PlayStation Vita

All posts tagged PlayStation Vita

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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2014-09-20-185256

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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2014-09-18-022229

 

Title: Soulbrain I – Village
Developer: Lightning Game Studios
Game Type: PlayStation Mobile
Download:  162 MB
NA Availability: 
Digital Download, Direct Download
EU Availability: Digital Download, Direct Download

Ever since Unity became available to PlayStation Mobile developers, the majority of new games for the platform have utilized this system to create 3D games as well as more advanced 2D games.  From 3D games like Silver Zombie to 2D games like Paper Boss, Unity has been a big part of PlayStation Mobile for the past couple months of content.  More games are coming out as well, offering more in-depth visuals and some more in-depth experiences on the platform.

That number will continue to grow as well.  Just as Unity has become available, Unity Pro has also become available for PlayStation developers, and it comes free of charge.  Although Android support for PlayStation Mobile has been discontinued, the PS Vita is continually getting more and more of these Unity games.  And today, we have a new review for one such game.

The biggest and most visually pleasing Unity games are the 3D games.  Some of them can look like PSP games and some can look even better than PSP games.  Others have more anime looks to them.  Today, we are reviewing an anime-like Unity game that shows off 3D visuals and exploration.  Here is our official review of Soulbrain I – Village, labeled on the PSN Store as Solbrain I – Village!

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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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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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PSVD

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:

http://psvitadirect.com/

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.

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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2014-08-23-233740

 

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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