Jet Set Radio is a Dreamcast classic that still holds up; a funky, fresh cel-shaded shot of pure awesomeness straight into your eyes and eardrums, baby! Whoa. Sorry. I tend to channel DJ Professor K in situations like this. All you need to know is that Jet Set Radio is exceptionally cheap on PS Vita right now, costing just £1.99.
Get on it and check out our full Jet Set Radio HD review while you're at it. Many thanks to professor936 @ HUKD, who I might call DJ professor936 K from now on!
The PlayStation Easter Sale is now live, but it's a bit of a free-for-all that's burying some absolutely fantastic bargains. Especially, it turns out, for a host of brilliant niche JRPGs that weren't even mentioned on the PlayStation Blog.
Having reviewed all of them, however, we'd like to shine the spotlight on what we'd consider to be the highlights, and explain exactly why they deserve your attention.
"Tales Of Hearts R is a fantastic handheld RPG and one of the most impressive remakes of recent years. Expect a top-quality JRPG experience from start to finish, even if it's a touch familiar in parts." - 8/10 review
"Tears To Tiara 2 is nearly crushed under the weight of its sluggish opening act, but once it gets going, this fascinating SRPG hits a unique groove. Great turn-based tactics, superb characters and surprisingly accurate Punic Wars setting make for a rough little diamond that deserves your attention.
If you have the time and patience to spare, Tears To Tiara 2 could well be one of this year's left-field highlights." - 7/10 review
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Visual novels are becoming increasingly popular here in the West thanks to the hard work of international publishers and their valiant localisation teams, bringing us text-heavy narrative experiences that hinge around characters, story and 'talking heads' presentation. Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is one of the best I've read since the first Danganronpa, but it also attempts to inject more interactivity into the typically passive genre with tactical turn-based battles and frequent dialogue choices.
To be honest, I really wish it didn't. We'll get to that later.
The story is the crux of any great visual novel, and Tokyo Twilight tells an absolute corker. Arriving as a new transfer student to a Tokyo high school, you're free to create your own persona (note the small 'p' before you get too excited!) down to name, favourite pastime and even blood type before settling down to classes. However, it doesn't take long before you end up conscripted into a paranormal organisation with a few classmates, pursuing a career as a freelance ghostbuster. Who you gonna call?Click here to read more...
Toukiden: Kiwami features both the original Toukiden: The Age of Demons story and a brand new story of roughly the same size, following on from the original. The truth will finally be revealed about the origins of the Slayers and the mysterious Council of Elders. All your favourite characters from the first title return, such as Ōka, Hayatori and the other characters from Utakata Village, while new characters such as Reki, Sōma and Horō, make their first appearance, revealing additional depths to the story.Click here to read more...
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is bigger than Hotline Miami in every way imaginable. From a massively expanded runtime to multiple playable characters, an involved canon-hopping storyline and sprawling murder playgrounds, Dennaton have thrown everything they can at the game to give you more bang for your buck.
We expect this from sequels, of course, but being bigger doesn't necessarily equate to being better. Something that Hotline Miami 2 players will find out the hard way.
Hotline Miami 2's storyline is utterly bizarre. Starting with a controversial fake-out, the plot schizophrenically leaps between events before, during and after the first game. New plot threads are brought up and ignored or left dangling. Characters are introduced, killed off, taken in unexpected directions or otherwise discarded. One moment you're storming a mechanic as a hired goon, the next you're playing as an actor depicting the events of the original or fans obsessed with the legendary serial killer, then you're fighting the communist invasion of Hawaii. Dialogue shifts between uncanny and clichéd on a whim.
The whole thing eventually unravels as the boundaries between fantasy, reality, delusion and videogame break down, the structure collapsing under its own obtrusive and obnoxiously wordy weight. It's confusing, deeply pretentious and I absolutely bloody love it.Click here to read more...
We're always on the hunt for cheap PlayStation + deals, and today you can book yourself a year-long subscription for just £33.99.
This is an essential purchase for new PS4 owners as you need it to play games online. The main benefit to membership is a regular plethora of free games though. One membership covers PS4, PS3 and Vita. The code is stackable on top of any existing membership. This month the freebies include Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4), Valiant Hearts (PS4), Papo and Yo (PS3), Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PS3), OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (PS4/PS Vita), CounterSpy (PS4/PS3/PS Vita). Be sure to bookmark our PlayStation + and PSN Gift Cards cheap deals guide too.
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...
God Of War turns ten this week, and Sony are celebrating with a host of new deals on the PlayStation store. You can now pick up God Of War: Ascension for £7.99, the God Of War collections for under a tenner apiece and the brilliant PSP games for less than a fiver.
Other deals include some slight discounts on Metro Redux, Worms and WWE 2K15. Check out all the deals after the break, and give some credit to BuzzDuraband who beat us to it on HUKD!
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Steins;Gate is coming to PS Vita in May, which is a major event for visual novel fans. 5pb's legendary title follows a rag-tag band of tech-savvy young students who realise they can alter the past by using a microwave coupled with a mobile phone, leading to a conspiracy involving the Large Hadron Collider and time travel.
It will be available in a regular standard edition, but if you're a serious fan of the genre, you should check out the Steins;Gate El Psy Kongroo Edition for £49.99.
The price may seem steep, but it's chock-full of extras and physical merchandise. Behold:
Rice Digital hold the exclusive UK rights, and we covet it madly.
