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NA PlayStation Store Update – 25th of August 2015

Hey guys! We’re back with another weekly update! We have a few new games, a decent sale… it seems like the Gods of Games are smiling down upon the PS Vita users once again.

Steins;Gate finally hits North America, and Back to Bed will definitely not make you sleepy.

We’ll have to wait another week for Nova-111, but it’s a small price to pay for what it looks like a great puzzler.

How about you? What are you playing this week? Let us know in the comments below!

New Games

  • Steins;Gate $39.99
  • Amnesia: Memories $29.99
  • Back to Bed $19.99 ($14.99 for PS+ members)
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 $39.99
  • Shutshimi $9.99
  • VVVVVV $7.99

Sales

  • AQUA KITTY – Milk Mine Defender DX – PS+; $3.60 / Sale; $4.50 / Original; $8.99
  • Dustforce – PS+; $4.00 / Sale; $5.00 / Original; $9.99
  • Grim Fandango Remastered – PS+; $6.00 / Sale; $7.50 / Original; $14.99
  • Guacamelee! Bundle Fantástico (PS3 / PS Vita) – PS+; $6.00 / Sale; $8.00 / Original; $19.99
  • Home – A Unique Horror Adventure – PS+; $1.50 / Sale; $2.00 / Original; $4.99
  • Hotline Miami – PS+; $3.00 / Sale; $4.00 / Original; $9.99
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number – PS+; $7.49 / Sale; $8.99 / Original; $14.99
  • Jet Car Stunts – PS+; $3.20 / Sale; $4.00 / Original; $7.99
  • Joe Danger – PS+; $4.40 / Sale; $5.50 / Original; $10.99
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie – PS+; $4.40 / Sale; $5.50 / Original; $10.99
  • Metal Slug 3 (PS4 / PS3 / PS Vita) – PS+; $7.49 / Sale; $8.99 / Original; $14.99
  • Putty Squad – PS+; $12.49 / Sale; $14.99 / Original; $24.99
  • Retro City Rampage DX – PS+; $4.00 / Sale; $5.00 / Original; $9.99
  • Rock Boshers DX: Director’s Cut – PS+; $2.80 / Sale; $3.50 / Original; $6.99
  • Rogue Legacy – PS+; $6.80 / Sale; $8.50 / Original; $16.99
  • SteamWorld Dig (PS4 / PS Vita) – PS+; $3.00 / Sale; $4.00 / Original; $9.99
  • Superfrog HD – PS+; $2.50 / Sale; $3.50 / Original; $9.99
  • Titan Attacks! (PS3 / PS4 / PSVita) – Sale; $3.49 / Original; $11.99
  • Titan Souls – PS+; $7.49 / Sale; $8.99 / Original; $14.99
  • Disney Pixar Toy Story 2 (PSOne) – PS+; $1.50 / Sale; $2.10 / Original; $5.99
  • DJMAX Portable 3 (PSP) – PS+; $12.00 / Sale; $20.00 / Original; $39.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona – $14.99 / $19.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin – $14.99 / $19.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable – $14.99 / $19.99
  • Strikers 1945 Plus (PSP) – PS+; $1.50 / Sale; $2.50 / Original; $4.99
  • Dragon’s Crown – Now; $29.99 / Was; $39.99

As always, thanks to the PlayStation Blog and our friends at TheVitaLounge for the heads up.

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Atelier Sophie has received a small delay

Koei Tecmo, publisher of the upcoming Attack on Titan PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game, have announced that Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book has been delayed. Atelier Sophie will no longer see the planned release date of September 25, but instead a release of November 19 in Japan

This comes as no surprise as very recently we heard the news that Yoru no Nai Kuni had been delayed to “further improve the game’s quality.”

No need to worry, it’s better to receive a polished product late than to receive a product that barely functions.

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First Impressions: TorqueL (PS Vita)

I can’t seem to find an inch of sympathy for TorqueL. Each time I try to tell myself it isn’t that bad, I think of another reason as to why it really is that bad.

Video games are often misinterpreted as an art form, and while many games perfectly show off their artistic values with a strong narrative, aesthetically pleasing use of colours, and unique variety of game mechanics–it can all be narrowed down to one thing–is the game actually fun?

