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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

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

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

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

Tearaway

This is a remarkable game, and there isn’t a Vita owner in the world that should pass it by. It’s a sublime experience and, especially at its budget retail price, is dense with gameplay mechanics that involve you as the player directly into Tearaway’s loveable little dimension.

Tearaway

Guacamelee!

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.

Guacamelee!

Urban Trial Freestyle

While this game doesn’t bring anything new to the table it accomplishes what it sets out to do with some minor speed bumps along the way. This game will definitely have its audience and even people looking for some pick up and play endurance action can find some enjoyment out of this game. This game is a good addition to a handheld library for people who like to have quick play sessions on the go. The physics are fun enough and there are enough social hooks that you can easily get wrapped up in this game and have you coming back for me. There’s nothing new here and the frame rate can get pretty touchy but the content that is here is entertaining enough.

Urban Trial Freestyle

Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 Golden is, as far as I’m concerned, is the PlayStation Vita’s killer app. Atlus has done a great service to the platform by not just porting a four year old game but adding a great deal of content that makes the experience seem fresh and new fro those who’ve already played through the game.

Persona 4 Golden

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified

The final word on Black Ops: Declassified is somewhat paradoxical. It’s not quite the trainwreck that many have made it out to be. In fact, if this were an iOS game available for $1.99, there’s every chance that it would garner much more praise.

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation

One charge that can never be levied at Ubisoft is a lack of ambition. After five console Assassin's Creed games in just six years, and a smattering of handheld offshoots, the French super-publisher has set it sights on the one device that could be called upon to bridge the gap between fighting the Templars at home, and fighting them wherever one goes: the Playstation Vita.

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation