Originally Posted by joeblow
I loaded up a PS3 save of God of War HD and messed around a bit with the remote play for a few minutes. Very smooth experience! Definitely an upgrade over the laggy PSP remote play feature, and the graphics are pretty sharp as well. I hope more games support it in the future.
This weekend was the first time I had an extended session with my new Vita (I was waiting for my Hori screen protector to come in). Like most of you I am very impressed with the unit.
Visuals on this screen are outstanding. The D-Pad is perhaps the best ever made. The PSP nub-sticks have been replaced by good quality thumbsticks. And the touch controls on the front and back work as well as advertised. Battery life is so-so. I guess I'll finally by that power grip I had my eye on to extend max playing time.
As far as software features go, it has most of the essential stuff covered. I'm just starting to get used to the Near app and how the system works with games. It's a pretty neat idea. I also like how you can turn off in-game notifications of trophies. I never liked the pop up in my PS3 gaming and wish it were patched into the firmware to switch it off.
One thing I am not liking so much is the constant updates on my "Activities". Why does it have to tell me every little thing I do in a game? Can I turn off Activity monitoring, or at least notifications? I also wish I could d-load my Vita files from the PS3 over wi-fi. I wonder why it is allowed for the PC and not the PS3?
So far I've played three games...
- Pinball Arcade. I love this title on my PS3, but will have to play a bit more to see what I think of the Vita version (which came free with my PS3 game purchase). I tried playing with the touch screen flippers in portrait mode, but it doesn't feel right. I want to use real buttons. Is it possible to do so? I can't get it to switch in the option screen. Touch screen flipper'ing is too goofy for me.
- Veloccity (a Mini game). This gem of a shooter is what I used to test the D-Pad. An excellent, innovative title that controls perfectly on the Vita. Possibly the best Mini out there if you haven't played it.
- Uncharted Golden Abyss. Awesome, awesome title so far (only on the 2nd chapter). It is surprising that this is in no way a dumbed down mini-Uncharted game. It is as full as a PS3 release and looks fantastic on the Vita. The touch gameplay takes some getting used to, but it also allows traditional input methods on the fly. I'm going through it slowly so as to try and find 100% of the hidden stuff each level. They've done a great job at expanding the optional treasure hunting play mechanics over the earlier releases. It is really extending the play time and enjoyment of the title.
When I finish the game, I will give MotorStorm RC a go, followed by the free Gravity Rush I got with Uncharted from PS+. I'm very happy with my purchase so far.