PSN Vita Reviews

Dead Nation (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Dead Nation (PlayStation Network - Vita)

The portable dead

Dead Nation was announced for the PlayStation Vita at E3 last year, and then was promptly forgotten about. A port for the PlayStation 4 came and went, offering the ultimate version of the zombie-filled twin stick shooter for fans who wanted better graphics and all of the DLC. Finally, almost as an afterthought, Housemarque’s...

Destiny of Spirits (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Destiny of Spirits (PlayStation Network - Vita)

God complex

The free-to-play sector is packed to the brim with straightforward match three puzzle titles, but Sony’s first foray into the microtransaction laden market is anything but accessible. While popular products such as Candy Crush Saga and Temple Run 2 rely on easy to communicate gameplay systems, it’ll take you at least a couple of...

Gunslugs (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Gunslugs (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Bang, bang, bang for your buck

Gunslugs offers the promptest path to a dose of explosive Rambo-esque action on the PlayStation Store. When you first boot up this 2D side-scrolling shooter, you’ll be greeted to an electrifying arcade song and the image of an 8-bit inspired military agent decked out in a facemask. A dead ringer for famous cartoon...

Dustforce (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Dustforce (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Deep clean

Have you ever wondered why there’s not a game about dusting? Ponder no more, because developer Hitbox – with the aid of publisher Capcom – has released Dustforce, a platformer built around the idea of everyone’s least favourite household chore. While the premise isn’t full-on Freddie Mercury in that one Queen video, this slick...

TxK (PlayStation Network - Vita)

TxK (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Trippin’ balls tremendously

You could look at TxK and pass it off as a simple indie game that harks back to the arcade shooter days of old. However, dismissing it as such would not account for the history and significance behind it. Jeff Minter, the game’s creator, has been in the industry since 1982, and is arguably best known for his 1994...

Surge Deluxe (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Surge Deluxe (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Index addiction

There’s something deadly about the combination of addictive gameplay and online leaderboards. It’s something that we sampled in Rock Band, where grown men would blast out Hannah Montana songs in the hopes of nailing those few extra notes. Surge Deluxe is equally moreish, without ever serving as a gateway to twerking. As such, if...

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 1 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse - Episode 1 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Not broken, just bent

Kickstarter has been the proud parent to many creations over the past few years, the latest of which is the fifth instalment in the legendary point-and-click adventure franchise, Broken Sword. Split into two parts for some bewildering reason – with the second episode due out in the first quarter of this year – Broken Sword...

Mahjong World Contest (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Mahjong World Contest (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Top tiles

Mahjong World Contest is a mahjong solitaire variant with two twists: there’s a three star rating based on objectives, and clearing the board isn’t necessarily your overall goal. These tweaks augment a degree of tactical thinking to a rule set that arguably lacks the original Chinese game’s strategy – and it’s better for it,...

BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 - Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PlayStation Network - Vita)

BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 - Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Marathon man

Commander Video must be the envy of every eight-bit gym attendee. The intrepid athlete at the heart of – wait for it – BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 – Future Legend of Rhythm Alien never seems to tire of jogging from left-to-right, making our Wendy’s weighted legs shudder at thought of such strenuous exercise. Still, with the...

OlliOlli (PlayStation Network - Vita)

OlliOlli (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Cool boarder

Once at the apex of industry excitement, the extreme sports genre’s popularity has faded faster than the artwork on an abused skateboard. Now a pastime for Hanson imitating teenage misfits, the days of earnestly discussing kickflips over a curry in the office canteen have long faded. British indie Roll7’s hoping to turn back the...

King Oddball Ends the World (PlayStation Network - Vita)

King Oddball Ends the World (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Rock royalty

After an extended royal tour of pretty much every mobile platform on the planet, King Oddball Ends the World has rolled onto the PlayStation Vita. Offering projectile flinging fun in the vein of Angry Birds, this puzzle game looks to usurp the throne from the long time ruler and avoid being thrown into the dungeons for treason. With a...

Terraria (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Terraria (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Landheld gaming

Back when Terraria launched on the PlayStation 3, we praised its diverse collection of content and its overall depth, but felt that the title's awkward user interface and time consuming gameplay held it back from greatness in our review. On Sony's handheld, however, the game makes use of the system's touch screen – but is the new...

Indoor Sports World (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Indoor Sports World (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Six pack

There isn’t a platform on the planet without some form of pub pastime compilation. Simulating the excitement of otherwise social sports such as snooker, pool, and darts has been a fascination among game developers since programming boffins realised that computers could be employed for more entertaining applications than solving the seven...

Eufloria HD (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Eufloria HD (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Seedy business

Eufloria HD is quite possibly the most serene real-time strategy game that we've ever played, which seems like a strange thing to say given that the genre typically sees you taking control of armies during tense battles. You'll still be guiding forces and crushing your enemies here, but the title's natural, calm aesthetic makes it a...

A-Men 2 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

A-Men 2 (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Pray before playing

The A-Men have returned to challenge your deductive skills in another set of devilishly difficult combat scenarios. The rouge robot army that you accidentally unleashed in the original title is still at large, and it’s up to you and your squad of specialists to eradicate them – or perhaps just skirt around them as you get to...

Rainbow Moon (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Rainbow Moon (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Richer than a pot of gold

Lore has it that leprechauns leave pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. Seeking out the end of the colourful arch will bestow vast riches upon the adventurer – the reward for a dangerous and long journey, where the goal is often hidden from sight. Similar treasures can be uncovered in the PlayStation Vita port of Rainbow...

Worms: Revolution Extreme (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Worms: Revolution Extreme (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Extreme port

Originally released for the PlayStation 3 last year, we found Worms: Revolution to be “a game that will appeal more to old school fans, as newcomers will find it frustrating due to its control issues”. Having made the jump to the PlayStation Vita with all three of its DLC packs and a subtle name expansion, does the touch-friendly...

Furmins (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Furmins (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Fuzzy feeling

Furmins is likely to feel familiar. It's a mixture of Lemmings and Cut the Rope: a physics based puzzler that challenges you to construct a passage for the titular creatures to roll through, all while collecting sweets, avoiding death, and reaching the goal in a fast enough time to gain three stars. These stars can then be used to...

Sparkle (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Sparkle (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Glitter bug

The aim of Sparkle is to fling different coloured marbles at a procession of similarly styled balls that are rolling progressively closer to the centre of an on-screen maze. Put three of the same tinted spheres in a row and they will detonate, with your ultimate goal being to spontaneously combust all of the orbs as promptly as possible...

KickBeat (PlayStation Network - Vita)

KickBeat (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Fists of melody

The concept of fusing fighting and rhythm games seems so obvious, as the act of combat already has a rhythmic feel to it. Timing is, of course, crucial to both pastimes, with complex moves requiring metronome-like precision, just like the beat of a song. KickBeat, then, is pretty much the perfect marriage of genres, and the Zen...