Back in mid-July, the PlayStation Mobile Store closed its doors; the windows were boarded up; the cows came home. No more opportunity to buy PSM games . . . or so we thought at first. As we discovered in our forum, while the PSM Store’s front doors have closed, the Store itself is still open for business (until the PSM service’s complete shutdown September 10th). You can still access game entries in the PSM Store through hyperlinks clicked on in the Vita (or PlayStation TV) Web browser, which will open up the Vita’s PlayStation Store app right on the game entry. From there, you can buy games you don’t already own (and that are available in your country) or re-download games you do own—which really beats the interminable wait to load your PSM download list. In our forum, we started up a discussion topic in which we posted what PSM game hyperlinks we could find. Our resident mob boss Ofaliss then had the idea to properly present those links here, in our blog. So, after a
short wait, we now present The Great PSPMinis PSM Hyperlink Collection!
To see how you can contribute to this list, and for some background info on the list, click here to jump to the last part of this post.
Current number of links: 420
See the latest posts in our forum topic for the newest additions to this list.
IMPORTANT: If you remove or switch your memory card, it will trigger a database rebuild, which will deactivate PSM from your Vita or PS TV. After September 10th, you will not be able to reactivate anymore. Keep this in mind as you make last-minute PSM purchases!
Post Number 1203 was coming. With it would come the last Fehler, my final target. Its imminent arrival had signaled itself in my bones for hours before the call finally came. “onmode-ky here,” I answered as I began suiting up already.
“Hi, onmode. Ops Control here.”
I paused. “Pixel, is that you? How is the Life of you?” I continued getting myself outfitted for the mission.
“I’m doing all right,” replied the square. “My first night manning the Con, and we’ve sighted the final Fehler. We have a live video feed set up by the Guardian of Earth. He detected it from orbit. I’m patching it through to you now.”
“The Guardian of Earth, eh? I’m surprised he wasn’t too busy showboating to notice, heh.”
“Well, uh. He actually noticed while showboating.”
“Ah, of course.” I opened my weapons closet.
“He would have given chase himself, but he came under attack from Commander P. Jefferson.” I could sense Pixel shaking his head as he spoke.
“Yeah, it’s a shame he considers the Guardian of Earth to be an alien.” I sighed. “Man, he sure likes shooting aliens. The Guardian just thinks it’s kind of funny, at least.” My screen showed the video feed ready, and I turned it on. Read the rest of ”Once More unto the Beach” »
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I never was one to be sentimental. Too lazy to put forth the effort, really. But I’ll give it a shot. Before I came across this site, I had never participated in online communities. I had never found one that wasn’t full of jerks. Then one day, I found this place while looking for a review of a Mini. I watched from a distance for a while, as you all likely did at one point, and after I determined that the forum was composed of reasonable people, I posted my first comment and got into a heated debate right from the jump. Just my luck, I guess. I decided to stick with it, admittedly awkwardly, seeing as I didn’t want people thinking I was the kind of person I was trying to stay away from. But I eventually assimilated myself into the group, becoming arguably the greatest member this site has ever known. Not surprising, seeing as I am one of the best in the world at what I do.
It’s not just the community that makes this site so great. It’s the dedication they showed to the Minis program. Jeremy, Jasper, and the other reviewers and writers who have come and gone over the years, they have prided themselves on informing us. They kept us in the know by providing us with unbiased and informative reviews, kept us playing by giving us opportunities to win games, kept us excited with news about future releases, and provided us with a home to have developers and publishers come over and converse with us little people. They have tried to do the same with PSM, but the current state of the platform has made that a very difficult task.
