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  1. Venom

    2 for 1 sale on Playstation Store

    Just when I was thinking this week was going to be another terrible "oh look, another Batman sale like every month" week, PSN launched a 2 for 1 sale to tie in with the Play Collective promotion going on. From now until April 11, you can choose from a handful of games that are buy one, get one free! The games aren't on discount or anything, but they're all $19.99 MSRP so you're basically getting $40 worth of games for $20. Not a bad deal if you see anything you like. https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/2-for-1/cid=STORE-MSF77008-PLAYCOLLMULTIBUY Some notable titles include Firewatch, 100ft Robot Golf, Amplitude, and others. Check it out if you're looking to snag a couple of indies for less. Also, as part of the Play Collective, PSN has 20% off of several pre-orders, including Cosmic Star Heroine, Parappa the Rapper, and Full Throttle Remastered: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/weekly-releases/cid=STORE-MSF77008-PLAYCOLLNEWG I know I'm pre-purchasing Cosmic Star Heroine for sure. Anyone see anything of interest in the sale or pre-orders?
  2. Jason Clement

    PSN Flash Sale 2/17/17- Action Deals

    If you haven't seen yet, the newest PlayStation Store Flash Sale focuses on action games. LINK There are some decent titles on sale as well, but you might already own a lot of them. Here are some of the highlights- Retro City Rampage - $2.49 Contrast (PS3) - $2.99 Don't Starve Console Edition - $3.74 Hotline Miami - $3.99 La-Mulana EX (Vita) - $3.99 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - $4.49 Stealth Inc. Ultimate Edition - $4.49 ADR1FT - $4.99 Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - $4.99 Oddworld New 'n Tasty - $4.99 The Banner Saga - $4.99 Super Time Force Ultra - $5.99 Tembo the Badass Elephant - $5.99 InFamous Second Son - $7.99 Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin - $11.99 DmC Devil May Cry - Definitive Edition - $11.99 King's Quest: The Complete Collection - $11.99 Bloodborne Complete Edition Bundle - $17.49 Marvel Ultimate Alliance - $17.59 Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 - $17.59 Also, I believe Marvel Ultimate Alliance is at its lowest price yet. The last time the Amazing Spider-Man games were at that price (or close to it), they were removed from digital storefronts shortly after, so this could be an indication that Activision's license to sell it is about to expire. I don't know that for sure, so take it with a grain of salt, but if you wanted them, better safe than sorry. Anyone getting anything from this sale?
  3. So today the PS+ lineup for August was revealed, and it's...different? Full lineup: Tricky Towers, PS4 Rebel Galaxy, PS4 Yakuza 5, PS3 Retro/Grade, PS3 Patapon 3, PS Vita Ultratron, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 Tricky Towers looks like some kinda crazy version of Tetris, so that could be fun, and I'll probably try Rebel Galaxy. My PS3 isn't working otherwise I'd give Yakuza 5 a shot too, but I have Retro/Grade on Steam already. I dunno anything about Patapon so I'll have to look that up, but Ultratron (which I also have on Steam) is pretty fun. Overall doesn't seem like a terrible lineup, but also nothing really stands out, besides maybe Yakuza 5 since it was one of the last big PS3 releases and isn't that old yet. Anyway, what do you think about August's PS+ games?
  4. I just discovered this earlier but apparently Sony is doing an achievement-like system for their E3 page for anyone who has a PSN account. Basically, there are different objectives (like watching a certain game's trailer, visiting its page, etc.) where once you fulfill them, you can claim a code for certain things, like avatars for upcoming games like Gravity Rush 2, Paragon, and others. So far I've unlocked a few codes for some avatars as well as a few themes. Not quite as cool as free games, I know, but it's still kinda cool. You can check this out at live.playstation.com if you're interested.
  5. Jason Clement

    Is Sony doing PSN Flash Sales too often now?

