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Currys are offering PS Plus cards for under £30 right now. You'll have reserve and collect rather than opt for home delivery, but that's still a nice few quid saved. Besides, Sony's Instant Game Collection is fantastic for PS3 and Vita owners, and the service is essential if you want to play multiplayer on PS4.
Platform: PS Vita
Developer: Nihon Falcom Corporation
Are you sick and tired of JRPGs leading you by the nose from cutscene to cutscene? Do you hear the call of adventure, but crave the thrill of fast and fluid combat? Do you own a PlayStation Vita?
If you answered 'yes' on all counts, Ys: Memories Of Celceta probably deserves to make its way onto your shopping list. This ground-up remake of Ys 4 puts us into the well-worn boots of Adol Cristin, which are definitely made for walking. Having found himself in a frontier town on the edge of civilization with a convenient case of amnesia, the rakish explorer discovers that he lost his memories while mapping the legendary forest of Celceta, so teams up with an old friend and plunges back into the unknown. With little save a sword, a mercenary information dealer and a blank map for company, the scene is set for a genuine adventure.
Celceta is an enormous tract of land, an intricate and confusing labyrinth of glades, swamps, tunnels and ruins that's somewhat reminiscent of a massively expanded Monster Hunter title. Most JRPGs would immediately funnel you down a preset path, but Memories Of Celceta is cut from a different cloth, simply thrusting an empty map into your hands and suggesting, perhaps, that you ought to check over there when you have the time. Most of the game simply revolves around the satisfaction of filling this map in, of discovering new areas, new places, new faces and eventually piecing Adol's memory back together.
And romping through hordes of foes with one of the most responsive combat systems we've seen from the series yet, if not the entire sub-genre in recent years.Click here to read more...
Sony have gone big with a new PSN sale boasting discounts for over fifty games on the network, from older classics such as Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, and Hitman, to newer marquee titles such as Uncharted 2, Rain, Tokyo Jungle, and God of War HD.Check out the full list after the jump >>
After a year and a half of Microsoft exclusivity, indie darling Fez is finally set to make the jump onto Sony platforms in what the developers describe as "the best-looking and smoothest FEZ experience you can get on a TV set." Better yet, you'll only need to pay once to unlock Phil Fish's dimension-defying platformer on PS4, PS3 and Vita, with save files shared across all versions.Click here to read more...
The PlayStation Vita plays host to an amazing variety of cult classics, localised gems and awesome left-field surprises that you just can't find anywhere else. We've been glued to Sony's handheld since the year began, thanks in part to games like Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God. This 'moe' Roguelike may be utterly adorable, but it's also fiercely challenging and compelling, providing hours of rewarding dungeon delving and unpredictable tactical combat.
"Magic school dropout Pupuru is horrified to learn that her local curry shop is being put out of business by a major chain, so she summarily sets out to concoct a legendary curry to pull in the punters," I wrote in our full review. "On her way, she'll meet a cast of bizarre (and equally curry-obsessed) characters... the story is light and frothy, resonating surprisingly well with us Brits due to our famous love of all things curry-related."
"If you like your curry hot and your games hardcore, this might be your tikka to gaming pleasure."
It'll currently set you back £29.99 on PSN... but Rising Star Games have kindly provided us with TWO Vita download codes to give away!
Winning a copy couldn't be simpler. Just drop us a comment in the box below and tell us what your favourite curry is! The two winners will be randomly selected - so while awful curry puns are absolutely encouraged, they're just for fun. Korman, what are you waiting for?
Competition closes Monday 10th March 2014 at 17:00 GMT. Winners will be notified via the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure that it's valid! Multiple entries will be disqualified. Note that these download codes can only be redeemed on a European PSN account, as per Sony's policy. Good luck, everyone!
Platform: PS Vita
Developer: Compile Heart
Publisher: Rising Star Games
Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God is cute as a button. Everything is colourful, upbeat and utterly adorable, as our cheerful heroine sets out on a quest to save her favourite curry shop with her roly-poly, fuzzy-wuzzly, cuddly-wuddly pink pal Kuu. From the merrily-frolicking Chickmunks (chicken + chipmunks... awww!) to the bop-along background music, the whole thing is delightful and disarming.
It's a trap, of course, but at least I was ready this time. Having reviewed the likes of Fortune Summoners and Eryi's Action, I've learned an important rule about localised Japanese games: the more adorable and disarming the art direction, the rougher its ruthlessly hardcore gameplay will spank you.
