Friday, February 24, 2017

#TeamHandheld Report - 02/24/2017

The #TeamHandheld Report is back with three new Vita games this week. I still have some 3DS titles I want to go into, but other games keep getting in the way. And with the Switch launching next week, oh dear...

Now Playing

forma.8 (Vita)

I've just started on forma.8, but it already has its hooks in me. This action adventure title falls in line with Metroid-style exploration, but features a cute, floating circle as the main character. Flying around these open areas looking for the right path is engaging and feels different enough from the formula to be fresh. I've only just started on this one, so I can't say too much yet, but know that I will be back to talk more about it.

-Very engaging so far-




Vertical Drop Heroes HD (Vita)

Vertical Drop Heroes HD is the latest in the group of what I call slow progression games to hit the Vita, joining titles like Rogue Legacy and Bard's Gold. These are games where you make incremental progress while learning the basics in order to eventually be able to finish the level without dying. The difference here is that instead of venturing through a castle while fighting off foes and finding random treasure, your hero is doing all that while dropping vertically down the stage. Much like Rogue Legacy, you get to select from a random assortment of character types at the start of the level, each with their own unique skills. Much like the other games of this ilk, it's quite challenging and often frustrating, but that's all part of the charm...I guess.

-Another drop in the bucket-




Deemo: The Last Recital (Vita)

The Vita is a treasure trove of rhythm games, many of which people have probably never heard of, so it would be understandable if you'd never heard of Deemo: The Last Recital before now. This game is currently available via an Asian English import, but is coming digitally to North America soon, but I got a little impatient and opted for this version. It's delightful. The rhythm sections are about what you'd expect, though the music so far is lovely. There is also a story mode and it's strange, but I am not really here for that. Just give me more music.

-Hitting the right notes-



Upcoming

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (3DS) & Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (3DS)

Both of these are still ready to go, but I've had other RPGs get in the way. I want to do these justice, so just keep hanging on.

Various (Switch)

The Switch is hitting soon, so I plan on checking out a few new games on that, in handheld mode of course.

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