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!
Tales Of Hearts R is one of the Vita's biggest games of 2014 and an amazing remake of a brilliant DS JRPG -- which now looks gorgeous and plays brilliantly on Sony's handheld with entirely new combat and extra content. £22.47 is the cheapest price around for a new copy, though note that Grainger Games will flog you a pre-owned copy for £19.99.
The Vita version of The Lego Movie game is currently much cheaper than the console ones at £9.99. GG are also £9 cheaper for the handheld version, making this pretty hard to resist.
Ok, one more Lego game for your collecting fix, because we know you'll be jonesing by the time you've finished the Hobbit and Marvel titles. The film has been a huge success in cinemas, so chances are your little ones are going to enjoy the game too. Expect another phoned in effort from Traveller's Tales, but fans of the film should enjoy it.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 is brilliant. Compile Heart finally managed to back up their trademark cheeky style, titillating art and unbridled fanservice with true quality, turning a shonky cult classic with a great story into a complete package. The result was an excellent handheld JRPG and the perfect opportunity for Idea Factory to reboot the series from a position of strength.
Unfortunately they decided to remake Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 instead. This unnecessary sequel managed to completely miss the point in several key areas when it released in 2012, so Re;Birth 2's massive improvements to combat, graphics and gameplay flow can only go so far.
We return to the parody world of Gamindustri, in which four nations based on console manufacturers (Planeptune, Lastation, Leanbox and Lowee) battle for shares and market dominance in a quirky sci-fantasy universe. However, the champions of each nation's console -- our heroines from the original game -- have been kidnapped by the evil piracy organisation ASIC and its overlord Arfoire, meaning that it's up to their little sisters to put things right. In steps Nepgear, loosely representing the Game Gear, who has to team up with the game's own developers and other handheld console avatars to save the world.Click here to read more...
As reported earlier this week, Sony are issuing a 10% off PSN voucher code to apologise for the server outages over Christmas. Unfortunately they neglected to tell us what the code actually was, but now they're ready for action.
Note the following: "To recap, some exceptions do apply, including subscriptions for PS Plus, Music Unlimited, rental video content, pre-orders and transactions made on PlayStation Store via the PS Vita, PlayStation TV or PSP content (if you want to purchase PS Vita or PSP content, you can do so via the webstore). The 10% promo will stack on top of existing sale discounts, as announced this Wednesday."
The discount will be valid until 9.00am GMT on 26th January, so get on it! Let us know what you're buying.
Sony has announced this weeks PSN sale on PS4, PS3 and Vita - and they've rather put Microsoft to shame this time around.
On the PS4, Lara Croft & The Temple Of Osiris is a crazy £7.50 (50% off) or £10 with the season pass despite only coming out last month. Read our 8/10 review to find out why this is easily the highlight of the week, so long as you're cooperatively minded. Telltale's Tales From The Borderlands and Game Of Thrones series have also been slashed down to size, much like Lord Stark.
Vita-wise, those of an otaku persuasion should definitely check out Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus at 40% off and a ridiculous 80% saving on Trials clone Urban Trial Freestyle. Finally, PS3 owners have a massive 2K sale to browse, but should remember that Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is coming to PS4. Click below for the full list of savings, and thanks to youseftoma!Click here to read more...
They did it. They finally did it! Though I've long been a fan of Compile Heart's racy dialogue, quirky gameplay systems and art direction that can be charitably described as "colourful" (or more accurately "like a Kill la Kill cosplay competition sponsored by a lingerie company"), I've always had to point out that the boutique JRPG studio stops short of greatness more often than not. They have the talent, yet settle for fanservice over genuine excellence every single time.
But they did it. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 is a genuinely great handheld JRPG, bringing a PS3 cult classic up to date in almost every way, while the Vita turns its remaining weaknesses into strengths. I'm currently reviewing Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 ahead of its January 23rd embargo, but it's only fair that I give last year's remake the overdue credit it deserves.
All is not well in the land of Gamindustri. Four nations are locked into the bitter 'console wars,' sending out their champions to do battle as invulnerable Godesses. Sadly the 'CPU' of Planeptune is defeated by her rivals (Noire representing Lastation, Vert from Leanbox and Blanc representing Lowee) and crashes out of the console wars, only to discover that Gamindustri is threatened by the villanous Arfoire and her dastardly plan.
So in case you didn't twig: Hyperdimension Neptunia is a parody. A damn good one, if astonishingly top-heavy when it comes to the fanservice.Click here to read more...
Grab a PS Vita with 8-game Sports / Racing Mega Pack and 16GB memory card for £129.99 from Currys. Click here to buy >>
I love the PS Vita Mega Packs. It was one of Son's best ideas -- bundle a bunch of games in on the cheap, and stick them on a normally stupidly expensive proprietary memory card. The games included in this particular Mega Pack are Gran Turismo, WipEout Pulse, Modnation Racers, Everybody’s Golf, MotorStorm RC, Top Darts, Table Top Tanks, and Table Mini Golf.
