The Playstation Vita Catch-All

Yeah, I'm on the fence with Unit 13 too.

Based on the demo and the videos I've seen, Unit 13 always felt too claustrophobic. The only reason I'd consider picking it up would be if I was in dire need of some co-op. My time however is being spent elsewhere.

I really like Unit 13. Small maps, multiple objectives types, sometimes strung together in a longer mission. It's more hardcore than I was expecting; even the missions flagged as run and gun will punish you if you go in at full tilt. If you want a military-esque shooter, it's the only game in town (BLOPS counts as a stain on the Vita's catalogue, nothing more), but really isn't a bad effort.

The Soul Sacrifice demo came out for Japan last week, so I went through the process of playing it, a process I don't recommend. Others have gone in depth with it, and more than I can, so I'll just give my impression of it. Don't think of Monster Hunter. It doesn't play like it, and its structure is quite different. It's a bite-sized action game that seems to have a good amount of character customization for the things that you'll be using in battle. I didn't use the systems enough to know if I'll like it, but nothing felt off for me. Most of the combat felt good, but the character does feel a little slow, from the default speed to the "weapon" attack animations. The frame rate notably dipped once, but overall I was glad I tried it firsthand.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost...

Game play starts around 6min.

I finished all the single player missions in Unit 13 and while it's got limitations, I really liked it. I'd still love to do the co-op stuff if anyone's interested.

I did receive a Vita for Xmas after all and have been able to spend a little time with it the past couple of days. It truly is a wonderful piece of technology, and I'm all in on it like I did with the PSP (I signed up to PS+ today), but I hate feeling like I'm playing a system that is already on it's way out. Regardless of that, I'm certainly not going to let it hamper my enjoyment of the platform.

I went through the Google doc spreadsheet this morning and sent out friend requests to each name (though there were a couple that bounced due to their request settings). Looking forward to eyeballing the top scores like I did on the 360 (especially pinball).

Great, it'll be good to have a new challenger on the pinball games, since no one else seems to play them on this platform that much. My scores are relegated to vanilla Pinball Arcade, and The Paranormal, Sorcerer's Lair, & PvZ tables for Zen.

Has anyone found a "drop proof" case? I took this on my train ride today and it was rainy and I was feeling like I should have something more substantial covering the system while it was in my hands.

Oh emm gee. I just got my Waterfield Vita case, this thing is SUPER SLICK! So much easier to use than the FEB case, thinner, and the materials are top quality. Worth every penny, highly recommended.

Fyedaddy wrote:

I did receive a Vita for Xmas after all and have been able to spend a little time with it the past couple of days. It truly is a wonderful piece of technology, and I'm all in on it like I did with the PSP (I signed up to PS+ today), but I hate feeling like I'm playing a system that is already on it's way out. Regardless of that, I'm certainly not going to let it hamper my enjoyment of the platform.

I went through the Google doc spreadsheet this morning and sent out friend requests to each name (though there were a couple that bounced due to their request settings). Looking forward to eyeballing the top scores like I did on the 360 (especially pinball).

I don't think it's on it's way out. I honestly feel that the system is establishing it's base and will do fine. I like this system so much better than I ever did the PSP.

Working my way through Uncharted a bit now and it does look & feel pretty on the system. A couple of complaints though so far - is the entire game on rails? I'm into chapter 5 now and it just feels like I've been following one prompt after another since the game started.

on rails is a bit of a strong word. The game is pretty straightforward and it's always pretty much evident where you need to go next but I can guarantee that you'll get stuck a couple times.

Fyedaddy wrote:

Working my way through Uncharted a bit now and it does look & feel pretty on the system. A couple of complaints though so far - is the entire game on rails? I'm into chapter 5 now and it just feels like I've been following one prompt after another since the game started.

No more than the 'regular' Uncharted games from my experience.

wahwah wrote:

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Thanks for the heads up on this, i claimed my four games

LeapingGnome wrote:
Fyedaddy wrote:

Working my way through Uncharted a bit now and it does look & feel pretty on the system. A couple of complaints though so far - is the entire game on rails? I'm into chapter 5 now and it just feels like I've been following one prompt after another since the game started.

No more than the 'regular' Uncharted games from my experience.

If it's like the previous Uncharted games, think of it as if they took Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and converted it to a more action-heavy game with an Indiana Jones-style theme. Uncharted is basically an action/story game with adventure trappings (obstacle courses and puzzles).

I haven't tried the Vita one yet, because I don't have space on my memory card to download it from PSN.

It does have an Indiana Jones feel to it, and I'm grateful for the collecting opportunities along the way (collecting photos or artifacts to unlock other goodies and trophies), but it doesn't feel like there is a lot of replay value once the items are collected.

In an unrelated question, have any of you guys found a way to connect the Vita to a television to watch videos from the PSN? I don't own a PS3.

So Touch My Katamari is on sale for $12.24 for ps+ members. I loved the ps2 games and the ps3 one. Can anyone sway me to or from this one? Is it just more of the same?

Jamull99 wrote:

So Touch My Katamari is on sale for $12.24 for ps+ members. I loved the ps2 games and the ps3 one. Can anyone sway me to or from this one? Is it just more of the same?

There should be a Demo available. It is really much of the same but translates pretty well to portable.

Having never played one before, I enjoyed it alot. Very un-discernible and obtuse, though. AKA, Japan.

A week into this experience and it continues to improve. I'm looking forward to the smaller PSN apps just as much as any of the full game releases too. Any chance we'll see more iOS/Chrome games here like JetPack Joyride?

Fyedaddy wrote:

A week into this experience and it continues to improve. I'm looking forward to the smaller PSN apps just as much as any of the full game releases too. Any chance we'll see more iOS/Chrome games here like JetPack Joyride?

