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PlayStation Mobile Update – 25th February 2015

It’s been a massive week for PSM fans over on the EU PSN store with plenty of new releases and lots of updates to existing titles. Unlike recent weeks it appears that developers are returning to more sensible pricing for their PSM titles as well bearing in mind the target market with the most expensive weighing in at only £3.99.

Anyway, this weeks offerings are:

New Releases

  • Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 4 (HAMSTER Corporation) – Mobile game compilation
  • BAM!BAM! (AINANOHA)
  • Cave Of The Golden Skulls (Cooply Solutions) – 3D endless runner
  • Chimp Challenge (Garrett Lenk)
  • Hockey Shootout 2015 (Baggs Customs)
  • Mussoumano Saving Latifas (Maqna Interactive)
  • Voxel Maker (Nostatic Software) – 3D art package
  • Woodland Walker (Banshee TKi)

Updates

  • agRAVe KEY MIND C
  • Disillusions Manga Horror – expanded with new chapter added
  • Eternal Interceptor Bit
  • Fatty Bird
  • Instant Dungeon
  • Pojong
  • Primary Laser
  • The Game Lab Project
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Game Review: Galatea (PlayStation Mobile)

You could be forgiven for thinking that PlayStation Mobile games are simple, shallow affairs that last as long as an episode of Eastenders, or if your lucky the length of the Sunday omnibus.  However there are plenty of games out there for PlayStation Mobile that require a bit more of your spare time and for the price you pay they seem like bargains worthy of a golden gavel.

Galatea definitely requires a good investment of your time as this is definitely not a quick 5 minute game. Developed by Satoshi Hamano for PlayStation Mobile, Galatea is an open world title of exploration and tense combat with enough depth to keep you interested from start to finish.

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Game Review: Fat Princess Piece Of Cake (PS Vita)

Politically correct it certainly isn’t, but Fat Princess is one of those characters that’s made an impact on the PlayStation both on the PS3 and the Vita’s predecessor the PSP in both its outings so far, to the extent that the game’s heroine has made a cameo in PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale since making her debut back in 2009 and fans are now eagerly awaiting the upcoming sequel Fat Princess Adventures for the PS4. However, Vita owners have had little chance to experience the delights that Sony’s royalty has to offer. Until now, that is…

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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Coming To PS Vita This June

NIS America are continuing their programme of bringing Japanes games to the Western market with the announcement that Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is being released for the PS Vita in the EU and US this June. Set for release on June 9, 2015 in North America and June 5, 2015 in Europe, the game will be available as both a physical and digital release.

From the studio that made Demon Gaze comes Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, a sci-fi dungeon crawler RPG set in a near future Tokyo. With the city under the constant threat of Variants—genetically engineered monsters—and the emergence of portals leading to a mysterious dimension called the Abyss, the government has established the Code Physics Agency to investigate these mysterious phenomena. The Xth Squad—a unique group of teens modified by the CPA’s Code technology—must evade traps, face down powerful monsters, and investigate the mystery behind the Abyss.

The game features a Robust Customization System allowing you to recruit and train a unique group of six Xth members to venture into the Abyss. Customize each member from one of ten distinct Blood Codes. Each Xth member’s appearance, class, personality, morality, and stats may be molded to the player’s preference. It is an accessible, yet deep dungeon crawler – the labyrinthine dungeons of New Tokyo offer 40+ hours of dungeon crawling action with traps, secret doors, challenging enemies, and gorgeous art throughout.

Presenting players with a unique sci-fi story, players dive into the unique dungeon crawler setting of Operation Abyss and lose yourself in the gorgeous world, featuring real-life locations rendered by Tetsu Kurosawa and Oxijiyen. A gripping story blends heavy sci-fi elements with a setting to give the game a unique feel.

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Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Coming To PS Vita In 2015

NIS America have confirmed that the third title in the popular Danganronpa series of visual novels, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, is coming to the PS Vita in the EU and US later this year…

After the horrors have ended at Hope’s Peak Academy, society is on the verge of collapse and violent anarchy has engulfed the whole world in despair! Danganronpa™ Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, the pre-sequel to the highly popular mystery adventure game Danganronpa™ 2: Goodbye Despair, is coming to North America and Europe on the PlayStation®Vita this fall. This title will be available as both a physical and digital release. Unlike the first two games, players will take on the role of two heroines, Komaru Naegi and Toko Fukawa, as they are thrust into a despair-ridden Towa City with one goal–escape.

