On February 22nd (launch day), I bought the PS Vita. The machine has nice specs and some nice features lined up such as AR and front + rear touch – but what really rocks my boat is the fact that this handheld machine is the first generation handheld that is truly born online. Like the newest non-handheld console generation, the online features are now expected in almost every game. Another great and really strong feature (the number one selling point for me at least) is the cross-play ability – the possibility to play (games made for it) across the PS Vita and PS3 platforms and share save games as you like! It sounds fantastic – especially when most of your sit-down time (like mine) isn’t in your home where the PS3 is.
When looking at the launch day game line-up, these two killer features are actually one that are visible in most of the released titles! Cross-play is not as used in the current line-up as I could’ve wished – but more is coming – especially from Sony! Today, I enjoy multiplayer gaming in WipEout with people on a PS3 while hiding in a corner with my PS Vita (now I apparently just need more friends who enjoy playing WipEout!). Almost every game (does anyone actually know a title that doesn’t) has some kind of network feature – be multiplayer or whatever – the experience is really enhanced!
The “near” feature – the ability to see people near you and what they are playing – is nice, but not a killer feature (for me – at least). Although I must admit that I’ve actually found a few new PSN connections using “near” – an overall neat feature.
By the way – “Army Corps of Hell” is amazing – not because of the music, cross-play or network features – it’s a nice bloody boss fight Pikmin!