In the United Kingdom, at least. MCVUK reported that Sony will indeed be bundling the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita together, while VideoGamer.com posted an image from MCV, proving that Sony has this lined up for this December. No word on pricing for the UK and absolutely no word on this bundle coming to the US at the moment, but I’m sure we’ll see it soon.
Brace Yourselves: A New PaRappa Game Is Coming. Maybe.
Some dude on NeoGAF who could either be an anonymous lonely forum nerd yearning for attention or an actual person close to the video game industry (possibly both?) felt the need to brag in a post about how he got drunk with some game industry friends in super hip San Francisco. Amidst the drunken shmoozery, a Sony PR guy allegedly “got pretty shit tanked” and “spilled the beans that a new Parappa the Rappa [sic] is being worked on with really slick HD illustrations and really cool animation that totally captures the spirit of the original. Apparently Queasy Games and the Media Molecule are teaming up for this, and it uses some of the tech from Tearaway.”
I think the main takeaway from all this is that most nerds suck at holding their liquor and shouldn’t be trusted with industry secrets and a new PaRappa game would be effing awesome.
And to any important video game PR companies who probably aren’t reading this, I’m the king of being drunk. I would never spill any of your beans, and it would be an honor to have you send me to San Francisco so that I may drink alcohol and talk about video games with other people who are also drinking alcohol. Thank you.
Attention people with PS Plus: Hotline Miami is free for the PlayStation 3 and PS Vitastarting tomorrow. Don’t be an idiot! This is your opportunity to play one of the best games ever created, hands down. Vivid visuals, catchy tunes, and non-stop killing action — this game is too good to pass up.
Earlier this week Sony announced a home console version of the PS Vita dubbed the PS Vita TV releasing November 14 in Japan for just $100, or $150 for the system, a DualShock 3, and 8GB memory card. The announcement baffled some and enraged others, but here’s 5 reasons to be just plain pumped.
OK, so the 2DS is a 3DS minus the 3D. And the PS Vita TV is a PS Vita that lets you only play some Vita games. And the new Vita is slightly lighter and thinner but otherwise looks nearly identical to the original. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Are the Xbox One S and PS4 Slim going to be out in December?
Dragon’s Crown is a 2D RPG/adventure/beat ‘em up game developed by Vanillaware that has been on everyone’s minds the last couple of months due to its controversial art style. Big boobs don’t go over so well in video games. Boobs aside, Dragon’s Crown is a solid game, according to critics, who all agree it’s a fantastic and in-depth role-playing game that any gamer can enjoy.
Monday mornings suck. Here’s some box art to make it better.
The previous MMBAs have been for older games, so I wanted to pick a newer one this week. Gravity Rush has some really nice art. The character and her cat are standing sideways on a building, indicating the gravity-changing gameplay. The only thing I don’t like is that the typography looks like it was done as Word Art in MS Word.
PSN is doing a big sale for the next two weeks, offering up to 60% off select titles, while PS Plus members can get a whopping 80%off select titles. Here’s what they’re offering for the coming weeks, with pricing included for both PS Plus and non-Plus members:
July 2nd – 9th
Call Of Duty Black Ops II (PS3) – Regular Price: $59.99 Sale Price: $41.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $37.79 The Amazing Spider-Man(PS3) – Regular Price: $49.99 Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99 Batman Arkham Asylum (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest (PS Vita/PSP) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $4.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.50 Mortal Kombat(PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 Mortal Kombat– (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: the Game(PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $3.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $2.00 Shadow of the Colossus (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 Ratchet & Clank Collection(PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50
July 9th – 16th
Fast & Furious Showdown (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $31.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $23.99 Star Trek(PS3) – Regular Price: $54.99 Sale Price: $43.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $32.99 Men In Black: Alien Crisis(PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $29.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $20.99 The Simpsons Arcade Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $6.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.89 X-Men(PS3) – Regular Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $6.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.89 Hitman Trilogy HD – (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $15.99 Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 Silent Hill: Book of Memories (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50 LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes(PS3) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $14.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.50 LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 The Adventures of TinTin: The Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $19.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $10.00 Star Wars The Force Unleashed II(PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game(PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $5.00 Just Cause 2(PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $9.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $7.99 Prince of Persia Classics Trilogy(PS3) – Regular Price: $39.99 Sale Price: $15.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $8.00 Tron Evolution (PS Vita) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00 Alice: Madness Returns (PS3) – Regular Price: $19.99 Sale Price: $7.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $4.00 Fight Night Champion – Full Game (PS3) – Regular Price: $29.99 Sale Price: $11.99 PlayStation Plus Price: $6.00
Sadly, I never got to finish the original Muramasa: The Demon Blade for Wii. See… at the time I was a broke and unemployed blogger (and I still am!), so I pirated a copy for my hacked Wii. Jerk move, I know, but I was (and still am) broke.
