February 2012 Archives
Before you pass judgment, keep in mind that the Vita has some impressive hardware, including a speedy quad processor, a five-inch OLED touchscreen, a rear touchscreen, dual analog sticks, front- and rear-cameras, a microphone and sensors capable of sensing motion. While the Vita is capable of interacting with the PlayStation 3, Vita owners outside of Japan won't be able to import their PSP games they purchased on UMD. Also keep in mind that if Vita owners want more than the system's paltry memory, they will need to purchase additional memory cards that use a proprietary Sony format.
The Wi-Fi version of the Vita is available for $250, while a 3G/Wi-Fi model (that also requires a monthly data plan costing as much as $50 per month) costs $300. As awesome as the technology may seem, it's FI's opinion that Sony would have to launch an incredible onslaught of inexpensive, exclusive and unbelievably impressive games to make the Vita a viable option, especially since anyone who owned a PSP will have to repurchase legacy content.
The Vita launches with around 25 games, also available as downloads through the PlayStation Store.
Developer: Illwinter Game Design
Platforms: PC, Mac and Linux
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: 256 MB RAM, 100 MB HD space, Windows XP or more recent operating system
Elysium may be filled with vicious creatures, powerful magic, and warring factions, but it's a pleasant and familiar land to anyone who's enjoyed the Dominions series. As in the Dominions games, warring civilizations ally with diabolic powers, ancient gods, and elemental beings to take control of Elysium and build an empire. But unlike the Dominions games, this turn-based strategy title has players battling each other and the AI over a tile-based world.
Developer: Zen Studios
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iOS and Android
Reviewed on Xbox 360
Max the Knight is a typical adventurer. He collects absurdly powerful loot, wanders through dungeons and enchanted forests, and quests after a wealthy princess. When he acquires enchanted ability-enhancing items after defeating yet another vicious creature, he even wonders "Do these stats make me look fat?" How does Max pursue the ultimate adventuring kit while pursuing the wealth that only rescuing a princess can grant? With pinball, of course!
Developer: 38 Studios
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Reviewed on PlayStation 3
The mortal world is being overrun by corrupted, immortal creatures. Only a hero created from nearly nothing, cloned from the dead and resurrected at the Well of Souls, has a chance to unravel the weave of fate and change what seems to be certain doom for the mortal races of Amalur.