Brian Provinciano’s follow-up to Retro City Rampage is finally here. Shakedown: Hawaii bumps up the bits from 8 to 16. This time around Vblank drops the references, the homages, and has made a game that stands on its own, more so than its spiritual predecessor. Shakedown: Hawaii still offers a Grand Theft Auto-style sandbox experience that can be as chaotic as you make it, but this time it’s all about making the most money imaginable. And it won’t be long before you’re your own Scrooge McDuck, albeit a lunatic who’s grip on reality is only held on by the almighty dollar, and willing to kill for it.
The PlayStation Vita is no stranger to some fantastic role playing games. It seems to be the handheld to go to when it comes to interesting and unique RPG experiences. One thing right off the bat, Grand Kingdom is quite different from any other RPG game I’ve played (which is a ton) and it offers an experience worth checking out, even if it’s bit intimidating from the start.
New releases for the PlayStation Vita are few and far between these days. Especially games that take specific advantage of what the Vita can offer, in this case touch screen controls. Severed plays out much like a twisted fantasy told in a foreign and colorful land. As the protagonist Sasha, she finds herself hoping to rescue her family and do battle in the process.
It’s the month of October and if you celebrate Halloween, that only means one thing: Scary stuff is in season! That’s what makes this release the perfect time. A long awaited sequel to a franchise that has become extremely popular on the PSP is finally landing on the Vita and with it comes a host of changes. Is this a scary game that you should jump head first into, or did the transition to the Vita bring along with it more nightmares?
Developed by Armature Studio, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate brings the core Arkham pillars to a handheld format for the first time to Sony and Nintendo handheld systems. Featuring stealth gameplay, free-flow combat, and Batman¹s infamous gadgets, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate captures the genuine Arkham feel players have come to appreciate. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past. After gang-fueled uprisings occur within the walls of Blackgate Prison, Batman is called in to restore order and put an end to the rebellion before the chaos implodes. With gripping 2.5-D graphics, fully voiced narrative, and a captivating storyline, players will explore deep inside the bowels of this remote island penitentiary that plays an important role in the Arkham universe.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will release on PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS. Batman: Arkham Origins developed by WB Games Montréal will be available for the PS3 , Xbox 360, the Wii U system, and Windows PC. Both games will release worldwide on Oct. 25, 2013.
Brian Provinciano has been working on what is now known as Retro City Rampage for just over a decade, originally started as an NES game called “Grand Theftendo”, is now it’s own release on PSN, PSVita, and PC. In a world where HD remakes rule the modern landscape that prey on your nostalgia, Retro City Rampage is non-HD demake that is something new, but everything you’d expect it to be and more.