Hotline Miami PS Vita Preview – Crazy, Beautiful, Violent
Hotline Miami’s crazy, beautiful, violent gameplay is exactly what the PS Vita needs to survive. It’s so unique, so over-the-top crazy, and so freaking violent that even I couldn’t believe developers actually went balls out with the game’s content. Hotline Miami makes Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt look like Sesame Street in comparison.
Originally released for PC, Hotline Miami is a hyper-violent, top-down shooter that plays like a 2D (but way more inventive) version of Manhunt where you’ll be violently taking down vicious enemies in beautifully-violent choreographed ways before they get a chance to take you out.
More on Hotline Miami (plus NSFW screenshots) after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
Myself and about 2.7 million people own and love the PS Vita. I think it’s a powerful piece of technology that’s held back by limited marketing campaigns and expensive games. Sony knows the issues that gamers have with the system (as the company keeps recognizing and mentioning these issues), but still insists on staying the course. Granted there’s a lot of business know-how that factor into these decisions (including answering to shareholders); but Sony really needs to make some changes to their marketing and pricing strategies in order to remain competitive.
In this piece I’ll be discussing issues that have kept the handheld from success, and what Sony can do to address them. Read the rest of this entry
Other than a strong launch, the PlayStation Vita struggled through most of 2012. Not only did the system not have a “Must-buy” title, it was competing with smartphones, tablets, and the Nintendo 3DS with its expensive $249 price tag. Thankfully, the Vita is looking to bounce back this year with a varied lineup of games (including a highly-anticipated first-party, first person shooter) and and new apps to keep gamers coming back to Sony’s flagship handheld.
With that, let’s begin our list of the top 5 most anticipated PS Vita games of 2013! Read the rest of this entry
Regular readers of SonyRumors will note a story about how $50 PlayStation Vita games might be hurting the powerful PSP successor. While I certainly believe that there is room for AAA titles like Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, and Assassin’s Creed, the PS Vita also needs a good selection of unique and low cost games to help it capture the casual and price conscious consumers.
Our SunFlowers review looks at the $3.99 downloadable title to see if its just what the PS Vita needs to help it balance its game catalogue. Check out the full review after the break.
Hey JTM Nation, I wanted to introduce another new series of articles that I’ll be writing called PlayStation ViTalk, where I’ll be discussing/musing about all things PS Vita. This may include editorials, reviews, or just personal thoughts on what’s happening and what should/could happen to Sony’s portable beast.
Anyway, let’s start the first PlayStation ViTalk by getting that elephant out in the open. The PS Vita does NOT have any good first person shooters worth purchasing. Don’t believe me? Download the Resistance: Burning Skies demo or scour the internet for Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified reviews, then get back to me.
Go on, I can wait. Read the rest of this entry
Remember earlier this year when Sony announced that PlayStation Plus was coming to the Vita? Well according to the PlayStation Blog, PlayStation Plus is bringing the fan-favorite game collection to the handheld starting next week. It’s coming as part of the next (ver. 2.0) system update.
Of course, the game collection is only one part of the Vita’s PlayStation Plus perks, hit the jump to read on. Read the rest of this entry
I’ll be honest; it took me this long to review Retro City Rampage because there’s just so many things to see, and so many things to do in the game. On one hand it’s one of the game’s strengths; on the other hand Retro City Rampage crams in so many gameplay styles with erratic difficulty and checkpoints that mar the experience.
That’s not to say that I didn’t like the game, in fact, as a kid who grew up in the 80′s and 90′s I loved the gratuitous amount of nostalgia and throwbacks to movies, games, and events of the time. I loved that there was just so much to do and see that I actually spent most of my time just running around Theftropolis customizing my character, running amuck with power-ups, and causing chaos with the multitude of interesting weapons that are available. It was just that damn fun.
According to Activision’s Dan Amrich, there will be NO Zombies in Black Ops: Declassified for PS Vita.
Woe is me! Zombies was one of the most played feature in Black Ops for PS3 and Xbox 360. Not only was it hectic and pulse-pounding, it also forced COD players (who aren’t known for their teamwork skills) to band together to face the undead threat.
It seems that the Vita exclusive Call of Duty game (developed by Nihilistic Software) needed to deliver on providing gamers with a strong singleplayer experience as well as a multiplayer suite that almost-but-not-quite replicates that of it’s console brethren. The game will be locked at 30 frames per second (FPS); multiplayer will feature smaller maps to accommodate eight players (4 versus 4), a much smaller number compared to the 18 players on PS3 and Xbox 360.
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Konami recently announced that their latest PlayStation Vita RPG New Little King’s Story is now available to purchase and download on the PlayStation Network. New Little King’s Story is actually a follow-up to one to a Wii game from 2009.
Players are cast as King Corobo in his journey to defeat the Devil King – called “The Nightmare” – and reclaim his kingdom. Corobo and his Royal Guard will have to visit seven kingdoms, battle evil lords, and save the capture princesses. Corobo can also recruit subjects and create a unified army. Each of the characters earn experience points with every battle and help them grow as an effective unit fighting for King Corobo’s quest.
Find out more about New Little King’s Story after the break.
Perhaps 2012′s most anticipated PlayStation Vita title, Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation casts players as Aveline, the very first playable female Assassin in the franchise. Her adventure is set in 18th century Louisiana, and ties-in to Connor’s story in Assassin’s Creed 3 (for PS3 and Xbox 360).
In Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation, Aveline must defend her city from the advancing Spanish forces by eliminating key leaders of the armada. Players will get to use weapons unique to the game including a machete, a blowpipe that shoots poison darts, and even dual pistols. I recently had a chance to play the most recent build of the game and was quite impressed with Liberation’s amount of detail, graphical fidelity, and console-like experience that’s quite unique to the PlayStation Vita.
Hit the jump to read our Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation preview. Read the rest of this entry