Atelier Ayesha Plus available now on PS Vita


Lovers of “JRPG’s” or (Japanese Role Playing Games) will be happy to know that Atelier Ayesha Plus-The Alchemist of Dusk is now available for download on the Playstation Store as of yesterday.

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The game was developed by GUST, one of Koei Tecmo’s teams in Japan.

Chin Soon Sun– Community Manager, Koei Tecmo Europe had this to say;

“Atelier Ayesha Plus (or Atelier Ayesha PS3) is the first game/entry for the DUSK Trilogy (which will follow by Escha & Logy and Shallie), you will find Dusk World a little darker than Arland because the land has gone through many eras of destruction and recovery”.

“There are countless ruins to be found in this beautiful yet fleeting world”.

Atelier Ayesha Plus tells the tale of a girl, Ayesha Altugle, who after the death of her grandfather and the disappearance of her younger sister Nio, now lives alone blending healing cures to sell in her workshop. Upon a vision of Nio appearing near her empty grave, Ayesha is convinced Nio is still alive and begins her search to save her sister.

This enhanced PS Vita version will bring new features including dual audio (English and Japanese voices), new bosses, new costumes, a Hard mode, and the Album missions which unlock exclusive costumes and gameplay features and the ability to change party members at any time – As an added bonus  if you download it from January 13th to February 10th, you’ll receive Bonus costumes as a bundle.

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The full download is 2.95 GB and also supports and is playable on Playstation TV.

Check the US official site to find out more information about it here: http://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/ayeshaplus

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PS4 + PS VITA Ultimate Edition bundle “rumored” for December


Videogamer.com posted an image claimed to be of a Sony ad from this week’s issue of MCV, and it shows the bundle dated for December 2013.

In a move that should come as a surprise to exactly no one who has been paying attention to Sony for the last six months, it looks like this holiday season there will be a PlayStation 4 bundle that will include the PS Vita.

Sony really wants you to buy a PS Vita. On its own, the portable console hasn’t done particularly well. The games are expensive, the storage options are expensive, the mobile data version of the console is expensive, and it’s really just not an overly compelling experience unless you are a huge fan of Sony exclusive titles.

Over the last couple of months, Sony has worked incredibly hard to change this increasingly negative opinion. They have dropped the price of storage, opened the door to a huge selection of low cost indie games, and created a truly impressive cross platform experience with the PS4.

According to MCV, Sony intends to run a £2.5m television campaign called “The Best Way to Play” to highlight how the PS Vita integrates with PS4, as well as promoting the handheld’s title Tearaway.

Leading up to the next-gen console’s launch, Sony has been highlighting PS Vita’s integrated features with the console. These features include second screen functionality through the official PlayStation smartphone application and PS4’s Remote Play capability, which allows supported PS4 games to be played on the PlayStation Vita via a wi-fi connection. Announced games that support the feature include Diablo 3, Assassin’s Creed 4: Back Flag, Resogun and many more.

To leverage these features, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia’s managing director Michael Ephraim recently told Polygon that Sony is “looking at ” Vita price drops and possible handheld/console bundles.

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Given the $100 price gap Sony currently has with the other holiday console this year, the company has considerable breathing room for this particular play. Since the PS4 Remote Play feature already supports some of the bigger titles for the holiday launch, not the least of which is the big RP demo title Knack, if Sony could price this to be only $50 or $100 more than the Xbox One’s barebones kit it would still stand a reasonable chance of selling well.

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PlayStation 4 will have a day-one patch, lacks sleep mode at launch


The PlayStation 4 will require a day-one patch to add a number of features to the console at launch, which does not include the ability to put the console in sleep mode, Sony announced today.

Update 1.50 is approximately 300 MB and will add promised features including:

  • Remote Play using the PlayStation Vita
  • Second screen gaming using the PS4 Link app for PlayStation Vita and mobile devices
  • The ability to record and share screenshots and video
  • Use of Ustream and Twitch apps
  • The ability to play games as they are downloading
  • The ability for four users to log into the PS4 simultaneously
  • Party chat
  • Facial recognition and voice commands
  • A background music player
  • Online multiplayer through PlayStation Plus
  • Blu-ray disc and DVD player capabilities

At launch, players will be unable to put the PS4 in suspend/resume mode, which will set the console into a low-power sleep state and allow users to jump back into their game when resuming use.

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox One console will also launch with a day-one patch set to add certain features and functionality.

The PlayStation 4 will launch on Nov. 15 in North America and on Nov. 29 in Europe.

 

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Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Games Dominate the Top 10, Wind Waker HD Disappoints


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Ignoring the fact that Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS finished in first yet again, it was a pretty good week for PlayStation games with 7 titles in the top 10, including two for the PlayStation Vita. On the hardware side of things, the PS3 and PS Vita were up a bit at 11,382 and 6,031, respectively, while the PlayStation Portable dropped to 4,805.

Outside of PlayStation, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD disappointed with a debut of just over 30,000 and Armored Core: Verdict Day gave the Xbox 360 a rare game in the charts as it sold 5,088 copies.

Here’s the top 20 selling games in Japan between September 23rd – 29th, according to Media Create:

  1. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS) – 213,278
  2. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (PSV) – 81,622
  3. Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate (PS3) – 80,398
  4. The Legends of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (PS3) – 67,718
  5. Armored Core: Verdict Day (PS3) – 59,184
  6. My Little Sister Can’t be This Cute: Happy End (PS3) – 31,054
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD (Wii U) – 30,264
  8. Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate (PSV) – 25,483
  9. Friend Collection: New Life (3DS) – 9,269
  10. Arcadias no Ikusahime (PS3) – 9,252
  11. Youkai Watch (3DS) – 8,578
  12. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life (3DS) – 7,575
  13. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) – 7,431
  14. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS) – 7,361
  15. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3) – 6,866
  16. Starry Sky: After Winter Portable (PSP) – 6,074
  17. Meiji Toukyou Renka (PSP) – 5,963
  18. Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS0 – 5,569
  19. Armored Core: Verdict Day (Xbox 360) – 5,088
  20. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) – 5,007

 

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Rayman Legends on PS Vita reportedly missing levels from other platforms


The PS Vita release of Rayman Legends is reportedly missing content found in other version of the game, according to a post on NeoGAF.

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Missing levels are said to include all 28 “Invasion Levels,” high-difficulty speed runs that challenge players to finish the section as quickly as possible. As the PS Vita version is being delayed in Europe, it’s suggested that a patch may be underway.

In an earlier statement from Ubisoft, a representative told Polygon the Vita version has been delayed in Europe “in order to apply the final level of polish gamers expect from a Rayman game.”

We have contacted Ubisoft; however the publisher has declined to comment until later today.