PS Vita Reviews

Ray Gigant (PS Vita)

Ray Gigant (PS Vita)

Yorigami killer

Another dungeon crawling role-playing game from Japanese developer Experience, Ray Gigant is a good entry point to an often complex genre, boasting streamlined mechanics, an enjoyable story, and decent cast of characters. Adding to the Vita's already crowded catalogue of Japanese titles, does this tale of teenagers and colossal...

Severed (PS Vita)

Severed (PS Vita)

'Armless

The main character in Severed is missing an arm; we're going to assume that it fell off following a particularly furious session with Drinkbox Studios' latest game. This colourful PlayStation Vita exclusive has grand aspirations: it's a first-person dungeon crawler with Punch Out!!-esque combat and enough crafting to momentarily capture the...

Stranger of Sword City (PS Vita)

Stranger of Sword City (PS Vita)

Outsider art

Stranger of Sword City does a great job of living up to its name. Trapped in a weird, rather haunting fantasy world, you're constantly made to feel like an outsider – someone that's stumbled into a series of events that they can't quite comprehend. This is a dungeon crawler with an atmospheric edge, and although it doesn't do a great...

SwapQuest (PS Vita)

SwapQuest (PS Vita)

Swapsies

SwapQuest is a re-adapted mobile game which consists of a heady mix of both puzzles and role-playing elements that go together like strawberries and cream. The story is set in a peaceful kingdom called Aventana, a realm named after a magical sword which was once used to save its people from a terrifying evil known as the Horde. This threat...

Ninja Senki DX (PS Vita)

Ninja Senki DX (PS Vita)

No-go ninja

Tribute Games has been churning out unremarkable indie games for quite a while now. Each illuminates a finer aspect from all of those 8 and 16-bit titles we grew to know and love but always does so in a negative way. Wizorb is unique but trite in its presentation. Mercenary Kings is what Metal Slug would've looked like after a bout with...

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New 'N' Tasty! (PS Vita)

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New 'N' Tasty! (PS Vita)

You've got the Oddworld in your hands

The Oddworld games are as beloved to PlayStation fans as MediEvil, Tomb Raider, and for some, even Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. The bizarre adventures are certainly proof positive that PlayStation is home to an immensely diverse portfolio, but what's so great about Abe is that he still manages to stand...

Atelier Escha & Logy Plus (PS Vita)

Atelier Escha & Logy Plus (PS Vita)

Too much like hard work

After a successful release on the PlayStation 3 back in 2013, Atelier Escha & Logy Plus is the latest in the hit Atelier series to be ported to the Vita, and features all of the downloadable content from the original version. Speaking of which, be sure to read our PS3 review if you're looking for more a detailed take on...

BigFest (PS Vita)

BigFest (PS Vita)

A blastonbury

BigFest is Theme Park with more Wellington boots and Bulmers – and it's worth buying for that fact alone. On the Metal's musical management sim was announced for the PlayStation Vita an eternity ago, but tickets are finally on sale from the PlayStation Store, and thankfully we reckon that it's more Oasis than Beady Eye. But what is...

Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz (PS Vita)

Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz (PS Vita)

When are they going back to school?

There's a hundred and four days of… You know the drill. Two cheeky lads try and make the best out of their seemingly eternal summer vacation by producing eccentric contraptions and inventions from thin air, only for a crazed scientist – the titular Dr. Doofenshmirtz – to get involved. Oh, and their pet...

Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires (PS Vita)

Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires (PS Vita)

A real strata-gem

Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires is the first Empires spin-off game to make it West on the Vita, and it's actually a bit of a revelation. The Empires formula fits so well on Sony's handheld that we'd go as far as to recommend this version over its home console counterpart – even if the graphics have been toned down considerably in...

Superbeat: Xonic (PS Vita)

Superbeat: Xonic (PS Vita)

Gotta go fast

Those familiar with the DJ Max series back in the PlayStation Portable era will immediately recognise this rhythm game. Superbeat: Xonic is the newest addition to the rhythm game genre by developer Nurijoy. Rhythm games are no stranger to the PlayStation Vita, so how does this one fare? As with most music games, buttons get mapped to...

Corpse Party: Blood Drive (PS Vita)

Corpse Party: Blood Drive (PS Vita)

Survive and endure

Set two months after the events of the previous game, Corpse Party: Blood Drive sees Ayumi Shinozaki return to make amends for the havoc that she wrought. Ayumi is told if she returns to the Heavenly Host Elementary School and casts a spell from the magic grimoire, the Book of Shadows, then she can bring back her deceased friends...

XBLAZE Code: Embryo (PS Vita)

XBLAZE Code: Embryo (PS Vita)

Embryonic

A visual novel prequel to the BlazBlue fighting games, XBlaze Code: Embryo has been available on the PlayStation Vita in Japan since July 2013, and North America since June 2014. Having finally reached European players, has it been worth the wait? The premise of the game is relatively simple. The main character, Touya, is faced with a...

Heroes of Loot (PS Vita)

Heroes of Loot (PS Vita)

​Every little loot helps

In the mood for some mobile-friendly monster murdering, dungeon marauding, and treasure looting on a bit of a restricted budget? Welcome to your new best friend, Heroes of Loot – a kind of Poundland answer to Diablo-style dungeon crawls. This is a rather lovely, simple, and fun mix of the role-playing and roguelike...

Persona 4 Dancing All Night (PS Vita)

Persona 4 Dancing All Night (PS Vita)

A beary good time

What a versatile bunch the Persona 4 gang are! Having already appeared in an RPG, a dungeon crawler, and a couple of fighting games, it's clear that they're willing to give anything a go. In their latest outing – Persona 4 Dancing All Night – they're probably furthest from their shadow bashing wheelhouse, but as luck would have...

Amnesia: Memories (PS Vita)

Amnesia: Memories (PS Vita)

A memorable encounter

Amnesia: Memories is an otome visual novel where you play the nameless heroine who has lost her memories. The reason given in the opening scenes of the game is that a sprite named Orion has collided with you and takes up the space in the brain where your memories used to be. A cute notion, but as the storylines unfold, you...

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (PS Vita)

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (PS Vita)

Size doesn't matter

You're almost spoiled for choice when it comes to Warriors games on the PlayStation Vita, since just about every slice of musou madness to release on home consoles over the last few years has ended up on Sony's diminutive device as well. Generally speaking, the handheld editions of these chaotic brawlers never quite live up to...

Lost Dimension (PS Vita)

Lost Dimension (PS Vita)

Trust issues

With a doomsday timer set on the world, the villain known as The End summons 11 gifted members known as S.E.A.L.E.D. team to the Pillar – a mysterious structure that's appeared out of nowhere – in order to defeat him. However, he's planted traitors among the group. It's up to protagonist Sho Kasugai and his allies to determine who...

Actual Sunlight (PS Vita)

Actual Sunlight (PS Vita)

Actually depressing

Depression is a fairly common mood disorder that, despite its frequency, is still not considered a serious issue by many. Sadly, some people think that a simple attitude change will fix all of the ailments; that it's a self-inflicted state of mind. This is simply not true. Actual Sunlight by Will O'Neill is a short, interactive,...