18 Minutes of Localized Corpse Party: Blood Drive Gameplay Released

Marvelous Europe have released 18 minutes of gameplay footage showing the English localization of Corpse Party: Blood Drive.

The game is to be released on PlayStation Vita in North America this October 13, however it will see a later release date aimed for this month in Europe. We can assume the European release date will be close to Halloween.

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First Impressions: Pumped BMX+ (PS Vita)

I’ve owned one BMX game or another since the 80s, whether it’s been the budget-prices BMX Racers from Mastertronic on the Commodore 64 or the stunt-filled BMX section of the classic California Games from Epyx, to the controversial adult title BMX XXX on the PS2, there’s been a diverse range of titles catering for every despite the apparent limited nature of what BMX games could offer.

In this instance, Curve have once again brought us another indie PC title across to the PlayStation family (certainly not a bad thing going by their impressive track record to-date) but is this one keeping in line with their usually high standards? The game itself is pretty straightforward – it’s spread across a series of short stunt tracks and all you have to do is ride on these from start to finish, performing various tricks and stunts along the way. Controls are pretty simple – holding down X pedals, the left stick controls the bike’s physical position (allowing for wheelies, backflips etc) while the right stick performs an array of stunts.

The game is split into stages, each with three difficulty levels. To progress through the difficulty levels you have to achieve a number of set goals on each. These vary from simply completing a course (getting from one end to the other), scoring a set number of points, or performing specific stunts or stunt combos with the goals becoming increasingly difficult. To throw a little variety into the mix, the scenery and tracks change between stages and more stages are unlocked as you complete more levels.

Gameplay wise, I really had a blast with this. I wasn’t too sure what to expect initially, but it brought back memories of California Games and the BMX event from that. It captures all the fun from that and has a great pick-up-and-play appeal to it. The controls are generally easy to get to grips with although there were times when I found them to be a little over-sensitive or too easy to perform the wrong stunt even when pushing the right stick in the correct direction. There was also one other aspect of the controls that I truly despised… the secondary tricks. The game offers two sets of tricks to perform – a standard set and a more difficult set and to switch between them you need to hold your finger down on the rear touch pad. It’s an unnecessary use of the touch pad for what could have been assigned to the L or R shoulder buttons (which are unused) and it’s left the game incompatible with the PSTV. It’s also an aspect that – in my case at least – pressing the rear pad accidentally on more than a few occasions because of the way I hold my Vita.

The only other thing, and it’s not really a gameplay gripe but more a social one, is the fact that the player character is a white male teen. Developers and publishers want to make gaming more appealing to a wide demographic audience and while I certainly don’t want to pander to the politically correct brigade, for a game like this there’s NO reason why there couldn’t be a choice for a female rider or to be able to change the skin colour. If there are choices for outfits, helmets and the bikes then why not the rider as well? It’s a minor niggle, but I am sure that if my daughter were playing a game like this she’d rather choose a female rider than a male.

Despite that, it’s a fun game and has plenty of life in it. There are enough tracks and challenges to keep anyone happy and certainly to get their money’s worth out of this one.


New Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir Trailer Introduces a Familiar Face

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, the highly anticipated remake of the popular PlayStation 2 RPG developed by Atlus and Vanillaware, has received a new trailer.

This trailer introduces a familiar face; Gwendolyn, Princess of Ragnanival in the North, and daughter of the Demon Lord Odin.

Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir will be released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita on January 14 in Japan.

View the trailer here:

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Game Review: Heroes of Loot (PS Vita)

Do you remember that time I reviewed LEAP Game Studios’ “Squares” and said it was the perfect arcade experience for a dedicated portable gaming device?

Well, having played “Heroes of Loot”, I can tell you that I think Peru’s top dev team has found its match: frantic action, lighthearted jokes about gaming and the RPG genre, excellent, simple gameplay and short dungeons make this game a fantastic contender for one of the best portable-oriented games I’ve played in a long, long time. Read more »

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First Impressions: Heroes of Loot

“Wow, I’m gonna need to rest my thumb for a while”.

That’s what I thought after I finally died on my first go at “Heroes of Loot”. And I think it sums up the game really well.

The controls are super simple (left analog stick to move around, all buttons for the one attack), the graphics are retro-inspired and really well done, the music is frantic… but the gameplay is where this game shines.

