Russian Subway Dogs leads the pack of final PS Vita games on PSN

Russian Subway Dogs

All Dogs Go To Dead Console Heaven

The announcement of Valve’s Steam Deck portable console has shaken the handheld market, inspiring strong levels of speculation and even stronger expectations. The news has many looking back to The PS Vita, the last handheld that tried to take Nintendo on in the portable space. It… didn’t do great, but it’s got a small, passionate following. They’ll be pleased to hear that the system is getting one last gasp of life before it’s put out to pasture. On July 20th, the last batch of new games will launch on the Vita’s PSN store. The alpha among them is Russian Subway Dogs, a game based on the life of real strays living in the tunnels of the former Soviet Union’s underground trolley system.

Russian Subway Dogs features “…stealing food, juggling vodka, cooking bears, and more while you attempt to keep yourself fed and aim for a high score.” and “…both a lengthy campaign and pick-up-and-play arcade modes. Like Pok√©mon, it looks simple on the surface, but there are tons of variables underneath. Fire power-ups melt snow and cook food (including rival animals), ice freezes fish and transforms them into projectiles, poison meat can travel through the food chain, and so on.

The game will also have some timed-exclusive content just for the Vita, likely in the form of new guest doggies. It’s a bold move, especially for a scrappy underdog. Trying to survive on a largely abandoned console ain’t easy, but my bet is it’s going to eat well in the end.

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes