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.
When we first made the decision to divide the Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster Collection into two separate reviews, we were worried there would be too much time in between the two reviews. We worried that there would be weeks, or even over a month of time between the time we posted the review for Final Fantasy X to the review for Final Fantasy X-2. Two weeks is definitely a good bit of time, but we didn’t have as much time between the reviews as we feared.
As we jump into this review, one has to remember that these are two separate games, though they are part of the same collection. You cannot buy Final Fantasy X HD Remaster without Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster. Vice-versa, you cannot get Final Fantasy X-2 without Final Fantasy X, with the exception of the three winners of our Final Fantasy X-2 contest from a month ago. They are the same, though they are separate games.
That is also a reason why we needed to review the games separately. If you review a collection together, it may not give the viewer an accurate depiction of the game’s worth. Throw an outstanding game with a horrible game and the outstanding game could easily outweigh and move the score to a higher score than you would give if it were just the other game. It is true here. Final Fantasy X-2 will not get the same score that Final Fantasy X achieved. As for why, here is our official review for Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster.
There are many genres of games where you really don’t see very many games for, at least in the United States. Think about some game genres that you don’t see hardly any of. We see a lot of different games for popular genres. You see Role-Playing Games like Final Fantasy and , Shooting games like Call of Duty, platformers like Rayman and Mega Man. Even rhythm games are starting to become more mainstream overall, due to the success of franchises like Rock Band and Guitar Hero. On the Vita, many popular franchises are seeing new light, but there are also some genres that you don’t see often on any platform, let alone on the Vita.
One such genre is the Dating Simulation genre. This is actually a very popular genre in Japan, but due to the nature of some of these games, they are kept in the Japan and Asia regions, never reaching the shores of the United States, Canada, Europe, and other countries in the North America and PAL regions. Not all of them are made like that, though, and a few of them have crossed the borders, offering a unique experience of relationship-building and winning the hearts of characters from within the game.
Last week, PlayStation Mobile updated with a decent amount of new games, available for download on the PS Vita (and PlayStation-certified Android devices). Among them was a game that this reviewer downloaded simply because the title was hilarious and I could tell there would be hilarity ensuing within the game, itself. A dating simulation game, one of the Vita’s first (outside of relationship-building in games like Persona 4 Golden) of the genre, we have played it and played it. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Mobile game, Don’t Die Dateless, Dummy!
Last month, we were finally able to do one of the biggest projects for our site and community since the creation of the site: a giveaway. We amassed a few codes and had giveaways for the US version of Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster. It came and went with a lot of activity and entries. There were over 100 entries in that contest, which was much higher than I was expecting.
Due to the success of that giveaway, we have decided to try to have game giveaways every month. Now that we are nearly to the mid-way point of April 2014, we have collected a game code we are going to give away. This will be a game we have reviewed before. The Indie game, flOw.
We are going to have the giveaway on April 09, 2014, three days from today. The code will also be US Region, and will be good to redeem the PS Vita, PS3, and PS4 versions of the game, thanks to Cross-Buy.
If you’d like to enter this giveaway, send us a Tweet at @vitareviews , or comment on this article. Good luck to all, and do note that not all of our giveaways will be for the US Region. We will have EU giveaways in future months.
Think back on the original days of the arcade. The days before we had portable powerhouse systems like the Vita and the 3DS. Before the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Think back to when Arcades had games that weren’t full of 3D effects, zombie-shooting, and car-racing. Back to the original arcades, more than 30 years ago. There were very simple games to be played, and those games were incredibly fun for those people back then. One iconic name among those few was the ghost-and-fruit-eating Pac Man.
More than 30 years ago, Pac Man was around in arcades, showing off a simple 2D Maze, where you collected dots and fruit and tried to avoid ghosts until you got a powerup which could devour them for big points. The point of the game? To get a higher score than last time. It was a very simple thing, and people loved it. As time and console progression went on, though, a lot of more deep games were coming out. Little Pac-Man wasn’t left in the shadows of time. In 1999, 20 years after the original Pac-Man debuted, he came back in the form of Pac Man World.
