PSP Still Getting New Games, and You Can Decide the Look of This One's UMD

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Gaijinworks is looking to make the release of upcoming PSP RPG Summon Night 5 particularly special for fans, who will be able to vote on the design of the game's UMD.

This will happen through Twitter, where Gaijinworks will tweet two possible designs at a time. You can cast your support for one or the other by retweeting the one you prefer. More designs will be shared throughout the remainder of August. Those that get the most retweets will be used for the actual game, though the company isn't saying exactly how many different versions will end up being produced.

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The first two possibilities are now up on Twitter; you can see them above and retweet your favorite by going here (left) or here (right).

Plans to release Summon Night 5 in North America and Europe were first announced earlier this year. Despite the PSP market being largely dead in the west, Gaijinworks localized and released JRPG Class of Heroes 2 for PSP in 2013 (and is now bringing Class of Heroes 3 to the west). In the case of Summon Night 5, none of the previous games have ever made it out of Japan, but this game was chosen in part to how recently (2013) it was released.

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Digital versions of both Summon Night 5 and Class of Heroes 3 will be released on the PlayStation Store, making them playable on PlayStation Vita. Additionally, SN5 will get a one-time-only physical release prior to the digital version coming out, and it's looking to be a good one.

In addition to a UMD copy, physical buyers will receive a game case with a multi-sided, full-color insert; a full-color manual; one of two 14" x 19" posters; a hologram; a code for the digital version; and the full soundtrack on CD with full-color inserts. This all costs $42 plus shipping, and you preorder your copy now.

Summon Night 5 is due out sometime this fall.

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spartanx169x

I need some opinions everybody, here is my situation.

I have been wanting a portable gaming device for some time now. I have been looking at the PS Vita, an Ipad and an Android tablet. I want comfort and I want battery life and I want quality games and quantity of games. Both the Ipad and Android Tablet have controller adapters that allow you to place the tablet inthe middle of the controller thus making a device similar to the vita.

I’m hesitant about the PS Vita because I’m afraid they will drop support as soon as I get one. I don’t see a good quantity of games on either the Ipad or android for the types of games I like. I like shooters and medieval fantasy mainly but will play a good side scroller from time to time. I don’t care for top down games nor retro 8/16bit games either. Any suggestions on this would be appreciated.

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SDINH225

@spartanx169x:

You might as well go for an Ipad or Android tablet going by what you prefer.

Sony has long dropped "first party support" for the Vita. However indies and Japanese developers/publishers still make a good amount of games for it. Its my usual go to for portable dedicated handheld compared to my n3DS since I usually prefer playing more traditional JRPGs and weird niche Japanese games. I'm not saying the n3DS is bad before braindead fanboys jump at me.

The n3DS at best has great exclusives but that's just me buying exclusives, exclusively, on the 3DS. Indies and 3rd parties go to my gaming laptop or Vita so my library for it is a lot more restrictive to about 26 physical carts. I don't do digital on 3DS since I hate Nintendo's digital policy with its DRM tying digital purchases to one system. I have a 3DS, XL, and a dang n3DS XL that I exclusively use for myself and I can't play my digital titles between system unless I buy them again which most titles I have never has a dang sale on in the e-shop anyway. I use apps to see deals. I don't have a PS3 and I sold my PS4 since I'm usually moving about so my Vita library has a decent amount of both physical carts (27) and digital games (64gig card fully used up, 32gig card with 10gb left, 3 16gb cards, 4 8gb cards, 2 4gb cards all have no space left) thanks to the weekly sales, flash sales, anniversaries, Golden Week sales, and being a PS+ member with those monthly "rental" games they let you try out. Plus being a PS+ member gives you further discounts during most sales so to me its totally worth it. I agree with Klonoa and Ultramarinus, the Vita definitely has a larger traditional JRPG library on top of digital PSP titles over the 3DS if that is your thing.

I'll probably even buy that Steam Smach Zero someone mentioned even if its just for novelty. But again, to me you didn't really mentioned much so going by what you said you might as well go for a tablet.

