Velocity Ultra | £1.29 | Steam (RRP: £6.99)
Velocity 2X may be one of the best retro shooters in ages, and free for PS+ owners, but its excellent prequel is cheap as chips on PC. Half hectic SHMUP, half puzzler and all awesome, this really is worth a look if you're a fan of either genre. And awesomeness.
The developers at Futurlab, who brought us Coconut Dodge and the excellent Velocity, have extolled Sony's virtues in a recent interview, charting their progression from a small team beavering away in the PlayStation Minis programme to full releases on PS3 and Vita.
It's a journey, they say, that couldn't have been done without Shahid Ahmad and his team at Sony Strategic Content.Click here to read more...
PlayStation Mobile is out now on Vita and select Android devices, allowing developers to easily deliver their games onto new platforms and us consumers to make merry as indie games fall like rain. Plus, hey, it's always nice to have something to play on our pricey Sony handhelds.
I personally feel that PlayStation Mobile is a uniquely forward-thinking venture that could grow into a massive new marketplace, ripe with potential for developers and gamers alike (so long as it's handled properly, see also: XBLIG). For now, however, we're going to focus on five notable games from the launch lineup and discuss whether or not they're worth buying on Vita.
Spoiler alert: you need to go and buy three of them immediately. Let's start strong:
Upon booting up Aqua Kitty, your eyes will initially be attracted to the first part of the title. After all, everyone loves cats and including a bunch of moggies certainly won't hurt sales. You'll then be floored by the the gorgeous big pixel art style, but most savvy gamers will quickly realise that Defender is the operative work here. Aqua Kitty is a gorgeous and responsive reimagining of Williams Electronics' classic arcade game, packed with hectic action, rock-solid mechanics and a superb chiptune soundtrack.
It's also one of the best Vita games on the market.Click here to read more...