The Adventure Pack includes five cracking titles, some of the best on Vita:
And you'll nab yourself an 8GB memory card for your troubles too. Cheers Wipeout1319!
This is a mega cheap deal for a PS Vita console, 8GB memory card and the 10 game Mega Pack. You'll find download keys included for these games (reviews in hyperlinks): LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, WipEout 2048, MotorStorm RC, Little Deviants, Frobisher Says!, Ecolibrium, Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters, Lemmings, Hungry Giraffe and The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus.
Note: The packaging may be damaged, but Asda assure that the contents are intact.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.
We're always on the hunt for cheap PS Plus deals, and Rakuten's voucher offer is still going strong, giving you a year of PS Plus for only £32. You'll need to be a registered member to use the code to get £10 off.
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 will be emailed to you straight away and is stackable on top of any existing membership. This month the freebies include Infamous: First Light, Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, The Swapper, Woah Dave, Prototype 2 and DuckTales Remastered.
I'll be honest... PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is pretty dreadful, but just like anything directed by Uwe Boll or that awful Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, there's a time and a place for games such as this. The time is usually midnight or beyond, and the place is known as Drunksville.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a crossbuy title, which means you only have to pay for the game once and you can enjoy it across PS3 and PS Vita. Here are the instructions for redeeming:
It's a good price for a throwaway party game, and if you're into your local multiplayer shindigs, then it's a pretty solid option on PS3 for a fiver.
Definitely snap this up if you've been eyeing up some digital purchases over on the PlayStation store. 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!
You'll need to use Rakuten voucher code JANOFFER5 to get it at this price.
It's not just Xbox fans who can save big on credit with the Rakuten voucher code, PlayStation owners can get in on the act too. If you fancy saving even more, though, it might be worth heading over to CDKeys where you can get £35 PSN credit for only £28.99.
Just remember to use the Facebook voucher to get it at that price.
With GAME's price now back up to the £170 mark, this is the cheapest price around at the moment for a PS Vita with Football Manager Classic 2014. FMC on Vita is a comprehensive game, but frankly poorly optimised. If you're looking for a step up from FM on mobile, then this is it, packing in some serious depth that'll keep you occupied for months let alone hours, but do be aware that it's pretty damn fiddly. Then again, cloud saves mean that you can swap game files between the PC version of FM14 and this. Which is awesome.
Duke Nukem 3D is amazing.
It's still amazing, I should say. Eighteen years later and it plays like a step-by-step guide at how to construct a quality first person shooter; enormous explorable levels, abundant satisfying boomsticks, brutal rock-hard action and lashings of risqué humour on the side. It brought both innovation and out-there personality to the genre, and though many remember it for the babes and boobs, playing DN3D again reminds us exactly why we still hail 3D Realms' crass masterpiece as a classic of the genre.
Most of you already know all that, but can Duke Nukem 3D be worth buying nearly two decades after it launched, on totally different platforms, swapping the precision of a keyboard for the DualShock 3's unergonomic chassis or Vita's adorable little nubbins? If you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber then the answer is, "it's free, so obviously get on it," but for everyone else, Devolver have at least made some serious effort to maximise the bang for your buck.
It's time to kick ass and make lazy references. And I'm all out of ass.Click here to read more...
News abounded this morning that PlayStation TV received an unofficial price drop in the US, with retailers lowering the price on the microconsole by $20-$40. With PlayStation Now about to drop in the States with a sparkly, new subscription model, PlayStation TV is suddenly a much more attractive proposition. Mind you, when I wrote my first impressions piece for the platform, asking who on earth this over-priced, under-specced, half-baked product could be for, a plethora of comments from American PS TV fans came my way quibbling about price and highligth how the small black box had found a space in their lives.
A month on, and I found myself agreeing with them in my PS TV review. None of the criticisms had changed, but I found myself playing Vita games more readily than I ever had with the handheld console (the DualShock 4 is just infinitely more comfortable) and enjoying Remote Play for singleplayer games that proved pretty lag free.
But that price point is still an issue here in the UK, and we like to call bullsh*t when we see itClick here to read more...
The PlayStation Store January Sale has had a might fine update today, here are just a handful of our favourites:
Hit the jump for the full list of PSN deals.Click here to read more...
Asda are selling the old OLED 3G / Wifi PlayStation Vita for £120 right now. Click here to buy >>
If you're one of those people who absolutely must have the very best quality gaming out there, then definitely try to snap up an OLED Vita while you still can. Suree, the battery is marginally more rubbish than that of the Slim, but that screen. Mmmmmm... that OLED screen.
You probably won't be able to tell the difference between this and a Slim unless you pout them next to one another, but you'll know deep-down that yours is the graphically superior model. And that's a nice warm feeling to have. Technological superiority is awesome.
Do be aware that the packaging might be a bit damaged on this item, mind, though the console itself is in "original manufacturer's condition".