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klonoa53

@spartanx169x: Ey bruh, don't listen to those 3DSbots, they know little to nothing about the PlayStation Vita and will lead you astray. Here's something to show you what's going on with the Vita right now. Mind you PSM is gone but there were only a handful of games that were actually worth purchase. PsVita upcoming List

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RSM-HQ

@klonoa53: Why do you have to label gamers who prefer another device?

Perhaps educate yourself in the 3DS instead of calling us "3DSbots". I'm fully aware what the Vita can offer and have 21 platinums on PSN.

Fanboys like you always gotta mock what you don't have.

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Marky360

@spartanx169x:

Man you are in the same boat I am in but I just heard about this new device that's coming out next year called the Smach Zero I believe it's a portable Steam Machine and boast the ability to play Steam games natively. If this thing actually works as advertised it could potentially play games like Fallout and Skyrim or Call of Duty. It's available for pre-order now for $299 but apparently the price will go up a bit after release. GameSpot has an article on it somewhere. It's not scheduled to release until Q4 2016 that's Oct Nov so it's a while from now.

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spartanx169x

@Marky360: Yep, I'm considering the portable steam machine as well. Thanks. decisions decisions.

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dengl

@Marky360: Is it Smack or Smach?

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Marky360

@dengl:

Smach I believe I Binged it but I got back a band named Smack Zero but after a little scrolling I found it. It was originally gonna be called the Steamboy I think they should have stuck with that name. I found a link for the article http://www.gamespot.com/articles/portable-steam-machine-gets-price-and-release-wind/1100-6429623/#js-message-343713373

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Ultramarinus

@spartanx169x: Don't listen to people saying "buy 3DS" if you want JRPGs, I bought one and it's a brick sitting in my drawer. Bought a total of 3 games in 3 years, it's a dead machine for JRPGs and graphics are PSP-grade.

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RSM-HQ

@Ultramarinus: If all you're interested in is traditional turn-based RPGs then I recommend you look past the 128-bit graphics and do some research. Buying three games is hardly a good example of what the 3DS has to offer.

Saying our view is ignorant with such a narrow view is laughable at best.

We've provided information on why the device is a great handheld. If you prefer PSVita or Mobile? That's fine. At least reason why it would match his interest. Instead of naysaying ours.

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TrustLikeThat

@Ultramarinus: Nice b8

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Thanatos2k

@Ultramarinus: Did you miss all the games?

Fire Emblem Awakening, Monster Hunter 4, Persona Q, Rune Factory 4, Tales of the Abyss, Paper Mario, Bravely Default, Etrian Odyssey, Mario&Luigi, Pokemon, SMT4, Xenoblade, Conception 2.....the list goes on.

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Ultramarinus

@Thanatos2k: Fire Emblem, Bravely Default, SMT4, Pokemons. Etrian Odyssey, Persona Q are more of dungeon crawlers, MH4-like games are abundant on Vita. Pass on anything Mario/Luigi. Tales is a port. Conception 2 is multi-platform. Xenoblade is an exclusive port for the new machine. If you eliminate them down to truly JRPGs, there's very little coming out. I bought it for SRPGs especially and there was none except Fire Emblem, it's appalling.

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Thanatos2k

@Ultramarinus: "Fire Emblem, Bravely Default, SMT4, Pokemons. Etrian Odyssey, Persona Q are more of dungeon crawlers"

.....????

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Ultramarinus

@Thanatos2k: That full stop was meant to separate JRPG and SRPGs from others like Etrian Odysseys.

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Thanatos2k

@Ultramarinus: They're still JRPGs.....you're saying Bravely Default is not a JRPG?! That Pokemon isn't a JRPG? That Persona Q is not a JRPG? Because they sure are.

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Ultramarinus

@Thanatos2k: No, those are JRPGs, Persona Q is a shoot-off of Etrian Odyssey which is a rather different type of game from those however.

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Thanatos2k

@Ultramarinus: So it sounds like there's a lot of great JRPGs on the 3DS.

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RSM-HQ

@spartanx169x: As others have stated the N3DS range is heavily considered the best current gen handheld for gamers. The C-stick bolds well, extra power gives many games a smoother frame-rate. And the library spans some fantastic games.

You'll find many fantasy games on 3DS, Three 3DS Zelda games and a DS one/ Bravely Default/Fire Emblem/ Monster Hunter 4/ Dragon Quests/ and the list goes on.

