PS Vita Reviews

Reviews of PlayStation Vita titles.

2014-10-22-121536

Title: Race the Sun
Developer: Flippfly
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 111 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download

EU Availability: Digital Download
PSTV Support: Yes

Among Indie titles, there are a lot of new genres that are being formed.  Some of these genres, we have already done reviews of.  For example,  not too long ago, we reviewed the game Run Like Hell, which is in the Endless Runner genre.  That game was a side-scrolling game where you are endlessly running and gaining power-ups while avoiding traps and enemies.  It was set like Mobile games such as Sonic Dash or Temple Run.  The Vita has a few of this type, and that list is growing.

There are a few variations of this genre, too.  There are Endless Runners, but there are also runners that are called Endless Flyers.  These are games where you fly through the air instead of run.  These also tend to be 3D runners, as opposed to 2D side-scrolling games.  An example of this would be Iron Man 3 on the Mobile platform, but there are also others out there, on the PC platform, like Flippfly’s game, Race the Sun.

Since that game had released on PC, the developer has been working on bringing its high-speed flying action to the console world. As of this past week, it has come to the PlayStation Ecosystem, having released as a Cross-Buy game.  This means that if you buy it, you will get the game for PS Vita, PS3, as well as PS4.  If you’re interested in this high-speed flyer, here is our official review of Race the Sun!

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2014-10-15-014627

Title: Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition
Developer: Mojang, 4J Studios
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 170 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | Retail 

EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail
PSTV Support: Yes

When you talk about Indie games, there are a lot of people in the console community that will have their moods and hearts sink.  With the Indie library flourishing, especially on PlayStation systems, many gamers have become uneager to play them, or even acknowledge them.  Many feel like the Indie Movement of sorts is a scourge to the gaming community and is stopping the Vita from having new AAA games like a new Uncharted, Gravity Rush, God of War, Gran Turismo, and others.

Indies are widely regarded as low budget “shovelware” in the views of a large chunk of the community.  However, one thing that those people may not know is that not all Indie games are games that are looked down upon.  There has been an Indie game that has risen up even higher than many console and PC games in terms of popularity and is a AAA game of sorts: Minecraft.

Minecraft has gotten so popular there is merchandise, hand books, shirts, and more available to it.  For the Vita, though, Minecraft hitting the digital release catalog a week ago was a big deal.  This will be the first time that the full Minecraft Console experience will be available on-the-go, not to mention the cross-buy and upgrade opportunities for the PS3 and PS4 versions.  How does the game stack up in its transition from PS3 to PS Vita?  We have answers.  Here is our official review of Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition!

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2014-10-10-125704

Title: Flying Hamster HD
Developer: The Game Atelier
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 96 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download 

EU Availability: Digital Download 

The age of Mobile Gaming is getting more popular by the day.  You will see a lot of people out there, playing Mobile games.  Angry Birds.  Plants vs Zombies.  There are even more games out there that are getting popular in the Mobile Gaming scene.  With all of these games getting popular on Mobile, many of them are coming over the borders and into the console gaming scene.  From the Xbox One to the PlayStation Vita, more and more Mobile games are crossing those borders.

On the PlayStation Vita, there are a lot of Mobile games coming, both through PlayStation Mobile and native games.  We have reviewed some of these, from Angry Birds Star Wars to Plants vs Zombies.  As the months go by, more and more Mobile titles are crossing those borders.  Some of these games are lesser-known titles as well, allowing handheld gamers to see more of these games.  Some of them come over, even with an “HD” name attached to them.

Today’s review is going to be on one of those Mobile titles, and is a fast-paced shoot-em-up game.  Not only is this a fast-paced game, but it’s also a more everyone-oriented game.  Starring a cute little hamster and his constantly-kidnapped lady hamster, here is our official review of the side-scrolling game, Flying Hamster HD!

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2014-10-01-010255

Title: Invizimals: The Alliance
Developer: Novarama, SCEA 
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 1.3 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download  | Retail

EU Availability: Digital Download  | Retail

Ever since Sony went into the handheld market with the PSP, and now the PS Vita, there have been a lot of questions.  Many of these questions regarded when certain types of games would be coming out on those handheld systems.  Big franchises like Metal Gear Solid and God of War, among others.  One of the biggest questions, though, is when or if Sony will make a new IP in response to the ongoing Nintendo monster-catching franchise, Pokemon.

Since the PSP launched, there were a few attempts at this.  One notable game is called Monster Kingdom: Jewel Summoner.  This was a third-party PSP game that featured jewel-gathering to capture monsters to summon and use in turn-based battles.  Three years later, though, there was a franchise that began that has dawned five games across three PlayStation consoles.  Taking the monster-capturing theme of Pokemon and combining it with Augmented Reality, the franchise known as Invizimals was born.

Invizimals began on the PSP as more of a test to combine camera-based augmented reality with monster-catching.  As it went into the world, it became a franchise.  Mostly based in the Europe region, Invizimals has seen three PSP games, a PS3 game, a TV series, and one game on the PlayStation Vita with another on the way.  Being the series’ first entry on the Vita and its much-anticipated debut in North America, here is our official review of Invizimals: The Alliance!

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2014-09-22-235236There are a lot of Indie Games out there to be played.  Some are great.  Some aren’t so great.  The big thing about them is that they vary in genre.  On the Vita, you have RPGs like Rainbow Moon and Rhythm games like Kickbeat.  There are also side-scrollers, fighting games, and more.  The one thing about Indie games is that they add a lot of variety to your game library, if you give them a chance to shine.  Some aren’t great, but some are pretty good.

One genre that is interestingly-sparing on games for the Vita are twin-stick shooters.  These games, much like Super Stardust Delta, have a top-down view with your character taking out waves of enemies.  This is a very simple type of gameplay, but can be complex at the same time.  They are also generally only coming from Indie developers, nowadays.  The Vita does have some of them, though, and the list is growing.

One such game is a fairly recent game called Crimsonland.  This game used to be a PC game, but was brought over to the PlayStation Ecosystem, gunning its way onto the PS4 and the Vita.  Bringing in the top-down gameplay and support to Twin-Stick gameplay, is it a thrilling experience or a failing one?  It’s time for you to find out.  Here is our official review of the twin-stick shooter, Crimsonland!

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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 (Localization/Pubisher)
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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2014-09-07-012451

 

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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