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The best PlayStation Vita games of 2015 so far - this "legacy platform" ain't dead yet!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Helldivers, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, Playstation Vita, PS Vita games, Sony, Steins;Gate

The best PlayStation Vita games of 2015 so far - this "legacy platform" ain't dead yet!

People keep telling me that the PlayStation Vita is dead. Hell, even Sony referred to it as a "legacy platform."

I've said it before and I'll say it again: you're wrong!

Now we're halfway through the year, it's the perfect time to look back at an exceptional six months of handheld gaming. Though we've already covered the Top Ten PS4 games of 2015 so far, I had to combine the 3DS and Wii U to bulk out yesterday's list.

The Vita, conversely, can easily carry one all by itself thanks to a range of exquisite localised Japanese titles, cross-play greats and more. Naturally we've linked to our reviews and the best prices on the internet for your convenience.

Steins;Gate

The best PlayStation Vita games of 2015 so far - this "legacy platform" ain't dead yet!

Steins;Gate is a true modern classic, not just as a videogame or visual novel, but as a work of fiction and a story for the ages regardless of medium. You owe it to yourself to pick up Steins;Gate, and when you do, buy it on Vita. The new handheld version is the best of the bunch due to its gorgeously crisp screen and built-in convenience features.

Steins;Gate presents a truly captivating and uncompromising storyline with exquisite characters, powerful themes and often heartbreaking choices to make. It's a beautiful, essential thing. - 10/10 review

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Steins;Gate is essential Vita material and only £19.99 [UPDATE]

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
interactive drama, PS Vita games, Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate is essential Vita material and only £19.99 [UPDATE]

It may have a spellchecker-worrying name, but Steins;Gate is one of the best Vita games yet according to Jon's new review. Considering it's a new game, we're delighted it's available at such a low price too. UPDATE: Base.com are now stocking it for £19.99!

You can see the anime on Netflix right now if you want to find out what all the fuss is about, but Jon heavily recommends going in game-first if you're completely new to the Steins; Gate universe. Be sure to take a look at Jon's full review too. Or read the short version: "The definitive version of a true modern classic. Steins;Gate presents a truly captivating and uncompromising storyline with exquisite characters, powerful themes and often heartbreaking choices to make. It's a beautiful, essential thing. Making poor choices is easy when you have the power to change the past, but here in the present, make the right choice and buy this astonishing piece of software."

Steins;Gate PlayStation Review | Timeless Classic

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
PQube, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Steins;Gate, Visual novel

Steins;Gate PlayStation Review | Timeless Classic

Steins;Gate is the best visual novel I've ever played.

Read. Experienced. Whatever. It's easy to get hung up on the parlance seeing as visual novels blur the line between books and videogames, reader and player, but it's also completely moot. Not only is Steins;Gate the best visual novel I've ever reviewed (sorry, Danganronpa), but this time-travelling course-correcting masterpiece is almost certainly the finest example of the genre to have ever released.

We already knew that when the PC translation released last year and now Steins;Gate has launched on PlayStation platforms. Does it still hold up? Can it still pack a punch?

Steins;Gate PlayStation Review | Timeless Classic

You've read the strapline and this review is already shamefully late, so let's drop the pretence and discuss exactly why Steins;Gate is one of the truly essential games of 2015.

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PlayStation Plus free games for July finally announced

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Playstation Plus, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

PlayStation Plus free games for July finally announced

Sony has finally announced the PS4, PS3 and Vita games that PlayStation Plus owners will be able to download next week.

It's an interesting mix of genres, new titles and crossplay games, most of which we can vouch for personally. Hit up our PlayStation + cheap deals guide if you need to then check it all the action below.

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EXPIRED: Fez going FREE on PS4, PS Vita and PS3! [UPDATE]

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Fez, Platform games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

EXPIRED: Fez going FREE on PS4, PS Vita and PS3! [UPDATE]

[UPDATE: It does seem like a glitch, but it's worth trying. Some of us have managed to get the full game on PS4, while others have ended up with a trial version. Do let us know how you get on]

[UPDATE 2: The glitch has been closed now and the game is back up to £7.99. Well done those of you that managed to sneak a copy!]

