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#31 Jason S.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 14:47

So this past week I had to take a business trip to San Jose, California. 4 planes total with transfers, and 3 nights to fill my time.
Of course I brought my Vita with me, and just wanted to say I finally gave Uncharted Golden Abyss a proper sitting, and I am very glad I chose to do so. It is much better than I thought it was going to be. I share this as the one and only reason I got to check it out was thanks to + releasing it for free for subscribers. So a pretty good real world example of + in action, and why it pays for itself almost instantly.

Uncharted is def the best game on Vita at the moment. I still cant believe it's available for 'free' on PS+

I think you should start the downloads of content you don't think you'll want because if you don't and those games get taken down and new ones put up you can re-downlaod them from your download list.

I already have and beat Bioshock 2, but I already started the download and cancelled it just in case in the future I do want to download it for some reason.

for what reason? :laugh:

in the case of Bioshock 2 - i already own it (and beat it) for PC so why would i ever want to download it on PS3? If i ever want to play the game again i'll just install it on my PC again.


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:06

for what reason? :laugh:

in the case of Bioshock 2 - i already own it (and beat it) for PC so why would i ever want to download it on PS3? If i ever want to play the game again i'll just install it on my PC again.


:p IDK a reason might come up in the future. :laugh:

#33 vcfan

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:26

Compare this to Microsoft, a company struggling more and more to justify its subscription service with a straight face. The Xbox 360 owner has systematically worked to hold its content to ransom in an increasingly futile bid to make Xbox Live Gold look worth its fee. The biggest feature is, of course, online play -- something available for free on PS3, Wii U, and PC. The company took something that was already a given, and held it back.

It's done this with practically every feature on Xbox Live Gold. Netflix, Amazon Video, and (before retirement) social apps like Twitter and Facebook all require Gold subscriptions to use, despite these items being freely available on almost every electronic device on the market. Hell, my television can access Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and a Web browser, and they're all better than the Xbox 360 versions -- they browse faster, they stream more consistently, and their search functions blow the 360's pathetic offerings out of the water.


this guy has never used XBOX Live. If he did he would know why XBOX Live costs money,and why Microsoft makes at least a billion dollars a year from subcribtions.

The apps on the XBOX absolutely destroy the PS3 ones. Go download NHL Gamecenter,MLB, UFC, whatever. The ps3 ones look absolutely **** and the quality of the video is horrible. The ps3 apps take forever to come out and get updates. The browser in the PS3 is an absolute joke.

Its kinda sad that Sony has to give thousands of dollars worth of stuff for free to get people to sign up. Yet Microsoft doesn't have to do anything like that because its service speaks for itself.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:00

this guy has never used XBOX Live. If he did he would know why XBOX Live costs money,and why Microsoft makes at least a billion dollars a year from subcribtions.

The apps on the XBOX absolutely destroy the PS3 ones. Go download NHL Gamecenter,MLB, UFC, whatever. The ps3 ones look absolutely **** and the quality of the video is horrible. The ps3 apps take forever to come out and get updates. The browser in the PS3 is an absolute joke.

Its kinda sad that Sony has to give thousands of dollars worth of stuff for free to get people to sign up. Yet Microsoft doesn't have to do anything like that because its service speaks for itself.


Yes. Jim Sterling has never used Xbox Live.



Spoken like a true fanboy.

#35 OP +Audioboxer

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 13:22

It seems we no longer have to go through the checkout with free items, they start downloading immediately on the store.

A long awaited but necessary fix.

#36 Jason S.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 13:26

It seems we no longer have to go through the checkout with free items, they start downloading immediately on the store.

A long awaited but necessary fix.

interesting! i would def like this feature.

#37 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 13:31

this guy has never used XBOX Live. If he did he would know why XBOX Live costs money,and why Microsoft makes at least a billion dollars a year from subcribtions.

Xbox 360 had a full year headstart over PS3, it could afford to charge people for Live, if they launched side by side I think the numbers would have been a lot different.

The apps on the XBOX absolutely destroy the PS3 ones. Go download NHL Gamecenter,MLB, UFC, whatever. The ps3 ones look absolutely **** and the quality of the video is horrible. The ps3 apps take forever to come out and get updates. The browser in the PS3 is an absolute joke.

