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Game Review: Broken Age (PS Vita)

“Broken Age” represents the return of a master. Tim Schafer’s first point-and-click adventure game since the ground-breaking Grim Fandango,  “Broken Age” had much to live up to. And for the most part, it delivered.

I think it’s entirely possible that the one issue I have with the game will be a point of contention between those who feel differently, because it’s such a personal thing, it almost shouldn’t have made it into the review. But alas, it did. Because regardless of how much we want to be impartial in these things, reviews are subjective by nature. My issue is with the story.

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Soft Body Coming To PS Vita Later This Year

Zeke Virant, the sole developer of Soft Body took to the PlayStation Blog on Monday to introduce his incredibly unique game, which will be released on PS Vita and PlayStation 4 later this year.

In the PlayStation Blog post, Virant teases us with snippets of information about his vibrant new game:

“Soft Body is an action-puzzle game that infuses the twin-stick shooter with a surreal sense of control and style.

Inspired by the simplicity and joy of twin-stick shooters and other arcade games, players take control of two beautiful, gooey snakes at the same time (one with each analog stick). Together, you use the snakes to paint the world, which continually changes around you, while dodging bullets and popping enemies. Both soothing and tense, Soft Body combines the challenge and twitchy fun of quick-restart action games with a smooth, meditative aesthetic.”

Soft Body comes with two different single-player game modes: Soft Mode, and Hard Mode. Due to the overall complication of controlling two different characters using two different thumbsticks at the same time, Virant has developed levels in Soft Mode that will naturally acquaint you with the game’s mechanics as your progress throughout the levels.

Hard Mode, however, appears to show no mercy, as Virant has said. “I wanted to make something that could push people to master the challenge of controlling two things at the same time — something stoically difficult, unforgiving, but fair and rewarding.

Hard Mode gives you control of both bodies at the same time, all the time. If either body is popped by an enemy or a projectile, it’s game over, and you restart from the beginning of the level.”

Aside from the single-player challenges, a co-op mode has been confirmed but more details will be released at a later date.

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The Vita Player Podcast Episode 5

Episode 5 of The Vita Player Podcast is here after a short break with our regular hosts Simon Plumbe and Sven Harvey taking to the microphone to talk all things PS Vita and PlayStation TV. It’s a packed 58 minute show, with plenty on offer this time with our show highlights including:

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NA June Flash Sale!

After poor showings during the past few weekly sales here in North America, SCEA have decided to grace us with a flash sale! It’s RPG mania, with some interesting titles. The excellent Sword Art Online is on sale, as well as the recently released Tales Of Hearts R (which has also been received positively). Little King’s Story provides great bang for buck in terms of gameplay hours. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 was one of my favorite games of last year.

All in all, a decent sale, with good prices! Will you be picking anything up? I did grab Tales of Hearts R and the much maligned Dungeon Hunter: Alliance.

  • Dungeon Hunter Alliance – $6.75
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;birth1 – $6.00
  • Mind Zero – $10.00
  • Monster Monpiece – $4.00
  • New Little King’s Story – $5.00
  • Pocket RPG – $5.25
  • Soul Sacrifice – $4.50
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment – $14.00
  • Tales of Hearts R – $14.00

 

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New Story Trailer for VA-11 Hall-A released!


VA-11 HALL-A is coming to PS Vita later this year.


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The Swindle expected 29th July (EU)

By beloved game developer Dan Marshall, comes The Swindle, a Steampunk Cybercrime Caper. The Swindle is a finely blended concoction of platform, action and stealth gameplay. Players will be breaking into buildings, hacking their systems, stealing their cash and then charging to the nearest exit to the sound of alarms and breaking glass. The buildings and levels you’ll be exploring are all procedurally-generated, and players will be able to upgrade their thief with new skills and tools after every job allowing them to take on even bigger buildings with more elaborate security.

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Game Review: Ultratron (PS Vita)

In their follow up to Titan Attacks, Puppy Games released their re-imagining of RoboTron 2084 on the PC  in 2013 but granted the rights to Curve Digital, who have brought many games to the PS Vita, for console releases.

The game is a twin stick shooter, with the left stick being movement and the right giving you a full 360 degree arc of fire around your character sprite – the last remaining humanoid droid, following the death of the last real human. Your mission being to avenge the human race by destroying their killers, the evil killer robots. The storyline is as retro as the game is.