Komaru Naegi, little sister to Makoto Naegi, has been imprisoned inside a mysterious apartment for over a year. One day, she is rescued by Byakuya Togami of Future Foundation, but the rescue is derailed by a sudden attack of hundreds of Monokumas. Komaru soon discovers that the city has been taken over by a group of children calling themselves the Warriors of Hope. Their leader, Monaca, declares that the city will be the site of a Children’s Paradise, and to accomplish this, all the adults will be exterminated. Komaru teams up with Toko Fukawa to try to survive the rampaging Monokumas, escape the crafty Monokuma Kids, and uncover the secrets of the city.

The game’s key features include:

  • Third Person Shooter Action Sequences: Use Future Foundation’s Hacking Gun to have a fighting chance against the hordes of Monokumas as you traverse Towa City.
  • Tons of Different Types of Ammo: Tackle challenges with multiple kinds of Truth Bullets, such as Paralyze and Link. Upgrade your firepower with special Bling Bullet modifiers.
  • Riddles and Puzzles: The Monokuma Kids will challenge more than just your trigger finger; you’ll need your smarts to survive as well. There’s a lot to discover in the city, with a number of familiar faces and mysteries to unravel!

More details on this as we get them.

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PS Vita Third Birthday Sale On EU PSN Store

For some time gamers here in the EU have complained about the lack of a decent sale on the EU Store but that has abated today when Sony unveiled an absolutely stunning sale for the PS Vita celebrating it’s third birthday. With an incredible array of titles on offer at some massively reduced prices, many players are spoiled for choice with what to actually go for. Everything featured in the Birthday Sale is available until the 4th March 2015.

Assassin’s Creed III Liberation – was £14.99/€19.99, now £6.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – was £34.99/€39.99, now £11.99/€14.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Child of Light – Complete Edition -was £19.99/€24.99, now £7.39/€8.99
Child of Light – was £11.99/€14.99, now £5.79/€6.99
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair – was £34.99/€39.99, now £14.99/€19.99
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – was £34.99/€39.99, now £14.99/€19.99
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited – was £34.99/€39.99, now £14.99/€19.99
Dragon’s Crown – was £34.99/€39.99, now £14.99/€19.99
Dustforce – was £7.99/€9.99, now £1.69/€1.99
God of War Collection – was £19.99/€24.99, now £9.99/€12.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Gravity Rush – was £11.99/€14.99, now £5.79/€6.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f – was £24.99/€29.99, now £15.99/€19.99
Killzone Mercenary – was £14.99/€19.99, now £6.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – was £34.99/€39.99, now £24.99/€29.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – was £34.99/€39.99, now £14.99/€19.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – HD Edition – was £11.99/€14.99, now £6.49/€7.99
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – HD Edition – was £11.99/€14.99, now £6.49/€7.99
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection – was £24.99/€29.99, now £11.99/€14.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Mortal Kombat – was £19.99/€24.99, now £6.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
MotoGP14 – was £24.99/€29.99, now £11.99/€14.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
MotoGP14 Compact – was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
MotoGP14 Compact to full game upgrade – was £14.99/€19.99, now £7.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
MotorStorm RC Complete Edition – was £7.39/€8.99, now £3.29/€3.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Need for Speed Most Wanted – was £44.99/€49.99, now £11.99/€14.99
Persona 4 Golden – was £34.99/€39.99, now £14.99/€19.99
Rayman Origins – was £14.99/€19.99, now £6.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Resistance: Burning Skies – was £11.99/€14.99, now £6.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Ridge Racer – Ultimate Edition – was £19.99/€24.99, now £5.79/€6.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Ridge Racer – was £7.99/€9.99, now £3.99/€4.99
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time – was £11.99/€14.99, now £5.79/€6.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing Transformed – was £34.99/€39.99, now £7.99/€9.99
Soul Sacrifice Delta – was £24.99/€29.99, now £11.99/€14.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Street Fighter X Tekken – was £39.99/€44.99, now £7.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Super Stardust Delta – was £6.49/€7.99, now £3.29/€3.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Tearaway – was £11.99/€14.99, now £6.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
The Jak and Daxter Trilogy – was £15.99/€19.99, now £7.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy – was £19.99/€24.99, now £9.99/€12.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
The Sly Trilogy – was £19.99/€24.99, now £9.99/€12.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
The Walking Dead: Season Two – SEASON PASS – was £15.99/€19.99, now £7.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season – was £14.99/€19.99, now £6.99/€9.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
The Wolf Among Us – The Complete First Season – was £19.99/€24.99, now £9.99/€12.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Uncharted: Golden Abyss – was £19.99/€24.99, now £9.99/€12.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
WipEout 2048 – was £11.99/€14.99, now £5.79/€6.99 (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Ys: Memories of Celceta – was £34.99/€39.99, now £14.99/€19.99

Digital Discounts

Young Thor (Minis) – 50% off (original price: £3.99/€4.99) (10% additional PS Plus discount)
King Oddball – 40% off (original price £3.69/€4.49) (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Thomas Was Alone – 50% off (original price £6.19/€7.49) (10% additional PS Plus discount)
Thomas Was Alone: Benjamin’s Flight – 50% off (original price £1.99/€2.49)
Titan Attacks! – 50% off (original price £7.99/€9.99) (10% additional PS Plus discount)

We can see a lot of PS Vita owners with empty wallets over the next couple of weeks!

