Traditionally reserved for PC digital distribution sites like Steam, summer sales have burst into the console market thanks to the PlayStation Network's loose pricing regulations and Sony's strong support of the idea. The latest console publisher to jump aboard the Summer Sale bandwagon is Atlus, who has just announced every game they've published through the PlayStation Network with be cut down by 50% during the month of July. The bargain is available even to gamers without a PlayStation Plus subscription.
Highlighting the sale is Catherine, Atlus' indescribable dating-simulator tower-climbing puzzle-solver sleeper-hit. Gamers control Vincent, a typical 32 year old man who must choose between a stable relationship with his girlfriend, Katherine, or a promiscuous lifestyle with a dangerous barfly, Catherine. All the while, Vincent suffers from the same recurring nightmare every night in which he must climb to the top of a falling tower, or else he will die in his sleep. Typically priced at $39.99, the game will be cut down to just $19.99. The rest of the available games are as follows:
- Class of Heroes — $7.49 (originally $14.99)
- Crimson Gem Saga — $7.49 (originally $14.99)
- Hexyz Force — $7.49 (originally $14.99)
- Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble — $7.49 (originally $14.99)
- Riviera: The Promised Land — $4.99 (originally $9.99)
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona — $9.99 (originally $19.99)
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin — $14.99 (originally $29.99)
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable — $9.99 (originally $19.99)
- Knights in the Nightmare — $7.49 (originally $14.99)
- Yggdra Union — $4.99 (originally $9.99)
- Droplitz — $4.99 (originally $9.99)
- The Cursed Crusade — $14.99 (originally $29.99)
- Catherine — $19.99 (originally $39.99)
- Trine 2 — $7.49 (originally $14.99)
- Rock of Ages — $4.99 (originally $9.99)
A few recommended gems are Sting's Dept. Heaven games, Riviera: The Promised Land, Yggdra Union, and Knights in the Nightmare. Even though the original releases of the games on the Game Boy Advance and DS are better, the $5 price tags are difficult to argue with. The Persona PSP ports have all been reduced as well, Persona 3 being the best of the bunch and only $10. Finally, Crimson Gem Saga is a decent little JRPG for genre nerds craving a solid old-school fix.
Any guesses as to what brave developer is going to cut their prices next?