It’s that time once again, so here is our preview of September’s PlayStation Vita releases. This month we see a mixed variety of titles launching on the Vita, with RPG’s (The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II), Visual Novels (Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness), Action (Space Overlords) and whatever Lichtspeer is classified as (I’m calling it Action/Arcade)!

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;

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II

Release Date – September 6th NA
Publisher – XSEED Games
Genre – RPG


The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II is set one month after the original game and has a number of new features such as the fact that playing the sequel with clear game data from the first title will grant bonus stats and change character conversations and relationships.

Key features of the title include;

  • A Sequel that Remembers the Past
    Clear data from Trails of Cold Steel carries over, granting bonus stats and extra items, while also remembering the many relationships cultivated during earlier times spent at Thors Military Academy to allow for more personalized conversations throughout the story.

    The Link System Returns with a new Overdrive Mode
    Bonding with allies continues to pay off with the Combat Link System, netting a variety of combat benefits including healing, guarding, and more, while the new Overdrive mode allows linked characters to attack up to three turns in a row for new strategic battle options.

    Recruit Allies from Across the Map to Prepare for War
    Find and recruit dozens of fellow Thors attendees who are now scattered across the country to gain exclusive shops, goods, training modes, systems, and plenty more of the Trails series’ highly celebrated colorful dialogue.

    Take to the Land and Sky in New Modes of Transportation
    A personalized airship allows players to swiftly descend upon both familiar and foreign destinations, and travel on land is faster than ever between horseback riding and Angelica’s customizable orbal bike.

  • MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death

    Release Date – September 13th NA / September 16th
    Publisher – Idea Factory International
    Genre – RPG


    First, the winds stopped. Then, birds vanished from the skies. Finally, the sun set… And an eternal night fell upon the world.

    The reason was quickly identified. It was a story told of in legends. The world had ceased hundreds of years ago as well. But there was a legendary mage who had managed to restart it.

    Thus, elders gathered capable young Machina Mages from around the world. They sent them to the legendary city: Machina City, Southern Cross.

    You must restart the world, and bring an end to this eternal night. That is your mission, and your destiny. Now, go forth on your journey. Go, Estra!

    Along with the above story, here are some of the key features you can expect in the game;

    • Labyrinths of Possibility! Navigate challenging maps and puzzles in this first-person
    • You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine! Pair your 3-person party with three different Guardians for a turn-based, dungeon-crawling battle system!
    • Advanced Robotics! Unique Guardian robots can be customized even further with
      different parts and crystals to enhance their abilities!
    • Elemental Enemies! Strategize attacks between your humans and Guardians and find the crack in your foe’s armor by exploiting their elemental weakness!

    Jenny recently reviewed dungeon crawling RPG MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death for The Vita Lounge and scored it a 3.3 out of 5, saying that “MeiQ is a dungeon crawler with a fun battle system and tonnes of customising options for your party. The poor story, large amount of backtracking and lack of fulfilling side quests really let the game down though. It’s fun but there are better dungeon crawlers out there.

    Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness

    Release Date – September 13th NA / September 16th
    Publisher – NIS America
    Genre – Visual Novel

    Psycho-pass feat

    Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness takes place during the same timespan as the first series of the anime and features new characters to help flesh out the series lore and backstory. The game will feature full vocal performances with the original Japanese voice cast.

    The player will choose between two playable detectives; Nadeshiko Kugatachi, a calm and serious Inspector with no memories, or hot-headed Takuma Tsurugi, an Enforcer trying to find his missing friend. As you progress through the game you will be assigned cases with choices that will affect the overall outcome of the story.

    Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni

    Release Date – September 16th NA & EU
    Publisher – Marvelous Inc.
    Genre – Action


    Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is a game where girls’ bodies become the weapons. From Exploding Breasts producer Kenichiro Takaki comes a new “Exploding Breasts Hyper Battle” game. The story is set on Bhikkhuni, one of five artificial islands. Gameplay revolves around the girls who can weaponize their bodies and the girls who wield them, making for an intense, exhilarating action battle game.

