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 >>
Persona 4: The Golden is an incredible remake of one of the best JRPGs ever made. Better yet, you can snag a cheap Vita deal courtesy of GameSeek and Rakuten's oh-so-familiar SPEND10 voucher code.
Remember to use voucher code SPEND10 for the extra discount! The PS Vita is a cult connoisseur's paradise, and Persona 4: The Golden is easily one of the best flagship games on the system. If not the best handheld games ever made. Matt awarded this splendid remake with a perfect score, which went above and beyond the original with a full graphical makeover and hours of extra content. You need this in your life. Thanks to gurdeep93 @ HUKD!
It’s another week closer to Christmas, which means another week packed with more games than sense. Highlights include charging around the Himalayas on the back of an elephant with a machine gun, men in spandex, returning to Los Santos, taking on bloody big dragons with a pointy stick and building blocky civilisations in your pocket. We’ve been warming up for Black Friday a bit early by hunting out the very best of cheap game deals too, so be sure to check out the links to the best prices the net has to offer. Keep an eye on our Deals section too for a regular flow of cheap prices for the best of old and new games.
World War II strategy fans have been waiting for this expansion for a while and according to Matt’s recent hands-on preview, it’s shaping up rather well. Take a look below.
Best Price: G2Play: £22.20Click here to read more...
Move over Master Chief. Get lost, The Last Of Us. Play dead, Sleeping Dogs. 2014 has seen more than its fair share of remakes, but Tales Of Hearts R might be the most ambitious of the lot.
It's certainly the most unlikely. Tales Of Hearts was an epic JRPG that released six years ago on Nintendo DS exclusively in Japan, where it received rave reviews and envious glances from us Western fans. The entire 40-hour experience has now been rebuilt from the ground up on a vastly superior machine with brand new high quality assets, new playable characters, extra content, translated dialogue and remastered cutscenes from the studio behind Ghost In The Shell. As the coup de grace, the original 2D battle system has been replaced with slick 3D combat that rivals the latest Tales titles.
The result is something of a Christmas miracle for the PS Vita, at least if you're a fan of traditional JRPG exploration, progression and character development.
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Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit is a game about breasts.
No, that's literally it. In case you're new to the series, allow me to explain: the entire Senran Kagura franchise is an up-front (no pun intended) piece of fanservice starring an all-female cast of infeasibly well-endowed schoolgirls who also happen to be ninjas. And who, unsurprisingly, end up exposing themselves and kicking each other's clothes off during each fight.
It's embarrassing, harmless and cringe-inducing stuff that could have been titled Carry On Shinobi, but in a surprising twist, both Senran Kagura Burst and recently-released Shinovi Versus were excellent portable fighting games in their own right. I thoroughly enjoyed both and would recommend them. Unfortunately, as a breast delivery vector disguised as a rhythm game disguised a cooking game spinoff, Bon Appetit has its work cut out.Click here to read more...
Apparently, one week is enough to get away from the blast radius of the Call of Duty death train. So much so, Ubisoft are launching two new Assassin’s games. Why play new games though when you can take Master Chief through some old favourites in 1080p with super slick 60fps visuals? Or maybe get your hipster on and try out the underdog rival footy series? Or there’s always a new Lego title for the little ones (you, it’s always you that wants to play them, little Jimmy is tired of your hoarding all the blue coins). Or, seeing as the season to renew a life crippling addiction is fast approaching, why not pick up the latest WoW expansion. We’ve got the full rundown for you below, including links to the cheapest prices and our past coverage at Dealspwn.
It’s a brave brand that releases a FPS so soon after Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but if anyone can try, it’s Halo. Including Halo 1-4 and running at a silky smooth 60FPS, Master Chief’s adventures have never been so smooth. Oh and there’s always the fact that it includes all the multiplayer maps to play in a playlist of your choosing.
Cheapest Price: Game Collection: £39.75Click here to read more...
