[Strongly Jaded Gamer] Need something to do this weekend?
Go Play PSO2! It’s in Open Beta starting today and character data will transfer over to the full version which is supposed to hit later this year. Granted, yes, it’s all in Japanese, but there’s a full comprehensive guide for pretty much everything you need to know to get rolling. You’d be surprised how quickly you pick up the menu navigation once you have a vague idea of what everything does.
Which is good design and we all know I love good design. (And Phantasy Star)
Also! If you haven’t already bought Gravity Rush. Go do so. Right now. It’s a great execution of a strong concept that works wonders in portable format. Sandboxes, along with Tactics games, are one of the best things you can have as a portable bite sized experience. Play for ten minutes on the bus, put it in suspend, pick up at lunch and do one of the story missions, and then run around a bit more on the way home. The platforming is solid, the camera controls are pretty tight, and the combat works really well once you get the hang of controlling gravity on the fly.
My biggest complaint was the load times. For some reason, it takes the game a huge amount of time to load into and out of challenges even though its plays off a memory card so maybe the download from the PSN store won’t suffer the same problem. Otherwise, the game is fluid. The main missions load behind a comic book style cut scene so bay time you’re done its ready to go and the big map is near seamless from the middle of the game on.
If you have a Vita, pick this up now. If you don’t have a Vita, but were thinking about getting one, now’s a good time. Anyway, catch ya’ll next week.