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.
Worms Revolution Extreme
Overall, it's the same game as before but on a handheld, which worked very well for the gameplay. It maintained my attention for a while and I was able to enjoy the puzzles presented throughout the campaign. As I mentioned before, it gets pretty repetitive after a few rounds. If you don't take full advantage of your turn by destroying a worm or two, don't underestimate the computer because it will move its worms in place and take the shot. If you liked any of the Worms games, I suggest you try this out. The mobility of the Vita gave it a slight edge over Worms Clan Wars.
Dragon’s Crown is terrific fun, with the appropriate mindset. It may or may not be distasteful, depending on one’s tolerance for cliches and objectivity, and it may or may not be fun, depending on one’s tolerance for 2-D beat ‘em ups that put the onus of combat potential on the player. However, the strength it has in aesthetic character and gameplay is mighty indeed. Dragon’s Crown doesn’t offer any much needed enrichment of its various genres, but it makes up for this by committing to its visual identity and the frenetic, empowering possibilities of its game design.
Guacamelee! is a surprising source for a number of in-depth questions regarding ethnic art and internet influence, but it's also one of the finest games available for the PlayStation Vita. Players steering clear of it for the reasons listed above are missing a robust venture in the world of action-platforming.
So the one thing about Alien Breed is that the game is kind of boring and if you aren’t a fan of the old game there really isn’t anything here to bring anyone new to the mix. Even going back to the game, it was hard to stay focused and want to keep playing. This package is a love letter to those who really enjoyed the original game and it doesn’t seem to be targeted towards anyone else really. Alien Breed is a decent package and great love letter to a classic arcade game but that’s all it manages to be. The inclusion of multiplayer goes a long way to make this package worth the price but if you are looking for something more in depth you may want to look elsewhere.
With that juvenile behavior out of the way, Smart As (heh) offers the player a collection of mini games designed to test and strengthen their brain power. Although the game feels about six years too late, Smart As offers a nice set of diversions that’ll keep players interested until the inevitable boredom sets in.