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As one of the five people in the US who owns a Vita, I admit I was excited for the new Killzone game. I wasn't really ever invested in the series, though I enjoyed the second one a great deal, good looking as it was. And with its dual-stick nature, one would think the Vita would be a great platform for Fps's and third person shooters. But while Sony Bend showed us that 3rd persons shooters could work well, even if sporting some irritating flaws (golden abyss) no FPS has risen to the challenge. Yet I have hope that this may be the game to finally showcase the power of the vita-its running off the killzone 3 engine for Helghans sake- and that it may be a good shooter. Here's why you should, like me, be cautiously hopeful for a kick-ass shooter.
We can only hope
1. Its not being made by Nihilistic software
Nihilistic software is, if their track record is any indication, a horrible developer. So bad, in fact, that they now exclusively make digital games, which I have a feeling no one will be rushing to buy. Their first game that was known to a wide audience was the Ratchet and Clank game all 4 one, also known as the one reviewers called mediocre. But they had the chance to bring Resistance: Burning skies to vita, and like Sony Bend (creators of the best resistance game, Retribution) add an incredible game to the franchise, because insomniac obviously doesn't give a *** about their shooter franchise anymore, so the bar was set pretty low-though expectations were high. But rather than clear it and create a decent game, its been critically panned as awful and failed to create not only an interesting shooter but another worthy title to add to the resistance library-and now it must sit out in the trash bin alongside Resistance 2. Because if you enjoyed that pile of garbage, then you need to stop and play 1 and 3 along with Retribution to understand why you shouldn't have.
Instead this new one is being made by another team, but this is an internal Sony team, with direct aid from the guys who made the originals. And while they are untested as well, I think we can trust them a bit more because.....
2. Its been stewing much longer than COD: Declassified
Oh hello again Nihilistic software! Whats that? You have another game coming out, a mere 6 months after your first, horrible game? Great! And you also say that not only was it not complete enough to make something for 2012's E3-the same year it came out- but it ended up being a horrible, short, AI brain-dead snore of a game?
Perhaps therein we find the issue with these games, because obviously they didn't take enough time to make sure they got the love and time they deserved. I blame Sony a bit for this, for being stupid enough to offer one, small, unproven studio all this stuff at once, and I blame them for being stupid enough to do it. I also blame Activision, for not saying "hey lets make sure we give this to a good studio so we can make even more money than all the money in the pockets of gamers during COD season!" though perhaps the explanation is in the quoted, not completely real, statement. Sony seems to be learning though, because this game sounds and looks like its been in development for a while, and with its existence known since may of last year and a due date the same as GTA V-perhaps not the wisest decision-Sep 17, they'll have plenty of time to finish up and hopefully at least give us a competent shooter. Additionally the game play they showed looks good,and wasn't released one month before it released and 5 minutes after it was done.
[b]3.Whatever happens, it looks gorgeous
Maybe its not uniform, but this game looks great. Time will tell if it craps itself and messes that up, but until then hold out a little flicker of hope. And if not, hey, at least you will have GTA V to console yourself with as you deal with a beautiful but crap vita game.
Hey....Uhhh....looks pretty good. Huh.
And that's a pretty good consolation prize.
And that's....well basically it really. Theres not much more known about this game, but I am optimistic from what I have seen so far. Hopefully Sony doesn't mess it up, and hopefully this starts off a successful line of great vita games across the gameplay map. But if not, well...... lets hope some third parties start hauling ass. Also go try Oddworld, Strangers Wrath. It'll give you something to do with your vita and its a great game.