PlayStation Now Coming to PS Vita and TV on October 14th
The PlayStation Vita family of hardware is getting a bit content boost next week. Alongside the October 14th launch of the PlayStation TV device that acts as an equivalent to the PlayStation Vita that you can plug into your TV, the PS Vita and PlayStation TV will get the launch of the PlayStation Now beta on those devices.
Building (Critical) Consensus: Tearaway
Did you know that LittleBigPlanet was the first game developed by Media Molecule? LBP was one of the best games released on the PlayStation 3 and LBP2 really showed the potential of the PlayStation 3 and the PS3’s “Play. Create. Share.” line of games. Of course, leave it to Media Molecule to also make a must-own title for Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld console.
According to critics, Tearaway has vaulted to the top of the list of must-own Vita games. Considering that the most common complaint about the Vita is a lack of worthwhile exclusives, Tearaway certainly makes a case that you don’t need to tie into a big PlayStation franchise to be a good Vita game. Critics loved the charm and the way the game used just about every aspect of the Vita.
Building (Critical) Consensus: Killzone: Mercenary
If there’s one thing that the PlayStation Vita’s been missing, it’s that must-own game that isn’t a port of a game already on another platform. Sure, the Vita has some very good games but apart from Persona 4 Golden, almost all of the best Vita games are available on another platform. Once again, Sony tapped one of its big franchises to get people onto the Vita by bringing the Killzone franchise to the portable platform.
Critics tend to agree that it’s the best first-person shooter to make its way onto the Vita but that’s hardly a challenge. What many disagree on is whether it’s the full console experience on a portable console.
Sony Announces PS Vita TV for Big Screen Vita Experience
Google has Chromecast. Apple has Apple TV. Now, Sony is getting into the world of TV plug-in devices but their’s will have include a feature more interesting than Apple or Google has.
Sony announced the PS Vita TV, a small device that plugs into your TV that allows you to access online streaming services, social media, surf the internet and more. More importantly, the PS Vita TV also lets you play Vita games right on your TV.
Gamescom 2013: PlayStation Reminds You That It’s About the Games
As has been their modus operandi for 2013, where Microsoft has some good news, Sony is not far behind to say “anything you can do, I can do better.” That includes during Gamescom with Sony’s keynote address in which they found a way to trump Microsoft’s earlier presser in nearly every possible way. It wasn’t quite the massacre that E3 was but Sony still came out guns a-blazing.
Building (Critical) Consensus: Dragon’s Crown
Dragon’s Crown might be one of the more controversial releases of 2013 in the ongoing concern over sexism and misogyny video games. The 2D side-scrolling brawler has been making headlines since its art first hit the internet. The “hypersexualized” art of the game which depicts a female sorceress with massive breasts, an amazon in almost no clothing and male characters so impossibly muscled that they shouldn’t be able to move.
Some reviewers didn’t let the art style influence their review while others weighed it heavily in their scores. Polygon was the site that’s taken the most flak from gamers (or, at least, Dragon’s Crown fans) over their review which came in almost 20% under the GameRankings average as a result of the game’s art style and depiction of female NPCs. But, of course, that’s why you read multiple reviews. And, of course, you’ll know ahead of time if the art style is off-putting so you won’t let a bad review heavily criticizing the art style get to you, I hope.