    EDIT: One thing I will say is that it's cool that this most recent sale is specifically themed for everything to be $5 or under. PSN Flash Sales can save one a lot of money on certain games so this topic might seem a bit strange, but hear me out. I've been a big fan of the Flash Sales they've been doing regularly for the past half year or so now, but after the last few months, I've begun to notice something. It seems like the same games keep popping up in every sale, like 60-70% of the games are almost recurring every time. If that's true and only 30-40% are really different games on sale each time, that doesn't leave a whole lot of possibilities for games that you're looking to buy. There's also the issue of people already having most of the games that are on sale; something I'm noticing more and more now with each sale. For the past two Flash sales, I haven't been interested in buying anything, either because I already own the games I want or bought them during a past Flash sale, or simply because nothing else interests me, especially since they're usually on sale during these times. I'm wondering if doing the Flash Sales monthly is just too often. Perhaps if they did it quarterly throughout the year, it'd be a much bigger deal for people and would allow for better and different games to be circulated in than just the usual ones on sale. The only games that would really get me excited right now would be stuff like The Witness and Firewatch; of course, since they're super recent games, we might not see them in a Flash Sale until the year's end (or next year). What do you guys think? Are you still excited for each Flash Sale that happens, or are they losing their luster due to the fact that they happen so often now?
  6. In today's GP Daily, an old classic returns, yet another Kickstarter game is put on hold, a beloved outlet dissolves, and new games come to the PlayStation Store. Check out the headlines below: Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate is coming to Vita this Summer These days it seems like the only time you see a Mystery Dungeon game in the West is when a new Pokemon Mystery Dungeon releases, but the roguelike series seems to be having somewhat of a revival thanks to last year's Etrian Mystery Dungeon from Atlus and Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon from Nintendo. Aksys must have taken notice of this because they recently announced that they'll bringing Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate to the PlayStation Vita in North America this Summer. The game is set to feature loads of items, monsters, epic quests, and Vita-exclusive dungeons, so if you're a Mystery Dungeon fan, keep an eye out for more info on this as Summer nears. Source: Press Release Final Fantasy Tactics Director's Unsung Story on Hold Remember Unsung Story? It was set to be Final Fantasy Tactics director Yasumi Matsuno's next big game, and it even had a successful Kickstarter. Alas, it appears that the game's developer Playdek has been having issues with development in the last few months, which has caused the company to have to put the game on hold to focus on more profitable ventures. This likely won't go over well with Kickstarter backers but Playdek cites the loss of several key personnel as one of the major reasons for this. Perhaps the game got too ambitious for its own good? In any case, Playdek isn't giving up on the game altogether, but there's no word on when they'll return to development on it either. Unfortunately, backers will have to wait and see what happens. Source: Kickstarter GameTrailers closes its doors In news that's a bit more sad, GameTrailers was suddenly shuttered yesterday. Even the staff apparently only found out hours before the announcement was official, which is pretty shocking to hear. The outlet has been one of the biggest resources for trailers and clips of video games in the last 15 years, and its staff and work is well-beloved, so it's a shame to see them go. Source: Twitter PlayStation Store Update 2/9/16 Like last week, there are some fairly big games debuting on the PlayStation Store today, not the least of which are Firewatch and Unravel. Check out the full list below: PS4 Arsland: The Warriors of Legend Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia Dying Light: The Following (Enhanced Edition) Firewatch Level 22 (out 2/11) Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime Mop: Operation Cleanup Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Rugby Challenge 3 (out 2/10) Siralim Unravel PS3 Arsland: The Warriors of Legend Level 22 (out 2/11) PS Vita Breath of Fire III Level 22 (out 2/11) Siralim We Are Doomed For a list of all the games on sale, check out the source link below. Source: PlayStation Blog Are you excited for a new Shiren the Wanderer? What are your thoughts on Unsung Story and GameTrailers? And will you buy anything new on PSN this week? Let us know below!
  7. There's been an awakening... have you felt it? If not, you probably missed the biggest news of the day - Star Wars: The Force Awakens is getting the LEGO treatment! Read on to find out more about it as well as news on a new Humble Bundle, the weekly PlayStation Store update, and more. The Force Awakens within LEGO Star Wars in June Although it technically leaked last night, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed today that a new LEGO Star Wars is indeed in development and will chronicle the events in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Interestingly enough, it will also contain material that bridges the gap between Return of the Jedi and TFA. Perhaps they'll be adapting material from the Star Wars Aftermath book? We'll see when the game releases on every video game platform on June 28. SEGA bringing 7th Dragon III Code: VFD to 3DS in North America SEGA seems to be on fire as of late with their announcements. Not only are they bringing over SEGA 3D Classics Collection and Valkyria Chronicles Remaster, but they just announced that 7th Dragon III Code: VFD will be coming to 3DS in North America this Summer. If you follow the RPG scene pretty closely, this is a pretty big one that many North