|Ape Quest||RPG / Minigame||Dragon Quest-ish, with a bit of Mario Party mixed in. As you travel on paths, you may enter battles or mini-games. The prologue is free, but limited. The full game bundle only costs $20 (130 kr), but has much more content, including side-quests, dungeons, and smithing. A silly send-up of the RPG genre that's worth a try, even if it's not the top banana RPG.|
|Armored Core 3 Portable||Action||A stunning port of the PS2 game. Surprisingly little was compromised, most importantly the controls, which work brilliantly. The game has you pilot an Armored Core- a mech you can fully customize, choosing from a myriad of weapons, upgrades, and body parts- which you then use to complete missions or battle against other ACs in the Arena. It's all really well done and the soundtrack and general atmosphere of the game is amazing.
This is the first of three Armored Core games ported to PSP, followed by Silent Line and Last Raven. They were released on UMD in Japan, while in the west they are made available on PSN for only $9.99 each and compatible with both PSP and Vita. Although each installment is huge and offers plenty to unlock, you can actually carry your save file from one game to the next, in effect combining the three into one really long-ass game.
|Armored Core - Silent Line Portable||Action||This is a direct sequel/expansion to Armored Core 3- your save file can even be carried over using the data transfer feature, allowing you jump right in with your ACs from the previous game. New missions, new arena battles, and many new parts/weapons are introduced.|
|Armored Core - Last Raven Portable||Action||Differences in graphics, gameplay, and AI behavior as well as a multitude of weapon nerfs and increased difficulty make this game feel like a completely different beast from its two predecessors, which can be jarring and maybe even disappointing. If you can manage to get settled in, though, you'll enjoy a grittier, more grounded Armored Core universe, featuring cool characters, a branching path system, and missions that will seem damn near impossible but all the more satisfying to beat.|
|Brandish: The Dark Revenant||RPG / Dungeon Crawler||A remake of one of Falcom's older RPGs, where your vision is always behind your character and you rotate the world around him to explore the dungeons. Only the Japanese version is available as a retail release, while the official overseas version is available on the PSN.|
|Cho Aniki Zero||Shoot 'em up||The first game in the ultra weird and campy Cho Aniki series to ever get out of Japan and receive an American release. It is more of a remake/homage to the older games, but still a nice game overall.|
|ClaDun: This is an RPG + Sequel||Roguelike / Action RPG||Nippon Ichi's less serious story-wise game, but incredibly addicting. Create your own main character in a very humorous, retro-esque adventure with references to video games and pop-culture. Adventure into randomly-generated dungeons, level-up, fight enemies, the works. You can also explore dungeons with friends even. It is action-based though, so if you want a turn-based roguelike, check out NIS' other roguelike game, Z.H.P.
Sequel's out, more of the same, plus a bunch of customization. If you liked the first one you'll like this one. Grab some fanmade music+designs over at http://cladunx2thisisa.wikia.com/wiki/
|Corpse Party||Horror / Adventure||Group of people fall into an otherworldly, creepy version of a previously-demolished school and have to find their way out. If you can get past the graphics (top down RPG Maker style) it'll pull you in.
Sequel has been released under the subtitle Book of Shadows, it follow the same group as before but in more of a point and click/visual novel style. Two chapters focus on different groups of students, some of whom the main cast runs into in the first game.
Both games are quite graphic, though some of the nastier deaths don't have images but very descriptive text, letting your imagination run wild...
They also nail the atmosphere and tension that's missing in most horror nowadays. Has a unique audio (binaural recording; 3D stereo sound) system that is best experienced with headphones. Seriously, you'll miss out on most of the tension and suspense with speakers.
Play them in order, BoS is mostly a "what if/AU" thing but some are a continuation of the first one and one is backstory for one of the characters from the first game.
In the first one, you can transfer your save to BoS and you automatically unlock the prologue (though its only playable after going through the other chapters, just no true end requirement) along with any CGs you found in the first one.
The game Blood Drive (Vita only) is the last in the Heavenly Host saga. The next game in the series is called Corpse Party 2 Dead Patient and is on PC and currently Japan only, though there is a fan made English translation being worked on.
|Crystal Defenders||Tower Defence||A Final Fantasy tower defence game where you place units in strategic areas and face against 300 waves of monsters in the span of three chapters.|
|Everyday Shooter||Shoot 'em Up||A strange musical shoot 'em up with gameplay reminiscent of Every Extend, sans exploding.|
|Freekscape: Escape From Hell||Puzzle / Platformer||Freek is a demon who wants a better life. He steals a Sacred Trident to get the hell outta Hell and get to Heaven. Poke devilish minions and utilize their skills, such as demon-boars' ramming power and squishier ones' bounciness. Feels like an early PS1 game: strange atmosphere, funky sweet soundtrack, sometimes-iffy controls, but quite fun concepts. A modern game with old-school heart (at a good price, too!).|
|Kurulin Fusion||Falling block||An intuitive game revolving around chains, high clears, and careful planning for when to unleash your build-up. Has classical music masterfully remixed by one of /v/'s favorite DJs, Nobuo Uematsu, goes for $6 (40 kr) or less, and has several modes. It has a Metacritic score of Negative technically, but it's only based solely on one asshole reviewer.|
|MONSTERS (Probably) STOLE MY PRINCESS||Platformer / Arcade||High-Score seekers unite! This easy-to-learn/hard-to-master platformer has your score and dazzing finishers depend on the consecutive platforms you jump on. A fun test of reaction, concentration, and fast fingers. Quite amusing (and inexpensive!), offering nice replayability thanks to extra modes, despite Story Mode's brevity (it's a tutorial compared to harder stages). And who could resist that dashing demon, The Duke?|
|No Gravity: The Plague of Mind||3D Space shooter||Great visuals and never ending genuine space shooting fun, No Gravity offers serious entertainment even if you pick it up just for a minute. You can choose from 3 ships each with different characteristics, pick up temporary power-ups AND SHOOT SPACE ALIENS! Okay, they are not aliens, but they are the bad guys and it's up to YOU to save the GALAXY! As a plus, the whole game is about 90 MB so there's no reason not to have it.|
|Patchwork Heroes||Arcade style action||Comparable to Qix in gameplay concept, but you saw apart invading warships in mid-flight so they don't bomb your hometown. Also, robots, robots everywhere. Dodge them or find a way to take them out. Really nice art style and a lighthearted, but kinda sad story (one of the unlockables is a GRAVEYARD for your dead pals...) Made by the team who did the "Badman" trilogy.|
|Super Stardust Portable||Shoot 'em up||Fun port of the PS3 dual-stick shooter. You shoot asteroids and other shit with somewhat suspect controls, due to the system having only one analog.|
|THEXDER NEO||Platformer||A remastering of an old-school arcade-esque classic on the PC. Pilot Thexder, a transforming jet-mech, and navigate through 16 maze-stages, blasting enemies along the way. It also includes an online scoring mode so you can SHOW THEM ONLINE. Better resolution in the PS3 version, but this one is just as good for quick space-shootan sessions.|