Official Review: Vertigo PSP + GIVEAWAY!


Vertigo is a racing/sorta puzzle (missed it by thaaat much) type of game in which you command a Xorb, a sphere-like entity that is usually a shiny silver hue, on its long quest from the starting spot to the finish gravitational field circle/lines… and aren’t we all on a similar adventure?

And now, some words from our sponsor:

VERTIGO is a white knuckle race over wild landscapes collecting upgrades, discovering hidden shortcuts while negotiating some of the most challenging courses in the Universe. Race across tracks suspended high above sprawling cities and lush vistas, but don’t miss a turn… it’s a long way down!
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KEY FEATURES
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* Amazing sense of height and scale as you race hundreds of metres above ground through 54 Vertigo Inducing Race Courses
* Varied Single Player Game Modes – including Practice, Arcade, Time Trial, Career and Xorb Bowling
* Customise your Xorb Craft – customise the look of your Xorb with over 2 million unique combinations

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You’ve got several options in Vertigo once you decide to start your path towards entertainment and everlasting fulfillment, as there are 5 different game modes available for you right from the start:

  • Arcade: This one starts you on a tutorial level that is easy to navigate and allows you to understand how the game works. You’re racing against the clock and if time runs out, you have to restart the whole level all over again. After finishing a level, you have the opportunity to choose what level to tackle next, and so on and so on, until you reach the end of the line.

  • Career: The game is divided into planets to give it a Sci-Fi (sorry, Sy-Fy) vibe and more of a structured “theme” design. You tackle the levels in each planet and they all share some environmental elements to tie them all together, one after another, until there is no more and you move on to the next mass spec on your journey. In here, you’re not running against the clock, but right along with it, and if you’re fast enough, you get a medal and points for your effort You can, then, use said points to upgrade your Xorb (which you can see in the trailer above).
  • Practice: Well, I don’t need to delve too much on this one, right?
  • Time Trial: A racing game classic. What will YOUR best time be this time?
  • Xorb Bowling: Just what you’re imagining right now. Race down and hit them pins hard! A picture is provided below as a visual aid, and for educational purposes only.

You can also customize what your Xorb looks like with several colors, decals, and motifs made available for you. Will you choose the bright red exterior with the inner steel rim and the eye decal, or should you just surrender to green and yellow and it’s obvious appeal and superiority over all other colors in existence or yet to be created?

There are checkpoints on each level that allow you to continue from their location in case you decide that flying out of the track is good for a fun ride, and exploding into a thousand pieces does not bother you at all. You HAVE to pass each checkpoint before arriving at the finish line, or else you’ll have to start over, so take that into consideration. While you CAN cut some corners here and there by landing on a lower platform in order to bring down your time total for the track, if there’s a checkpoint you missed, it will all be for nothing.

Vertigo is a fun game that has been already made available on PC and Wii; now PSP owners can have a go a it, thanks to this port. Controls are simple, there’s a lot of levels for you to complete, and the rush you get after finally reaching the exit with half a second to spare makes this an easy game to recommend. The fact that it has been released on a portable system makes it even better, because this racer is even better as a quick “pick-up and play” game.

Review

ProsCons
Fast paced action that keeps you focused on the experience
Good Price
Textures are a bit muddy here and there.
Rating
81%

Published and Developed by Icon Games Entertainment

Cost – $9.99

Available on PSP by way of PSN

Disclaimer

- Completed the game before writing this review
- Total amount of time played: 6 hours.
- This review is based on a retail copy of the PSP version of Vertigo provided by Icon Games Entertainment.

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  • [Worth 3 Entries] Another way to enter is to tweet the whole message below. But make sure to follow both @ps3blogdotnet & @IconGamesEnt

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Winner will be picked at random on April 7th at 8:00 am MST.

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Written by: EdEN - PR / Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by pedro on March 31st, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    It seems like I have two left hands when playing rolling ball racing games.

    Great stuff Eden! I won’t be participating in this giveaway though, since, as you know, I don’t have a PSP!

  2. #2 by EdEN on March 31st, 2011 [ 131293 Points ]

    @Pedro: Just as a heads up. IF you plan on getting a PSP you can always enter the giveaway and redeem the code on your PS3 and download the game to the HDD so you have it as your first PSP game! I didn’t enter a giveaway for a PSP game on another website because of what you say and ended up buying a PSP 3 months after that. I would have saved $20!

  3. #3 by FooBear408 on April 1st, 2011 [ 17244 Points ]

    I like my PSPGO. I enjoy being difficult.

  4. #4 by Ravenitrius on April 1st, 2011 [ 1275 Points ]

    I miss my first generation psp until that one day my friend broke up. I dislike my second generation psp but oh well its all I have to play with and stuff.

  5. #5 by EdEN on April 1st, 2011 [ 131293 Points ]

    @Ravenitrius: I wouldn’t know how to miss either PSP version you mention since I’m a laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate adopter and got a PSP 3010.

    Actually, you know WHY I bought a PSP? I won a giveaway over at gamesugar.net for Ys: The Oath in Felghana so I HAD to buy one to enjoy my new $30 digital game hehehe. My PSP collection now has 20 retail games and 5 digital ones and keeps growing by 1-2 games very two months.

    Don’t forget about the Vertigo giveaway in here on the tab!

  6. #6 by pedro on April 1st, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    EdEN: @Pedro: Just as a heads up. IF you plan on getting a PSP you can always enter the giveaway and redeem the code on your PS3 and download the game to the HDD so you have it as your first PSP game! I didn’t enter a giveaway for a PSP game on another website because of what you say and ended up buying a PSP 3 months after that. I would have saved $20!  

    Yeah I know that… but that’s not really the reason, I’m not crazy about this kind of games.

    If I won I would feel bad for someone who actually wanted it, you know?

  7. #7 by Tosh on April 1st, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    Entries so far on Twitter:

    @PS3icecream
    @TravisIsBoss


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