How fast has this year gone? It doesn’t seem that long since I reviewed Duke Nukem 3D and Grim Fandango Remastered, yet here we are 11 months later and 2016 is just around the corner!
Well the final month of 2015 sees festival sim BigFest release out of the blue and Civilization 2 Plus, the Vita’s worst kept secret, as two key titles that make their way to the handheld this month. There are also a few games in certification, such as Volume and Oddworld: New n’ Tasty. These games may release this month, but as they have not been confirmed for a December release they do not make the list.
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 – December 1st NA / December 2nd EU
The core gameplay of BigFest is building up your festival from a small show in the park to a celebration of massive headlining concerts while adding various shops and stalls to keep visitors happy and earn more money for growth. How you build up your music festival is entirely up to you.
BigFest uses real music from real bands, and you get to choose your festival playlist from a massive dynamic catalogue of songs that will change and grow with the BigFest community. Then within the massive list of real world tunes in BigFest, players can vote for their favourite bands and songs or share their best playlists with their friends. On top of that, BigFest offers many more options for friendship and competition: help fellow festivals with gifts and repairs, or sabotage their equipment and systems.
Civilization Revolution 2 Plus
Release Date – December 3rd NA/EU
Civilization Revolution 2 Plus has been designed specifically for the PS Vita. Fans of the original game, released on iOS and Android last year, will be instantly familiar with the set up.
The game allows you to build up a civilisation from scratch, from the dawn of time to the space age. You’ll attempt to out do some of the greatest leaders from world history as you decide whether to be a feared warlord or a skilled diplomat with your competitors.
Included in this updated version will be key figures from Japanese history. The additional Japanese leaders will include Oda Nobunaga, Heihachiro Togo, and Himiko. Nobunaga will give players a bonus during the medival era and with samurai. Togo provides bonuses in naval combat, and Himiko gives bonuses in diplomatic and government related matters
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space
Release Date – December 8th 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!
Red Game Without A Great Name
Release Date – December TBC
Developer iFun4all is bringing its brilliantly-named title to the Vita – featuring 2D environments with a steampunk-themed aesthetic. And there’s also red – lots of it. The game places you in control of a mechanical bird, as you’re tasked with navigating through traps and hazards in order to hand (or claw) deliver a letter to the recipient’s cage. There are 60 levels in all, featuring 180 gear collectibles and three unique power-ups to temporarily increase your robotic avian’s abilities!
So there we have the key titles that are set to release for the PlayStation Vita this December!
I will be back a little later this month with a preview of what games you can look forward to in 2016!
If you prefer your new release info in a video format, then keep an eye on this page as Kyle’s preview video will be here very soon!
Let us know which of the above titles (if any) you will be picking up in the comments below!