Pac Man World was on the Sony PlayStation and offered new depth to the world of Pac Man, offering 3D Platforming and Adventure, along with incorporating every element that made Pac Man unique in its original incarnation. Dubbed “20th Anniversary Pac Man World”, it was a celebration of the franchise’s 20th anniversary, and has been on the PlayStation Network for some time, playable on the PlayStation 3 and the Vita. Has it withstood the test of time? Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Pac Man World
There are a lot of Apps for the PlayStation Vita, and a lot of them are useful, outside of just PlayStation-branded apps. You have apps like Email to manage your email accounts, LiveTweet to handle your Twitter, or Netflix to handle your movie-streaming needs. However, there are many integral applications for devices like this, using a Touch Screen and Multi-Device interface, and the Vita doesn’t have much of some of them.
Two big ones I think of are Notepad and Calendar. Note-taking apps are essential for Mobile when you want to take some quick notes. The PlayStation Vita does have access to this kind of app, but it is not native. There are a few notepad applications through PlayStation Mobile, and none of them are really up to snuff. They’re decent, but nowhere near great. The Calendar, however, has had some development. In the last set of software updates for the system, it got a dedicated Calendar app.
Calendars are important because you can set up notifications, events, and more. You can keep track of things like when it’s time to come back from Break at work, or even what days that we have set for certain reviews. It’s quite an interesting and useful feature. So how does the PlayStation Vita’s Calendar App stack up? Let’s find out. Here is our official review of the Calendar app for the PlayStation Vita.
The Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster has been a large focus of our site for quite a long time. On December 24th of last year, we decided that we would make sure we review every mainstream Final Fantasy title available on the PS Vita before the release of the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster collection earlier this month, and we did. In our database of reviews, there are reviews for Final Fantasy Origins, III, IV: Complete Collection, V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX. This was all done in a countdown to the release of the HD Remaster, and now it’s time to start making reviews for that collection.
When we had first pondered the review of this collection, it began to be a bit of confusion on whether we should review the collection together, or if we should review Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 separately. Considering how lengthy and in-depth each game is, and the fact that they are separate games and downloads for the Vita, it was decided that we would review each one separately. Reviewing them together would not only make for a very lengthy review, but also have a lot of time after its release before we would be able to review it.
The first game in this collection is one of the most popular games in the Final Fantasy franchise. It was the first of a generation, both for full 3D as well as Voice Acting. Originally released in 2001 in the first years of the PlayStation 2 platform and now remade as an HD Remaster, here is our review of Final Fantasy X HD Remaster for the PlayStation Vita.
This review site has been around for nearly four months now, and we’ve come so far since the beginning. Having just finished our first giveaway and with nearly 400 followers on Twitter, we have hit an important point in our site. It’s time for things to come full-circle with the site, and we’ve got a review ready for you that is perfect for that to truly come first circle. Although this review will not be on a PlayStation Vita title, it will be directly related to the first game we reviewed here, back on December 8th.
When we had first established this web site, we had a review ready to be posted. That review was for the then-new PlayStation Vita game, Ys: Memories of Celceta. The Ys series has had an interesting relationship with Sony handhelds. The PlayStation Portable had gotten three title in this series, one of them being a compilation of two games. The biggest title on that platform was an original and new title in the series, and that is what we will have a review for today. To come full circle, here is our official review of the PlayStation Portable title, Ys Seven.
This review was requested by and is dedicated to @Luisjavier2896 from Twitter
Let’s talk about Streaming Video. If you think about these kinds of services that allow you to stream video for Television Shows, Movies, Anime, and other media forms, you’ll think of a few right away. There’s Netflix, Hulu Plus, Redbox Instant, and more. Well, there are a lot of others as well, and some of them are more media-specific. There are even services that are surrounded around media like Anime and Japanese Drama Shows.
The PlayStation Vita is about to get a lot of these services. It already has Netflix and has had that for awhile. It’s also about to get Hulu Plus and Redbox Instant. Not even a week ago, though, it got a few new ones. One of the lesser-known services, called Crunchy Roll. This is a service that is specifically centered on Anime, Japanese Drama, and even Manga. Vita users can now access this database from their system. Here is our review of Crunchy Roll for the PlayStation Vita.