In the case of TorqueL, neither of those can be applied. I can’t help but see the resemblance to those awful free flash games I’d play in 2007 during class to pass the time.


The game has no artistic value, no narrative and it just isn’t fun. The entire game feels like it was developed over a weekend by a high schooler that has just finished reading his first programming book and has no art skills.

Now I understand how harsh all this sounds, but I’m merely keeping my integrity. This is a video game that costs an incredibly steep £8.99 ($9.99), considering the lack of content, effort, and fun.

Feel free to pass on TorqueL, you are not missing out.

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Sword Art Online: Lost Song gets a release date

Bandai Namco have announced that Sword Art Online: Lost Song will see a physical and digital release on November 17 in North America, and November 13 for Europe.

The game will take place on Svart ALfheim, a mysterious new floating continent that comes bundled as a game update to the ALfheim Online virtual reality. Svart ALfheim will reportedly be a vast continent with a variety of zone types including plains, deserts, and tundra, amongst others. Each area can be freely explored on foot or by air.

The combat system is now split between land and air battles, which will greatly affect the way players fight. Land battles will be the primary way to do battle in dungeons, but outside of them players can choose to switch between the two combat styles.

Sword Art Online: Lost Song, is a sequel to Sword Art Online RE: Hollow Fragment, will be released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita with English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish subtitles.

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NA PlayStation Store Update – 11th of August 2015

Hey! Do you remember last week when I was so happy that North America was getting good sales again? Well, call me Johnny and throw me out, because it seems like I may have jinxed us all to oblivion.

This week, while Europe is getting a pretty awesome Summer Sale week, we get a bunch of PSP and PS One titles discounted.

These are great if you don’t already own them, or don’t have legacy systems to play them on, but it seems like a wasted opportunity.

There are 3 new games though, 2 of which (Actual Sunlight and TorqueL), which we’ll be reviewing for you soon!

What are you getting this week?

New Games

  • Actual Sunlight ($4.99)
  • TorqueL ($6.99)
  • XBlaze Lost: Memories ($39.99)

PS1 Sales

  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain – $5.99
  • Chrono Cross – $4.99
  • Chrono Trigger – $4.99
  • Final Fantasy V – $4.99
  • Final Fantasy VI – $4.99
  • Final Fantasy VII – $4.99
  • Final Fantasy VIII – $4.99
  • Final Fantasy IX – $4.99
  • Final Fantasy Origins – $4.99
  • Final Fantasy Tactics – $4.99
  • Front Mission 3 – $2.99
  • Legend of Mana – $2.99
  • Parasite Eve – $2.99
  • Parasite Eve 2 – $2.99
  • Threads of Fate – $5.99
  • Vagrant Story – $2.99
  • Xenogears – $9.99

PSP Games

  • Dissidia Final Fantasy (PSP) – $9.99
  • Dissidia 012 duodecim Final Fantasy (PSP) – $19.99
  • Final Fantasy III (PSP) – $9.99
  • Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection (PSP) – $9.99
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP) – $4.99
  • Lord of Arcana (PSP) – $9.99
  • Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (PSP) – $9.99
  • The 3rd Birthday (PSP) – $9.99
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First Impressions: Whispering Willows

Whispering Willows seems like the kind of game I should love: A side-scrolling creepy adventure? Sign me on!

For some reason, though, Whispering Willows isn’t completely clicking with me yet. It is true, I’ve only spent around an hour with it so far (a third of the game’s campaign, according to “How Long to Beat“). But there’s something to the game that makes it less that it could have been.

I think it’s Elena’s (the main character) movement. It feels sluggish. I wish there was a button to run. I’m guessing they didn’t put it in to force you to go through the stages with tension. It works, but it feels a bit forced.

“So, what is Whispering Willows?” I hear you ask in my demented state (hearing voices is not good).

Whispering Willows is a side-scrolling adventure where you play Elena, a teenage girl looking for her missing father. You soon learn that Elena possesses (wink!) a very peculiar ability: she’s able to exit her body using her spirit, and posses objects around her.

Whispering Willows is not all gameplay, however: the lore within the game is rich. Elena’s heritage is quite unique, as is the story behind the location where the game takes place (an old mansion). The music is good and the sound effects are decent.

I started off like a nagging nanny, but maybe I shouldn’t have. For all my talk about how the game feels a bit funny, I kept trying to put it down to write this article, and was unsuccessful… more than once.

