WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 27TH JANUARY- 2ND FEBRUARY

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The PS Vita Slim is officially on its way to Europe on February 7th 2014, retailing for roughly £180. The slimline version of the Vita, which is lighter than a standard Vita and features a HD 5” LCD display rather than the original OLED screen, had previously only been available in Japan. For its European release, the Slim Vita will include a 1GB internal memory card and offer an additional hour of gameplay time between recharges, although we have been denied the variety of colours that Japan currently receives.

LIMBO and Hotline Miami stand out, but I would have preferred Gravity Rush as a bundle

LIMBO and Hotline Miami stand out, but I would have preferred Gravity Rush as a bundle

In addition Sony have also announced the ‘Indie Mega Game Pack’, which offers a Vita and ten games (Alien Breed, Thomas Was Alone, Velocity Ultra, Men’s Room Mayhem, Coconut Dodge Revitalised, LIMBO, Hotline Miami, Total Recoil, Superfrog HD and Floating Cloud God Saves The Pilgrims HD) for £199. The other option is to get a Vita with a 4GB memory card and a PS Store voucher to download the 10 games for an additional £25.

The announcement is another bid by Sony to try and put a dent in the market share of the Nintendo 3DS, which was the best selling console in several parts of Europe (including the UK) last year. Will the cheaper price and generous range of games on offer tempt you into a purchase now?

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Top Ten…References In Borderlands 2

As I mentioned in my recent review, Borderlands 2 is stuffed to the gills with references to….well, everything. They range from small homage’s (guns named after characters from Fallout 3, player skins paying tribute to Breaking Bad & Metal Gear Solid etc.) to much more obvious shows of appreciation. In this list I want to point out the ten best references I found whilst looting my way across the weird and wonderful planet of Pandora.

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Catch-A-Revieewwww!!! – Borderlands 2 Review

BORDERLANDS 2 (2012) – GEARBOX SOFTWARE

Ever had your mind splattered against a wall? Didn't think so...

Ever had your mind splattered against a wall? Didn’t think so…

If you are the sort of person who imagines one day “wouldn’t it be cool if a shotgun could fire rockets?”, then you’ve probably come across Borderlands. A space-western centred around the core idea of ‘shoot and loot’, it was a surprise hit upon its release in 2009 and sold over 4.5 million copies, driving demand for a sequel. Last year we got that game in the form of Borderlands 2, promising a bigger and better game with over ‘a bazillion guns’. While the game’s armoury can’t quite match that lofty figure, it makes up for it with a humorous, colourful world that forms the backdrop for one of the best games in recent years. Continue reading

PS Vita Launched In The UK, Persona 4: Arena Confirmed For US Release & FIFA 12 Gets Transfer Window Patch

New console releases usually lead to a busy week of news, and the last few days have been no different. Alongside the newest handheld in town, there’s also some other issues that have burned their way to the top of the agenda…

  • So the wait is over – the Playstation Vita is finally available in the UK to purchase. The console was given its official launch at midnight on Tuesday in London, and you can now pick one up from various retailers for about £230 – although as ever, the supermarkets are going to be the best place to pick up a good deal (Asda are doing the standard Wi-Fi version for £197 at the moment). Among the launch titles, from initial reviews it seems like there’s a fair bit of quality amongst the games with Uncharted: Golden Abyss, FIFA 12 and Lumnies getting the high scores. If you have picked up a Vita, please write in the comments – I’d be interested to see what people make of Sony’s latest gamble in the handheld market. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for sales figures over the coming days to see how the British public have responded to it as well.
  • And now for what can only be described as a shit-storm from Bioware regarding DLC content for the upcoming Mass Effect 3. Yesterday, a piece of DLC called ‘From Ashes’ was leaked onto Xbox Live before being swiftly removed. The DLC will allow you to recruit a Prothean to your team (which if you know anything about Mass Effect is a pretty big deal), and will be available as from day one. If you buy the Collectors Edition, you will not get charged for the content. The punchline? It seems that the game isn’t finished, and you will be paying more to actually get the full game. I apologise for being smarky and cynical, but this smells of money grabbing from EA, who took control of the Mass Effect franchise from the second instalment. If this piece of DLC isn’t relevant to the storyline, then I don’t really give a damn – however, the fact that it seems integral to the entire plot of the Mass Effect canon has rightfully made fans angry. Long story short; I’m increasingly worried that we as consumers are being forced to pay more than we should have to for a complete game.
  • Atlus have confirmed that their arcade based fighter, Persona 4: The Ultimate In Mayonaka Arena, is going to be released in the United States. The 2D fighter, featuring characters from both Persona 3 and Persona 4, will be coming to both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 this summer under the slightly more manageable title of Persona 4: Arena. There is no word on a European release thus far, but one would think that Atlus would localise the title as they have done recently with the excellent puzzler Catherine. I’ve been playing through Persona 4 recently after recommendation, and I am quickly finding myself enjoying the Shin Megami Tensei universe as a whole, so I would very much welcome a European release.
  • The customary update for a FIFA title following the January transfer window is now available for FIFA 12 – it will download automatically if you enter a head to head match. I haven’t got the patch myself so I can comment on any stat changes yet, but at least Paul Scholes have returned to the Manchester United setup.
  • Borderlands 2 is set for release worldwide on September 21st 2011, as the Winter catalogue of games starts to build up.
  • Finally, Kojima Productions are beginning a search for people to help make the next Metal Gear Solid title, which we should presume will be Metal Gear Solid 5. Kojima himself recently said that he would probably have to make the fifth game – here’s hoping that the game will materialise and that it’s not another spin-off.

That’s your lot for today, feel free to check out my ever expanding Best VGM list from the tab at the top of the page.