If you don’t Rush you’ll be WipEd Out.

As well as the 2.00 firmware next week, we have finally been told details of the PlayStation Plus service which is now also will now be available on the Vita.

As broken to us on the European PS Blog, PlayStation Plus will be making its way to us next week. For a yearly cost of £39.99 (or a quarterly one of £11.99) you will get access to many games as part of your subscription, under the Instant Games Collection banner and starts with Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Gravity Rush! For as long as your subscription is active you can access and play these great titles as much as you want. That’s not all though, included in this price you will get 1GB of cloud storage for your gamesaves, and will feature trophy syncing as standard and automatic updating. Even better, those of you that already have PlayStation Plus as part of your PS3 experience can benefit from this under your existing subscription with no added charge. Both platforms for one price!

Also included in the games list are Chronovolt, which is a brand new 3D puzzle platformer game and Tales from Space: Mutand Blobs Attack.

As an added bonus, in the EU we will also get a 20% discount of the following titles if we are plus subscribers for the first week.

  • Escape Plan
  • Unit 13
  • Hustle Kings
  • MotorStorm RC
  • Super Stardust Delta and Advanced Star Fighter Pack Bundle
  • Top Darts
  • Little Deviants
  • Modnation Racers: Road Trip
  • Reality Fighters

Over the other side of the Atlantic you won’t be getting Chronovolt, but instead you will get WipEout 2048, Jet Set Radio which finally launches next week and the PSP title Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions as part of the collection as revealed on the US PS Blog and comes on the 19th. The price in the US for PS Plus is $49.99 for the year or $17.99 for three months.

What do you make of this news? The PS Plus subscription has proved very popular on the PS3 and serves as a great way to enhance your game library for a very reasonable price, and this could serve as a nice bonus entry point to the Vita game library, and could be another draw to those that had been sitting on the fence.

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Paul founded The Vita Lounge and is the Executive Editor, but still likes to get involved with the odd piece of news or a review. 35 years young and gaming since 1990, he has a preference for Action/RPG games, Shooters, Racing Games (despite ironically not being able to drive!) and quite partial to a game of FIFA.
  • What is the European price?

    Damn, no Jet Set Radio 🙁 . Was interested in that one. I probably won’t get it until there are some more games on it I want, because I don’t care for Uncharted and I have already played Gravity Rush and Tales from Space.

    • Avioto

      50 euros for us dutchies 😉

  • ico

    Am deffo interested in chronovolt as long as the tilt sensitivity is reasonable or there are multiple control schemes.

    Have both Xbox and ps3 and felt Sony missed the boat on some aspects of ps3 (loved the ps2) such as online and slow updating and few other things but MS really out to take note of ps plus as it’s a great concept that seems to be going great guns and this just gets better!

  • ico

    Some typos in there. You really ought to have an edit function or I’ll end up looking like an illiterate buffoon!

  • Galvatron

    PS Plus seems very attractive indeed to me, and I’m seriously considering it. The PS3 has some phenomenal deals with proper AAA titles as freebies and as Vita’s software library grows, this makes sense.

    My own initial excitement is tempered, however, as I don’t use online connectivity for PS3 currently and have purchased all the titles I consider as must-haves, with your hopefully imminent review of Declassified potentially another 🙂

    My 3G Vita is almost certainly going to require a huge memory card – 64gb when it’s affordable – to take advantage of what seems downloadable games only every month. Expensive, but offset what I guess to be £40 yearly cost for free titles, which is an amazing deal even if it’s a tad higher.

    Over to you for a highly anticipated FPS review, Paul. No pressure, then 🙂

    • I’m with you on that one. Was never really interested in the subs service as a PS3 owner, but it certainly appeals for the Vita.

      Personally, I see the particular titles on offer as being pitched more at existing PS3 owners who don’t have a Vita than those of us who do – surely every Vita owner already has Uncharted.

      BTW – I picked up BLOP: Declassified yesterday . . . initial impressions aren’t great, sorry. But looking forward to Paul’s thoughts on it, though.

  • Galvatron

    Appreciate your thoughts on Declassified, which is being panned by critics in tweets (Game Informer) and other media but STILL only one review via Pocket Gamer. And frankly, that website is anything but consistent.

    It is genuinely am enigma though, and is it just me or is the gaming press’ non-review of COD on Vita absolutely perplexing and actually rather worrying as a pre-cursor in the industry? Allow me to elaborate.

    So far, in the chronology of events for this title, we’ve had a rough E3 trailer, then a seemingly much-improved recent trailer, followed by several websites Q&A with a gamer who ‘somehow’ got an early copy. Whilst I wouldn’t question the integrity of The Vita Lounge at all, I’m concerned that this same person did a couple of interviews talking up the game, only for it be graded as below par after all.

    I say graded, as the most interesting thing – or worrying, depending on your point of view – is that even after the games release, NO reviews yet except Pocket Gamer and Amazon’s dubious user reviews, which I won’t go into here but have been on the whole very positive.

    Even if you discount the high number of pretentious and juvenile reviewers from the likes of IGN who will only review free copies sent by the publishers, where are the independent bloggers / critics who have bought the title y’day with their verdicts? Surely it’s times like now where an in-depth, neutral, balanced review is sought.

