The May preview for the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection has dropped, and they’ve finally listened to a large out cry from the fans. First up on the list is Sleeping Dogs, I personally have no experience or knowledge of the game, but if so many people asked for it one has to believe it’s good. Not only will you get the full game with PlayStation Plus, but you’ll also get three “premium” DLC packs, including the Retro Triad pack, Red Envelope pack, and Street Racer pack. Also coming later this month is Knytt Underground, which is Cross-Buy enabled for PS3 and Vita, Germinator, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and Pinball Arcade, which is also Cross-Buy enabled. Looks like the Vita is getting some pretty hefty support this month. Along with the May preview, we of course get the weekly preview, showing that Sleeping Dogs will be the first game to drop, along with a discount on the Papo & Yo bundle, which includes the game and the soundtrack. As for the games leaving the Instant Game Collection there is, in order, Demons Souls, Megaman 9 & 10 combo pack, Tekken 6 PSP, Darksiders, and Zombie Tycoon 2, so get them while they’re hot folks.
As suggested before by the ESRB listing, the Jak and Daxter collection will indeed be getting a PlayStation Vita version. The portable version will include all three main games, feature full trophy support (but not share trophies with the PS3 version), touch based controls for some mini-games, “authentically reproduced graphics”, and a reasonable price tag of $29.99. I’m not entirely sure how the “authentically reproduced graphics” will turn out, because I don’t know if it’s reproducing the HD of the PS3 version or the original graphics from the PS2 era. Either way I’ll still likely pick up this game, but not at release, that whole June-July-August stretch of months is looking dangerous for my wallet.
Soul Sacrifice, the Monster Hunter like game that’s all about trading body parts and partners for phenomenal powers. comes out at the end of the month for the PlayStation Vita. In case you can’t wait to get the game, or want to try it out without going through the long process of getting the Japanese demo, you can download the Soul Sacrifice demo on April 16th. The demo covers the first part of the game, showing you the intro to the story and the first couple of missions, essentially the same as the Japanese demo. Soul Sacrifice is also Keiji Inafune’s first big title since the forming of his own company, which leads us to ask “Mr. Inafune, what are you trying to tell us with this game? When are you going to revive Megaman in a new, non-copyright infringing manner? And where the fuck is that animal-pirate-romance of the three kingdoms game you showed off at E3 2 years ago!?”
Muramasa, one of those “cult hits” on the Nintendo Wii, is being re-released on the PlayStation Vita under the name Muramasa Rebirth. Not only will the re-release feature better graphics, it will also feature a “super hard mode” where eating or drinking anything means instant death, customizable controls, four downloadable scenarios, as well as a brand new translation which, let’s face it, it needed. badly. While some may find the translation gives the characters too much of an “uppity” feel to them, and there are a number of people who would fight against the dlc, it can go without saying that this will likely be the “quintessential” version of this game. Along with the release date, a special edition version of the game has been announced. With this version you’ll get a Muramasa Rebirth themed skin and cover by HORI, a special carrying pouch, and a lithograph of art by the game designer himself. Aksys hasn’t given a specific price range yet, but Amazon has it listed for $60, which seems like a fair price point for the goodies you’ll get.
So the next Batman game has been unveiled by Game Informer: Batman: Arkham Origins. This game will be a precursor of sorts for the series, having a younger Batman face his many foes for the first time (one of these being Deathstroke). The game is being developed by Warner Bros Montreal, taking the reigns from the series’ previous developers, Rocksteady Games. The head of the studio is Eric Holmes, who was the lead designer for The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype. Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25, 2013 on Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Also, there will be a companion game for the 3DS and Vita call Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, being developed by Armature Studio, which was found by some of the leads of the Metroid Prime Series. Blackgate will be a 2.5D Metroid Styled game. No date has been given for its release.
Now I know what you may be thinking, the last time Jak and Daxter went portable, it wasn’t exactly, how some would say, good. Or you might be thinking “Jak and Daxter went portable before? what are you smoking?”, or you might be thinking if you left the stove on when you left. Ok, I don’t know what you may be thinking, but that’s not the point here. Recently spotted by All Games Beta, and reported by Joystiq, and ESRB rating for the Jak and Daxter collection has been filed for the Playstation Vita. Luckily it is talking about the collection with the original three games, and not some second collection with those mediocre to terrible psp games. While nothing official has been stated by Sony yet, this does show excitement for things to come. As I’ve always said, the only thing better then playing classics you can’t play on the original system, is being able to play them on the go. I for one would gladly pay for a second collection of Sly Cooper, Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter and more if it meant the freedom of playing them anywhere (or more specifically to my case, on my couch while I surf the web and stream episodes of The Office off of netflix).
The announcement trailer for the Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster games has finally been released by SE. Note that they use the term “Remaster”, not a remake or re-release, or even collection. I’m not going anywhere with that, just think it’s an interesting term. You can read the original story here on our site.