    Gameplay proceeds over the course of two phases: adventure parts and action parts. Action parts are conducted within fully polygonal gameplay fields, with players tasked to defeat enemies as they work to achieve the objectives at hand. During combat, the girls work in pairs and by raising their Synchronization, various events can trigger during battle like Multi-Step Weaponization, altered combos, conversations, and more. Pulling off super strong special moves can also potentially tear apart the clothes of friend and foe alike!

    Kyle reviewed an import copy of Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni and scored it a 4.5/5 saying that “Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni is a game that fills the needs of life and hometown to anyone coming from the Senran series, but is different enough to feel like it’s not just slapping a skin on our favourite shinobis. While the Senran series on Vita is very much a medium paced musou title with unique characters and tons of tits, Bhikkhuni is a fast paced action title that’s slightly more akin to Devil May Cry. It’s all about quick change, grand moves, and being able to close the gap in a moment. It’s a bit of a different beast, and while that’s not immediately apparent, it soon becomes so once you begin to play.

    If you are intrigued by this title, be sure to check out Kyle’s full review here!

    Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors

    Release Date – September 20th NA / September 23rd EU EU
    Publisher – NIS America
    Genre – RPG


    Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors is set around a group of ‘Semi-Sinners’, a group of people who were set to commit a crime in the future but died at a young age. Semi-Sinners are given a chance of Rebirth by going through a program known as Resurrection. A hero is set to guide seven female Semi-Sinners up a tower filled with challenges filled with trials.

    In the game, the hero only expects to guide six Semi-Sinners through the tower, but when he discovers the seven girls – who all come with their unique personalities – his suspicions soon arise that one of them is actually a real sinner.

    The seven Semi-Sinners are Shinoa, an honours student who is closely following the main protagonist. Riri, a dismissive girl who can be impulsive. Kuroe, a socially awkward girl who relies on ventriloquism to make conversation. Mizuki, a mood setter who can also be rather clumsy. Sui is a sharp tongued girl who likes to analyse situations and can often cause arguments with her ways of speaking to others.

    Yurine is a quiet and soothing girl who is optimistic and likes to approach things at her own pace. And lastly Sukasa who is a fan of sexual harassment and likes to bother the main protagonist, quite an odd bunch if you ask me!

    The main aim of the game is to help the Semi-Sinners find Ressurection, but they will often need to be punished to make sure they are behaving themselves, this can lead the player having to massage them or even spanking them!

    Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs World Tour

    Release Date – September 20th NA
    Publisher – NIS America
    Genre – Visual Novel


    Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak Special Gigs World Tour is an enhanced edition of Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters that adds a whole new episode, a revised battle system as well as several other features – although news has been quiet on what these features are!

    Shizuka, a guest writer here on The Vita Lounge reviewed the original version of the game last year and gave it a 3.3/5, saying ‘Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is a nice addition to the Vita’s library, and is different from most games that are being released for the system lately – just don’t expect to be too impressed; ghosts exist, and middling games as well.

    Darkest Dungeon

    Release Date – September 27th NA & EU
    Publisher – Red Hook Studios
    Genre – RPG

    Darkest Dungeon

    Darkest Dungeon is a challenging “gothic turn-based dungeon crawler” about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Drawing inspiration from classic tabletop experiences, Darkest Dungeon’s heroes are human and the experiences they face will push them to their limits. Stating that only under great stress will a hero be born, success isn’t guaranteed and many an adventurer will fall along the way…

    There are 15 classes of hero all seeking either redemption, glory or fortune. There are more than 40 different town events which add variety to your campaign including a chance encounter with the nefarious Vvulf and his Bandit Raiders, which doesn’t sound like a good thing.


    Release Date – September TBC NA & EU
    Publisher – Curve Digital
    Genre – Platformer


    Coming from developer Fiddlesticks, Hue is a “charming and vibrant puzzle-platformer” which features a colour changing mechanic as a way yo shift different panes into play. Boasting a “vivid art style with clever level design” mixed with “touching” narrative, the game is a platforming adventure as refreshing as it is colourful!

    Everyone that the titular character, Hue, encounters can only see in greyscale but the world around Hue is far from black and white and whilst on a journey to solve his mother’s disappearance, Hue begins to piece together her discarded research, which leads to him discovering the ability to see the world’s hidden colours and change it to alter reality. As the background shifts between shades, rifts form, and obstacles slip between pigmented dimensions.

