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It has taken seven long years, but The House of the Dead 4 has finally come home, courtesy of the PlayStation Network. The light gun shooter features both DualShock 3 and PlayStation Move support, so you get to choose how best to dispatch the zombie menace.
If blasting zombies isn’t your thing, a few other PlayStation Store titles are new this week including StarDrone Extreme, a Vita release that promises “a mix of arcade action, pinball, breakout, physics and collect-the-objects,” and Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention, a Vita remake of the formerly PS3-exclusive strategy RPG. Two new full PS3 games are also being added to the store this week: Dead Rising 2: Off the Record and NHL 12.
Welcome to another relatively dry week of new releases in the relatively dry month of April.
Also new this week is Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat, a compilation that brings together the downloadable games Deadliest Warrior and Deadliest Warrior: Legends in one retail package. It’ll be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Finally this week is Atlus’ Vita RPG Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention. It’s a shrunk-down version of the PS3 game with nearly the same name, so if you love strategy RPGs, it might be one to look into.
Wait! There’s one more. Budget publisher Viva Media will bring Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers to the PC this week.
OK, that’s all of your new releases for the week.
NIS America hosted a special press event at the Tokyo Game Show to announce a slew of new titles for the PS3, Xbox 360, Vita and mobile platforms.
First up, the publisher will be bringing Disgaea: Netherworld Unbound to Android devices in late 2011. It is basically an Android version of the original Disgaea game, but it also allows players to purchase extra characters, items, and features. The Disgaea series will be coming to another handheld device as well, the PlayStation Vita. Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention will arrive in Spring 2012 and is said to feature new characters, stories, items and a Vita-specific control scheme.
NIS is also teaming up with Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man, and Acquire, the developers of Tenchu, to bring Neptunia MK-II and Clan of Champions to the US. Neptunia will be a PlayStation 3 exclusive, set for release in spring 2012. Clan of Champions, as it is tentatively titled, has no release date yet, but it will be coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. JRPG aficionados, REJOICE!
They confirmed Disgaea 3: Return for the PlayStation Vita, and also hinted that the following four games are in development, according to a report on Andriasang:
1. An action RPG from the Prinny team with full polygon visuals. We’ll get our first look in about a month. Platform is unspecified.
2. An all new title from the Disgaea team. This is said to have the visual quality of the illustrations from Disgaea 4. The staff is using the knowhow it gained from Disgaea 4 for networking and other areas. The game will have a famous illustrator for its character designs. Platform is unspecified.
3. A new title from System Plasma, makers of Classic Dungeon. Platform is unspecified.
4. Japanese release of a 3DS game that was popular overseas.
That’s enough to keep us drooling for now. They’ve also said they want to make a PlayStation Vita sequel to Criminal Girls (hopefully bringing both to North America as a result), but that it won’t be soon, as they wouldn’t do it without Kazuya Niinou.