There are a lot of iconic franchises that go way back to the retro NES and Sega Genesis era of gaming. A lot of franchises began in this era, resulting in huge popularity and games into this generation as well. To name a few, I could say Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Phantasy Star, Castlevania. There are so many different franchises that have helped to shape gaming over the years, whether they shaped it from the beginning or something big came along later.
Among these franchises are franchises like Super Mario Bros that has constantly tried new genres with their games. Along with Mario is the blue hedgehog known as Sonic. Sonic was huge ever since Sonic the Hedgehog released on the Sega Genesis. Even that game is available on many platforms, including iOS and the Vita (through Sega Genesis Collection). But Sonic has also done a lot of experimentation with different genres, from platforming to RPGs to racing.
Sonic has gone into the racing genre pretty deep in this gen with Sonic All-Stars Racing. However, that is not the first handheld Sonic game that included racing gameplay. The PlayStation Portable had two racing games in the Sonic franchise. Whether Sega was testing waters or not, these two games had a unique style of gameplay that both appeased casual racing fans as well as classic Sonic fans. It just so happens that it’s playable on the PS Vita. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Portable game, Sonic Rivals.
We don’t have a review for you today, but definitely will tomorrow. Today, we have an announcement to make that isn’t necessarily about our site, but about something that greatly affects the number of PSP and PS One games that we can post on our site. If PS Vita users in the North America region were aware, there were a lot of PSP and PlayStation Classics on the PlayStation Network that did not work on the PS Vita. There were a lot that could be downloaded directly, and others that had to be transferred over with a PlayStation 3. And there were some that couldn’t be downloaded at all.
Something happened to the PlayStation Network yesterday, and all of you whom have a lot of PSP and PlayStation Classics in your Download List are going to be happy about it. Something happened and virtually all of the games that weren’t compatible to be downloaded to the Vita directly, as well as the ones that couldn’t be used at all, are now available for download. If that article picture is any indication, there are a lot of great titles now available on the system. Now, these are just in the Download Lists. You may need to still go to the store on a PS3, PSP, or PC to buy them, but you can download them to your Vita from the Download List.
The library of apps available on the PlayStation Vita is slowly growing. Not even a few months ago, apps in the form of streaming services really kicked off. While the Vita had access to the Netflix service more than year before then, developers finally brought many of the other services to the system. This included a lot of major hitters, most notably Hulu Plus, Crackle, Crunchy Roll, and Redbox Instant. This brought the Vita up to the same speed as the PlayStation 3, as far as these services go.
Last week, we brought you our official coverage of the Netflix app, which overall was a pretty good app. While this has been out for awhile, we definitely need to check out the other services. Every service has its own fanbase. The hardcore anime fans go to Crunchy Roll. Movie-goers head straight to Netfllix and Redbox Instant. Where do people go when they want to watch TV Shows? Those people go straight to Hulu Plus.
Hulu Plus is the streaming service, bringing new TV to all who want to fight them. With the same cost as Netflix, it is a highly-watched service. So, how does the service stack up on the PS Vita? Let’s find out. Here is our official review of the Hulu Plus app.
We are making a small announcement today, as we have been suggested an idea for our site that had never even begun to cross our staff’s minds before. A Donate Button. I know it’s tricky business to put that up there and ask for money. That’s definitely tricky business. However, there is an explanation for why we are on this in the first place.
It”s not question that this website is a big expense. As of right now, we don’t have strong enough relations with developers for review codes or game codes for giveaways. Importing new hardware. Yet, we have been having giveaways, and we make lots of reviews, not to mention the price for making this place free of having advertisements thrown all over the place. All of that has been coming out of pocket.
So, here’s the deal. We’ve put a Donate Button on the side of the page, just below the embedded version of our Twitter Feed. If you’d like to give a little back to us, feel free to click it. You can give as little as a single dollar, if you’d like. We’ve set it up so you can put any dollar amount that you want. After all, every little bit counts with our expenses of keeping this site running as well as game codes for our giveaways and all of the games we’ve been amassing for all of our reviews.