Wait. What? This might be a glitch, but it appears that Fez is currently available for Free on PS4, PS3 and Vita. Get on it fast! Our link will take you straight to the game's page on the store.

EXPIRED: Fez going FREE on PS4, PS Vita and PS3! [UPDATE]

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. But hey, it's FREE!

Thanks to FantasyDeals.

PS Plus freebies will now update on the first Tuesday of the month

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Playstation Plus, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

PS Plus freebies will now update on the first Tuesday of the month

The PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection is one of the biggest draws of Sony's subscription service (it sure as heck isn't the download speeds), but some of you might be wondering why the free games haven't been updated yet.

Sony have now explained that there has been a slight tweak to their scheduling.

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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Review | Creepy Crawler

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Dungeon crawler, Experience Inc., Games reviews, JRPG, NIS America, Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, PS Vita games, Reef Entertainment

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Review | Creepy Crawler

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy was one of my most anticipated games of the year.

Hailing from Experience Inc, the studio behind sensational and sexy dungeon crawler Demon Gaze, it presents a much darker and more interesting storyline than its raucous predecessor. Starting out in a literal cesspool, you'll join a secret organisation of mutant-hunting high schoolers battling to keep the city safe from a rising tide of horrors.

It's a fascinating premise full of complex themes, uncanny characters and creepy situations, a little like Persona meets Blade Runner by way of Tokyo Ghoul. A great excuse for some dungeon crawling. Unfortunately, seeing as Operation Abyss is actually a remake of the ancient Generation Xth trilogy, the story and characters are sometimes buried under some functional but deeply convoluted systems. What matters, then, is whether the dungeon crawling is strong enough to be worth digging back out.

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Review | Creepy Crawler

Thankfully, it is.

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Sly Trilogy Collection £12.99 on the Vita

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Platform games, PS Vita games, The Sly Trilogy

Sly Trilogy Collection £12.99 on the Vita

This is the best price I've seen in ages for the Sly Trilogy Collection on PS Vita. This £12.99 deal is a few quid cheaper than the next best price too.

Sucker Punch's earlier games were amongst the best platformers seen on the PS2 and are well worth a look in this HD remaster. The stealth-infused platforming has you sneaking around beautifully drawn cell-shaded environments as Sly Cooper, the cheeky raccoon thief and his likeable crew. The third game is the absolute pinnacle of the genre as it blends a huge number of gameplay variants to make it an absolute win from start to finish.

Thanks to FantasyDeals.

PSN Deals Of The Week: Battlefield & Big In Japan

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

PSN Deals Of The Week: Battlefield & Big In Japan

The PlayStation Store deals of the week are now live and seriously impressive. You can grab Battlefield Hardline for just £29.99/£26.99 on PS4, while there are a host of amazing reductions on fantastic  Japanese games.

Highlights include Final Fantasy X/X2 Remaster for £15 on PS3 and Vita, Ni No Kuni for £4 , Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! for a paltry £12, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for £4 and loads more besides. Akiba's Trip is also dirt cheap if you fancy experiencing the notorious yet understood stripping RPG.

We've got it all below. Make sure to check out our PlayStation + and PSN Gift Cards cheap deals guide to make your money go further!

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J-Stars Victory VS+ Review | The Ultimate Anime Crossover

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Action Games, Bandai Namco, Editor's Choice, J-Stars Victory VS+, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Spike Chunsoft

J-Stars Victory VS+ is the ultimate anime and manga crossover.

Where else can Shonen Jump royalty fight with or against each other in pitched combat? Where else can Monkey D. Luffy gomu gomu no bazooka Ichigo Kurosaki through a brick wall while Gintoki Sataka drives his moped straight into Vegeta? Where else can Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and Koro-sensei gang up against Boa Hancock as Kenshiro winds up his Hundred Crack Fist?

