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STEINS;GATE Heading To PS Vita In 2015 For EU and US Territories

PQube have announced that MAGES., 5pb. and Science Adventure Team’s critically acclaimed STEINS;GATE will be coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems in 2015, for both Europe and North America.

STEINS;GATE is the award-winning time travel science-fiction interactive visual novel developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus. STEINS;GATE was awarded Famitsu magazine’s coveted annual Game of Excellence award, and was voted one of the most emotionally charged “tear-inducing games” ever made, in a Famitsu poll. It is widely considered to be the finest Visual Novel ever made.

STEINS;GATE follows a rag-tag band of tech-savvy young students who discover the means of changing e past via text message, using a modified microwave. Their experiments into how far they can go with their discovery begin to spiral out of control as they become entangled in a conspiracy surrounding SERN, the organisation behind the Large Hadron Collider, and John Titor – a mysterious forum poster who claims to be from a dystopian future.

Interaction with the game takes place through the “phone trigger” system, where the player can receive calls and text messages and decide whether to reply to them or not, changing the outcome of the game’s plot.

STEINS;GATE is a gripping and moving Visual Novel, which has already spawned manga and anime adaptations. PQube is excited to be bringing the original Visual Novel experience to fans and newcomers in North America and to Europe for the first time.

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SaGa series coming to Vita in 2015

Good news is in store for the multitude bemoaning a lack of Square Enix support for our favourite console.

The SaGa series, better known to Western audiences as the series of games beginning with Final Fantasy Legend on the GameBoy, is coming to Vita in 2015.

Series creator Akitoshi Kawazu revealed the new development in a livestream celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary.

The trailer (found here) gives very little away aside from some of the unique custom artwork.

No word yet on a Western release. We’ll bring you more as we get it.

Race The Sun PS Vita

Game Review: Race The Sun (PS Vita)

Racing games have been around almost as long as gaming itself. Whether it’s a more traditional racing simulator recreating Formula 1 or the thrills of rally driving, or an arcade racer along the lines of OutRun or something a little more adventurous like the futuristic racers in the WipEout series, we’ve been fascinated with speed and gaming since the 1980s. It’s hard, therefore, for developers to come up with a new take on the genre and provide gamers with something a little different to straightforward track racing or vehicular combat but developers Flippfly think they have the answer with their solar-powered title, Race The Sun…

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Jaggy Race PlayStation Mobile

Jaggy Race! Update 1.21 To Add PlayStation TV Support

The PlayStation Mobile kart platform-racer, Jaggy Race! which we awarded a score of 9 ot of 10 in our review recently is due a second update shortly by its developer Tiziano Bizzini adding new features as well as the much anticipated support for PlayStation TV.

Of all of the new features, the PlayStation TV support was the quickest to add as developer Tiziano said, “From development point of view, it was really easy to implement it, I had just to activate the PS TV flag, build the app and the game was already running on my PS TV console!”.

The game has been enhanced to take advantage of the bigger screen with a brand new mode as he explains, “The game runs really well, but on a big screen it seemed all too big. Solution? Yes! Use a wide angle lens to avoid that, and it works really really well! In this new version we replaced ‘Easy camera’ option with ‘Wide angle’ option (activated by default) which gives you a wider view that fits perfectly for your PS TV and of course this new experience runs also very well on the PS Vita too!”

The new update adds the following new features to the game:

  • PS Vita TV support!
  • Wide angle view option (instead of “Easy camera” option)
  • Normal view is now also slightly wider than before
  • Twitter & Web buttons moved to credits GUI
  • Credits updated
  • Change language bug fixed

The free updated will be available shortly.

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GAME Stores Selling PlayStation TV For £49.99!

Today, GAME Retail announced that for a limited time only the chain will be selling the PlayStation TV for the incredibly low price of £49.99! The offer price is part of a package deal for anyone purchasing the micro-console alongside a PlayStation 4 so consumers can get Sony’s latest console at a saving of £35. While GAME are promoting the PlayStation TV as a companion device for the PS4 for Remote Play during this promotion, the instore and online advertising does mention the device’s use for playing PS Vita games alongside it’s compatibility with PSP and PS One Classics and the bundled PS Vita titles.

Whether this promotion will bolster PSTV sales is uncertain at the moment although as in-store promotion has been somewhat subdued so far this can only be a welcome move from the store.

Aqua Kitty Milk Mine Defender DX PS Vita

Game Review: Aqua Kitty Milk Mine Defender DX (PS Vita)

With it’s 16-bit graphics reminiscent of one of my all-time favourite computers, the Amiga, and gameplay inspired by the arcade classic, Defender, it’s no wonder that Tikipod’s PlayStation Mobile game Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defender made it’s way into our list of top PSM games. With it’s fast, addictive gameplay and great visuals it quickly became a personal favourite of mine and still is to this day. However, the folks at Tikipod weren’t satisfied and as many other PSM developers have before them decided to take this great game and rework it from the ground up and turn it into a fully-fledged PS Vita and PS4 shooter…

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PlayStation Experience 2014

PlayStation Experience 2014 – PS Vita Round-Up

The inaugural PlayStation Experience is now over and it was an event that was met with mixed feelings by PS Vita owners. After a year of disappointment from events such as E3, EGX and Gamescom this was seen as being the last chance for Sony to show at least some love for the PS Vita and to showcase some forthcoming titles for our favourite handheld system…

As well as all of the developers showcasing games throughout the weekend, the key part of the weekend focused around Sony’s 2+ hour keynote presentation which predominantly featured – as expected – the PlayStation 4 and a slew of forthcoming releases spearheaded by Uncharted 4 but what was surprising was the included PS Vita coverage. On a few occasions Sony acknowledged not only the fan support for the system in the audience but also the lack of coverage that it had been given in previous keynote presentations.

