Sony has unleashed this week's selection of PS4, PS3 and PS Vita digital games deals, and they're really rather impressive.
First and foremost, The Last Of Us: Remastered is just £17.99/£19.99 on PS4, which is fantastic even if you've already played it and just want to leap back onto the multiplayer.
There's also a huge multiplatform Final Fantasy sale to celebrate X/X-2 HD coming to PS4, as well as some tasty tidbits from SEGA. Stealth Inc has been massively discounted to make the most of the buzz surrounding the sequel, Trials Fusion is 50% off and the Toejam & Earl Collection is all kinds of cheap. Sadly, Final Fantasy VII is nowhere to be seen, likely because they want to charge you full whack for the PS4 version. Either way, check it all out below.Click here to read more...
Visual novels, one of the most ancient yet timeless forms of videogame, have been gradually gaining ground here in Europe as more Japanese games get localised. From Corpse Party: Book Of Shadows to War Of The Human Tanks and the magnificent Danganronpa, we're getting increasingly spoiled for choice, and we were delighted to hear that the legendary Steins;Gate is being officially localised for PlayStation platforms.
As far as I'm concerned the Vita is a superb platform for visual novels due to its high-resolution screen, suspend functionality and touchscreen capabilities. Steins;Gate is a multi award-winning science fiction visual novel developed by 5pb and Nitroplus. The gameplay is non-linear, and allows the player to choose their own narrative path through the game. Steins;Gate places the age-old question of 'What if?' in the hands of teenage scientists - giving them the power to bend time and the world around them. Thanks Stefarno88!
DriveClub! Only joking. The new games for March's PS Plus instant game collection have just been announced. From tomorrow, PS+ owners will be able to download the following titles for free. Click through to see our reviews where applicable.
The new freebies usually appear on the store early afternoon, so keep an eye out for them tomorrow. Don't forget to download last month's games tonight if you're yet to do so, as titles leaving PS+ tomorrow include: Apotheon, Transistor, Thief, Yakuza 4, Rogue Legacy and Kick and Fennick. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.
Want to try out PlayStation Plus? You can activate a PS Plus 14-day trial and fill your boots, but make sure to discontinue your membership before the fortnight is up to avoid paying an automatic monthly fee.
Earlier today, we reported that Stealth Inc 2 will be launching on PC, PS3, PS4, Vita and Xbox One next month. It's great news and a great game, but it did set our minds racing.
See, Stealth Inc 2 already released on Wii U, meaning that it contravenes Microsoft's controversial indie 'parity clause,' which states that games must release on Xbox platforms before or simultaneously with other consoles. What gives? How did Stealth Inc 2 manage to sneak around it?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 are running a smart deal for the complete version, which contains "all additional game contents, including a bonus quest, a new character and a pack of collectibles." Cheers Gooner!
PlayStation TV is now available for £69.99, 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? £69.99 sounds cheaper than buying a new PS4 when you inevitably trip fumble it too. Take a look at Matt's PlayStation TV review.
Thanks to allan869.
£6.99 is the cheapest I've ever seen for Tearaway, one of the Vita's finest games and a fine example of what the Vita is capable of on it's better days. PS Plus members can get it even cheaper at £6.29.
As you can tell by Jon's review, the game handled the weighty expectations with aplomb rather than be crushed by them. Here at Dealspwn, we love its stylish design and unique uses of the Vita's touch controls, be it tapping the rear pad to bounce on trampolines, the camera putting our face in the game, swiping the touchscreen to open presents or blowing on the microphone to create a gust of wind. Don't worry, it's the other people on the bus that are weird, not you. Here's our Tearaway review.
Thanks to magicmike87
PlayStation All-Stars is available now for just £3.70 on PS3 with a PS Vita cross-buy download included in the box too. You'll not find it for less than a tenner elsewhere, so I'd act fast if you've been curious about this one for a while.
Thanks to KratosGunner.
Using the voucher code you can get Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on the Vita for just £16.57.
The Vita version is currently cheaper than the PS3 version and also gets my vote because of the Vita's handy sleep function, meaning you don't have to keep playing until you reach a save sphere. Being able to level up in small doses works wonders for the game and the Vita version looks absolutely stunning too. FFX has aged wonderfully and offers up huge depth for you to discover all over again or even for the first time if you're really lucky. I've not made it to FFX-2 yet, but Matt's given his verdict in the link above. Be warned Vita owners, the second game comes as a hefty download rather than being on the cartridge.
Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart is... good.
Pardon the italics, but surprise is a tough emotion to convey in a written review and I did not have high hopes for this one. In my experience, spinoffs of fanservice-focused Japanese franchises tend to just be excuses for diehard fans to spend more time with their favourite female characters, meaning that gameplay is an afterthought and quality suffers badly as a result. After all, many will pay to virtually hang out with their waifu whatever the cost, so why bother putting in the effort?
To be clear, Hyperdevotion Noire definitely is an excuse to get more intimate with Noire and the Hyperdimension Neptunia girls in some very compromising situations, but there's much more to it than that. It's a full-fat Strategy RPG created by Sting, an SRPG developer of considerable repute, that's powered by solid mechanics, handsome visuals and strives to be a good tie-in first and foremost. And succeeds, at least, more than enough to be taken seriously.
As per usual, Hyperdevotion Noire is a parody of the videogames industry, set in a colourful Sci-Fi fantasy world in which warring nations are console manufacturers battling for market share, lead by powerful (if very moe) female warrior goddesses. Noire heads up Lastation, Vert fronts Leanbox, Blanc represents Lowee and previous protagonist Neptune inexplicably still champions Planeptune despite SEGAs questionable relevance, and their fierce rivalry for fans and shares is still going strong. However, a nefarious plot ends up stripping them of their powers, forcing them to band together under Noire's leadership to reunite their scattered generals and save Gamarket once and for all.Click here to read more...
The new PlayStation Store deals of the week are now live, featuring a massive sale to celebrate the Vita's anniversary.
There are some fantastic games here at serious discounts (links all go to our reviews!), including the magnificent Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and decent sequel Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair for £14.99 apiece, Dragon's Crown at £14.99, Disgaea 4 for £14.99, Killzone Mercenary at £6.99, Persona 4 Golden for £14.99, Soul Sacrifice Delta only £11.99, Tearaway for £6.99 and so much more.
Seriously, so much more. There are also plenty of PS3 and PS4 discounts up for grabs too. Check it all out below!Click here to read more...
We're always on the hunt for cheap PS Plus deals, and that voucher offer is still going strong, giving you a year of PS Plus for only £32. As someone constantly on the hunt for a hot PS Plus deal, this is the cheapest price you'll get as the best I can usually scrape together without discount codes is around £34.
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 Transistor, Thief, Apotheon, Yakuza 4, Rogue Legacy and more.
Remember, you'll need to use the 5% off Facebook voucher code to get it at this price. Click here to nab your code now!
It's always worth having some PSN Credit in the bank for a rainy day or a screaming deal -- for example, this week a huge slew of season passes and DLC packs are on sale such as the majestic Mass Effect 3: Citadel. So why not make your money go further? Thanks to danielsnotebook @ HUKD!
I've longed for this day. The intricacies of modern operating systems and the tangled web of litigious bureaucracy and inept management meant that when my Grim Fandango CD became completely unplayable over a decade and a half ago, there was little to be done in the years that followed. Those years were spent desperately hoping that more stock would magically appear, that when GOG.com popped up, maybe there would be a second coming for Manny Calavera and chums. Maybe, just maybe, I'd finally get to play one of my favourite games of all time again.
Yeah, about that...
It took the destruction of LucasArts as a franchise and the Lazarean resurgence of Tim Schafer and co. in this new age of crowdfunded resurrections to do it. But finally, after seventeen long years, Grim Fandango is back on (digital) shelves again. Having railed against the shameless cash-ins of remastered reissues for games no less than a year old, this perhaps represents that most worthy of remastering endedavours: the restoration of an old classic for a new generation to sample, and for old fans to delight in once more.
Tempering expectations here are key, though, and this release needs to be seen for what it is: a seventeen-year-old game rendered playable again for fans, available a retro-reduced price. In the same way that Ocarina of Time 3D was a slightly spruced up trip down memory lane to appeal to everyone who already thought that game was the mutt's nuts, this Remaster is geared towards a friendly audience, one that already understands Grim Fandango's place in history, though don't let that put you off if you're coming to this new.Click here to read more...
