Typically a quiet month for other consoles, August brings a wealth of titles to the PlayStation Vita with Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Volume set to release in both regions – whilst Steins;Gate and Lost Dimension also release in North America and Europe respectively.
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;
Release Date – August 11th NA
Actual Sunlight is a game about love, depression and the corporation. Stylised as “true game” for those over 18 because of the symmetry with real adult life, the game was released to positive reviews back in 2013, and Will O’Neil, the game’s developer is bringing it to the Vita.
Will said, of the game, “I’m not sure if a game as sad, sharp, and real-life-serious as the critically-acclaimed Actual Sunlight has ever been released on a major console, but I have no doubt that the PS Vita is exactly where it belongs. With strong and memorable writing, a classic Japanese RPG style, and full-screen CG artwork, I’m hopeful that Actual Sunlight will feel right at home.”
XBlaze Lost: Memories
Release Date – August 11th NA
Set in the BlazBlue universe, the visual novel follow-up to XBlaze Code: Embryo throws you a new twist by introducing parts where you play from a 16-bit top-down perspective, with the goal of collecting crystals while avoiding monsters and traps. Set to be the last title in the XBlaze series, keep an eye on this title if you have any interest in the series or visual novels for that matter.
You can take a read of Kyle’s XBlaze Code: Embryo review here if you want to get a vague idea of what to expect when the sequel launches in North America this August, and look out for the first one’s European release this September!
Release Date – August 14th NA & EU
DiscStorm is a fast-paced action arena combat game which takes inspiration from classic arcade games from yesteryear such as Bomberman. As the name suggests, the game centres around combat with flying discs, which will be constantly ricocheting off the arena walls at break neck speed. Remember, the disc is both your friend and enemy.
The primary feature of DiscStorm will be online multiplayer, and XMPT Games have promised a whole host of unique twists on the standard online game modes. Not only will you be battling other players online, but you will also be up against hordes of zombies. Game modes include first-to-ten brawl, survival mode and an intense sounding mode named ‘Death Disc’.
There will also be a challenging single player campaign, which will include boss battles that require you to figure out how to beat them on your own without any guidance. More importantly, it will test your reactions and skill. As you become more talented with your sacred disc, you will unlock new items, such as costumes, for your character. There will also be an exclusive mode for the PS Vita version of the game- where two players can compete against each other on the same console.
Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & The Monster Seal
Release Date – August 18th NA
Originally launching as a PSP title in March 2014 in Japan, Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & The Monster Seal is making its way to North America this month. Those of us in Europe will have to wait a little longer for the dungeon RPG, with an Autumn release window scheduled for the title.
Interested? The game’s story is as follows;
The kingdom of Romulea is in peril. Monsters are leaking out of every nook and cranny in the land, and to make matters worse, they have started an uprising against humanity. Players take on the role of Fried, an adventurer from the Royal Library sent to stop the uprising. But early in his journey, he discovers a broken shrine along the way. This sets in motion the story of Dungeon Travelers 2, where Fried travels around the kingdom of Romulea, and through rescuing, defeating, or bumping into any of the 16 unique girls that can join his party, Fried is on a mission to save the world!
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Release Date – August 18th NA/EU
Revealed as Vita-bound at December’s PlayStation Experience and designed as a series of terrifying episodes, Resident Evil Revelations 2 unfolds across four adventures drawn taut with dramatic cliff-hangers and gripping horror gameplay.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 starts with fan favorite Claire Redfield making a dramatic return to the horrors that haunted her in the past . Survivor of the Raccoon City incident depicted in previous Resident Evil games, Claire now works for the anti-bioterrorism organisation Terra Save. Moira Burton (daughter of Resident Evil legend Barry Burton) is attending her welcome party for Terra Save when unknown armed forces storm the office.
Claire and Moira are knocked unconscious and awaken later to find themselves in a dark and abandoned detention facility. Working together, they seek to find out who took them and for what sinister reason. With the terrifying ‘Afflicted’ enemies waiting around every dark corner, players will need to use their ammo and weapon supply wisely, in classic survival horror style. Will the duo make it out alive and discover why they’ve been taken to this remote island? Who else will they come across? A story of twists, turns and *ahem* revelations will have players guessing the next step at every turn when Resident Evil Revelations 2 launches this August on the PlayStation Vita!
Release Date – August 18h NA/EU
Volume is a classic reimagining of the legendary Robin Hood fable and a stealth game at heart, packed with a cracking narrative and some inventive gameplay. The game requires you to out think and out wit the AI and is all about not getting caught. There’s no tackling the guards or going out fighting, you are really going to have to use your brain. Mike Bithell is at the helm, and after the huge success that was Thomas Was Alone we are hoping that Mike can continue with this awesome looking game that draws inspiration from Hideo Kojima’s classic Metal Gear Solid.
Release Date – August 25th NA / August 26th EU
Amnesia: Memories is a story about a girl who awake with her memories taken, and her journey to recover the past and get on with her love story. The catch is that if she reveals her condition, she’ll never recover those memories.
Stumble through your own world as a complete stranger, trying to figure out what waswithout jeopardizing what is – or it’ll be game over for you. This is definitely a game of skill and finesse, so think before you act!
Release Date – August 25th NA / EU
Nova-111 is a turn-based adventure title mixed with a twist of real-time action! In your quest to restore the flow of time you will explore alien worlds and defeat “fiendish alien creatures” – all in the name of science!
Piloting the “Nova” spaceship – which is a harmless research vessel – you will traverse mysterious foreign worlds with a simple mission; fix space-time and locate the 111 brilliant scientists that were lost following the aftermath of the Universe’s Greatest Science Experiment. Which went horribly wrong, creating a vortex mashing real time and turn based universes together!
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3
Release Date – August 25th NA / August 28th EU
In One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 fans will experience an original story featuring Luffy, taking him through numerous chapters and even up against well-known foes. Including the DRESSROSA arc, the heavenly demon Donquixote Doflamingo and Luffy’s long lost pal Sabo, this is one piece of gaming goodness you won’t want to miss!
Release Date – August 25th NA
Visual novel Steins;Gate is a game that I reviewed when it released in Europe in June and gave top marks to! Set in Akihabara, the game follows a group of friends who accidentally invent a method of sending messages into their past. The discovery drags them into a world of conspiracy, where one choice can change the course of history. Steins;Gates‘ story is one of the best that I have seen in a video game and this is truly one of the greatest games available for our favourite handheld!
Release Date – August 28th EU
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.
If you are interested in Lost Dimension, then why not check out Jimmy’s review of the game here!
If you’d prefer to have a look at August’s announced titles in trailer form however, Tyler has fixed one up for you.
So there we have the key titles that are set to release for the PlayStation Vita this August!
Let us know which of the above titles (if any) you will be picking up in the comments below!