My PS Vita, as I type this article, is on a nightstand downloading Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles. And that’s a problem.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the game. In fact, I’ve gushed over Rondo of Blood in the past, and will probably do so again. But I’m suffering the post-launch system blues, man, and there isn’t much on the horizon that’s acting as a ray of light. I’m playing my PS Vita at a relentless pace– Mutant Blobs Attack, Shocktroopers 2, and Street Fighter Alpha 3 are seeing the brunt of my entertainment-seeking assault– but I fear that’s going to slow down dramatically as their freshness wanes.
I’ve considered downloading Uncharted: Golden Abyss, but the idea of playing a console-like game on a portable makes me loopy. See, such action titles are made for home play on a big screen. My PS Vita receives the most hands-on time when I’m in bed, or reclined during a commute. As such, I play in bursts; I don’t want to spend 10 minutes scanning a room for a block to push or lever to pull.
Unit 13 is getting strong reviews, but I’m not a shooter guy. I do, however, love a good fighting game, but BlazBlue’s online mode is miserable. And there’s no way that I could support Ultimate Marvel Capcom 3 after the shenanigans Capcom pulled with that title last year (yes, I realize I still gave Capcom money by purchasing Alpha 3, but still). Mortal Kombat’s coming in May, but do I really want to double dip on that? I have it on my Xbox 360.
Gravity Rush intrigues me as it looks like a wholly original title with enticing gravity manipulating game mechanic that makes me wish it were a licensed Power Pack title. But that’s slated for a mid-June release. And Dragon’s Crown, Vanillaware’s ode to Golden Axe? Who knows when that’ll actually street.
You know what would make me happy? A Cave shooter. A Fire Pro entry. A new, portable Metal Gear Solid game. An action title that deftly leverages the PS Vita’s many features. Something. I loathe the idea of a spring/summer drought.
So here I am playing a $8 indie effort and titles from the ’90s. I’m not sure what that says about me or the state of the PS Vita’s library, but something’s definitely being said.