If you do choose to help us along, you may choose to do that donation via PayPal, or a Credit/Bank Card (there is a link towards the bottom of the Donation page for that). Though to make note, we don’t expect you all to donate. We’re not expecting to have everyone give back to us. We are simply putting it out there in case there is someone, like the person who contacted us earlier today, whom is interested in helping us along.
Be well, everyone, and we’ll have a new review for you tomorrow!
It’s been a whole month since our last LEGO game review, so it’s definitely about time we talk about another LEGO game on the PlayStation Vita. It just so happens that another LEGO game recently released on the Vita, as well as every other system around, thanks to a certain movie’s release. This is perfect for the timing of what seems to be a monthly review on a LEGO game.
Among all of the LEGO games on the Vita, there is an equal quantity of criticism and complaints about how TT Games is making their handheld games. Ever since they made LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril, there is an increase in negative attitudes towards TT Games, regarding not only the PlayStation Vita but also the Nintendo 3DS. This is mostly due to the fact that it doesn’t play like the game does on systems like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Negativity out there or not, TT Games is still making and improving their games on the Vita, and that is very apparent as their engines have been expanding and evolving since the Marvel game. Just how much has it been advancing since then? You’re about to find out. Here is our official review of LEGO: The Hobbit for the PlayStation Vita.
If there were a genre of games that I would say you find the most of on the PlayStation Vita, as opposed to any other console, I could not think of many genres. Many of the PlayStation Vita’s games are of various genres also found on other consoles. RPGs like Persona 4 Golden, Conception II, and Final Fantasy X. First person shooters like Call of Duty and Resistance. Racing games like Need for Speed and Sonic All-Stars Racing. Fighting games like Street Fighter x Tekken and PlayStation All-Stars. But there is one genre that I would agree that Vita has a lot of that most other systems don’t, Hunting and Raiding.
To define the genre of Hunting/Raiding games isn’t very easy. In essence, it is the genre that games like Monster Hunter started, where you are sent into a dungeon on a timed mission to defeat enemies or enemies and a boss and to collect materials and weapons as you lay the smackdown, normally with huge weapons that it doesn’t seem possible to carry and use. It’s hard to define the genre because so many people think of it differently. Some call them Action RPGs. Others say they’re Action titles. The worst part? Even big companies call them different things.
The Vita has been home to many titles like this, as have the 3DS and PSP. However, the Vita is home to a lot of them. Monster Hunter began this genre and the Vita is getting a Monster Hunter game before too long, but there are other options. Ragnarok Odyssey. Toukiden: The Age of Demons. God Eater 2 in Japan. Soul Sacrifice. There are a lot of different Hunting/Raiding games available and Ragnarok Odyssey has recently been advanced and released in the form of its new form. This is our official review of Ragnarok Odyssey Ace for the PlayStation Vita.
The PlayStation Vita’s list of apps is slowly growing. Alongside, the equally-growing list of apps available through PlayStation Mobile, the Vita has access to default apps like Mail and Calendar, to many other apps via the PlayStation Store, like Flickr, Facebook, LiveTweet, Hulu Plus, and more. The app library is slowly growing, and there are a lot of popular services now available on the system. From social media to media streaming services, there is a lot of non-gaming ways to enjoy a PlayStation Vita.
One area of applications that we have no gone in-depth to review yet is a notable one: media streaming. There are many different services around that allow you to stream music and movies. If you recall, we had made a review for the Crunchy Roll, an anime-specific streaming service, which did pretty well on the Vita. However, there are many others out there, and many are much more popular. Red Box Instant. Hulu Plus. Netflix.
If we had to choose one that had to be the most popular and had the most content, Netflix would be our choice. Netflix doesn’t have incredibly recent material (though it does have movies as recent as Insidious: Chapter 2), but it has an immense amount of content you can enjoy. So, how does Netflix stack up on the PS Vita? Here is our official review of the Netflix app for the PlayStation Vita.