I need a cold shower.
Oh, you and your filthy mind. Behave. But I can forgive you for jumping to conclusions, since Criminal Girls: Invite Only has an infamous reputation. This dungeon crawler was often seen as being too edgy for a Western release, seeing as its skill system encourages you to spank, electrocute and indulge in kinky foreplay with a collection of scantily-clad moe girls via some touchscreen minigames. The mind boggles, and NISA have finally brought the game over to British shores after some judicious editing and translation.
However, I don't need a cold shower to cool off, so to speak. I need it to stay awake. I expected Criminal Girls to be an embarrassing and kinky guilty pleasure, but the shocking reality is that it's criminally boring.
It shouldn't be. After accepting a new temp job in purgatory, you're tasked with leading a team of female reprobates up through a sprawling tower in order to find redemption. The characters are all arch moe archetypes to a fault, but they're arch enough to at least be vaguely interesting as they gradually reveal more about themselves over the 20-hour runtime. This might have been a decent foundation for a frisky little jaunt, but Criminal Girls falls down in the execution.Click here to read more...
PlayStation Plus may be mandatory for getting online, but it does have its perks, not limited to the Instant Game Collection and discounts. Transistor, Rogue Legacy and more will be free to download and play this month!
This cheap PlayStation Plus deal will get you a year's subscription.
This cheap Vita deal gets you a physical copy of this insanely deep and deeply insane SRPG. Read our full review to find out more!
The Promise Revisited version includes a whole slew of DLC, upgrades and new content vs the original, and the series plays best on Vita. Thanks Blastoise!
Let's get this out of the way so we can move on: Citizens Of Earth is a love letter to EarthBound. It's an RPG that finds the humour, horror, wonder and weirdness lurking behind everyday life, a skewed perspective on American culture with wry left-field jabs and groan-worthy puns aplenty. As the Vice President of Earth, you'll recruit an army of followers to fight against an otherworldly invasion within the picket fences of your home town, coffee shops, the big city and realms beyond, encountering some bizarre and hilarious foes in traditional first-person turn based battles.
So Citizens Of Earth owes a lot to Mother 2, then, but there's more to it than that. It feels like a painstaking fan project developed by someone who loves the source material and JRPGs...but doesn't have much experience in actually making them.
Because that's exactly what it is. Eden Industries have never made a JRPG before, but in fairness there's a first time for everything. No-one attempted to create an execution puzzler based on light waves until Eden had a crack at it, and Waveform turned out great. As such they approached the marathon task of creating an enormous RPG by throwing everything they had at it, along with some new ideas of their own.
The result is infinitely more than just an EarthBound homage, yet simultaneously the sort of game I hate to review above all others. A game that's packed with clear passion and enthusiasm that I desperately want to love, but makes a number of basic mistakes I just can't ignore.Click here to read more...
Sony have revealed the new PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection games heading to PS4, PS3 and PS Vita on February 6th. It's a decent haul headlined by excellent strategic action RPG Transistor, which I described as "beauty and brains in one smart razor-sharp package" in our full review. Meanwhile the PS3 gets Yakuza 4 and the disappointing Thief reboot that will still be worth checking out for the bargain price of absolutely nothing.
Rogue Legacy will also be free on all platforms since it's a cross-buy title. If I was a cynic, I'd suggest that this might be a sly dig at Microsoft, since the excellent indie rogue-lite platformer was only recently confirmed for an Xbox One launch.
And more besides. Check out the freebies below! Special thanks to SamKimish @ HUKD, who spotted these on the German PlayStation Blog!Click here to read more...
Now this is a bit more like it. Don't get me wrong, I'd still like to see that bundle with a controller and a memory card come to the UK, but a lower price for PS TV is always a good thing. I'll be honest, PS TV is still a bit of an "early access" item in that it has no bespoke UI, the best games on Vita aren't compatible with it, and with the Vita losing a bunch of services all that's left to really sell it is the PS4 remote play and the swathes of niche titles and JRPGs that are in fact compatible with the microconsole.
Mind you, I'm actually loving it, so if you're anything like me go and snap this up, especially if you fancy playing Persona 4 Golden on a big screen with a DualShock 4. Read my PS TV review here. Cheers BarmyBulldog!