PS Vita Reviews

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PlayStation Vita)

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (PlayStation Vita)

Fly away

With a title like htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, this latest PlayStation Vita puzzle platformer seems like a strange fit for the Western market. However, niche publisher NIS America has made its name by bringing quirky little curios overseas, and Sony's handheld is certainly a haven for the unusual. The game sees you controlling fireflies –...

AeternoBlade (PlayStation Vita)

AeternoBlade (PlayStation Vita)

Aeterno punishment

If there's a checklist for revenge you'd imagine it would go something like this: Step One – dig two graves; Step Two – serve cold. In AeternoBlade – a new action platform title on the PlayStation Vita – the game's heroine, Freyja, could certainly use just such a list. Not only has her hometown just been levelled by Dark...

Hyperdevotion Noire­: Goddess Black Heart (PlayStation Vita)

Hyperdevotion Noire­: Goddess Black Heart (PlayStation Vita)

PlayStation Noire

In an RPG franchise far, far away, there lived a CPU called Noire. As representative of Lastation, she didn't want to exist in the shadows of her allies anymore, and wanted to stand true as the game's main character. With hope in her heart, pure determination, and an army of generals at her command, her wish finally comes true in...

Baboon! (PlayStation Vita)

Baboon! (PlayStation Vita)

Ba-boom!

It would be very easy to dismiss Baboon! based on its first few levels. Initially, it adopts the guise of yet another 'earn three medals' challenge game, only this one is specifically built around dropping bombs to propel your ape avatar from ledge-to-ledge, until you reach the top goal – all while collecting bananas along the way. But...

Kick & Fennick (PlayStation Vita)

Kick & Fennick (PlayStation Vita)

Gun game

Kick & Fennick's the gaming equivalent of a warning sign. We'd never even heard of the Jaywalkers Interactive developed precision platformer when it was announced as part of February's free PlayStation Plus roster, and its smartphone-esque art style didn't exactly instil us with confidence regarding the quality of the release...

Nihilumbra (PlayStation Vita)

Nihilumbra (PlayStation Vita)

Fill the void

It's no secret that storytelling has had a renaissance of sorts in video games, where the tale being told is arguably as important as the actual gameplay – and Nihilumbra is cut from the same cloth. While this PlayStation Vita puzzle platformer may not be as moving as the likes of The Last of Us, though, it can still be thought...

Criminal Girls: Invite Only (PlayStation Vita)

Criminal Girls: Invite Only (PlayStation Vita)

Crack that whip

There's a classic feminist anthem by Devo which goes into great detail on what one ought to do when faced with a problem. Criminal Girls: Invite Only isn't the long-awaited JRPG based on that classic musical achievement, but there are similarities. In fact, put the song on in the background as you play and, like Dark Side of the Moon...

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (PlayStation Vita)

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (PlayStation Vita)

A real mouthful

We all know the dreaded curse of video game sequels. Studios will often find themselves with a hit on their hands, and in a feeble attempt to recreate gold, will instead serve up a horrible mess of lost potential. Japanese role-playing game Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation steers clear of this trap, instead...

Shake Spears! (PlayStation Vita)

Shake Spears! (PlayStation Vita)

Meh-dieval

Free-to-play. Whenever these three words are uttered, it's hard to stifle the shudder that follows when you begin to think about microtransactions, "pay-to-win", and the other deceitful, annoying practices often associated with the whole model. There are the rare few with compelling gameplay and fair microtransactions such as Warframe,...

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (PlayStation Vita)

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (PlayStation Vita)

Hail to the king, baby

With only a few first-person shooters gracing the PlayStation Vita to date, there's plenty of room on Sony's handheld for anything offering up some half decent blasting. Since the bar hasn't exactly been set particularly high either, there's a perfect chance for classic titles such as Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition to stomp...

Fat Princess: Piece of Cake (PlayStation Vita)

Fat Princess: Piece of Cake (PlayStation Vita)

Royal fumble

You can't have your cake and eat it with free-to-play. The model's non-existent entry fee tends to pave the way for intrusive money making schemes, and in Fat Princess: Piece of Cake, it actually spoils what could be a mighty fine slice of iced sponge. Similar in concept to GungHo's uber-popular Puzzle & Dragons, this regal spin-off...

Joe Danger 2: The Movie (PlayStation Vita)

Joe Danger 2: The Movie (PlayStation Vita)

Joe man's sky

While developer Hello Games has arguably moved on to bigger and better things with No Man's Sky, we suspect that Joe Danger will always remain a part of the Guildford-based outfit's DNA. The original game was a smash hit on the PlayStation 3, prompting the four-man studio's stuntman-like soar to popularity, and its successor, Joe...

Joe Danger (PlayStation Vita)

Joe Danger (PlayStation Vita)

Not so dangerous

Joe Danger was a stunt hero, right up until he bit off more than he could chew and ended up hospitalized. It was a gruelling process, but he's back on his bike, and only you can help him to get back to the top. Expect to spend a huge amount of time flying through the air, making the kind of landings that'll make reproducing all but...

Woah Dave! (PlayStation Vita)

Woah Dave! (PlayStation Vita)

Danger Dave

If brevity is the soul of wit, Woah Dave! must be the funniest game we've ever played. This retro-inspired arcade title shows you just about everything it has to offer within 30 minutes of the first time you see its title screen. However, this seemingly simple gameplay belies a deep and incredibly satisfying experience. Our hero – a...

Gravity Badgers (PlayStation Vita)

Gravity Badgers (PlayStation Vita)

Honey badger don't care

Don't let the incomprehensible combination of words that make up Gravity Badgers' title fool you. Taking more than its share of inspiration from the bird-tossing behemoth that is Angry Birds, does this flick-to-throw clone do enough to stand on its own four paws in a genre that's quite literally overflowing with trash? To...

Resogun (PlayStation Vita)

Resogun (PlayStation Vita)

Pocket rocket

Housemarque’s cylindrical shooter Resogun is still one of the major highlights in the PlayStation 4’s library. Its simplistic mechanics epitomise the very idea of pick-up-and-play, while its flashy visuals and smooth performance make it something of a showcase for Sony’s next-gen hardware. The title’s oft-requested PlayStation...

Don't Die, Mr. Robot! (PlayStation Vita)

Don't Die, Mr. Robot! (PlayStation Vita)

Avoid droid

Once upon a time on a PlayStation Vita far, far away lived a fast-paced 2D puzzler named Don’t Die, Mr. Robot!. The little ‘bot looked around at all of the other arcade games on the PlayStation Network and couldn’t help but feel that he was different from the rest. With their polished visuals and flashy lighting effects, his...

Tales of Hearts R (PlayStation Vita)

Tales of Hearts R (PlayStation Vita)

Pacemaker

Tales of Hearts R is an enhanced version of the popular Tales of Hearts on the Nintendo DS. Originally only released in Japan, this title represents the 11th entry in Bandai Namco’s long-running role-playing series – but does it live up to the property’s esteemed standards, and is it the type of title that famished PlayStation Vita...