A whole host of new deals go live on the PlayStation Store today, with many featured titles enjoying up to 50% off of their usual prices. Admittedly, those usual prices are the PS Store digital ones, but there are still a few bargins to be had.
Elsewhere, the Deals of the Week see Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Tales of Xillia 2 drop to £19.99, and you can pick up Danganronpa 2 on Vita for under £15. It's worth checking out the deals for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Scott Pilgrim, and Farming Smulator 14, too, the latter of which gives me an excuse to embed this video once again.
Seriously, any excuse.Click here to read more...
Developer: Shift, Dimps, SCE Japan
Oh Monster Hunter, why hast thou betrayed us so? After starting life with PlayStation, Capcom's hit series has gone on to become a huge seller exclusively on Nintendo platforms, particularly the handhelds, leaving Sony desperate to come up with a similar winning formula for the PS Vita.
Last year Soul, Sacrifice made a valiant effort and in many ways succeeded, although it was a little too niche for its own good. And boy was it all sorts of brown. So step forward Freedom Wars, a futuristic take on the genre that sees players trying to work off larger chunks of a 1 million year prison sentence by slaying monsters and harvesting resources for 'the greater good'. The world is ravaged by war and hunger and broken up into separate cities or Panopticons, with any child born beyond the strict family quotas imprisoned to earn their way back into society via this obscenely long sentence.
Years can be added to your sentence for minor infractions like running, sleeping lying down and daring to keep high level loot for yourself. As you play the game, you can pay for extended privileges, like running, earning better loot and so on. The game's attempts to make you feel the impact of this prison lifestyle work well, but considering your first few hours are downright miserable affairs, it isn't long before you question what you're doing with your life and the precious free time you have - more so than any RPG you may have played before. It's unlikely you'd spend as many hours reading a book or watching a TV series that you didn't enjoy in the hope 'it'd get going soon' and frankly Freedom Wars takes the biscuit even for an RPG.Click here to read more...
Ah, Halloween, the most annoying and pointless of all the holidays (seriously, even Guy Fawkes' Night has awesome fireworks!). Never mind, though, because it's also a time for digital distributors to launch some tasty horror-themed sales. Sony are quick off the mark and a week early, leading the charge with a pack of devilish discounts and scary savings.
Sorry. Anyway, the PS4 gets short shrift yet again as the PS3 and Vita pick up the slack. Dead Space is a steal at £3.99, while I'd personally recommend the utterly brilliant and shockingly overlooked Dead Space Extraction to anyone who still owns a PlayStation Move controller. For £5.79, it's a light gun masterclass. They're just the tip of the iceberg, joined by the likes of Resident Evil Revelations, Silent Hill (PSX original), BioShock and other worthwhile titles.
On Vita, meanwhile, I'd suggest taking a look at Toukiden: The Age Of Demons for any Monster Hunter fans (£14.99), alongside the dangerously sexy Demon Gaze at £15.99. It's a riot.
As always, check out the savings below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and thanks to the eagle-eyed stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!Click here to read more...
Sony's weekly PSN deals are now live and relatively underwhelming outside of a couple of major highlights.
As per usual, the dealhunter generals at HotUKDeals have cut through the guff to point out the smartest bargains. oUkTuRkEyIII points out that Urban Trial Freestyle is only £0.79 on PS3 and Vita, whereas jaystan notes that Battlefield 4 premium membership is a steal at £11.80 on PS3 (with a free PS4 upgrade) and Octodad is well worth a look for £5.79.
As a massive fan of Japanese gaming, however, I'd also recommend Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F's Vita version to any fellow Vocaloid enthusiasts... no? Okay then. Check out the full list of discounts (dominated by a disgusting torrent of Battlefield shortcut DLC) below.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS3 | PS Vita (reviewed)
Publisher: NIS America | Reef Entertainment
The trailers lied. Yes, Akiba's Trip is a game in which you'll rip the clothes off sexy vampires, but that's not what it's about.