What was of interest were the number of PS Vita games that were confirmed during this two hour event. While the majority were indie titles, there is certainly no shortage of games on the way, especially when you consider that many more games were on show on the floor over the Experience weekend itself that weren’t mentioned by Sony. Anyway, to briefly run through the games that were mentioned:-

Games of note were Super TIME Force Ultra which garnered a lot of attention thanks to the in-game appearance from Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida and while a PS Vita version of the PS4 game Skytorn wasn’t announced as their earlier game Towerfall Ascension is being ported to the PS Vita it may only be a matter of time before we see this as well!

The other highlight for many was the announcement of the long awaited re-release of Suikoden and Suikoden II as part of the PS One Classics range. While no firm details have come forward yet as to whether these two classic games will get an EU release or not, it is great to see that the PS One Classics are not forgotten but it is believed that Konami are looking into wider distribution outside of the US for these two.

Disney Infinity 2.0

Disney Infinity 2.0 Coming To PS Vita

One of the biggest surprises to come out of PlayStation Experience was the revelation from Disney that Disney Infinity 2.0 was coming to the PlayStation Vita! While the multiformat game was originally lined up for a PS Vita release, several months ago Disney themselves dismissed the PS Vita release as not happening.

A couple of months ago, the release seemed to be back on the cards with reports coming in saying that the PS Vita version of the Marvel Super Heroes edition of the game would be comparable to the PS3 edition but little more was revealed of what could be a potential system seller… until last weekend when Disney held their own presentation at PSX. Not only was there talk about the game generally, but unveiling of the PS Vita Starter Pack which is set to contain an exclusive Black Costume Spiderman figure!

The PS Vita version is scheduled for release in May 2015 and if versions on other formats are anything to go by, could be a major hit.

PS Vita Campaign

Campaign For More Media Apps On PS Vita

We’re known to be serious activists here at Vita Player when it comes to issues regarding the console that we are passionate about. Whether it is the lack of support given to PlayStation Mobile and its developers, our infamous campaign regarding the removal of the PS Vita’s 100 icon limit and various other issues that we have taken up as challenges we have wanted to overcome, we have always championed the cause of the PS Vita owner.

As part of our ongoing coverage and support of the PlayStation TV, we are now tackling another serious issue. As the name of the console implies, you would expect it to offer a degree of support for TV-related services but as with the “standard” PS Vita systems, sadly it doesn’t and if anything it offers gamers even less choice. We firmly believe that it’s now time that Sony Computer Entertainment addressed this shortcoming in the Vita’s software catalogue and provided us with a useable selection of apps in the same way that the PS3 offers gamers a range of music and video services on demand.

As such, we have launched a petition today for PS Vita owners and we’re asking for YOUR support. We don’t have a target in terms of the number of signatures that we want to reach but we hope to bring this to the attention of Andrew House and Shuhei Yoshida at Sony Computer Entertainment once we have sufficient signatories to try to persuade them that both the PS Vita and PlayStation TV should be supported with  greater selection of media apps.

Please help us in signing the online petition at https://www.change.org/p/sony-computer-entertainment-sony-release-additional-streaming-media-apps-for-the-playstation-vita-playstation-tv-consoles and share the page and encourage as many others to do so as well. If enough of us ask for them, hopefully Sony Computer Entertainment will listen…

Jetpack Joyride PS Vita

Jetpack Joyride Deluxe Flies Onto PS Vita

A massive hit when first released as a Free To Play title for the PS Vita and PS3, the Sony port of the iOS, Android and Facebook game Jetpack Joyride was one of the most downloaded titles for the PS Vita. Released last week in the US, gamers in the EU will be able to get their hands on Jetpack Joyride Deluxe when it is released on 3rd December.

Jetpack Joyride Deluxe includes S.A.M. the Strong Arm Machine, a massive robot suit that blocks oncoming rockets, along with a host of exciting new content for high-flyers around the globe.

Players can activate S.A.M. once a day by collecting three flying tokens. Every day the player returns to activate S.A.M. they will receive a new in-game reward, and on the fifth day they are gifted one of 32 brand new costume pieces to style Barry with more bling!

Of course it wouldn’t be the holidays without rocket-powered robotic reindeer! Adrenaline junkies can now take to the skies in the Sleigh of Awesome, another new vehicle created by the young, supple scientists at Legitimate Research. This is a seasonal item only, and players must unlock it exclusively during the holiday period. After that, it’s gone!

S.A.M. and the Sleigh of Awesome emphasise everything that kicks ass about Jetpack Joyride – explosions, sweet new gadgets, new styles for Barry and cool stuff to unlock in The Stash.

The deluxe edition also includes the Wave Rider, a high-octane jet ski, as well as a selection of new vehicle skins and outfits designed to give players an unprecedented amount of customisation.

I have to say that these new features are extremely welcome and long overdue having been present in mobile incarnations of the game for some time. With the Vita’s physical controls combined with this extended content, hopefully this will continue to ensure that the PS Vita’s version remains the most impressive port of the game.