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[Vita Review] Frozen Synapse Prime

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Take on the role of Tactics, leading a small rebel faction to overthrow a powerful corporation
controlling the city of Markov Geist. Control an elite strike team of futuristic soldiers; from
shotgunners and snipers, to grenadiers and machine-gunners in the ultimate turn-based strategy
game. Plot paths and issue orders to your units, test your plans and predict your opponent in each
turn. Combat plays out on procedural, 3D, destructible and customizable battlefields.
– Rich single player campaign with 40+ challenging missions.
– Asynchronous online multiplayer allows players to battle multiple opponents
simultaneously around the world.
– In addition to classic deathmatch, games involve protecting VIPs, rescuing hostages,
infiltrating and controlling bases, or collecting items to score points.
– Global leaderboards showcase gamer ranks, and the Replay Theatre saves the world’s
top matches including your own to enjoy later.

Frozen Synapse Prime is a turn-based tactical game in which you must eliminate all the enemies on each of the segments you will encounter in the game. This game is an enhanced remake of the original Frozen Synapse, which was released back in 2011, and the port has been done by Double Eleven, the guys behind LittleBigPlanet Vita!

Frozen Synapse Prime – Launch Trailer

In Frozen Synapse Prime, you are taking the control of Tactics, a unit tasked with eliminating all treats at any cost. The gameplay is turn-based, and you enter your commands in a paused mode, with the resulting action will take place at the same time as your enemies.


Essentially, after the first missions that include the tutorial, you have almost all you need to know in your hands. When moving your units, you can decide to send them all-out to a specified point on the floor (very bad idea), or be more strategic by using an action wheel that provides access to a host of options for your units, such as crouching, aiming while walking, aiming at a specific area, or running in a particular direction regardless of enemy fire.


Successfully using these actions is vital and will make the difference between killing your enemies or getting your team destroyed in a single turn. The gameplay as a whole is easy to understand, but I found it relatively hard to master to able to kill all the enemies with the least possible casualties. A very cool feature is that after each turn, you can see a KillCam of the units that were killed in the round (ally or enemy) from the point of view of the attacker. The only thing I disliked while playing was what seemed to be some loading between each turn. I never mind when a game loads a level before it starts, but in that case, I would have preferred if the game had computed each unit movement under the hood instead of having a loading screen that lasts a few seconds.


Frozen Synapse Prime also has an online multiplayer mode in which you can fight other players around the world, in an “asynchronous” fashion. The idea here is that while you are waiting for other players to play their rounds, you can play other online matches at the same time! Think of it as how in some movies you see someone playing several chess games at the same time (and hope you don’t end up as that The Simpsons episode when Bart tries to do it).

The soundtrack for the game is also very good, and you can even purchase it separately (or in a bundle) directly from the PSN!

Final Thoughts
I liked playing Frozen Synapse Prime. If you like Tactical and Strategy games, I’m sure you’ll like it too! The gameplay is easy to understand, but a little harder to truly master in order to get through a level without losing too many units. The game features 30 trophies (16 bronze, 7 silver, 6 gold and a Platinum), so there are plenty to collect for Trophy Hunters!

[review pros=”Easy to understand, hard to master
Asynchronous multiplayer mode
Soundtrack that can be purchased separately or bundled with the game” cons=”Loading / wait time that happens before each turn” score=85]


Cost: $19.99

PSN Game size: 277MB


This review is based on a digital copy provided by Double Eleven.