PS Vita Round-Up: July 2014 Edition

By Andrew McDanell on June 30, 2014, 10:44PM EDT

Considering the wake of the recent E3 debacle many are looking for hope in PS Vita's future. Well our monthly PS Vita Round-Up is here with some good news as July seems to be jam packed with some great games to spend your hard earned cash on. Before we get a rundown on them, let's look at some of the biggest news to hit since E3.

Those eagerly awaiting the punishingly difficult tactical JRPG Natural Doctrine should be excited to know that NIS America has finally announced the release date for its Playstation exclusive title. Releasing on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita on September 16th in North America and September 19th in Europe, this title will be available in both retail and digital formats.

If you're a PS Plus subscriber Sony has already laid down their July lineup for free games. In North America, the artistic 2D hack "˜n' slash title Muramasa Rebirth as well as exploration adventure Doki Doki Universe are up for grabs. In Europe, Doki Doki Universe will be joined with the action adventure LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes. If you haven't already downloaded last month's free titles be sure to grab them before they are removed in July.

Now with the big news of the month out of the way let's jump into our July releases for the PS Vita. Keep in mind as always that all release dates are subject to change without notice.

Child of Light
Hitting major consoles back in early May, Child of Light met with some very high praise from critics. Of particular note was its story, interesting combat, and of course its beautiful storybook visuals that are thanks to the UbiArt Framework used in Rayman titles. All of which plays well into this fantasy JRPG inspired title.

This very unique game makes its return on the PS Vita in order to win new hearts. Featuring the same great gameplay in a handheld form, you can look forward to downloading this adventure in North America on July 1st and on July 2nd in Europe.

Ratchet & Clank Trilogy
If you're a fan of Ratchet & Clank, you probably know that the PS2 era was quite a fun an exciting time having some of the greatest platforming action in the form of a lombax and a robot. Since then we've seen an HD trilogy release on the PS3, but now we're excited to receive this in a portable form.

This PS Vita collection will contain Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, all with updated graphics and trophy support. Europe is slated to get the trilogy on July 2nd. Unfortunately there's no word on a release date for North America at this time.

One Piece: Unlimited World Red
Fans of One Piece can now take their fandom on the go with the brand new Unlimited World Red. Our hero Luffy and nearly 20 playable companions have their sights set on the Island of Promises, putting your pirating skills to the test alone or even together with friends in cooperative play.

Fierce chaotic battles, exploration, treasure hunting, crafting, fishing, and even battle arenas await adventurers. While Europe has already gotten their hands on this title, North America can expect it's release on July 8th.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment
The epic anime series Sword Art Online has managed to create quite a fandom in the west, so it's great news to hear that the second and improved installment of the video game adaption is coming to the west. Following the same concept as the show, players follow Kirito as he and his companions clear the 100 floor dungeon in order to escape being trapped in a Virtual MMORPG; though death in this game is death in the real world.

While a game about characters stuck in a game sounds weird, this title is jam packed with a gameplay system that involves weighing risk and energy in order to tactically slay enemies alongside their partners. Europe is due to have a July release of SAO Hollow Fragment, however North America is still left with a Q3 confirmed release.

There you have it, yet another month of releases to sink your teeth into. Unfortunately July may not be a big month for gaming in general, but it's nice to see that the PS Vita still has some kick to it. There's also a few smaller and unconfirmed titles like Jet Car Stunts, Futuridium EP Deluxe, and MouseCraft, so be on the look out for them as well. Until next time, keep your PS Vita fandom strong!

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