It's actually a cel shaded celebration of otaku counter-culture in all of its bizarre diversity and a love letter to Tokyo's trendy Akihabara district. It's big-hearted, anarchic, punk, devastatingly cool and fiercely unapologetic in its desire to do its own crazy thing; a blend of riotous street combat with compelling RPG components and visual novel elements. A little like Yakuza by way of Jet Set Radio, only much rougher around the edges.
All-told, Akiba's Trip is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, though admittedly the combat still revolves around ripping people's clothes off. We'll get to that in due time... but for now, note that I said "people," not "girls."
Revealing that you'll spend half your time disrobing hot buff dudes clearly wasn't at the top of the marketing team's priorities!Click here to read more...
Platform: PS Vita
Publisher: Marvelous Games
Be advised: the Senran Kagura franchise is all about jiggling anime breasts. It's as blatant and unabashed as fanservice gets, and Tamsoft are absolutely up-front about their intentions. Here we have a series in which infeasibly well-endowed schoolgirls literally kick each other's clothes off for our amusement, because they conveniently also happen to be ninjas, while the camera pans around for what can charitably be described as cinematic close-ups.
I had my first Senran Kagura experience earlier this year with Senran Kagura Burst, and I rather liked it.
I admit to enjoying a slice of cheesecake every once in a while, but I mainly enjoyed Burst because its embarrassing and cringeworthy premise was draped over a surprisingly excellent handheld brawler with responsive mechanics, diverse characters and addictive pick-up-and-play action. Several months on and having swapped the 3DS for the vastly more powerful PlayStation Vita, Shinovi Versus fleshes out practically every aspect of the game and makes sweeping improvements across the board, though a move from 2.5D to full 3D comes with some unique drawbacks.
And Pile Bunkers. Great big pneumatic ones.Click here to read more...
Imagine if Snake ate Pac-man. Or maybe Pac-man ate Snake. Or what actually happened was that Snake and Pac-man got drunk one night, fooled around a bit, and ended up having a baby. It might look like Pix the Cat.
Don't think about that too much.
What we have here is a top-down maze game from French outfit Pastagames that's winningly bonkers and cultivates just the right kind of I'll just have one more go gameplay. You play as the eponymous Pix, and your job is to collect eggs, which will then turn into ducklings, which you then have to lead to safety. There's an exit target for each duckling, and all you have to do is pass over them to drop off your water-fowl friends, but the real challenge comes from trying to pick up all of the eggs first and then deposit your feathery chums without crashing into your own trail. Do that and you'll nab yourself a perfect score, but drop a few ducklings off early and the other eggs will crack. You'll still earn points for dropping off the ducklings within those splintered shells but, let's face it, you could have done so much better. Try again. And again. And, oh God it's dark. When did you start playing this again?
The more successful you are, the more your combo multiplier will increase, and the more Pix will start speeding up. Forget about the analogue stick right now. It is not your friend, and cannot hope to gift you the split-second precision that the D-pad can in this instance. Occasionally you might take a wrong turn and crash into a wall or another non-lethal obstacle, at which point the action will slow for a second to let you choose another direction. Dally too long, however, and you'll lose your combo. Crash into yourself and you'll lose your combo. Smack into the enemies and hazardous obstacles that begin to pop up in the levels and you'll lose your combo.Click here to read more...
Sony's latest PlayStation Store sale is now live, and while there are tasty discounts to discover on PS3, I'd actually suggest that the Vita wins out in sensational style. Not to mention fans of Japanese games.
For me the standout bargains are the brilliant One Piece: Unlimited World Red, which you can buy for £19.99 on PS3 (a £10 saving) or £14.99 on Vita (similar) and the fantastic Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable at a ridiculously low £3.99. The only reason it got a 6 was because it cost too much at launch!
