Now that 2015 is finally upon us we can take a look at what games will be releasing for the PlayStation Vita this January. What will you spend your hard earned cash on? Or do you still have some vouchers lying around from Christmas? Let us know which of the titles listed tickles your fancy!
We all know that some games can appear out of the blue and release on our favourite handheld with only a few days notice, but here are the key titles that we can expect this month;
Release Date – 6th January NA / 7th January EU
Woah Dave!, the first of this month’s PlayStation Plus titles, is an ode to the platformers of the 80’s with a modern angle, upping the chaos and the challenge to appease the modern gamer.
The developers describe the game best – saying; “The basic premise is that poor Dave has taken it upon himself to protect the city from the relentless invasion of aliens hatching from mysterious eggs that are falling from the sky. The only things in his arsenal against the creatures are the eggs themselves, as well as some menacing-looking glowing skulls and the occasional WOAH block. Once the aliens have hatched, they instinctively make their way down to the lava pit where they spring up in evolved forms, until they’ve evolved to their final form as tenacious Eye Bats.”
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition
Release Date – 6th January NA / 7th January EU
Another game gracing PlayStation Plus this month, Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, is the definitive compilation of the landmark first-person shooter that includes enhanced versions of Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition and three unique expansion packs as well as the original version of the classic game. Duke Nukem battles it out against a slew of alien foes in the original four episode “Atomic Edition” single-player campaign and three over-the-top expansion packs that take the brash ass-kicking hero to a tropical paradise, a winter wonderland, and even Washington D.C.
Atelier Ayesha Plus
Release Date – 13th January NA / 14th January EU
Atelier Ayesha Plus is an enhanced version of developer Gust’s PlayStation 3 JRPG, Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk, for Sony’s PlayStation Vita. The upgrade brings with it a slew of new features, including all of the released DLC, a new boss mode and a hard mode which features tougher enemies!
Citizens of Earth
Release Date – 20th January NA
In Atlus’ Citizens of Earth there are no NPCs, everyone is recruit-able, and your mission is to save the world from whatever it is that’s happening. Something sure is going on, but it’s up to you to find out what!
Here’s the official description from the press release;
“You’re the newly elected Vice President of the World, spending some time in your home town after winning a hard-fought election campaign. But suddenly, the whole world goes crazy-eight bonkers and you’ll need all the help you can get to save it. In Citizens of Earth, the new RPG from ATLUS and Eden Industries, help comes in the form of 40 recruitable citizens, each with unique abilities. Everyone can lend a hand — from the way-too-jittery Barista and the ever-optimistic Weatherlady to the notoriously skeezy Car Salesman.”
Release Date – 23rd January UK (already available in other regions)
Rugby 15 features the PRO12 Rugby license in addition to the Aviva Premiership Rugby license and the exclusivity of the TOP 14 and PRO D2 licenses. Players will now be able to enjoy 12 additional European teams with the integration of the Guinness PRO12, which unites the best teams from Wales (4 teams), Ireland (4 teams), Scotland (2 teams) and Italy (2 teams) in a single league.
With the integration of the Guinness PRO12, Rugby 15 now features 4 leagues from the main European championships, to offer gamers and rugby fans all the drama and emotion of Europe’s greatest competitions.
Grim Fandango Remastered
Release Date – 27th January NA / 28th January EU
Grim Fandango was first released in 1998 and is now considered to be a classic, having quite the cult following behind it. Gameplay follows character Manny as he follows female character Meche through a neo-noir underworld, progression achieved through solving puzzles using object found in the game.
This is one game that I am definitely looking forward to playing! While we wait for the release, why not check out the brilliant announcement video for the game below?
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation
Release Date – 27th January NA
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 is the second entry in the Neptunia franchise on the Vita. It’s a remake of the second Neptunia Playstation 3 game Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, and features additional characters, a rewritten story and gameplay mechanics from Hyperdimension Neptunia V.
Release Date – 28th January EU
In Baboon! you play as Tumbili, who takes it upon himself to restore the peace after the mischievous Pirate Monkey uses his anti-gravity gun to wreck havoc on his home island. Armed with his grandfather’s helmet and eight different types of explosive, it’s his job to adventure through 60 different levels in seven distinct areas – putting everything right as he goes.
Fat Princess: A Piece of Cake
Release Date – TBC January
Fat Princess: A Piece of Cake will see the original Fat Princess formula turned into a strategic turn based match-3 game. By chaining gems, you aim to take down the blue army using four different classes that are upgradeable using special gems. You can use the Princess herself in battle when she is fed cake which will unleash a smash attack to devastate your enemy with.
Fat Princess: A Piece of Cake will feature over 55 levels split across 5 lands, with 10 extra challenge levels. The game will feature an online leaderboard and in-app purchases. If you are skillful enough to reach level 15 in the game, you will be rewarded with a free copy of Fat Princess for the PS3.
La Mulana EX
Release Date – TBC January NA / EU
The protagonist of La Mulana is Lemeza; a whip-wielding tomb raider, similar to Indiana Jones or Lara Croft. Lameza’s job is exploring the tomb within La-Mulana – and that’s where the game takes place. Doctor Lemeza is an Archeologist who comes to this Land with only his trusty whip and a research PC. Helped by e-mails from the tech-savvy elder of the tribe that protects the Ruins of La-Mulana, Lemeza must avoid traps, solve puzzles, and reach the very end of the Ruins.
In case you prefer your monthly preview in video format, check out this awesome clip that Kyle made for January’s games;
Until next month, why not take a look at Tyler and Kyle’s awesome video of what the rest of 2015 has to offer here?