The Vita Player Podcast Episode 3

The Vita Player Podcast Episode 3

Episode three of The Vita Player Podcast is here and our regular hosts Simon Plumbe and Sven Harvey take to the mic once again to talk about all manner of things to do with the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV. We’ve managed to be a little more restrained this time, keeping the show down to a more bearable 52 minutes long but we’ve still managed to cram in plenty this time. Show highlights include:

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100 Must-Buy PlayStation Mobile Games: 32. Rebel

When first looking at Rebel, you’d be fooled into thinking that it’s yet another top-down shooter but you’d be mistaken. This is one of those games on PlayStation Mobile that’s packed with arcade action from start to finish where the game doesn’t give you a moment’s rest, the game never plays the same way twice offering near limitless replayability, and is amazingly addictive. But what’s it all about…?

When you look at the game which presents you with a screen full of tanks, military vehicles, gun emplacements and a soldier on screen that’s under your control, it’s no wonder that you’d think that it’s a shoot-em-up but nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, you take on the role of a prisoner who has escaped but being stranded on an island all you can do is try to survive and evade re-capture for as long as possible. All manner of enemies are after you and trying their best to capture or kill you. Your choices? Run, hide or use their own weapons against them by drawing their fire towards each other. It’s an incredibly simple concept but as you progress through the game, more and more vehicles appear, the game gets faster and survival becomes tougher and tougher.

To boost your score, as you run around the island you can collect jewels (these come in handy later on) and you score points depending on how long you have survived and for enemy vehicles and outposts that you destroy. Once you are captured / killed it’s game over but this is where things get interesting… as you can spend and money you’ve earned from jewels you have collected in the in-game store (don’t worry, there are no cash in-game purchases here!) and buy power-ups and character upgrades. These will either be permanent upgrades or temporary powerups that you can activate in game that can be used repeatedly after recharging (shields, speed boosts and more) and this really adds extra depth to what is already a fun and frantic game.

If the addictive gameplay wasn’t enough, it sounds great, the controls are perfectly balanced and the visuals look fabulous – even more so when you realise that it’s from the first wave of PlayStation Mobile releases. This is an essential purchase and a game that you’ll be playing for a long time to come.

Title: Rebel
Developer: PomPom Software Ltd
Type: Arcade
PlayStation TV Compatible: Yes

Dead Or Alive 5 PS Vita

Game Review: Dead Or Alive 5 Plus (PS Vita)

Fighting games are no rarity on the PS Vita. There is Street Fighter X Tekken, Mortal Kombat, Arcana Heart 3, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Guilty Gear XX and a number of games from the PSP era, and that list is far from complete. So, do we REALLY need another fighting game on Vita? When talking about Dead Or Alive 5 Plus, the answer is a definitive ‘YES’.

Dead or Alive (DoA) 5 is the fifth major installment in the DoA series, which until now consists of DoA 5 Plus, Ultimate, Last Round, and the Free to Play Ultimate Core Fighters. The original game was released in 2012, while DoA 5 Last Round was published in 2015. DoA 5 Plus is an enhanced version of the base game, especially for PS Vita.

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Deception IV The Nightmare Princess PS Vita

Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess Coming To PS Vita This July

KOEI TECMO EUROPE announced yesterday the upcoming release of trap action title DECEPTION IV: the Nightmare Princess;which not only confirmed the PlayStation®4 debut for the Deception series, but once again confirmed the release of a PS Vita version of the latest instalment in the Deception series, produced by the creator of the Project Zero (aka Fatal Frame) series, Keisuke Kikuchi and developed by Koei Tecmo Games in Japan.

The game will be available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system across Europe on 17th July 2015. It will also be simultaneously available digitally on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita handheld system.

The Nightmare Princess follows on the heels of Deception IV: Blood Ties- which revolved around Laegrinna, a deceitful fragment of the Devil’s soul who chose between Sadistic Torment, Elaborate Death, or Humiliating Demise, to defeat her foes through trickery. In this new installment players not only relive Laegrinna’s entire pursuit to free her father, the Devil, from his eternal prison, they also get introduced to an entirely new, wickedly sadistic, and infernally mischievous character: Velguirie.

Velguirie’s story is covered with a shroud of mystery and the player will have to solve the one hundred quests in the brand new Quest Mode to find out who she really is. The only certainty is that Velguirie is an incredibly dangerous creature that takes extreme pleasure in setting up intricately complex combinations of traps to lure her victims to their untimely- yet in her eyes wildly entertaining- death.

