If you are a regular of The Vita Lounge then you will know that many of us are big fans of the Danganronpa games. The eagerly awaited next entry in the series, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, kicks off September’s new releases – and adds a new twist to the titles as it tackles a new genre.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Samurai Warriors 4-II and the delayed Volume are some of the other notable releases that will grace the Vita this month.
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;
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
Release Date – September 1st NA / September 4th EU
This title is a spin-off of sorts in the popular Danganronpa franchise. As opposed to a Visual Novel this game takes the style of a third-person shooter, but you can be that this game will be just as wacky and chaotic as its predecessors. Check out the synopsis below to see what is instore for you Monokuma lovers when Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls releases at the start of this month;
Komaru Naegi, little sister to Makoto Naegi, has been imprisoned inside a mysterious apartment for over a year. One day, she is rescued by Byakuya Togami of Future Foundation, but the rescue is derailed by a sudden attack of hundreds of Monokumas. Komaru soon discovers that the city has been taken over by a group of children calling themselves the Warriors of Hope. Their leader, Monaca, declares that the city will be the site of a Children’s Paradise, and to accomplish this, all the adults will be exterminated. Komaru teams up with Toko Fukawa to try to survive the rampaging Monokumas, escape the crafty Monokuma Kids, and uncover the secrets of the city.
Kyle published his review of Ultra Despair Girls earlier and gave it a 4.8/5 – a pretty awesome score! Read his spoiler-free review here if you are thinking about picking this game up!
Release Date – September 1st NA/EU
Launching straight on to PlayStation Plus, Xeodrifter is a side-scrolling platformer/shooter that puts you in the role of galaxy traversing nomad who finds himself stranded in space after his ship takes damage. In order to return home our traveller will need to explore four nearby planets, with new abilities and weapons upgrades allowing for you to power up and explore deeper into these strange worlds.
Brad reviewed Xeodrifter for the site and gave it a 2.5/5. Check out his review here and let us know whether you feel the same when the game is made available as part of September’s Instant Game Collection!
Super Time Force Ultra
Release Date – September 1st NA/EU
Also launching as part of the Instant Game Collection for September, Super Time Force Ultra is a crazy romp through the space-time continuum. Using a Mega-Man-style world select, players can jump in and out of 6 unique time periods with a ton of different modes, playable characters and collectibles!
The game features a Time-Out mechanic that allows players to stop time, rewind back through the level and jump back into play with a new character. Doing this means that you will be playing alongside the character you previously controlled in what Capybara Games are calling single player co-op!
Release Date – September 1st NA / September 25th EU
Modeled after a best-selling board game set in Game Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe, Space Hulk from developer Full Control recreates the classic board game experience as a video game for your single or multiplayer enjoyment.
Here’s the official description of the title from the press release;
‘Space Hulk is set in the isolated corridors and tomb-like chambers of an ancient vessel lost in the graveyard of space. Players lead a small army of fearless Space Marine Terminators to battle in a ferocious fight for survival against hordes of predatory alien Genestealers. Based on the “Sin of Damnation” campaign from the 3rd edition board game, Space Hulk includes a robust 12 mission single-player campaign, a co-operative campaign, Blood Angel and Space Wolf Chapters and many other thrilling missions! Recreating the tense battles of the board game, multiplayer mode will allow players to go head-to-head as one player controls the Space Marines and their opponent the Genestealers, in the ultimate fight for domination.‘
The Muppets Movie Adventures
Release Date – September 1st NA
Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppet gang are swapping Hollywood for Handheld when Disney‘s The Muppets Movie Adventures finally launches in North America this month – almost a year after the game released in Europe.
The Muppets will explore different movie genres, ranging from Sci-Fi to spaghetti Western. We are told that there will be five different worlds where we can see Miss Piggy become a barbaric warrior, become a Cowboy with Animal and help Kermit take on aliens. The Muppets will also battle pirates, fly spaceships and hunt down hidden items such as golden frogs whilst coming across different movies and movie stars from the land of Hollywood.
Brad reviewed The Muppets Movie Adventures and said that it ‘is a colorful and beautiful side-scrolling platformer that suffers from a lack of challenge‘. Be sure to check out his review in full here if you are considering picking this one up!
Release Date – September 3rd NA
Nova-111 is a sci-fi themed adventure game that cleverly combines turn-based gameplay with real-time action, forcing players to utilize both real-time decisions and turn-based strategy to fight enemies and solve puzzles.
I reviewed Nova-111 when it released in Europe last week and said that ‘Nova-111 is a fantastic game that fans of strategy/puzzle games will love. With a great concept, and a challenging but fair learning curve – you will find yourself having many ‘eureka moments’ when it all clicks into place and you begin to master the many mechanics that this game perfectly moulds together!‘
Read the full review here and decide whether or not this space-strategy title deserves to be on your radar!
XBlaze Code: Embryo
Release Date – September 18th EU
XBlaze Code: Embryo released over a year ago in North America and now, after a long wait, it is finally being released in Europe. The game is a sequel to the critically acclaimed BlazBlue series – but with a twist.
