Yesterday evening saw the opening of Glasgow’s PS Vita Rooms, a special event designed to showcase the new systems’s launch line-up in the heart of the city. Half way down Sauchiehall Street, a building transformed by the ubiquitous PlayStation branding, Vita Rooms was, in my opinion (and of those I managed to speak to on the night) a huge success.
I managed to get in at around seven to take a quick look at some of the games we’d not yet covered and grab some photos before the doors opened at half past. After a quick chat (and a pasting) on WipEout 2048 by Sony Liverpool’s Karl Jones (the Cross-play function works flawlessly) I dashed over to take a look at Ubisoft’s Lumines and grabbed a beer before it started to get busy.
The two-storey plan worked nicely, with most of the PlayStation Network games on offer upstairs and the bigger AAA titles downstairs, roughly speaking. Uncharted: Golden Abyss was at the back of the main floor in an over-16s only second, with a queue to get a go on the game snaking right past where we were sat for most of the night.
Drake’s latest adventure is easily the biggest name Vita has for it here in Scotland judging by the amount of people waiting, even though (from what I’d heard) the demo wasn’t really the best indication of what the whole game is about. Still, if Sony were looking for a hit they might just have found one – it was definitely the game that everyone wanted to try.
Our man Blair was on form taking notes on the games at the event and you’ll get more detailed hands-on articles from him over the week, but a couple of titles really stood out for us all – Rayman looks absolutely gorgeous and Lumines played perfectly – the game started with the Deep Dish record the devs have been mentioning, and it’s nicely done before mixing into the next few tracks.
Football’s not my thing, but I had a quick look at EA’s FIFA and it looks fabulous – a perfect console port from what I could see without much in the way of a downgrade. Certainly, once people had realised you could press the PS button to change game on the machines, the poor Vitas with the marquees showing Escape Plan and Top Darts were really just hosting FIFA and Uncharted.
The entertainment provided was great (and the DJ’s set, whilst a little programmed, was perfectly suited) apart from there not being much in the way of non-alcoholic drinks, and everyone seemed to have a great time. I managed to speak to a few people about the system and the event and everyone loved it, although we got a few stares from the security woman whenever I demoed my own Vita.
Seriously, if you’re in two minds about Vita and live in or near Glasgow, get down to the Vita Rooms this week whilst you can. It’s a great venue, there’s plenty of machines available and it’s the same SCEE guys out on the floor that are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the machine or its games.