Don't want to settle for anything less than visual perfection when it comes to your handheld gaming? Well, GAME are stocking bundles of the original Vita right now for just under £135, and you should probably get involved.
The differences between the LCD screen on the Vita slim and the OLED screen on the older Vita models are only really apparent when you put the two consoles side by side. The LCD screen still looks great, it really does, but if you're playing, say, Rayman Origins or Legends, you might want the best visual experience. If you've never picked up an OLED Vita, ignorance might be bliss.
But is that a chance you want to take?
Frankly, I prefer the shape and heft of the old Vita, along with it's gorgeous screen, but I'd quite like a slice of the extra battery power that the Slim Vita is rocking.
For what it's worth, we'd go for the 16GB deal. You'll want that extra space.
Drop just over £150 at Amazon currently and you can nab yourself a shiny new PS Vita, the Action Mega Pack, and an essential 8GB memory card.
The new Vita loses a little visual lustre by swapping out the expensive OLED screen of the original for an LCD, but you won't really notice that unless you put the old and new versions side by side. Put it this way -- things still look great on the new Vita. Crucially, it also comes packing a couple of extra hours of battery life too.
As for the Action Mega Pack, you get five games on that 8GB memory card -- 3 Vita titles (Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, and PlayStation Allstars: Battle Royale) and 2 PSP classics (God of War: Chain of Olympus and Killzone: Liberation). You can pick up the Football Manager 2014 Classic bundle for the same price, but that only comes with a 4GB memory card. Believe me, you'll want as much storage space as possible.
Point & click adventure aficionados who don't own a PS4 or Vita can breathe a sigh of relief today, as Double Fine confirms that their Grim Fandango remake announced during Sony's E3 presser is also coming to PC, Linux and Mac at launch.Click here to read more...
It's not the cheapest we've ever seen, but sub-£15 is still money well spent on this superb platformer. Rayman Legends feels right at home on Vita, since those vibrant visuals and tight controls are a perfect fit for Sony's handheld, especially now that all the extra missions have been added via a free update. Thanks to CalumW96 @ HUKD!
£35 PSN Credit | CD Keys | £28.87 (with code)
Want £35 of PSN credit for £28.87? Of course you do, it's money for cheap. Like a credit card in reverse. Anyway, be sure to head over to CD Key's Facebook page to get a 5% discount code. PSN credit is shared across all Sony console stores so you can spend it on PS4, PS3, Vita and PSP. There's a neat Big in Japan sale on there at the moment, which includes Ni No Kuni for £3.99, which is just bonkers. Man, I wished I didn't hate Studio Ghibli at times.
Thanks to GobbleTurkey at HotUkDeals.
PS3 and PS Vita owners should gird their wallets for some outrageous savings in this week's PlayStation Store sale, which is appropriately titled 'big in Japan.' From big-hitters to niche sleeper hits, there's a bargain for everyone here.
Right off the bat, I'd urge you to consider picking up Ni No Kuni for £3.99. Even my honeyed words cannot adequately express how cheap -- and what brilliant value -- this is. One of the best and most beautiful JRPGs of recent years will set you back less than a high street burger.
It's just the tip of the iceberg that's full to the brim with different genres and gameplay styles. What do you feel like? Resident Evil Revelations for £10.99? Streets Of Rage 2 for less than £2, or Final Fight: Double Impact for £3.29? Vita owners should definitely pick up Earth Defence Force 2017 Portable, since I would have awarded the rambunctious shooter 8/10 if it weren't for the outrageous launch price. At £7.99, you'd best enlist, soldier. EDF! EDF!
Credit is due to hero2zer0 @ HUKD, who rounded this up yesterday.Click here to read more...
PS Vita 4GB memory card + 10 indie games | Base | £9.99 (save £7)
A great price for ten impressive indie games and a 4GB memory card to keep them on. £9.99 is an absolute steal for Alien Breed, Thomas Was Alone, Velocity, Men's Room Mayhem, Limbo, Coconut Dodge, Hotline Miami, Total Recoil, Superfrog HD and Roaming Cloud God.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Platforms: 3DS | PS3 | PS Vita | Wii U (reviewed)
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Cards on the table: I love One Piece. Granted, there's a world of deeper, more exciting and incredibly tedious anime/manga franchises out there, but for me there's nothing quite like watching madcap super-powered pirates fighting each other, engaging in hilarious banter, learning intense lessons about comradeship and doing almost no actual piracy whatsoever.