American fans did not think would ever get localized, so this is definitely exciting news. For more details about the game, hit the source link below. Source: SEGA Blog New Humble Bundle Offers Ubisoft Games The Humble Bundle is back and this time it's offering... Ubisoft games? Actually, this is easily one of the strongest Humble Bundle offerings so far, with the initial tier offering some pretty good games. I can't even imagine what they'll still add to that list as well. Here's what's in the bundle so far: $1+ Tier Call of Juarez: Gunslinger Grow Home Rayman Origins Beat the Average ($6.69 as of this writing) Far Cry 3 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China (additional unannounced titles) $15+ Tier Assassin's Creed: Rogue The Crew $75+ Tier Tom Clancy's The Division (pre-order) Exclusive Tom Clancy's The Division T-shirt Coupon for 66% off up to any three Ubisoft titles in the Humble Store Source: Humble Bundle PlayStation Store Update 2/2/16 Edition Some fairly notable titles debuting today, not the least of which is Gravity Rush Remastered, the PS4 version of the previously Vita-only exclusive. Other fairly big titles include Bandai Namco's Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Idea Factory's Megadimension Neptunia VII, and indie hit Crypt of the Necrodancer. Here's the full list of games out on PSN this week: PS4 AIPD - $9.99 Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space - $14.99 Amazing Discovers In Outer Space - $11.99 Crypt of the Necrodancer - $14.99 Gravity Rush Remastered - $29.99 Gravity Rush Remastered Original Soundtrack - $11.99 Megadimension Neptunia VII - $59.99 Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel - $39.99 Not a Hero - $12.99 PS3 Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel - $29.99 PS Vita Crypt of the Necrodancer - $14.99 Letter Quest Remastered - $8.99 Royal Defense - $5.99 Some fairly decent sales are going on right now as well. Check out the full list over at the PlayStation Blog source link below. Source: PlayStation Blog What are your thoughts on LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 7th Dragon III Code: VFD? And will you be buying the newest Humble Bundle or any games on the PlayStation Store this week? Let us know in the comments below!
  8. Today, the floodgates opened with a flurry of pretty interesting (and some might say controversial) announcements, not the least of which included new information on some of the RPGs Nintendo is bringing to 3DS throughout the year. Read on all about it below! The Witness's price is revealed Yesterday we found out that The Witness might not be coming to Xbox One, and today they finally revealed the price: a cool $40. The price point was just a bit (okay, a lot) more than some people expected, leading to some sharp backlash from gamers on Twitter. However, the game's creator, Jonathan Blow, was quick to retort with the fact that the pricing news was so popular that it shut down the game's website and that The Witness shot into Steam's top-selling games right after the announcement was made. Newest Humble Bundle Offers Firaxis Games Ever wanted a number of Firaxis' games but never got around to buying them? Boy, do we have a bundle for you. In the newest Humble Bundle, you can get big Firaxis hits like X-Com: Enemy Unknown, Sid Meier's Pirates!, Ace Patrol Bundle, and Civilization III Complete all for as low as $1. Beat the average to get other games like Civilization IV Complete, Civilization V, Sid Meier's Starships, and X-Com: Enemy Within. Finally, if you pay $15, you'll get all of the above plus Civilization: Beyond Earth and some of its DLC. Not a bad bundle, I must say. You can check out the Humble Bundle here. More Marvel Disney Infinity Figures Coming Star Wars may have largely taken over Disney Infinity 3.0, but Disney still has some new Marvel figures on their way. First off is the Marvel Battlegrounds playset, featuring a new Captain America figure that hews closer to Chris Evans character from the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film. The price might be a bit tough to swallow on this one given that it only comes with one figure; it will retail for $30 and release on March 15th. Also recently leaked are figures for Black Suit Spider-Man, Vision, Ant-Man, and Black Panther (the latter two look pretty sweet if I do say so myself). No official news on this just yet, but rumor has it they may release on March 15th as well. Source: WDWInfo.com PlayStation Store Update - New Games 1/19 Another week, another PlayStation Store update, but there's actually quite a few new that's out this week. Check out the list below. PS4 5-Star Wrestling: ReGenesis (out 1/20) - $19.99 Klaus - $19.99 Attractio - $19.99 Baseball Riot - $4.99 Croixleur Sigma - $14.99 Dark Cloud 2 (PS2) - $14.99 Inside My Radio - $14.99 Resident Evil 0 - $19.99 Stardust Vanguards - $9.99 Tachyon Project - $9.99 The Deadly Tower of Monsters - $14.99 PS3 Resident Evil 0 - $19.99 PS Vita Atelier Escha and Logy Plus ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~ - $39.99 Baseball Riot - $4.99 Oddworld: New 'n Tasty - $19.99 Red Game Without a Great Name - $4.99 Sales There is also a slew of pretty good sales going on. Some of the biggest savings include the following: Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4) - $20 Evolve (PS4) - $13.20 Evolve: Evolve Hunting Season 2 - $7.50 Evolve: Evolve Hunting Season Pass - $4.95 LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PS4) - $10 LEGO The Hobbit (PS4) - $6.60 Oddworld: New 'N Tasty (PS4, 3-Way Cross-buy) - $8.00 Batman Arkham Origins Ultimate Edition (PS3) - $18.75 Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) - $10 Batman: Arkham City Ulitmate Edition (PS3) - $11.99 Bioshock (PS3) - $4.99 Bioshock 2 (PS3) - $4.99 Borderlands 2 (PS3) - $5.00 God Mode (PS3) - $3.00 Lord of the Rings: The War in the North (PS3) - $5.00 Trine 2 (PS3) - $3.00 For the full list of deals, check out the official update on the PlayStation Blog. What are your thoughts on The Witness's price? And are you going to grab that Firaxis Humble Bundle or any games on PSN this week?
  9. Jason Clement

