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Square Enix Releases Adventures Of Mana On PS Vita

Originally released for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1991, Final Fantasy Adventures has since been renamed Adventures of Mana. In news that may surprise many fans, the game is now available digitally on PlayStation Vita.

Adventures of Mana hit Android and iOS platforms earlier this year, with remixed music from the original game's composer. In addition to the improved 3D visuals, this release added new menu systems and the option to play with the original soundtrack. The game's story follows a team of companions who seek to stop the Dark Lord of Glaive from taking the power of the Tree of Mana.

The Vita version is the same remaster as the mobile release and is available now via PlayStation Network for $ 13.99. The mobile versions of Adventures of Mana and Secrets of Mana will be discounted to celebrate the series' 25th anniversary.

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Yomowari: Night Alone Brings Frightening Creatures to Vita and PC This October

Yomowari: Night Alone is getting a global release just in time for Halloween. The latest title from NIS America is equally cute and terrifying.

When your sister and dog go missing, you'll be forced to face an entire town alone in a quest to find them. As the announcement trailer below tells you, things change drastically at night, and some rather frightening creatures seem to be haunting the area.

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Unique aesthetics and music are featured in this first look at Yomowari: Night Alone, and the premise is certainly intriguing. The game clearly borrows a lot from Japanese culture and folklore, with a good look at a Torii gate and multiple spirits. We aren't given the best idea of how gameplay will work, but it seems that there will be a good amount of exploration and finding clues.

The game comes to Steam on October 25, with a physical release on PS Vita the same day. Additional goodies in the physical version include a heat changing tumbler, art book, and soundtrack.

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Axiom Verge Is Making Its Way To PlayStation Vita Soon

Developer Tom Happ has announced that the PlayStation Vita version of the sci-fi Metroidvania-style Axiom Verge will be coming on April 19. This news comes on the heels of Happ’s announcement of the Xbox One and Wii U versions of the game.

In Happ’s PlayStation Blog post announcing the release date, he looked back on the development process of the delayed Vita port. Happ discusses the difficulty of porting the game’s engine to Vita, and how a breakthrough in its functionality was only made recently due to Slickhead Games' Tom Spilman.

Happ also took the post as an opportunity to reminisce about Axiom Verge’s first-year anniversary (the original version was released one year ago today). Happ writes:

My life has changed quite a bit from that day, but not necessarily in the way that people might expect. The period leading up to and following Axiom Verge’s release was a challenge, starting with the loss of my longtime canine companion Max just days before launch. I had to sell my car to pay for his treatment, and losing him right before launch put a dark cloud over everything. My son Alastair was born after the game launched, but he was afflicted with a severe case of jaundice that may leave him permanently disabled.

Happ writes that the silver-lining of his situation comes with Axiom Verge’s success, and how fan support has given him the opportunity to support his family. You can read more about Happ’s dog Max here, and his son Alaister here.

Axiom Verge will be cross-buy for PlayStation 4 and Vita, so if you already own the game you can download it immediately upon release. It will be 10 percent off for the first week of the game’s release. Click here to read former editor Bryan Vore’s glowing praise of the Playstation 4 version.

 

Our Take
The fact that Tom Happ put Axiom Verge together mostly as a one-man project is an extremely impressive feat that's matched by only a few other titles. The tragedies that clouded Happ's life during the original release of Axiom Verge are sobering reminders that supporting indie developers can have a positive impact on their lives. 

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[Update] Bully Hits PS4, XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus Lands On Vita

Update: Gamers in North America can now purchase two of these games. Bully is available now for PlayStation 4 ($ 14.99). XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus is out on Vita, too ($ 19.99).

We're still waiting to see if Manhunt shows up on PlayStation 4 today. We'll update should anything change.

Original Story (March 21 @ 8:11 p.m. Central):

Isn't today full of surprises? Right now, XCOM Enemy Unknown Plus is available for Vita on the UK PlayStation Store. Better yet? Manhunt and Bully are also playable on the PS4 as PS2 Classics.

We'll have to wait for confirmation on a release on the U.S. PlayStation store, but this is a pretty good sign. 

Bully and Manhunt are selling for £11.99, while XCOM Enemy Unknown Plus has a £15.99 price tag. 

Click on the game titles to visit the UK store to see for yourself: XCOM Enemy Unknown Plus, Bully, and Manhunt

What are you most excited for?

[Source: PlayStation Store UK via NeoGaf via Luke Mears Twitter]


Our Take
This is a good sign for the U.S. getting these games as well. So far, no updates to the store have confirmed this, but remember the UK is six hours ahead. Not to mention, something could be caught up in ESRB. While this doesn't guarantee it, I'd say the odds are staked in our favor. All these things are great. So many people have wanted to play XCOM Enemy Unknown on-the-go. And trophies for Bully and Manhunt? Icing on the cake. 