    It concerns me that like a lot of titles recently, publishers and PR firms will not send out review copies of titles until after launch. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing a la Most Wanted and Liberation, but in this case it seems to be. I rely on solid reviews from Edge, Vita Lounge and similarly mature websites to inform my buying inclinations. The review embargo trend is seemingly getting bigger and that isn’t a great idea for gamers who are considering day-one purchases.

    The confusion re Declassified’s general quality is baffling and I look forward to it’s review here hopefully today or tomorrow. If it has circa 1 hour campaign I’ll be disappointed, however if it’s a Game Informer seeking publicity by steamrollering through a title JUST to make that claim he should be ridiculed for insulting gamers intelligence.

    Will the real Black Ops: Declassified please stand up 🙂

    • The thing is, everywhere seems to have had to buy their own copy, and throwing their toys out like they shouldn’t have to. It’s juvenile, these “publications” are businesses and should surely have the funds to buy these things, and do not have a right to a copy. Especially when they have poo-pooed it in their previews.

      Review is coming along, the thing is I’d imagine you would usually have a fair few days to normally get a title, EA gave me Most Wanted on the friday with a tuesday embargo giving me 4 and a half days with it.

      Most places only got their game yesterday, meaning to effectively review it you would need to play a lot very quickly. Pocket Gamer seem to have written theirs in based on a couple of hours play.

      The single player is lacking, the multiplayer is fun, but it is very much a COD Lite. But it does feel like COD.

  • Well, I think this sums up the problem with the way the Vita has been treated by the mainstream gaming press, and is the reason why well-written blogs such as this one are so important – indeed, it was the inspiration behind my own recent debut in blogging land.

    But I’m not sure it’s entirely down to the specialist press, as many publishers do themselves no favours. The pre-release omerta about BLOPs is, I’m pretty sure, down to the fact that the publishers – or, more precisely the PR department of the publishers – weren’t at all confident in the product they were releasing. EA did exactly the same with Fifa 13, and you can see the motivation behind it – 24-48 hours of sales to early adopters who haven’t been guided by reviews will certainly add to the coffers.

    Ubisoft were somewhere in the middle with AC: Liberation – a fair bit of stuff was available pre-release, but much of it (ie the regular dev diary videos) was very tightly controlled by Ubisoft themselves. It certainly didn’t seem like the gaming press had much pre-release hands-on time. Luckily, the game was good – and didn’t get too rough a ride from the mainstream – and Ubisoft claim to be happy with the early sales figures.

    Anyway, my personal feelings about BLOPS have changed somewhat thanks to subsequent forays into the non-campaign aspect of the game. I’m in the process of writing my own review now, and it should be available soon.

  • Galvatron

    Grateful for your initial thoughts, Paul. I’d take that synopsis now and still buy it.

    COD is an interesting series, purely in terms of it’s critique and sales. I remember reading review after review of it’s excellence and took the plunge with COD3, and being absolutely horrified that it was nothing more than a linear shooter with NO freedom of movement. Having been mesmerised 10 years ago with the strength of graphics, level design, sound and supreme gameplay of Combat Evolved, this felt Uninvoved. The critics lauded it. Every year it’s the same rhetoric and ‘amazing’ gameplay. Now they’ve realised it’s a yearly cash cow, reviewers focus on the ‘challenging story’.

    So it is interesting that certain titles I wouldn’t ordinarily buy on PS3 I happily invest in it’s Vita incarnation. I always felt Resistance was a poor man’s Halo, Assassins Creed an easy, clumsy hybrid of Hitman & Thief, and Need For Speed, prior to Criterion’s involvement, a bombastic but vacuous racer.

    In the context of a ground-breaking handheld still in it’s infancy, however, Most Wanted and Liberation are quite awesome. It’s all about context. Resistsnce on Vita was
    ok as it gave a by-the-numbers shooter a genre-first on
    a handheld with twin sticks. If Call of Duty is even
    slightly better. I’ll buy it.

    • Interesting. CoD 3 is the worst of the series, by far. My favourite remains Call of Duty 4, as it has the best campaign of the series, and is very lengthy. The multiplayer map design is also great.

  • ico

    It is a bit alarming about the lack of reviews for Declassified (catchy title,,,). Agree with Jasper too about Cod 4. I was all over that bad boy like a tramp on chips. Campaign was fantastic and maps were top drawer. Cannot begin to count the amount of people I picked off sniping on the wet work maps. Yes I’m a massive camper but if you don’t like it tough. Although I’m a bit cod-ed out recently I’ve taken a splash with Black Ops 2 given I got a good deal on it.

  • Marco Maas

    I bought Declassified on PSN for 50 Euro. It’s theft. This game is nowhere worth 50 Euro. It’s not fun.

    It feels I am being punished for buying and playing it.

    Beware people.

    • I know, the price-tag on PSN is scandalous. But it can be picked up for under £35 online…

      Whether it’s worth even that is the key question. The single-player campaign is an absolute dog, a real insult to the COD series. But the challenge maps and multi-player are definitely entertaining. The question is whether they justify the outlay – especially at a time when there a quite a few good, new Vita games on the shelves.

      If you’re desperate for a multi-player experience on the Vita then it might be worth it. But for me, I’ve got a PC and PS3 at home for multi-player fun, I wanted something entertain while on the move and BLOPS:D doesn’t hit those buttons.

      Click my name for my full review . . . and what did you think, Paul?