I wanted to find one more key, solve one more puzzle.

So maybe, my XXI Century mind needs to chill out and enjoy the game sipping some Merlot. That will remain a mystery, however, as I don’t drink alcoholic beverages.

What will not remain a mystery, however, is what I think of the game once I completed it. I expect I will change my tune, though, considering the more I played the game, the more it charmed me.

Be on the lookout for a full review soon.

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NA PlayStation Store Update –4th of August 2015

Welcome back to another great day for NA Sales! I believe Sony has listened to our pleas from the previous weeks, because we’ve been getting decent deals for a couple of weeks now.

We have a lonely new game, but it’s a good one!

Also, remember that PS+ IGC games have updated for August!

So, here’s what your wallet will hate you for this week.

New Releases

  • J-Stars Victory VS+

PS+ IGC Games

  • CastleStorm – Free
  • Sound Shapes – Free
  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones – Free

Games on Sale

  • Cel Damage HD – PS+; $3 / Sale; $4 / Regular; $9.99
  • Criminal Girls: Invite Only – PS+; $16 / Sale; $20 / Regular; $39.99
  • Crimsonland – PS+; $4.20 / Sale; $5.60 / Regular; $13.99
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – PS+; $16 / Sale; $20 / Regular; $39.99
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair – PS+; $16 / Sale; $20 / Regular; $39.99
  • Demon Gaze – PS+; $16 / Sale; $20 / Regular; $39.99
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention – PS+; $16 / Sale; $20 / Regular; $39.99
  • Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited – PS+; $16 / Sale; $20 / Regular; $39.99
  • Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition – PS+; $4 / Sale; $5 / Regular; $9.99
  • Element4l – PS+; $4 / Sale; $5 / Regular; $9.99
  • Flying Hamster HD – PS+; $0.80 / Sale; $1.20 / Regular; $3.99
  • Frozen Synapse Prime – PS+; $4 / Sale; $6 / Regular; $19.99
  • Furmins – PS+; $1.20 / Sale; $1.80/ Regular; $5.99
  • Gravity Crash Ultra – PS+; $2.70 / Sale; $3.60 / Regular; $8.99
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection – PS+; $12 / Sale; $15 / Regular; $29.99
  • Jet Car Stunts – PS+; $2.40 / Sale; $3.20 / Regular; $7.99
  • King OddBall – PS+; $1.40 / Sale; $2.10 / Regular; $6.99
  • Kung Fu Rabbit – PS+; $1 / Sale; $1.50 / Regular; $4.99
  • La-Mulana EX – PS+; $8 / Sale; $10 / Regular; $19.99
  • Men’s Room Mayhem – PS+; $0.60 / Sale; $0.80 / Regular; $1.99
  • MotoGP 14 – PS+; $12 / Sale; $15 / Regular; $29.99
  • MXGP – PS+; $12 / Sale; $15 / Regular; $29.99
  • Natural Doctrine – PS+; $16 / Sale; $20 / Regular; $39.99
  • Nidhogg – PS+; $4.50 / Sale; $6 / Regular; $14.99
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee – PS+; $3 / Sale; $4 / Regular; $9.99
  • Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath – PS+; $3 / Sale; $4.50 / Regular; $14.99
  • OMG HD Zombies – PS+; $1 / Sale; $1.50 / Regular; $4.99
  • Pix the Cat – PS+; $3 / Sale; $4 / Regular; $9.99
  • Reel Fishing: Master’s Challenge – PS+; $12 / Sale; $15 / Regular; $29.99
  • Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen – PS+; $7.50 / Sale; $10 / Regular; $24.99
  • Starlight Inception – PS+; $6.90 / Sale; $9.20 / Regular; $22.99
  • Tennis in the Face – PS+; $2 / Sale; $2.50 / Regular; $4.99
  • Z-Run – PS+; $2.70 / Sale; $3.60 / Regular; $8.99

