Okay, so the PS Vita’s 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’s exactly what Chris did at the end of last week, grabbing himself a bargain-priced PSP and a shed-load of great games “for less than a couple of pounds each”. He’s 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’s amazing God of War games “and much, much more still to play”.
There’s been little in the last month or so that’s tempted Chris to fire up his trusty PS3 but the chance given by Motorstorm RC’s Cross-play and asynchronous multi-player racing to be the fastest arrow on everyone else’s screen proved too much of a temptation. Unfortunately when I heard from him an “impossibly slow download speed” meant he was still waiting to play it.
In another example of savvy shopping Josh has picked up some of last year’s PS3 big hitters for around a tenner each. He’s playing through Infamous 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2 “both of which are really good and really didn’t get enough praise”. 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’s sticker-obsessiveness.
Alex has been playing through Journey for review and that’s all we can say about it until 4PM UK time on Monday when the review goes live. Also tightly embargoed until Monday are Peter’s thoughts on the new SSX. Fortunately there’s 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 “MotorStorm RC is undoubtedly the best of the bunch though”.
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’t actually get Tuffcub to put down his PS Vita long enough to tell me what he’s playing on it. Dan meanwhile has been playing “a bucket load of WipEout 2048, finally beating the 2050 challenge”. The intense racing hasn’t left him unscathed though as he claims it’s aged him ten years!
Then he played a “hammock full of Asphalt Injection”, which for those of you who haven’t read his review he summarises as “an average racer elevated slightly by some cool Vita control methods”. That was in turn followed by a not particularly enjoyable “crate’s worth of Syndicate”, 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’s the “best MMA game available on the market”, singling out the fighting system and need to prepare for each new opponent for special praise. He’s finding the online matches a tough challenge though.
The second game he’s been “playing/watching” 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’s enjoying it so far, “the opening especially gave me goosebumps”.
My own gaming has been fairly varied this week with some Gratuitous Space Battles mixed up with some empire building in Sid Meier’s Civilisation 5. Then of course there’s my new PS Vita which hasn’t been spending much time ensconced within its case due to excessive play.
I’m still only part way through the assortment of games I’ve 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’s (especially Peter’s) arrow there’s almost always someone to beat and it becomes dangerously un-put-downable.
My PS3 ‘gaming’ has been largely in the hands of my Gran Turismo 5 B-Speccers this week as they’ve been racking up some serious endurance miles, most recently in the Le Mans 24-hour race. Obviously I wasn’t 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.[drop]This happened to coincide with the breaking of dawn at the circuit. I have to say that despite GT5’s numerous graphical flaws there were a few laps where some of the camera shots were essentially indistinguishable from real Le Mans footage.
With no bright sunlight casting horrifically blocky shadows and it being light enough to make out the car’s 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’s silhouette, perforated by it’s 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 ‘insta-screenshot’ button on the Dualshock 3.
Where has your own gaming taken you this week? Hands up if you couldn’t resist a shiny new PS Vita.