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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Have you ever heard of Vocaloid? You may have heard of it without even knowing that word. How about Hatsune Miku? If you’ve heard that name, you’ve heard of Vocaloid. Back in 2004, there was a Japanese Voice Synthesizer PC software that debuted. This allowed users to create their own songs, sung by a synthesized voice that had contributions from both PC software and Voice Actors. This software became popular quickly and quickly advanced, bringing the synthesized voice into form with Virtual Diva’s known as Vocaloids.
Vocaloids were anime-like Divas, both Male and Female, whom could be created to dance and sing within the Vocaloid software, also leading into software like Miku Miku Dance, otherwise known as MMD. Always Japanese in nature, this software spawned countless original songs and music videos, along with covers of other songs. This became immensely popular in Japan and has become very popular here in the states as well, with Vocaloids of all varieties. Thanks to SEGA, there have been console videogames made on it as well.
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva debuted back in 2009 on the PlayStation Portable, bringing the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku as well as the music video-style of the software into a rhythm game. It spawned other games as well, on a variety of platforms, from iOS to PlayStation 3 to PlayStation Vita. The first Project Diva game to come to the West is called Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F. It released not too long ago for the PlayStation 3, and now it has arrived on the PlayStation Vita via the PlayStation Network. Here is our official review of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F.
This is it, people. With the release of Final Fantasy X| X-2 HD Remaster less than a week away, we are onto our final Countdown Review. It’s been a long wait and we’ve amassed reviews for Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Origins, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, and Final Fantasy VIII. There is only one more review to go before we will have reviewed every main game available on the Vita that is currently out in anticipation of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster.
After Final Fantasy VIII released, Square looked back on the series and wanted to make a game that was a new game, but was also something more. The series had seen a lot of games and they wanted to make a game that was a big nod to the series, as a whole. Something that took the greatest elements of the original six titles and combining those with the greatest elements of Final Fantasy VII and VIII. The result was the ninth entry in the series. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy IX.
Before we begin this review, let’s give you a little history. There was a Mobile game not long ago that got very popular very fast. It involved tapping the touchscreen of your device to make a bird flap and fly through a maze of pipes that looked oddly similar to the pipes from the Super Mario Bros. series. You may already know what game I’m talking about. It was called “Flappy Bird”.
Flappy Bird was free and got its revenue from ad hits and downloads. Soon after it hit its peak, though, the developer took it off the Mobile Stores, saying that it was an overnight sensation and over with. Fans thought otherwise. In the months since it was taken off, there have been countless lookalike games appearing, some even bearing the same name. It’s gotten so bad that Google and Apple will not accept an app anymore that contains “Flappy” in its name.
The lookalike games have spread from Mobile to consoles as well. Not long ago, a talented LittleBigPlanet player managed to create the game inside a LBP level. A pretty impressive feat, though it wasn’t exactly on bar with the original game. PlayStation, Mobile, however, did. A few weeks ago, PlayStation Mobile was updated with a game that plays very similar to the original Flappy Bird. This is our review of the PlayStation Mobile title, Trolly Bird.