Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: PS Vita

New Demon Gaze combat screens, plus free Disgaea character DLC

Demon Gaze (PS Vita) Action Shots - Screenshot 1

Following the release last week of new character shots, NIS has sent out a new batch of screens showing the more violent side of dungeon-crawling. The latest media shows the combat system in action, including party members’ skills and some of the enemies. It was also announced that free post-launch DLC will be available for the first month after release, with players able to augment their party with new recruits from a Disgaea-themed character pack off PSN. Five characters are set to answer the call to arms: Etna, Flonne, Sicily, Asagi, and of course, an unlucky Prinny.

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Meet the folk of Dragon Princess Inn in new Demon Gaze screens

Demon Gaze (PS Vita) Character Screenshot Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has released a new batch of character screens from their upcoming PS Vita dungeon crawler Demon Gaze. The new shots show several of Dragon Princess Inn’s regulars, including item shop proprietor Lezerem, stylist Kukure, manager Fran, basement dweller Prometh, and resident mercenary Lancelorna. As the explorer Oz, players will find themselves chatting up all of them up as they restock and kit themselves out after another trip into one of the world’s many dungeons.

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(PlayStation Vita Review) Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

(PlayStation Vita Review) Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

“… an interesting take on the visual novel, mixing elements from procedural investigative mysteries and high-school-inspired adventures with a touch of the surreal.”

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Court’s in session. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc out for Vita

Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc (PS Vita) Oct Media Announcement - Screenshot 4

NIS has released Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, a new investigative adventure visual novel for PS Vita. Released in Japan for PSP in 2010, the localized version follows the same storyline with players assuming the role of Makoto Naegi, a student at Hope’s Peak Academy who must investigate a series of murders to find out which student is the guilty party. On a slight twist to the traditional whodunit, the school is locked down by a crazy bear named Monokuma, who serves as the judge and jailer, promising freedom to the person who can murder without getting caught. Naegi must gather evidence for both the ongoing trial and to discover who is holding them hostage before time runs out.

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Slimmer PS Vita coming to North America in Borderlands 2 bundle

PS Vita (System) 2000 Model Announcement - Set

The slimmer, OLED-less model of the PS Vita released last October in Japan will be making its way to North America this spring. The PCH-2000 series has 1 GB of internal memory, an additional hour of battery life, and is also around 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than the model currently for sale. The unit will be sold alongside Borderlands 2 (with six DLC packs) and an 8 GB memory card as part of the $199.99 Borderlands 2 Limited Edition Bundle.

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Aksys announces PS Vita version of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma

BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma (PS3, PS Vita) PS Vita Announcement - Screenshot 1

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be making the transition from PS3 to PS Vita this summer. The handheld version will follow its console counterpart, which is set to be released on March 25, and include all of the characters from the original release as well as five new characters, two DLC characters, a summary of events from Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, a new beach-themed storyline, and a revamped Story Mode.

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NIS goes screenshot happy for Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

DanganRonpa Trigger Happy Havoc (PS Vita) Jan Media Announcement - Screenshot 1

With its ship date less than a month away, NIS America has released new screens from their upcoming their investigative mystery title Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. The new shots reveal more of the questioning process that players will have to undertake in order to find out the masked culprit behind the latest killing at Hope’s Peak Academy. If they don’t discover who the creepy-looking bear is in time, no one will escape the school alive (dun dun duuunnn!).

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Idea Factory releases statement about Monster Monpiece’s changes

Monster Monpiece (PS Vita) IF Statement - Screenshot 1

Following their announcement yesterday that Monster Monpiece will be coming to North America later this year with a few alterations, Idea Factory has released a statement to address concerns regarding the changes. The full statement is available below, plus a few new screens.

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Idea Factory bringing Monster Monpiece to North America

Monster Monpiece (PS Vita) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Idea Factory has announced that they will be bringing their first PS Vita title to North America, Monster Monpiece. Set for a PSN release this spring, the game is a mixture of card battling and light role-playing elements that tasks players with tracking down a friend who has become “Lost” and leader to a group of creatures known as “monster girls.” As her best friend, May, players must stop Elza and her gang from stealing the protective quartz housed within the world’s cities. The cards are represented by 3D chibi characters, and there are over 100 monster girls to call upon during battle. Each monster has their own skills and weaknesses, and they can be fused for new combinations as well as powered by rubbing the touch screen (it seems even monsters have hearts). The game will also support ad hoc and network modes for multiplayer.

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Sony reveals cloud-based streaming, rental service PS Now

PS Now (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) Announcement - Header

Sony has announced PlayStation Now, the Gaiki-powered streaming service that will use cloud technology to allow players access to PS3 games on their PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and Bravia TVs. The service is scheduled to go live first for PS4 this summer and later for the rest of the Sony family, including eight models of the 2014 Bravia TV line (KDL-R400B is the exception). Sony plans to eventually expand the service further to include non-Sony products, allowing gamers to “enjoy instant access to a game wherever there’s Wi-Fi connectivity” along with seamless transition between devices. The service will feature the ability to rent specific titles or subscribe for access to the library. There will be online multiplayer and trophy support. For those curious about the system’s integration with the current setup, the PS Blog responded to a community question that the PS Store will continue to offer downloadable titles in addition to PS Now’s streaming services.

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