Taking the franchise’s spirit of casting the player in the side of evil up a notch, Velguirie has a unique set of abilities that develop as certain quests are completed. With an immense selection of traps at her disposal she can also try to defeat the previous protagonists of the Deception series and add them to the player’s arsenal.

Rolling boulders and spring boards, falling bathtubs and banana peels, balance beams, human cannons and iron maidens are only a few of the more than 170 traps that players can choose from to create the funniest, darkest, or most elaborate combos to defeat their adversaries in delightfully imaginative settings that include medieval castles, hospitals, playgrounds, and amusement parks.

Though more details on the game’s new features, traps, and of course the mysterious ‘Nightmare Princess’, will be released in the next few months, Koei Tecmo also announced a series of DLC pre-order bonuses for those who decide to gain an early edge in creating the ultimate trap combo!

Specifically, pre-orders through GAME come with a ‘Grill’ trap- essentially a firewalking pit that will cause enemies to quickly tip toe across (that is, if they land on it feet first). Independent retailers (through Centresoft) will offer a ‘Kick-Off’ trap- a mechanical apparatus that kicks high speed footballs in the direction of the player’s adversaries. Finally, pre-orders through the PlayStation®Network and ShopTo.net are lavishly accompanied by a ‘Golden Toilet’- a trap that shows up from the floor under the unsuspecting victim’s legs, only to catapult them in the air with a jet of water!

To get expectant fans and curious newcomers in the mood for mischief Koei Tecmo has released a sinfully amusing live action trailer at http://youtu.be/0EMCPBHTcFQ

For more news and information on Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess please follow us on https://www.facebook.com/tecmoeurope

(screenshots are taken from the PS3/PS4 version of the game)

Ultratron PS Vita

Ultratron Shoots Its Way Onto PS Vita This Month

Curve Digital, the largest indie publisher of console titles, has today announced that hypnotic twin-stick shooter Ultratron will be invading PlayStation consoles this month. The game is set to be released worldwide on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on May 12th and will be available for €9.99, $9.99 and £7.99 worldwide and launch discounts will be available.

The last human has been slain by evil killer robots. You are the one remaining humanoid battle droid. Your mission: avenge the human race. Boost your battledroid with power-ups, buy cute but deadly pets in the shop. Blast your way through 40-plus glowing neon levels, avoiding Chasers, Turrets, Spawners, Minelayers, bombs, and bullets, and take on the four giant boss ‘bots of the Apocalypse – Ieiunitas, Bellum, Lues and Letum.

Ultratron is a homage to the 80s arcade machines of years past. The game hails from developer Puppygames and combines the captivating experience of an old-school Robotron-esque arcade shooter with a unique retro-futuristic soundtrack and slick, stylised graphics, complete with simulated CRT-curve.

With unique retro-futuristic sound and graphics, player responsive difficulty and a subtle system of tactics combined with classic gameplay, Ultratron is a fun and hypnotic arcade blast which has already thrilled players on Steam – indeed, with its 92 per cent positive user rating, it’s regarded as one of the best examples of the genre.

Curve Digital has been responsible for bringing some of the biggest and best PC indie titles to console, working on games such as Thomas Was Alone, Lone Survivor, The Swapper, OlliOlli and The Swindle. Ultratron has been developed for consoles in-house by the Curve Digital development team in London.

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EU PlayStation Plus Update – May 2015

After the last couple of slow announcements for the content for PlayStation Plus, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have got back up to speed with the latest announcement of the titles that are going to be hitting PlayStation Plus for May 2015 and this time PS Vita owners seem to be coming out on top compared to owners of all the other members of the PlayStation family…

The first thing that is clear looking at this month’s selection is the emphasis on indie titles. This is something that PlayStation Plus has been criticised for over the last few months with many gamers feeling that the lack of AAA offerings “devalues” the service but we would argue that the playability and quality of the games is what is important, not the price tag or publisher that is important. Certainly, the most highly rated games here on Vita Player have been from smaller developers and publishers but many of those who are critical of indie games are often the ones who have judged games before trying them.

That aside, the line-up this time does seem to be quite interesting in the fact that all of the PS Vita titles are existing releases this time around and nothing that is making its debut via PlayStation Plus. Also, of all of the games on offer, many are Cross Buy so it’s a great month overall if you have more than one system. So without wasting any more time, what is on offer this month? PS4 owners are being given the new arcade adventure Ether One along with Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition.

