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Title: Fate/Extra
Developer: Image Epoch, Type Moon
Game Type: PSP
Download: 1.1 GB
NA Availability: 
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EU Availability: Digital Download
PSTV Support: Yes

Anime games are a part of the gaming world that is made for anime fans.  Lots of anime series have gotten video games based on their anime or visual novels.  Sword Art Online.  Naruto.  Dragon Ball Z.  Full Metal Alchemist.  Senran Kagura.  Many of these games, however, require some past knowledge of the series it is based on.  Games like Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment remains partially confusing if you haven’t watched the anime to know what part Hollow Fragment branches off from.

Among anime games, there are also other types of games.  Some games branch off from a storyline of the anime like Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment.  Some games do a re-telling of the anime’s story, like Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.  There are other games that are complete spin-offs, not connected to the anime in any way other than characters and cameos that appear in the game that originated in the anime, in some form.  Today, we have a review of a game like that.

Taking a look at the PSP library, there are many anime titles that are shown.  However, these mostly consist of action and fighting games.  One genre that hasn’t gotten many anime-based games is the RPG genre.  As we take a dive into the past, here is our official review of a very unique anime-based RPG, Fate/Extra!

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Title: Rollers of the Realm
Developer: Phantom Compass, Atlus
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 325 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download

EU Availability: Digital Download
PSTV Support: Yes

When you think of the game developer Atlus, and games for the PS Vita, what do you think of?  Odds are that you will think of RPGs.  Atlus has brought a few games to the PS Vita, most of which are held in high regard.  Game’s like Dragon’s Crown, or a game that is considered as one of the Vita’s and Atlus’ best games to date, Persona 4 Golden.  No matter what platform you’re on, though, you think of Atlus and RPGs come to mind.  Persona.  Shin Megami Tensei.  Catherine.  Etrian Odyssey.  Almost everything Atlus has to do with are RPGs.

Atlus has also dealt with publishing titles that aren’t quite RPGs, but aren’t quite other games either.  In recent times, notably this week, they have released a game that is RPG-like, but at the same time, it’s something else.  They’ve been treading on somewhat new water with new types of genres and smaller developing companies.  In actuality, their newly-released title on PC, PS4, and the PS Vita is an indie game, but has their name publishing it.

As we dive into Atlus’ new RPG-like game, we think of cross-genres.  What hasn’t been done before?  There have been shooters with RPG elements.  Action games with RPG elements.  One of the genres that you would never even think to do they have done.  As we come further in this, here is our official review of the pinball RPG hybrid, Rollers of the Realm!

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Title: Hatsune Miku Project Diva f 2nd
Developer: Crypton Future Media, Sega
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 3.0 GB
NA Availability: 
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EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail
PSTV Support: Yes

Have you ever heard of Hatsune Miku?  Odds are that you have, even if you don’t know the name by memory.  Miku started as a Japanese voice synthesizer/music PC software that quickly became immensely popular in Japan.  Over the years, people have messed with the software to make millions of songs that can be found all over the Web.  The popularity didn’t stop there, as Miku has become so popular, she’s had live virtual reality concerts around the world and has appeared on David Letterman.  From accessories to video games, Miku is getting to be everywhere.

As far as video games go, both Miku and the Vita in general don’t have that many video games out in the Music genre.  The Vita’s music genre in recent times has been the very first Hatsune Miku video game to be given a release in Europe and North America, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f.  Being the fourth game in the Project Diva series, it brought Vocaloid charm to both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in style, as was said in our review of that game.

With the weeks going by now, it’s time that Miku made her return to the gaming world in the form of that game’s sequel.  Sporting more modules, more songs, and even a retail release on both PS3 and the PlayStation Vita, Miku is ready to test your skills even more than before.  On shelves today, here is our official review of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f 2nd.