Pretty much a given, since Sony's pushing into the mobile space, and is explicitly targeting their games to be compatible with both Android phones and the Vita. Have you tried the Lemmings port?

Stupid Hot Shots Golf and its stupid addictive gameplay!

Tanglebones wrote:

Pretty much a given, since Sony's pushing into the mobile space, and is explicitly targeting their games to be compatible with both Android phones and the Vita. Have you tried the Lemmings port?

That's encouraging news. No, I haven't tried the Lemmings game yet but it is on my to-do list. I've been caught up in Zen Pinball (all but the Marvel tables) and various minis like the Breakout clone.

Farscry wrote:

Stupid Hot Shots Golf and its stupid addictive gameplay!

Yes! It's gorgeous on the Vita though I was thinking this newer release was going to be easier than the PSP games until I hit the brick wall known as the fifth (?) course option. The one with the crazy, constant wind. I think I invented some new words playing that course.

Fyedaddy wrote:

A week into this experience and it continues to improve. I'm looking forward to the smaller PSN apps just as much as any of the full game releases too. Any chance we'll see more iOS/Chrome games here like JetPack Joyride?

I'd recommend Rebel on the Mobile store. There's at least a few hours of play until you fully upgrade, which is my only problem with it. I think $2 for a fun, arcade dodge-'em-up is a fair price.

I tried the Soul Sacrifice demo off the Japanese PSN. It's a really cool premise, as its action-focused approach to magic reminds me of Dragon Age 2 or Dragon's Dogma rather than blander RPGs where it's just a flashier source of damage. I'll need to read some reviews to make sure the customization is up to snuff, though.

I've put more time into Uncharted (starting chapter 25 of 34) and can admit that I am enjoyed it. Mostly. It does feel like it has opened up some from my earlier complaint of it being on rails (though you're still pushed through the story without making any choices) but I can accept that with the genre and way the game is turning out. It's even gotten me to dip my toe into the new Uncharted card game and it's not half bad.

However, by far and away, my biggest complaint is the unnecessary ways in which the Vita's tech capabilities are being crammed down my throat. How many time will I be forced to:

-Gather a charcoal rub (force this once to showcase the tech if you must, but leave the multiple additional times as optional collector's quests)
-Rub the dirt off an item 100% of the way when uncovering the clue/purpose of the item would suffice
-Force me to lose my balance walking across a beam so I have to use the system's gyro tech to regain it
-Force me to futz with taking a picture "100%" of the way when it would budge from 95%
-How many times do I need to drag my finger across the screen a certain way to a) lift someone up b) punch someone or c) hack down some bamboo

I nearly had a last straw moment with the game and walked away from it all together (but just decided to take a break for a couple days instead). I had been playing the game late one night when I actually had some time to myself over the holiday break. Sitting on the living room chair, nothing lighting up the room save for the game's light bouncing off of my face. The house fully shut down and quiet for the night. When what does the game throw at me? I have to drag my arse out of my comfy chair at 2 AM to stumble to the kitchen in the dark and turn the overhead light on to illuminate some parchment. There I was, a 39 yr old man, standing in the middle of the kitchen at 2 AM holding the back of the Vita up to the overhead light for X amount of time so some runes can shine through. WTF? Typing it now is actually making me angry again.

The game is a solid accomplishment (especially given the platform it is on) but Vita game devs (all two of them) need to learn from this mistake.

Yup. That's been a common complaint about it; it's a solid entry in the Uncharted series aside from the blatant shoehorning in of Vita "features" to make the game partially a tech demo for the platform. It's also why I haven't been too impatient to play it; I still have Uncharted 3 to play anyway.

If you don't like swiping the screen to punch things,

Spoiler:

you're going to love the final boss.

A question and a complaint:

Question: I've been buying a lot of stuff I missed on PSP. Does anyone know the details regarding PSP titles with data installs? I have two, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and Duodecim 012: Dissidia Final Fantasy. My instinct was that a data install would be unnecessary because the game is already installed to the memory card. However, Google is giving me conflicting answers, none of which are official in any way. Some say the installs still help load times, some say that games have features (voices in MGS:PW, item previews in MHFU) disabled without the installs, some say the installs are totally useless.

Complaint: I have come to dislike the PSP's analog sticks. They're okay for analog use, if a bit finicky, but they are all but useless for digital use. Navigating menus using them is troublesome, but most critically they are terrible for controlling the camera in MHFU (twin sticks is one reason I gave this game another try). Vertical camera control in MH has always been digital, and it's very hard to keep the vertical orientation level while rotating horizontally. It's not just a universal analog stick issue, either - it is the same setup on Wii and controls much better.

Blind_Evil wrote:

A question and a complaint:

Question: I've been buying a lot of stuff I missed on PSP. Does anyone know the details regarding PSP titles with data installs? I have two, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite and Duodecim 012: Dissidia Final Fantasy. My instinct was that a data install would be unnecessary because the game is already installed to the memory card. However, Google is giving me conflicting answers, none of which are official in any way. Some say the installs still help load times, some say that games have features (voices in MGS:PW, item previews in MHFU) disabled without the installs, some say the installs are totally useless.

Complaint: I have come to dislike the PSP's analog sticks. They're okay for analog use, if a bit finicky, but they are all but useless for digital use. Navigating menus using them is troublesome, but most critically they are terrible for controlling the camera in MHFU (twin sticks is one reason I gave this game another try). Vertical camera control in MH has always been digital, and it's very hard to keep the vertical orientation level while rotating horizontally. It's not just a universal analog stick issue, either - it is the same setup on Wii and controls much better.

The only response I have to your complaint is, PSP games were not designed to be used with two analog sticks, so when you map that function to the right stick it may be a little clunky.