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FIFA 13 on PS Vita : : Don’t waste your money

     With no changes from FIFA Football (2012), EA should be immensely disappointed with themselves. Make no mistake, it is a great game, maybe the most impressive on the Vita at the moment. I would however advice you to save £25 and pick up last years copy of FIFA.

      Seeing as there is only one difference between FIFA Football and FIFA 13 we may a well address that first. There are new kits. There are new players. There is……nothing else. If you are desperate to have a Manchester United frontline of Rooney and Van Persie then just make this adjustment manually on the old game. There is not a single new animation, no new celebrations, no new game modes, no new menu layou….oh wait! The menu select icon now has sharp corners compared to round ovals found in FIFA Football. To be honest, I was shocked when there was no mention of this on the back of the game casing,

               “Select the same game options with total control. Thanks to the new ‘sharp cornered’ outline around your cursor, you can really control the menus.”

       Imagine my bemusement when I didn’t even find any reviews that spoke of this incredible new feature. FIFA Football often left me in tears when I couldn’t tell if I had pressed X on ‘Career Mode’ or ‘Quick Match’. I couldn’t sleep at night. Now that you can be 100% sure of what you are choosing, it’s made me feel quite happy that I forked out £45 for the game…

It really is quite worrying how an international game company like EA can feel ok with releasing an exact replica of an old game and still expect consumers to pay premium prices. If you think I’m being unfair, please comment below and tell me why this game is worth £45.

Now, this does not mean I don’t enjoy the game. I played the old FIFA Football religiously, raving to anyone that would listen about how identical the game was to FIFA 11 on console. HD graphics, dual analogue sticks, replica animations and frame rates to that on console. Portable gaming had finally pulled off the impossible, they had effectively ported a console game to a portable device. My frustration merely forms out of a hatred for EA’s laziness.

FIFA 13 is a fantastic video game for the PS Vita when you look at it alone. It really does feel like a console game that you can carry in your pocket. The virtual pro career mode gives you plenty of playtime, not to mention the online head to head modes. The problem is how all of these positives can also be said of the old game, FIFA Football. So if you don’t have either game, just pick up the old FIFA Football, manually change the team rosters and save yourself £20. Or, if you already have FIFA Football, just start a new virtual pro career in a different position.

Trust me, FIFA 13 is not the worth the money and EA does not deserve the money.

PS Vita, worth it just for Metal Gear Solid.

It’s no surprise that the Vita hasn’t been as successful as most thought it would be. I plan on writing a more in depth blog about the flaws of the system/consumer market and why the Vita has not lived up to it’s expectations. This post however, is about why you should buy it. The reason being? Why the Metal Gear Solid HD game of course.
Chances are, if you owned a Playstation 2, you have already played Metal Gear Solid
2 and 3. Just like myself, I have completed both numerous times. You may have even been crazy enough to collect enough dog tags to unlock the stealth camo item, because we all know how fun that is. I completed MGS3 a few nights ago and am already well into the Plant chapter of Metal Gear Solid 2. What am I saying? This game does not get old. I am enjoying myself just as much as i was the first time. That is due to the Vita itself, as much as it is due to the game.

The beauty of the Vita is that you literally can click one button and then be immersed in your game. Things I dislike about console gaming,

  • Load screens
  • Trekking upstairs to get to the Playstation 2
  • Playing alone and not being around my family
  • How I was unable to play when I was in bed

The Vita obliterates all of these issues. Being able to play through this incredible story from anywhere at any time with a system that graphically enhances it, is just incredible. The controls, dare I say, on the Vita are somewhat easier to handle than on a Playstation controller. The touch screen is used brilliantly for your weapon and item packs as well as for peeking round corners. The back touch screen is used for stabbing and moving along hand rails.

Correct me if I am wrong, but i don’t think the original MGS3 had a moveable camera. Like MGS2, the camera was always placed in a certain spot and you could not move it. The MGS3 on the Vita has a more modern camera control- you simply control it as a normal 3rd person game with the right analogue stick. This was the huge positive for me, the number of times I used to be spotted because I was unable to see more than 5 yards in front was criminal. On the Vita, Snake is controlled much more easily. I finished the game in a couple of days because of this reason along being able to play anywhere and everywhere.

The bonus of playing MGS2 on the Vita? The graphics. You really can notice the HD upscaling. Much more so than MGS3. The game is beautiful and feels like a next-gen game. The fact that it was made almost 10 years ago is insane. You would never guess.

At the end of the day, you either have or have not played Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3.
If you have played them before, you will still love playing them again on the Vita and like me, you may enjoy them even more.
If you have not played them before, well, you call yourself a gamer? I don’t need to tell you how awesome the games are, you can let their credentials tell you that from my previous post. Metal Gear Solid is known for it’s incredible storyline, brilliant characters, lovely soundtrack and the superlative gaming memories it will give you. If this doesn’t sound like the kind of experience you want, then go buy a Wii.

