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First Impressions: PSOne Classic Final Fantasy 7 on PS Vita

This article will contain a very small spoiler regarding the game’s opening mission.

Now I know you’re wondering why I’m writing a ‘First Impressions’ review of a video game that was released back in 1997. Well, recently the remake was announced at Sony’s E3 conference for the PlayStation 4. Considering I had never played the original before, I decided to buy the PSOne classic during a sale for the Vita.

So to dive into the review, Final Fantasy 7 has been dubbed the pinnacle of JRPGs since its release. And so far, it has certainly lived up to its name.

Upon the game’s opening you are thrown immediately into a futuristic setting, where a corrupt organization known as Shinra are draining the planet of its energy, using giant reactors.

You take the role of Cloud, a mercenary and former soldier of the Shinra army. Cloud is recruited by a terrorist group known as Avalanche to stop the corrupt actions of Shinra and save the planet from destruction.

With video games today, you are often greeted with a rather boring introduction where you’ll configure some small settings, (for example, putting in your name, learning basic control buttons, etc) before telling you the main synopsis. Final Fantasy 7 starts with you immediately destroying one of the reactors with Avalanche as the game teaches you the basic button actions as well as the turn-based combat.

This took me by surprise as the game teased me with its interesting story, characters and action within minutes. Which only led to me wanting more.

In regards to performance, graphics and so forth; Final Fantasy 7 has no performance issues and looks amazing on the Vita screen.

If you are a JRPG fan with a strong love for story-rich games and fun turn-based combat that doesn’t seem to feel like a chore, I highly recommend playing this game.

GGK

Exclusive Interview with YouTuber GadgetGirlKylie

Here at VitaPlayer, we love Vita. But we also love fellow content creators. That’s why we got in touch with GadgetGirlKylie, YouTube’s favorite Vita gamer, for an exclusive interview. From the future of handhelds to why she loves JRPGs, this interview is one of a kind. Enjoy!

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NA PlayStation Store Update –30th of June 2015

Another week, another sale! Are you the type of person who looks forward to Tuesdays because of the PSN Sales? So am I!

This week we have exciting new games for Vita, including the latest addition to the Neptunia franchise, and Kickstarter alumni “Whispering Willows”, which we’ll be reviewing for you!

On the Sales side of things, we have the Atlus sale, with lots of RPG goodness, as well as a few PS+ exclusive discounts.

Will you be picking anything up this week? Let us know in the comments.

New Games

  • Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth3: V Generation – $39.99
  • J-STARS Victory VS+ Launch Bundle – $39.99
  • SAMURAI WARRIORS: Chronicles 3 – $39.99
  • Whispering Willows (Game and PS4 Theme) – $12.49/PS+ $9.99

Games on Sale

  • Dragon’s Crown (PS Vita) – $19.99
  • Persona (PSP; PS Vita compatible) – $9.99
  • Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSP; PS Vita compatible) – $9.99
  • Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSOne Classic) – $4.99
  • Persona 3 Portable (PSP; PS Vita compatible) – $9.99
  • Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) – $14.99 (Staff pick)
  • Atomic Ninjas (PS Vita) – $5.00 for PS+ members
  • Foosball 2012 (PS Vita) – $4.00 for PS+ members
  • Toukiden Kiwami (PS Vita) – $27.99 for PS+ members
  • Whispering Willows (PS4, PS Vita) – $9.99 for PS+ members

 

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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.

Podcast

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

 

VA-11 HALL-A

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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