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.
As you can tell, from our reviews, playing the games, and reading articles and reviews on other sites, the PlayStation Vita has access to a good number of LEGO games, and there is an interesting relationship between this system and those games. As of right now, the Vita has access to six Lego games, along with the upcoming Lego The Hobbit game that is due for release in a little more than a month. But Vita users have reason both to anticipate or dread the release of new LEGO games or playing older games.
As it stands, there are certain differences between handheld LEGO games and home console LEGO games. If you take a look at LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and The LEGO Movie Videogame, the entire style is different. However, that was not always the case with LEGO games. Earlier games of this type on the Vita played very much like the console version, like LEGO Lord of the Rings. It wasn’t the only one, either.
Let’s go back to the origins of LEGO games on the Vita. Back before the release of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Batman 2, Lord of the Rings, The Movie, and Lord of the Rings, there was a single game that brought the series to the Vita. That game was the second and final Lego game set in the Harry Potter universe. Just how did the LEGO series start for this portable powerhouse? Let’s find out. Here is our official review of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 for the PlayStation Vita.
March is upon us. This is very good news for PlayStation Vita owners. In two short weeks, Square Enix is finally going to release the HD Remaster Collection of PlayStation 2 hits Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. You know what that means, right? Final Fantasy fans can rejoice, and it also means that it’s time, once again, for us to give out another review on the remaining Final Fantasy main titles available for the Vita. You can already guess what this will be. After all, there are only two main series games left that we’ve not reviewed as of yet.
A couple weeks ago, we submitted a review for Final Fantasy VII, the first of the PlayStation Final Fantasy games. This marked the series’ entry into 3D gaming, and expanded on a lot of things. After that, Square Enix started work on two more titles in the main series, which were both being developed at the same time. The first of these games, which debuted in 1999, is considered the “Black Sheep” of the series by many fans. This game, featuring the Gunblade Mercenary Squall Leonheart is none other than Final Fantasy VIII.
Many fans will tell you to avoid this game, as it is considered one of the lowest of the series. In my honest opinion, there is no low to the series. Every game is unique in its own way and each one is worth playing at least once. If you’re a fan of summon magic, then I would definitely not skip out on this game. For our reasons why you should check it out, here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy VIII.
Did you ever watch those horror and science fiction movies back in the 1950s and 1960s about alien invasions or giant monsters attacking the population? If you have, then you can probably recall exact movie names. Them!, the movie about giant, radiated ants investing the desert. Tarantula, about a genetically-engineered spider that grows to an enormous size, again, in the desert. Godzilla, the infamous giant radiated Lizard that terrorized Tokyo for more than 50 years. Earth vs the Flying Saucers. All of these are what are called “B Movies”, which are low-budget movies that rely on cheap effects and more to provide an entertaining experience.
You didn’t watch these movies because they were AAA products. You watched them because they were entertaining and the whole plot element of having to defend the Earth from these monsters and aliens was cool. Some movie producers still try to make movies like those in recent times, but many don’t turn out the same as they were back then. Outside of movies, though, D3 Publisher game developer also tries to create this environment through the Earth Defense Force series of video games.
Earth Defense Force has seen four main games in its lifetime, and is all about defending the planet. In the games, you are fighting off alien invasions, consisting of UFOs and giant monsters. They are B Movies turned into videogames. The PlayStation Vita also has access to one such game. Earth Defense Force 2017 was ported to the Vita with new additions through the PlayStation Network to let you blast giant alien monsters on the go. Here is our official review of Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable.
When you think about the LEGO games, you can think of a lot of different things. However, when you think about the LEGO games on handhelds, things are a bit differently. The games TT Games have been making have been a lot of fun, but they are very different when played on handhelds than on consoles. This has been a present fact since last generation with the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS. They got similar, but different versions of the same games the big consoles got.
With this generation, the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita have gone through a big of a phase with LEGO games. If we look early on, we see LEGO Lord of the Rings. It played just like the console version. The Open World was there. The gameplay and characters were there. The problem? They didn’t finish the game. It was all-out missing levels that were in the console release. There was no level with Arwen on horseback. There were cutscenes missing. The game was an unfinished project that got released, anyways.
Lego Marvel Superheroes is the big one that changed everything. Instead of trying to imitate the console version of the game, TT games completely made the game different. They gave it an overhead setting, broke the levels into stages, characters lost the ability to jump, you couldn’t switch characters in Story Mode, and a host of other changes happened. This was a very mixed reaction. Surely, the portable systems can handle those full games, right? Nonetheless, that game was fun, despite being so different.
Recently, the LEGO Movie has come out in theaters. As such, TT Games made a LEGO game based on the movie, called The LEGO Movie Videogame. It released on everything, including the PlayStation Vita. Now, how does the game stack up? Is it more like the console game or another case like LEGO Marvel Superheroes? We are here to inform you. Here is our official review of The LEGO Movie Videogame for the PlayStation Vita.
