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The Ultimate Guide To PS Vita's European Launch Line-Up

Every game reviewed.

Escape Plan

Published by: Sony RRP: £12 (expected)
Available on: PSN Download Size: N/A
Trophy List: N/A Coverage: N/A
What’s Good: Beautiful graphics and a wonderful set of commands What’s Bad: The portion we’ve played is too easy

Escape Plan has potential. I’ve been playing a limited build of the game for a while now and although it’s far too easy – at least the levels in the demo version – it displays a sense of humour that most games just don’t get: that being a little bit nasty can actually be quite funny (and rather good fun).

You control two characters, Lil and Laarg, as they make their escape from captivity. To aid them you can swipe across them to move, tap to stop and squeeze them (by pinching the front and back screens) to make them sprint. Alongside these simple actions are loads of environmental interactions, and it’s discovering each screen’s moveable objects that’s part of the fun.

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MotorStorm: RC

Published by: Sony RRP: £10 (expected)
Available on: PSN Download Size: N/A
Trophy List: N/A Coverage: Hands on
What’s Good: Old school top-down racing What’s Bad: No realtime online multiplayer

MotorStorm: RC is another first party game that doesn’t have realtime online multiplayer. However, in this case, the asynchronous stuff is so good it doesn’t really seem to matter – everything you do in single player is against the nearest medal time, nearest Friend or the next person up on the leaderboards.

Taking the MotorStorm idea down to RC levels was a brave mode, but it looks like it might pay off – the simple controls (left stick to steer, right stick for gas and brake) take but moments to adjust to and then you’re all set, and the tracks are all based off popular MotorStorm events, so you’ll feel right at home.

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Hustle Kings

Published by: Sony RRP: £8 (expected)
Available on: PSN Download Size: N/A
Trophy List: N/A Coverage: Hands on
What’s Good: x What’s Bad: x

Harnessing the touch screen of the Vita, you’re able to fine-tune your aiming by simply dragging the cue on the screen. You’re even able to choose exactly where to place the white ball or even where the cue hits it. You’ll also drag a slider (rather than the cue itself, bizarrely) back to hit the ball.

The controls work well, with help from the Vita’s fantastic screen, and even though it doesn’t compare to the real thing, it’s quite fun to play. The graphics are top-notch and it’s a very realistic representation of a game of pool on the table but some of the background graphics off-table are low resolution with very poor textures.

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69 Comments
  1. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    “load times are still lengthy”

    Noo… one thing that carries on from MNR… and I hated it, as this is portable surely freetime is wasted loading for like 3 minutes or something. Can’t say I’m surprised really.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:01.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Oh, it’s nothing like 3 minutes. It’s actually less than WipEout.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:02.
      • Sympozium
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        Not so bad I guess then

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:59.
  2. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Great and useful artical Nofi! I enjoyed your negative Jacko comment, lol! I can’t believe Ridge Racer has only 5 cars and 3 tracks!! Not that I was going to buy it.
    Just Uncharted, MotorStorm RC and Escape Plan for me – with no need to switch game cartridge!! Shame you didn’t know the game sizes of the latter, although my 4gb should cover me for now.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:04.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Possibly not – Uncharted’s big and Motorstorm and Escape Plan will likely run at over a GB combined. That’ll be more than your 4GB mate.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:05.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        I should have said I was buying Uncharted on cartridge! But still no need to switch games since the other 2 are download only game! :)

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:10.
      • nofi
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Ah, then yes, you’re all set. =)

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:12.
  3. Kivi95
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    When will the Reviews come in?

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:13.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      15th of Feb.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:19.
      • Kivi95
        Member
        Since: Oct 2009

        Nice and by the sound,looks like VT4 will get as high as 9/10?

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:22.
  4. gazo69
    Member
    Since: Forever

    Excellent article!
    Answered all my questions :)

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:13.
  5. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Awesome article, must of taken ages to compile!

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:16.
  6. shields_t
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    Blimey, longest TSA article ever?

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:23.
  7. bluetemplar
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Where it says N/A for trophies is that just because trophy info isnt available yet, or because the games dont have them?

    Have been looking forward to playing a trophy enabled version of Ninja Gaiden but I’ll hold off if the game doesnt have them I think

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:24.
    • bluetemplar
      Member
      Since: Aug 2011

      Ah nevermind, just read the top bit of the article – that’ll teach me to dive straight in to the games ive preordered :)

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:26.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Depends. We have trophies for some games that aren’t listed but are bound by NDAs.

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:31.
      • bluetemplar
        Member
        Since: Aug 2011

        Bah, pesky NDAs – are you able to confirm that NG does have trophies or is that off limits?

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 10:37.
  8. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Really really useful and very well put together. I’m totally undecided on the vita, think I may have to wait a while, but for those early purchasers this is an excellent resource. Damn I’m tempted but really shouldn’t, wonder of my Mrs would appreciate an Indian gift for Valentine’s? :-)

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:25.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      I think virtua tennis may have just made me want a vita, didn’t even realise it existed!

      Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:31.
      • nofi
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Yeah, it’s a beautiful game.

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:33.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Same here. It looks absolutely brilliant (except for the first person mode, not visually but in terms of usefulness) and if I end up buying a Vita during my summer vacation I’m not sure I can pass up on this game…

        Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:38.
  9. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Dynasty Warriors looks great, I’ve completely forgotten about that and Army Corps of Hell and far as I’m aware with Shinobido the first was reviewed negativity, camera I guess since I thought it was awkward. Hopefully there’s a demo for it.

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:26.
  10. ron_mcphatty
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    Shame F1 20-whatever has shaped up so poorly. I remember only having F1 Champoinship edition for three months on my launch PS3, its crispness and speed was magical and the beginning of my frequent racing game induced headaches. T-minus fourteen months until I will allow myself to buy a Vita :)

    Comment posted on 06/02/2012 at 09:32.

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