Monday, November 24, 2014

Vita is Going to the Birds

The crazy, over-the-top visual novel/pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend is coming to Vita (and PS4) in the second quarter of 2015. Devolver Digital, publisher of Vita titles such as Hotline Miami and upcoming games Hotline Miami 2, Broforce, Titan Souls, and Not a Hero, is heading up this push to console. Here's hoping this is just a taste of more to come, as the publisher has a load of great titles that would fit the handheld perfectly. Enjoy the trailer and screens for Hatoful Boyfriend below.

Pocket RPG Hits Vita Tomorrow

Originally a mobile title, Pocket RPG from Tasty Poison Games is hitting PlayStation Vita on Nov. 25. There are no freemium hooks to be found in this third-person dungeon crawler, just three playable classes and a lot of weapons and items to collect. I've played briefly as the Blade Master and find melee combat quick, but weapons don't really have any sort of impact on enemies. That said, leveling up is fast and new items are plentiful.

I hope to have more skills to dive into soon, because right now it's a pretty straightforward system. It's very interesting to see Pocket RPG hit Vita considering how I've been begging for a straight up Diablo-clone on the system and now we have one. More impressions soon, but for now here are a few screens from my brief stint with the game.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

All the Dessert from Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit

If you've read my review of Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit and still want to see more of what the game has to offer, here's a deeper look at "life and hometown."

Pocket Review - Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit

The second Senran Kagura game released this season, Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit, is quite a bit different from Shinovi Versus. Where Shinovi was almost a lite version of a Dynasty Warriors game, Bon Appetit! is a rhythm game with a pinch of cooking and a heaping tablespoon of T&A. And when I say T&A, I really mean it. There will be a few NSFW screens at the bottom.

In case you couldn't tell from the screenshots, Bon Appetit truly is a rhythm game. Players get to select one of many characters and are treated to a brief visual novel-style intro in which the chosen character winds up entering a cooking contest. For one of the characters I selected, she was just hungry and heard that the winner got to eat the leftovers. Another just wanted to find her friend and make her dance, so she entered the contest to meet up with her. Needless to say, the story isn't what you're coming here for. The rhythm game might not even be what you want from this game, but it's still the meat of the experience.

When a match starts, you'll be paired against another young lady, and you'll both go through three rounds of cooking. There are two lines across the bottom of the screen and you have to press the correct button or direction at the proper time as indicators move across. The game rates you on how accurate you are, and if you aren't good enough, you'll lose the round. There are three levels of difficulty, and boy do they scale up fast. On easy, you'll usually never have much to worry about as notes move slowly and rarely is there more than one at a time. It's almost too easy, but when you move up to normal...good luck keeping up. There are now even more notes to hit and lots of overlap. Hard is, as you would expect, even more challenging.

My biggest problem wasn't just pressing the buttons at the right time, but simply seeing which you needed to hit. They move very fast, have lots of flashy movements going on around them, and don't vary much in terms of color, so it's hard to really tell what's coming up. The notes blur together in a visual explosion of color that just makes it way harder than it should be, even in normal mode.

While the rhythm game is the main component of the game, there is also a dressing room where you get to change your selected character's clothes, lingerie, hairstyle, and adorn her with accessories. This is key to the game because during each cooking round whoever loses also loses a bit of clothing, so you better have on some nice underwear. If you happen to win all three rounds and secure a perfect victory you'll knock every piece of clothing off your opponent, leaving only carefully placed censoring images over the character's breasts and odd lighting covering her lower half. You'll then be greeted with an interactive scene where you get to move the camera around and zoom in and out on a naked girl covered in dessert topping such as whipped cream.

Let's be honest here. If you like visual novels, there are games that actually focus on that instead of just offering you brief snippets of story here and there. Fans of rhythm games have better options which are much more varied than the ten or so songs available here and are much better designed. If you're wanting to dress up characters and see a lot of young girls in various stages of undress, then Bon Appetit will fulfill your appetite. Dig in and enjoy, I'm not going to judge you. I just wish the other areas had received the same level of attention to make the gameplay portions more enjoyable.

NSFW Images Below

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Flyhunter Swats Vitas in Nov

A team of animation-film veterans at Steel Wool Games have crafted their first game, Flyhunter Origins, due out on Vita and other platforms later this month. This platform-adventure game will be $6.99 when it hits PSN and is said to feature "film quality cutscenes" alongside its interesting gameplay. Players take on the role of spaceship janitor Zak as he attempts to save his ship's crew with his flyswapper and jetpack. Enjoy the teaser trailer and new screens below.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Start the New Year with Duke

When PSN updated this week, Duke accidentally broke free from the cage he's been trapped in since Duke Nukem Forever released. In doing so, those quick enough to grab the game were able to get an early copy of Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition on Vita (and PS3). Sadly, this game was not yet meant to release this week, so it would quickly pulled off. Publisher Devolver Digital was quick to follow up on the issue saying that anyone that bought the game early gets to keep it, but that the official release would be January 13 in North America and January 14 in Europe. Get your bubblegum ready, as those at Abstraction Games have been working long and hard to port this iconic PC title to Vita.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror Hits Vita for Halloween

The winner of the 2012 Square Enix Latin American Game Contest, Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror hits PlayStation Vita tomorrow in North America. This spooky puzzle game has you controlling Mr. Henry B. Knight as he attempts to scare off tenants who try to enter his manor. The game features four historic time periods over sixty stages. When PSN updates tomorrow, this title should be available for $7.99 USD. Check out the trailer and screenshots below.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Media for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd

Here's a brand new trailer for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd highlighting the pre-order content for those getting the game from GameStop (costume packs for Akita Neru, Yowane Haku, Kasane Teto and Hatsune Miku’s Americana Module). The game hits Vitas (and PS3s) on Nov. 18, 2014 at retail (Amazon pre-orders get two free songs) and via PSN.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Samurai Warriors 4 Out Today

Just in case you've already finished Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, Omega Force and Koei Tecmo have another fix for you. Samurai Warriors 4 hits PSN for Vita owners today for $39.99. Get ready for some more hacking and slashing.

More Senran Kagura Heating Up

Many of you are still working through Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus, but doesn't mean you can't take a break to cook a quick meal.  Vita owners have another game to look forward to with the release of the cooking-themed, rhythm game spin-off, Senran Kagura: Bon App├ętit! on Nov. 11, 2014. Below is a new trailer for the upcoming digital-only title. Hope you're hungry.

Update: New screenshots and character art