Has it really been a whole year since the Vita launched? Indeed, the fabled 22nd February birthday is mere hours away - but no time for celebrations. We still have a final PSN update to run through.
You've got to feel for the publisher's who thought this would be a perfect date to release their wares on the Vita. It's bad enough trying to get recognition, but to launch on a day when everyone's minds are elsewhere in the world of Playstation, must be a hard pill to swallow. So, if you're able to forcefully remove money out of your wallet for these games, they'll be a little happier
So, where do we start? Well, undoubtedly, the highest rated Vita game so far (at least on Metacritic). Yes, finally, the big RPG from the PS2 days is here - Persona 4 Golden. If you're a JRPG fan and you haven't played the PS2 version, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Ahem, sorry.
The game takes place in the town of Inaba, where random murders are taking place during foggy nights and your task is to save the potential victims from their gruesome fate. You'll find out more in the official thread and the cost may be high but it was one of the best games on the PS2 and with added content on the Vita version, it's worth investigating (don't forget that the trailers are on the store as well...)
Oh, and it's not enough that there's one time sink on the store, there's another as well! Ragnarok Odyssey is one of the huge number of Monster Hunter clones out there but this one is online (albeit only to other EU players). It's a relatively cheap alternative to P4G though don't expect it to be as good either. The demo is still on the store so feel free to have a look if needed.
Finally, we have Urban Trials Freestyle this week, though given the reviews on Eurogamer, you might be disappointed. Still, it's an even cheaper alternative if RPG's aren't your thing and if you're on PSN+, there is a further discount to be had.
There's an even cheaper alternative than that - the Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time demo. Free of course (and supremely delayed). In terms of DLC, there's some more Pinball Arcade Pro table unlocks (Medieval Madness to be precise along with Tales of the Arabian Nights).
You'll also find a load of DLC (free and paid) for Ragnarok Odyssey. There's a load of new costumes for Playstation All Stars Battle Royale and LittleBigPlanet Vita, an Outrun and Metal Sonic pack for Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed and a trailer for the aforementioned Urban Trial Freestyle.
Finally, you'll find that PSN+ players have been granted Lumines: Electronic Symphony for nothing and also a 30% discount for Assassin's Creed: Liberation. So, whatever you do, enjoy yourselves and I'll be back next week for the beginning of Vita's second year.
* Sounds like I'm running a charity or something. Sorry
I really don't know TBH...
20th February 2013
****Full Vita Games****
Persona 4 Golden - £34.99
Ragnarok Odyssey - £24.99
Urban Trials Freestyle - £7.99
****Vita Trials and Demos****
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (D)
****Vita DLC, Game Packs and Online/Network Passes****
Pinball Arcade Add-on Pack: Medieval Madness Pro Table with PinBot - £6.49
Pinball Arcade Add-on Pack: Medieval Madness Pro Upgrade (needs table DLC) - £3.19
Pinball Arcade Add-on Pack: Tales of the Arabian Nights Upgrade - £1.59
Playstation All Stars Battle Royale: Costume Super Pack - £11.99
Playstation All Stars Battle Royale: Bad Dudes Costume Pack - £3.99
Playstation All Stars Battle Royale: Classic Costume Pack - £3.99
Playstation All Stars Battle Royale: Fun Costume Pack - £3.99
Playstation All Stars Battle Royale: Heroes Costume Pack - £3.99
Playstation All Stars Battle Royale: Individual Costumes - £1.59 each
LBPV: Emergency Services Costume Pack - £2.39 (individually £0.79 each)
Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed: Metal Sonic and Outrun DLC - £1.99
Ragnarok Odyssey DLC - See Store for details
****Vita Game Trailers****
Urban Trials Freestyle
Edited by HiddenAway at 18:38:07 20-02-2013