2013 Infected Wars PS Vita

Game Review: 2013: Infected Wars (PS Vita)

PS Vita has nicely settled into a niche in the last year and a half or so: if you’re into indies and JRPGs, this is the machine for you. If you like anything else, the library might be a bit lacking. And if you’re into shooters, your options are a bit limited: the forgettable Resistance: Burning Skies, the equally bland Unit 13, the undeniably awful Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified (it should have stayed classified) and the absolutely magnificent Killzone: Mercenary.

And that is it, more or less. Or was, at least. Action Mobile Games have ported their iOS shooter to Vita, and after running and gunning through its campaign, I can confidently say that it has made the jump to our beloved handheld rather gracefully.

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Project Root PS Vita

Project Root EU PS Vita and PS4 Cross Buy Now Active

When released in the US, Reverb Triple XP’s superb top-down shooter Project Root was released as a Cross Buy title for both the PS Vita and PS4 but for some unknown reason it was released as two separate purchased here in the EU. Aware of the issue, the developers have been working hard with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to rectify this and earlier this week the Cross Buy function has now been enabled allowing gamers who have purchased either version of the game to download the other free of charge.

If you have purchased both versions of the game prior to this at present we don’t know whether you would be able to seek a refund from SCEE for your second purchase of the game. On release through the store, there was no mention of the game being Cross Buy, nor was there a mention of this in the Official PlayStation blog so at the time of release it wasn’t advertised as being available for both platforms for a single purchase. Had that actually been the case then a refund would certainly be in order but as the Cross Buy promotion is only being added at this stage we believe that the PSN Store terms and conditions regarding price changes would apply in this case.

Regardless, it’s a great game and good to see that more gamers will get the chance to experience it on either their PS Vita or PS4. Now hopefully we’ll see an update in the near future to add PlayStation TV compatability…

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The Vita Player Podcast Episode 4

The Vita Player Podcast is back for our fourth episode and our usual hosts Simon Plumbe and Sven Harvey are joined on the mic by David Jarman to talk all things PS Vita and PlayStation TV. It’s a packed 69 minute show, with plenty on offer this time with our show highlights including:

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PlayStation Mobile Update – 20th May 2015

Even though there are now less than two months before PlayStation Mobile comes to a close in terms of new releases, it’s still not preventing developers from producing new titles or updating their existing games so there’s still time for a few gems to come our way before they are lost forever. This week it’s more fortunate than ever to get a selection of PSM titles as well as there have been no new releases at all for the PS Vita although we do have the physical release of Disney Infinity 2.0 to look forward to at the end of this week.

New Releases

  • Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 7 (HAMSTER Corporation) – mobile games compilation
  • Appli Archives NIKOLI Crossword 3 (HAMSTER Corporation) – mobile games compilation
  • Appli Archives NIKOLI Slitherlink 3 (HAMSTER Corporation) – mobile games compilation
  • Appli Archives TEAM RISE Vol 4 (HAMSTER Corporation) – mobile games compilation
  • Life Born (Takuya Nagayasu)

Unfortunately, as always, all of the Appli Archives range only offer Japanese text for their releases so this may cause problems for many Western gamers so please bear this in mind before making any purchases of these.

Updates

  • Gorillas 3D (Junglingo)

News

  • Niels Vriezen, the developer of SPIKE Says, has been in touch and posting on his Twitter account over at https://twitter.com/SpectrumCRTS asking if any PS Vita owners have any suggestions for anything they would like to see in the final update for the game that he is planning to submit to Sony before the update deadline in July. If you’d like to assist and be a part of the game, send him a message via Twitter.
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NA PlayStation Store Update – 19th May 2015

Another quite week on the front lines for the Vita when it comes to sales, but we have two new games to pick up the slack.

An indie and a double-A action RPG make up the lineup, with a permanent discount on a funky racer bringing up the rear.

Did you pick anything up during last weekend’s $5 Flash Sale? Freedom Wars was looking mighty good at that price!

Permanent Price Changes

  • Table Top Racing: was $7.99, is now $2.99

“Extended Play” Sale

  • Motorstorm RC Ps Vita “Complete Edition” PS+ $2.00, Sale Price $4.00, Regular Price $9.99
  • Sound Shapes Ultimate Bundle PS+ $4.00, Sale Price $8.00, Regular Price $19.99
  • Tales Of Hearts R Season Pass (does not include Tales of Heart R game) PS+ $11.99, Sale Price $17.99, Regular Price $29.99

New Games

  • Alien Shooter ($7.99)
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed ($39.99)

PS Vita DLC

Alien Shooter

  • A Fight for Life ($3.99)
  • An Experiment ($3.99)

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed

  • Bonus Quest ($0.99)
  • Dengekiko’s Swimsuit (Free)
  • Difficult Quest ($0.99)
  • Exciting Swimsuit Set (Free)
  • Famitsu’s Swimsuit (Free)
  • Mage’s Gift Vol. 1 (Free)
  • Mage’s Gift Vol. 2 (Free)

Will you be grabbing anything this week?

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus PS Vita 02

Game Review: Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus (PS Vita)

Oh, what a long way we’ve come since the days when video games consisted of two rectangles playing “ping pong” with a “ball”. From Mario to Zelda, from Uncharted to Halo, the video game experience of the XXI century is one of storytelling and wonder, of huge worlds and endless exploring.

But that’s not all. There are experiences in between: those that hanker back to a simpler time, focusing purely on game play; those that let you become something that may not even exist in the known universe. And then, there are games that are created for a niche audience. Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is one such game.