Sorcery Saga is no exception, using its beguiling charms to disguise a tough and rewarding roguelike that joins a burgeoning cult library on the PlayStation Vita. If you like your curry hot and your games hardcore, this might be your tikka to gaming pleasure.Click here to read more...
Platform: PS Vita
Developer: Spike Chunsoft
What could inspire high school students to murder each other in cold blood? Fear? Financial gain? Honour? Despair?
This isn't a rhetorical question, because you'll have to work it out for yourself -- then prove it beyond all doubt -- to avoid grisly death at the paws of a sadistic robot teddy bear. After average student Makoto Naegi blacks out on the first day of attending his new school, he wakes up confined within the academy's walls for all eternity with his new classmates, who are offered only a single way out: commit a perfect murder, then get away with it. Surely the students will see the wisdom in peacefully working together to solve the mystery of their incarceration... right?
If only. Halfway between Phoenix Wright, Persona, Corpse Party and Virtue's Last Reward, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is one of the best (and most disturbing) visual novels to ever hit British shores, and easily one of the most compelling games on the PS Vita so far. If not the year so far, as long as you're comfortable with the differences between a visual novel and a traditional adventure game.
Important note: in an effort to avoid spoilers as much as humanly possible, I'm severely limited in my choice of screenshots. Be aware that the full game features graphic yet stylised depictions of brutal violence and mature themes. - JonathanClick here to read more...
Tearaway is a playful papercraft platformer that makes full use of the Vita's unique features, not to mention graphical prowess. It's as fun to tinker with as it's beautiful to look at (despite a saggy middle section and, perhaps, some wasted potential), and is an absolute steal for £12.99. PlayStation Plus subscribers get an extra discount, bringing it down to £11.69.
The PS Vita is enjoying a surprisingly great year so far, thanks mainly to TxK and Danganrompa (which I'll review very soon - it's excellent), but Tearaway still deserves a spot on your schedule. Thanks to dealhunter1233 @ HUKD!
Killzone Mercenary is the first truly worthwhile FPS on the PlayStation Vita, and has been enjoying some neat sub-£20 deals over the last two months. GAME's latest offering isn't quite as competitive as Sony's Christmas PSN deal, but is still nice and cheap as things stand. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Platform: PS Vita (£5.49)
"Yes, yes, yes, YES!"
TxK is a thing of exquisite beauty. Veteran retronaut Jeff Minter has built a career on perfecting the art of tightly-designed, nostalgic yet forward-thinking arcade shooters, culminating in this hypnotic fusion of eye candy and pitch-perfect twitch gameplay. It's the ultimate evolution of classic arcade game Tempest, trading cabinets and curious spinning knobs for the sleek thumbsticks and gorgeous OLED screen of the PlayStation Vita. If you've ever played any of the superb Tempest sequels or Llamasoft's psychedelic Space Giraffe on XBLA, you'll know broadly what to expect as you rotate around 100 vector tunnels, blasting waves of foes as they inexorably advance down the lanes towards your fragile ship.
After hours of play, however, it reminds me most heavily of a memorable Star Trek: TNG epsiode, wherein the entire crew end up addicted to an abstract vector videogame that titillates their senses and stimulates their pleasure centres. I sympathise, because once TxK starts pumping itself directly into your brain, you won't want to put your Vita down.
Not a sentence we get to say often enough, in all honesty.Click here to read more...
The PS Vita is a treasure trove of superb JRPGs, and Persona 4: The Golden is easily one of the best. If not the best game on the whole system. Matt awarded this splendid remake with a perfect score, which went above and beyond the incredible original with a full graphical makeover and hours of extra content. For £20.74 (including shipping), it's well worth having in your life. You'll need to log in to apply the AMGS14 voucher code, which expires on Valentine's Day. Thanks to toca73 @ HUKD!
Konami's collection is the best value of any of the HD Collections released yet. The HD transfer is done so well, in no short thanks to the original PS2 games being amongst the finest-looking games of the previous generation. You're spoilt for choice as far as classic moments go with MGS2 and MGS3 as the biggest name in stealth gaming still towers over the competition. Some of the controls will require a bit of readjustment time, but it's worth the effort.
Thanks to CarlDixon at HotUkDeals.