It's the sweet spot of irrepressible humour, great characters, shapeshifting reindeer, stretchy protagonists, violin-playing skeleton musicians and swordsmen so badass they hold a third blade in their teeth. And, as such, perfect videogame material. Even the incredibly inconsistent Omega Force managed to make an excellent Dynasty Warriors spin-off in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, but Gabarion have gone one step further by basing their latest tie-in on something more profound.
Namely Monster Hunter. It's a concoction that shouldn't work, yet in practice makes for one of the best anime tie-ins ever developed: a gorgeous, enormous and surprisingly compelling game that lasts for hours on end.
Though, as I made sure to mention in the very first sentence of this review, I'm a fan myself. Bear that in mind, won't you?Click here to read more...
Sony's Knockout PSN sale is not short on quantity, and there's some serious quality to be found here too once you get your eye in. By far the standout bargain is the second harrowing season of The Walking Dead, which can be picked up for £5.35 on PS3 or £7.99 on Vita. PS4 owners who didn't receive Resogun for free at launch can now pick up the excellent shooter at a discount, which now includes a ship editor and local multiplayer.
It's just the tip of an enormous iceberg that includes numerous slight shavings and a few false savings. We've got the whole list below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog. Credit must also be given to oUkTuRkEyIII, who beat us to it on HUKD!Click here to read more...
We've been cautiously excited about the prospect of PlayStation Now. When Sony bought out Gaikai, the purchase set tongues wagging and fingers tapping away at keyboards across the world. Could we expect a subscription streaming service? Would Sony deliver a PlayStation experience much in the same way that OnLive had been trying with varying levels of success? Back in January at CES 2014, PS Now was finally unveiled, although details were thin on the ground.
Now, however, the PS Now beta has gone live in the US, and there are some rather worrying signs indeed to suggest that the service might struggle to gain traction.
It all begins with the pricing. Given the generosity of PlayStation Plus, we were rather hoping for a premium tier to be added on top of the basic subscription or something along those lines -- an affordable, option-stuffed route to enjoying PlayStation titles across a range of devices. As for the reality, well,. there are certainly options, but you probably won't like any of them. For starters, there is no general subscription for the service -- games are "rented" on an hourly, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. However, Sony aren't curating the pricing themselves, they're apparently allowing third-parties to sort that out for their own games, and with developers and publishers themselves setting the prices, it's all gotten a little bit ridiculous.Click here to read more...
Sega's handheld tennis ace is easily the best sports title on the Vita and even manages to surpass the PS3 version. The excellent career mode is a perfect fit for bitesize sessions. Bitesize sessions that turn into a whole afternoon especially. The comprehensive online options are well-worked into the career mode for when you want the additional challenge of a human player.
Thanks to Bure11 at HotUkDeals.
The latest PSN sale has slashed 50% of the PC indie-hit. The game hasn't aged well in my opinion and by the time it landed on the Sony platforms I found it hard to get past its pretentious attitude and shitty map system. There is a great 2D platformer buried in there though thanks to the neat world rotating mechanic. One purchase gets you the game on all three formats, with the Vita being the best of the bunch for me. Still not sure? Try the demo first.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband at HotUkDeals.
Olli Harjola and Facepalm Games are bringing The Swapper to PS3, PS4 and Vita on August 5th as a cross-buy title, promising that the critically-acclaimed puzzler will "push the limits" on all platforms (meaning smooth 1080p 60FPS on the new-gen machine).
Though Curve Digital are handling the port, Harjola has spoken out to praise Sony's ongoing support of independent developers, while making it clear that there are still plenty of hoops to jump through in order to publish on PlayStation platforms.Click here to read more...
Platform: PS Vita
Developer: Spiral House | XDEV
Why can the dogs talk?!!
I can't get my head around it. Grooming, petting and feeding virtual pets may be a fun and surprisingly engrossing pastime, but not when they can speak back to you in jarring American accents. Cute and cuddly puppies become uncanny hybrid monsters that are as unsettling as their voice acting is obnoxiously preppy. In a cartoon, it'd be adorable. With realistic graphics, adult voices and unnatural facial expressions, it's plain weird.
Is it okay to own another sentient being? Are they fine with me petting them? How can they possibly be happy with this situation? I freely admit that I'm overthinking like a blithering pedant who's two decades older than the intended target audience, but Spiral House score an own goal from the off and alienate animal lovers in the process. I'd say "screwed the pooch," but that adage becomes doubly inappropriate when the pooches can talk.
