Another month begins and another month ends. July 2014 was a very successful month for us, with two giveaways and a large number of reviews. We matched last month’s count and published a total of 14 reviews this month. We will try to top that next month as well.
However, July was a crucial month for us, because this was the month where we hit our first huge land-mark. Over the seven months we have been around, we have posted more than 100 reviews! This month was more about games than anything else. Here are all of the reviews we have done for the month of July:
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
Child of Light
End of Serenity
God Eater Burst
Gran Turismo (PSP)
Hysteria Project 2
Soul Sacrifice Delta
Street Fighter x Tekken
Tehra Dark Warrior
This has been a great month. Tune in for a new review tomorrow and a new set of giveaways coming within the next week! Thank you for your continued support!
Title: Street Fighter x Tekken
Developer: Capcom, Namco Bandai Games
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 2.1 GB
NA Availability: Digital Download | Retail
EU Availability: Digital Download | Retail
If there is one genre of games that the PlayStation Vita has plenty of, it is the genre of fighting games. This thought isn’t even counting the many games of many genres in its backwards-compatibility list. If you look at native PS Vita games, you will find a lot of fighters. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND and Chrono Phantasma. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Mortal Kombat. Injustice. For fighting fans, the PS Vita is a great system to have.
Fighting games have also presented a way to bring visually beautiful games to the PS Vita. While some fighting games on the Vita, like Injustice and Mortal Kombat, didn’t look that great, visually, presenting a visual presentation that even the PSP might have been able to handle, some of them really raised the bar. When Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 launched on the Vita, for example, it almost looked exactly like the PS3 version. It was a visual masterpiece.
There are other games that were like that as well, which is what we’re going to get into today. Back in 2012, Capcom got together and wanted to mash together two of the most popular fighting franchises on the market into its own game. The result was a game that not only released on both the PS3 and the PS Vita, but also had exclusive features. Here is our official review of the cross-over fighter, Street Fighter x Tekken.
Game Type: PlayStation Vita
Download: 862 MB
NA Availability: Digital Download
EU Availability: Digital Download
Indie Games have been increasingly important to the gaming market, especially on the PC front and the PlayStation ecosystem. These games, built by smaller developers, have been given a focus, as of late, on several systems. If you take a look on Steam, there will be loads and loads of Indie games for really cheap prices. From huge games like Minecraft to smaller games like Thomas Was Alone, Indie Games are gaining a lot of traction in the gaming market.
The PlayStation Ecosystem has also gotten a large part of the Indie Game Movement. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita have gotten many Indie Games, both brand new games as well as upgraded versions of Indies on other systems. From games like Terraria to games like Rainbow Moon, there has been a lot of Indie activity on the PlayStation systems.
Even more are games embedded into the PlayStation Ecosystem. Games like Flow and Flower are around for the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita and incorporate the Cross-Buy system, which lets you buy one version of the game and get the others for free. Just recently, a new Indie game has hit the market, exclusive to PlayStation systems as well as launching on the PS Vita. Having been shown off at E3 2014, here is our official review of the Indie Game, Entwined!
I am coming in with a new article to announce some changes that will be made around our site. While nothing is getting taken away, there will be a few things we are going to add to our reviews, starting with our next review. There are a lot of factors to consider, when we are reviewing games for our site, such as region, availability, compatibility, and more. We are hoping to increase our insight on our reviews to our readers in those aspects. As such, we will be adding the following information to our reviews starting with our next, which will come next week:
- Region Availability – We will note whether the game is available in both the North America and Europe regions
- Compatibility – We will note whether the game can be downloaded directly to the PS Vita, or requires the PS3 Transfer Workaround Method
While we still haven’t made a set template for how this information is to be displayed, we feel it’s important to broaden our horizons with more games to review. Everything we have reviewed thus far we have made sure was available as a direct download to PlayStation Vita systems in the North America regions, but there are many Europe region games not available to North America yet, and vice-versa.
We are hopeful that these changes will both increase the knowledge our readers come out of our site with as well as broadening the library and variety of games that we will be able to review. Watch for our next review, when we will begin to display this information.
