If you have the wonderbox that is Sony’s PlayStation Vita, today is a very good day for you. Just don’t plan to get much done for the rest of this month.
Minecraft needs no introduction. The small indie project that became a worldwide phenomenon now has a place in many homes, colleges and schools as a tool for pure creativity. Part of its appeal is that it can be anything you want it to be: survival horror, digital Lego, working computer, caving sim. It’s possible to lose massive chunks of time to its blocky depths, and having a full-formed Vita version – complete with proper controls and online multiplayer – means that every spare minute can go into your growing creation.
Nidhogg isn’t as well known, but is one of the most enjoyable games I’ve ever played. A tense dance of cat-and-mouse, the sound of swords clanging against the steaming, spitting backgrounds will keep you entertained for hours on end. The victor earns the right to be devoured by Nidhogg himself. How’s that for a payoff.
Of course, if you’d rather be scared shitless, then The Evil Within in also out today for home consoles. However, even though it’s designed by gaming master Shinji Mikami, it’s going to be a while before I drum up enough courage to try it out.