2014-09-20-185256

Title: Murasaki Baby
Developer: Ovosonico
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 291 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download 

EU Availability: Digital Download 

The PlayStation Vita’s library of exclusive games is grown and falling, depending on who you ask.  There’s a host of games available on the Vita, and only the Vita.  Some of these games have retail releases, like Demon Gaze, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and Gravity Rush.  However, many other games are releasing only in digital form, like Run like Hell and Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment.  The digital age seems to be coming fast for Vita owners, and more titles are coming digital-only.

As far as digital-only titles, there are some very unique experiences on the PS Vita.  Not only games that are only available on the system, but experiences unlike anything you can find on any other system, at the moment.  Some developers are spawning and experimenting with new things, from Indies to others.  Just this past week, a unique experience did come to the Vita, published by Sony, themselves.

As we dive into the library of digital-only games, we take a look at that very game.  This was developed by a brand-new game studios known as Ovosonico.  Taking you into the world of hand-drawn visuals and an experience both horrific and cute, here is our official review of Murasaki Baby!

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2014-09-20-000635

Title: Run like Hell!
Developer: Mass Creation
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 171 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download 

EU Availability: Digital Download 

There are certain types of games that have been getting popular in the recent years, thanks to the Mobile Gaming scene.  Some notable examples of these games are simple games like Angry Birds and Flappy Bird.  These games caused such a craze in the game scene that they crossed over to consoles.  Not only that, but developers began making games on consoles in the style of Mobile games to appease the audiences in both the Mobile and Console worlds.

Another craze that has gained the attention of the console world are Endless Runners.  Starting with games like Temple Run, these are games where you are constantly running to avoid objects and reach an objective at the end of a stage.  Some notable games in this genre on Mobile are games like Sonic Dash, Temple Run, among others.  They have become so popular that it’s not common for very long to go by without a game in the genre to release on Mobile.

The PlayStation Vita has begun to get its fair share of runners as well.  The upcoming Run, Sackboy, Run! LittleBigPlanet game is an Endless Runner.  The Vita has also gotten another runner game onto it in the past week.  From the developer Mass Creation comes an endless runner that is exclusive to the PlayStation Vita, offering the gameplay on the go with a button format instead of touch controls.  Here is our official review of the endless runner, Run like Hell!

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2014-09-18-013039

 

Title: Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!
Developer: Examu, Arc System Works, Aksys Games
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 2.0 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | Retail

EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail 

Fighting games are nothing new to the PlayStation Vita, and the system is quickly becoming home to a lengthy library of the genre.  From PlayStation All-Stars to BlazBlue to Dragon Ball Z, there is a lot for a fighting fan to find on the Vita.  With the year going strong and Tokyo Game Show passing through, a new fighting game has launched on the PlayStation Vita, thanks to Arc System Works and Aksys Games, the two developers responsible for bringing the BlazBlue games over to the West.

Among fighting game developers, Arc System Works is mostly known for the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue franchises.  If you have played any of these games before, you also know that these are not for gamers new to fighting games.  Freestyle Mode aside, BlazBlue and Guilty Gear are very hardcore fighting games, offering very intense difficulty settings, even against AI opponents.  The same was known with the Arcana Heart series.

That series is what we have for you today.  Arcana Heart 3 was an Arcade fighting game that released on the PS3 in North America and Europe back in 2011, two years after the original version came out.  After 3 years, the series is making a return.  Releasing on September 23, not far away from now, Arcana Heart 3 is being remade with new content for both the PS3 and the PS Vita.  Here is our official review of Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!

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2014-09-18-022229

 

Title: Soulbrain I – Village
Developer: Lightning Game Studios
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  162 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download, Direct Download
EU Availability: Digital Download, Direct Download

Ever since Unity became available to PlayStation Mobile developers, the majority of new games for the platform have utilized this system to create 3D games as well as more advanced 2D games.  From 3D games like Silver Zombie to 2D games like Paper Boss, Unity has been a big part of PlayStation Mobile for the past couple months of content.  More games are coming out as well, offering more in-depth visuals and some more in-depth experiences on the platform.

That number will continue to grow as well.  Just as Unity has become available, Unity Pro has also become available for PlayStation developers, and it comes free of charge.  Although Android support for PlayStation Mobile has been discontinued, the PS Vita is continually getting more and more of these Unity games.  And today, we have a new review for one such game.

The biggest and most visually pleasing Unity games are the 3D games.  Some of them can look like PSP games and some can look even better than PSP games.  Others have more anime looks to them.  Today, we are reviewing an anime-like Unity game that shows off 3D visuals and exploration.  Here is our official review of Soulbrain I – Village, labeled on the PSN Store as Solbrain I – Village!

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MMX5 Title

 

Title: Mega Man X5
Developer: Capcom
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download: 344 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download, Direct Download
EU Availability: Currently Unavailable

Mega Man is an old, classic franchise that has seen a lot in its time.  Although there may not be many games in the future for everyone’s favorite blue-armored reploid, there is a lot to be played in the past.  Looking in the past, Mega Man isn’t a single franchise, but many.  There have been several franchises within Mega Man.  There is the Mega Man series, as well as the X, Legends, Battle Network, Zero, and others, each with their own kind of storyline and style of gameplay behind them.

If you take a look at the fans, the majority regards the Mega Man X series as the best of all of them.  This is due to the characters featured, like Sigma and Zero.  This is also because of how the difficulty of the games come into play, with most of the games being quite challenging, even for a Mega Man game.  While there are some games in the series that are less regarded than others, the X series spanned 9 games, across multiple platforms.

