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Games : Highly Recommended
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Release Date: November 22nd, 2013 Movie Release Year: 2013


Overview -

Media Molecule, Sony's first party game developer, started creating games in 2008. With a strong focus on unique gameplay experiences, they began their notoriety with 'Little Big Planet', a title that was lauded for its creativity, family-friendly theme, and user-generated content. It won numerous awards, including the Game Developers Choice Award for Best Debut Game. Their success prompted a sequel in 2011 with 'Little Big Planet 2' and their most recent effort, 'Tearaway' for the PlayStation Vita. Released at the peak of excitement for the PlayStation 4, 'Tearaway' may have been buried in next-gen hype, but Media Molecule's latest effort may just be a Vita that should not be missed.

Highly Recommended
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Release Date:
November 22nd, 2013

Video Review


A game like 'Tearaway' could not be any more charming than its intended designed. Everything, and I mean everything, is represented by paper craft. Every character or creature you encounter and every environment you explore; even the wisps of wind and drops of rain are generated to represent this incredible art style. Adding the ability to create new character features for iota and the world he inhabits elevates the game to even greater style and narrative.

With a heavy focus on direct environmental interaction, on-screen indicators are always easy to identify. Whether a pull-tab to open new areas, flat surfaces to push your fingers through, or pop-up book style platforming sections, they all seamlessly blend into the environment in a way that never pulls you away from the story. Watching as the world changes before your eyes is always a wonderful experience and continues to enforce the notion that the You is all-powerful.

Audio Review


There is very little voice acting that makes up the story of 'Tearaway'. The creatures you encounter – woodland animals, pesky scraps, and brutish Wendigos – are all nicely represented with appropriate squeaks, grunts, and growls. Those few characters that speak directly to the player are exceptionally well done. They communicate as an adult reading a fairytale to a group of children. They annunciate in grand tones and continually encourage the You and iota to carry on with their quest.

Of even greater note is the musical score that accompanies iota every step of the way. Reminiscent of the sounds one might experience during a carnival performance, every encounter and event is perfectly balanced. Riding on the back of a paper craft pig is exciting and comical. Similarly, the moody depth's of 'Tearaway's' underworld is scored to near perfection. There is rarely a dull moment throughout the brief six-hour campaign and the variety in music does a tremendous job of reinforcing this concept.

The creative use of the Vita's many functions, along with the endearing story and lovable characters, makes 'Tearaway' a game that simply must be experienced. I liken the conclusion of the game to the feeling I received when completing thatgamecompany's 'Journey'. It is enough to bring a smile of utter joy to your face while you struggle to hold back tears. There are very few console games that leave a truly lasting affect on me, and even fewer Vita titles. Still, I'm quite happy to add 'Tearaway' into the category of memorable gaming experiences. If you own a PlayStation Vita you would be doing yourself a disservice by not playing this game. Kudos to the highly creative developers at Media Molecule for delivering this gem, it is greatly appreciated.

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