PlayStation VR News - 23. January 2017

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As expected, those kind of Japanese Vita developers are flocking to PSVR, bringing us bountiful new experiences that we can look forward to in early 2017

The big one is that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 finally gets its VR and PlayStation Pro support. The new update looks to have a bit more going for it, rather than the basic demo of last year, where you just poked girls with the controllers while they said "no" over and over again. Now you'll get to hang with them all over Zack Island. Here's the official word:

Enjoy Three Paradises in VR

“VR Paradise” works together with Owner’s Paradise, allowing you to play Gravure Paradise, Event Paradise, and Photo Paradise in virtual reality. You can enjoy various situations by unlocking gravures, events, and poses in Vacation Mode. You can enjoy some gravures from the very beginning regardless of whether they were unlocked in Vacation Mode.

PlayStation 4 Pro Support

When playing Gravture Paradise and Photo Paradise in “VR Paradise,” you’ll be able to enjoy PlayStation 4 Pro-supported beautiful visuals. You’ll be able to clearly see the girl’s expression, really highlighting her cuteness!

Note: PlayStation 4 Pro support is limited to VR Paradise.

The VR patch is out tomorrow!

Namco is making great use of import friendly Asian method, where you don't have to try and get your games rated for the west, but still can sell to English speaking video game enthusiasts. To this end there's a new trailer for the Asian English version of Summer Lesson 2nd Contact DLC that adds new costumes and new events to experience.

Also, an Asian English version of The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls Viewing is coming soon. Finally you'll be able to navigate the fully translated menus to figure out this beast and enjoy virtual concerts.

Finally, the Fate/ series is hitting PSVR with Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mashu Kyrielight. I honestly know nothing about the Fate/ series so here's what they wrote over at Gematsu.

Type-Moon is working on Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mashu Kyrielight for PlayStation VR, the company announced at the Fate/Grand Order Winter Festival in Nagoya. It is due out in Japan in 2017.

Twitter reports from the event say the “Fate VR drama” game is not a virtual reality version of the Fate/Grand Order mobile game, but rather something where players meet Mashu Kyrielight. It seems that players will have their own room and travel to various stages with Mashu.

Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mashu Kyrielight will be playable at Anime Japan 2017 on March 25 and 26.

Because it doesn't have to be all lewd, Namco was actually also showing off Ace Combat 7 at the Taipei Gameshow 2017. It looks disorienting to spin around like the guy does in the video, but it'll probably be a lot of fun.

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Randy Pitchford's Desperate Measures

In a desperate bid to remind people of Battleborn, Randy Pitchford took to twitter earlier today to announce the creation of a subreddit, dedicated to pornographic images of characters from the failing game. (Mirror)

*Mod Edit to remove link to page full of no-no bits. Pitchford's tweet said "VERY NSFW, but I have received reports that BattlebornRule34 is now a thing on Reddit. LINK WITH CAUTION:"*

*OP Edit with just an image with no clickable link on it*
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The Gearbox CEO who saw his game absolutely steamrolled by Overwatch even before it was released, made the announcement a mere 9 hours after he created the creation of the SubReddit and Reddit users were quick to point out his motherfucking bullshit in a number of posts that quickly rose to the top of the board.

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It is well known that Overwatch, which sees adoration from pornography connoisseurs and gamers alike, remains successful because of Blizzards excellent designers and business sense. Even the recent announcement of the game's first officially gay character, which was expected to be met with "gamer outrage" from several outlets, has been massively supported by advocates of the LGBT community and people who were already having cheeky wanks to Tracer x Widowmaker SFMs... Something which Gearbox's "hobby-grade e-sports" title has been unable to capitalize on.

More on this story as it unfolds.

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The history of Nintendo and all of video games (more or less)

Fans of video games from around the world are eagerly anticipating the Nintendo Switch, but why is this console such a big deal? To understand the hype, we'll need to go back in history and look at the beginning of all video games.

