By BlackLagoon 4 Comments
June is here, and after modest release schedule in May, I'm here again with a more lively list for this month. As usual, it is focused on the North American market, with Europe and Japan exclusive titles in their own sections below.
Retail-wise we've got ports of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, and Vanillaware's 2009 2D action-adventure Muramasa Rebirth confirmed. Retailers also seem to think that Naughty Dog's PS2 action platformers are due out with the Jak & Daxter Collection, as well as the not-at-all-Thundercats-looking LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey, though I don't believe either has had an official release date announcement yet.
For PSN titles, the month starts off strong with slow paced puzzle game Quell Memento, a port of the million selling puzzle platformer Limbo, while the curious game/social app thing Toro's Friend Network finally makes it's debut outside of Japan. No firm dates for what's due later, though both top rated shoot 'em up Velocity Ultra and pixelated homicide-a-thon Hotline Miami are likely.
While May was meager for new releases, the same can not be said for new title announcements. The show stealer was definitively Sony Japan Studio's Panopticon trailer, which turned out to be the muliplayer focused Vita title Freedom Wars.
Beyond that Ubisoft showed off Rayman Legends for Vita with 5 exclusive levels, while Tecmo Koei revealed they're bringing over Atelier Meruru Plus, as well as Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force's stab at Monster Hunter - Toukiden. Americans will also get the opportunity to get their plowing on, with the confirmation that the currently Europe only Farming Simulator 2012 will be crossing the Atlantic.
The indie avalanche continues with Tony-Hawk-meets-Canabalt Vita exclusive Olliolli, in addition to Counterspy, Doki-Doki Universe (from the creator of Toejam & Earl), Hohokum, C-Wars, Atomic Ninjas, A.N.N.E., Dying: Sinner Escape, Death Ray Manta, and Flower.
Japan got a Super Robot Wars title, a Super
Robot Anime Heroine Wars title, Exstetra - a new RPG from the developers of Unchained Blades, and a bunch of visual novels.
And there you go, you're now up to date on what's been happening games wise with the Vita. Here's hoping E3 will bring plenty to write about next month. On to the list:
- Epic Mickey 2 - Port of the console title
- Jak & Daxter Trillogy - The PS2 platformers brought to the Vita (?)
- LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey - New LEGO game (?)
- Muramasa Rebirth - Enhanced port of the Wii 2D action-adventure game
- Quell Memento - Puzzle game
- Limbo - Port of the indie platformer
- Toro's Friend Network - Social app with some kind of dungeon crawler in it?
- Flying Hamster HD - The PS Minis cute 'em up gets an upgrade
- Velocity Ultra - Upgraded version of Futurlab's acclaimed Minis shooter
- Hotline Miami - Port of the psychedelic indie murder spree simulator
- Dragon's Crown - Fantasy beat 'em up (August)
- Rayman Legends - More beautifully animated platforming (September)
- Ys: Memories of Celceta - Action RPG in the long running series. (September, XSEED)
- Valhalla Knights 3 - Sequel to the PSP Action RPGs. (September, XSEED)
- Killzone Mercenary - This time you get to side with the British Space Nazis! (September)
- FIFA 14 - Hopefully more than a roster update (September)
- KickBeat - Martial arts rhythm game
- Snapshot - Platform puzzler
- Picotto Knights - F2P cutesy brawler thing
- Rainbow Moon - Turn-based strategy RPG
- Dragon Fantasy: Book II - SNES style retro RPG (Summer)
- Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee - HD remaster of the Xbox game
- Coconut Dodge Revitalized - Upgraded version of Futurlab's hit Mini
- Putty Squad - Remake of the Amiga platformer (Summer?)
- Luftrausers - Vlambeer does (Nazi) planes?
- Bit.Trip Runner 2 - Indie endless runner (Summer)
- Starlight Inception - Kickstarter funded space combat sim (August)
- Real Boxing - Boxing. And it's real. (August)
- Cloudberry Kingdom - Hard as nails plaformer
- OMG HD Zombies! - Zombie themed chain reaction puzzle game
- Farming Simulator 2012 - Eat your heart out Harvest Moon!
