Article written by Greg Aldridge.
Published on 24/02/2012 at 12:45 PM.
Okay, so the PS Vita‚Äôs out in the wild in the West now and you know what that means? It means there are some great bargains to be had if you fancy seeing what its inspiration, the PlayStation Portable, has to offer.
That‚Äôs exactly what Chris did at the end of last week, grabbing himself a bargain-priced PSP and a shed-load of great games ‚Äúfor less than a couple of pounds each‚ÄĚ. He‚Äôs been busy playing through GTA Vice City Stories, GT PSP, Burnout Legends and SSX On Tour and still has UMDs containing awesome games like LittleBigPlanet, GTA Liberty City Stories and Chinatown Wars, Ready at Dawn‚Äôs amazing God of War games ‚Äúand much, much more still to play‚ÄĚ.
There‚Äôs been little in the last month or so that‚Äôs tempted Chris to fire up his trusty PS3 but the chance given by Motorstorm RC‚Äôs Cross-play and asynchronous multi-player racing to be the fastest arrow on everyone else‚Äôs screen proved too much of a temptation. Unfortunately when I heard from him an ‚Äúimpossibly slow download speed‚ÄĚ meant he was still waiting to play it.
In another example of savvy shopping Josh has picked up some of last year‚Äôs PS3 big hitters for around a tenner each. He‚Äôs playing through Infamous 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2 ‚Äúboth of which are really good and really didn’t get enough praise‚ÄĚ. Having not long completed the first Infamous the improvements made in the sequel are readily apparent and flat surfaces everywhere need to be on their guard as LBP2 has reawakened Josh‚Äôs sticker-obsessiveness.
Word to the wise; don't let Josh borrow your laptop.
Alex has been playing through Journey for review and that‚Äôs all we can say about it until 4PM UK time on Monday when the review goes live. Also tightly embargoed until Monday are Peter‚Äôs thoughts on the new SSX. Fortunately there‚Äôs nothing stopping him telling us about his PS Vita gaming.
Top Darts and Hustle Kings proved pleasant surprises, their limited subject matter leaving them free of distractions form their core experiences and the short duration of a game of darts or pool making them eminently suitable for portable gaming.
Of all the PS Vita games Peter says ‚ÄúMotorStorm RC is undoubtedly the best of the bunch though‚ÄĚ.
It’s so compelling, trying to beat other people’s times. I do get a little frustrated by it though. I’m not proud of this but for a split second, I actually considered deleting Gazo69 and Nofi from my PSN friends list because they were destroying my times so much!
Speaking of compelling, I couldn‚Äôt actually get Tuffcub to put down his PS Vita long enough to tell me what he‚Äôs playing on it. Dan meanwhile has been playing ‚Äúa bucket load of WipEout 2048, finally beating the 2050 challenge‚ÄĚ. The intense racing hasn‚Äôt left him unscathed though as he claims it‚Äôs aged him ten years!
Then he played a ‚Äúhammock full of Asphalt Injection‚ÄĚ, which for those of you who haven‚Äôt read his review he summarises as ‚Äúan average racer elevated slightly by some cool Vita control methods‚ÄĚ. That was in turn followed by a not particularly enjoyable ‚Äúcrate’s worth of Syndicate‚ÄĚ, a game that unfortunately squandered the potential it had.¬† All of which begs the question which is biggest, a bucket, hammock or crate?
UFC Undisputed 3 is one of two games that has been keeping Aran busy. Having played through it for review he says it‚Äôs the ‚Äúbest MMA game available on the market‚ÄĚ, singling out the fighting system and need to prepare for each new opponent for special praise. He‚Äôs finding the online matches a tough challenge though.
The second game he‚Äôs been ‚Äúplaying/watching‚ÄĚ is Metal Gear Solid 4. A big fan of 2 & 3 it has taken a while for him to finally get to 4 and he‚Äôs enjoying it so far, ‚Äúthe opening especially gave me goosebumps‚ÄĚ.
My own gaming has been fairly varied this week with some Gratuitous Space Battles mixed up with some empire building in Sid Meier‚Äôs Civilisation 5. Then of course there‚Äôs my new PS Vita which hasn‚Äôt been spending much time ensconced within its case due to excessive play.
I‚Äôm still only part way through the assortment of games I‚Äôve got for it with only Little Deviants, Ridge Racer, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Super Stardust Delta, WipEout 2048 and Motorstorm RC getting some screen time. I would have played more but for Motorstorm RC; whether racing against your own or someone else‚Äôs (especially Peter‚Äôs) arrow there‚Äôs almost always someone to beat and it becomes dangerously un-put-downable.
My PS3 ‚Äėgaming‚Äô has been largely in the hands of my Gran Turismo 5 B-Speccers this week as they‚Äôve been racking up some serious endurance miles, most recently in the Le Mans 24-hour race. Obviously I wasn‚Äôt going to watch them for 24 hours so I was just checking in on them from time to time.
While they were encouraged towards a good first few laps that saw them into the lead my poor pit strategy saw them a lap down and in third about seven hours in. A tweak to the strategy soon had them gaining ground again and the next time I checked in with them they were in the lead and six laps up.
This isn't a GT5 screenshot but the game can come surprisingly close.
With no bright sunlight casting horrifically blocky shadows and it being light enough to make out the car‚Äôs details, while at the same still being dark enough that the headlights and brake lights light the trackside, GT5 did look spectacular.
The best shot was my 787B‚Äôs silhouette, perforated by it‚Äôs rear lights, stark against the rising sun as it passed under the Dunlop bridge at the end of the pit straight. One of those times when you wish there was an ‚Äėinsta-screenshot‚Äô button on the Dualshock 3.
Where has your own gaming taken you this week? Hands up if you couldn‚Äôt resist a shiny new PS Vita.