Hotline Miami Review

hotline miami review

Platforms: PS3, Playstation Vita, PC
Release Date: October 23, 2012 (PC); June 25, 2013 (PS3, Playstation Vita)

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I’ve got a dog mask covered in blood, a room littered with mangled corpses, and I still need to pick up my phone to answer to some more mysterious phone calls about murder. No, this isn’t Michael Vick’s latest twisted fantasy/scandal, it’s obviously a possible scene from Hotline Miami, a PC indie game that has finally arrived on the Playstation Vita and Playstation 3. Sony’s newfound indie push has brought us some great games like Guacamelee!, but titles like the 1980s-inspired Hotline Miami showcase the true innovation behind these smaller developers. Hotline Miami is a demented, wholly unique title that fits perfectly on the Vita (works great on the PS3 as well) and will find a way to get its hooks into you.
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Guacamelee! Review

Guacamelee review

Platforms: PS3, Playstation Vita
Release Date: April 2, 2013

The impact of Nintendo’s iconic franchises is undeniable when gazing into the gaming hemisphere. Mario and Link’s imprint is still visible in almost every release, but Metroid‘s impression was nearly abandoned as technology progressed. You know the classic Metroidvania formula: your character starts from zero, builds up powers in a gradual fashion, and then opens up new pathways within a 2D platforming world. Guacamelee! shoves its way onto the Playstation 3 and Vita, resurrecting the timeless Metroidvania blueprint in its luchador-enamored world. Although such a shorthand description sells the game drastically short; Guacamelee! is brilliant homage that offers an ingenious mix of old and new ideas.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified Review

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Platform: Playstation Vita
Release Date: November 13, 2012

The behemoth-like Call of Duty franchise usually entails a few things: a tight shooter, large setpieces, and record-shattering sales. The Vita could use all three of those things. Although not as dire as some sensationalists would like to point out, a shooter would benefit the Vita and a portable Call of Duty game is just about the best thing you could ask for. Beckoning to the call, Nihilistic Software created Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, a game tailored to the Vita’s capabilities. Or at least, that’s what they told us. Declassified is an insulting pile of steamy trash that simultaneously spits on the exquisite Call of Duty name and almost sours the idea of a first-person shooter on the Vita.
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Rayman Origins (Vita) Review

Platforms: Playstation Vita
Release Date: February 14, 2012

Earlier this year, I was delighted by the presence of Rayman Origins. Such a wonderful title shattered expectations and held an aesthetic that not only made it stick out from everything else, but made it an outstanding title overall in this generation. We’ve seen Vita ports of console titles before and they’ve been great translations of said games. Rayman Origins on the Vita continues that trend and it, depending on what you are looking for, could be the definitive version for you.
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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD (Vita) Review

Platform: Playstation Vita
Release Date: June 12, 2012

Sneaking through Metal Gear Solid 3 again made me realize something painfully obvious: no matter what platform you throw this beloved title on, it will always be a fantastic game. I hold MGS3 on the most coveted of pedestals so I wasn’t worried that Armature, the folks behind this specific release, would tamper with this classic too much and ruin anything. Porting the port of a port of a port onto a new, portable platform doesn’t seem like too arduous a task and the final product reflects that. Metal Gear Solid 3 HD on the Vita isn’t definitively the best version, but the novelty and strength of the core game make it worth picking up for almost anyone.
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Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus Review

Platform: Playstation Vita
Release Date: February 22, 2012

Next to Resident Evil 4, Ninja Gaiden is one of those fairly current games that has been re-released more than a few times. Like Resident Evil 4, many players hold this game to be one of those timeless action titles that anyone interested must try. Hitting the original Xbox twice, the PS3, and now the Vita, Tecmo just can’t let its critical darling linger in the dark for more than a few years. Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus has strong enough combat and looks good enough to remain relevant, even if it tosses a small amount of dust on its pedestal during its trip to a new home.
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Mortal Kombat (Vita) Review

Platform: Playstation Vita
Release Date: May 1, 2012

I have a horrible memory, but I vividly remember at least one thing from 2011: playing an extensive amount of Mortal Kombat whenever I could fit it in. When that beloved fighting game hit last year on consoles, it became hard to tear myself away from its addictive combat and plethora of extra modes. After sinking over one hundred hours in the console version and waiting a little over a year, Mortal Kombat has finally been ported over to the Vita with promises that the previous versions held in addition to a lot more. How could they cram even more insanity within a smaller, handheld system? I don’t know, but they pulled it off with little fault.
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Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

Platform: Playstation Vita
Release Date: February 12, 2012

Uncharted games, while they have many interesting facets, have always been impressive due to their titanic spectacle. Death defying jumps, ridiculous explosions, gigantic lost cities, and that impressive half-tuck are not only fun to interact in, but have always been some of the most technically impressive showcases of the PS3 hardware. But what happens when that is scaled to a handheld console? One would assume some of the magic would evaporate, right? The Playstation Vita needed a game to show off what it could do and Uncharted: Golden Abyss is just that title. Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a captivating Uncharted game through and through regardless of what console it is on.
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Super Stardust Delta Review

Platform: Playstation Vita (PSN only)
Release Date: February 22, 2012

When Super Stardust HD hit the PS3, I always admired it from a distance. Shiny graphics and fast gameplay always were the apparent attraction for this series, but I never could quite get into it (and I even got it from Sony for free). I knew it was good, but it couldn’t keep me coming back. Now that the franchise has hit the Vita, I thought things might shake out better on the go. A smaller screen is sublime for a game such as this, or that was my hunch at least. For once, I was right; Super Stardust Delta is a superb game for the Vita.
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Motorstorm RC Review

Platforms: PS3, Playstation Vita (version reviewed)
Release Date: March 6, 2012

I’ve always been a backseat fan of the Motorstorm series. Something about the way it looked and played intrigued me, even if I never felt like I had the racing chops to pick up a copy. Motorstorm RC has hit the Vita and for a cheap price I felt it was time to take the plunge. Although not a complete spin out, I think I may have picked the wrong time to jump on this party bus to frustration. Continue reading