Anime fans are in for a treat with this week's PSN sale. After last week's PS4 deals, this week is mainly about discounts on PS3 and Vita, and they feature anime games and tie-ins, and JRPGs rather heavily. Here are a few of our favourites:
Those are just a few highlights, so be sure to check out the full list of this week's PSN deals.Click here for all of this week's PSN deals >>
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is frankly something of a must for JRPG fans. The Vita has not been getting much love from Sony themselves, but it's rapidly become a cracking niche proposition for JRPG fans and import aficionados. The Remaster of FFX and X-2 is fantastic, with the latter looking practically current-gen, such is the job they've done at buffing it up. Definitely check out the reviews above for some in-depth analysis of the changes if you're on the fence, but really this one is a no-brainer.
Worth noting that Amazon have price matched, but they're estimating delivery in 2-4 weeks which could indicate stock issues.
Nice spot, Bure11!
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?
That Final Fantasy X-2 ever existed is frankly fantastic. Back when it emerged on the PS2 as the first true sequel to ever bear the name Final Fantasy, it confused the hell out of people. Picking up two years after the end of its direct predecessor, X-2 can basically be summed up as "What Yuna Did Next", yet it abandoned much of what made FFX a classic and what we ended up with was a strikingly pretty, utterly revamped, female-led, undeniably Japanese, all-singing all-dancing hot mess.
And it was thoroughly entertaining.
The Vita version of Final Fantasy X-2 HD sparkles. It looks absolutely fantastic, and on occasion I had to remind myself that this was made over a decade ago. The main characters look brilliant, the character models approaching current-gen quality at times, though this is offset by NPCs that range from the passable to the downright ugly. The fact that the opening video has been redone in HD, along with all of the other cutscenes, is frankly excellent. There's nothing else to say, really -- FFX-2 HD looks better than quite a few native Vita titles. It's one of the finest HD remasters I've ever witnessed in that respect.
Just as important as the changes to the visuals, though, are the lack of changes when it comes to the soundtrack. So much of what makes X-2 such a crazy romp is it's J-Pop soundtrack, and I'm pleased to report that the only thing that seems to have changed is the sound quality. FFX's soundtrack has been noticeably tampered with, and not entirely for the better, but here it seems like guns have most certainly been stuck to, and that'll surely delight long-time fans. Let's face it -- X-2 was always something of a Marmite game, but that was down to the fact that it's one of the most identifiable Final Fantasy title out there, positively oozing with character and personality. It's nice to see that none of that has been lost in the remastering process.Click here to read more...
It's yet another flash deal from The Game Collection, for yet another opportunity to get Level 5's JRPG for under £15. It makes it £2 cheaper than the next best deal over at ShopTo.
Matt declared the Level 5 / Studio Ghibli collaboration to be "one of the best JRPGs of the last decade" when he reviewed it earlier this year, and it's hard to argue with that statement, really. If you've held off from getting it this long, it may end up being one of the better £15 purchases you've made this year. Thanks to thelaine @ HUKD!
Final Fantasy XV's game director -- Tetsuya Nomura -- has said that the pre-rendered cutscenes that have been a series staple (for better or worse) will be lessened in favour of player-controlled, "dynamic" sequences.Click here to read more...
Lightning may be flying solo on the battlefield in the upcoming finale to the FFXIII series, but she's packing over forty outfits. She's not just indecisive, the clothes will give her unique skills and benefits, essentially turning her into a one-girl party. We're just glad she's ditched Hope, the little whiner.
Fans of -or people who played FFX-2 at least- may remember the team using the Dress Sphere system, we expect this to work in a similar manner. Regular players of the series will no doubt be able to spot a few getups that she's borrowed from characters of older games in the long-running franchise. Cloud's outfit has already been announced as a pre-order incentive. We'll endeavor to bring you a hands-on report of the game towards the end of the month.For now, enjoy the fashionista trailer after the break.Click here to read more...
It's another tidbit from the Ubisoft camp today, as the publisher has unveiled Child Of Light - a sidescrolling title that is "inspired by fairy tales and epic poems," according to a post made on Ubisoft's website.
Players will assume the role of Aurora, who is charged with bringing light back to her kingdom and defeating the Dark Queen. Joining her on her adventuresis a floating ball of light named Igniculus, which can help light the way through the darkenss (and can be controlled by a second player.) Stylised after J-RPGs, as well as including turn-based battles, the game will reportedly include a skill tree "closely resembling what we saw in Far Cry 3." The game will also be built using the UbiArt engine which brought Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends to life.
Child of Light will be available on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC & Wii U next year.
MMO launches are rarely smooth, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is no exception. Following major server and character creation issues even during the early access stage, Square Enix have given existing players an extra week of free subscriptions to make up for the aggravating delays.Click here to read more...
The launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been somewhat marred by heinous server waiting times and, in a number of cases, sheer impossibility of play.
So Square have decided to stop selling the game until hey can sort out their backend.Click here to read more...
Developer: Namco Bandai
Publisher: Namco Bandai
After waiting nearly two years more than our Japanese friends, we Western gamers have finally got our hands on one of the most eagerly awaited RPGs of recent memory. But was it worth the wait?
Tales of Xillia takes you on a journey with Milla Maxwell, a spirit deity in human form, and Jude Mathis, a young student, as they try to stop a corrupt king using a deadly weapon in a war he's desperately trying to start.
As with any RPG worth its salt, more party members are added to your group throughout the adventure. There's Alvin the mercenary, Rowen the old and wise, Elize the child with strong magical abilities and Leia who specialises in staff combat and crushing hard on Jude. The story takes an age to get going and sometimes the dialogue is winceworthy cheesey, but over the course of time, all of the characters become more nuanced and interesting.
At the start of the game, you choose to play as Jude or Milla, apparently giving you the story from different perspectives. Actual differences are minimal though and you can swap between characters in battle at will anyway.Click here to read more...
You've probably just about finished Ni No Kuni by now yes? Well, that means you need another absorbing JRPG to get stuck into and once again Namco Bandai are here to help, this time with their long awaited English version of Tales of Xillia.
The latest trailer ups the drama and shows off some of the game's slick anime cutscenes as Milla, Jude and co look to save the world. We have some combat gameplay trailers for you here too. Stick around, I'll be publishing my full review of the game later today after weeks of playing the game. I might squeeze in a few more EXP though first.Click here to read more...
Namco Bandai revealed during Japan Expo that they are bringing Tales of Xillia 2 to Europe and Australasia in 2014. A direct sequel to Tales of Xillia, which is still yet to release itself over here, the new game will feature "brand new characters" in a story that spans "multiple dimensions".Click here to read more...