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 PlayStation Vita has many apps available to it, and in the next couple weeks, Sony has promised a lot of new apps, from Hulu Plus to Redbox Instant. There are certain apps, though, that are useful and efficient for things that certain types of people want. For example, a review like myself can get some pretty good use out of apps pertaining to email, but more importantly, photos and screenshots.
As a reviewer, I am very attached to the Screenshot feature of the system, where you can press the Home and Start Buttons at the same time to take a screenshot of whatever is on the screen, savor backwards-compatible games and certain PS Vita games. Utilizing these screenshots requires that I upload them to a photo-sharing service. If it weren’t for some apps available on the Vita, this would be a very tricky process.
Thankfully, there is a very convenient app for the Vita that makes uploading screenshots to be used in reviews very easy. The photo-sharing service Flickr has a PlayStation Vita app that I use almost every day. For those out there that want to upload screens for reviews or simply to upload screenshots and photos, here is our official review of Flickr for the PlayStation Vita.
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.
Social Media is a big thing in today’s societies. Businesses. Companies. Friends and Family. Even Game Developers get in contact with everyone they wish to by means of Social Media. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen new Game Articles that are based off information that was conveyed to gamers from developers from sites like Facebook, Twitter, and more. It’s becoming a very crucial part of the gaming industry. As such, it makes sense that game systems have applications made for those services.
The PlayStation Vita is no exception to that. Within its own selection of apps, it can open and access the two biggest services, as far as social media is concerned. While it can open anything through its Web Browser, it has its very own apps for the services Facebook, which we previously reviewed. However, there is also an app that allows the Vita to access the Twitter service, which I see much more gaming news being conveyed on.
The PlayStation Vita’s version of Twitter is unique, though. Unless you read descriptions on the PlayStation Network, you just might miss it. While the Vita’s Facebook is just called “Facebook”, the Twitter app is not called “Twitter”. It is actually called “Livetweet”. Here is our official review of LiveTweet for the PlayStation Vita.
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 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.
If you’ve not noticed within the past week or so, our site has expanded! Not only are we providing in-depth reviews of games available on the PlayStation Vita, but we are now providing in-depth reviews for Apps available on the system as well. Taking a look at the top menu, you can see there is a new section called “App Reviews” and that section has two categories within it. There is a section of PlayStation Mobile apps as well as PlayStation Vita Apps. Last week, we gave you a review for a PlayStation Mobile app, and today we’re offering you a review of a PlayStation Vita app.
If you take a look around Mobile environments, there are a few apps that seem like they are essential for people to use. If I were to name some, I would probably mention apps like Facebook, Twitter, Photos, YouTube, and Amazon. These are not the only ones, though. One of the most crucial apps out there for a Mobile environment is something to check their email. Every Mobile system has a Mail app, and that includes the PlayStation Vita.
The PlayStation Vita did not originally have an app for email. For several months into its life cycle, it required the use of its Internet Browser for checking email. But, eventually, an update came and an app based around email finally came to the portable powerhouse. Since then, Email has been handled by the app that is simply called “Mail”. This is our official review of the Mail app for the PlayStation Vita.
The horror genre is actively changing. Movies are going into trends of taking advantage of popular movies and expanding them into big franchises, most to the point of many fans being sick of how quickly movies come out. A notable franchise that started this was Saw. To many fans, Saw should have ended around II or III. There are some fans that even say that the recent franchise, Insidious, didn’t need a sequel at all. With games, it’s a bit of a different story.
If you have known the horror genre, specifically Survival Horror, you know that the genre has been changing a lot in recent years. Resident Evil and Silent Hill were once the top of the top, when it comes to survival horror, and had other franchises inspired heavily and almost playing identical to them. Resident Evil spawned Dino Crisis and even parts of Parasite Eve. If you look at recent games in those franchises, though, things have changed. The newest Silent Hill is a Diablo-like dungeon crawler, and the newest Resident Evils are like Third Person Shooters.
If we take a look back, Resident Evil was very much different. It had a lot of tank-like controls, severely limited ammunition and save points, and was generally much harder to survive in than the games are now. There were no “Continue from Last Checkpoint” sections or anything like that. Let’s take a look at one of those older titles. We have already reviewed Resident Evil: Director’s Cut. Now let’s take a look at what many fans view as the best of the series. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Resident Evil 2.
Today, we are celebrating something new. It’s almost the end of January, and we are expanding our site. We have been doing game reviews for a good while now, and we feel we have been successful enough that we want to expand the range of our content. While there are several different kinds of games that we offer reviews for, and will continue to do so, there is more we can do. Apart from games, there is also a fair selection of Apps available on the system. As of today, we will start reviewing games as well as apps.
Apps are what is bringing the PlayStation Vita, and other gaming systems, out of solely have its use being for playing video games to being a multi-function device. With the PlayStation Vita’s Operating System and Live Area interface being very similar to the interfaces of Mobile systems like iOS and Android, the system is slowly becoming a multi-function system. With apps coming out like Mail, Facebook, Livetweet, and more, you can do many different things on the PlayStation Vita.
One thing that the PlayStation Vita has been missing for quite a long time is a Weather app. All Mobile devices have apps that help you figure out the temperature of your area as well as the weather forecast of the coming days. Some apps are called The Weather Channel or just plain Weather, and normally come bundled with devices. Thanks to PlayStation Mobile and a recent update, the PlayStation Vita has access to a Weather app through Solar Weather (called Sola Weather on the PS Store), developed by ZHANG BO. Here is our official review of Solar Weather.
The casual market of gamers is definitely a different breed of gamers. The Casual market is what I, and others, call the gamers that tend to be more into bite-sized games or flash-looking games for quick play sessions. These are the kinds of games that dominate the Mobile platforms, for the most part. Games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga are two very big titles that are widely popular in that genre of games. It’s become a very accepted thing, even with non-gamers. I know many people who don’t play video games on consoles, but will play Angry Birds until the sun goes down.
The casual market wasn’t only there when Mobile started to become a viable means of playing video games. Some of the games were available on the PC back before Mobile began to get popular and one such title recently got a sequel game that has been around since before Mobile Gaming was a thing. Originally built for Microsoft Windows and Mac Operating Systems, this game traveled to so many platforms, you cannot even count them all. iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Windows Phone, Blackberry. Now, Plants vs Zombies landed on the PlayStation Vita with a zombie-filled bang. Here is our official review of Plants vs Zombies for the PlayStation Vita.