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!
It’s the end of the month, and you all know what that means! It’s time to round up every review we have posted for the entire month and give you, our followers, our Review Recap! Do note that this month wasn’t a particularly busy month for us. We only managed to amass ten reviews, as opposed to our normal 12-15. We are working on getting that productivity back up in November, so don’t worry about content dropping too low in the months to come!
Still, we have some important reviews in here, so let’s take a look at all of the game and app reviews for the month of October 2014:
It was a good month for the Vita and November is looking to be good as well. Be sure to watch our site as we will have some new reviews coming soon. One of which will be posted tomorrow morning! Thank you for your continued support.
As the month of September comes to a close, we must look back on what all we did this month. September wasn’t the best month we’ve had. We had a section where we had 4-5 days in a row without posting any reviews. It was definitely a rough month for this writer. But I persevered and so did all of you! Back in the groove, we managed to dish out a total of 13 game reviews this month!
Without further delay, here are the 13 reviews we published in the month of September:
It’s not our best record, but still doing well, considering these all came from one writer. I hope you all enjoyed this month and I shall be back with a new review for you on October 2nd, this writer’s birthday!
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:
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.
It’s the end of another month, and we have done very well! Taking all of our efforts into account, we have reviewed a lot of games this month, as well as getting more PS Vita native reviews out to make a proper balance between it and backwards-compatible titles. This month had some pretty big releases. Without further ado, here is our Review Recap for the month of August 2014!
Today is a very important day for the PS Vita Direct movement. Ever since Gamescom 2014, PS Vita Direct, also #PSVitaDirect on Twitter has been trying to plan and go full-force into new and exciting things. We at PS Vita Reviews have made a collaboration with them to showcase some of the best and brightest games of various genres on the Vita and here is what we have come up with.
I present to you a 15-game Video Review and our first ever attempt at Video Reviews. If this goes over well, we will be looking into a Video Capture Card to start doing Video Reviews for every review that we post on the site!
Title:Tomb Raider: Anniversary Developer:Eidos Interactive Game Type:PlayStation Portable Download:1.1 GB
NA Availability: Digital Download | PS3 Transfer Required EU Availability: Digital Download | Direct Download
Tomb Raider has seen a lot of change, lately, in its series. After the end of the trilogy of Anniversary, Legend, and Underworld, the developers wanted to try some different things with Tomb Raider. The first thing they tried was to put Lara Croft in a series of her own. Not a series by the name of Tomb Raider, by simple with Lara Croft’s name. That resulted in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. It was a different take on it, for sure, and then they completely rebooted Tomb Raider, incorporating more elements used in games like Uncharted to bring the series to be more modern.
However, handhelds have missed out on the new games. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light had an iOS version, but the new games have never reached out to handheld systems. This has not always been the case, though. Up until Tomb Raider: Underworld, there were handheld versions of Tomb Raider games. Even back in the days of the Game Boy Color, there were Tomb Raider games, though those played very differently from the Tomb Raiders we have known and loved over the years.
In the last generation, Tomb Raider crossed platforms onto the PSP with Tomb Raider: Legend. This “reboot” of sorts revamped what Tomb Raider was, greatly increasing the fun in the game with adding a lot of story elements as well as more user-friendly controls. However, it didn’t run well on the PSP. Later on, though, there was also a PSP version made of another game. Being a remake of the original Tomb Raider, here is our official review of Tomb Raider: Anniversary!
Title:Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines Developer:Ubisoft, Griptonite Game Type:PlayStation Portable Download:592 MB
NA Availability: Digital Download | Direct Download EU Availability: Digital Download | Direct Download
Ever since the last generations of handhelds, developers have been making games that take big franchise names and throwing them into the handheld market. Many of these games are also canon with their own stories, and some of them are spin-off games that don’t have anything to do with the canon storylines for their franchises. Both the Nintendo DS and the Sony PlayStation Portable did this, and they are still doing this with games on the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita.
Such franchises back in the last generation were both first party titles and third party titles. Franchises like God of War, The Legend of Zelda, Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy, Silent Hill, and others. Games like Silent Hill: Origins, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, and God of War: Chains of Olympus brought console-quality franchises and gameplay to handheld games, allowing you to take the fun gameplay anywhere you wanted.
Many franchises jumped into this trend, from older franchises to newer ones. Ubisoft had thought of this as well, bringing their Assassin’s Creed franchise portable. While their first outings on the Nintendo DS and Mobile were very limited on gameplay, offering 2D gameplay instead of console-quality gameplay, they developed a game for the Sony PSP which gave players the opportunity to not only see the current star of the series in action, but also played like the console games. Here is our official review of the PSP title, Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines.
Another month begins and another month ends. July 2014 was a very successful month for us, with two giveaways and a large number of reviews. We matched last month’s count and published a total of 14 reviews this month. We will try to top that next month as well.
However, July was a crucial month for us, because this was the month where we hit our first huge land-mark. Over the seven months we have been around, we have posted more than 100 reviews! This month was more about games than anything else. Here are all of the reviews we have done for the month of July:
Title:Street Fighter x Tekken Developer:Capcom, Namco Bandai Games Game Type:PlayStation Vita Download:2.1 GB
NA Availability: Digital Download | Retail EU Availability:Digital Download | Retail
If there is one genre of games that the PlayStation Vita has plenty of, it is the genre of fighting games. This thought isn’t even counting the many games of many genres in its backwards-compatibility list. If you look at native PS Vita games, you will find a lot of fighters. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND and Chrono Phantasma. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Mortal Kombat. Injustice. For fighting fans, the PS Vita is a great system to have.
Fighting games have also presented a way to bring visually beautiful games to the PS Vita. While some fighting games on the Vita, like Injustice and Mortal Kombat, didn’t look that great, visually, presenting a visual presentation that even the PSP might have been able to handle, some of them really raised the bar. When Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 launched on the Vita, for example, it almost looked exactly like the PS3 version. It was a visual masterpiece.
There are other games that were like that as well, which is what we’re going to get into today. Back in 2012, Capcom got together and wanted to mash together two of the most popular fighting franchises on the market into its own game. The result was a game that not only released on both the PS3 and the PS Vita, but also had exclusive features. Here is our official review of the cross-over fighter, Street Fighter x Tekken.