PSVita Round-Up: August 2014 Edition

By Andrew McDanell on August 6, 2014, 10:23PM EDT

The month of August is shaping up to be an incredible month for the Playstation Vita. Not just because of the number of titles, but the sheer scope in genres that can meet almost any taste. With 8 games and counting slated to release, you may need to stash away some of that milk money. Without further delay, let's dive into them.

Keep in mind that all releases and dates are subject to change without notice.

The Swapper
If you're a fan of the indie scene, it was hard to ignore The Swapper during its award winning debut on the PC scene. Thanks to the continued efforts by the publishers, this side-scrolling puzzle platformer is slated to make a reappearance on the PS Vita on August 5th in North America and August 6th in Europe.

Stranded on a damaged space station, players are tasked with looking for any means to escape. Utilizing a hand-held cloning tool and wits alone, exploring the many paths and environments within the station while solving numerous puzzles will challenge the player. Each clone, once created, follows the movement of the player unless they are blocked by objects and return to the player if they die.

Imagine traversing a world that, whether you like it or not, manipulates by your actions. Infographics that tell your every action shift based on what you do, and become obstacles to keep you or aid you to your goal. Sound confusing? It's rather ingenious actually. You're forced to calculate your every step, jump, and even positioning in order to keep your path clear.

This constantly changing 2D platformer is begging to be taken on and players will get their chance as it's released on the Playstation Store on August 5th in North America and August 6th in Europe. If you're still confused, be on the lookout for the demo which will be available at launch that includes the first world for free.

Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed
Moving on from the weird in concept to the weird in every way, shape or form. What if I told you that Akihabara was filled with more than just otaku and maid cafes? A dark presence of bloodsucking demons disguised as humans are roaming the streets along with the general public and the only one that can stop them is you. To do this, you're equipped with whatever weapons you can find and once you weaken these demons you must expose their skin to defeat them.

Get ready to terrorize the streets in large brawls and shed the clothes of men and women alike, all for the sake of mankind's future. Akiba's Trip is due out in physical and digital form in North America on the 12th of August. No solid date for Europe has been given. Both regions will be getting PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game, and North America is due to get the PS4 version at a later time.

There's no gun toting muscle heads or magic casting wizards here. Hohokum is quite simply an adventure that is meant to be a relaxing and soothing experience. There's very few objectives and there's no scoring. Players simply guide their string like creature along the environment to interact with objects and carry other creatures along.

Hohokum will be available on the Playstation Store on August 12th in North America and the 13th in Europe. The game will also be available for PS4 as well as PS3 and will be Cross-Buy. So once you buy it, you can play it on any console.

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten was quite the upgrade when it hit PS3 back in 2011. It was one of the few times we seen an actual visual upgrade to its traditional pixel art. Not only that, it also broke away from many usual traditions in the writing and setting for the series, taking a more political and human setting.

Thankfully, after the success of Disgaea 3's PS Vita adaptation, NIS America looks to once again spoil its fans by providing the same treatment for Disgaea 4. A Promise Revisited comes jam packed with all the same great gameplay features and content, but it also has included all of the DLC from the PS3 version. Fall in love all over again when Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited releases in both digital and retail forms on August 12th in North America and August 29th in Europe.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment
Back in 2013, Bandai Namco released Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, which is a spinoff to the popular Visual Novel series in Japan. Following the growing fandom of the Sword Art Online franchise in the west through its animated series, it seems Bandai Namco seeks to tap into a new market by releasing the sequel Hollowed Fragment on the PS Vita.

Much to the excitement of fans, this sequel will also come bundled with an HD version of the original PSP content of Infinity Moment that never hit the western market, allowing players an even more jam packed game. In Hollowed Fragment, players control Kirito who is a boy trapped with thousands of other players in an MMO where dying means death in the real world. Fight for survival when Hollowed Fragment hits Playstation Store on August 19th in North America and a day later in Europe.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1
Another series seeing a great return to the PS Vita from the PS3 is Hyperdimension Neptunia. A remake of the original title, RE;Birth 1 will see many upgrades including an all new storyline, additional characters, redone dungeons, and revamped free roaming battle system that was introduced in Neptunia Victory.

For those new to the series, Hyperdimension Neptunia takes place in the world called Gamindustry. Following a fearsome battle between goddesses, each representing a console, Neptune is defeated, loses her memory, and is exiled to the lower realm. The game features lots of comical dialog, free roaming turned-based combat, worlds to explore, and customization to be had. Live the true console war when RE;Birth 1 arrives on PS Vita in North America on the 26th of August and the 27th in Europe.

The insanely popular world building adventure called Minecraft is finally digging its way onto many of the next-gen consoles in August. While it seems to be creator Mojang's target month, be aware that rumors state that the PSVita version may be pushed back from August into September. Despite the rumors, the thought of all of that rock breaking, block building, and castle creating actions in the palm of your hands is more than enough to get one excited. It's LEGO blocks on the go!

Keep in mind that those who have already bought the PS3 version and have already been building worlds, the PS Vita version is completely cross-save compatible with the PS3 version. Since both PS3 and PS Vita copies are bundled for one price, anyone who has purchased the PS3 version on PSN before will get the PS Vita version for free!

There you have it, another jam packed edition of the PS Vita Round-Up. We hope you enjoyed this gigantic information download and have some titles to get excited for. If you do, be sure to drop us a comment and let us know. Also drop by Gaming Union for regular updates on these and other titles going forward.

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