Hello and welcome to something new we are planning. Today marks the end of the year 2014, and the first full year that we’ve been around, as a review site. As such, we wanted to take a look back at the year. There are 12 months in the year, and we will be highlighting on one review for each month from the past year, taking a look at the highest-scoring PlayStation Vita titles from each month. Not only to showcase games from this year, but also to showcase all of the must-have games from our experiences. Do note that some titles may not seem as huge to our viewers, but some early months, we didn’t have many “new” games in our reviews.
We will showcase these as summaries. Looking through, we have selected the following:
January 2014: Bike Rider DX (PlayStation Mobile)
Bike Rider DX is: Good
All in all, Bike Rider DX is a fun little casual platformer that is great for pick-up-and-play sessions. Once you get through each Game Mode, there’s no real incentive to replay it, so we suggest you not play it through all at once. It’s a short game, but a fun one. If you’re looking for a platformer for wasting time, it’s a good way to go.
February 2014: The LEGO Movie Videogame
The LEGO Movie Videogame is: Good
All in all, The LEGO Movie Videogame takes what TT Games started with LEGO Marvel Superheroes: Universe in Peril and makes it a lot better. It’s still very different from the console release, and there is still much to be improved on, but the game is far beyond what was there in the previous LEGO game. If you’re looking for the console version, go to the home consoles. If you want an entertaining LEGO game on the go, nab this when it goes on sale.
March 2014: Final Fantasy X HD Remaster
Final Fantasy X HD Remaster is: Great
All in all, Final Fantasy X HD Remaster is everything the game was back in 2001, and then some. With the addition of the International Content as well as the new features to the game, this is a game that will easily take 50-100 hours away or more. The story is a little confusing and the character development for Tidus can be a bit hit and miss for players, but those looking for a Final Fantasy fix or an excellent turn-based RPG cannot go wrong with this.
April 2014: Ragnarok Odyssey ACE
Ragnarok Odyssey ACE is: Good
If you’re a fan of the Hunting genre and Ragnarok Online, or enjoyed the original Ragnarok Odyssey, you will be at home with this game. There is a lot of new content to dive into, from Mercenaries to the Tower of Yggdrasil to ACE Skills. Despite this, it will still feel very much like the original game. There is still a lot of repetition involved and if you cannot really get into the battle system, you won’t enjoy this game much. But if you can, there’s a lot to do.
May 2014: Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 is: Good
At the end of the day, this is Borderlands 2, in its entirety, on a handheld platform, which is an impressive feat. If you’re looking for an open-world shoot-and-loot game to play on the go, then this is definitely worth the purchase. While there are some technical annoyances, like hoards of enemies slightly dropping the frame-rate, touch controls to get used to, and a lower enemy count, the game is a fun open-world adventure that has more content than you will know what to do with.
June 2014: PlayStation Vita Pets
PlayStation Vita Pets is: Great
All in all, PlayStation Vita Pets is a great game for kids and family-oriented audiences. It is cute, funny, and has a lot of depth in the fact that it’s both a pet simulator as well as an adventure game. While there are some technical hiccups in the game and the game has only released digitally, it is a charming and cute game worthy of any dog-lover’s PS Vita library.
July 2014: Child of Light
Child of Light is: Great
Child of Light is a charming fairy tale woven into a poetic RPG that will make you wonder whether you’re really playing a JRPG rather than a Western one. While the load times have easily doubled in this version of the game and it occasionally crashed upon opening, Child of Light is just as charming and beautiful on the Vita as it was on its console brothers. This is certainly a game worth looking into, whether you’re a fan of RPGs or poetry.
August 2014: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1
Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 1 is: Great
Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 1 is a very funny and beautiful RPG. The game’s story won’t hold the attention of those wanting a serious Final Fantasy VII level of story and the frames do drop a fair amount in some dungeons. However, for everyone else, there is a unique RPG experience here that will be new for newcomers to the series as well as series veterans that will take up lots of your time and bring you a lot of laughs and smiles.
September 2014: Danganronpa 2 Goodbye Despair
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is: Great
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is arguably as good, if not better than the first game. The story is longer, the trials and exploration are much more interactive, and there are story twists that make the first game’s twists look basic. While there are some glitches gamers need to watch out for, if you’re into visual novels or mystery games, you can’t go wrong with this purchase.
October 2014: Minecraft PlayStation Vita Edition
Minecraft PlayStation Vita Edition is: Great
All in all, this is Minecraft: Console Edition, but portable. Everything from the PS3 and PS4 versions are here as well as getting the PS3 version and a PS4 Upgrade deal when you purchase the game, be it retail or digital. While the draw distance and occasional lag can bring about an annoyance every so often, this is the full Minecraft experience on the go and something no fan of 3D Exploration and Building will want to miss.
November 2014: Freedom Wars
Freedom Wars is: Great
Freedom Wars is a fresh take on the Hunting RPG genre that focused more on story than any other game in the genre. On the downside, there are some glitches to work out, along with long load times and some lengthy waiting and difficulty spikes that are rage-inducing. Behind that is an exceptional RPG that you can get into, whether you want to experience the Hunting gameplay or the story of this futuristic Earth.
December 2014: Tales of Hearts R
Tales of Hearts R is: Great
Tales of Hearts R is a game that tries to bring that console RPG experience to the Vita, and does so well. The gameplay is fun, it has a lot of length to it, and they’ve completely overhauled everything about the original to make it more immersive. Although there are some cropped scenes and the story isn’t as deep as the series is known for, this is a game no Tales or RPG fan should pass up.
That’s it for our Yearly Highlights! 2014 was a great year for the PlayStation Vita and we expect 2015 to be even better! Stay tuned as we will have more reviews for you very soon.