    PSN Flash Sale 7/17-7/20

    https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/flash-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-FLASHSALEPSVGAM If you haven't already heard, there's a new Flash sale going on right now on PSN (presumably through Sunday?), and this time it's exclusively for Vita games. Since I'm not a Vita owner, I couldn't tell you exactly what you should be excited for here, but there are a few notable things, such as a few Hyperdimenion Neptunia games, and some higher profile indie games like The Swapper, Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2, TxK, Kick and Fennick, and more. A lot of it is stuff that frequently appears elsewhere, but if you end up buying anything, let us know below! UPDATE: Okay, I guess the sale does encompass PS3 and PS4 (and movies) too? Here's a link to everything included in the sale: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/flash-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-FLASHSALEWEBLP?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=July_Flash_Sale&utm_source=US_PS_Blog_Post&utm_term=so-mu-5-79755&utm_content=July_Flash_Sale_US_PS_Blog_Post
  10. Jason Clement

    Suikoden III Now Available On PSN

    Suikoden II finally released on PSN earlier this year, and it looks like it was received well enough for Konami to go ahead and fast-track Suikoden III for release, because... well, it's out today! No doubt this is promising news for fans of the venerable RPG series as this could signify that Suikoden IV and V may also be on the way. But as far as a series revival goes, don't get your hopes up just yet. Konami did indicate that they will now focus mostly on mobile gaming and other avenues going forward, so the likelihood of us seeing another new console title in the series is... probably not that great. Still, there's no way to know for sure, so we can keep hoping. In the meantime, you can snag Suikoden III for $9.99 on PSN, but you'll need a PlayStation 3 in order to play it. Source: PlayStation Blog Will you be buying Suikoden III off of PSN?
  11. Jason Clement

