This month we see some big titles such as Lost Dimension and Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star release alongside some unique looking games such as The Swindle from Curve Digital, NekoBuro Catsblock and Squares – which certainly has me intrigued!
Now 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;
Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star
Release Date – July 1st EU / July 2nd NA
Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star is a fantasy, sci-fi, ‘7-Dimension’ RPG that takes place in a world where music and song can create magic. It tells the compelling story of a civilization that lost their planet and has been roaming the edge of space for 2000 years in search of a new home. The player follows two sets of characters: Delta and Casty, whose goal is to protect humanity and save the world, and Ion and Earthes, who are trying to find Ion a way home to Earth. The player can change between both pairs and discover a way to combine their storylines and strengths to eventually solve the mystery that shrouds their on-going struggles.
The PlayStation Vita version of the game is an enhanced port from the PS3 original with a load of updates and upgrades to make the game feel fresh on our favourite handheld!
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation
Release Date – July 3rd EU
This PS Vita exclusive puts you back in the shoes of Nep-Nep, who has been sucked into the 1980s and must battle for those elusive shares to send her back the modern world. With a great battle system, excellent dialogue and hilarious fourth-wall breaking humor, Neptunia fans are in for a treat. Re;Birth3 will have dual audio, PSTV support and many more key features such as new combos, world modification plans, new weapons and items to craft and free DLC!
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
Release Date – July 7th NA/EU
Geometry Wars 3 launches on the PlayStation Vita next week as part of July’s PlayStation Plus offerings. Evolving from a minigame in X-Box’s Project Gotham Racing 2 to a full blown title, the aim of Geometry Wars is to survive as long as possible. Survive at what? Well, you pilot a ship – and with that ship you must destroy a string of enemies whilst navigating 3D-shaped maps; all the while trying not to get killed. It’s an addictive concept, and will likely be even more so on the Vita due to that added portability.
Release Date – July 7th NA/EU
Released in Japan as CatsBlock Vestival, this title will be re-named Nekoburo CatsBlock for the western release with the overall gaming experience remaining the same. The game tells the story of a group of cat-like aliens who find themselves stranded on earth. Alone and quite scared, the leader of the cat-aliens, Totan, befriends a teenage girl who sets out to help him find the rest of his litter.
Although the game sits comfortably on the lap of the match-3 genre, there are welcome additions to the formula that give the game a unique feel. You can use a host of Totan’s alien gadgets in each level to your advantage and each of the different cats has their own unique personality – all spawning from their obsession with Earth TV.
Outside of the puzzler-style gameplay, you can decorate your own room to really make it the cats pyjamas – adding furniture and toys which can be used to interact with the different cats.
Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess
Release Date – July 14th NA / July 17th EU
Following on from one of my least favourite PlayStation Vita games of last year, Deception IV: Blood Ties, Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess allows players not only relive Laegrinna’s entire pursuit to free her father, the Devil, from his eternal prison, they also get introduced to an entirely new, wickedly sadistic, and infernally mischievous character: Velguirie.
Featuring new traps and more, Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess will be a digital-only title when it releases later this month!
Release Date – July 14th NA / TBC EU
Squares is a puzzle reflex game for PlayStation Vita where the objective is to turn grey all the blue squares, while dealing with different kinds of squares before the time goes up. The game will feature 80 levels as well as a level editor for creating your own challenges.
Squares certainly is a unique looking title, so why not check out the trailer for the game below to get a better idea of what to expect!
Release Date – July 28th NA / EU
Described as a ‘mix of stealth and platforming gameplay, with some roguelike and RPG elements thrown in‘, The Swindle will see you break into building, hack systems, steal cash and then make your escape. You will have to try and do this without breaking glass or setting off alarm bells as not to alert anyone to your presence!
In between levels you will be able to upgrade your thief to enable you to take on larger buildings that have improved security systems. Upgrades include new tools and skills that you can choose from at your airship HQ.
The Swindle as a mix between Deus Ex and Spelunky, with mechanics inspired by games such as Syndicate and XCOM.
Release Date – July 28th NA
The aim of Lost Dimension, as is the case with most games, is to defeat the final boss. The Big Boss. You play as the main protagonist of SEALED, a group of physically gifted warriors, and you act as commander. After battles you will meet with your squad back at base camp, where you will talk to each individually to get a better understanding of the sort of person they are. But there is an ulterior motive to your talks, as one of your team is a traitor and as well as your daily battles, you will have to play detective. By talking to each of your team you will find clues which will hopefully help you to correctly identify the culprit. Once you think you know, you must end their life of treachery with the most severest of punishments – Death. Get it wrong, and your end game will not play out so well
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
Release Date – July 28th NA
Fighting game BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND is heading to the PlayStation Vita in North America later this month and it will allow you to perform flashy, unique fighting moves with the Drive Button system to quickly take down your opponent! Now players can dish out super-powerful Guard Crush attacks when their opponent’s Barrier Gauge is low with the revamped Guard system. Quickly turn the tide of the battle by using BlazBlue’s unique mechanic – Overdrive – to enhance your skills and abilities. With two new characters, Celica and Lambda, joining the roster, you will be able to choose from 28 different playable characters! Also, check out “Remix Heart”, a new addition to the story mode featuring two characters, Mai Natsume and Kajun Faycott!
Unfortunately for those of us in Europe, it looks like this title will not be releasing over here anytime in the near future!
So there we have the key titles that are set to release for the PlayStation Vita this July!
Let us know which of the above titles (if any) you will be picking up in the comments below!