Super Stardust Delta

Reviewed by Kyle Bell, Posted on 2012-03-26


Developer: Housemarque Publisher: SCEA
Release Date: February 14, 2012 Available On: Vita

PlayStation gamers should be more than familiar with Super Stardust HD. Launched in 2007 exclusively on PSN, Super Stardust HD was the PS3's response to Geometry Wars. It is an arcade-style shooter that emphasizes high-scores like they did in the golden age of gaming. The Vita gets its turn with the franchise with Super Stardust Delta

While a PSP attempt was previously released, the lack of a second analog stick basically ensured its failure. For those unfamiliar with Super Stardust HD, the playerís ship is controlled with one stick while you fire with the other analog stick. The same can be said of the PlayStation Vita version of the game, so the presence of a second analog stick on the system provides a big advantage over PSP.

The game takes place on series of planets where your ship will have to take out incoming asteroids as well as enemy ships. Each planet is broken up into five different phases with increased difficulty as you advance through each stage. The fifth phase culminates in pretty cool boss fights.

You have a limited number of lives which you can find at the top left of the screen. There are power-ups that can be collected as well. Switching between weapons is as simple as pressing the right trigger. You will need to do this in order to better deal with threats as they correspond to the color of your weapon. Ultimately your only goal is to rack up the highest score possible and survive.

Super Stardust Delta allows you to play in the traditional Pure Mode or in the new Vita-enhanced Pure Mode. The only real difference between the two is that Pure Mode gives you missiles and black holes by touching the front or back touchscreens on the system. Veterans will probably stick with Pure Mode, but itís a nice touch (no pun intended).

Super Stardust Delta is the best PlayStation Vita launch title based purely on value. For only $10 you will get hours of entertainment out of this flashy arcade shooter. There are plenty of modes and bonus content to keep you coming back for more, too. Just be warned that you might lose interest in other games for a while. Super Stardust Delta is going to steal your Vita gaming time.

Graphics: 9
Sound: 8
Gameplay: 9.5
Creativity: 9
Replay Value/Game Length: 8
Final: 8.8 out of 10
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