    Mega Man 8 Coming To PSN On Tuesday

    Mega Man 8 is somewhat of a red-headed step child in the mainline series given that it was the only entry that released outside of a Nintendo console (at least until Mega Man 9 and 10 came along some 11-12 years after) and it was the first to feature voice-acting (that was unfortunately pretty bad). Still, it was a pretty solid game in its own right, and now fans will have the chance to play it again soon because it's coming to the PlayStation Store this coming Tuesday (5/26). This marks the sixth Mega Man game to come to PSN, making Mega Man X6 the only PlayStation Mega Man game left unaccounted for. Might we see Mega Man X7 and X8 as PS2 classics sometime in the near future as well? Only time will tell, but this release pattern indicates that Capcom is open to that and it might not be long before we get them. Source: Games Radar Are you interested in playing Mega Man 8 again?
  12. Marcus Estrada

    La-Mulana Screenshot 3

    From the album: Review Images

  13. Marcus Estrada

    La-Mulana Screenshot 2

    From the album: Review Images

  14. Marcus Estrada

    La-Mulana Screenshot 1

    From the album: Review Images

  15. As many of you are likely aware, PlayStation is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year (having originally released in 1995). To celebrate those 20 years of gaming, the PlayStation Store will be having an anniversary sale that will see more than 60 combined PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PSP, and PS2 and PS1 Classics discounted to up to 60% off (and up to 75% for PlayStation Plus members) until January 19th. The selection spans a majority of older titles (that were released in 2013 and back essentially) and RPGs that include classics such as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VII-IX, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, and more. Uncharted 1-3 are on sale for $12-$15 (with the price depending on whether you have PS Plus or not). Be sure to check out the full list of discounted games on the PlayStation Blog. Will you be buying any of the games on sale?
  16. Written on iPad. Will check for typos later. While Season 2 wasn't as emotionally connecting as the first season, I still enjoyed it. I enjoyed the decisions available but definitely understand that the majority of the story is predetermined. Some reviewers seem to have a problem understanding that aspect. Below are the "choices" I made this season and my thoughts on those decisions and the story in general. I'd love others to express their thoughts as well. Be sure to use spoiler tags. If you haven't finished the season yet, please find the nearest exit now.... Episode 1: All That Remains Episode 2: A House Divided Episode 3: In Harm's Way Episode 4: Amid The Ruins Episode 5: No Going Back Desires For Season 3...... My Choices (Screen Captures)
  17. [update] According to Kotaku, the hacker group "Lizard Squad" has now made bomb threats to John Smedley's airplane. Smedley is the President of Sony Online Entertainment and tweeted earlier that his flight was being diverted to Phoenix for security reasons. The FBI is currently investigating the American Airlines flight in question. [Original Story] The Playstation Network has been taken offline due to a DDoS attack perpetrated by the hacker group "Lizard Squad." Other companies like Blizzard and Riot Games have been affected by the attack as well. Sid Shuman of the Playstation Blog assured fans in a blog post saying that despite the interruption of service, "no personal information has been accessed." This of course in response to concerns that the siege was similar to the PSN attack of 2011 where personal information of users was obtained by hackers. The PSN was scheduled for maintenance downtime tomorrow, August 25 and it is unclear if that will continue as planned or if it will be postponed. Stay tuned to Game Podunk for further updates. Source: Forbes, PS Blog
  18. Steve Bitto

    $9.99 PSN Flash Sale this Weekend

    Sony is running another flash sale this weekend on the Playstation Network. This go around there are a number of Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita titles all for the low price of $9.99. Even included are "Ultimate Editions" of games like Bioshock 2 and Starhawk. The full list is shown below: BioShock Infinite (PS3) BioShock 2 Ultimate Edition (PS3) DmC Devil May Cry (PS3) Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires (PS3) Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (PS Vita) God of War Collection (PS3) God of War Collection (PS Vita) Lost Planet 3 (PS3) Metro: Last Light (PS3) MX vs ATV Alive Ultimate Edition (PS3) PayDay 2 (PS3) Persona 4 Arena Ultimate Edition (PS3) Prototype 2 (PS3) Resident Evil: Revelations (PS3) Starhawk Ultimate Edition (PS3) Street Fighter x Tekken (PS Vita) Tales of Graces f (PS3) The Sly Collection (PS3) The Sly Collection (PS Vita) Wonderbook: Walking With Dinosaurs (PS3) XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3) Source: Playstation Blog Which of these games are too good to pass up at this price?
  19. Marcus Estrada

