Thursday, March 01, 2012

Game Party

Got to play a good amount of titles recently. Some quick impressions:

Soul Calibur V (PS3)
I still have mixed feeling about SCV. While the new character creation options are great, the rest of the game feels a lot emptier. I’m also not a big fan of most of the new outfits for the characters. Ivy’s outfits in particular are a step back from previous offerings. The price has dropped to $39.99 which is about right for what you get. I prefer to get this on Vita, but may jump on the PS3 version soon anyway.

Speaking of the Vita, I looked up Soul Calibur Broken Destiny for PSP and it’s  $39.99! I picked up the UMD version for $10 a few months ago. I’d rather have it digitally on the Vita, but not for forty bucks. Looks like I’ll have to just stick with the PSP if I want some Broken Destiny.

King of Fighters XIII (PS3)
Put simply, KOF XIII is a fully featured return to form. Tons of modes, lots of fun story elements, improved graphics, a bunch more levels, the list goes on and on. As was the case with Chun Lin returning in SFIII Third Strike, getting Mai back into the KOF fold was crucial for the series to feel whole again. As a collector of KOF titles, XIII will eventually find its way into my library. Recommended.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (PS Vita)
I played this on Xbox (Black), PS3 (Sigma), and now the PS Vita (Sigma Plus). If you’ve never played the game, the PS3 is the optimal way to experience it, but if you want it portable, Sigma Plus is pretty great. If this gets a sale on PSN, I wouldn’t mind picking it up again for another play through on a plane.

Darkstalkers (PSP/ PS Vita)
I wanted to check out a PSP game on the Vita so decided on Darkstalkers since I don’t seem to have a version of the game on another system right now and it’s one of my all-time favorites. I transferred it to the PSP just to compare to how it runs on the Vita and there is definitely a noticeable improvement. That said, it’s not quite as vibrant and colorful as I would like. The audio does sound better coming out of the Vita speakers though. For $9.99, I’m happy.


Ujn Hunter said...

KOF XIII is a HUGA improvement over the unfinished feeling KOF XII and I highly recommend it! I love the way they handle the costume color selection also and other games should take note! You can scroll through the colors and see exactly how each looks before choosing. Amazon *might* still have the bonus CD soundtrack as well at the $39.xx price point, I know they did 3 weeks ago. SCV is a $20 purchase for me and I'll definitely wait on that. Also $10 UMDs > $20-40 Digital Downloads all day long.

Wataru Maruyama said...

That's a great point. It's a big difference being able to see the new color schemes in real time BEFORE you make the selection.