Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ratchet & Clank PS2 trilogy coming to Vita - yay! And aw.

We knew it was coming, but it's nice for it to finally be official (at least in Europe - no North American announcement yet).  Now, as a knee-jerk reaction, this is fantastic news.  I love these games, and having them on my Vita will be a sweet plum, but...

The port is being handled by Mass Media.  Who ported the Jak & Daxter collection.  Which was a God-awful port.

Which makes me sad.  Mass Media, if you fuck this up, I will never forgive... Sony for trusting you with it.

You monsters.

Oh, and speaking of Sony, they announced what they're replacing all the games that are dropping off PS+ on Tuesday with - six games across their three platforms.

Trine 2 and Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate for PS4, NBA 2K14 and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for PS3,  Terraria and Mutant Midds Deluxe (?) for Vita.  I'm pleased with Pixeljunk Shooter and Terraria - two games I've always wanted to try - and the fact that Pixeljunk and Sly will be effectively cross-buy with the Vita version (getting the PS4/PS3 game free unlocks the Vita game, free), but taking away Uncharted 3 and replacing it with the worst Sly game isn't exactly a fair trade, in my opinion.

That's a short-sighted reaction, of course.  Any PS+ subscriber worth their salt has already got a free copy of every game that will disappear from the Instant Game Collection, and what we're getting here is merely additive.  I suppose the negativity is informed by the idea that PS+, one can argue, has a certain value at any given point - and come June, that value will be reduced compared to what it was a month prior.  Seriously - losing Resogun for Trine and Pixeljunk?  No thank you. Even together, that's not an even trade.

This month also brings news that the Instant Game Collection will no longer update periodically throughout the month - word is, every single month, each platform will always get two new games on the first Tuesday.  Two PS4 games, two PS3 games, two Vita game every month.  This is particularly interesting on the PS4, which has a pretty sparse library at the moment - and across all platforms, that'll result innn... 72 different games per year.


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