- Atelier Meruru Plus - Enhanced port of the PS3 RPG (Tecmo Koei, September 3)
- Fieldrunners 2 - The tower defense favorite returns to PlayStation platforms (Summer)
- ZRun - Zombie apocalypse endless runner
- Forgotten Memories - Survival horror set in an abandoned psych hospital (Summer)
Rest of the year (and beyond)
- Tearaway - Papercraft adventure from Media Molecule (October)
- Warrior's Lair - Diablo-thing with social elements
- Final Fantasy X HD
- Final Fantasy X-2 HD
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - More LEGO
- Ragnarok Odyssey Ace - Expanded version of the boss hunting game (Winter)
- Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Metroidvania tie-in with the console game (October)
- Invizimals: The Alliance - The Invizimals return for the Vita
- Toukiden - Omega Force does Monster Hunter (Tecmo Koei, Q4)
- God of War Collection - Port of the two first games
- BreakQuest Extra Evolution - BreakOut-ish Mini getting upgraded to full Vita game
- Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New N' Tasty - HD remake of the PS1 game
- Orc Attack - 4 player co-op character action game
- Lone Survivor - Post apocalyptic horror action adventure. As seen on Spookin' with Scoops.
- The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - I don't care what anyone says, it's a Zelda clone not a roguelike :P
- Divekick - Kickstarted two-button fighting game parody
- Deathmatch Village - 3v3 free to play MOBA with PS3 cross-play
- Frozen Synapse: Tactics - Console remake of the indie turn-based strategy title
- Superfrog HD - Remake of the classic Amiga platformer
- Hungry Giraffe - Native Vita version of the Minis title
- Malicious Rebirth - Enhanced port of the PSN game
- The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character - Native Vita version of the PS Mini
- Floating God Saves the Pilgrims HD - Native Vita version of the PS Mini
- The Walking Dead - Telltale's adventure game is shambling onto the Vita
- Box! Open Me - Vita exclusive augmented reality puzzle game
- Spelunky - Port of the punishing indie platformer
- Metrico - Vita exclusive from indie studio Digital Dreams
- Terraria - Minecraftvania?
- Stealth Inc. - A Clone in the Dark - Enhanced port of puzzle platformer Stealth Bastard
- TxK - New Vita exclusive Tempest game from Llamasoft
- 1001 Spikes - Retro platformer
- Kung Fu Rabbit - Indie platformer
- Counterspy - Stylish cold war side-scroller inspired by Flashback
- Doki-Doki Universe - Open ended story about a robot exploring the galaxy
- Hohokum - 2D sandbox snake thing
- C-Wars - Retro RTS thing
- Atomic Ninjas - Competetive multiplayer platformer
- Olliolli - Tony Hawk meets Canabalt. Vita exclusive.
- A.N.N.E. - Retro metroidvania thing
- DYING: Sinner Escape - Horror/puzzle game from the creators of Saw
- The Next Death Ray Manta - New version of the indie dual stick shooter
- Flower - Port of the PS3 exclusive
- Stick It to the Man! - Humrous platforming adventure
- Destiny of Spirits - Free to play spirit battle game
- Dead Nation - Port of the dual stick shooter
- Zero Escape 3 - Development has started, but patforms have yet to be annouced
- Yet to be annouced game(s) from Tokyo Majin Gakuen director
- Mystery project from Just Add Water
- Dangan Ronpa 3
- Some kind of Worms game
- Sly Cooper HD Collection - ESRB rating
- Yakuza game
(Titles out in Europe with no American release announced.)
- A-Men - Puzzle platformer
- Travel Bug - Social pet raising sim
- t@g - Augmented reality game for 3G Vitas
- Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge
- Doodle God - Puzzle game
- International Snooker 2012 - Well, it's Snooker
- HISTORY Legends of War: Patton - Turn based WWII strategy game
- MotoGP13 - Motorcycle racing
(Incomplete list of Japanese titles that have yet to be announced for western release)
- God Eater 2 - Fast paced scifi take on Monster Hunter.