As always, thank you for your continued support, whether it be donating to our cause or simply reading and being informed by our reviews!
July has officially begun! A new month means a whole new slew of reviews and giveaways are coming your way from us at the PlayStation Vita Review Network. Tomorrow will showcase our very first review for the month of July, and more to come. Before that, though, we should look back on this month’s reviews. What did we review? How many apps did we review? Thinking back on all of this, here are all of our reviews from the month of June 2014:
KI Scientific Toolbox
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
PlayStation Vita Pets
Today was a great month, and we hit an all-time high. As opposed to previous months, we managed to bring out a total of 14 reviews for the month of June, and we are hoping to keep up those numbers for our future months. Thanks for all of your support and we will see you tomorrow morning with another review!
Today is a busy day for us. We have posted a new review, and it’s time to announce our very first game giveaway for the Europe regions! We have tried to acquire EU game codes for giveaways before, but it has proven difficult.
As a sort of celebration to Tymek joining our writing team, he has set up our first EU-region game giveaway. If you have noticed from our Twitter Feed, there is a Tweet out there to showcase that we have a giveaway starting today that will last until this Thursday, June 26, 2014.
The 3 codes we will be giving away are for two PSP role-playing games in a single pack: Persona 2: Innocent Sin and The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky.
You may or may not be aware, but from Day 1 of this site, it has been a solo project. Every review, giveaway, and article you have seen on the site has been written by me, and only me. It has been a blast to be able to do all of this and I shall continue to do so. Though that doesn’t mean it has to be a solo effort.
I have been approached by many people before about writing for this site, and most of them had no writing to show for themselves. Getting help is definitely something the site will need to flourish and expand even further, so we have a new writer coming onto our staff team. I would like all of our followers to welcome our newest writer, Tymek, to the team.
Tymek has experience with sites in the same format as our site, here at PS Vita Reviews, and he will start writing for us soon. Again, welcome Tymek to our team and keep watching for new PS Vita Reviews and giveaways!
You can also see Tymek on @LotsaNintendo on Twitter.
If you noticed our Twitter feed, we are reaching out for our site’s expansion. As many of our most dedicated followers know, we have come a long way since we started. In fact, we have done a lot. Since the beginning, we were reviewing PSP, PS1, and PS Vita games. But we have added since then, such as the following:
- PlayStation Mini and PlayStation Mobile Review Sections were added
- PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Mobile App Review Sections were added
- Giveaways were Added
- Donation Button was Added
- Search Option was Added
- Twitter Widget was Added
- Giveaway Section was Added
We have done a lot, but we want to constantly expand. That is where you come in. We want opinions on what our followers want to see. So we are asking every single one of you to tweet to us at @vitareviews or comment or email us.
Your Question: If you could expand our site in any way you wanted, what would you do?
Any and all suggestions and thoughts are appreciated
The PS Vita Reviews Team
It’s time for a new month to begin. While we have already posted one review for the month of June and have another for you tomorrow, it’s time for the recap of all the reviews we made for the month of May 2014. If you want to see everything we did during the month, we did a whole lot of reviews. Here are all of the reviews we have done this month:
Today, we’re starting a new monthly event. As we originally spoke out on our Twitter Feed earlier in the week, we said there would be two new ways that we’re trying to expand our site. The first if a new type of monthly even, and the other was a new type of review. That review will definitely be coming in a week or less, but today, we’re starting the new monthly event. That event is a monthly recap of everything we’ve made for the previous month.
Today is the final day of the month of April, and we’re here to give you a recap of every review and feature we have done in that month. It’s been a very busy month for us and, by far, the most successful, thanks to all of our followers that come and visit the site, leave us comments, and follow our Twitter, Google, N4G, and Facebook pages. We are dishing out content, but that is only successful because of you, our audience, so a big thank you for all of the support you are always giving to us and keep doing so.
We will start a template for the recap, divided into Apps and Games, and notating the software title, media type (PS Vita, PS Mobile, etc), and our score, including the text as a hyperlink to the review.
Here is our recap of April 2014: