GR: Accessorize the apocalypse.
PlayStation Vita gamers make up perhaps the most underserved consumers in video gaming, particularly in Western and European markets where the handheld’s penchant for deep, entrenched Japanese gameplay mechanics haven’t exactly lit up sales charts. Even if PlayStation Vita units sell well in the far east, Sony has an undeniable problem on their hands if the powerful and highly engaging hardware can’t take off alongside PlayStation 4 as an accessory or a means to runabout Nintendo Wii U’s TV-freeing tablet GamePad controller.
To that end, I’d call the latest platform exclusive from Sony, JAPAN Studio, Shift, and Dimps an unfortunately distinct and obtusely unique distraction for both dedicated play sessions and on-the-go bursts of rapid action, though its remarkably murky setting, plot, and structure seem to wrestle with you almost for the sake of it. In one breath, Freedom Wars will either delight or subvert what you think about role-playing games whether you’re well versed in Japanese gaming or not.