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All PlayStation Mobile titles from Nostatic Software reduced in final sale prior to closure of PSM

We’ve just been contacted by our good friend Mike Oliphant at Nostatic Software who has informed us that he is slashing the price of all eleven of his PlayStation Mobile titles in the final month of the service. The author of some of PSMs finest adventures and retro-inspired games such as Vacation Vexation, Kung Fu Fight!, Candy, Please! and many more, Mike has decided to cut the price of all of his games and apps by a massive 50% meaning that prices of his titles now start at the pocket money price of just 40p so if you’ve never tried any of his releases there’s never been a better time!

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EU PlayStation Store Update – 24th June 2015

 

Unlike our friends across the pond, it’s an impressive week for PS Vita owners in Europe on the PlayStation Store. Not only are we being treated to a healthy selection of new releases but we are also getting what is probably one of the best sales we have seen in recent months as well which we’ll cover separately. Without wasting any more time, on with the details…

PS Vita

Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 – £32.99/€39.99/$59.95

Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend – £19.99/€24.99/$32.95 (returns to the PSN Store)

J-Star Victory VS+ Digital Edition (released 26th June) – £29.99/€39.99/$54.95 (not available in India)

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BlazBlue Calamity Trigger Portable (returns to the PSN Store) – £8.99/€10.99/$16.45 (Not available in Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus,Hungary, Iceland, Lebanon, Malta, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Slovakia)

Blazblue Continuum Shift 2 (returns to the PSN Store) – £15.99/€19.99/$29.95 (Not available in Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus,Hungary, Iceland, Lebanon, Malta, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Slovakia)

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus – £8.99/€10.99/$16.45 (Not available in Bahrain, Bulgaria, Cyprus,Hungary, Iceland, Lebanon, Malta, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Slovakia)

PS Vita DLC

Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3

  • Horse Set£2.49/€2.99/$4.55
  • Old Costumes Set£5.79/€6.99/$10.45
  • Special Costume Set£24.99/€29.99/$44.95
  • Edit Parts Set£17.99/€21.99/$32.95
  • Scenario Set£3.99/€4.99/$7.55
  • BGM Set£2.49/€2.99/$4.55
  • Old Costumes 1£2.49/€2.99/$4.55
  • Old Costumes 2£1.69/€1.99/$2.95
  • Old Costumes 3£1.69/€1.99/$2.95
  • Old Costumes 4£1.69/€1.99/$2.95
  • Special Costumes 1£6.49/€7.99/$11.95
  • Special Costumes 2£6.49/€7.99/$11.95
  • Special Costumes 3£6.49/€7.99/$11.95
  • Special Costumes 4£6.49/€7.99/$11.95
  • Special Costumes 5£3.29/€3.99/$5.95
  • Special Edit Parts 3Free
  • Edit Parts 1£3.29/€3.99/$5.95
  • Edit Parts 2£4.99/€5.99/$8.95
  • Edit Parts 3£4.99/€5.99/$8.95
  • Edit Parts 4£5.79/€6.99/$10.45
  • Edit Parts 5£3.29/€3.99/$5.95
  • Special Edit Parts 1£2.49/€2.99/$4.55
  • Special Edit Parts 2£0.79/€0.99/$1.45
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  • Horse Pack 1£1.69/€1.99/$2.95
  • Horse Pack 2 – £1.69/€1.99/$2.95

While the amount (and price) for the Day One DLC for Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 3 is somewhat worrying, it is good to see that we are getting two more AAA titles released this week inspite of the lack of current support from Sony for the console. And they say that the Vita is a dead console…

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NA PlayStation Store Update – 23rd of June 2015

Another Tuesday, another sale. And for North America, it’s yet another somewhat lackluster sale. However, the very excellent RPG “Rainbow Moon” is on sale, so if you haven’t got it for some reason, it’s definitely a staff pick.

Remember that June’s PS+ games are still in effect as well.

Will you be picking anything up? Rainbow Moon? One of the themes? Let us know in the comments below!

Games on Sale

  • Foosball 2012 –  $7.99 (PS+ $4.00)
  • Jet Set Radio – $3.99
  • Rainbow Moon – $4.99 (Staff Pick)
  • Sonic Rivals (PSP) – $2.49
  • Sonic Rivals 2 (PSP) – $2.49
  • Stealth Inc 1 & 2 Ultimate-est Edition – $8.49
  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones – $7.49
  • The Impossible Game (Mini) $2.99 (PS+ $1.50)

New Themes

  • PS Vita Another World Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita Beach Sunset Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita Biting Lip Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita Death Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita Desert Drifter Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita Evolution Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita Ghostly Cat Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita Grunge Flag USA Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita I See You Noob Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita Splat Soldier Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita Summer Beach Theme $2.99
  • PS Vita The End Theme $2.99

Anything piquing your interest? Let us know!