Video games began in 1971 with the invention of Computer Space. Prior to this revolutionary new idea of putting video and games together, computers were only really used for boring stuff like bombs and accounting and because of that, the inventors came up with the idea of basing the game on one of the most popular trends at the time; Space. Space was invented by popular television programs like Star Trek and the Moon Landing and was so popular that it lured people into the pinball amusement centers to try out this newfangled contraption, even if it had a boring word like Computer in it's title. To further draw in the crowds, there was also produced a flyer where a nice lady was standing next to the machine, alluding the possibility of meeting a nice lady if you were playing Computer Space.

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Computer Space was a runaway success and soon everybody started making their own video games. Even though they more or less all took place in space, the consumers didn't care; They simply couldn't get enough and the industry as a whole saw massive growth until one fated game changed it all.

In December of 1982, the very first movie licensed game was released: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. These days, everybody knows that movie licensed video games are all terrible, but back then it was such a massive shock that people stopped playing video games all together. This event became known as The Video Game Crash, where computers went back to only being used for boring stuff and games went back to being board and card games.

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By 1983 a Japanese card game company called Nintendo decided to enter the stage. Nintendo has always been notoriously slow on the uptake, putting out old hardware with terrible network services, but this poor business sense all began in the middle of the Atari Shock when they decided to release a video games console, right as everyone had agreed that video games were shit.

Perhaps realizing this, Nintendo did everything to hide the fact that it was just a video games console. They gave it the name Family Computer and designed it in a way that made it look like some kinda weird walkie talkie set, where you in fact only could talk into one of the controllers.

Nintendo continued their scam across the sea in 1985, by rebranding their video games console as the Nintendo Entertainment System and redesigning it to look like a VHS player in order to trick consumers into buying it. Because it was significantly cheaper than other VHS players and because Twitter hadn't been invented yet so people could warn each other about it, Nintendo managed to put units into several homes across the United States. Just when the jig was about to be up, a hero in red with an iconic moustache came along to save Nintendo and all of video games.

In 1987 another Japanese company by the name of Data East invented the iconic Karnov. This international superhit began it's life in the arcade where it revitalized an entire form of entertainment, but it was Nintendo who was lucky to secure a port on their deceptive video games machine, which not only made it acceptable to like video games again, but also encouraged people to own video gaming machines in their home.

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A real hero

The success continued on the Super Nintendo with Fighter's History; Yet another game which laid the foundation an entire genre and starred the iconic Karnov.

As the years went on, the video game craze sorta fizzled out. Nintendo stopped getting new Karnov games and SEGA went out of the console business, which is a telltale sign that consumers really, really were starting to hate good video games.

It wasn't until several years later where Nintendo saw success with their Wii console. Despite the dumb name, it became a worldwide sensation thanks to the Data East Arcade Classics collection which featured Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja, wherein the iconic Karnov appears as a boss on the first stage.

There isn't a man, woman or child alive today who doesn't know who you are talking about when you mention that man in red with the iconic moustache what was on the Nintendos. He isn't just a symbol of heroism, but also of the entire video games hobby, which is why everyone is hopeful for the Nintendo Switch and the return.

...the return of that man.

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Compile Heart announces Gun Gun Pixies for PlayStation Vita

It's no secret that PlayStation Vita pretty much has become the home of lewd games. I honestly expected most of the Vita devs to move on to PlayStation VR as the new home of lewd and Compile Heart's latest game actually seems like a perfect fit for VR, what with the scale and all.

As the name implies, Gun Gun Pixies has you playing as gun-wielding alien girls, fighting off other aliens on a woman's dormitory on earth. Taking inspiration from Mr. Mosquito and Demolition Girl, Compile Heart describes the game as: “This game was born from the thought of wanting to fight from a figure point of view” and “Peeping at a girl’s privates from a low angle is this game’s greatest enjoyment.”, so they seem pretty confident in the kind of game they are making. Amazing!

As usual with these kinds of games, it's probably a lot more vanilla than it sounds like. Compile Heart's pretty renowned for pouring their all into the presentation and not the gameplay aspect, so I wouldn't expect the shooting to feel good, but I gotta hand it to them; they certainly manage to come up with incredible new ideas for lewd games at a steady pace.

(via DengekiOnline)

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Gal Gun VR announced

Many have said that Rez Infinite is the game that made sense as the definitive VR experience, but now there is a new title in town, that is sure to shake the very foundation of what it means for a game to be a Virtual Reality game.

