The Playstation Vita Catch-All

thinkklinck wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Fingers crossed! :)

Ooooooo case want. That thing looks sexy

Nice, I didn't know these cases had slots for the memory cards. I'm still using my First Edition case, but it only has 4 slots for games, which are way too big and loose for memory cards. I'll have to look into one of these, 'cause I'm rapidly approaching the point of needing another 32GB card.

merphle wrote:

Dear Sony,

Why the f*ck would you design the memory card packaging in such a way that the plastic does NOT completely encase or physically hold in the nearly-microscopic memory card itself? I was opening the cardboard outer packaging as gently as I could, but it suddenly gave way, and the memory card flew across the room, and landed somewhere in my wife's Pile of Stuff She Doesn't Want To Look At in my office. I think.

*sigh*

You have sympathy. It reminds me of the first LCD TV I bought. I got a fully wired XBOX scart cable for it, which game in sealed clamshell packaging. As I fought the cable free from its plastic tomb, one end whipped across the room, right into my TV's screen.

Did you find it yet?

spider_j wrote:
merphle wrote:

Dear Sony,

Why the f*ck would you design the memory card packaging in such a way that the plastic does NOT completely encase or physically hold in the nearly-microscopic memory card itself? I was opening the cardboard outer packaging as gently as I could, but it suddenly gave way, and the memory card flew across the room, and landed somewhere in my wife's Pile of Stuff She Doesn't Want To Look At in my office. I think.

*sigh*

You have sympathy. It reminds me of the first LCD TV I bought. I got a fully wired XBOX scart cable for it, which game in sealed clamshell packaging. As I fought the cable free from its plastic tomb, one end whipped across the room, right into my TV's screen.

Did you find it yet?

Here's the link to that Vita case. Now I wish I had put it on my list.

I have not yet. My wife's out and about until the evening -- I'll need her help combing, sifting, and sorting through stuff to find it.

Spoiler:

I've already tried looking, unsuccessfully. I'm pretty sure I heard it hit the baseboard radiator somewhere behind me... when I say it flew, it really took off.

Oh well. I can certainly manage with the 4GB card that came bundled, for now.

mateofalcone wrote:

Using a can opener.

Honestly, I'd be happier if it was actually clamshell packaging -- because then I would not have been able to open it by hand, and would've exercised a lot more caution while using scissors. A few photos below (click to embiggen)...

Packaging re-assembled to show how it originally looked:
IMAGE(http://imageshack.us/scaled/thumb/37/memorycard1.jpg)

And "opened", viewing from the back -- notice that it's just a single piece of plastic within the cardboard outer case, and the plastic does NOT have any notches or anything to hold the card in place:
IMAGE(http://imageshack.us/scaled/thumb/849/memorycard2.jpg)

This is in contrast to the packaging that came with the Vita itself, which has both a front and a back piece of plastic, AND the plastic does have notches to hold the card safely in place.

Sorry for venting.

Those cases are so slick, I was pining for one back when they first got posted. I may have to break down, they're so much nicer than the First Edition case. That's not to say the First Edition case is bad, these are just way better.

The First Edition cases are the best

You're just jealous or something

interstate78 wrote:

The First Edition cases are the best

You're just jealous or something

Jealous of the case I already have? This word you keep using, I do not think it means what you think it means.

ahrezmendi wrote:

Jealous of the case I already have? This word you keep using, I do not think it means what you think it means.

Inconceivable!

My ongoing Vita experience, 12/22/12 edition.

I picked up Little Big Planet because it was half price at Gamestop and I'd never played the series. As it turns out, most of what I'd heard was true, and the game's not for me. I'm a gameplay-first player and a cute aesthetic and UGC can only go so far. Trials Evolution does what it seems this game wants to do, but with a really engaging core mechanic.

I signed up for three months of PS+ to get the initial batch of free games, or to rent them anyway. The only one I've played so far is Wipeout. I like it, but it's kind of just more Wipeout, and the load times are as bad as I'd heard. Next up is Gravity Rush. I already know I like it mechanically from the demo, we'll see how it holds up over the full game. Another series I've never played is Uncharted, but I've watched my old roommate play plenty of it. While it isn't the kind of thing I'd buy a PS3 for, I'll give it a fair shake once I'm done with Corpse Party and have enough space on my memory card to download it. 3GB

Wait, Corpse Party! Yeah!

I'm really impressed with this game. I never, ever would've believed a portable game could be scary. Or something that looks like an early SNES game. But they pull it off with aplomb due to excellent sound work. The music and VO are just top notch. The gameplay is somewhat bare-bones but it never gets in the way of the game's appeals - atmosphere, narrative, and dread. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something totally unique. A tolerance or affinity for Japanese sensibilities is required, though.