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Game Review: Switch Galaxy Ultra (PS Vita)

Regular Vita Player readers will know that I’m a fan of PlayStation Mobile… a massive fan of PlayStation Mobile. So much in fact that I have taken it upon myself to attempt to amass a complete collection of every title released for the EU market so I’d like to think that I have a fairly good knowledge of games released for the format and that has enabled me to compile the Top 10 and Top 25 PlayStation Mobile Games we have here on the website.

But why am I talking about PSM when I’m reviewing a PS Vita game? Well it’s testament to the hard work of the developers Atomicom when the PlayStation Mobile update of their original Android game, Switch Galaxy made it into both of these lists. Now, after a wait that has seemed like an eternity the game has finally been released in an updated form for the PS Vita and PS4 but has it been worth the wait?

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EU PlayStation Store Update – 11th February 2015

After a few weeks with plenty of PS Vita releases hitting the PSN Store here in the EU, things have slowed down this time with more DLC than anything else for all of us PS Vita owners. With just a couple of titles hitting the store as well as this weeks PlayStation Mobile titles, its the healthly selection of DLC that is taking centre stage this time around…

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Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk – £32.99/€39.99/AU$59.95

Fantasy Hero Unsigned Legacy – £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.95 (not available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine)

Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth2 – £32.99/€39.99/AU$59.95

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Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 3 – £2.39/€2.99/AU$4.95

Animals: Cross the line – £2.19/€2.79/AU$4.75

CubexCube – £0.65/€0.79/AU$1.45

SpiderZero – £1.19/€1.49/AU$2.45

Star Sabotage 2 – £1.39/€1.79/AU$2.95

Setp Seq – £1.19/€1.49/AU$2.45

For some reason, the EU blog has been listing a large number of titles in recent weeks in the Solbrain series from Lightning Game Studios being released for PlayStation Mobile but none of these have actually hit the EU Store.

PS Vita DLC

Aeterno Blade

  • AeternoBlade Arena Mode – £1.69/€1.99
  • AeternoBlade Bikini Costume – £0.79/€0.99
  • AeternoBlade Agent Costume – £0.79/€0.99
  • AeternoBlade Ninja Costume – £0.79/€0.99
  • AeternoBlade Time Guardian Costume – £0.79/€0.99
  • AeternoBlade Assasin Costume – £0.79/€0.99
  • AeternoBlade Virnia Costume – £0.79/€0.99

Aterlier Ayesha Plus

  • Ayesha Plus – Flower Band & Passion Cloth – £2.49/€2.99/AU$4.55
  • Ayesha Plus – White Diamond – £2.49/€2.99/AU$4.55
  • Ayesha Plus – Strawberry swimsuit – £2.49/€2.99/AU$4.55
  • Ayesha Plus – Little Garnet & Bride Sapphire – £2.49/€2.99/AU$4.55
  • Ayesha Plus – Modern Girl – £2.49/€2.99/AU$4.55

Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy

  • CHARACTER LICENSE & GG & BB & SP COLOR SET – £2.89/€3.49/AU$5.25
  • ALL CHARACTER COLOR PACK SET-01 – £0.75/€0.89/AU$1.35
  • CHARACTER LICENSE & SP COLOR SET – £1.19/€1.49/AU$2.25
  • Mission Pack 1 ‘Birth of the Sacred Treasures’ – £1.19/€1.49/AU$2.25
  • Mission Pack 2 ‘Then and Now’ – £1.19/€1.49/AU$2.25
  • CHARACTER LICENSE & GG COLOR SET – £1.19/€1.49/AU$2.25
  • CHARACTER LICENSE & BB COLOR SET – £1.19/€1.49/AU$2.25
  • CHARACTER COLOR PACK-ACRESS SET-01 – £0.39/€0.49/AU$0.75
  • CHARACTER COLOR PACK-SHOUT SET-01 – £0.39/€0.49/AU$0.75
  • CHARACTER COLOR PACK-HAUL SET-01 – £0.39/€0.49/AU$0.75
  • CHARACTER COLOR PACK-ASHTA SET-01 – £0.39/€0.49/AU$0.75

Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 2

  • Item Trial Pack – Free
  • Beginner’s Item Pack – Free
  • Additional Content Pack 1 – £0.79/€0.99/AU$1.45
  • Additional Content Pack 2 – £0.79/€0.99/AU$1.45
  • Additional Content Pack 3 – £0.79/€0.99/AU$1.45
  • Emergency Help Pack – £0.79/€0.99/AU$1.45
  • Nepgear’s [Beam Zapper Zero] – £0.79/€0.99/AU$1.45
  • Believe in Pippin Set – Free
  • Nepgear Eye Mask – Free
  • Anime Collaboration Set – Free

Magical Beats

  • XBLAZE Music & Character Pack Vol.1 – £2.99/€3.59/AU$5.45
  • XBLAZE Music & Character – The Sprint – Es – £0.59/€0.75/AU$1.15
  • XBLAZE Music & Character – Viridian Tranquility – Hinata – £0.59/€0.75/AU$1.15
  • XBLAZE Music & Character – Unbreakable Resolve – Mei – £0.59/€0.75/AU$1.15
  • XBLAZE Music & Character – Time of Death – Ripper – £0.59/€0.75/AU$1.15
  • XBLAZE Music & Character – Follower Bathed in Blood – Drei – £0.59/€0.75/AU$1.15
  • XBLAZE Music & Character – Crimson Heart – Kuon – £0.59/€0.75/AU$1.15

I can’t wrap up without talking about the PSN Store’s Deal Of The Week. A couple of weeks ago, SCEE confirmed that they would be focusing on the PS4 from now on with the DOTW with the PS3 and PS Vita continuing to receive special offers and deals through the Digital Discounts area of the store. Bearing that in mind, it has come as a great shock to see that today features a Deal Of The Week offering NBA 2K15 for the PS4 and PS3 at half price… so where’s this weeks deal for the Vita? Or once again are we being side-lined by Sony Computer Entertainment?

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PlayStation Mobile Update – 11th February 2015

While most PS Vita owners are waiting to see what new games are hitting the PSN Store here in Europe, here at Vita Player we’re not going to ignore the much-maligned PlayStation Mobile format so once again it’s time for our weekly round-up of the latest PSM titles to hit the store…

New Releases

  • Animals: Cross The Line (LostVision Gamestudio) – appears to be a cross between an endless runner and Frogger presented in isometric 3D!
  • Appli Archives IDAC Escape Game Pack 3 (HAMSTER Corporation) -collection of four adventures previously released on mobile devices. All text in Japanese
  • CubexCube (MMA) – Rubik’s cube on the Vita!
  • Setp Seq (Ainanoha) – a music sequencing package
  • SpiderZero (MairCODE) – another solitaire game from the same developer who released SolitaireZero a week earlier
  • Star Sabotage 2 (Vanguard Chaos Gaming) – sequel to the vertically scrolling shooter released in 2014 for PSM

Updates

  • agRAVe KEY MIND C
  • Eternal Interceptor
  • Hyper Reminder
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Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness and Bananas Swings to PS Vita

Gamers looking to go bananas over an exciting Rhythm-Puzzle title can now purchase Disco Pixel’s Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness and Bananas for PS Vita.

In the game, players assist the Mofongo tribe of monkeys as they battle rival primates invading to steal precious bananas. However, the Mofongo soon realize their monkey neighbors are being invaded themselves because humans are destroying the vibrant rainforest both groups call home. The Mofongo then confront the true evil ravaging their land to reclaim tropical paradise.

Keeping the beat and making quick decisions are essential to resolving this monkey business! Gamers drum on the screens of their Vitas in time with the dynamic music to command the Mofongo tribe. While drumming, players must also employ strategy and decide where monkeys move and who they should attack.

Game Features
•Wild new take on rhythm games – drum to control your monkeys
•Dynamic soundtrack – music swells in intensity as monkey minions are mustered
•Massive jungle – drum through tons of levels set on three separate worlds: sunny Juba Falls, dark Kagunga Forest and the devastated Nadges Corp. Factory
•Iconic monkeys in a vibrant jungle rumble
•Crazy cartoon art-style
•An epic main story that will keep gamers playing for hours as well as numerous side quests

“During testing gamers would enter a Zen-like state, becoming enraptured with Jungle Rumble,” said Trevor Stricker, president, Disco Pixel. “I am as happy as a monkey instigating monkey business in a monkey tree when I see gamers play for hours.”

You can watch the trailer on YouTube here.

Disco Pixel is a Boston-based indie studio committed to advancing rhythm games to a funkier place. The studio was founded by Trevor Stricker, a veteran of AAA titles including NBA 2K, Panzer Dragoon and Fantastic Four. He has aspired to be indie since the days of Apple.