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All PlayStation Vita and related reviews.

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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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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2014-07-30-092458

Title: Ratchet and Clank Collection
Developer: Mass Media, Inc
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 3.3 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download

EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail

There are a lot of different First-Party franchises that Sony has up their sleeve.  God of War.  Sly Cooper.  Ratchet and Clank.  Among others, a lot of these franchises haven’t seen a lot of light on the PlayStation Vita.  It has always been one of the biggest requests from the fanbase that Sony bring more first-party games to their portable powerhouse, and many don’t see a lot of these games coming.  While Sony is bringing first-party games, like Freedom Wars, many fans want games from franchises they already know.

In light of all of this, there are games in each of these franchises on the Vita.  In many of them, however, they are not new games.  Sony has made it a habit of bringing over HD Collections from the PS3 to the Vita, so gamers can take these classic games on the go.  There are HD Collections on the Vita for many of these franchises, from God of War to Jak and Daxter.  There are others as well, and more could be coming in the future.

One such franchise that hasn’t seen much on the Vita is Ratchet and Clank.  The Vita did get a digital-only version of Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault, which was met with mediocre reception from the fanbase and reviewers alike.  Sony is trying again, though.  A digital-only title in North America, here is our official review of Ratchet and Clank Collection!

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2014-07-16-011048

Title: Pop Bugs Zap
Developer: Henchmen Interactive
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  53 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download, Direct Download

EU Availability: Digital Download, Direct Download

The Mobile gaming world has evolved a lot over the years.  The biggest part of it is the way things have gone in trends.  In recent years, there have been a lot of games that have done well, and started a trend.  Flappy Bird is a recent example of this.  Flappy Bird released and was a huge sensation.  Afterwards, many small developers made “clones” of the game, offering the same gameplay, but different design or characters.  Just small differences to avoid a copyright infringement.  Even the PlayStation Vita saw Flappy Bird clones through a custom level in LittleBigPlanet and various PlayStation Mobile games.

One trend that has come to a lot of consoles, though, is what is referred to as “Freemium” games.  These games pull people in with the fact that they are free to download and play.  The catch, however, is that they are filled with Micro-Transactions, similar to DLC.  These will offer you Micro-Transactions in the game to try to get you to spend real money for in-game bonuses, whether they can be acquired in the game or must be acquired through the purchase.

The PlayStation Vita is not an exception, either.  There are many Free-to-Play games on the Vita, both in the native library and in PlayStation Mobile.  The latter has more of these games, though.  Taking a look into some of these free games, we come to today’s review.  About a month ago, a game came out that had very simple, yet challenging gameplay.  Giving a similar stage progression as games like Angry Birds, here is our official review of the PlayStation Mobile game, Pop Bugs Zap.

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2014-08-23-233740

 

Title: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Developer: Nippon Ichi
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 1.3 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | Retail

EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail

When it comes to exclusive games for the PlayStation Vita, many feel that there aren’t a lot out there.  While there aren’t a lot of First-Party-Specific exclusive games, there are exclusives.  Looking around at the Vita’s library, completely, you can find them.  Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment.  Gravity Rush.  Demon Gaze.  Soul Sacrifice.  Games that you cannot find anywhere else, at least for the moment.

Looking into exclusives, you can see a lot of action games and RPGs.  These are definitely popular genres, but they aren’t where the Vita’s exclusive games end.  If you take a closer look at the library, there are others as well.  Some seem more niche and others have gotten quite popular, over time.  One genre that has gotten a fair amount of popularity on the Vita is the genre of Visual Novels.

Visual Novels come and go, though not many of these games cross over to the West.  Some have, like the recent Xblaze CODE: Embryo and others.  Some Visual Novels are more interactive, though.  Some of them have brought people in, making them feel like they’re watching and playing an anime, but also adding a fair amount of mystery to the game as well.  As we prepare to slink down into despair, here is our official review of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc!

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Title: Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
Developer: Konami
Game Type: PlayStation Portable
Download: 760 MB
NA Availability: Digital Download | PS3 Transfer Required
EU Availability: Currently Unavailable

The horror genre has been changing, over the years.  From back in the 1990s, there have been two major gaming franchises that people go to for horror: Resident Evil and Silent Hill.  These two franchises offered some very unique horror experiences for gamers, from the jump scares of a zombie bursting in the window in Resident Evil 2 to the creepy atmosphere or wandering through the foggy streets of Silent Hill.

As the years have gone by, both of these franchises have changed and evolved.  While they both started as very “Tank” type horror games, they’ve been experimenting with different genres.  Many of the recent Resident Evil games, for example, have played a lot like Third Person Shooters/Action games with horror elements thrown into the mix.  Silent Hill, however, has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years.

Back about five years ago, Konami announced that they were making a “re-imagining” of the first Silent Hill that would focus more on the psychological elements of the series than the combat elements.  What came out of that was a game that played very much different from all of the Silent Hill games before it.  Having released on the Wii, PS2, and PSP, here is our official review of the psychological horror game, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories!

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2014-08-13-003542

Title: LEGO Ninjago Nindroids
Developer: TT Games, Traveler’s Tales
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 1.4 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | Retail

EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail

LEGO games in handheld form have become a different type of game than their console counterparts.  TT Games have made a habit of developing the handheld versions of their games to have a different feel than the console games, and many people have criticized the games for it.  This began with LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and has gone through LEGO: The Hobbit.  The games are still fun, but they’re not the same as the console versions of the same game.

However, not all LEGO games release on every system.  While many of the big, license-based like LEGO: The Hobbit and LEGO: Batman have come out on every system around, there are some that are more exclusive to certain types of systems.  One of the more recent LEGO games has released only on handheld systems, bringing the newest LEGO adventure only to the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita.

Seeing games come out like this is interesting, but also brings about certain elements.  Since the new game is only on handheld platforms, there is no console version to compare it to.  Has the gameplay engine for these handheld games improved since LEGO: The Hobbit?  Let’s find out.  Based on the LEGO Ninjago TV Series, here is our official review of LEGO Ninjago Nindroids!

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2014-08-24-103323

 

Title: Behind You
Developer: Satoshi Hamano
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  140 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download, Direct Download

EU Availability: Digital Download, Direct Download

Stealth games is a genre that has evolved over the years.  When you think of “Stealth” you could think of a lot of different types of games.  However, one of the biggest names that comes up when think of stealth is also another “genre” in a way.  A big entry in the stealth genre has been known and even has subtitles of “Tactical Espionage Action”, which is talking about none other than Metal Gear.

Other than Metal Gear, how many stealth games are there for the Vita?  There may be an Indie Game or two but, other than backwards compatible games, your Vita Stealth experience will likely start and end with Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.  While this is a great collection, as we stated in our review of it, there should be multiple games of every genre on any specific platform.  While there aren’t many, the list of stealth games is growing and from one of the most unlikely of places: PlayStation Mobile.

Sony recently stopped Android support for PlayStation Mobile.  This means that PS Mobile games are now only playable on the PS Vita.  Some think they’ve stopped the support, altogether.  However, there are more games coming, and the games are getting better and more unique, thanks to Unity Support.  A recent release on PlayStation Mobile, here is our official review of the stealth game, Behind You!

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