With this month celebrates the inclusion of two games of this legendary series onto the PlayStation Network.  As of last week, both Mega Man X4 and its sequel are available for play on the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita.  Although it is not as regarded as highly as its predecessor by the fans, here is our official review of Mega Man X5.

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2014-09-07-012451

 

Title: Velocity Ultra
Developer: FuturLab
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 176 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download 

EU Availability: Digital Download 

Indie games are a breed of games that don’t have a lot of good reputation on the PlayStation Vita.  Although the number of these games increases on multiple platforms each day, the majority of the Vita community isn’t very accepting of them.  Many people think that Indies are causing the Vita to not get more big-name titles.  Or, as they call them, AAA Games.  Whether this is true or not, though, the Vita is getting more big games as well as Indies every day.

Here at the PS Vita Review Network, we have touched on Indies, but not too many.  Other than PlayStation Mobile, we have only reviewed a few of the mass library of Indies available on the Vita.  Games like Entwined, Flow, and Rainbow Moon have entered our library.  The bulk of our library and database are non-Indie games, though that number may start to change soon.

Today, we are offering a new Indie review for those daring enough to take a look at the world of Indie Games.  This game was one that had actually won awards for its gameplay and gimmicks.  Sporting a science fiction atmosphere and simple yet fast gameplay, here is our official review of the Indie game and remake of the PlayStation Mini title known as Velocity, Velocity Ultra!

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Another month comes and goes, and so does another giveaway for us!  Our United States/North America giveaway is officially over.  With a total of 93 entries and a long time between starting and ending, this is one of the best giveaways we have had, as of late.  Without further ado, please help me in congratulating the winner of this month’s US/NA Giveaway!

Winner: @Ahr0

As always, thank you all for entering the contest and thank you for your continued support of the PlayStation Vita and our site.  We have more coming later on today, including a new review.  Stay tuned to us for our latest reviews of all things that have to do with the PS Vita!

2014-08-27-052750

Title: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Developer: Nippon Ichi
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 1.5 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | Retail

EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail

Mystery and murder games are a rare breed.  When you take a look at the genre, there isn’t a whole lot to look at.  On the topic of solving cases and mysteries that involve murder, you can think of games like Ace Attorney and visual novel-type games like Virtue’s Last Reward.  The fact that I can only think of a few off the top of my head goes to show how much of a rare breed these games are.

Earlier this year, the PlayStation Vita got a pretty unique game in this genre.  Thanks to the localization efforts of Nippon Ichi America, Vita gamers got to experience Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.  Taking visual novels, adventure games, and murder cases, the game offered a very unique and thrilling experience that did so well, it got an anime series made for it.  Since then, there have been many fans popping up all over the place, with Monokuma dolls and more.

Since then, it has been known that there are two sequels to that game.  The first, which isn’t out yet, is going to be a sort of “bridge” between Danganronpa 1 and Danganronpa 2.  However, the full-blown sequel to the game has released on the PlayStation Vita.  If you’re ready to jump back into despair, here is our official review of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair!

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MMX4 Title

 

Title: Mega Man X4
Developer: Capcom
Game Type: PlayStation Classic
Download: 371 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download, Direct Download
EU Availability: Currently Unavailable

There are some game franchises that have seemed to have died down, over the years.  Even franchises that fans think are going well and strong can get replaced in a single moment.  There are many franchises this has happened one.  However, many of them aren’t notable or something that just anyone would be able to recall by memory.  One of the more recent franchises for this situation, though, is memorable.  That name is Mega Man.

While Mega Man seems to be getting replaced by Mighty No. 9, those of us who want to play Mega Man games must look back in time, to games that have already released.  In the handheld market, this isn’t such a hard thing to do.  Both the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita have a good number of Mega Man games that can be played on them.  This is mostly the games from the first generation of games.  The original Mega Man games that were on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

However, that is quickly changing.  Not even a week ago, Capcom made a big announcement for PlayStation fans.  They announced that two of the biggest Mega Man games in the PS1 era were coming to the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita as PS1 Classics.  Going into what is called by some as the Legendary Mega Man X series, here is our official review of Mega Man X4.

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PSVD

I am sure you are all very excited with the announcement of our new giveaway.  However, as we said in that article, we have something else to announce as well.  As you may well remember, we did a collaboration video not too long ago for the PS Vita Direct Movement.  The was a collaboration effort to showcase several “mini” reviews from us to showcase content for the PS Vita across several genres.  The collaboration effort was to help that movement on its way up the ladder.

Today, they and we are proud to announce that they’ve moved beyond just Twitter.  With the help of us and others, they have created their own web site, which is viewable at the following link:

http://psvitadirect.com/

The site is live, sort of in an “Open Beta” form, as it just launched yesterday.  As of right now, they are looking to build a team of people that will help bring Vita content to the entire community and otherwise.  We are announcing this as we are one of the sites involved with this content.  We, along with other Vita sites, are going to be sharing our content there along with here.  Whether it be reviews or more collaboration projects, PS Vita Direct is now live, and we do urge you to bookmark it and keep tabs on it.  It may not be a lot now, but I believe that it can do great things once all of the biggest Vita sites out there join in and we start sharing content.

Bookmark them and watch for them.  We may very well be making more collaboration projects with them in the future.  As always, thank you for your continued support.