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Title: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Developer: Traveler’s Tales, TT Games
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 1.5 GB
NA Availability: 
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EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail
PSTV Support: Yes

If you take a look at handheld games, the LEGO games are among the most criticized.  Not that the LEGO games are bad games, but their latest handheld versions have been very different than the normal experiences that are available for the same games as the home consoles.  The PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS versions of LEGO Marvel Superheroes was very different from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the same game.  Because of this, the handheld versions have gotten a lot of criticism, notably the PS Vita version for being a “3DS/DS Port”.

With a new LEGO game coming out, everyone wonders how much effort they’re putting into the newest LEGO game that is coming out.  Thanks to the last few games, the handheld games have dropped in price.  While the console games are launching between $40 and $60 a piece, the handheld games are launching at $30 for a brand-new copy.  This is mostly due to the last few handheld games, so it’s become a standard to expect that low price tag to have that isometric quick play-oriented games rather than the full console game.

With the new game, TT Games has said they took their handheld games more seriously this time around.  So, everyone’s questions are what they did to make the game more seriously.  As we go through these questions, we have developed answers and more.  With an open mind, we present to you our official review of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

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Title: Delta Strike – First Assault
Developer: Cerberus
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  184 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download
EU Availability: Digital Download
PSTV Support: No

There are a few genres out there that the PS Vita doesn’t have much of.  Horror comes to mind, for sure.  Outside of PSP and PS1 titles, the Vita doesn’t have many horror games to play.  The Silent Hill PS Vita game is a dungeon crawler rather than horror, though there are a few horror-oriented Indie games out there to be played.  This is among other genres that don’t have many games on the Vita so far.  As we look through those genres, let’s take a look at one of the scarcest genres, air combat.

When you think about air combat, you can think of planes.  On the PS Vita, there aren’t a lot of Air Combat games releasing.  We have recently reviewed one game for the Vita of the genre, which was a backwards compatible title.  That game was Ace Combat: Joint Assault.  That is definitely a good game, but what else is there for Vita fans to play, in regards to air combat?  There isn’t a lot out there, but there is if you look towards the PlayStation Mobile library.

Thanks to many developers reaching out and release games on both Mobile and PlayStation Mobile, there are more options for Vita owners for various genres.  Air Combat, specifically, joined the PS Mobile library just a couple weeks ago with a new game that also released on iOS and Android.  With many different planes and some fair customization, here is our official review of the PS Mobile title, Delta Strike: First Assault!

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Title: Madden NFL 13
Developer: Electronic Arts
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 2.9 GB
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EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail
PSTV Support: Yes

As the year goes by, and we approach our site’s first-year anniversary, we take a look at the games we have reviewed over the past year.  As we approach that, we are also reaching a milestone, as the review you are reading right now is our 150th review since December of last year.  As we look towards this milestone, we would like this review to be a special kind of review.  Not only will this be a game that is relevant this time of year, but a type of game we have never done before.

As we look back on the year, we have reviewed all types of games.  We have reviewed games from the RPG, Shooter, Music, Fighting, Racing, Endless Runner, Adventure, Action, and Platforming genres and more.  However, there is one distinct genre we have never gone into before.  That genre is something that many people have played and talk about, particularly when their favorite team’s season starts.  Today, we are going to dive into our very first review of a Sports game.

With the football season in full force right now, a lot of gamers are jumping into the Madden NFL game series.  Although Electronic Arts has not released a handheld version of Madden in a few years, Vita gamers do have an option to experience the gameplay and putting their favorite team through a season of football.  Originally released 2 years back, here is our official review of Madden NFL 13.

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Title: Quiet, Please!
Developer: Nostatic Software
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  12 MB
NA Availability: 
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EU Availability: Digital Download
PSTV Support: Yes

PlayStation Mobile is full of games.  If the amount of releases keeps up, PSM has a potential chance of having a library of games even bigger than PS Vita native games.  Almost every week, PS Mobile gets game updates, and those updates are normally at least 4 or 5 games.  These games are also of various variety, though most PS Mobile games are short games that can be beaten in less than an hour, be it RPGs, action games, or puzzles games.