The weeks are rolling by quicker than I can seem to count. It seems like it was just the other day that I was writing a Final Fantasy review. Now, two weeks have gone by, and we are ever-closer to the impending release of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster. It is exactly one month away, to be exact. With only four weeks left until the collection releases and three mainstream Final Fantasies not reviewed on this site, it’s time to move onto our next review. The game that many RPG fans hold as the greatest game of all time. Final Fantasy VII.
Final Fantasy VII is famous among Role-Playing Games and video games in general. The game was a huge hit on the PlayStation and it has spread throughout the gaming community with an entire compilation dedicated to it, from side-story games to a movie sequel. If you look into RPGs, you will always see Final Fantasy VII somewhere, and it was the very first game of the series to debut on the PlayStation Network and is the reason this writer got a PlayStation Network account. How does the game match up to today’s standards? Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy VII.
Back in the 1990s, there was a trend of games going on that spawned from what is considered one of Nintendo’s greatest creations, Super Mario 64. This game set into stone the standards of 3D Platformers and the world-based platforming games. Pitting a character inside different worlds to complete tasks and collect objects that allowed you to traverse further into the game and having the trend repeat until they’d reached the Final Boss of the game. It spawned many similar games from different developers, such as Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon, and more.
Crystal Dynamics, now the developer behind the Tomb Raider series, joined in this craze and started whipping out games in the “Gex” series. Gex was a bipedal, talking gecko whom loved to watch TV and fought against Rez, a villain that wished to control the population through their television sets. The game spawned a trilogy on the PlayStation, and two of its games also released on the Nintendo 64. It started as a 2D game, but quickly became 3D.
Gex: Enter the Gecko is the first 3D game of the Gex franchise and, until recently, wasn’t available on the PlayStation Network for play on the PlayStation Vita, along with PS3 and PSP. About two weeks ago, Sony finally put Gex: Enter the Gecko on the North America PlayStation Store for download. How does it play now that it’s on the network? Let’s find out. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Gex: Enter the Gecko.
The PlayStation Vita is home to many different genres of games. Each of those genres has gotten its fair share of games, though many are criticized for how the developers have made those games. There is criticism in general, but the First-Person Shooter genre has gained a substantial amount of criticism, especially towards developer Nihilistic Software, whom brought two huge franchises to the PlayStation Vita in the form of first-person shooters. One such game was Resistance: Burning Skies.
The Resistance franchise has been gaining in popularity over the years. Originally a PS3 franchise, the series has branched out. Now, it has three games on the PlayStation 3, one on the PlayStation Portable, and now another on the PlayStation Vita. Resistance: Burning Skies dropped onto the Vita as Nihilistic’s first attempt at creating a First-Person Shooter on the PlayStation Vita. Despite fan reaction, how does Burning Skies stand up to other games in the franchise, or even the genre itself? Let’s find out. Here is our official review of Resistance: Burning Skies.
Our Final Fantasy Countdown continues today! It’s been a couple weeks since we did our last Final Fantasy review, which was for the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy V. That was a great game, though some technical issues held the game back from really shining on the PlayStation Vita, especially with the more recent Mobile remake of the game. Those were unfortunate issues for holding back an otherwise great RPG. However, the period cycle is over and we are ready for a new review.
So far, we have given out reviews for Final Fantasy Origins, III, IV, and V. There are six weeks left until Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster releases, and four Final Fantasies left to review. The next one in the lineup is one of the fan-favorites from the Super Nintendo era. Straight from the world of the Espers comes the story of Terra Branford. The last of the 2D Final Fantasy games and renowned by many as one of the series’ greatest entries. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy VI.
This review is dedicated to hugeberry, whom has opted to keep their real name hidden.
Games aimed towards family experiences or the younger audiences is something that many people do not often associate with Sony systems anymore. Much of the time, when you think about family games or cutesy games for people of all ages, you think about Nintendo, as opposed to Microsoft and Sony. This is definitely not to say Sony doesn’t have any games like that, but the majority of the time, you do not think of Sony when you think about those kind of games. That is, unless you are Media Molecule.
Way back in 2007, Media Molecule, now owned by Sony, made an endeavor to make a new PlayStation mascot. They aimed at one that could draw in children and adults alike, bringing a family-oriented game to Sony’s game consoles. They strived and made something that dawned into a franchise of side-scrolling, play-and-create platforming franchise that has seen five games in the past seven years and continues to gain popularity. That series is called LittleBigPlanet.
LittleBigPlanet was started on the PlayStation 3. After two very successful games, the franchise moved onto the PlayStation Portable and, eventually, the PlayStation Vita. In fact, the game on the PlayStation Vita, named and called either LittleBigPlanet or LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, has captured the hearts of many Vita gamers and continues to do so with regular content that it receives, even to this day. This is our official review of LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation Vita.