A really light-hearted take on roguelike dungeon crawling RPGs, “Heroes of Loot” simplifies everything and turns the speed knob up to 11. Read more »


Game Review: Xeodrifter (PS Vita)

Renegade Kid’s metroidvania platformer “Xeodrifter” hit the Playstation ecosystem like Samus in Super Metroid: perfect for some, imperfect for others, and fun for most.

Before we dive into the review, I want to address a couple of issues that people had with Xeodrifter:

  1. “Another 8-bit inspired game?” I personally don’t mind this. And I find it hilarious that people seem to complain about it constantly. Focus on the gameplay people. And if you, like me, get tired of the retro thing from time to time, just pop in Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the much-improved-after-patches Assassin’s Creed III: Revelations or Borderlands 2, or a JRPG of your choice.
  2. “Why are the controls so wonky?” Again, I didn’t take issue with the controls. New Super Mario Bros. on the DS? That thing controlled like a drunken sailor. But Xeodrifter is not bad. It controls like some of the off-the-beaten-path Megaman games. It’s fine by me.

Now, with that out of the way, let’s review this thing! Read more »


Indie Mega Pack Price Slashed To £9.99 In GAME!

If you happen to live near a branch of GAME, you may want to pay them a visit soon as they’re having a clearout on some of their less popular PS Vita stock. The Indie Mega Pack is currently being sold in store for an astonishing £9.99 (compared to its online price of £19.99) making it a must-have purchase for every Vita owner. While the memory card included in this pack certainly isn’t the most practical being limited to just 4Gb in size, what is important are the games that are included. Don’t let the “Indie” name of this pack put you off as it’s an incredible collection of games here.

For your money, there is a massive selection of games that will fill the 4Gb almost to capacity including Limbo, Alien Breed, Thomas Was Alone, Hotline Miami, Velocity Ultra and several others and even if there are only just a couple of games in the pack that pique your interest then this still represents remarkable value for money at this current price with the bundled memory card. Right now, if you don’t own at least 3 or 4 of these, then there’s no excuse not to grab one of these bargains while you can.



First Impressions: Xeodrifter

I’ve been looking forward to playing Xeodrifter for a long, long time. I’m a big fan of Mutant Mudds, which I played on my 3DS XL *gasps*. I’m a sucker for 2D platformers (3D platformers BEGONE!) and this seemed like the perfect fit for me.

And mostly, this 2D metroidvania platformer IS the perfect fit for me. Read more »

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“Heroes of Loot” coming to PS Vita September 22nd

Already a success on Steam and mobile phones, Heroes of Loot is coming to PS Vita on September 22nd, according to a PS Blog post by Abstraction Games, the house porting the game to our beloved handheld.

Do you want to know more?

“Heroes of Loot” is… well, I’ll let them explain:

Heroes of Loot is a new take on the classic Gauntlet — not the remake, but the classic 80’s version. It’s a dungeon crawler open to all sorts of players, with the deep statistical stuff of roguelikes stripped out and replaced with arcade shooting.

Orange Pixel’s goal was to create something that had the old feeling of the 8-bit classic but was updated with various current design concepts and tricks, including procedurally generated content, random quests, and just a lot of non-serious action.

Another great thing about Heroes of Loot is that the game keeps on giving, even when you reach level 30 or 40 — players will still discover new things and run into monsters that they haven’t seen before.

That sounds right up my alley!

In the raging storm of endless nonsense that is the internet, people are complaining about “Gravity Rush 2” not coming to Vita… on the launch trailer for “Heroes of Loot”. Because logic?

We, however, can’t wait to try out Abstraction Games’ port of Orange Pixel’s randomly-generated loot machine.

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Game Review: The Swindle (PS Vita)

There’s a reason I’m writing this review only a day out of hospital.

As I was lying in bed, with IV’s coming in and out of me, I couldn’t stop thinking about “The Swindle”. I hadn’t even played it that much, and I definitely hand’t “won”. Actually, as I mentioned in my First Impressions article, I’m rather terrible at playing Curve’s latest.

But there is something about “The Swindle” that just clicks with me on such a level, that I can’t really stop thinking about it. I want to play it.  Read more »