Unlike the main games of the BlazBlue series, it isn’t a beat ’em up but a visual novel. While it plays in the same world, it’s set 150 years prior to the events in the main series. Kyle reviewed the game when it released in North America last year and had this to say about the game;
‘Friendly to BlazBlue lovers and newcomers alike, XBlaze is a beautifully crafted visual novel with a unique (though trope-filled) story and a clever path system. Unless you’re offended by a little fanservice or the lack of combat, you’d be hard pressed to find a reason NOT to pick this one up.’
Check out the review in full here – if you are a fan of Visual Novels then this may be something that peaks your interest!
Farming Simulator 16
Release Date – September 24th EU / September 29th NA
After skipping a year on the Vita, Farming Simulator 16 will bring back a large number of European farm vehicles such as Lamborghini and Deutz-Fahr (sorry John Deere lovers) as well as a few new activities for you to accomplish. Sheep will now be available for you to raise and cultivate for wool. There is also a new forestry component so that players can now add logging to their list of things to do.
Farming Simulator 16 looks to once again just be an over-priced version of the mobile game that is currently available for Android and iOS. Vita owners can expect to pay $34.99 when it’s released, which does come with the added benefit of trophy support. The game will also be made available at retail for those that prefer physical copies – but it may be worth waiting for a review before you splash your hard earned cash on this title!
Top Trumps Turbo
Release Date – September 25th EU
Little is known about what we can expect from Top Trumps Turbo, as this title has slipped under the radar, but I would expect this to play like a lot of the mobile versions of popular board/card games that are already available. Here is the description for the game from the publisher’s website;
‘Top Trumps™ Turbo is a brand new, exclusive fun and exciting Top Trumps™ card game brought to you by Funbox Media. Use the cards and your skills to beat the computer and become the ultimate Top Trumps™ Turbo Champion! Play, win & enjoy this action-packed game with your favourite decks, regularly updated packs, stunning gameplay and a great atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.
Spin the spinner to choose from 6 different mini games and fill your turbo bar with stars and enter into the Turbo final for a gripping head-to-head match. Collect more decks by downloading them and use your knowledge of the card statistics to win. Gain achievements by winning mini games and keep track of your stats to make sure you are the ultimate Top Trumps™ Turbo Champion!‘
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Release Date – September 29th NA
Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a rhythm game spin-off based on Persona 4 Golden. The plot takes place a month after the extended epilogue of P4G and is chronologically the final game to feature the Investigation Team.
Rise “Risette” Kujikawa, back in showbiz after her year-long hiatus, requests her friends to act as her Backup Dancers at “Ai MEETS Kizuna Festival”, a music event sponsored by Rise’s agency, and personally trains them for this purpose. Everything goes well until rumors spread that if you watch a particular video on the festival’s website at exactly midnight, you’ll be pulled to the “other side.” Sure enough, the J-Pop Idol Group of Rise’s Friendly Rival Kanami Mashita goes missing shortly thereafter in a manner eerily similar to the rumor. Fearing the worst, Rise begs her friends from the Investigation Team to help her solve the case.
Those of us in Europe will have to wait a little longer to get our hands on this game, with the dancing spin-off set to release on November 6th.
Samurai Warriors 4-II
Release Date – September 29th NA
In what seems to be a monthly occurence, Tecmo Koei are back with the latest installment in their Warriors franchise.
Samurai Warriors 4-II is a hero-focused saga. Unlike the previous Samurai Warriors games that focused on delivering their narrative by exploring the various regions of feudal Japan, this title casts a spotlight on the characters themselves and tells their stories through 13 exciting new chapters. These chapters revolve around nine characters introduced in Samurai Warriors 4, three fan-favorites from previous titles and a brand new addition to the samurai roster (Naomasa Ii).
The game will feature many new and improved features as the battle, action and character development systems have been revamped. It also introduces a highly challenging and richly rewarding mode called: the Endless Castle. Players can choose to enter and struggle to survive for as long as possible, or to play against the clock and see how far they can get up the castle’s increasingly difficult levels!
Release Date – September TBC NA/EU
With Mike Bithell announcing the day before the scheduled launch of Volume that the PlayStation Vita version will be delayed by a ‘couple of weeks’ we can surely expect his stylish stealth title to release for the Vita this September.
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.
Electronic Super Joy
Release Date – September TBC NA/EU
Electronic Super Joy is described as a “brutally hard platformer” that puts players in a world that is throbbing with pulse pounding electronic music and platforming challenges galore. The game features over 45 different levels that offer up both changes in the environment (such as low gravity) to swarms of incoming missiles and deadly monsters.
The game is set to release this September for the PlayStation Vita and it has also been confirmed that it will be compatible with the PlayStation TV.
Release Date – September TBC NA/EU
Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by nature, Poncho is about a robot on a quest to find his maker and to find answers about the devastation around him. Adorned with a Poncho, you must help this mechanical hero overcome impossible odds and discover the secret inside him that could help save humanity!
We were told in a press release that Poncho is a “mind-bending platformer filled with lush environments, Poncho’s open world 2D adventuring offers a unique twist: players can shift at will between three layers of depth, an essential tool for overcoming the puzzles and challenges ahead. Packed with charming personality and interesting characters, players will want to lead Poncho through an enchanting tale of hope, determination and the search for who you really are…”
So there we have the key titles that are set to release for the PlayStation Vita this September!
You can also see most of the above titles in action in the video version of September’s New Releases that we have put together for you below;
Let us know which of the above titles (if any) you will be picking up in the comments below!