All About Sokol4ever
With the recent PlayStation Plus offerings, I have finally decided to buy The PS Vita, I personally wanted one in the black color and the COD bundle wasn't the game I wanted so I simply purchased the portable system itself and 16GB memory card for 50$ which by the way is still ridiculously overpriced on its own..
Nonetheless, the system itself is a wonderful piece of technology:
After spending some time with very handy tutorial of how to use all the Vita's features I connected the Wi-Fi in less then a minute and spent some time browsing the Internet and PlayStation Store. It's all well implemented, the Vita's gorgeous 5" OLED screen is nothing short of brilliant. The touch screen is accurate and quick to navigate and the hand-held itself feels very comfortable.
The content manager software is very useful, I was able to transfer any PS3 purchased games via USB port quickly to the Vita and vise-versa. Uploading any saved game files to the PS+ Cloud was also not an issue.
So far, I started and played little bit of Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Wipeout HD and Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus, which by the way is pretty amazing.
In the end, I'm satisfied with the PS Vita hardware, it's powerful, comfortable with gorgeous OLED screen and the games look beautiful. The only downside I believe Sony made a mistake with would be the memory cards. You can only use Sony specific and they are very expensive.. Count in the PlayStation Plus for one year (to get those free games) and this brings the price of the hand held way over 300$ which I believe is too expensive.
I'm looking forward to different games PS Vita has to offer and if you have PS3 and PS+ membership, I wholeheartedly recommend it. It complements the big brother very well and some games offer cross-play between two platforms.
The last time I owned the handheld was GameBoy color.. To be perfectly honest, I'm not on the road and when I do travel my laptop is most of the time with me.
However, my wife is a Nintendo woman, she pretty much had all the Nintendo consoles and handhelds in the past, not to mention she is a big Pokemon fan.
So, with the announcement of the Pokemon X and Y, I decided to pick up brand new Aqua Blue 3DS.
While the handheld will be in my wife hands most of the time ()I'm personally big RPG and Adventure fan. I never had the chance to play any Nintendo games past Super Mario back in the NES area. (I'm primary and PlayStation owner)
So, understading that my better half decided to introduce to me to some classics. So far, I'm planning on picking up Ocarina of Time 3D since I got a lot of recommendations and upcoming Fire Emblem.
After spending some time configuring the 3DS today, connecting it the online and updating the software for the system I have to admit, the handheld feels nice in the arms.
I still have to learn how the memory card works and just how big of the SD card do I need but otherwise I'm pretty happy.
3DS joins my Nintendo Wii and PS3 collection gaming hardware collection
If anyone has any advice or recommendations as to which games to play (DS and 3DS) I'm open to suggestions.
It all depends how much you really want the game to be honest and of course if money aren't much of a problem. (Which is not a case for many people this days, myself included.)
Take one of my current games I have been playing for the last month - Game of Thrones. I love the books and the TV series and was very interested in the game itself. Barely 2 months after the game originally released it was 30$ new, 25$ used.
After buying it and currently about half a way into it, 22 hours of gameplay, I'm having a blast and it really feels like money well spent. Of course the game has issues, however I'm enjoying it and I didn't break the wallet buying it.
The thing is, it's a smart idea to wait few months on certain type of games. I understand if it's Call of Duty or similar heavy community based online experience where it makes sense to buy it on the release day since you end up spending months playing it, otherwise 90% of the single player driven games drop their price within first 2-4 months significantly.
Another issue I'm noticing lately is the rise of the so called premium membership or value DLC prices (one time fees) on top of the already 60$ game...Recent;y - Call of Duty and Battlefield series are notorious for this... however, that's a matter of another topic I will eventually find some time to discuss.
On the other side, in my case specifically, RPG's and sometimes Action-Adventure (like Assassins Creed) are the only type of games I would spend 60$ on. This happens maybe 3-4 times a year, when superb RPG game is released. I value many hours of steady, non-rushing gaming and I feel I spend the money with satisfaction.
In the end of the day, it all depends on a person. I don't personally believe 70% of games released today warrant their price and I vote accordingly with my wallet, unfortunately, as we are nearing the next generation of consoles (with Wii U knocking on our door step) I believe the prices will rise to at least additional 10-15$ per title.
I hope we will see some kind of discount service (like Steam) when the new console arrive, otherwise - the budget vs quality game will be wider and only few games and developers will survive. Time will tell.
My Recent Reviews
May 8, 2013 4:43 pm GMTSokol4ever reviewed Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and gave it a score of 8.0
May 8, 2013 4:12 pm GMTSokol4ever reviewed Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and gave it a score of 10.0
May 8, 2013 3:51 pm GMTSokol4ever reviewed Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and gave it a score of 9.0
May 7, 2013 2:50 am GMTSokol4ever reviewed Mass Effect 3 and gave it a score of 5.0
May 7, 2013 2:05 am GMTSokol4ever added Batman: Arkham City to their now playing list
May 5, 2013 8:09 pm GMTSokol4ever added LittleBigPlanet 2 to their now playing list
Apr 30, 2013 12:07 am GMTSokol4ever reviewed Mass Effect 2 and gave it a score of 8.0
Apr 28, 2013 9:46 pm GMTSokol4ever reviewed Mass Effect and gave it a score of 9.0
Apr 28, 2013 8:51 pm GMTSokol4ever joined the union PS3FC: The PlayStation 3 Fan Club
Apr 27, 2013 11:47 am GMTSokol4ever began Following The Bureau: XCOM Declassified