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Tokyo Tattoo Girls Review

In the end, what we have in Tokyo Tattoo Girls is by far one of the most shallow strategy games I've ever seen, with absolutely a joke of a story, and shallow and repetitive gameplay. It's just so utterly disappointing in just about every aspect. As someone who doesn't have any tattoos (although my wife more than makes up for me), I think I'd rather go get my first one than play this game any more than I had to.

Tokyo Tattoo Girls Review

Xenoraid Review

The trouble is, even though the game gets better after a while, the game never really changes up its design, so it always seems like you’re doing the same boring things, even if it’s just a bit more challenging. Everything is much too repetitive and lacks substance. Once again, it’s just another indie title that you’ll forget you ever bought.

Xenoraid Review

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

A focus on shooting and puzzle solving adds diversity to the playstyle without alienating the fanbase.

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

Boss!

Boss! isn't a game for everyone. If you are looking for a game that will keep you entertained for hours, you'll be best off looking elsewhere. The enjoyment I did find, I found when playing it in quick 10-20 minute sessions but anything longer than that the repetitiveness of the game would wear on me causing boredom. I would surely recommend it for kids or anybody who enjoys a simple game that is charming and fun albeit in short burst.

Boss!

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus brought a lot of change to the series by integrating a 3D world into the experience. Many of the old problems that were previously seen in Burst are still present however, including things like repetition and performance issues. The camera in Shinovi Versus also creates some problems when it comes to the gameplay, and those complications should have been ironed out before the release of the title. Even though Shinovi Versus has some issues it still remains fun to play thanks to all of the unique characters, combat system, and amount of collectibles. If fan service and beat-‘em-ups are up your alley, then Shinovi Versus is a game worth checking out.

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus

Crimsonland

If you love a good dual joystick shooter then Crimsonland is the best choice on the Vita. The biggest problems are simply the lack of visual variety and the Vita's own issue with joystick precision, but other than that Crimsonland is a game well worth the price of admission.

Crimsonland

Don't Starve: Giant Edition

This is a solid port of a solid survival game. It doesn't have the same crafting depth as other games like Terraria or Minecraft but it does a fine job by giving a survival experience like nothing else.

Don't Starve: Giant Edition

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

Goodbye Despair is a perfect example of how a sequel should be done. It doesn't try to change mechanics of the original but instead improves on them. By adding a engaging plot and spectacular narrative coupled with charismatic characters and an rewarding island worth exploring Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a title that any visual novel fan should experience.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a reasonably priced title that is good for pick up and play sessions. The combat system is combo heavy and the leveling and scoring systems are pretty addicting. Outside of those aspects of the title though glitches and an entirely forgettable story drop Battle Grounds into the middle of a really crowded pack of available alternatives.

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment was one of my most anticipated games for 2014. In many ways the title delivered with its massive maps, huge skill trees, and available content for players. But in many other ways it was disappointing with its overly grind heavy gameplay, lack of direction, and the most unprofessional localization I’ve ever experienced. Role-playing and Sword Art Online fans will most likely enjoy the title, but gamers on the edge about downloading the title might not be as impressed as the others. In short, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a fun disappointment.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland is light-hearted, enjoyable, and one of the better role-playing games on the PlayStation Vita.

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland

Child of Light

Child of Light is the type of game that the industry needs right now. Digital distribution is gaining popularity, and some of the oldest and largest publishers are struggling to adapt with the newer market trends. Some are stuck attempting to hit it big every few years with another large AAA title, or have ventured into the realm of free-to-play mobile titles. Ubisoft is well aware of where the market stands, and is mixing it up with AAA titles and smaller, more unique experiments. Child of Light is worth checking out, even if you don’t normally follow the role-playing genre. And although there are a few downsides, it is still one of the biggest surprises of 2014 so far.

Child of Light

Hyperdimension Neptunia PP: Producing Perfection

Hyperdimension Neptunia PP: Producing Perfection is the beginning for a series that will likely see multiple entries on the PlayStation Vita. With a remake of the first game on the way, Producing Perfection gives players an easier entry into the series for newcomers. Although the gameplay is sometimes too light for its own good, the relaxing nature of the experience, and the likable cast of idols makes the experience worth trying to some degree. Producing Perfection is such a unique title however, that most gamers will probably want to pass over this experience to something with a little more substance.

Hyperdimension Neptunia PP: Producing Perfection

Sparkle 2

Every week, new content releases on the PlayStation Network, and sometimes it’s nice having an easy to play title during life’s numerous layovers. Sparkle 2 has some fun moments in the form of color matching addiction, but little else makes the title worth playing. Eight dollars won’t break most wallets, but there are plenty of other games on the Vita more worthy of your time.

Sparkle 2