With the price only occasionally dropping from the £20 mark, this deal for Persona 4 is something Vita owners should jump at if they haven't bought it already. Delivering the definitive version of a JRPG classic, Persona 4 offers so much content beyond dungeon crawling that you'll be spending weeks, if not months, going through everything it has to offer. Seriously, if you own a Vita and not this, you're doing it wrong. Thanks to AnimeDude92 @ HUKD!
Be sure to check out our Persona 4: Golden review for more details.
Atlus have launched an utterly enormous sale on the US PSN Store, including a host of fantastic RPGs at bargain prices.
£3.35 will get you anything from Odin Sphere to Persona 4, Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga and curiously brilliant pinball RPG Rollers Of The Realm. £6.71 will net you Citizens Of Earth, Persona 3 Portable or Abyss Odyssey.
Even the mighty Persona 4: Golden is down to £10.07. Links below.
"But Jon, us Brits can't buy games on the US PSN," I hear you cry. Well, that's where you're wrong, chum, at least when it comes to PS4 games. It takes a few minutes to set up, but read our new guide to find out How To Buy & Play US PSN Games In The UK, meaning that it's a great way of getting your hands on Citizens Of Earth or Rollers Of The Realm.Click here to read more...
Persona 5 received its first trailer yesterday. If you missed it, go ahead and watch it now.
If you didn't, watch it again anyway.
We can agree that it's devastatingly stylish, but a closer look reveals a wealth of potential new details about the anticipated JRPG. Not just in terms of characters and setting, but mechanics, symbolism and themes too. Ahead of an upcoming Famitsu feature, let's delve into Persona 5's debut video and see what we can pick out. Starting with the basics.
Characters are key to the enduring success of the Persona games. We've finally got to meet a few of them.
Persona 4: The Golden is an incredible remake of one of the best JRPGs ever made. Better yet, you can snag a cheap Vita deal courtesy of GameSeek and Rakuten's oh-so-familiar SPEND10 voucher code.
Remember to use voucher code SPEND10 for the extra discount! The PS Vita is a cult connoisseur's paradise, and Persona 4: The Golden is easily one of the best flagship games on the system. If not the best handheld games ever made. Matt awarded this splendid remake with a perfect score, which went above and beyond the original with a full graphical makeover and hours of extra content. You need this in your life. Thanks to gurdeep93 @ HUKD!
Etrian Odyssey Untold is handily the best game in the series, though it probably shouldn't be.
In fact, I shouldn't be able to recommend it at all. Following a heartbreaking European delay (still, at least we got Bravely Default a few months before the US - not that we're bitter or anything), it arrives on our shores as a remake of the 2008 DS original that borrows Etrian Odyssey IV's engine, right down to plundering plenty of assets. The fantastic old-school dungeon crawling is present and correct, the brutally tough yet rewarding exploration and combat that requires us to make our own maps on the lower screen, yet years of improvements have left it behind.
Etrian Odyssey IV introduced overworld airship exploration and other new features when it released last summer, so even with the delay, Untold ought to be obsolete. Lest we forget the cheekily ambitious Demon Gaze, which beat Untold to the punch on Vita.
And yet Etrian Odyssey IV feels like a prototype, a beta test, for something truly remarkable. A game that knows how tough an on-paper sell it is, and boldly flies in the face of the established franchise formula by adding something simple yet devastatingly effective.
Character. Real, genuine, vintage character. Or should that be characters?Click here to read more...
It's one of the best JRPGs of all time, now with a graphical makeover, hours of extra bits and bobs, and it looks absolutely stunning on the Vita. Persona 4 Golden is one of the finest games you can buy for Sony's little handheld, and will available for under £15 on the Playstation Store once the update goes live this afternoon (any time now).
Seriously, what the hell are you waiting for?
The PS Vita is a cult connoisseur's paradise, and Persona 4: The Golden is easily one of the best flagship games on the system. If not the best handheld games ever made. Matt awarded this splendid remake with a perfect score, which went above and beyond the incredible original with a full graphical makeover and hours of extra content. For £18.49 (including delivery a £2 saving with the QUIDCO voucher code), it's worth having in your life.
Thanks to cr3ampie @ HUKD, who also found the £17.50 deal last month!
The PS Vita is a cult connoisseur's paradise, and Persona 4: The Golden is easily one of the best flagship games on the system. If not the best handheld games ever made. Matt awarded this splendid remake with a perfect score, which went above and beyond the incredible original with a full graphical makeover and hours of extra content. For £17.50 (including shipping with the CELEBRATE voucher code), it's worth having in your life. Thanks to cr3ampie @ HUKD!
The PS Vita is a treasure trove of superb JRPGs, and Persona 4: The Golden is easily one of the best. If not the best game on the whole system. Matt awarded this splendid remake with a perfect score, which went above and beyond the incredible original with a full graphical makeover and hours of extra content. For £20.74 (including shipping), it's well worth having in your life. You'll need to log in to apply the AMGS14 voucher code, which expires on Valentine's Day. Thanks to toca73 @ HUKD!
After what feels like an eternity, Atlus has officially revealed that Persona 5 is in full development and headed exclusively to PS3.
We'll likely have to wait a while for the next iteration of the legendary JRPG series to arrive on UK shores, mind, considering that it's slated to release next Winter in Japan. Atlus games tend to take an age to secure European distribution. Perhaps we won't have to put next-gen on hold after all.