- Over My Dead Body 2 - Dungeon crawler set in ancient Japan
- Eiyuu*Senki - Turn based strategy game - conquer the world, one anime girl at a time
- Gundam Breaker - 3rd person action game based on the Gundam franchise
- J-Stars Victory Vs - Shonen Jump crossover game
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash - Latest game in the Legend of Heroes series
- Memories Off 6 Complete - Compilation of the two Memories Off 6 visual novels
- Memories Off: Yubikiri no Kioku - Visual novel
- Conception II - Sequel to the PSP RPG
- Hyperdimension Neptunia PP - Neptunia idol management spin-off
- Chou Megami Shinkou Noire Gekishin Black Heart - Neptunia spin-off staring Noire
- Chou Ji Jigen Game Neptune Re :Birth1 - Remake/port of the first Neptunia game
- Mind 0 - Dungeon crawler RPG with a high school setting
- Sakatsuku: Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! - New entry in the soccer RPG series from SEGA
- Winning Post 7 2013 - Horse racing simulator
- XBlaze Code: Embryo - Visual novel
- Corpse Party: Blood Drive - Sequel to CP: Book of Shadows
- Super Robot Taisen: Masou Kishin Pride of Justice - More Super Robot Wars
- Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru. - Visual novel from 5pb.
- Freedom Wars - Multiplayer action game from Japan Studio
- Super Heroine Chronicle - Turn-based anime heroine cross-over extravaganza
- Grisaia no Kajitsu - Visual novel from Front Wing
- Hotch Kiss - Visual novel by GIGA
- Exstetra - Fantasy RPG from FuRyu
- Pawapuro Stadium - F2P cutesy baseball card game
- Dragon's Dogma Quest - F2P 2D spin-off from Capcom's action RPG
- Sangoku Hime 2 - Strategy game with anime girls
- Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f - Rhythm game with the popular vocaloid.
- Time Travelers - ...Level 5 does Heavy Rain?
- Little Battlers eXperience W - Minature mech battle action RPG thing from Level 5
- Lord of Apocalypse - Multiplayer focused action RPG
- Tales of Innocence R - Remake of the DS game.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Battle Destiny - 3rd person action game
- Moe Moe Daisensou - SRPG with weaponized anime girls.
- Ciel no Surge - Visual novel/dating sim/DLC machine from Gust
- Little Busters! - Visual novel
- The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki Evolution - Enhanced port of the PSP RPG
- Nobunaga's Ambition: Tendou - Port of the PS3 strategy game.
- Fate/stay night Realta Nua - Visual novel.
- Special Reporting Division - Adventure / Visual novel from NIS
- Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru: 11ninme no Suspect - Murder mystery visual novel from Chunsoft
- Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2012 - Japanese baseball
- Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2012 - Cutesy Japanese baseball
- Demon Gaze - 1st person party based dungeon crawler RPG
- Monster Monpiece - Card battle game with boobs.
- Sengoku Hime 3 - Historical strategy game with anime girls
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms 12 - Historical strategy game
- Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus - Dynasty Warriors + boobs + destructible clothes.
- Phantasy Star Online 2
- Sakura-so no Pet na Kanojo - Visual novel
- Tales of Hearts R - Remake of the DS game.
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 - Musou game based on the popular franchise
- Tales of Hearts R Infinte Evolve - Dowloadable 2D companion to Tales of Hearts R
- Sei Madou Monogatari - New entry in the 90s dungeon crawler series
- Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2013 - More Japanese baseball
- Steins;Gate - Visual Novel
- PhotoKano Kiss - Dating sim with photography
- Labyrinth Cross Blood Infinity - Port of the PC/360 scifi dungeon crawler RPG
- Kajiri Kamui Kagura Akebono no Hikari - Visual novel from light
- Sangoku Rensenki: Otome no Heihou! - The Vita's first otome game
- Haiyore! Nyaruko-san - Feel your sanity slip away as 5pb brings Vitas the most moé incarnation of the Cthulhu Mythos yet!