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Ragnarok Odyssey ACE Confirmed For EU PS3 & Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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Game Arts, GungHo Online Entertainment, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Ragnarok Odyssey, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, RPG

Ragnarok Odyssey ACE Confirmed For EU PS3 & Vita

An extended edition of competent Vita Monster Hunter-wannabe Ragnarok Odyssey has been confirmed for a European release on both PS3 and Vita this winter, courtesy of GungHo Online. It will include the original game , alongside a "host of new content," items, weapons and stages. Cross-platform play will allow PS3 and Vita players to cooperate on the same servers.

I praised the "wealth of addictive content and silky-smooth action RPG gameplay" in our 7/10 Ragnarok Odyssey review, so with luck, the ACE edition will make for an even more attractive proposition.

Ragnarok Odyssey Ace Confirmed For Western Vita Release

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Jonathan Lester
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Game Arts, GungHo Online Entertainment, JRPG, PS Vita games, Ragnarok Odyssey, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace

Ragnarok Odyssey Ace Confirmed For Western Vita Release

Just a quickie: GungHo Online Entertainment have confirmed that Ragnarok Odyssey Ace will be localised for Western audiences following the Japanese launch in July. This extended version will contain all the features of the capable Vita-exclusive JRPG, all DLC, a new ACE Skill system and an epilogue episode that continues the game beyond the original ending.

We have yet to find out exactly when the Western version will release, but don't hold your breath, since it took many months for the original to make it from Japan to the US and finally to the EU PlayStation Network. For now, why not check out our Ragnarok Odyssey review for more details?

Ragnarok Odyssey Review | Monstrous Hunting

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Brawler, Game Arts, GungHo Online Entertainment, PS Vita games, RPG

Ragnarok Odyssey Review | Monstrous Hunting

Platform: PS Vita (PSN, £23.99)

Developer: Game Arts

Publisher: GungHo Online Entertainment

The Vita has inherited countless JRPGs from the PSP, but there's no denying that Sony's handheld dearly needs some spiky-haired grindy fighty looty games of its very own. Basically, it needs Monster Hunter. With projects like Soul Sacrifice still months from release, the way is clear for Ragnarok Odyssey: a localised RPG from Game Arts that uses the Vita hardware to devastating advantage.

After picking a class (a mix of melee bruisers, archers and spellslingers) and tailoring their appearance from a huge array of cosmetic options, players are thrown into the last bastion of civilization before an enormous unexplored danger zone. This frontier town acts as a hub with all the mod cons, such as a pub and a save station, and several vendors who will increase their stocks as you bring back materials from the outside world. A few fun characters are on hand to chat with, but as the leading light of the Pacification Squad tasked with defending the friendly hamlet, you'll soon have to sally forth into the wilds in search of fun and profit.

Ragnarok Odyssey Review | Monstrous Hunting

Much like the Monster Hunter series or Phantasy Star Online, Ragnarok Odyssey's world isn't really a vast expanse of terrain; rather it's a selection of specific maps that can only be accessed by accepting their corresponding mission. Colourful though slightly spartan, these levels tend to consist of numerous smaller linked areas, and are populated by a diverse assortment of deadly critters. When battle begins, things go from familiar to surprisingly epic.

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Ragnarok Odyssey Coming To British Vitas In A Fortnight

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Game Arts, GungHo Online Entertainment, PS Vita games, Ragnarok Odyssey, RPG

Ragnarok Odyssey Coming To British Vitas In A Fortnight

Vita action- RPG Ragnarok Odyssey has finally gotten a European release date after launching Stateside last year. It's slated to launch on PSN in a fortnight's time, February 22nd, costing €29.99 (likely £24.99 over here). A playable demo is now available to download on the PlayStation Network, which will give you a taste of what to expect.

Strong handheld-friendly mechanics and a quirky approach to character levelling lead to some mixed critical reviews when Ragnarok Odyssey released in the US, but we'll be the judge of that soon enough.

Dokuro Review | Move Over Fortesque, There's A New Skeleton On Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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Game Arts, GungHo Online Entertainment, Platformer, PS Vita games, Puzzle games, Sony

Dokuro Review | Move Over Fortesque, There's A New Skeleton On Vita

Platform: PS Vita [PSN: £11.99]

Developer: Game Arts

Publisher: GungHo Online Entertainment

The PS Vita desperately needs more games like Dokuro.

It's not the biggest or flashiest game to hit Sony's handheld. There was no hype campaign, no big license to piggyback on, and little in the way of fanfare on the run-up to its US launch last year. Dokuro's humble origins were as simple as they come, but as this unassuming puzzle-platformer proves, keeping things simple can sometimes be the key to creating a sensational game. Throughout what can only be described as a staggeringly vast number of perfectly-paced levels, players guide a lovesick skeleton on a quest to save a helpless princess, constantly encountering new challenges that use some instantly accessible mechanics in unpredictable (and surprisingly punishing) ways. Basically it's just a great fit for the handheld: a wholesome, elegant and charming romp that'll keep you entertained through countless commutes or lazy sofa Sundays.

We have much to discuss, especially now that Dokuro has finally staggered through Sony's hilariously tardy EU certification process. But before we do, you should probably think long and hard about where you last used your Vita... and where you ended up stashing it for safekeeping. You'll be needing it soon enough.

Dokuro Review | Move Over Fortesque, There's A New Skeleton On Vita

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