Completely out of the blue, the Playstation Blog announced a sale this previous Monday that would go live this past Tuesday and carry over into next week's store update on Tuesday where different titles are switched in. As someone who loves his Vita so much who wants other people to similarly love their Vitas, I would be remiss if I didn't bring it up at least once, so that is what I'm doing here. The sale is the Japanese Games Sale which is appropriate because a lot of the games that are really good on the Vita are Japanese (though there are notable exceptions, of course) and quite a few of them are included in the sale in one vein or the other. Of course, it would just be easiest to sort of...show what the sale is and -then- talk about it first.
August 13th – 19th
Game Regular Price Sale Price Plus Price Soul Sacrifice $35.99 $24.99 $17.49 Gravity Rush $35.99 $24.99 Free Sumioni: Demon Arts $14.99 $10.49 $7.34 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus $39.99 $27.99 $19.59 Guilty Gear Accent XX Core + R $14.99 $10.49 $7.34 Atelier Totori Plus $39.99 $27.99 $19.59 Silent Hill Book of Memories $29.99 $14.99 $7.50 Touch My Katamari $14.99 $7.49 $3.75 Ridge Racer $24.99 $12.49 $6.25
As stated, the first batch of titles will be only be on sale until next Tuesday, where another batch of fantastic games will take over and threaten your wallet with all the fury of a thousand purchases. Or something along those lines.
August 20th – 26th
Game Regular Price Sale Price PS Plus Price Street Fighter X Tekken $39.99 $27.99 $19.59 Muramasa Rebirth $34.99 $27.99 $20.99 Metal Gear Solid HD Collection $29.99 $20.99 $14.69 New Little King’s Story $19.99 $13.99 $9.79 Dead or Alive 5 Plus $39.99 $19.99 $10.00 Ragnarok Odyssey $29.99 $20.99 $14.69 Dynasty Warriors Next $34.99 $17.49 $8.75 Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 $39.99 $19.99 $10.00 Super Monkey Ball $29.99 $20.99 $14.69
One thing that I do want to emphasize so much that I started a new paragraph for it is that I want you to buy Soul Sacrifice. As you know, I really enjoyed it and I want a sequel which is only going to happen if more people buy it. So buy it. At $17.49, it's practically a steal (even if some of the other games in the sale are literally a steal) and it has hours upon hours upon hours of content to keep you coming back for more, not counting the batches of free DLC that have come out for it. Which I don't even think are -done- by the way. So the game is there and then some and I cannot say enough that I want you to buy it because I love it and I know that I'm not going to be alone in this. It's one of those games that I will eventually Platinum because I just want to really badly, even if it's going to take a ridiculous amount of effort.
Other things I'm going to pick up personally include Atelier Totori Plus, which Chance assures me is very cute and well worth the sub-$20 pricetag on it and Touch My Katamari because that name, the demo is amazing and I have just wanted it for a while, so $3.75 is absurdly reasonable. I briefly considered Guilty Gear, but I don't like Fighting Games as a rule, and I already have BlazBlue attached to my account and I really want to play that...when I have 3 gigs free which isn't going to be anytime soon, I can assure you of that, unfortunately. If I liked Diablo-like games, I would certainly pick up Silent Hill: Book of Memories since I enjoyed the demo for it and....even as it stands, I still might. It's a weird, neat little game and it's something that I want to like, and am assured by some sources that it's something that is indeed likable, but I just haven't reconciled that with my brain just yet.
The following week is when it gets a bit ridiculous. Muramasa: Rebirth just came out not too long ago and for $21, you're getting a crazy good deal. Similarly the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for Vita, while it lacks Peace Walker, is still twice the price it'll be on sale for and even if you're just looking for one or the other, it's simply easier to buy both because they're both fantastic games. Just pretend you're getting one for free if you need any more convincing than that. While I have my complaints and whinges about Dynasty Warriors Next, sub-$9 is a good price for just about anything, and it -is- based on Dynasty Warriors 7 which was the best Dynasty Warriors game before 8 came out (which I have yet to play even though I bought it on release day auuuugh). So if that's something you're interested in at all, it might not be a bad idea so long as you're not a Trophy addict. Honestly, there's not a bad game in the second week of sales aside from perhaps Super Monkey Ball (which I don't think I've heard a single positive thing about) and New Little King's Story which is purely dependent on your tastes, I believe. (Have heard mixed things about it, myself)
Regardless, the prices are amazing, the games are great and it's a sale that is geared specifically towards getting you to enjoy your Vita more than you already do. Unless you already own like -all- of the games in the sale in which case you are probably enjoying your Vita just fine enough. Because you also likely have Persona 4 Golden which means you're not even reading this because you're still playing it because it's so good. So please, if you're one of those folks complaining there aren't enough things for the Vita (or know someone who is saying that) direct your attention to the storefront for the next two weeks and gorge yourself on something great for a price that won't hurt.
but no seriously, at least buy Soul Sacrifice