Exclusive to the PS Vita is Murasaki Baby but the rest of the line-up is the interesting part as they are all Cross Buy titles… and all of them are for the PS Vita. Namely The Unfinished Swan (PS Vita, PS3, PS4), Hohokum (PS Vita, PS3, PS4), and Race The Sun (PS Vita, PS3, PS4). While this does mean that PS4 owners will end up with a massive five titles this month, Vita owners aren’t doing too badly either with four new games on offer.

Leaving PS Plus:

  • Tower of Guns
  • Never Alone
  • Dishonored
  • Aaru’s Awakening
  • Killzone Mercenary
  • MonsterBag

Entering PS Plus:

  • Ether One
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • Race the Sun
  • Murasaki Baby
  • Hohokum
News

EU PlayStation Store Update – 29th April 2015

Unlike last time, it’s been quite a packed week over on the PSN Store for PS Vita owners with a healthy selection of new releases and – for the first time ever – gamers in the EU have seen titles hit the store on the same day as the US with Sony confirming that it is their intention to release as many new digital titles as possible on Tuesday from now on although the official announcement and store update will continue to be made on Wednesdays for the foreseeable future.

This week’s update isn’t without some controversy though. Two of this weeks new releases have made their debut with generous discounts for PlayStation Plus members but these initially hit the store without the discount being made available (nor was there any notification that there was a discount on offer). Many gamers snapped these titles up quickly onto to find our later that the discounts should have been in place and are now in the process of seeking partial refunds from SCEE for their mistake.

Regardless, we have been treated to a good selection of new games and DLC this week so on with the latest offerings:-

PS Vita

Broken Age – £19.99/€24.99/$37.95 (30% discount for PlayStation Plus members)

Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo (Not available Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Kuwait, Lebanon, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE) – £7.99/€9.99/$14.95

Metal Slug 3 – Price:£9.49/€11.99/$17.95 (10% discount for PlayStation Plus members)

Project Root (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Iceland only) – £7.99/€9.99 (30% discount for PlayStation Plus members)

Sayonara UmiharaKawase + (Available from 30th April) (Not available Bahrain, Denmark, Finland, Kuwait, Lebanon, Norway, Oman, Poland, Sweden, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) – £12.99/€15.99/AU$23.95

PS One Classics

Harvest Moon: Back to Nature (Not available Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway,Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzlerland, Turkey, Ukraine) – £3.99/€4.99/$7.55

PS Vita DLC

Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo

  • Old Hero and Broken Gears of Time [PT.1] Cloaked with Dishonor – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • Old Hero and Broken Gears of Time [PT.2]?Last Stand of a Hero – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25

Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd

  • Akita Neru Swimwear Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • HatsuneMiku Swimwear-Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • KagamineLen Swimwear-Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • KagamineRin Swimwear-Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • Kaito Swimwear V Alt Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • Kaito Swimwear V Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • Kasane Teto Swimwear Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • KittyCape Checkered-UI Skin – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • Luka Swimwear P Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • Meiko Swimwear Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • SakineMeiko Swimwear-Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • TricksterNightDream-UI Skin – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25
  • Yowane Haku Swimwear Module – £1.19/€1.49/$2.25

Helldivers

  • Ranger Add-on – £2.49/€2.99/$4.55

Minecraft

  • The Simpsons Skin Pack – £0.79/€0.99/$1.45

Star Wars Pinball

  • Star Wars Rebels – £2.49/€2.99/$4.55

Toukiden: Kiwami

  • Armor Zhao Yun and Wang Yuanji Set – £1.69/€1.99/$2.95

Zen Pinball 2

  • Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels – £2.49/€2.99/$4.55
Project Root PS Vita

Project Root PS Vita Competitions Coming This Week

Here at Vita Player we’re in an incredibly giving mood at the moment. Not only are we giving away a brand new PlayStation TV console, but thanks to our friends at publisher Reverb Triple XP, we have FIVE copies of the brand new top-down shooter Project Root to give away to lucky Vita Player readers!

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the game,  just keep checking here on the website as we’ll be running a competition here on the website, on the next episode of our podcast AND in random giveaways on Twitter so stay tuned for announcements for your best chance to grab a copy of this great game!

PlayStation TV

Competition: Win A PlayStation TV!