I leave you with a video of how far my love for the Metal Gear Series went : : Gun’s of Liberty (MGS meets Call of Duty) 

Video Game News : : 12th June 2012

1) Call of Duty XP 2012 will not happen.
        Activision revealed at E3 that the CoD event would not be annual. They instead explained how they would be focusing on ‘Gamescon’, a German based convention.
Whilst Activision said that they haven’t ruled out any future XP events, it will be interesting to see what happens to Black Ops 2 now players cannot demo the multiplayer pre-release. The 2011 event brought together thousands of fans to try out MW3 as Kanye West gave a life performance.
Maybe Black Ops 2 doesn’t need any more hype considering that it is the sequel to the best selling video game of all time.

2) By 2012, video game revenue will reach $70 billion.

DFC Intelligence, an accounting firm, has stated that video game revenue will rise from $50 billion (2011) to $70 billion (2017). PC gaming leads the market with 39% of the revenue whilst console gaming amounts 35%.
In America there are 64 million children alone that fall into the category of ‘core-gamers’. David Cole, the CEO of DFC explains how the main consumer remains male, aged 12-30 and will spend between $85 – $100 every 2 years.

3) Metal Gear Solid HD – PS VITA
     This week brings the release of the HD remakes: Metal Gear Solid 2, Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3, Snake Eater to the PS Vita. I clicked onto the amazon page yesterday just to see how much it would be and almost started laughing when I saw the accolade section on the web page-

METAL GEAR SOLID 2 Accolades:

  • “PSM” February issue/PSM10 Award Ranking 1st Place
  • 5th Annual AIAS (Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences) Interactive Achievement
  • Awards /Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
  • “Dengekiou” May issue 2001 Dengekiou Game Software Grand Prix /Heat Up Award
  • “Dengekiou” May issue 2001 Dengekiou Best Creator Award/Director Grand Prix
  • “EDGE” May issue (Awards Special Issue) / Innovation of the Year
  • (Britain) European Computer Trade Show AWARD/Console Game of the Year France
  • (Germany) GAMES CONVENTION/Game of the Year Award
  • (Germany) GAMES CONVENTION/Action Adventure Award
  • 6th Annual CESA GAME AWARDS/GAME AWARDS YEAR 2001-2002 Excellence Award
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2001/Console Game Grand Prix
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2001/Best Adventure Game
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Creation
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Visuals
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Adventure Game
  • PS AWARD02/Best Programming Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Design Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Planning Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Sound Award
  • “Dengekiou” Game Software Grand Prix 2001/Heat Up Award
  • “Dorimaga” Reader Race/ “Meiyo Meiba” Award 2001
  • 2001 E3 Game Critics Awards /Best Console Game
  • 2001 E3 Game Critics Awards /Best Action/Adventure Game
  • 2000 E3 Game Critics Awards /Special Commendation for Graphics
  • Game Developers Choice Awards /Excellence in Audio
  • Game Informer.com/ Innovation of the Year award
  • Game Spot 2001 Game of the Year Awards /Best Music
  • Game Spot 2001 Game of the Year Awards /Biggest Surprise
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Best Action/Adventure Game
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Reader’s PS2 Game of the Year
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Best In-Game Cinematics
  • Game Spy.com/Best Force Feedback
  • IGN/Editors’ Choice Award (Number 9)
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Graphics
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Sound
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Story

METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER Accolades:

  • 9th Annual CESA Game Awards/Excellence Award
  • 8th Annual CESA Game Awards/Game Awards Future award
  • Gaming Convention Germany/Best PS2 Game
  • German “Official PlayStation2 Magazine” E3Awards /Best of E3
  • US Game Site “GameSpot” Best of E3 2003 /Must See Movie #1
  • US Game Site “GameSpot” Best of E3 2003 /Best PS2 Game Award
  • 7th Annual CESA Game Awards/Game Awards Future award
  • Famitsu Award 2004/Platinum Palace Induction
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best Overall Action Game
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best Overall Story
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best PS2 Use of Sound
  • IGN Reader’s Pick/Top 100 Games of All Time (Number 10)
  • GameSpot Best of 2004/Best Story
  • GameSpot Best of 2004/Best Sound Effects
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /4th Best Overall Game of 2004
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /2nd Best PS2 Game of 2004
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /Most Amazing Comeback
  • Game Audio Network Guild 2005/Best Original Vocal Song – Pop : “Snake Eater”

If you needed any reminder as to why this is one of the most successful gaming series ever, look no further. In about 20 minutes I’ll be on my way to pick up both these games and start collecting all the dog-tags all over again.
Finally, if you really are a Snake fan, the popular clothing brand Uniqlo (think ‘cheaper American Apparel) are now selling unique Metal Gear clothes-

http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2012/06/11/metal-gear-solid-hideo-kojima-uniqlo/