With the credit from selling MLB and LBP (and a 360 game) I bought Ragnarok Odyssey. I know the game had a less than stellar reception here and most places, but I really like XSEED as a publisher and wanted to see what they took a chance on. I've been pleasantly surprised at the flow of the combo system, especially the elemental branches as a mage. The challenge is also refreshing.

The game does seem to try and approximate the Monster Hunter experience and unfortunately falls short in one key area - you have to make a new character for each class. There aren't classes in MH per se, but each weapon type plays about as deep as a class on RO. As such you can adapt your character to whatever you feel like playing without losing any ground, which isn't the case here. Still, a decent combat system goes a long way with me, so I'm sticking with this one for a bit.

Still haven't played AC3:L.

Yeah, Corpse Party is awesome. I'm pretty much sold on the sequel whenever that comes out.

Don't overlook Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack -- I played through it, start to finish, over the last 2 days. It's FANTASTIC!

The touch controls really make the game shine...

merphle wrote:

Don't overlook Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack -- I played through it, start to finish, over the last 2 days. It's FANTASTIC!

Yeah, I'll give it a shot but I've tried similar games and they didn't do it for me (Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Fluidity).

Edit: was thinking of another game at first.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Yeah, Corpse Party is awesome. I'm pretty much sold on the sequel whenever that comes out.

Can't remember if I commented on it, but I was really impressed with my initial time with CP. I stopped playing because I didn't know how to progress, but they crafted a great atmosphere.

I'm still shocked that Corpse Party was a Game Maker game.

I was going to suggest you try some of the community levels for LBP, a lot of them show more creativity than the core game levels, but I see you already sold it.

Mutant Blobs Attack is one of my top 3 games on the system, and I'm really looking forward to Guacamelee because of it.

ahrezmendi wrote:

I was going to suggest you try some of the community levels for LBP, a lot of them show more creativity than the core game levels, but I see you already sold it.

I did, the mushy mechanics still ruin it.

Digging Mutant Blobs after three levels, though. Aside from the humor being kinda played ("all your _____ belong to us" is done, guys).

Man persona 4 golden is amazing. Easily my number 1 on the system.

merphle wrote:

The touch controls really make the game shine...

I'm okay, but not thrilled with the touch controls. The tilt levels can absolutely take a hike though, ugh.

Overall I really dig the game though.

Just finished Uncharted. It felt like Uncharted, which is probably the highest praise it could be given. I enjoyed it, but most of the touch controls could have been done away with.

For people with an EU account: They're giving away four minis (Velocity, Breakquest, Wizorb, Canabalt) on their facebook page if you share/like/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/SonyPlaysta...

wahwah wrote:

For people with an EU account: They're giving away four minis (Velocity, Breakquest, Wizorb, Canabalt) on their facebook page if you share/like/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/SonyPlaysta...

I foolishly tried this with a US account, but it didn't work. Taking one for the team, just so nobody else has to go through the pain of actually logging into Facebook.

I just tried that with a UK account, and it doesn't work. It says that the code that it provides has already been redeemed.

merphle wrote:

Don't overlook Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack -- I played through it, start to finish, over the last 2 days. It's FANTASTIC!

When you're right, you're right.

The game is great. I too beat it over two days. It is hands down the best Vita-specific game I've played yet, and I've tried most of the heavy hitters. The last two levels were perfect, but I really would've liked some DLC or something.

merphle wrote:

The touch controls really make the game shine...

You're wrong! I dunno, I didn't like the touch controls much. They run into the "fatty hands in the way of stuff I need to see" problem, particularly in the rare occasions where multitouch is needed.

I don't think it'll crack my GOTY list because it's kind of sparse and the tilt specific levels really aren't fun, and there's a short mandatory tilt part that isn't quite as obnoxious. Still, great game.

Dear lord, Nfs most wanted, gold. Just amazing, words can't describe.

So I decided to pick up MGS:HD collection for my Vita since the sale is nice and I've always been curious to try the series. While doing so, I see Unit 13 is on sale as well and that it's relatively well reviewed by users around the web. Have any of you tried it? I guess I could use some enabling or disabling.

I haven't played it, but I've seen a lot of people on this site give it praise. I'm sure they'll chime in soon enough.

mateofalcone wrote:

So I decided to pick up MGS:HD collection for my Vita since the sale is nice and I've always been curious to try the series.

Well, it's very unfortunate that version doesn't come with MSG, but you should know one pivotal thing before you begin MGS2: Yes.

Yes, it's totally insane. Yes, you can skip all of Jack and Rose's conversations. Yes, they are truly that terrible and some of the most insufferable dialogue I've ever had the misfortune of encountering in a video game. Yes, the same goes for Emma and Otacon. Save yourself the disappointment, it goes to crazy places but still manages to be totally flat. (What a terrible waste of Jennifer Hale) And yes, at the end, it's the game, not the drugs you're on.