Puzzle games have a certain aspect on PS Mobile that some developers have been focusing on.  Last year, on December 25th, we reviewed a puzzle adventure game called Quiet Christmas.  That was a game by Nostatic Software, requiring you to find and use items in a specific order to prepare your household for the coming Christmas Day.  Nostatic has been known for puzzle games like this, and have made more games on PS Mobile and other systems like it.

Quiet Christmas wasn’t Nostatic’s first game on PlayStation Mobile.  Back before that game came out, they made another game, which was ported over from the Xbox Live Arcade.  In the same vein as Quiet Christmas and having the same kind of unique puzzles and objectives, here is our official review of the PS Mobile game, Quiet Please!

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Title: Hexyz Force
Developer: Sting, Atlus (Publisher)
Game Type: PSP
Download: 563 MB
NA Availability: 
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EU Availability: Digital Download
PSTV Support: Yes

Turn-based RPGs are a brand of RPGs that is more often seen as nostalgic than the normal field of gaming.  When you think of turn-based RPGs that are not Strategy RPGs, you think of the old Final Fantasy games or games like Chrono Trigger and Legend of Dragoon.  A lot of the most memorable games are those that came out 10 or more years ago, rather than games that have come out more recently.

The trend with many RPG franchises lately, is going more towards Action RPGs.  Let’s take a look at some of the more recent Vita RPGs that have released lately.  Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment.  Freedom Wars.  Child of Light.  Natural Doctrine.  Only half of those are turn-based and if you take out Strategy RPGs, that’s only Child of Light.  With the years going by, more RPGs are going into the Action RPG genre than the classic turn-based genre.

If we want something to throw back to those older titles, we can go back to the PSP library.  Sting, one of the companies whom Atlus has been known to localize games for, made a turn-based RPG not that long ago.  This game took an older formula for RPGs and brought some nostalgic gameplay with 3D visuals to the handheld market.  Being a PSP exclusive, here is our official review of the Sting RPG, Hexyz Force!

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This is Trent,  and I have a special announcement to make!  As you know, we have been working on getting Video Content for our reviews out for quite some time now.  We tried a Go Fund Me campaign for a capture-modified PS Vita system.  That didn’t work out, but we have since been looking into other methods.  We have finally found one that we believe will work for us.  As seen above, we are now capable of video capture.

On that end, we will slowly be rolling out video content.  This will start as gameplay videos or similar videos inside our written reviews.  As time goes by, though, we will slowly push this into full and complete Video Reviews.  This is a slow process, but we have taken a big step in that today.  Please enjoy the announcement video I’ve made for you, and thank you for your continued support!

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Title: Freedom Wars
Developer: Japan Studio, Sony Computer Entertainment
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 1.6 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | Retail

EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail
PSTV Support: Yes

The world of Hunting RPGs has been one that has been growing in the last two generations.  In those generations, and more or less the handheld community as opposed to consoles, this genre is bringing a lot of franchises in.  We have actually reviewed many of these games, from Ragnarok Odyssey Ace to God Eater Burst to Lord of Arcana to Soul Sacrifice Delta.  As the years go by, the number of franchises is increasing, both on the PS Vita and other systems.

While many franchises from last gen are still getting new games, there are a lot of new IPs coming into the handheld world.  On the Nintendo 3DS, Square Enix is trying their hand at another Hunting franchise in the form of Final Fantasy Explorers.  On the Vita side, though, a new franchise has just hit the market.  Coming as a First Party title from Sony’s Japan Studio developer, they’ve introduced their latest big game for the PS Vita as of last Tuesday.

Among Hunting RPGs, Sony has had a lot of the games on their handheld, as well as their consoles with Ragnarok Odyssey Ace.  As we dive into the new week, we take a look at that latest PS Vita exclusive Hunting RPG.  Filled with huge monsters and an apocalyptic world, here is our official review of Freedom Wars!

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