It’s time to get that permission slip from your parole officer again, because Gal Gun VR is coming!

The game was recently announced on Inti Creates NicoNico Live Stream and while there is no platform announced for it yet, I bet it’ll come to PlayStation VR first and PC headsets later.

Prepare your body for the unrelenting assault of schoolgirls and their unrequited love in Veeeee Arrrrrrrr!!!!

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The definitive 3rd person shooter experience on PlayStation

Gears of War 4 marks the 2016 return of one of the all-time greatest video game genres, but since that game is only available for Xbone and PC owners, what's in store for PlayStation gamers? I mean, even Nintendo has their own fantastic 3rd person shooter experience, in the form of Splatoon, but for Sony fans, it feels those sorts of games and experiences are completely uncharted territory.

No worries though; Master Takaki-san saved the character action genre once before with his Senrans and he is now ready to do it again for the 3rd person shooter genre on PlayStation 4!

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash was recently announced and Famitsu had the scoop, with an online preview.

  • 30 characters from the rich Senran Kagura universe, takes to the beach for a five-on-five water gun showdown.
  • There's 10 different water gun types, including gatling guns, sniper rifles and dual pistols.
  • A card system grants you new abilities and weapon skills
  • In addition to the story mode, there will also be online multiplayer
  • There will also be some form of PlayStation VR support, even though the specifics haven't been detailed yet
  • The game launches in Japan on March 16. 2017
  • Par for the course of Japanese games, the limited edition is announced way before the game gets an actual trailer. You can see what's in the box on the game's official teaser site.

Marvelous has already found their niche audience in the west and successfully localized the previous entries in the franchise, so even though nothing is officially announced yet, I'm sure they'll bring Peach Beach Splash over as well.

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Tokyo Game Show 2016 Trailer Roundup

TGS 2016 is in full swing and a ton of new games has gotten new trailers:

Capcom had a new trailer for Resident Evil 7, where you are invited to dinner with the Baker family.

Also, Capcom is going for a new approach to Monster Hunter with the RPG Monter Hunter Stories for 3DS

D3 Publisher has an interesting lineup, firstly SG/ZH School Girl/Zombie Hunter, which is a shooting game set in the Onechanbara universe.

D3 is also getting on the VR train with Happy Manager on PS4/PSVR.

On the Vita, D3 is bringing out an interesting twist on the escape room formula with Idol Death Game TV.

Last, but not least, is Earth Defense Forces 5! EDF! EDF!

While Bandai Namco is showing off Tekken 7 at the show, there doesn't seem to have been any new trailer. They did however bring a new one for Summer Lesson, which is their flagship PlayStation VR launch title.

As expected there was also new Gundam games for PS4 and Vita, bringing back the super deformed look with SD G Gundam Generations Genesis.

The other trailer is a teaser for the next Gundam Versus game.

Nier Automata saw a new trailer with small glimpses of the characters as well as a release date.

Koei Tecmo has a super strong line-up, including the newly announced Musou Stars.

...a new trailer for Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru

...new trailer for Berserk Musou

...and a new trailer for Nioh.

In case you missed it, there's also a new SaGa game in the works.

I'm not sure how well Japanese developers will support the PS4 Pro features, but Final Fantasy XV is probably one of the games that will benefit from the power boost. It looks great in this new trailer. I love the details on the old grizzled Cid.

Gravity Daze 2 really benefitted from being a PS4 game, when it comes to the visual department. It looks great as well!

The PlayStation and Project Touhou collaboration continues with Urban Legend in Limbo. This is one of the fighting games that uses a very interesting system that relies more heavily on projectile attacks.

What did I do to deserve this, my lord is also getting a new entry on PlayStation VR. This title is probably completely butchered, but according to Google translate, it's called "It's a cheeky habit of V! Brave R". If it's anything like the original, you play as the villain who has to crush all the heroic adventurers.

The Last Guardian also got a new story trailer. Personally, I've kinda cooled on the game, since it's 2016 and emotional platformers are a dime a dozen.

Valkyria: Azure Revolution, the sequel to one of the greatest video games of all time, looks fantastic. Despite it's bold new direction, I'm still interested in seeing what the end product will be.