The Vita version of Borderlands 2 has managed to hold its price surprisingly well, but this latest offer from Grainger Games is one of the cheapest we've seen for a brand new copy, beating the next best deal by a fiver. The port to the Vita isn't flawless, but it's a faithful one that brings the entire Borderlands 2 experience to a handheld. With most of the DLC included in the purchase, and the ability to cross save with the PS3 version, newcomers and fans of the series alike might see it as a reason to return to Pandora. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
LittleBigPlanet is now £6.25 on PS Vita, and a game that every Vita owner should seriously consider owning.
"LittleBigPlanet Vita is like an enormous pile of Meccano; all potential and promise. Don't be afraid. Get involved and play with it." - LittleBigPlanet Vita Review
There are a couple of caveats with this deal, though (don't worry, the seller has incredibly high feedback). You'll have to wait until the PSN download code is posted to you, and then you'll have to download it, so you'll need some space on your Vita memory card. Also, bear in mind that LittleBigPlanet Vita is in the 10-game PS Vita Mega Pack, which occasionally gets a screaming deal.
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines is astonishing, but you probably haven't even heard of it. Despite releasing with almost no publicity, this brave Vita exclusive is one of the most innovative, exciting and forward-thinking JRPGs I've played in quite some considerable time... and deserves your attention.Click here to read more...
The Lego Hobbit tie-in is still waiting to be finished as the third film hasn't been added yet via a DLC drop. Some (me) are saying TT and Warner aren't going to bother by now. But hey, the Vita version is only £7.99 preowned or £9.99 new, which is a nice deal for Lego fans.
The latest Lego effort is one of the more rushed efforts from the overworked Traveller's Tales studio, but it's much more appealing at this price. It's certainly worth a look if you're a series fan too.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.
Ever been curious to see exactly which game put off third-party developers making triple A PS Vita games? Here's a game that had enormous potential on Son'y massively powerful handheld. We finally had two analogue sticks on a handheld device, meaning shooters should have been a popular source of income for devs. But then this happened. This deal will save you a fiver at least over the other sites.
An excerpt from my loving review: This is a huge blow for the PS Vita. The handheld really needed some killer apps from third-party publishers to convert hesitant gamers. Nintendo probably sent Nihilistic roses for giving their competitor such a rotten apple. Nihilistic have since reorganised and renamed their company and shifted towards mobile titles. When you think of all the decent studios that went under in 2012, you can’t help but wish they’d gone too. Some of the blame must also rest with Activision, who should have stepped in to avoid such damage to be inflicted on the otherwise excellent Call of Duty brand. Are there any third-party developers still out there capable of bringing a Triple-A title to the Vita? The signs are not looking promising right now.
Thanks to Gaeokerena.
In addition to the sweet Final Fantasy deals we posted earlier, you can also pick up another pair of RPG classics for just £3.59 each on PSN. Suikoden and Suikoden 2 are only £3.99 each, but using today's discount code you can chip them down to £3.59. Note: the code will only work once, so make sure you're happy with your basket's contents before applying it.
Fancy playing the very first Final Fantasy title? Well, now's your chance as the latest PSN sale combined with today's discount code sees many of the originals going for just £3.60 for a download to your Vita or PSP. Note: the code will only work once, so make sure you're happy with your basket's contents before applying it.
The games may have aged a little harshly over the years, but for £3.60 we think Final Fantasy fans will get a kick out of seeing where it all began. The game was originally called Final Fantasy as it was set to be the company's final game before they went of business. However, it sold exceptionally well and the rest is history as they say.
Thanks to FantasyDeals.
PlayStation TV is now available for £62.44, which saves you £10-£30 over your usual retailers.
PlayStation TV is a neat device that let's you play a selection of Vita games on your TV using a regular sized DualShock controller. What we find especially useful though is the PS4 streaming that is handy for playing your PS4 on a different TV in the house. So perhaps moving your PS4 up and downstairs is set to become a thing of the past? £62.44 sounds cheaper than buying a new PS4 when you inevitably fumble it too. Take a look at Matt's PlayStation TV review.
Thanks to lucifon.
If you love Starship Troopers, you're going to get a massive kick out of Helldivers.
The goddamn bugs whacked us, so now the 'managed democracy' of Super Earth finds itself beset by ravaging hordes of aliens, twisted cyborgs and hyper-advanced civilizations. Only the brave citizens of the Helldivers have what it takes to turn the tide, fearlessly dropping into the most dangerous missions from orbit and bringing the light of propaganda to the entire galaxy one blackened nuclear crater at a time. Or just charging straight into the grinder.
Verhoeven would be proud, but in gameplay terms, Magicka fans are going to be in their element here. Arrowhead Game Studios are already experts in the field of utterly bonkers cooperative shooting, and Helldivers takes things one step further. You'll drop into battle with three mates and an insane customised loadout, calling in everything from turrets to mechs and tanks from orbit, then desperately try to avoid being killed... or accidentally killing each other.
Friendly fire has never been so much fun, and it makes Helldivers one of the most entertaining twin-stick shooters in years. Do you want to know more?Click here to read more...
Child Of Light is a thing of beauty -- a poetic blend of gorgeous visuals, exploration and hardcore JRPG combat that's best enjoyed on higher difficulties - and even more beautiful on the Vita's luscious screen. Though the standard digital edition has been cheaper, ShopTo ran a smart deal for the complete version earlier this week, which contained "all additional game contents, including a bonus quest, a new character and a pack of collectibles" for £11.86.
Now they've knocked another two quid off the price tag, making this the best way of getting the physical version. Cheers Turkey!