Legacy System Sales

  • CLADUN: This is an RPG (PSP) – PS+; $2 / Sale; $3 / Regular; $9.99
  • CLADUN x2 (PSP) – PS+; $3 / Sale; $4.50 / Regular; $9.99
  • Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness (PSOne) – PS+; $2.40 / Sale; $3 / Regular; $5.99
  • Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (PSP) – PS+; $8 / Sale; $10 / Regular; $19.99
  • Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (PSP) – PS+; $6 / Sale; $7.50 / Regular; $14.99
  • Disgaea Infinite (PSP) – PS+; $3 / Sale; $4.50 / Regular; $14.99
  • Mega Man (PSOne) – PS+; $2.40 / Sale; $3 / Regular; $5.99
  • Mega Man 2 (PSOne) – PS+; $2.40 / Sale; $3 / Regular; $5.99
  • Mega Man 3 (PSOne) – PS+; $2.40 / Sale; $3 / Regular; $5.99
  • Mega Man 4 (PSOne) – PS+; $2.40 / Sale; $3 / Regular; $5.99
  • Mega Man 8 (PSOne) – PS+; $2.40 / Sale; $3 / Regular; $5.99
  • Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle (PSP) – PS+; $2 / Sale; $3 / Regular; $9.99
  • Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? (PSP) – PS+; $2 / Sale; $3 / Regular; $9.99
  • Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! (PSP) – PS+; $3 / Sale; $4.50 / Regular; $14.99
  • Reel Fishing: The Great Outdoors (PSP) – PS+; $3 / Sale; $4.50 / Regular; $14.99
  • Strider 2 (PSOne) – PS+; $2.40 / Sale; $3 / Regular; $5.99

Thanks as always to PS Blog and The Vita Lounge for the data!

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First Impressions: Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PS Vita)

Octodad took YouTube by storm, and the sub-genre of funky physics games (I’m looking at you, Goat Simulator) is rising as fast as found footage did a decade before in film. And it’s getting just as much hate.

The main complaint against this type of game is that they are gimmicky and rely to heavily on the “just for laughs” YouTuber/Twitcher community.

From what I’ve played of Octodad so far, it’s easy to see why: from the outside, it looks like a 1920s shtick comedy sketch. However, deep within lies a heart of pure… tentacle gold. Or at least, Sterling silver.

The story has actually been surprisingly entertaining, and the dialogue very well written.

I came into Octodad expecting a gimmick fest, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by finding some good level design and story arcs.

It’s not all fantastic in the land of octopuses (yes, that’s the correct plural for octopus, I looked it up).

The puzzles start becoming repetitive after a while, mostly because as the game progresses, new mechanics aren’t really introduced. The level design helps counteract this to some extent, but there’s only so much fun I can have lifting objects with a tentacle.

This is, of course, a “first impressions” article. It may very well be that after I get past a few more levels, I feel differently about it all.

On the technical side, we’re back to green grass. The game looks great on the Vita, and it sounds just as good. The dialogue is of particular note, bringing some fantastic comedic timing along with it.

It remains to be seen if Octodad can win my heart over completely with his suction cups (that sounds dirty). So far, the game has been fun, but its limitations are starting to show.

Be on the lookout for a full review soon.

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First Impressions: Velocibox (PS Vita)

I have seen the very depths of Hell. And they are procedurally generated.

Velocibox, developed by Shawn Beck and published by LOOT Interactive, is an endless runner that uses procedural generation to bring a new meaning to the word “difficult”.

You take on the role of, well, a cube. A cube that must traverse through an endless tunnel that is filled with obstacles that will show no mercy. Amongst these endless obstacles are other small cubes that you must collect in order to boost your score and progress to the next level, which only happens to introduce new types of obstacles that are harder to dodge.

Altogether there are nine levels in the Normal mode, however upon completing those nine levels you will unlock Ranked, which is essentially the same but one error will bring you straight back to the first level.

So what do I think so far? This game is definitely not for everyone. During my first hour of playing, I had already reset 677 times. That said, Velocibox is very addictive and enjoyable in short bursts. If you have superhuman reflexes and enjoy a big challenge, Velocibox is for you.

VA-11 HALL-A’s “Your Love is a Drug” gets a metal cover!

Nashville-based musician Aaron McCloud just today released his cover of Michael Kelly‘s Your Love is a Drug from the VA-11 HALL-A soundtrack. VA-11 HALL-A is a “booze em’ up about waifus, technology, and post-dystopia life.”

It was also recently revealed that VA-11 HALL-A has some cross-over with Midboss’ Read Only Memories. Check that out below!