SEGA also showed off a new battle trailer for Yakuza 6 during their liveshow. It looks amazing!

New Everybody's Golf is looking great as well. It's an open-world game now where you can go swimming and driving and stuff.

Granblue Fantasy Project Re:Link is PlayStation VR supported action RPG from Platinum Games. Let's hope it's the A-team this time.

Fall in love and mash your face against your iPad in Imprisoned Palm by Capcom.

Create a home away from home in Metal Gear Survive

This is just a fraction of the trailers coming out of TGS and there's tons more. I'll update this post as I find stuff worth sharing.

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The Asian approach to VR

With VR still in it's relative infancy, we are starting to see trends on the type of games and experiences that are popular around the world.

While horror and porn has dominated the western market, there seems to be an expanded amount of software focusing on intimacy coming out of Asia. The big one for PlayStation VR is obviously Summer Lesson, which at the outset was only supposed to be a simple character interaction tech demo from Team Tekken, but eventually grew to become it's own thing and is now one of the most anticipated PSVR launch titles in Japan.

Currently it's also possible to experience a PlayStation VR demo at Fuji TV Japan, who has also created their own "heart-pounding VR drama" based on an existing television series, where a lady (or a dude depending on your preference) will feed you some cake and be all up in yo grill. Check that out in this video:

Finally, ZhugeEX on Twitter also reported from ChinaJoy, that there is a smartphone app that allows you to have a virtual boyfriend or girlfriend and from the looks of it, that too seems to focus more on intimacy than sex.

It's interesting to see this approach to VR. While there is a bit of fear and stigma against these sorts of experiences in the west, I think it could have many possibilities to improve the lives of the constantly growing number of those suffering with anxiety.

While it might seem as a gimmick at first, I think it could add an extra layer to existing game concepts. Imagine a new Ridge Racer game where Reiko Nagase was right there next to you in the passenger seat. Imagine a new Mass Effect game where you could hug Garrus from behind while he was in the middle of some calibrations. The possibilities are endless.

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E3 2016 Japanese Games Roundup

E3 is a big show with tons of games, but the unfortunate result is that Japanese games are neglected by big sites, like Giant Bomb, because anime is for jerks etc. etc. etc...

However!

There were quite a lot of cool Japanese games at E3, so I thought I'd round them up here. First of all: Props to @marino for uploading trailers for everything. It's usually not something that happens here, by virtue of the front page getting rapidly spammed if that was to happen on a daily basis, but it really helps to bring every game into the limelight, so thank you for that. Here we go!

Persona 5

The one big Japanese game on the showfloor is obviously Persona 5. There's already a trailer on the site, but 12 minutes of gameplay was also shown to E3 attendees. There are several off-screen recorded footage videos, but Gamespot's seems to have the best mix of audio and video quality.

Nioh

It's like Dark Souls, but good. That's what I think at least, but it's certainly up to personal preference, if you prefer the esoteric and bizarre storytelling of From Software's game or something that is slightly more cohesive like this. Things are certainly still mysterious, but it looks to be more story-heavy.

Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom

While feedback to the Japanese release hasn't been overwhelmingly positive, since it's apparently pretty easy, you can't deny that it doesn't look cool. A story trailer is already on the site, but there's also this gameplay trailer showing the game in action.

Yakuza 0

If you are looking forward to Shenmue 3, you should definitely check out the Yakuza series. Again, a story trailer is on the site, but Toshihiro Nagoshi was on the showfloor and showing off the game to several outlets. PlayStation has a nice video showing off a typical sidestory and side activity. From a historical standpoint I'm super interested in this, because while Anime and games have given us a view into how contemporary Japan looks, I don't think I've ever played anything that explore the 80's.

Nier Automata

While the first Nier was weirdly Zelda-like in it's structure, Nier Automata seems to be more in the vain of a character action game like Bayonetta, but still with some open world stuff to it. Check out this nice, smooth gameplay!

Then check out these open world shenanigans.

Wild Guns Reloaded

I think this is one of the biggest, small E3 games and I've been excited to see it in action, ever since it was announced a month or so ago. It was thrilling to see that Natsume hasn't gone the weird 3D route, but instead kept to the classic pixelart of the original game, but with the stages in 16:9 and support for 4 players. According to their press release, there's not only new playable characters, but also new stages. The E3 demo only had the first stage from the original game, but it looks amazing. Check out this gameplay and also check the trailer for a glimpse of the two new characters.

