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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The Summer of PSVITA Shooters!

Summer Stress Relief - with lots of guns in your pocket (PSVITA)

Reviews by Matt Adcock

Whilst we wait for the almighty PS4 (which will give you unlimited reasons to fire up the PSVITA and play all the lovely new games remotely and was recently picked by speedy Usain Bolt as the next gen console of choice: http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/122175-usain-bolt-on-ps4-vs-xbox-one-ps4-i-m-a-ps-fan ) - there are some great new downloadable shooters now available to keep you playing through the summer...

Hotline Miami 

Fresh from massive accolades on the PC, this fresh blast of destructive murder-em-up is now on the PSVita (and a cross buy bonus you get PS3 version too).

Imagine A more frantic, arcade style Grand Theft Auto (like the original top down 16bit graphic look) and boost it with a compulsive gameplay that will have you hooked for hours... The controls on Vita/PS3 work a treat - I'm a sucker for twin stick shooters - so unless untold levels of pixelated bloodshed upsets you, and the plotline does question an interesting 'are you serial killer or hero' line - Hotline Miami is the very definition of 'must play'...

"Hotline Miami 2 already in production"

Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:
ööööö - hand held shoot / stealth perfection

Velocity Ultra 

Old school vertical space shooting is given a new lease of life on the PSVITA - jump aboard your 'Quarp' Jet which comes packing a nice range of weapons and a superb teleport ability.

Battle through 50 levels, racing against the clock whist picking up survivors and generally laying down some impressive firepower. Much like in Hotline Miami, beating a level sees you graded on your performance, and hence given an unlimited incentive to try and do it again - just better!

"space travel in your hands"

Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:
öööö - incredible space shooting fun

OMG HD Zombies!

Reviewed by Matt Adcock

Play out your own World War Z - destroying Zombie games with a sniper rifle and watching the insane chain reaction of explosions that results. OMG HD Zombies is a superb blend of puzzle and action.

There are lots of levels of Zombies to take out across Redfield City - different zombies have various ways of dying - some explode, others run and wail, some will have their brains shoot out and hit others - it's a tactically wonderful challenge that demands repeat plays!

"super stylish minimal visuals"

Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:
ööööö - best zombie destruction you can buy

Total Recoil

 If you ever played the Arcade Machine classic 'Heavy Barrel' (man I spent SO much time on that as a kid) you'll have some idea of what Total Recoil brings to the PSVITA. Armed to the teeth, you're a soldier on an oil rig / jungle / airfield full of baddies - collecting coin and weapons and destroying explosive barrels and the waves of enemies. The levels are nicely devised, perfect short bursts of carnage, ending in a boss battle... There is a lot of upgrading to be done - so completing all the objectives is important - and grinding previously-played levels is a key way to improve. You can use the coins to buy new weapons and upgrade them. There are even Call of Duty killstreak rewards with air strike or turrets to swing the battle in your favour. Total Recoil is an absolute blast, it's fun, looks good and delivers on all counts.

"destroy it all!"

Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:
öööö - epic twin stick battle carnage 

"don't forget the Wip3out either..."

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