    Review: Monster Monpiece

    Developer: Compile Heart Publisher: Idea Factory Platform: Vita (PSN) Release Date: May 27, 2014 ESRB: M for Mature Card games are a ton of fun and even precede video games. Of course, basically any card game out there has been at some point garnered a digital rendition. Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, and Magic the Gathering are some of the biggest names, but brand new card games have been created as well. The latest in this is Monster Monpiece for Vita. It casts players into a magical world where “monster girls” exist. Students learn to control these monsters with magical abilities which take the form of card battles. Sounds fun, right? The card gameplay is certainly fun! It pulls from existing games such as Magic but expands in its own directions. Basically, each player has a certain amount of health, so your goal is to whittle the opponent“s down first. This is done by placing cards on a grid and, turn by turn, closing in on their home base. There are three rows to place creatures on and (most) will proceed forward until running into an enemy, at which point a battle is engaged. Of course, there are some instances where battles occur sooner, such as with long-range weaponry. Each card has stats for attack, health, and intelligence. When two monster girls go to battle they both get a chance at attacking (unless one is killed instantly) and damage each others“ health. Of course, there are ways to boost some or all of their respective stats. For example, there are magical types that will boost health of a card placed directly in front of them. This uses up intelligence points, however. The same holds true for buffing monsters which offer up increased attack. A few other ways to increase card stats exist. One way is by fusing two cards of the same type, creating a new, more powerful card. Another method is based simply on placing up to three of the same type card in a row. As you can only place one card a turn this takes up to three turns but will provide a boost to every one of your monsters on the field. It“s incredibly helpful, and means you“ll want to restrict how many colors of cards exist in your deck. Magic players will probably find this aspect of Monster Monpiece especially familiar. So, there“s a lot of strategy required to play well and a lot of it lies with creating a workable deck. Honestly, all this was surprising considering the most obvious aspect of the game, which has nothing to do with card games. Yes, it“s the monster girls themselves. Every card is graced with an image of a scantily clad anime character. As is common of modern anime, most of the girls follow a “moe” design aesthetic which means they are drawn to be incredibly youthful looking. Most games that have to rely on heavily “erotic” designs do so because they have little to actually offer players. Hence, it“s a shock that Monster Monpiece actually has good gameplay. If you“re not particularly interested in the monster girls then unfortunately there“s no way to escape them. They“re present on every card, but that's not all. You see, in order to create more powerful cards you must engage in a ridiculous minigame. You might have seen it featured as part of the game“s advertising. The minigame has players turn their Vita so it is held vertically at which point a monster girl appears on screen. You must then navigate around the screen (the characters are too large to fit squarely in one “screen”) and find their sensitive locations. This might be their ears, tails, thighs, or more obvious body parts. Once found you must tap madly at the spot to raise a meter high enough. At that point you might enter a special rubbing mode where you pinch the Vita to touch both front and rear touch pads and stroke the system vigorously. It“s an incredibly childish minigame and awkward to actually complete. Although this minigame is never required beyond the tutorial, it is useful if you want to increase the strength of your cards. Yes, there“s a store option but you can only buy blind packs of cards which means there“s no assurance of getting anything good. Well, you can buy rare packs but those cost real money. It's likely too frustrating for people who like this sort of stuff to even enjoy it, either. Am I condemning the game for its eroticism? No, not in and of itself. In fact there should be more games out there which put a focus on human sexuality and sexiness. Of course, in the gaming realm any attempt at sexiness is usually tied to women characters and rarely focused on men. My main issue with Monster Monpiece“s sexualized characters is that it is a drain on the competent core mechanics. Many card players will avoid it because of its visuals. Those who are not fans of the art but play anyway will roll their eyes far too often. Finally, those who are excited to put money down on a product purely for its supposed sexy characters would likely do so for any similar game. Therefore, the actual quality is of little importance for this group. Then there are the players willing to accept any visual presentation in the presence of a good story. I'm sorry to report there's not one to be found here. Sure, it helps tie together things from battle to battle but it's fairly average and predictable. There's also a handful of weird writing and typos which further hinder the translation's quality. Of course, the main reason to play is to enjoy the card-based combat and not become enthralled in an epic storyline. It wouldn't hurt, though. After a while, I started to tune out the art on every card. My mind honed in on what is the most compelling aspect of the game - card battling! Of course, this only would last as long as I was deep in strategic thought. The minute I needed stronger cards and had to do a few rounds of the minigame it all came flooding back. It“s hard to recall the last time I ever had such a love/hate relationship with a game. Every gamer is aware of their own tastes and know if they“ll like, dislike, or plain not care about Monster Monpiece“s presentation. It“s impossible for me to recommend but hopefully, as more informed readers, you now know whether the game is right for you. Pros: + Great deal of strategy involved in matches + Ton of freedom to create deck(s) to fit your play style + Online multiplayer Cons: - Sexualized, child-like characters completely overwhelm the game - Card upgrade minigame is cumbersome - Unfortunately, “good” card packs cost real money - Ho-hum storyline Overall Score: 5 (out of 10) Average Monster Monpiece has some fun, strategic gameplay buried underneath its pubescent exterior for those willing to try it out. Disclosure: This game was reviewed using downloadable Vita code provided by the publisher.
  20. Developer: Compile Heart Publisher: NIS America Platform: PS Vita Release Date: June 3, 2014 ESRB: T for Teen The last few years have been amazing for niche game fans. Visual novels have finally made their way out of the woodwork and many other unique titles have arrived as well. However, it still took until 2014 for the first real “idol” game to hit North America. Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (Neptunia PP for short) is a Vita game where you must help a young woman reach super-stardom via singing and dancing. How does that work in a Western market? Well, first off, this game is catering to a specific audience. It is meant to be played by those who have enjoyed at least one Hyperdimension Neptunia game in the past. Knowledge of all the games isn“t mandatory, but it helps to know which characters you like versus which you don“t before selecting your starlet. The whole experience is best served toward existing fans who would like to see their favorite anime heroine dancing around in customizable costumes. The gameplay of Neptunia PP is very simple. Once there is a girl on your team, it“s your role to tell her what to do each day. Should she practice dance moves or should she host an event to gain more fans? Should she take a break to de-stress or hang out with competing idols? As the producer, you make all these choices day in and day out. And, mostly, that“s all you do. Characters can only take one action per day and some actions require a few days to recharge. Days are important because you have under 200 of them to raise your idol to the top of the charts. As the story dictates, this is to topple the stranglehold 48-girl pop group MOB48 has on the world. You can beat the game in a third that time if you make smart idol-focused choices. Players can stretch out playtime by simply getting to know the other idols better or even getting them to join up into duos or trios. You can also attempt to raise affection with the idol you“re tasked with teaching, but that isn“t a requirement. After increasing stats and fanbase, your next role as producer is to produce concerts. Here players can choose what outfits their idol will wear, stage venue and special effects, and the song of choice. As there are only five songs in all (four unlockable), it“s not as if there is much tough decision-making going on. All of the customization aside from outfits seems similarly restrictive. Also, it doesn“t really seem to matter which stuff you choose as the crowd is ready to go gaga no matter what. Once a concert is underway, the player is required to keep the crowd excited. They do this via manipulating the camera to get dynamic views of the performance. Beyond that, you can set off stage effects such as lasers and spotlights. That“s… all you do. It would be awesome to see a musical minigame or anything, but instead you just have to fuss the camera about and shoot off effects when the crowd cheers. It“s so incredibly simple that it feels odd to be scored on the performance afterward. Raise stats, reduce stress, and run some concerts. That“s all you have to do in Neptunia PP. It quickly becomes stale unless you“re in love with stat-raising in and of itself. Thankfully, there is a surprising amount of story events to keep days from being completely mundane. Usually these are humorous interludes but sometimes affect your stats as well. In any case, these moments are usually fun (but sometimes creepy) and should serve as a plus for Hyperdimension Neptunia lovers. Still, even for fans of the JRPG series, it is hard to recommend Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection. There“s just so little there to warrant a playthrough. You do have the option of choosing Neptune, Noire, Blanc, or Vert, but one droll experience was enough for me. Hopefully we do see more idol games come West, though, as there are games like Idolm@ster that are actually entertaining. For now, however, only die-hard Hyperdimension Neptunia/idol fans should pick this up. Pros: + Players have a choice of four characters to turn into idols + Amusing story segments crop up on occasion Cons: - Gameplay mainly consists of raising stats via menus - Little entertainment value in actually producing concerts - Somehow this game about musical idols has only five songs in all Overall Score: 4 (out of 10) Below Average With minimal gameplay and story flourishes that cater most to existing fans, there's little reason for anyone outside the Neptunia fandom to give this game a go. Disclosure: This game was reviewed using PS Vita downloadable code provided by the publisher
  21. Jason Clement