EDF! EDF! PSN! I mean, EDF! Check out the deals below or on the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
The release schedules are fattening up nicely now and we have a great selection of titles hitting the stores this week. Like hiding in lockers? Well the horror fan in you might find something Alien-related to enjoy, while the perv in you is also catered for via the latest browser-troubling release from Japan. PS4 racing fans rejoice as a certain much delayed racer is finally on the starting grid and XO owners, get those creative juices flowing for your answer to LBP. Failing that you’ll have to settle for some basketball or running around Hong Kong with a meat cleaver and handcuffs.
Creative Assembly’s title ditches the pulse rifles for a survival horror experience which seems so well suited to the Alien universe we don’t know why it’s taken someone this long to try it. Early reviews are largely positive and we’ll have our own soon. Be sure to check out our past coverage below.
Best Price: Simply Games: £32.85 (PS4/XO)Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS Vita (reviewed) | PS3 | PS4 (cross-save)
Developer: Kadokawa Shoten
Natural Doctrine (that's enough with the capitalisation already) is my cup of tea. As a fan of niche localised JRPGs, turn-based strategy and turn-based strategy RPGs, I am this game's target audience. It's not so much "up my street" as "moved into my spare bedroom, sprawled on my sofa, eating my crisps and beckoning me to play it at all hours of the day and night."
We'd be the perfect room mates, if only it would stop punching me in the balls every few minutes.
Natural Doctrine may be a ruthless SRPG with a solid plot, decent characters and some interesting gameplay mechanics, but it sacrifices far too much in an effort to be as obnoxiously difficult as possible.
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October's PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection is getting a seriously massive boost next week, as an incredible new free game skids and screeches onto the circuit. I'm talking, of course, about the magnificent Dust: An Elysian Tail, which is one of my favourite games of recent years and is also doubtlessly going to be more enjoyable than DriveClub.
But nowhere near as good a racing game, I admit!
Either way, there'll also be a number of great cross-buy titles up or grabs (including Spelunky and Rainbow Moon). Check out the selection below, or just watch the video courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
Sony's weekly PSN sale is now live, and does exactly what it says on the tin. "Games Under £8." Yes, they've got that right, but they failed to mention that some of these games are significantly under £8.
On the Vita front I'd recommend BreakQuest and Real Boxing for £2.49 apiece (linked to reviews), as well as the magnificent Rayman Origins for £5.79. The Vita version is, as far as I'm concerned, actually the best of the lot. £7.99 for the Vita version of Child Of Light isn't too shabby either.
PS3-wise, I'd heartily vouch for Dragon Age Origins (and the inferior sequel, if you absolutely must), Just Cause 2, Super Puzzle Fighter II and Castle Crashers at around the £3 mark.
PS4 owners get short shrift this time, with big reductions on NFS Rivals due to the impending glut of Christmas racers. Either way, check out the savings below or on the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
Sony aren't pulling any punches with this week's PSN sale, which is utterly enormous. On the PS4 we find big savings on Child Of Light, Transistor, Trials Fusion, SteamWorld Dig, Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut, Strider and more. Vita owners can grab Lone Survivor, Monster Monpiece and Luftrausers at serious discounts, just for starters, while the PS3 selection spans everything from AfterBurner Climax to Gunstar Heroes.
Get on it! We've got all the details and links below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!Click here to read more...
Destiny has been a huge seller, but FIFA is bound to smash it off the top spot next weekend and is a good shout for Xmas #1. Other brave (foolish?) games are releasing the same week too, including the eagerly awaited Gauntlet remake and the intriguing murder mystery title, the Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Check out the full lineup for the week below, along with links to our past coverage and the best online pre-order prices.
As a console gamer, I’m really jealous that this is only coming to PC for the foreseeable future. I blame this newfound addiction to Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Gauntlet is a true original brand though and we can’t wait to see its modern update. It has four player co-op of course.
Pre-Order: Steam £14.99Click here to read more...