This move is highly reminiscent of Persona 4 releasing on PS2 instead of PS3 - Atlus doesn't play by anyone else's rules. Hopefully Sony will have brought Gaikai games streaming to European PS4s by 2015...
Dragon’s Crown is a fond throwback to classic side-scrolling beat ‘em ups like Streets of Rage, or more specifically, Golden Axe (you can totally ride dragons!). Stages involve going from left to right with a four-strong group consisting of knights, amazons, dwarves, elves, wizards or sorceresses. There's a boss with a health bar as wide as your TV at the end of each one too, with one of them being a clever nod to a certain Monty Python film. Sold yet?
You’re spoilt for choice, with six different character types to choose from. They’re ranked from beginner to expert, but to be honest you’ll be fine going with whichever takes your fancy from the start and you're allowed to have a few on the go at once.
There's been quite a bit of mild outcry (let's face it, it hasn't really been an uproar) over the female character design. And we can see why, those boobs are ridiculous and every time we see a female character in a story scene, they seem to be either borderline naked or lying in a ridiculously suggestive position.
Call it homage to classic art styles, call it immature character artists or call it pandering to a predominantly male audience. It's blatantly a case of all of the above. But does it deter from the gameplay? No. It's frequently so over the top it becomes quite amusing in a 'what were they thinking' or ‘why does that mermaid have a bum?' sort of way. You'll have seen worse in most pop music videos to be honest too. If anything, the muscular dwarve’s shorts concern us the most anyway.Click here to read more...
What started as bad news has now turned into good news for the mighty RPG beat 'em up, Dragon's Crown. The game's PR team recently reached out to let us know that there was a printing error on the back of the European/Australian boxes for the Vita version, indicating the game supported cross-play (instead of cross-save) functionality with the PS3.
Don't feel bad for long though, as the devs have seen fit to finally start working on a patch for cross-play support so Vita and PS3 gamers can play together. Japan and America will be getting the update first as the game has been out in those territories longer than the EU, but we expect we'll be getting it soon too.Click here to read more...
It's just myself and Carl again this week so we rattled through the week's news -- including EA's new CEO, Blizzard's canning of the Diablo III auction house, and SEGA's acquisition of Atlus -- before we settle in and have a nice, long natter about Grand Theft Auto V.
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Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: NIS America Europe | Reef Entertainment
The Nineties called. They want their game back.
And they can't have it, because Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a blast from the past that still plays brilliantly sixteen years after it first released. I'm keeping it.
This clumsily-titled JRPG launched on the Sega Saturn in 1997, exclusively in Japan, and has finally made its way onto western handhelds after the best part of two decades. As a Shin Megami Tensei title, Soul Hackers helped to pioneer the strong mature storylines and nuanced characters we've come to love from the Persona series, while delivering a hilariously kitsch take on what we honestly thought the future would be like. A networked city with computers in every house (wow!) plays host to an impossible dream, a virtual town that now looks dated compared to mid-tier MMOs, a hacker's paradise ripe for mischief.
However, playing as one of these hackers, you'll soon discover that demons have infested both the real and virtual world; sparking a chain of events that leads to a huge amount of dungeon crawling and fascinating dialogue. Though Soul Hackers shows its age from the outset, a uniquely superb battle system and surreal conversation mechanic make it feel right at home in the 21st century.
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Publisher: NIS America Europe
Some of you will remember the days when a pen and paper were as important as a mouse or joystick. Ancient RPGs and text adventures didn't mollycoddle or patronise us, instead throwing us into staggeringly tough labyrinths designed to test our mettle, requiring us to fill reams of graph paper (if not the back page of the instruction manual) with home-made maps and annotations. These embryonic gaming experiences demanded much from their players, but a little imagination and a lot of hard work paid off in spades.
Atlus describe Etrian Odyssey IV as "gaming's best tribute to retro RPGs," and they're probably right.
The basics are present and correct, lifted straight from the likes of Dungeon Master. You'll create a team of dungeon adventurers from scratch, choosing their classes and even their names, before embarking into hellacious mazes stuffed with vicious monsters and secrets to find. All while sketching out your own maps on the lower 3DS screen. Etrian Odyssey IV is unquestionably a product of the old-school, but succeeds so emphatically because it romanticises everything we loved about the good old days without ever cracking our rose-tinted goggles.
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Our full review is already scheduled to go live next week ahead of release on August 30th. However, plenty of very positive American reviews are already out, so you can pre-order without fear here (embargoes are fun). Amazing battle music, by the way.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Soul Hackers (let's just call it Soul Hackers from now on) will arrive on European 3DS from September 20th, NIS America announced today. The 1997 SEGA Saturn JRPG has been treated to a new animated intro, 30 new demons to summon, StreetPass functionality and a brand new dungeon to explore.
A downloadable eShop version will release on September 25th. Atlus fans, be aware that Etrian Odyssey IV will also launch on European 3DS later this month, and our full review will go live nearer the time.
Etrian Odyssey 4: Legends Of The Titan has finally been locked down for an August launch in Europe, which means that it's definitely time for a launch trailer. Accompanied by some suitably upbeat J-Rock, the footage shows us battling, dungeon crawling and manual map making, the latter of which will be your most important weapon. Your team will succeed or fail depending on your cartography skills.
Diaries at the ready, 3DS owners, because Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends Of The Titan has received a firm European release date. The 3DS-exclusive dungeon crawler is out on August 30th, providing a suitably hardcore RPG experience where you'll create and detail your own maps as you explore.
Screenshots after the break.Click here to read more...