It’s time to get excited. The release of the PlayStation Vita is upon us. Also being released are a glut of launch titles, a few of which actually look pretty impressive. While already existing consoles aren’t getting anything worth talking about (an exercise in quick time events and another FPS version of a tactical PC game), the 3DS version of ‘Metal Gear’ may prove worthy of a purchase for fans.
PlayStation Vita (Vita)
Whether you think it’s bound for greatness or destined to flop, there’s no debating the importance of the PlayStation Vita system. If the Vita finds success, it will show that phones are not yet a replacement for a dedicated handheld gaming system. If it doesn’t, well, it could very well spell the end of them, at least for Sony.
GameStop janked things up (big surprise) and I didn’t end up getting the 1st Edition Vita that I preordered. So, I’ve gone ahead and switched to the 3G version on Amazon. I’m counting down the hours until I can finally get my hands on this thing. If you happen to pick one up, make sure it’s the 3G version. For $50 more, you get the option of 3G, a $30 memory card, a free game and some free 3G time. Oh, and if you order from Amazon, you get a free screen protector kit, so that’s neat.
The only launch title I’ve ordered is ‘Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3‘, though I do have ‘Shinobido 2‘ on the way for an upcoming review. I’ve never been an ‘Uncharted’ fan, but I’d love to hear a take on ‘Golden Abyss‘. It might be worth checking out whether that transitions well to the small screen.
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (3DS)
A handheld re-release of an existing game is nice for fans that want it on the go, but the 3DS version of ‘Snake Eater’ adds a few things beyond portability. The first is, of course, 3D visuals. Also new are the addition of tilt-sensitive controls, custom camo and a touch-screen menu for easy weapon selection.