Mind you, this is just one of several ways in which PlayStation Vita Pets strives to be very different from NintenDogs and other casual pet simulators. The most important differentiator being... wait for it... an actual campaign.Click here to read more...
Before we begin, if you just want to bag a copy, any coipy, of Tearaway you should be alerted to the fact that today is the last day of the PSN sale that currently has it down at £11.99 (£10.49 for PS+). If, however, you're rather like me, and quite like owning hard copies of thing on Vita then GAME's low price might be of interest.
If any game of late has embodied "whimsy" it's Tearaway. Media Molecule's papercraft platformer is effortlessly charming, and frankly one of the Vita's essential purchases. Nice spot Bure11 at HUKD.
It's certainly an impressive feat cramming the world of Borderlands 2 onto the PS Vita and if you're going to be dragged away from your PS3 for a family holiday, why not transfer your save file over and keep on playing in the sun - if you can find somewhere with minimal glare that is. The frame-rate can drop a little and the Vita isn't particularly comfortable for extensive play, but It's worth noting that the Vita version comes packed with loads of DLC too. Be sure to check out Jon's review of this version via the link above.
Killzone Mercenary was the first truly worthwhile FPS on the PlayStation Vita and can now be yours with change for £15 courtesy of GAME. They've matched Sony's excellent short-lived sale price last year, except you won't have to fill up any more space on an expensive memory card. Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!
Entwined is apparently an artistic representation of the love between a bird and a fish -- dancing about one another like a twin-stick take on a 3D Sonic bonus level. It emerged in surprising fashion at Sony's E3 press conference, a pleasant interlude between brooding, big-budget titles, that injected some colour into proceedings.
A blue, origami bird comes to rest on a body of water as twinkly music plays, and an orange papercraft fish bobs its head out the water to meet its feathery chum. They touch noses, it's all very cute. The bird guides the fish skywards, and they shoot forward down a series of psychedelic cylindrical paths that will span nine lifetimes (levels) and see player guiding the two creatures through colour-coded rings of sorts that twist and turn, creating a playful dance between the two creatures. They occupy separate halves of the screen, occasionally meeting in the middle as the coloured gates demand -- orange and blue individually, green when they meet.
The patterns of the gates/rings/checkpoints, whatever you want to call them, twist and turn, becoming more complex as the game progresses. In between these sections, you collect coloured orbs to fill progression meters for each creature. Then, if you successfully manage to guide them through the channels of rings, you keep the orbs. If you skip a ring, the bar drains. To begin with, these channels arrive one at a time in simple patterns, but it's not long before they begin to shift in length and distance, sometimes alternating at speed, before starting to move and undulate, forcing you to keep careful control over both creatures at the same time across different sticks.Click here to read more...
Sony's latest PSN sale isn't big on triple-A savings beyond Beyond (heh) and BioShock Infinite, but rather contains some great deals on excellent boutique and niche titles when you look a little closer. Fantastic Vita shooter TxK is only £3.29, joined by Amiga classic Superfrog HD and awful jiggly brawler Girl Fight. Don't buy that last one, I'm just shamelessly self-promoting my review.
Otherwise Tales Of Symphonia Chronicles is down to £15.99, saving you about £8 by my reckoning, while Cloudberry Kingdom and Awesomenauts are also going cheap. Not exactly a blockbuster sale this week, but a few JRPG fans and Vita connoisseurs will be laughing.
As always we've got all the reductions below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!Click here to read more...
Platform: PS Vita
Developer: Iron Galaxy Studios
Publisher: 2K Games
Borderlands 2 is probably the most impressive handheld game I've ever played. How could it not be? It's Borderlands 2!
Not a limp little spin-off or tatty tie-in: Borderlands 2 in its entirety. Every mission, every bandit, every ridiculous procedurally-generated gun, loads of DLC, all of it. Beyond a graphical downgrade, two-player cooperative cap and a few controls remapped to the rear touch pad, this is nothing less than the full PS3 version, even allowing you to transfer save files and Badass Ranks between the two platforms.
And that's a problem. Handheld games need to be designed and optimised specifically for their platform, but Iron Galaxy were locked into delivering an identical port, meaning that they had to find some corners to cut along the way. Many of which can make Borderlands 2's portable version as disappointing as it is astonishing.
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