Team Gravity, the team behind PSVita hit Gravity Rush, released a new trailer at the Tokyo Game Show that hints at nothing but a sequel. The trailer starts by showing off some concept art of a new city, then transitions to the heroine of Gravity Rush, Kat, actually flying around the city. It ends simply with “Fall Again….a new project from Team Gravity.” Gravity Rush is one of the biggest hits in the PlayStation Vita’s library, and is easily one of my favorite games in the recent years, so to see the sequel for it being in development only makes me a happy gamer.
NamcoBandai has announced a couple of highly anticipated fighters to be brought overseas (or in some cases world wide) in 2014. The first of which is Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, which was first announced back in June. The game will feature over 70 warriors to choose from, including characters from the latest Dragon Ball Z film, as well as 8 player free for all battles and 4 player co-op. If you buy a game one edition, you will get a download code to give Goku a costume (and animations) mirroring Naruto Uzumaki’s sage mode form (similar to how Naruto got a Goku costume in his latest game, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3). Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z will release on PS3, Xbox 360, and PSVita, however the PSVita version will only be available for digital download and will only feature one voice over option (English if you’re in NA or Japanese if you’re in EU).
The second big game is Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle, which has already been released in Japan, will be brought over seas to US and NA regions sometime in 2014. When the game is released in the west, it will include all of the on-going character balance being found in the Japanese version. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is a PS3 exclusive and is being developed by CyberConnect2.
The final fighter announcement involves Soul Calibur: Lost Swords, the free-to-play single player game being released on the PSN. The game will be launching later this winter and will include the characters Mitsurugi, Siegfried, and Sophita (who was killed off between Soul Calibur 4 and Soul Calibur 5. The game will run on the latest iteration of the Soul Calibur 5 engine, and Producer Masaaki Hoshino is reported saying that “The game system itself is quite different, it’s been more streamlined and simplified so that people can more easily perform flashy, over-the-top maneuvers”
We got two big Playstation Vita related reveals today. First off, we got the Playstation Vita TV, a miniature home console version of the Vita that you can play on your TV. The Vita TV will be able to play retail copies of Vita games, along with download versions of Vita and PSP games. The system will use Dual Shock 3 controllers, and will connect to a TV through HDMI. Not all Vita games will be compatible with Vita TV, especially ones that heavily uses the Vita’s touchscreen feature. Also, the Vita TV console can be used for Remote Play with the Playstation 4. Currently, it’s only been confirmed to be released in Japan : 9,954 yen for just the console, or set with a controller and storage card for 14,995 yen (about $100 and $150 respectively).
Here’s a list of the games currently confirmed to be compatible with the Vita (Note: the listings are mostly in Japanese)
Secondly, a multicolored revision of the Vita has been announced. This wifi-only model is 20% thinner and 15% lighter than the original Vita. The new model also replaces the original Vita’s OLED screen with a LCD screen. Other revisions into a micro-USB slot for saving back-ups and charging, a 6 hour battery life, and a battery life/notification indicator on the top. It will also come with a 1GB memory. The system will come in the following colors: black, white, lime green, light blue, pink and khaki. The PCH-2000 will be released in Japan on October 10th for 19,929 yen (about $200).
Earlier this week, Rayman Legends released on all systems after a long postponement by Ubisoft. Fans of the Rayman Origins rejoiced as they were able to get their hands on the new game, which features all new levels, a new graphics engine, a multiplayer mode, and even remakes of Rayman Origins levels in the new engine. But some fans noticed something rather off about a certain version of the game, primarily speaking the PlayStation Vita version. Players on NeoGaf(1) noticed that the PlayStation Vita version of Rayman Legends was missing about 85 Teensies (the creatures you have to save in the game), which could all be found in the 28 Invasion levels that put challenge to some of the levels by adding a time limit. These 28 Invasion levels were simply not present in the PlayStation Vita version of the game, but every other version (including the Steam version, which is priced about the same) included these levels. Well after the discovery of these missing levels, Ubisoft has announced that they will be patching in these Invasion levels at a “later date”, citing the “longer than expected development time” as the reason the Invasion levels didn’t make it into the final cut of the Vita version.(2) The patch will be free of charge, whenever it comes out.
Holy exclusivity, Batman! We got a new trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins, which shows off some villians we already saw, like Deathstroke, Blask Mask, and Dead Shot. But we also got a first look at Bane and the Joker. But what neat is that the PS3 will be getting a Knightfall-Outfit Batman along with a Batman ’60s a la Adam West.
The game will be released on October 25, 2013, old chum.
Sony has announced that they are releasing a collection of the best games offered on the PSN in one, physical package. The package, titled Best of PlayStation Network Vol 1, features When Vikings Attack, Sound Shapes, Fat Princess, and my personal favorite, Tokyo Jungle. The bundle will be available in stores June 25th for $39.99 for the PlayStation 3, and speaking of collections, the Jak and Daxter Collection will be coming to the PSVita June 18th for $29.99. In case you haven’t heard me say it before, which is unlikely because I’ve said it numerous times, Tokyo Jungle is by far one of the best games I’ve ever played. The total bundle would save you $15 as opposed to buying the games seperatly on the PSN, but honestly Tokyo Jungle pays for most of that cost.