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Two New PS2-On-PS4 Rockstar Titles And XCOM Vita Appear On UK PSN Store

Isn't today full of surprises? Right now, XCOM Enemy Unknown Plus is available for Vita on the UK PlayStation Store. Better yet? Manhunt and Bully are also playable on the PS4 as PS2 Classics.

We'll have to wait for confirmation on a release on the U.S. PlayStation store, but this is a pretty good sign. 

Bully and Manhunt are selling for £11.99, while XCOM Enemy Unknown Plus has a £15.99 price tag. 

Click on the game titles to visit the UK store to see for yourself: XCOM Enemy Unknown Plus, Bully, and Manhunt

What are you most excited for?

[Source: PlayStation Store UK via NeoGaf via Luke Mears Twitter]

 


Our Take
This is a good sign for the U.S. getting these games as well. So far, no updates to the store have confirmed this, but remember the UK is six hours ahead. Not to mention, something could be caught up in ESRB. While this doesn't guarantee it, I'd say the odds are staked in our favor. All these things are great. So many people have wanted to play XCOM Enemy Unknown on-the-go. And trophies for Bully and Manhunt? Icing on the cake. 

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Neverending Nightmares Coming To PlayStation 4 and Vita

Matt Gilgenbilch, the creative director of Infinitap Games, has announced on PlayStation's blog  that the psychological horror game Neverending Nightmares will be coming to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 2016. Gilgenbilch stated that Ininitap is aiming for 60 frames per second on both platforms.

When asked about a release date by a blog user, Gilgenbilch replied "We are planning on releasing in the 2nd quarter of this year (April to June) but haven’t narrowed it down to a date yet." You can watch a trailer for Neverending Nightmares right here:

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Editor Kyle Hilliard reviewed the original PC release, giving it a score of 7.75 and writing "Neverending Nightmares is an emotionally resonant experience. I felt fully empathetic towards [protagonist] Thomas’ struggles, which is an impressive feat. The limited interactivity holds it back from taking full advantage of its medium, but I understood and was affected by Thomas’ inescapable depression."

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Remake Of PlayStation 2′s Odin Sphere Arrives On PS4, PS3, And Vita In June

Atlas and Vanillaware’s remake of PlayStation 2 RPG Odin Sphere now has a release date. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir will be out in early June.

Those that purchase from participating retailers early will get a 64-page art book with the standard version on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita ($ 60, $ 50, and $ 40 respectively). Those looking for a bit more might be interested in the $ 80 Storybook Edition that we covered previously.

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir will be out on June 7 for all three platforms. You can see the announcement trailer to get a glimpse of the upgrades.

 

Our Take
Atlus could have easily taken the PS2-on-PS4 route, but this approach brings both enhanced graphics and improvements. I missed this on PS2, so I’m eager to give it a try on PS4 or Vita. I’ve heard very good things, and having a second change at Odin Sphere is great news.

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Not A Hero Comes To PS4 Next Month, Vita Version Bites The Dust

Roll7’s follow-up to the OlliOlli series, Not a Hero, finally has a release date on PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, the previously promised Vita version has been canned.

The developer says that the handheld version met its premature end, though it wasn’t because of a choice the studio made. “It was out of our hands unfortunately, was not our decision at Roll7,” the company writes.

We reached out to the studio for comment to learn more about what happened to the handheld port. “We really wanted to bring the Not A Hero to Vita but, unfortunately, due to constraints of both time and money (both of which we have very little of!) we felt it was in the best interests of the game to concentrate on making sure the PS4 version was absolutely the best experience that it could be," says Roll7's Simon Bennett. "It sucks that we couldn’t make it happen on Vita, but rest assured the console version is definitely worthy of your 10/10 review score.”

The pixelated 2D shooter featuring the bombastic BunnyLord will land on PS4 on February 2. For more, check out our hands-on preview from earlier in the game’s development.

[Source: Roll7 on Twitter, PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
This is the second promised Vita title to be canceled in recent months. The last was Banner Saga, which Sony swept in to save. Whether the same thing will happen here isn’t clear, though with the decision being out of Roll7’s hands, that puts the decision in the hands of either publisher Devolver Digital or Sony (for quality assurance reasons).

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Facing the challenge of getting Bastion to PlayStation Vita

The travails of getting a console game onto Sony’s handheld — a port postmortem from a developer perspective, packed with juicy technical details. …


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Sony steps in to rescue PlayStation Vita port of The Banner Saga

Apparently, big-name indies can get help from Sony when they run into trouble — though it’s tough to tell if it’s a policy, or if it’s a one-off deal for a game that would benefit the platform. …


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