November is upon us and we are back again with a preview of what new releases you can look forward to for the PlayStation Vita this month.
For those of you in Europe, the wait is finally over – with Persona 4: Dancing All Night releasing at the start of the month. Sword Art Online: Lost Song will surely be on most RPG fans’ radars, with it being the follow up to the successful Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. Going back to rhythm titles, SUPERBEAT XONiC releases this month on the PlayStation Vita – I was lucky enough to play this title at EGX and it had me hooked! Be sure to keep an eye for a review on the site in the near future!
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;
Dragon Fin Soup
Release Date – November 3rd NA / EU (Free with PlayStation Plus)
Part roguelike and part classic console RPG with a persistent world and story, Dragon Fin Soup is said to play like a mix of Chocobo’s Dungeon and Secret of Mana. Its story mode focuses on storytelling, character progression, and plays more like a classic RPG; while Survival Mode plays more like a Roguelike and features permanent death. It’s a turn-based game in which the player and their foes take their turn simultaneously, and as such allows for a much more dynamic and fast placed gameplay than other games of its type.
Dragon Fin Soup is one of November’s PlayStation Plus titles, so make sure you add the game to your download list if you are a member!
Norn9: Var Commons
Release Date – November 3rd NA / November 4th EU
Norn9: Var Commons is an Otome visual novel that is coming to the west this month. The game looks to deliver a complex, diverging storyline with the fate of its lively characters lying in your hands – like all good visual novels. Interested? Here is a synopsis of the game courtesy of publisher Aksys;
“While on a school field trip, child prodigy Sorata Suzuhara wanders off after hearing a mysterious song and blacks out. When he comes to, he finds himself in unfamiliar place, and soon encounters a girl who informs him that he’s currently in turn of the century Japan.
In order to help him get home, Sorata follows her to a ship that she’s waiting for but when it appears it is not a wooden sailing ship, but a round aircraft that flies using technology that is beyond Sorata’s imagination. Even stranger, he discovers that the other 12 passengers — 3 young women and 9 men — are all supposedly espers with special powers, and are on some kind of journey at the behest of a multinational entity only known as The World.
What is the purpose of their journey? What is their destination? Who is The World? Before Sorata can even begin to take stock of his situation, the ship is attacked, and the mystery surrounding the ship only deepens. Delve into the story of the ship and its occupants through the point of views of each of the three girls, and unravel the mysteries trapped within.”
Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz
Release Date – November 4th EU / November 10th NA
Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz, featuring the upstart geniuses from the Disney Channel’s popular show, is the latest game based on a TV show that is Vita-bound.
Doofenshmirtz is up to his old tricks and this time he has invented a weapon that turns ordinary household appliances into monsters for his minion army. It’s up to Phineas and Ferb (as well as their pet platypus Perry) to concoct new inventions in their workshop to defeat this new menacing threat.
The story, which was created in cooperation with Disney, will take the boys to a number of locations, from Danville and the Tri-State area to the center of the earth. The game promises to be filled with explorable areas, treasure to collect, and puzzles to solve… all while battling against evil toasters!
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Release Date – November 6th EU
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.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night arrives in Europe six weeks after the North America release (feels a lot longer!) and James reviewed the game for us, giving it a 4.9/5. He said that “Persona 4: Dancing All Night story is so wonderfully crafted, it deserves to be placed up there on the list of the best PS Vita games. Coincide that with a new gameplay style for the series that highlights one of the best parts of P4G — the music, and you’ve got a juggernaut of a game. It was a little bitter sweet as this is the last game that these characters will appear in together but I see it as an ode to fans of Persona 4 Golden. I had a constant smile on my face while I played through this game, and if you’re a fan of Persona I’m sure you will too.”
Release Date – November 10th NA / TBC EU
Described as a spiritual successor to DJ MAX, this upcoming rhythm game had me and Paul hooked when we played it at EGX, and if you are a fan of the musical genre it could well keep you hooked too! With more than 45 different tracks and over 200 different beat combinations it’ll certainly be different each time you play! Developed by the team behind the popular PSP title DJ Max Fever, those of you that love games with a little music in them will want to keep an eye out for this when it launches this month.
Sword Art Online: Lost Song
Release Date – November 13th EU / November 17th NA
After all the rave reviews and praise that Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment attracted when it released in the west last year, it was inevitable that the follow up would make it to our shores in due course.
Just over a year later, and Sword Art Online: Lost Song is set to release – with many Vita owners looking forward to getting their hands on this title (including our very own Kyle, Tyler and Liam).
With an original story based on the Alfheim Online realm including new and returning characters and exclusive environments, fans will be more than happy to spend more than 50 hours questing in the ultimate Virtual Reality universe! To make it even more exiting, Lost Song will feature all new Aerial Battles and plenty of customization features.
Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires
Release Date – November 24th NA / November 25th EU
Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires is an expanded version of Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends that will include all previous DLC released on other platforms as well as a new Ad-Hoc focused mode called Raid Scenario.
Raid Scenario is described as a very difficult co-op focused mode, it will see players run under special rules against more difficult enemies, however the mode also allows you to set your weapons and strategies before you start to give you at least a little bit of an advantage. There will also be a free-to-play co-op mode version of the game released so that players who don’t own the full version of the game can participate in Raid Scenarios with their friends.
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space
Release Date – November 24th NA / TBC EU
A direct predecessor to Earth Defense Force 2017, Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space is widely regarded as the best entry in the series and is making its way to the west for the first time in the form of this greatly expanded remake. In the game, players will take on the role of one of three distinct military classes and take on hordes of invading giant insects. The game is a third-person shooter and you will be tooled to the teeth with conventional weapons, armoured vehicles, jetpacks, airstrikes, trip mines, energy weapons and more!
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space originally released on the PlayStation 2 in both Japan and Europe before making its way to the PSP. The PlayStation Vita version of the game is the definitive version and will feature a number of additions and improvements – including four-player online co-op, a new Air Raider class and a new English dub!
So there we have the key titles that are set to release for the PlayStation Vita this November!
You can also see most of the above titles in action in the video version of November’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!