I wound up having to update the firmware on my Wii to play Xenoblade Chronicles and the update essentially un-hacked my shit. Bummer
But the good news is Marvelous AQL is releasing an updated version called Muramasa Rebirth for the PlayStation Vita. And unlike the Wii version where you had to press UP on the D+Pad to jump, there’s an honest-to-goodness jump button. TECHNOLOGY! Oh yeah, and there’s extra content and new playable characters too.
Pretty stoked for my chance to get back into this game and actually BUY a copy. Gonna’ look fresh on that OLED screen.
Picotto Knights - This Vita Game Needs To Come To The U.S. RIGHT NOW
Piccoto Knights is a beat-‘em-up action RPG for the Vita from Game Arts and NHN Hangame. You start off by making a custom character dude, then upgrading them with weapons and shizz. Since the game’s free-to-play, you can also spend real-world dollars on in-game items if you’re into that sort of thing.
The game’s set to release in Japan on September 20th, but no plans for a western release have been mentioned.
GungHo and NHN haven’t announced if they will bring Picotto Knights to North America or Europe, but it looks like they’re planning to. GungHo filed a trademark for Picotto Knights in the US trademark database. Perhaps, an announcement will be made at Tokyo Game Show since the game will launch during the event?
How To Get All The PS1 Games On Your Vita WITHOUT Hacks
Bummed about only getting 9 PS1 games to choose from on the Vita’s PSN store? If you’re a Vita owner who also owns a PS3, the dudes from Fist Full of Potions show off an absurdly simple way to get any PSOne Classic onto your Vita.
PS Vita Firmware V1.80 Is Live. FINALLY, PSOne Classic Support!
It’s time to blow the dust from that unpocketable portable device because this new update brings sweet new features like the ability to navigate the home menu with buttons instead of getting all touchy-swipey, and the web browser gets a little more Safari iOS-ish with a search bar in the browser menu and giving you the ability to jump to the top of a page.
Here’s a video rundown of all the new features.
But we know what you really care about: PSOne Classic support! Here’s a list of the first batch of games that you can download as soon as the PSN store updates later today/tonight.
Arc the Lad
Cool Boarders 2
FINAL FANTASY VII
Hot Shots Golf 2
Twisted Metal 2
Yeah, it kind of sucks that they’ll be rolling out small handfuls of games on a weekly basis instead of giving us access to the massive library already available on PSN, but at least FFVII’s in there, so we doubt there’ll be too many complaints.
Which PSOne games are you looking forward to playing on your Vita?
Gravity Rush is a PlayStation Vita exclusive open world action RPG directed by Keiichiro Toyama and written by Naoko Sato - both known for their work on Siren and the first Silent Hill. It’s like Hayao Miyazaki, Solatorobo, inFAMOUS, and Crackdown had a baby. It’s also by far the best looking and most innovative game on the Vita and one of the best games of the year.
Gorgeous art direction, level design, and character designs bursting with charm and personality.
Intriguing story filled with a memorable cast of characters that are sure to spawn countless works of fanart, cosplay, tattoos, etc.
Massive open world that you’ll want to explore even after the credits roll.
Some of the later levels are beautifully trippy and have a clever puzzle element to them. They’re so awesome that you’ll probably wish more of the game was like this.
Combat is often clunky.
Whack load times.
Abrupt ending that doesn’t really sum anything up.