As an unpaid gaming ape, I don’t write about every game I play and a lot of great games end up flying under the Gamerillaz radar. This is by no means a review of these games, it’s just a brief synopsis of a few titles that I think are worth checking out. Feel free to completely disagree with everything I say, I still won’t get paid anyway.
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale – PS3 and Vita
This title picked up a lot of slack from critics who said that it was ‘unreasonable’ to have a fighting arena featuring characters from a range of unrelated games. I’ve got news for those dudes, it’s a game so anything is possible and therefore reasonable! I loved the range of characters, their individual stories and their distinctive combat abilities which have been cleverly designed to make them similarly matched. Up to four characters can be in a single fight and the combat may seem like complete chaos but believe me, you’ll need some skill to pull off those special moves and combos. It’s a cross platform game but I played it much more on the Vita because it’s much more suited to short gaming sessions and gaming on the move. I highly recommend this title for all of the above and especially because it gives you the opportunity to kick Nathan Drake’s ass, (regular readers will know that I really hate that guy).
When Vikings Attack – Vita
Where should I begin? With the hilarious premise for a game? With the imaginative and well designed gameplay? Or with the sheer fun factor of it? If you like the idea of hurling anything from traffic cone to a tractor at some marauding Norsemen then this is the game for you. There’s a great variety of levels from farms, to beaches to cities and it’s all super fun. It’s got humour, action and charm and I loved it. Best of all, it’s going to be available for free to PS Plus members in August so make sure to avail of this great offer.
Jak and Daxter Trilogy – Vita
This game is a port of the PS2 classics Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Jak II: Renegade and Jak 3. Technically, it has been really well done and if you were a fan of these on the PS2 then you’ll have a great time with the top class platform action and you’ll see that they are all true to the originals. I’m not convinced that this will generate a huge number of newcomers to the franchise but if you’re nostalgic for some PS2 platforming excellence then this is a great title for you.
Dare to Fly – PS3
Mrs Hairyback regularly catches me in the living room late at night, doing inappropriate things with my hands but it was a first when she caught me flapping my virtual wings. I’m joking of course, not about the inappropriate hand action but about the flapping. You see, this game requires two move controllers but I only have one so I couldn’t play it as it should be played. It’s reasonably entertaining when you play with the dual shock but this game would be great fun for kids. If you’ve got two move controllers, a bunch of kids and you want some time to read the paper, get them this game and it’s guaranteed to keep them entertained long enough for you to regain some of the sanity they’ve stolen from you.
Anyone who liked Brain Training on the DS will absolutely love this. It’s got a fantastic variety of logic, arithmetic, memory, language and observation games that are all challenging and hugely addictive. The game utilizes the touch screen, touch pad, tilt, front and rear cameras, microphone and everything else the Vita has. It’s voiced by John Cleese so it oozes cleverness while it reminds you of how not so clever you are. Don’t play it with a hangover because it requires a clear head, concentration and a lot of patience. I reckon it’s my most played Vita game and I can’t recommend it enough. If you just buy one of the games mentioned in this article make it this one. That’s my contribution to an inadequate education system!