PS Vita Reviews

Reviews of PlayStation Vita titles.

2014-11-24-234510

Title: Pocket RPG
Developer: Tasty Poison Games
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 162 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download

EU Availability: Digital Download
PSTV Support: Yes

When Mobile games get sent over to the console world, many things happen.  Some reactions are good and some are not.  What type of reaction do you have?  You could be happy because a Mobile game can be played with button controls.  Or, maybe you want to play the game to earn PSN Trophies, or you just don’t want to play it on your phone’s tiny screen.  Or, you could be upset because the price for the game on console is more than it is on Mobile, for various reasons.  Regardless, a lot of Mobile games are coming to the console world.

The PS Vita has gotten many small Mobile titles in the form of PS Mobile titles, but it’s getting more Mobile titles in the form of Native titles as well.  This week, one such Mobile title came to the Vita.  This Mobile title, however, is a little unique.  First of all, it’s an RPG.  Second, it’s sort of like a Twin-Stick Shooter with the controls on the Vita.  It’s somewhat of a unique thing, though it’s been out on iOS and Android for quite some time now.

As we dive into new games, this is a game the developer contacted us, themselves, and asked us to take a look at the game.  Whether you’re an RPG fan or a fan of top-down games, you should definitely check out the review we’re about to give to you.  Here is our official review of the Twin-Stick Action RPG, Pocket RPG!

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2014-11-23-232950

Title: Aqua Kitty: Milk Mine Defender DX
Developer: Tikipod
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 154 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download

EU Availability: Digital Download
PSTV Support: Yes

When you think of PlayStation Mobile, you can think of them like the Indie game market.  If Indie games have small budgets compared to bigger games from companies like Namco Bandai, Square Enix, and Ubisoft, then PlayStation Mobile has small budgets compared to Indie developers.  PlayStation Mobile has many games that are made just by a single person.  Some of the games have teams that are that small.  Though, that doesn’t mean PSM is irrelevant.  There are many a gem within it, some that have expanded beyond the scope of just PSM.

When PS Mobile first launched, there was one game that was highly praised on it.  Enough that the game got taken from PS Mobile and ported to PC’s in the form of a Steam game.  That game was called Aqua Kitty, which was a small horizontal shoot-em-up game.  Not stopping there, it received praise on PC as well, moving further up the chain, despite being a very small indie title.  And it’s still going, even this week.  It’s spanning to new horizons, both in the handheld and console world.

As of this week, Aqua Kitty has gotten what’s called a “DX” version.  This is their name for an expanded release of the game.  The developer has thrown in some new content of the game and is not only releasing it as a fully-fledged PS Vita title, but also as a PS4 title.  Packing new content, bosses, game modes and more, here is our official review of the cross-buy game, Aqua Kitty DX – Milk Mine Defender!

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2014-11-20-022038

Title: Adventure Time: Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
Developer: Wayforward, Little Orbit
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 354 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download

EU Availability: Currently Unavailable
PSTV Support: Yes

How many video games have you played that are based off of TV shows?  Anime games come to mind, but what about non-anime TV shows?  There are video games for a lot of different live-action and cartoon shows out on the market, though you won’t see many of them on the PS Vita.  Games like Young Justice, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and more have gotten multiple games in the past.  How good those games are may be a different point, though.  However, how many games are there on the Vita that are based on TV shows, other than PSP games?

The answer is very few.  Invizimals could, technically, be called one of these games because it got a spin-off TV series in Europe.  But, as far as games that are based off of American Cartoons go, the list is very, very small.  However, some games are starting to come to the path of the Vita and PlayStation TV as well.  Just this week, one such game came out, that both cartoon fans and classic gamers will be able to recognize and enjoy.

There is one TV show that may translate to a game rather well.  A show about adventures, dungeons, magic, and more.  That show is Cartoon Network’s own series Adventure Time.  In the past years, Adventure Time has gotten a few video game adaptations, but none have ever released on the Vita, until now.  Join Jake, Finn, and more on a new quest as we present our official review of Adventure Time: Secret of the Nameless Kingdom!

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2014-11-16-102318

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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20141117232444

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

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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2014-11-13-110710

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

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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2014-11-04-010914

 

Title: Madden NFL 13
Developer: Electronic Arts
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 2.9 GB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download | Retail

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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2014-10-29-102524

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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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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