Sony have gone live with their February PlayStation Store sale, and there are a host of nice-looking digital deals in there, including discounts for the likes of Knack, Gran Turismo 6, Catherine, Tearaway, and (for the last week of the month) The Last of Us.
Check out the full list after the jump.Click here to read more...
If you own a PS3, Vita or BOTH a PS3 and Vita, the Curve Studios Mega Bundle is not to be missed. £11.99 will net you the superb Stealth Inc: A Clone In The Dark, abstract Proteus, thought-provoking Thomas Was Alone and chilling Lone Survivor: Director's Cut, all of which can be played on either PS3 or PS Vita with cloud saves. We've linked to our reviews for your convenience - with three nines and a seven up for grabs, at effectively a 75% saving, this has got to be worth doing.
PlayStation Plus members get an extra discount, bringing it down to £9.99!
It's that time again, folks: Sony's annual Final Fantasy Sale. From the golden oldies to A Realm Reborn and Dissidia, this is definitely a good time to plug the gaps in your collection, especially since PS Plus members can get an extra 10% discount.
Vita owners should make the most of this, seeing as they can get Final Fantasy 1-9 (excluding 3) for £3.99 apiece, not to mention the PSP classics Final Fantasy Tactics: War Of The Lions. They all look fantastic on that luscious OLED screen.
We've got all the details and prices below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and the eagle-eyed Shamish @ HUKD! Many thanks.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS Vita
Back when Tony Hawk's Pro Skater first arrived on the PSOne in demo form, I spent an entire day playing that same Chicago skatepark level over and over again with my freind Aaron. You had one minute to get the highest score that you possibly could: GO!
The beauty of that game, even in that small demo, was a simple control system married to expansive, imaginative level design, provoking a competitive mentality and encouraging planning the perfect route to achieve your goal. I've tried skateboarding in real life. I suck at it. But these games provided pick-up-and-play brilliance combined with the dominant sub-culture of the decade. I could bust cool moves with my friends whilst keeping knees unscathed, and headbanging along to pop-punk outfits and the ska-rock bands of the decade.
Skate came along as THPS reached its most bombastic zenith, and brought with it a completely revamped control system and a focus on doing the simple things well rather than embracing the overblown ridiculousness and Jackass mentality that had crept into the later iterations of its competitor. At heart, though, the aim was the same: pull tricks, beat scores, and delight in the physics of it all -- the feelings of momentum and motion and responsive, taut controls.
And OlliOlli is all about that.Click here to read more...
The price of this one is being really stubborn, but it's currently a bit cheaper on the Vita than PS3. In some ways, the Vita version is better as you can use the touchscreen to pick up items and unlock doors, leaving you free to enjoy the excellent fantasy scrolling beat 'em up action. The RPG elements are fantastically deep too and the game's been patched recently to unlock an extra difficulty tier, which has ensured it's effectively glued the card flap shut on our Vita's again.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
While it wasn't quite the Super Smash Bros-beater we were hoping for, PS All-Stars is still a good laugh if you get a few extra controllers involved. The sword-based characters unbalance the combat a bit, especially fort newcomers, but extended play of the other icons unearths some surprising depth. After all, there's nothing quite like handing out an ass kicking as Sackboy. Don't forget, the PS3 version includes a free PS Vita download code too.
Thanks to ElectroDragon8 at HotUkDeals.
PlayStation Now was always going to happen. Ever since Sony forked over mad money for Gaikai and their streaming prowess, we knew that some manner of all-singing, all-dancing, all-streaming, all-device service was on the cards, and it now has a name and a face. As the first step in a major push towards a new way to enjoy games over a wide variety of connected devices, PlayStation Now is set to be Sony's ace in the hole over the coming decade.
See, though firm details are thin on the ground, PlayStation Now boasts clear potential. Streaming backwards compatibility on PS4 is just the beginning as the service rolls out to other platforms, then hopefully other territories beyond the US, before offering a greater variety and breadth of titles. It's tremendously exciting... but there are going to be a fair few issues to deal with along the way.
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The Vita's touchscreen and tilt controls are a great match for the Super Monkey Ball series. This edition is packed with minigames for pick up and go fun. There are multiplayer options online and locally too. It won't keep you entertained forever, but for £7.80 you could do far worse. Check out the trailer to see the game in action or download the demo from PSN to try before you buy.
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