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What We Played #43

The one where Twitter gets to Alex.

I was delighted to discover at the weekend that Vector TD works on my PS Vita. It’s not listed on the store but I took a chance and grabbed it from my download list. On the PS Vita’s stunning screen it looks even better than it does on my PSP, the simple colours and shapes surviving being upscaled. This week it’s edged out MotorStorm RC as my most played game on PS Vita.

WipEout 2048 had a look in during a few idle moments and that’s been it for my PS Vita gaming this week. I picked up my 3DS for the first time in a few weeks to see what was happening there and whether the Eurosport video channel had put up any worthwhile 3D video yet, rather than just running two minute videos of 2D sporting outtakes where the first 30 seconds are just the title sequence. It hadn’t.

I did notice for the first time an impressive amount of video content streamable via the store, headlined by the Nintendo Direct showcase and trailers and gameplay videos for the titles it mentions. There’s also a show, similar to the UK PSN’s Access, put together by the Official Nintendo Magazine as well as a selection of hints, tips and challenge videos for various released games. Not a bad selection but the 3DS’ screen doesn’t half look small after a couple of weeks of PS Vita gaming!

Aside from the obligatory Gran Turismo 5, I broke out the plastic guitars when some friends were round so that Rock Band 3 could humiliate us. I spent some time trying and failing to explain Journey’s premise to them, so I introduced them to flOwer. It took a little while but I think they started to get it.

Vector TD - Easily my favourite and most played minis title among the couple of dozen I've downloaded.
After a day of singing to myself while doing stuff around the house and listening to music I indulged a guilty pleasure and played a bit of solo SingStar to see if I could nudge any more of my scores up into the 9000s. There was a also a rather too long session of Civilisation V thanks to Harun al-Rashid launching an attack as I was thinking about calling it quits for the night. The attack was repulsed and a substantial Russian steamroller backed by a powerful fleet is now poised just beyond his borders…

Kris has been focussing on I Am Alive this week, his review going up a few days ago. Essentially, he wasn’t all that impressed with it. He’s also played a small portion of FIFA 12, along with a few games on the FIFA Street demo. He noted that the handling in the demo was “fantastic and very sharp”, but hadn’t quite got the hang of tricks yet.

Tuffcub has only found time for his PS Vita where Frobisher Says, Super Stardust Delta and Uncharted: Golden Abyss have been headlining. Apparently a few late nights at work have been keeping him away from his normal gaming staples.

Contrary to Tuffcub’s views on the title Toby has been enjoying the “fabulous experience” that is Batman: Arkham City. He’s completed the main story missions now and is particularly enamoured with how the game “dares to explore a poignant moral issue”, making him think hard about Batman’s quest and decisions after a “great finale”. He’s now busily answering the Riddler’s challenges.

Aran is back roaming the streets and skies of Steelport in Saints Row: The Third, which has now become his de facto stress-relieving pastime. Though the tooling around in a VTOL started off as simple fun, it’s changed somewhat after stumbling into the restricted zone where the ensuing dogfight led to his evil side surfacing and him becoming “an Angel of Death”.

For entertainment of a slightly slower and less destructive pace he’s also been playing Stick Cricket on his phone. He says it’s “a nice looking game” that is “great to play in short bursts”, though he admits to being unable to beat Canada. At cricket! Oh and his Skyrim character Strongfury has just become a bard. As long as Aran remembers it’s only his character that is supposed to be able to sing we’ll be safe.

Following he acquisition of a new PS3, Josh has been rediscovering some of the gems in his download list like “the beautiful” Critter Crunch and VooDoo Dice “which is like Cuboid but with maths”. All the Assassin’s Creed 3 news of late has reinvigorated his desire to kill, leading to AC2 being revisited. His time with the game has been extensive than he’d intended, as he’d forgotten to back up his save, and it looks like he’ll be spending even more time with the franchise as retailers have now benefited from orders for Revelations and Bloodlines. Our resident, reinvigorated AC fan is now trying to track down copies of the comics.

As for Alex, I’ll just let him tell you:

Ninja Gaiden on the Vita, which is a bit like Ninja Gaiden on the Xbox, and Ninja Gaiden on the PS3, but with a lower frame rate and a mode that actually makes it possible for plebs like me. It’s called Idiot Mode and it turns the enemy into staggering fools with bad limps and no arms.

Because of this, they can easily be dispatched by the MACHINE GUN that replaces the wooden sword. Which is free. And comes with an automatic level up, level skip and bubble level so that you can check the flatness of the tree textures in the distance which continually douse you with general life-giving vials and potions. I still died on the second bit.

Also: Virtua Tennis on the Vita, after Unit 13 deleted all my save games. And Killzone 4, LittleBigPlanetMini and God Of War 4 on the Vita. At least, that’s what I’d like to have been playing.

And MotorStorm RC. That I had to pay for because Toyota don’t exist in Glasgow.

OH, YEAH, and Journey. That’s that utterly awesome game that I’m dying to talk about properly but fearful of legions of angry bearded men that won’t play the WHOLE TWO FUCKING HOURS for about six months just so they can jump onto Twitter and moan HEY @THESIXTHAXIS WHY U MENTION ALL DAT SPOILERS? at ungodly hours.

You all do know the journeyer just drives away in a Scion at the end, right?

What have you been playing?

  1. SpikeyMikey23
    Since: Jul 2009

    Going to buy Journey sunday. I have no idea what its about but i now want to play it. Job done Nofi ;)

    Comment posted on 09/03/2012 at 22:52.
  2. element666
    Since: Mar 2012

    motorstorm rc, uncharted GA ,ssx and jak and daxter trilogy as i never played it first time round.Its superb

    Comment posted on 10/03/2012 at 10:11.
  3. Rocket_345
    Since: May 2010

    Mainly SSX but Sly 1 seems to have provided some distraction from it. Yet to start Trine 2 yet so that’ll be this week hopefully unless i hit GAME today to see what they’ve got.

    Comment posted on 10/03/2012 at 11:06.

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