Instead, its namesake comes from the fact that it uses Augmented Reality - a technology that Sony has used to great success in PSP kidís title Invizimals - to place these larger-than-life cartoon combatants into any real-life environment using the built-in Vita camera. Thereís a selection of standard arenas based off of famous locations around the world, too, if you donít fancy using your living room or the back of a train seat.
The first thing that the game encourages you to do, however, isnít fighting but creating your own character. Thereís lots of fun to be had in the customisation options here - as you could tell by the opening paragraph of this review - as you take a snap of your face and tweak your virtual body build and fashion sense. As you play through the game you earn stars which can be used to unlock more crazy gear. Ninja masks, spartan clothing, jester wear... all sorts. Costume props arenít just a cosmetic feature however - many will offer armour bonuses, so itís worth combining ridiculous combinations for the best defence.
At times, the AR camera can take away as much as it gives. For the added immersion that you get, you do find yourself fighting with your Vita as the camera has a tendency to automatically slide around without any input from you. Itís most apparent when you reposition the Vita to get a better look at the fighters, then hold the console still... only to find that the camera is magically moving away from you. It can be slightly frustrating.
Survival mode may well be the only thing that will keep you returning to the game, besides the multiplayer features - but even when you compare this to other high profile fighting games on the market, Reality Fighters falls incredibly short.
In short, it's good for a budget curiosity, but when Vita comes at a premium price tag, you need to be prioritising the games that you're going to play on it. Reality Fighters is a good technical showcase for the console and does its job admirably enough, but there are other games on the handheld - and indeed, other fighting games coming soon - that should be higher up your list.
+ Interesting AR features
+ Entertaining and accessible fighter
+ Impressive loading times
- Far too short, incredibly easy
- Not as complex as other fighting games
- AR camera is at times a struggle to enjoy
SPOnG Score: 5 / 10
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Closing date:30 Jun 2013