Vita


Reviews
Minecraft
Playstation Vita Version

By Malcolm Inglis - March 27th, 2015

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By now everyone (including your Mom) has probably heard of Minecraft, a game that has transcended beyond what would appear at first glance to be a simple open-world sandbox game to become an international phenomenon. Millions have played it on PC, then on console and now on tablets and handhelds, with the latest delivery platform being the PlayStation Vita.

Despite being playable on almost all gaming devices and millions of YouTube channels full of Minecraft “Let’s Play” videos, I myself have had very limited experience with this title. I had originally played the demo on PC and after a short play-through I kind of found myself at a loss, wondering what the point was. I just didn’t get it; what was the appeal to this low poly-count game with no set objectives? Now, several years later, I’m going to give it another go with 4J Studios’ Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition to see if I can find the magic behind this game.

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Reviews
The Walking Dead: Season 2
Playstation Vita

By Malcolm Inglis - February 18th, 2015

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I’m not going to go much into the story of The Walking Dead, we all know the premise from the hit TV show based on the graphic novels, and the main character of this story is familiar if you played the previous season of the TellTale Games series. The Walking Dead: Season 2 (played on the Playstation Vita) follows the journey of Clementine, a young girl who has managed to outlive many of the adults she has encountered to become a weary (but hardened) survivor in the post-apocalyptic landscape where humanity has been decimated by a zombie, er “walker” outbreak.

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Reviews
Freedom Wars
Playstation Vita

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 12th, 2015

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I really love it when a new game arrives to review that I have never heard of before, yet after a short amount of time I end up really enjoying it! Freedom Wars, developed by SCE Japan Studio, is one of those games, and is probably one of the most interesting new properties that I have played in recent memory. In this third-person battler, you take on the role of a Sinner, representing your Panopticon in the continuous acquisition of resources. Confused yet? So was I when I started, but it didn’t take long to understand and get hooked.

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Reviews
Metrico

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 21st, 2014

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Many of our favourite games are established franchises. These games each have their own basic premise and, because the market demands it, the developers create subsequent titles with improvements. Sometimes these modifications to the formula are minor and sometimes not – but innovation in the form of new features keeps things interesting. Every once in a while, a non-AAA game comes along that is so unique that it makes its mark in our minds with little effort. Metrico, by Digital Dreams, is an action-puzzle-platformer for the Playstation Vita that is very different from the norm, and is the very essence of “a little goes a long way”.

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Reviews
Z-Run

By Malcolm Inglis - July 13th, 2014

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Z-Run is a game created in the endless-runner style, featuring zombies (hence the title). It is now available for digital download on the PlayStation Vita. It’s developed by Beatshapers, a name I recognized from some of the ports that they did from mobile games, ports releases on PSN for the PSP and PS3 (including Jetpack Joyride). Unsurprisingly, Z-Run looks and plays a lot like a mobile game, which may not be the kind of experience you would expect given the graphical power and advanced controls on the Vita.

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E3
Day 3
Part 1 – Sony

By Malcolm Inglis - June 19th, 2014

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Malcolm’s last day at E3 was just as eventful as the previous days. In this post, he recounts his experience at the Sony booth. -ed.

I was on the home stretch of E3; so far it had been an exhausting, but fun trip. Work hard and play hard – late nights with publisher and media parties and early mornings with a fully-packed schedule for the day. On the last day, I had a solid block set aside to spend time at the Sony booth to check out all of the great things that I had heard about from their press briefing.

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Reviews
Cel Damage

By Jorge Figueiredo - May 17th, 2014

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Cel Damage HD (developed by Finish Line Games) for the Playstation Vita is remake of a title that originally debuted on the Xbox in 2001. A mish-mash of different genres (part racing, part vehicular combat) one might make comparisons to the likes of Twisted Metal, which would be fair – but not entirely true. This animated title plays fast and loose with the rules of physics, and definitely puts the word “car” in “cartoon”. Cel Damage HD is one of those games that you either love or hate, as fun and production value seem to be at odds with each other.

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