    As more details are uncovered relating to his mother, Hue learns to manipulate the game world around him in increasingly sophisticated ways, affecting objects, unlocking new areas and interacting with the environment in new ways. Hue will also encounter a hugely diverse cast of characters in an incredibly witty and inventive world full of wonder and intrigue.


    Release Date – September TBC NA & EU
    Publisher – Crunching Koalas
    Genre – Action / Arcade


    Lichtspeer is a game set in a mythical Germanic space world in AD3069 and it is an action/arcade “lightspear-throwing simulator”.

    Lichtspeer’s world is filled with all sorts of creatures, like Penguin Vikings, Wurst Zombies and even Hipster Ice Giants and survival is an art form. Luckily, a champion blessed with an extremely elegant weapon has been summoned to please the gods, and it’s down to you to restore order to the universe.

    By equipping your lightspear (think of a Light Saber, but one that you throw like a javelin) you’ll venture across the many lands from German myths, survive in style and amuse the almighty Lichtgods!

    Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics

    Release Date – September TBC
    Publisher – Spike Chunsoft
    Genre – RPG


    This 2D adventure centres around a kingdom which is being swallowed by a destructive wall of light. You better keep on your toes, as constantly moving forward is the aim of the game here. Don’t stress about saving the townsfolk or even the king. Just get to the point and save the day!

    As you would expect from a roguelike RPG, each quest will present you will a different procedurally generated world. RPG fans will be happy to hear that rather than narrow corridors and tight corners, One Way Heroics gives you a whole world to explore. But be warned, for those who like to explore every corner of a world, with every action you bring the deadly wall of light on step closer. This means you are constantly forced-scrolled forward. Linger to long and you’ll fine yourself a goner in no time.

    It’s not all bad news though, as even though you’ll lose your progress if you do perish, you are able to save the gear you have gained through the Dream Vault. You can also earn points to unlock new perks, NPCs and classes, which there are 20 to choose from in total. Also, be sure to look out for the appearance of familiar faces from Danganronpa and Shiren the Wanderer!

    Space Overlords

    Release Date – September TBC NA & EU
    Publisher – Excalibur Games
    Genre – Action

    Space Overlords1

    Space Overlords sees you playing as one of four different characters with a score to settle. Your mission will see you set off on a mission of retaliation against the evil Kesedihan, liberate planets that she has dominated and set her on a journey of annihilation.

    The game will initially feature seven galaxies in a single player mode, with you playing either the main gameplay, co-operative or gameplay loop on the eight planets in each galaxy. The multiplayer aspect of the game will see you facing off against other players in four modes.

    Other features you can expect to see in Space Overlords include;

    • Create planets using the built in level editor
    • Share new planets and then attack other players’ planets for action packed gameplay
    • Pick-up-and-play free rampage – destroy every building and inhabitant of a planet before time runs out
    • Enjoy playing as a different race with a choice of up to six Overlords
    • PVP Multiplayer mode (up to four players)
    • Upgrade your character with items and power ups adds to pace of the game
    • Local and Multiplayer modes
    • A whole host of different levels including variable game levels with switchable core mechanic
    • Four playable characters

    So there we have the key titles that are set to release for the PlayStation Vita this September!

    If you prefer your new release info in a video format, be sure to check out Kyle’s preview video below – and be sure to subscribe to The Vita Lounge’s YouTube channel for more awesome Vita videos!

    Let us know which of the above titles (if any) you will be picking up in the comments below!

    • Chris Boers

      Sadly, Shantae has been getting an ‘update’, meaning it is now postponed for at least 1,5 month

      • Steve Jaworski

        It’ll be worth the wait I am sure!

    • Phil Wyatt

      Another great month for Vita owners.

    • Alvaro Correia Neto

      Great month 🙂
      It’s a shame the physical versions cost A lot in Brazil, since the JRPGs usually have around 3GB

    • chizwoz

      I really should try and get more of the first Cold Steel finished! Oh well, at least I’ll have new Vita games for quite a while to come.

    • eric

      love that more and more games continue to come out for the Vita on a monthly basis,
      who says the Vita is alive and well?!