Welcome again to Strong or Weak for the week.  This week marks the official release of Sony’s PS Vita, so we’ll be taking a look at some of the games that are surrounding the launch and coming out this week.

Our contenders for the week of February 20th to the 22nd include:

  • Army Corps of Hell (Vita)
  • Dynasty Warriors Next (Vita)
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (Vita)
  • Touch My Katamari (Vita)

Army Corps of Hell
PS Vita
RTS, Battle
Square Enix

At first glance, this game looks pretty badass.  Let’s take a look at the story.

Defeated in battle, the King of Hell is stripped of his powers and banished from his throne. Burned into a meager corpse, the dethroned king uses the last of his strength to take command of a corps of weak-minded goblins. He commands this ragtag army of bloodthirsty goblins as he fights through Hell to reclaim his throne, destroying his enemies and looting their corpses for equipment along the way.

Some features of the game include commanding armies, reaping the spoils of war, as well as teaming up with friends for multiplayer or making things more challenging.  That’s all fine and dandy, but what I’m focused on is – I get to be the king of hell and have a bunch of bloodthirsty goblins as my minions?  Where do I sign up?

Verdict: Strong

Dynasty Warriors Next
Platform: PS Vita
Type: Tactical
By: Koei

The Dynasty Warriors series let you step into the shoes of the greatest generals in Ancient China. In this Tactical Action game players can enjoy the thrill of taking down thousands of enemies and become the greatest hero in Chinese history. Dynasty Warriors NEXT, built for the PS Vita, will allow players to use the system’s touch pad and sensor for intuitive controls and also allow players to connect together and enjoy an epic experience.

Sounds like the same old thing again that all of the Dynasty Warriors before this one has brought us.  I’m not feeling it on this one.

Verdict: Weak

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
Platform: PS Vita
Type: Action, Hack & Slash
By: Tecmo Koei

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus brings us all the action of Sigma, but with advanced controls that are only available on the PS Vita.  It’s the same story, sure, but who doesn’t enjoy a good hack and slash every now and then?

The Verdict: Strong

Touch My Katamari
Platform: PS Vita
Type: Casual
By: Namco

It’s that time again to roll your balls around and make them bigger by getting more and more stuff to stick to them.  Yes, it does sound wrong.  I suppose it’s all and well that a Katamari title will be on the Vita, but it doesn’t seem like there is anything new to this game other than some added controls.  This Royal Rainbow experience doesn’t cut it in my book.

The Verdict: Weak

the author

Danni Cherie is an avid gamer. The first game she ever started playing was Space Invaders on the Atari 2600, which was followed by a lifetime of collecting systems and playing her heart out. Her favorite genres include FPS and RPGs, but she's open to pretty much anything. If you'd like to know more about Danni, you can follow her on twitter under the handle @dannicherie or you can send her a message over Xbox Live. Her gamertag is The Tiny Zombie.