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When Vikings Attack Review

When Vikings Attack is the latest Cross-buy title to hit PSN and what a great game it is. Not only do you get the Vita version if you buy the PS3 version, but you'll also get cross-saves and the ability to play with and against others on either version - all for under six of your Great British Pounds. Not convinced yet? Well read on because you will be.

When Vikings Attack is a simple yet brilliantly addictive game. Whether you are playing on Vita or PS3 you'll get near enough the same experience and it's so much fun. When you first start you are given the choice of two modes, Quest or Vs. Battle Mode, either mode allows you to team up online with friends and strangers and if you're on PS3 then even those at home can join in too.

Quest Mode has around 15 levels for you to play through, each of which increase in difficulty as you go. The idea here is to stop the groups of invading Vikings by throwing bits of the environment at them. The way this works is that you'll recruit wandering villagers who'll then join you in a circle. The more you have in your group, the heavier the items you'll be able to pick up and throw, although this rule also counts for the Vikings and anyone else who is playing. The premise is simply to throw items at the Vikings and kill them, at which point you'll move onto the next part of the level and eventually take on a boss character.

There are all manner of things which you can throw at the Vikings, ranging from cars; shop signs; benches; pork chops and plant pots, to more destructive weapons such as bombs. The latter are particularly interesting as they come in various types. The first bomb you'll come across simply explodes the enemy, however later on others appear, such as the bounce bomb which you can deflect off the environment in order to blow up the enemy from an angle. Another bomb meanwhile paints the enemies, with anyone who is hit defecting and joining your team instead.

The beauty of the Quest Mode is that it's packed with things to do. Each setting takes place in all manner of environments, from a Farm; Town Fare; City Streets; a Shopping Centre; a Pipe Factory and even on Top of a Roof. Even though things start off fairly simple, later levels really involve a lot of strategy, allowing you to bounce things off scenery or even push traffic lights, resulting in cars rushing down the street and running over anyone in their path.

Something else you'll notice when playing Quest Mode is that you can actually collect different types of characters. These include Policemen, Artists and Businessmen, to rarer characters, which may very well be hidden, such as a Mime, Mummy and more. Some characters even have special abilities, the Sprinter for example will allow your group to move faster, while the Pitcher will give you better throwing abilities. The characters with special abilities are marked with a symbol when in your group.

Once you have had your fill of the highly addictive Quest Mode, the fun doesn't end, thanks to the equally brilliant VS. Battle Mode. Even though you can smack other players down in Quest Mode, you are meant to be working as a team, Battle Mode however is where you can take on your mates and smack them down with anything you can find, until your heart's content. Battle Mode consists of three different modes: Vikings vs.Vigilantes, which is a 2v2 team battle; Goldrush, which gives you a set of objectives (such as clean sheet, winning streak, etc) while also taking you with staying alive and Last Man Standing, which is a free-for-all battle to the death. Each of these modes are brilliant fun, placing you in all manner bizarre situations as you try to take each other down. Me and my family have been having lots of fun playing Vs mode, it's great for kids and adults alike.

One of the most appealing things about When Vikings Attack is the multiplayer, especially the Cross-Play feature. For instance, I was playing the game on my PS Vita while my kids where playing on the PS3. Joining their game I was able to see my characters running around the big screen tv while controlling them using the Vita. It's also brilliant that I can play Quest Mode on my Vita and continue the same game, with my progress intact, on the PS3.

The presentation on both PS3 and PS Vita for When Vikings Attack is both colourful and pleasing to the eye. There doesn't seem to be any lag either; all of my play tests certainly went past without a hitch. Add in the fantastic sound and the occasional quips from the on-screen characters and this area is hard to fault.

I'm not sure what would happen if Vikings ever decided to attack, but one things for sure, fighting them off could never be as fun as it is on Sony's latest PSN wonder. When Vikings Attack is a wonderful, multiplayer focused experience which is feature packed and a steal at the price Sony is asking for. Make sure you plunder PSN for this little gem of a game, because it more than deserves your attention.  

(Version tested: PS3 | PS Vita )


- Get the PS3 version and PS Vita is free (and Vice Versa)
- Cross-Play
- Cross-Save
- Bargain Price
- Fantastic Local and Online Multiplayer
- Feature Packed
- Fun Gameplay
- Looks Fantastic


- PS Vita version runs at slower frame rate (though not to detriment of game)
- Not as fun on your own (so grab a friend to play with)

*images captured from PS Vita version.

Edited On 05 Nov, 2012

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Josh 4 years ago
Dayyym look dem vikings go. They haulin ass. Dem things come by house, I kill them.
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Birdorf 4 years ago
Just the sort of thing the Vita needs, well, apart from a price cut. Friends, though? That's me out.
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Dead 4 years ago
I first read the title as when virgins attack, and laughed my tits off.
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Loving the new 'delete' and 'report abuse' options too BTW :)
Dead 4 years ago
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Joe2120 4 years ago
Ohh new comment options, nice.
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Colin (News Writer) 4 years ago
Oh very snazzy!
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adwan 4 years ago
Sounds like a good fun game, for a pretty reasonable price too. This is how Vita games should be made and priced. Much of what mobile gaming is about is fun gaming in short bursts and this game fits that bill.
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Wey1 4 years ago
might get this, wouldn't mind a demo. good review by the way.
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Thanks. Not sure if there will be a demo or not. Great fun tho and you get both versions for the price of one, which is always a bonus.
Joe2120 4 years ago
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shiny miller 4 years ago
The cover art made me think this might be related to 'The Lost Vikings', so I am little let down :( Sounds like a fun game anyway though, looking to get a PS3 before Christmas so this might end being a purchase. I won't be getting a Vita, but this is the sort of thing Sony should be emphasising if they want the Vita to be more successful.

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