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Sony’s PSN Play promotion continues this week with the musical platformer Sound Shapes. Described as “equal parts instrument and game,” Sound Shapes is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Best of all, the game is available for both the PSN and Vita, and purchasing the game on one platform will net you the other for free.
Also available this week is a pair of PS3 Full Games: Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2, one of the most bizarre RPGs to ever emerge from Japan, and The King of Fighters XIII, the latest game in the long-running fighting franchise.
With Sony’s Vita launch behind us, the rest of the video game world closes out February with a few big releases:
- EA’s SSX returns on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
- Sega’s Yakuza Studio tries their hand at tech noir with Binary Domain (PS3, Xbox 360)
- Atlus releases another hardcore Japanese RPG. This time it’s Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 for the DS.
- Speaking of hardcore Japanese RPGs, NIS America plans to release Hyperdimension Neptunia MK-2 for the PS3.
- But on the lighter side of things, there’s PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond for the Wii.
- And on the even lighter side of things, NetherRealm has compiled the Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
OK, that last one was a joke. You can check out the full list of the rest of this week’s new releases after the break. (more…)
For those that are unaware, they make some absolutely insane games in Japan. Case in point: Hyperdimension Neptunia and its sequel, Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2.
Believe it or not, the Neptunia games tell a story about warring game developers who come together to battle the personification of piracy. And it’s all done in the style of a very Japanese relationship RPG. Hyperdimension Neptunia was released in America last year to gasps of shock and NIS America has announced that Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 will be making its way across the Pacific as well. The PS3-exclusive is scheduled for a February 28 release and it sounds just as weird and wonderful as its predecessor:
Return once more to the world of Gamindustri, where the Criminal of the Free World, Arfoire, has defeated the four CPUs of Gamindustri. It is now up to their younger sisters to free them from captivity.
Nepgear, the CPU Candidate of Planeptune and younger sister to Neptune, sets out on her quest with IF and Compa to regain Gamindustri’s prosperity, stop the syndicate of evil that Arfoire created, and set her sister free! During her travels across the world, Nepgear will encounter friends new and old, meet the other CPU Candidates, and take care of any monsters that stand in her way in this classic JRPG tale of good versus evil!
Even the plot description defies all logic and sense! Thankfully, Wikipedia users have deciphered the madness with a pretty in-depth Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2 entry. You’ll probably want to read it a few times before February 28.
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!
A couple weeks ago, Compile Heart opened a teaser site, with a countdown set to finish up in about 38 hours as of this writing. Many guessed it would be the sequel to Hyperdimension Neptunia, and they were correct!
Titled Neptune mk-II, the game will feature upgraded graphics and a four party battle system. Confirmed characters include Uni, Rom & Ram, and Nepgear, which suggest the game will parody handheld consoles this time, if it is indeed an allusion to Sega’s Game Gear.
The series will stay PlayStation 3 exclusive and players will be able to choose from standard and limited editions. Andriasang is citing different sources pointing towards an August or September release date.