For all this site has done over the years, I didn’t hesitate when opportunities for me to help out arose. My name is in the credits of a freaking video game thanks to this site. I organized and hosted the PSPminis.com Community Choice Awards, as well as provided gameplay videos for some of the better-looking PSM titles. Those things made me a candidate when the time came where the site needed new reviewers. I reluctantly accepted the job, and had I known that we were on our last legs, I would have been more productive. I am truly sorry about that, but I hope everyone enjoyed what I did produce and found them helpful. I am very thankful for the faith that Jasper and Jeremy had in me to do the job. Even though it literally pains me to say it, I want to thank onmode-ky. I’m sure his job was tough enough without my reviews thrown at him like an eroded brick. A few more thank yous go to the developers and publishers that came through and shared information with us, got feedback from us and genuinely cared about what we had to say. I felt as though I was helping to bring a better gaming experience to the people, and I was proud of that. Finally, thanks to Chris. I don’t know much about him (anything, actually), but he made all the good times happen, and that’s all I need to know.
Wrapping up, I just want to say that this site is a getaway for me. I come here knowing that I am with friends. Those who have long since gone, those who come here often, those whom I have exchanged words with, and even onmode-ky. You all have been great. I have learned a great deal in my time here. I have experienced new things here. I hope to continue that. As long as the forums are here, I’ll be here. Doing what I do best. Talking crap, raging, and helping as best I can.
So, until we meet again. Persnickety.
Before we ride off into the sunset, I have some last words to say. Lots of words actually.
Firstly, I want to thank the readers of this site. I used to write reviews at GameFAQs, ENWorld, and RPG.net among others, just for fun. But writing here was a larger audience, including people who would buy games based partly on my opinion. That realization was something of a shock to me, and that responsibility wasn’t something I took lightly. I like to think I was a better reviewer because of it.
Secondly, I want to thank all those great companies that kept the lights on for this long, supporting our site with advertising, information, and of course, games to cover and review in the first place. All the people at Frima, Laughing Jackal, and FuturLab, who have been wonderful. Alexey at Beatshapers, Jakub at Grip Games, Rich formerly with Icon Games and now Super Icon, Ish at Twisted Dragon Media, Anna at G5 (who stopped support very early in the Minis program, but friended me on Facebook anyway). The guys at Mediatonic, the Tiny Hawk guy, the students at that Swedish game school, and others I’m likely forgetting.
Thirdly, I want to thank the other people at this site. Chris for starting the place and paying for everything. The somewhat mysterious Maura and Dan, who reviewed games but rarely talked with me much. Jasper for steering the site so nicely over the years and being such a cool guy. O for being so enthusiastic in helping this site and being an even cooler guy. And of course onmode-ky for fixing all my mistakes.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone on the forums. I’ve made a lot of forum friends over the years, but you guys are among the best. I hope you guys stick around.
Chaos Rings did indeed come out today, for $7.99 ($1 less than they originally said), in the US Store at least. They don’t seem to have released a trailer specifically for it, but this is the Android trailer and should look similar. Only this should be playable with buttons on the Vita.
Wonderful, glorious buttons. I’ve started to really appreciate them after getting an Android tablet.
Update: They just released a PS Mobile specific trailer, though it seems to be in Japanese (albeit with English subtitles)
Beyond the Horizon is our weekly look at games coming out sometime in the future. Perhaps this week? Perhaps next month? We don’t really know when they are due out (in many cases, neither does the developer), but we do know they are in the works.
Whole bunch of releases last week, including the return of Picbox, though iBomber is still overdue. Super Icon somewhat unexpectedly announced a whole host of Vita-native titles, including a sequel to their PS Mobile game Life of Pixel.
If we are missing any titles or information, let us know!
- Chaos Rings – Square-Enix (RPG, should release this week for $8.99)
- iBomber Defense – Chillingo (WW2-themed Tower Defense, supposed to release July 10th)
- Roll in the Hole – Chillingo (Panda-themed puzzle platformer, releasing July 24th)
- Little Acorns – Chillingo (Squirrel-themed platformer, releasing August 7th. Probably just the basic version of the game, not the “Super Turbo 3D” version on the 3DS)
- Attack of the Mutants – Tim Collins/Liquid Games (Twin stick shooter, submitted for release)
- Shuttle Quest 2000 – TACS Games (Action RPG with Game Boy-style graphics, submitted for release)