River City: Tokyo Rumble

Natsume also brought River City: Tokyo Rumble for 3DS to E3. It seems like a mash-up of the various Kunio-kun games, with added guest characters from Double Dragon.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Igarashi was on set to show off the progress of his Kickstarter success story. It looks like it's coming along nicely.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

I swear that I have to look up the name every time I think about this game. It wasn't super well received in Japan, pleasing neither Shin Megami Tensei fans or Fire Emblem fans, but I think it looks super cool. Nintendo Treehouse showed off 30 minutes of gameplay.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Slightly darker than Tokyo Mirage sessions is SMTIV: Apocalypse. It was announced a few months ago that Atlus were going to localize it, but they brought this nice trailer to E3.

Final Fantasy XV VR Experience

Several trailers for Final Fantasy XV showed up during E3 and can be found on the site, but on the showfloor there was also a VR experience where you get to fight Bahamut as Prompto. The demo ends with a nice car ride with Cidney/Cindy and according to YouTube personality Patrick Klepek, everyone playing the demo leaned in to oogle the graphical fidelity of her character model. Video of that below!

Let it Die

Suda 51 was also at E3 to show off Let it Die. In this gameplay demo with Twitch, he talks about how he went back to the drawing board and started working on gameplay first and then build a story around it second. It looks very cool, but one snag is that it's a F2P game...

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity

A while ago, Sony announced that they were bringing Touhou games to PlayStation. Weird thing; it's none of the SHMUPS. Instead we are getting this action RPG. Hey, that might be cool too.

Qurare: Magic Library

Card battling RPG makes it's way from Android to PS4. It seems to have some endless runner segments as well? Real curious to see what this one is about.

7th Dragon III Code: VFD

This sounds like a title they came up with by mashing the "suggested words" on an iPhone message, but the gameplay looks cool and it doesn't seem like your average dungeon crawler.

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

I like myself some musou and it looks like this next Fate game has that in spades. The only gameplay that seems to be floating around out there is this blurry phone recording, but it definitely put the game on my radar.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II

The first Trails of Cold Steel was very well received, so there is a bit of hype for the sequel, even if it is just a PS3 and PS Vita release.

I Am Setsuna

If you were missing the classic 90's JRPG, Square Enix is promising to deliver with this game.

These were just the games that I personally found most interesting. Noteworthy mentions that might be worth checking out also are DragonBall Xenoverse 2, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X (which will get PSVR support at some point), Yokai Watch 1 & 2, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Rabi-Ribi, Fault -Milestone One- and Kingdom Hearts II.8: Final Chapter Prologue (go home Square Enix, you're drunk).

Video Games! Still happening, even if the E3 showfloor seems spacious!

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KanColle Arcade

Modern Japanese arcade gaming is as unapproachable and complex as ever. Back in my day, games were simpler and it was pretty easy to discern if it was a platformer, a brawler, a fighting game or something else like that, but these days they all seem to be weird action RPGs that spit out collectible cards that you can level up like Amiibo or something. It's a pretty novel idea, actually, and probably one of the reasons for arcade game's staying power in Japan.

One of SEGA's current popular games is based on the equally popular Kantai Collection, wherein World War II-era battleships are re-envisioned as cute girls, battling evil monsters who sometimes also are cute boat girls... Look, don't worry about it.

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While the original mobile version of the game is a rather simple RPG, the arcade game has a lot more going for it. You need to steer your fleet around the ocean to avoid enemy attacks, but like the original you are still reliant on RNG to carry you through when it comes to your attacks. It all does look very flashy though and as I mentioned earlier, you get physical card rewards for playing.

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While it took years for Puzzle & Dragons to make it west, it eventually did happen, so who knows if it'll happen for Kantai Collection? Maybe Nintendo will be the ones to do it again, turning Luigi into a boat or something?

In any event, SEGA has uploaded uploaded this nice gameplay demonstration, starring voice actress Rina Hidaka who lends her voice to at least four different boats in the anime and the game.

Nice Boat!

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