It’s been a while since we ran a competition here at Vita Player so we thought we run something extra special for all of our site visitors so we’re going to give one lucky reader the chance to win a brand new PlayStation TV micro console! As this is our biggest competition yet on the website, there’s a little more to it this time than just a simple question and answer, but we think you’ll agree that the prize is worth it!

The Prize

Up for grabs is a brand new PlayStation TV console. It’s a UK version of the console and comes complete with all manuals, power lead, HDMI cable, and a PSN voucher to download three PS Vita games from the PSN Store – OlliOlli, Worms Revolution Extreme and Velocity Ultra. Please note that the prize does not include an ethernet cable or a controller – these will need to be supplied by the prize winner.

PlayStation TV

How To Enter

Vita Player is always looking for new writers to join our team and we wanted to take this opportunity to audition new writers and to encourage PS Vita owners to share their creativity and passion for the console with other PS Vita fans. With that in mind, we wanted to open up the website, through this competition, to give our readers the chance to have their reviews published on the website. So, to enter this competition we want to see YOUR reviews of games for the PS Vita.

So that’s basically the competition. We want you to write a review of a game for us for Vita Player. It can be a review of ANY game as long as it runs on the PS Vita – a native Vita title or a game that runs on the Vita from another platform – PSP, PS One Classics, Minis or PlayStation Mobile. As long as it’s a game that’s available at retail or downloadable from the PSN Store then we’d love to read your reviews. The only guidelines that you need to stick to when writing your reviews are:-

  • The game you review must be available to play on the PS Vita
  • The game must be a title that we haven’t currently reviewed on Vita Player (if you’re not sure, just use our search function)
  • The review must be family friendly (so be careful about the language you use)
  • Keep to the general style and length of a typical Vita Player game review
  • Make sure that you include our “At A Glance” section (although don’t worry about the PlayStation TV compatability details)
  • Give the game a score out of 10
  • The review hasn’t been published previously on any other website or magazine and that it is all your own work
  • You agree that you grant us the right to  publish your review on the Vita Player website

In addition to the main prize, we will also look at all of the entries we receive and we may contact one or more of the writers with a view to inviting them to be a part of the Vita Player writing team. Please be aware that Vita Player is a non-profit making website and writing positions are voluntary and unpaid. However, our website staff do receive occasional review copies of game titles, PSN vouchers, accessories and other items in lieu of their work on the website.

Rules

  1. All entrants must be aged 18 or over and be residents of the EU.
  2. Entries submitted must be wholy original works and not have been submitted to or published elsewhere.
  3. All entrants must agree that their submission may be used on the Vita Player website freely without further permission being sought from the author.
  4. The prize of the PlayStation TV is physically being held by Vita Player at present and is not being supplied by any third party. As we are not awaiting the supply of this prize, we will not offer an alternative nor will any cash alternative be offered should the winner decline to accept the first prize.
  5. Closing date for all entries is midnight on 31st May 2015 (UK time).
  6. The winning entry shall be the one deemed by the judges to be the best written review submitted by the closing date.
  7. No guarantee is given to the winning entrant that a staff position will be offered to them on the Vita Player website.
  8. The decision of the Site Editor is final.

Sending Your Entry To Us

So, if you have read all of that and have decided to enter, just write your review and email it to us at contact@vitaplayer.co.uk and put “PlayStation TV Competition” in the subject line. Attached your review as either a Word, Open Office, Text, or RTF file and we’ll do the rest but please ensure that it reaches us by the closing date of 31st May 2015. Please make sure that you include your full name, date of birth and country you live in along with your entry.

Good luck!

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The Simpsons Comes To Minecraft On PS Vita

Already incredibly popular on other formats, this week sees the release of The Simpsons skin pack for Minecraft across all PlayStation formats through the PSN Store. The skin pack features the whole Simpsons family along with a whole host of other familiar characters from the series and will be priced at just £3.29/€3.99 for the Cross Buy bundle.

If The Simpsons isn’t quite your thing then that’s not the only thing worth looking out for this week for Minecraft fans… a free update to the game bringing with it a brand new playable character – Alex! Alex is Steve’s female counterpart for the game. While Alex may have a more slight appearance, she plays exactly the same as the game’s regular protagonist so now you’ll have a choice of 16 character skins right from the start – 8 for Steve and a further 8 for Alex in addition to any that you may have purchased from any DLC packs.