Would give a shout for Chrono Trigger DS even if you're funny on retro graphics. It's an amazing game and uses Medieval themes nicely!

You can also get the first Disgaea if that fits your fancy? Though have a hunch Monster Hunter would fit you as a gamer better. It's graphically decent, has tons of loot, and makes Dark Souls look casual.

However, only shooters worth mentioning is Liberation Maiden, Resident Evil Revelations, & Metroid Prime Hunters.

Resident Evil Mercenaries and StarFox 64 are disappointing, however are alternatives.

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saadred

@spartanx169x: U should go with new 3ds its the best option for handheld gaming and it has all the best handheld games

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greenpolyp

@spartanx169x: Ipad only because of the versatility of the apps. From music, books, music making programs, free games, the selection is endless. Ipad is only for casual gamers though, like angry birds, cut the rope, type of thing. The battery life is up to 10 hours depending if how bright you have the screen. You need the internet to download apps so thats the main drawback. Vita doesn't have to much support but the games they already have are fun. But it's the psone and psp games that make it worthwhile if you haven't played them. You will have a massive amount of content to choose from. I love playing my ps vita, although the battery life is terrible. 3-4 hours maybe playing on the go depending how bright you have it. The vita also lets you stream Ps4 games to the vita to play them. I have an Ipad and vita and like them both. But I have so many games from steam, I have over 100 that I haven't played yet so I'm swamped. I just started playing Bioshock Infinite, although I still have Skyrim, Dishonered, Hitman, Xcom,Tomb Raider and many more Triple A to play.

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xOmniCloudx

@spartanx169x: Get a New 3DS. Vita support is dropped by Sony, they said it last year. It's just an indie and niche Japanese game device now and even with the latter many have to be imported still. Before then it was just a port console with inferior ports and a glorified second PS4 screen. No western support meanwhile 3DS has basically everything and so many top quality games.

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rasterror

I know this is off topic but there is a Square Enix sale and I'm just going crazy buying games for my Vita. That is all.

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greenpolyp

@rasterror: Square Enix sale where?

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subsided94

Seems pretty good, i might pick it up, not for $40 though

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CyberEarth

@subsided94: You'll pay more than $40 if you want the physical and don't get it on release. They're only making X number of physical releases based on the pre-orders. After that, it's gone. Digital only.

For reference, check out Class of Heroes 2 / 3 and look for a good physical copy of those. You'll be quite shocked at the prices for a PSP game.

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kee1haul

Oh goodie!

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Sevenizz

Damn, too bad it's nothing good enough to dig out the PSP for.

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GamerYnoX

Only japanese studios make new games for the PSP nowadays, mostly like the Vita (if you don't count indies). And most games will never see the light of the day in the west.

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rasterror

@GamerYnoX: Some are still making games for the Sega Saturn still.

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DrunkenPunk800

UMD's suck. I bought a PSP Go just to get away from that awful noise they make. MUCH better.

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somberfox

@DrunkenPunk800: Any PSP model can play digital downloads. There's literally no reason for the Go to exist.

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DrunkenPunk800

@somberfox: Lighter weight, smaller, 16GB of built in storage, and superior button layout. That was reason enough for me. Not to mention the screen is a million times better than the model 1 I had. The model 1 had so much ghosting it was nearly unusable.

The only downsides are; more expensive, harder to find memory cards, and harder to change the battery. Overall, I prefer it to the other models.

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Redblaze27

@DrunkenPunk800: The Go was uncomfortable.

I just used a PSP-3000 with a 32GB memory card.

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rasterror

@DrunkenPunk800: UMD's are slow and battery draining but it's better than getting robbed by the Go's terrible pricing scheme.

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xOmniCloudx

@DrunkenPunk800: So you got a mere third of the library and not even most the PSP's best games. Go was trash, that's why it failed twice lol. Now with the PSP store gone can't even download new stuff from the Go...

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DrunkenPunk800

@xOmniCloudx: My PSP is modded, I have access to ALL the games, plus emulators.

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xOmniCloudx

@DrunkenPunk800: So do I lol. Even then a good number of them don't even work properly sadly as there are PS1 games PSP struggles to emulate properly amongst other platforms and games with issues native and non native to it.