Nowhere. J-Stars Victory VS+ is a real treat for Shonen Jump fans featuring dozens of characters both famous and obscure, but just as importantly, it's a fun and technically accomplished brawler too.

J-Stars Victory VS+ Review | The Ultimate Anime Crossover

No matter what mode you play, and we'll get to that later, J-Stars Victory VS+ is based around madcap 2-on-2 battles in deliciously destructible 3D arenas.

You'll assemble a 2-man team from a giddying roster of manga greats, including fighters from One Piece (my personal favourite), Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, Hunter X Hunter, Assassination Classroom, Fist Of The North Star, Dragon Ball, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Chinyūki -Tarō to Yukai na Nakama-tachi, Dr. Slump, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Saint Seiya, Medaka Box, Toriko and loads more besides. Each team also gets to pick a support character that acts as a powerful special attack with a lengthy cooldown.

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Rice Digital's ULTIMIKU voucher returns - get Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd for £13.50

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Rice Digital, Xbox 360 games

Rice Digital's ULTIMIKU voucher returns - get Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd for £13.50

We love localised Japanese games here at Dealspwn -- as our regulars know -- and Rice Digital have brought back a seriously cheap deal for two of our recent favourites. The brilliant vocaloid rhythm game Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F and OTT fighter Persona 4 Arena Ultimax are both £15 (already an excellent price), which can be brought down to a seriously tasty £13.50 using their reactivated voucher code.

"Project Diva F 2nd ups the challenge and delivers a seriously intense rhythm experience," I wrote in our 8/10 review. "A diverse setlist, exceptional Vita visuals, satisfying gameplay and plenty of unlockables."

It's still the cheapest price ever for Project Diva F 2nd and the cheapest around for P4A Ultimax.

Rice Digital reveals a new Steins;Gate special edition

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS Vita games, Steins;Gate, Visual novel

Rice Digital reveals a new Steins;Gate special edition

Steins;Gate released on PS Vita and PS3 last week and Vita copies of this legendary visual novel are selling out fast. Especially if you want a special edition, which are like gold dust! However, Rice Digital have managed to put together a new special edition while waiting for more stock of the impressive El Psy Kongroo Edition, entitled the Lab Member Edition.

Available on Vita only, it contains the game, a limited edition artbook and a Rice Digital exclusive official t-shirt of your choice. I.e. more than GAME's special edition with free worldwide shipping.

In case you don't know, I've been suffering from some godawful fever thing and haven't had time to write the Steins;Gate review yet. However, I can refer you to this.

Dragon's Crown - the best action RPG you've never played from £16.75

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, Dragon's Crown, PS Vita games, PS3 games

Dragon's Crown - the best action RPG you've never played from £16.75

Towards the end of a console generation, it's all too easy for the odd classic to go by unnoticed by the masses as the shiny next-gen flash their wares. So, we'll forgive you if you missed out on Dragon's Crown first time around. We've dug out a few cheap deals as the price has come down recently.

Dragon's Crown is the sort of game you've been waiting for since the Mega Drive. A compelling side-scrolling fantasy beat em' up, that works in multiplayer or solo and can be played for hours on end thanks to the RPG components and never-ending loot. Be sure to check out our full review which goes into detail about the differences between the console and handheld versions.

Rice Digital's tasty MCM deals and voucher code are back, so get on it fast

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS Vita games, PS3 games, Rice Digital, Rice Digital voucher code, Xbox 360 games

Rice Digital's tasty MCM deals and voucher code are back, so get on it fast

RICE Digital are always game for a deal or nineteen and they're bringing back one of their best recent offers. Loads of games are currently discounted in the return of the MCM sale, which you can save even more money on using the RICEMCM10 voucher code!

