By: Uma Smith
Originally released back in 2010 during the Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade campaign, LIMBO received such praise that it also was released for the PlayStation 3 about a year later. Now, quite recently, LIMBO is at it again with its port over to the PlayStation Vita. Is there no stopping this black-and-white indie title?
Although there is no use of the touch screen, it’s not necessary to get around in LIMBO. Movement is quite responsive and smooth as you’ll only need two face buttons: one for jumping and another for interacting with objects. Controls don’t get simpler than this.
LIMBO’s presentation translates over to the PlayStation Vita gracefully and successfully. The animation and frame rate is fluid while the sound effects effectively give the full ambiance of the game. Although the limited black-and-white “color” scheme could be a turnoff for some players, LIMBO still has enough graphical detail to captivate the audience. The lack of music simply allows the sound effects of footsteps and crackling of the foliage to be highlighted even further.
LIMBO is a perfect port of both the XBLA and PSN versions (link to the full review can be found here). Everything from the story, levels, and platforming mechanics translated over to the PlayStation Vita without a hitch. Considering how LIMBO can be completed in a matter of a few hours, it is perfect for such a portable console when you’ll be amply engaged in its gameplay with casual sessions.
Other than that, there doesn’t seem to be anything new or exciting being added to the Vita version Considering how many years it’s been since the title’s initial released, I would have expected some extra features to entice players, especially those who own the console version.
Instead, not only was nothing added, but the leaderboard feature was actually removed on the Vita. While it’s not a complete deal breaker, it’s surprising that there wouldn’t be anything else in the game that would add replay value. Nonetheless, those who have not experienced LIMBO to date may get a kick out of this one on their portable console.
The PlayStation Vita version of LIMBO doesn’t give any incentives for owners of the XBLA version to repurchase this game. However, it still offers the same high quality presentation and gameplay that made it successful. If you never experienced LIMBO, then the Vita version may be the way to go, even for casual plays.