through the fantastic new Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn soundtrack. Along with the main series titles, there is also music from the following:
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (a personal favorite)
  • Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers
  • Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon
  • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 (another outstanding soundtrack)
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  • Romancing SaGa
  • Romancing SaGa 3
There is also a new quest mode and versus mode this time around and a handful of new characters to play as. Here's a list of the new additions that were not in the original 3DS version:
  • Edge (FFIV)
  • Lenna (FFV)
  • Tycoon (FFV)
  • Galuf (FFV)
  • Edgar (FFVI)
  • Gau (FFVI)
  • Celes (FFVI)
  • Barrett (FFVII)
  • Tifa (FFVII)
  • Rinoa (FFVIII)
  • Laguna (FFVIII)
  • Garnet (FFIX)
  • Eiko (FFIX)
  • Auron (FFX)
  • Jecht (FFX)
  • Lilisette (FFXI)
  • Aphmau (FFXI)
  • Balthier (FFXII)
  • Fran (FFXII)
  • Hope (FFXIII)
  • Vanille (FFXIII)
  • Y'shtola (FFXIV:ARR)
  • Benjamin (FF Mystic Quest)
  • Ramza (FF Tactics)
  • Agrias (FF Tactics)
  • Rikku (FFX-2)
  • Paine (FFX-2)
  • Clavat (FF Crystal Chronicles)
  • Zack (Crisis Core FFVII)
  • Rem Tokimiya (FF Type-0)
  • Machina Kunagiri (FF Type-0)
  • Ace (FF Type-0)
  • Serah (FFXIII-2)
  • Noel (FFXIII-2)
Here's a link to the Amazon game page for those interested in pre-ordering a copy along with the announcement trailer and new screens.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Telltale Walking Back to Vita

After a few months of waiting patiently, Vita owners will finally be able to play Episodes 1 & 2 of The Walking Dead: Season Two on April 22 in North America and April 23 in Europe. Each episode will be $4.99/£3.99/€4.99 with a season pass being available with a 20%. There's no word on whether future episodes will be on the same release for Vita as other versions. Also, there are no updates on a release of The Wolf Among Us for Vita. Hopefully we will hear more soon.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Iwata, You Dinosaur

Nintendo just confirmed the North American and European release of Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS. This game looks like a beautiful blend of Nintendo's charm in a Sims-style game. Words can't really express how insane, yet fantastic this reveal was. I've heard plenty of praise of the Japanese version from the 8-4 crew, so count me interested in this one. The game releases on June 6, 2014 and will retail for $34.99. For now, enjoy the Nintendo Direct video and screen below.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wrong Number is the Right Number

Devolver Digital has released a new trailer for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. This game will be out on Vita (as well as PS4 and PC) in Q3 2014. And despite the trailer showing what looks like co-op, there is no co-op in the game. The two characters shown are brother and sister and are controlled together. The original Hotline Miami caught me by surprise and was fantastic, so I'm excited to play the follow up.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Neptunia Produces Perfection in June

NIS America has revealed the release date for the upcoming Vita idol sim, Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection. It will be out at retail and on PSN on June 3 in North America and on June 6 in Europe. This oddity takes the characters from Hyperdimension Neptunia and places them into a simulation game where they are all Japanese pop idols. You get to act as their producer and dress them up for events, etc. What better place for Neptunia's over-the-top humor? Let's hope it transfers well to this style of game.

If you are interested, you can check out and pre-order the limited edition here. It includes a collector's box, micro fiber cloth, and Neptunia PP earbuds. Below you can take a look at some new screens for the game.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ethan: Meteor Hunter Lands Soon on Vita

Puzzle platforming hit, Ethan: Meteor Hunter, is coming to PlayStation Vita very soon. Originally released on PlayStation 3 and Steam, the Vita version will offer front and rear touch screen controls for Ethan's special telekinetic power as shown here. And according to that same post, it looks as if the Vita release will be cross-buy with the PS3 version. I'm looking forward to this one, as it appears to be challenging, yet fun. 

Check out the launch trailer for the PS3/Steam version along with some screens from those as well. We should have an update about the release date for the Vita release very soon.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pocket Review - Dustforce

Dustforce is a mess. Not just because this is a game about cleaning up dust, but for other reasons as well. First, as its name suggests, it's a speedy action game where players must jump, dive, and dash in order to tidy up dirty areas and score points. The game sounds fun in theory, but it just doesn't feel right in practice. Controls are one part of the problem, as I often found myself trying to dash up walls, but the game not registering that movement. Hard to say if this is just a problem with the Vita version or what. Along with control issues, progression is also too slow. Only a few areas are available at the start, and you must do better and score more points to open up additional stages. This is great if you are skilled at the game, but until you get better you'll be repeating a lot of content.

Between the awkward controls and having to repeat stages, Dustforce lost my attention quickly. Trying out all four of the playable characters made things a little more interesting, but not enough to keep me going. This game requires finesse that just doesn't seem to be available on this version. The content gating might be a move to push players to get better, but I'd prefer a little more variety than this game offers from the start.

Recommended: No
Chance of Returning: 15%

This game was played on Vita via a PSN code supplied by the publisher.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Flame Over Burns Brightly

Laughing Jackal has revealed new details about the company's upcoming Vita game, Flame Over. The studio calls this game a "fire-fighting action roguelike, featuring randomly generated levels, twin stick controls, fast-paced gameplay, permadeath and dynamic fire that burns, spreads and threatens the player." Players control Blaze Carruthers, as he blazes through a building putting out fires, saving office workers and their cats. Below are some brand new screens for Flame Over, which is currently on track for a Q3/Q4 2014 release for Europe and eventually for North America.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FEZ Out Today on PSN

PC classic FEZ is now available on Vita, PS4, and PS3 today. It features cross-buy and cross-save features and retails for $12.99, though PS+ members get a 20% discount ($9.99) at launch. Below is a link to the launch trailer and new screenshots.

Launch trailer : https://vimeo.com/polytroncorporation/fez-playstation