The library of apps available on the PlayStation Vita is slowly growing. Not even a few months ago, apps in the form of streaming services really kicked off. While the Vita had access to the Netflix service more than year before then, developers finally brought many of the other services to the system. This included a lot of major hitters, most notably Hulu Plus, Crackle, Crunchy Roll, and Redbox Instant. This brought the Vita up to the same speed as the PlayStation 3, as far as these services go.
Last week, we brought you our official coverage of the Netflix app, which overall was a pretty good app. While this has been out for awhile, we definitely need to check out the other services. Every service has its own fanbase. The hardcore anime fans go to Crunchy Roll. Movie-goers head straight to Netfllix and Redbox Instant. Where do people go when they want to watch TV Shows? Those people go straight to Hulu Plus.
Hulu Plus is the streaming service, bringing new TV to all who want to fight them. With the same cost as Netflix, it is a highly-watched service. So, how does the service stack up on the PS Vita? Let’s find out. Here is our official review of the Hulu Plus app.
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.
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.