I feel like this needed a PSA since I’ve seen so few people talking about it on the sites I frequent.
A Certain Magical Virtual-On was just released on PS4 and Vita. It’s a franchise crossover with a light novel series that I’m not familiar with, but it’s a real-deal new Virtual On game with some occasional anime characters flashing over the screen.
The environments, mech designs, music, and effects are 100% what you’d want from a 2018 Virtual On game. The controls are a little different and don’t feel obviously built around twin sticks, now that there’s an auto-rotate button, but there are some neat new wrinkles that come with this and the game seems beefier to me than Force. There are 1v1 and 2v2 modes, and the online matches I had against some JP players didn’t feel bad despite the distance.
There’s also a new knockdown-based points system and point-based penalties to try to steer the game away from extremely defensive play. Different knockdowns earn you different amounts of points, and it’s EXTREMELY SATISFYING to smack someone with a heavy hit and see “WRECKED +70 POINTS”.
It’s getting late, but I’m looking forward to playing more this weekend. Maybe you can turn off the character overlays, lol.