    R-Type Dimensions Blasts Onto PSN Today

    Side-scrolling space shooter fans may remember the R-Type series quite well from the '80s and '90s; it was one of, if not the best series in the genre, offering some hardcore difficulty to those who were up to the challenge. Now Tozai Games has recreated the first and second R-Type games in high-res, 3D graphics as R-Type Dimensions for the PS3. It offers the same challenging gameplay from both games and allows you to switch between the modern HD graphics and the classic, retro style with the press of a button during gameplay. And like the original game, this one also features couch co-op play with another player. Other new features include a slow-motion button that will let you slow down time so you can dodge bullets, an Infinite Mode that gives you an infinite number of lives to allow you to complete the game, fully customizable controls, and a stage select mode that allows you to practice and play any level when you want. Of course, leaderboards are also featured as well. You can grab R-Type Dimensions for $9.99 on the PS3's PlayStation Store when it updates later today. Also, you can check out the game's trailer below. Source: PlayStation Blog
  22. Jason Clement

    Review: Luftrausers

    Developer: Vlambeer Publisher: Devolver Digital Platform: PSN (PS3, PS Vita), PC, Mac, Linux, Release Date: March 18, 2014 ESRB: E for Everyone This review is based on the PS3 version of the game It starts out unassuming enough—your small, pixelated air craft is launched into the sky to take on an army of enemy naval ships, airplanes, submarines and more. A squadron of enemy aircraft approach from behind, but you're able to shake them off and take them down. While that's happening, a few small gunships start firing on you from the waters below. Dodging their fire, you swoop down, opening fire and blowing both to smithereens before realizing that an even larger fleet of enemy planes has descended upon your position. The sky is darkened and filled with endless amounts of machine gun firing every which way. A few guided missiles scream past in all of the confusion and narrowly miss grazing your aircraft by inches. And to add to all that, you face a barrage of incoming cannon fire from a massive battleship below. But despite everything, you avoid almost every shot... that is, until an ace pilot comes out of nowhere and blows you right out of the sky—your plane erupting in a blaze of glory amidst explosions everywhere. Welcome to Luftrausers. What was just described is what you can expect out of an average session of the game, if you can expect to survive even that long. If you're a seasoned pilot, you may get to see multiple battleships, submarines, and even a blimp or two in addition to all of that, making for some truly chaotic gameplay. At the heart of Luftrausers lies an aerial arcade shoot 'em up that, like many similar action-oriented titles, revels in its willful destruction. There's a certain similarity to Geometry Wars where, in that game, skill is rewarded in part with brilliant displays of beautiful fireworks-like explosions. And yet the thrill of explosions and chaotic action that results is only one aspect of Luftrausers. The central mechanic lies in building up your score by use of chained combos which result from shooting down other air- and naval-craft. Shooting down five planes quickly and consecutively, for example, will give you a 5x multiplier (which will eventually max out once you reach 20x). You'll then have just a few seconds to keep that combo going by shooting down or destroying something else, otherwise the combo breaks. But if you manage to keep it going? You'll be rewarded with potentially thousands and, if you're good enough, tens of thousands of points that will possibly land you at the top of the worldwide leaderboards. One of the best things about Luftrausers is how it exceeds at being easy to get into, yet being difficult to master; just about anyone could pick it up and start playing and know exactly what to do in just a few short seconds thanks to the simple controls and mechanics. In fact, when you first start the game, you simple press the up button and you're taken immediately into the gameplay. There's no drawn out narrative or exposition either; all you're given are a series of three short missions (of which there are 100 in all) each time you launch your craft, and they range from taking down certain enemy craft to score-based challenges and even ones with special conditions (i.e. taking down 10 enemy fighters while on fire). Completing these missions yield additional vehicle bodies, engines, and weapons that provide different bonuses or effects. For example, one body type is so sharp that it can cut through other ships with ease when you run into them and yet another type will drop bombs automatically as you fly. One weapon turns your gun into a single, deadly cannon shot while another gives you a wide spread shot of five bullets. Being able to mix and match different combinations is crucial to completing certain types of missions and it's a lot of fun to find out which combo works best for you. The game's 8-bit pixelated aesthetic lends to its charm and would look right at home on something like the NES, though the pixel art of the different military personnel on the option screens have already caused some controversy. They are intentionally designed to appear as fascist so as to evoke a feeling of the era from the 1900s to 1980s where military intelligence were able to ascertain that the opposing forces were studying and designing "secret weapons" though not quite knowing what they were. In light of this, Luftrausers' character designs have garnered much criticism for their supposed similarity to Nazi symbolism; Vlambleer claims in an apology on their site that they did not design the pilot (or anyone else) with that in mind, however. For what it's worth, I do agree that it's an unfortunate oversight on Vlambeer's part, but the designs are generic enough (perhaps except for the style of uniform; no swastikas, though, thankfully) that I didn't have any particular problem with it. That minor controversy aside, Luftrausers is quite the experience. Its fast, aerial dogfighting and increasingly complex naval battlefield during gameplay make for one of the most thrilling experiences I've played through this year. It might not make a huge splash for the first few minutes, but once you really start to get into racking up points through combos and attempting to take down some of the harder enemy crafts and such, the real fun starts and it becomes incredibly addicting. Too many times I would have a play session that would be extended by another 5-, 10-, 15-, 30-minutes or even an hour just because I had to give it one more try to finish the mission or reach x amount of points. If you love arcade-style gameplay and acquiring high scores and such, you owe it to yourself to play this game; its a complete blast. Now if you excuse me, I have a blimp to take down. Pros + Fast, addictive, aerial dogfighting action + Simple to learn, control, but difficulty steadily increases in-game the longer you survive + Music is pretty catchy, especially after long sessions of play + Leaderboards and plenty of missions offer lots of replay value Cons - Fascist art-style might be offputting to some - May only appeal to fans of arcade shmups and score attacks Overall Score: 9 (out of 10) Fantastic Luftrausers is one of the best aerial arcade shoot 'em ups to arrive in recent history. If arcade games and going after high scores is your thing, grab your helmet and get ready to take off, because this game is a blast. Disclosure: This game was reviewed using downloadable code provided by the publisher
  23. Marcus Estrada

