Sep 17, 2011

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PlayStation Week in Review: Week of 9/17/11

PlayStation Week in Review: Week of 9/17/11

The 2011 Tokyo Game Show has come to an end, and with it came a plethora of news on both PlayStation 3 and the highly-anticipated PlayStation Vita. Earlier this week, we covered the biggest PlayStation news from the show in our TGS 2011 Sony Recap. Rather than report these details again, PlayStation Week in Review is bringing you the rest of what news came over the Pacific from Chiba, Japan. Let’s get started:

  • One of the biggest complaints about the PSPgo was the lack of UMD transfer support, but for the Vita Sony is trying to avoid that issue. Sony announced that they are currently sifting through the logistics of a program that will allow UMD owners to download digital versions of the games they already own. The Vita does not support UMDs, instead relying on a proprietary flash media format. During its TGS press event, Sony claimed that there will be around 500-600 current PSP titles that will work with Vita. After failing to follow through on these promises with the PSPgo, we hope Sony keeps its word this time. Thanks to Destructoid.
  • Many gamers were outraged to learn that the Vita’s 2200mAh lithium-ion battery would only support 3-5 hours of gaming on a single charge. Almost immediately after news on its battery life broke, Sony countered by announcing an external battery peripheral that will greatly extend usage time for those who purchase it. The external battery, with a capacity of 5000mAh, will offer an additional 6-10 hours of playtime. This brings the system’s total battery life to 9-15 hours on a complete charge. No pricing on the peripheral has been revealed. Thanks to G4TV.

  • The undeniably beautiful art style of Japanese-exclusive RPG Ni no Kuni has been making big splashes since its debut months ago, and US gamers now have reason to celebrate. Ni no Kuni: Queen of the White Holy Ashes will launch this November in Japan and will see an early 2012 release in North America. The game is developed by renowned studio Level-5 and animated by Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli is well-known for their work on many Hayao Miyazaki feature films, including Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle. Thanks to Joystiq.
  • If you enjoy playing games with your PlayStation Move controller, Sony is aiming numerous fall releases at you. The Move may not offer much to Resistance 3, but Scott Steinberg of the official PlayStation Blog detailed six upcoming PS3 games that could quench your motion-control thirst. LittleBigPlanet 2 Move Pack: Rise of the Cakeling is already available for download on the PlayStation Store, but gamers can also look forward to Move control in upcoming expansion inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood. If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, Eyepet & Friends, Everybody Dance, Carnival Island, and Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest will all feature Move functionality as well.

  • Fans of the PlayStation 2 classic Katamari Damacy have yet another reason to look forward to PlayStation Vita. NAMCO BANDAI Games Community Manager Rich Bantegui announced on Thursday via the official PlayStation Blog that Katamari Damacy (working title) is in development for the Vita. While details on the game are still scarce, you will once again be taking orders from the King of All Cosmos as you roll around picking up everything from apples to the Appalachians. The Vita’s back touch panel will allow players to stretch and squeeze their katamaris horizontally and vertically for added gameplay depth. No word yet on a release date, so stay tuned to Vivid Gamer for more on this zany sequel.
  • Fans of the Resident Evil franchise have a lot to look forward to on Tuesday, September 20 – especially if they’re Plus members. Resident Evil 4 HD is coming to PSN that day, and will retail for $19.99. However, Plus subscribers can pick up the game for half-price, bringing this survival-horror masterpiece (complete with Trophies and revamped visuals) down to $9.99. In addition, Plus subscribers will be able to download Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis as PSone Classics free of charge! A purchase of Resident Evil 4 HD is NOT needed for these freebies. All told, this is an excellent deal for Plus members and a great way to experience four legendary games. If you’re a fan of the series, or if you’ve never played the incomparable Resident Evil 4, be sure to hop online on September 20 to pick up these goodies.

  • Finally, a US release date for Final Fantasy XIII-2 has been revealed. In North America, the game will launch on January 31, 2012 with a European release on February 3. Meanwhile, Japanese gamers will get the game on December 15 of this year, only two days before PlayStation Vita launches in Japan. If you enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII, you’ll definitely want to check this one out and find out how the story of Lightning, Serah, and the gang will continue. Thanks to Siliconera.

That’s all for this week’s PlayStation Week in Review! With Vita news coming in almost daily, it’s important to remember that there is a multitude of great PS3 games right around the corner. You can hear our thoughts on the PlayStation Vita in our first-ever Vivid Gamer podcast.

Be sure to come back next week for another PlayStation Week in Review. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out James’ weekly Xbox news roundup for all your Xbox news of the week.

*PlayStation Week in Review is a feature article that recaps the most interesting PlayStation news of the week. We also run Xbox Week in Review for all your Xbox news of the week.