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Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd PS Vita

No More DLC For Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd For PS Vita

SEGA has announced that the DLC packs released today for their hit PS Vita and PS3 rhythm game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd are the final add-on packs to be released for the game. Today’s DLC includes the Rhythm Game Songs Electric Angel by Yasuo and Though My Song Has No Form by doriko and on the Costume Module front, “Tyrol” designed by nezuki “Angel” designed by Tomio, and “P-Style CD” a gold-themed costume are available for Hatsune Miku.

Not including day-one downloadable content, SEGA has released 51 Costume Modules, 16 Rhythm Game Songs, and 25 Custom UI Skins for Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd making it the most robust downloadable content catalogue in SEGA’s history.

For fans who want to own every piece of content that has been released to date, SEGA offered two great initiatives; the Costume Club and Song Club offer more than 25% savings and both are available for purchase now on the PSN Store, each the equivalent of Season Passes for their corresponding content. Further, all Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd downloadable content is Cross Buy enabled, meaning that content purchased on either platform functions on both the PS3 and PS Vita.

With this content coming to an end means that we may well see a third game in the series to take its place is unknown, but it’s not an unusual practice for music games. Only time will tell…

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EU PlayStation Mobile Update – 13th May 2015

After a couple of quiet weeks on the PSN Store, there are finally some new releases for PlayStation Mobile enthusiasts to try out and as well as that there are also a few other developments with the upcoming closure of the service in a couple of months time, but before we mention those, we’ll start with a quick run-down on the latest releases…

New Releases

  • Appli Archives AlphaNuts CrimsonBlue (HAMSTER Corporation) – mobile game compilation
  • Appli Archives Boosim Lab Minnano Yabo Neo (HAMSTER Corporation) – mobile game compilation
  • Appli Archives extreme Pairon Mobile 5 (HAMSTER Corporation) – mobile game compilation
  • Appli Archives NIKOLI Slitherlink 2 (HAMSTER Corporation) – mobile game compilation
  • Appli Archives TEAM RISE Vol 3 (HAMSTER Corporation) – mobile game compilation
  • CollectOrb (Daish Games) – due to be released last week, this is a maze-based puzzle game
  • Project: Stealth (LostVision Gamestudio) – a 3D stealth based puzzler with vector-based visuals

PSM News

For the last few weeks, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have not made any mention of PlayStation Mobile titles in their weekly PlayStation Network Store updates. This has been somewhat worrying, especially in weeks where PSM titles have significantly outnumbered the amount of native PS Vita releases giving the impression that there have been no new titles available to PS Vita owners. This apparant abandonment of the service can only be frustrating to developers who are already struggling with a lack of promotion of their work.

At the same time, despite Sony reassuring gamers that they will be able to re-download purchases of their PlayStation Mobile titles until the end of September 2015, the download list now appears to have disappeared from the PS Vita for many users. When attempting to view the download list on the console, while the Game and Video list function normally, the PlayStation Mobile option returns a message stating that “There are no content items.”

This is particularly worrying because it means that PS Vita owners will be left with no choice but to re-download titles through the Store itself and with PSM titles being unsearchable and distributed into the unfriendly and inaccurate categories, finding titles will be somewhat difficult. Of greater concern is that there are PSM titles that have been deleted from the PSN Store that were available in people’s download lists (fishFishFISH! for example) that are now lost unless you still have the game installed or backed up.

We now strongly advise everyone to back up ALL your PlayStation Mobile titles before any games are removed from sale and lost forever.

More games on Vita~!

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Hey Vita fans!

It’s Wolf again. I wanted to share the good news that VA-11 HALL-A‘s concept and design was approved by SCE yesterday morning!

I’ve been told that we’ll have some presence on the PS.Blog within the next few weeks leading up to E3. We’ll be sharing new promotional art, new screenshots, and some hand-chosen music for the blog. We’re really excited to show you all what we’ve got soon!

I wanted to talk to the Vita Player readers for a moment to tell them that we’d like to continue to port and publish games for Vita. We need your help to make that happen.

We have a Patreon to support our work in this space. You can find it here — https://www.patreon.com/Wolfgame

We’re always working, but need your help to grease the gears in order to make releases more timely and of higher quality.

I hope you’ll take a moment to look over our page.

Thanks everyone!
Until next time

Wolf
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100 Best PlayStation Mobile Games 034 - Candy Please

100 Must-Buy PlayStation Mobile Games: 34. Candy, Please!

I’ve long been a fan of the 8-bit styled adventures released by Nostatic Software for PlayStation Mobile. The visual style has brought back plenty of fond memories from my days with the Commodore 64 and the strong puzzle-based gameplay took me back to the days where graphic adventures ruled the gaming world and when point-and-click adventures started to make their debut on the gaming scene.

While this one isn’t quite as strong as Vacation Vexation, Candy, Please! is just as original and adds plenty of new gameplay elements to the series. A Halloween-themed game, this time our heroine sets out to take her younger brother our trick or treating to gather as much candy as possible from all the houses in the neighbourhood…. but there’s a snag – neither of them have a costume! So before you can do anything at all you have to scour your house (and the local area) trying to find anything to craft a couple of costumes with and this is where the game really comes into its own. For the first time in the series, you can combine objects in a wardrobe allowing you to create a range of different outfits that you can change into for both our protagonist and her brother and you’ll need to assemble a wide range of costumes to complete the game but that’s not all… there’s even a mini graphics editor that will come into play when you have to carve your own pumpkin at one stage.

These really set this apart from earlier games in the series and makes for compelling gameplay. There are plenty of tough, but logical puzzles to keep you glued to your Vita for hours making this an essential game for adventure lovers everywhere.

Title: Candy, Please!
Developer: Nostatic Software
Type: Adventure
PlayStation TV Compatible: Yes