    Review: Daylight

    Developer: Zombie Studios Publisher: Zombie Studios, Atlus Platform: PC (Steam), PS4 (PSN) Release Date: April 29, 2014 ESRB: M for Mature This review is based on the PS4 version of the game Horror games have been around for a great many years, but as of late, they“ve seen a huge resurgence. The basic trend has been to move away from the action-style horror of modern series and attempt to distill horror to its most basic elements. Zombie Studios“ Daylight was announced as fitting squarely in the refreshed survival horror genre. Horror is a very temperamental thing which places Daylight in a precarious situation because it offers little else. The storyline of Daylight is incredibly simple at the onset. All you know is that you“re a woman named Sarah with a smartphone trapped in a dark, abandoned building. There are flourishes that make it seem like a hospital, but also bars and cells that would be at home in a prison. With both haunted hospitals and prisons being excellent settings for horror tales, it seems like a perfect setting. Although initially you are completely unaware of anything, your phone constantly maps the area as it is explored, effectively limiting the fear of the “unknown” so you don“t get lost. Gameplay is incredibly simple and focuses on one pattern. Players must explore the stage for a required amount of notes, find a special item, and take that item to a glowing sigil somewhere else. If you can do that about five times in a row then the game will be over. Of course, it“s not that simple. Along the way you“ll come face to face with a resident spirit that is severely unhappy with your presence. Sometimes she“ll appear with a burst of flames around her, just to add insult to injury. Staring at her for too long strains Sarah“s mental fortitude - possibly leading to a game over. This is where another element of gameplay comes in, although it“s very slight. Although the player has no weapons in an obvious sense, she can utilize flares scattered about the hospital to repel the ghost. There are also caches of glowsticks to be found. Although these have no impact on the spirit, they are useful for lighting up incredibly dark hallways. Oh, and they also cast interactable objects with a strange glow. In cabinets and lockers you“ll tend to find more light sources, letters, or nothing at all. Sometimes the cabinets will wiggle at you which is apparently meant to be spooky. Actually, a whole lot of Daylight focuses on the act of scaring rather than actually being scary. No matter how tough someone is, a good jump scare will make them jolt no matter what. Jump scares are exactly what the game aims for, by making sure to have that ghost meander about the hospital, always ready to scream when you turn around. Then there are all the rather lacking scares that come from the environment (boxes falling, drawers opening and shutting themselves, etc). The game never does anything to draw you in and take out your mental defenses. Instead, it is content with just trying to “boo” its way to terrorize. This seems to be an unfortunate result of the game“s randomly-generated nature. In theory it sounds extremely cool to have a horror game that always changes stages up. The concept leads one to imagine incredibly creepy atmospheres that will never grow stale because they“re never the same. Daylight definitely has a good deal of variety per stage upon replay, but it still can“t manage to create tension. Instead, you may go an entire stage without ever seeing the ghost while other times she“ll keep popping up in a very short time span. In the latter case, even the most jumpy players will eventually become desensitized. Randomness also taints the progression of story along the way. Each stage requires the collection of a certain amount of notes but there are far more available than you actually need. The overabundance helps the player from getting stuck for too long. However, it means there is not one well-crafted storyline to experience. Instead, there are scatterings of story threads but none of them are all that interesting. Because of the excess of papers, this also means that many feel repetitive. The writing itself is alright, but storytelling was definitely harmed by having to accommodate for a wealth of very similar text. On PS4, the text is also often hard to read due to being small and written with iffy color choices. Then there are the little things that just make the atmosphere too ridiculous to take seriously. For one, the voice of a Vincent Price-esque man pipes up through Sarah“s smartphone from time to time, spouting fragments of wisdom. What he“s hinting at is always fairly transparent, although if you don“t catch it, the game makes sure to spell it out in the final five seconds. Then there is Sarah herself who states the obvious randomly. She is understandably frightened, but her cries of “this is too much!” over tiny events are taken as silly rather than inspiring empathy. For all that Daylight manages to get wrong, it“s not completely without merit. The atmosphere in and of itself can be creepy if you let yourself slowly meander through it and manage to have the ghost randomized such that she doesn“t continually pester you. The game is about as far from psychologically scarring you as it can get which places it more in the category of haunted houses. Haunted houses are fun because you know what you“re in for when visiting. The same holds true for this game. Go into Daylight with a mindset of getting jump scares left and right for about an hour and you won“t be disappointed. Pros: + Good game to play with scaredy cats + Randomized areas have a great deal of variation Cons: - Storytelling is impinged due to the randomness of note-finding - Prioritizes (mostly non-frightening) jump scares over all else - Very short experience that doesn“t demand repeated playthroughs Overall Score: 5 (out of 10) Average If you“re a fan of tame haunted houses and would like to recreate the experience at home then Daylight should suffice.
  24. It was only a week and a half ago that the PlayStation Store hosted an amazing sale for games that were marked down to $0.99, and now Sony looks to be following up on the tremendous savings by providing another big sale. In honor of Golden Week in Japan (which encompasses four holidays and is the biggest shopping and traveling week of the year there), the PlayStation Store is hosting a sale to celebrate some big Japanese games which you'll be able to get for up to 50-75% off. Here's a list of what's on sale- Color Key PS Plus Price Regular Sale Price Armored Core: Verdict Day (PS3) - $5.99 $9.99 $19.99 Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3) - $24.49 $34.99 $49.99 Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland (PS Vita) - $19.59 $27.99 $39.99 Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland (PS Vita) - $19.59 $27.99 $39.99 Chrono Cross (PS3/PSP/PS Vita) - $3.49 $4.99 $9.99 Chrono Trigger (PS3/PSP/PS Vita) - $3.49 $4.99 $9.99 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PS Vita) - $32.39 $35.99 $39.99 Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3) - $8.99 $14.99 $29.99 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (PS3) - $15.00 $29.99 $59.99 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (PS Vita) - $10.00 $19.99 $39.99 Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PS3) - $5.00 $9.99 $19.99 Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory (PS3) - $14.69 $20.99 $29.99 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3) - $14.99 $24.99 $49.99 Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (PS3) - $11.99 $19.99 $39.99 Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection (PS Vita) - $8.99 $14.99 $29.99 Muramasa Rebirth (PS Vita) - $7.49 $12.49 $24.99 Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) - $14.62 $19.49 $29.99 rain (PS3) - $3.75 $7.49 $14.99 Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (PS3) - $15.00 $29.99 $59.99 SoulCalibur V (PS3) - $5.00 $9.99 $19.99 Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PS3) - $10.00 $19.99 $39.99 Time and Eternity (PS3) - $9.79 $13.99 $19.99 Ys: Memories of Celceta (PS Vita) - $19.59 $27.99 $39.99 Zone of the Enders HD Collection (PS3) - $10.49 $17.49 $34.99 There are also a number of other sales on games that include the likes of Daylight ($11), Vagrant Story ($3), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 1 & 2 ($5 and $10), and much more. Check out the rest of the list on the PlayStation Blog! Source: PlayStation Blog Which games will you be buying during this sale?
  25. Jason Clement

    Suikoden II May Be Coming to PSN Soon

    At this point, Suikoden II might just be the biggest PlayStation game to not have been released on the PlayStation Store as a PSOne classic, and fans have taken note of this fact for years. The original Suikoden has actually been on the PS Store since 2008, so its sequel's absence has been the source of much speculation and mystery over the last few years. However, that all looks to change soon. An ESRB rating for Suikoden II on PlayStation 3 in North America was spotted by Silconera earlier today, and Sony Computer Entertainment America is listed as the publisher, leading many to believe that they're the ones that licensed and precipitated this release; not Konami, who owns the franchise and published the sequel when it originally launched. In any case, none of this has been officially confirmed, but ESRB ratings usually result in the game being released not too long after, so it looks like more Suikoden is in store for RPG fans. Source: Siliconera Are you excited at the prospect of Suikoden II potentially releasing on PSN soon?