Click here to browse the entire sale. In the meantime, here are some pre-voucher highlights:

Lego Jurassic World is out this week - here are the best prices

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
3DS Games, LEGO Jurassic World, PC games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games
Lego Jurassic World is out this week - here are the best prices

Lego Jurassic World is finally arriving this week. With Jurassic World hitting the cinemas too, this is the perfect excuse to watch the original trilogy and the new movie, then play through all four films in Lego form with Traveller's Tales latest saga reimagining. Clear your backlog people, this game is going to have you glued to your seats until that Platinum Trophy pings. We've scoured the internet for you to find the best deals for every format below.

*To get a 5% discount, go to the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code.

Steins;Gate is out on Vita & PS3 today - and it's incredible

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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PQube, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Steins;Gate, Visual novel

Steins;Gate is out on Vita & PS3 today - and it's incredible

Steins;Gate has released on PS3 and PS Vita today, both physically and digitally. You should buy it.

See, though I haven't quite managed to prepare the review yet (it's coming soon, I just need to put fingers to keys), it's a visual novel that lives up to its fearsome reputation. Which, in case you don't know, is being the best visual novel ever. Its story eschews fanservice for superb characters and an incredible time-travelling plot full of heartbreak, tragedy, joy and hard science. Put simply. Steins;Gate is magnificent and even eclipses even the mighty Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc as the Vita's most impressive example of the genre.

Check out the launch trailer below.

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Freedom Wars is now £14.86 on PS Vita

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Freedom Wars, PS Vita games

Freedom Wars is now £14.86 on PS Vita

Freedom Wars is less than £15 on Vita, which is a great price for one of the system's most divisive games.

We came down hard on Sony's action RPG in our Freedom Wars review, and even though I'm a huge fan of the genre and the PS Vita, I have to agree with Brendan's verdict. Though its real-time combat is fun for a time, there's an insane amount of repetition and grind that the rubbish storyline does little to mitigate. I'd personally recommend Soul Sacrifice Delta, Toukiden, Ragnarok Odyssey ACE and even Akiba's Trip over Freedom Wars all day long, but there's no quibbling with the on-paper value here!

Sorcery Saga is adorable, ruthless and incredibly cheap at £9.99 on Vita [UPDATE]

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS Vita games, RPG, Sorcery Saga

Sorcery Saga is adorable, ruthless and incredibly cheap at £9.99 on Vita [UPDATE]

UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen issue with their supplier, Rice Digital are unable to fulfil this deal.  They're currently refunding any customers who placed an order. By way of apology, you can use voucher code 5PERCENT to get 5% off any other order until Friday.

Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God is a great little game and a deceptive one at that. Its bizarre title and adorable moe art direction masks an utterly ruthless and tactical Roguelike that's willing to spank, punish and reward its patient players.

I heartily recommended it to genre fans in our full Sorcery Saga review, and now it's even easier to recommend because Rice Digital are offering an utterly ludicrous discount. Get it new and delivered with change for a tenner!

At £8.86 you won't have to dig deep for Terraria on PS Vita

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS Vita games, Terraria

At £8.86 you won't have to dig deep for Terraria on PS Vita

I don't recall seeing Terraria on the Vita going for under a tenner before, so this offer is well worth jumping on.

Ever wished Minecraft was a bit more, well, 2D? Then you're in luck, as Terraria shares more than a few traits with Notch's megahit. This time, it's more about digging down though and finding your way to hell in the randomly generated game worlds. Then build yourself a 'hellevator' and take on ol Big Red and his minions. It might take a while though as every tool must be crafted with hard-earned farmed materials. Oh and everything wants to eat your face. All the time.

Lego Jurassic World trailer takes you for a tour while we dig up the best prices

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
3DS Games, LEGO Jurassic World, PC games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Lego Jurassic World trailer takes you for a tour while we dig up the best prices

The latest trailer for Lego Jurassic World ties in neatly with the new movie as it gives you a tour of the newly opened Jurassic World theme park. We're sure the opening will run smoothly. No wait, little Lego people are running for their lives and I'm pretty sure I saw a Raptor doing a wheelie on a bike. Clear your backlog people, this game is going to have you glued to your seats until that Platinum Trophy pings. Enjoy the trailer and take a look at our roundup of the best preorder deals for every format below.

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