Most people use their games console, to.........um...............play games.

Have you even used the PS3 browser lately?

It got a MASSIVE update recently, at least its a FREE feature of the PS3, you have to have a Gold subscription just to use IE10.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 18:10

interesting! i would def like this feature.


I can confirm it myself, finally Sony.

#39 Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 18:18

Now that I'm working almost full time (thank goodness!!!! SUCH a relief!), I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get a year's sub to PlayStation Plus. I really like what I've read about it and would love to check it out! I know it's not a waste of money.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 16:29

I know I shared it earlier, but especially since I am now on Chapter 17 of the game, DAMN, what a brilliant game Uncharted Golden Abyss truly is. It is almost as good as the console version, and that is a huge compliment for me to pay, as Uncharted is possibly my favorite series of this current (almost past) generation of consoles. I enjoy it that much.

So honestly, if there happens to be any Vita owners like myself, who for whatever reason slept on Uncharted Golder Abyss, + pretty much pays for itself right there considering you get to play this game being a + subscriber.

And with Golden Abyss, the key is to get past the first 5-10 chapters. You get no idea how good the game actually is until you get to about Chapter 10. I was shocked to also find out the game has 34 Chapters!! It is for all intents and purposes a console game on a handheld device, which is the exact reason I picked up the Vita myself.

It really is quite disheartening how poor the Vita has done overall. It is a brilliant little handheld, I do think it is the best dedicated handheld gaming device, by far actually, so just hope an eventual price drop or something really helps it get a second life.

Also hoping they really do not give up on it and somehow make it a nice experience with the PS4 as well.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 16:36

I know I shared it earlier, but especially since I am now on Chapter 17 of the game, DAMN, what a brilliant game Uncharted Golden Abyss truly is. It is almost as good as the console version, and that is a huge compliment for me to pay, as Uncharted is possibly my favorite series of this current (almost past) generation of consoles. I enjoy it that much.

So honestly, if there happens to be any Vita owners like myself, who for whatever reason slept on Uncharted Golder Abyss, + pretty much pays for itself right there considering you get to play this game being a + subscriber.

And with Golden Abyss, the key is to get past the first 5-10 chapters. You get no idea how good the game actually is until you get to about Chapter 10. I was shocked to also find out the game has 34 Chapters!! It is for all intents and purposes a console game on a handheld device, which is the exact reason I picked up the Vita myself.

It really is quite disheartening how poor the Vita has done overall. It is a brilliant little handheld, I do think it is the best dedicated handheld gaming device, by far actually, so just hope an eventual price drop or something really helps it get a second life.

Also hoping they really do not give up on it and somehow make it a nice experience with the PS4 as well.

Yeah, it's definitely a great game. Not as big fights as on the PS3 but that's understandable given the power difference.

Vita has some great games, but Sony has made some dumb decisions. One thing they really should have enforced was cross play gaming. If a game is on both the PS3 and Vita, they should be required to be online compatible. That is one thing I love about PS All Stars. I can play with my friends that have it on PS3 while I'm at the PC or in bed or whatever. Sega really missed the ball with the racing game that came out. It SHOULD have been cross play as it's a great game.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 16:53

I know I shared it earlier, but especially since I am now on Chapter 17 of the game, DAMN, what a brilliant game Uncharted Golden Abyss truly is. It is almost as good as the console version, and that is a huge compliment for me to pay, as Uncharted is possibly my favorite series of this current (almost past) generation of consoles. I enjoy it that much.

So honestly, if there happens to be any Vita owners like myself, who for whatever reason slept on Uncharted Golder Abyss, + pretty much pays for itself right there considering you get to play this game being a + subscriber.

And with Golden Abyss, the key is to get past the first 5-10 chapters. You get no idea how good the game actually is until you get to about Chapter 10. I was shocked to also find out the game has 34 Chapters!! It is for all intents and purposes a console game on a handheld device, which is the exact reason I picked up the Vita myself.

It really is quite disheartening how poor the Vita has done overall. It is a brilliant little handheld, I do think it is the best dedicated handheld gaming device, by far actually, so just hope an eventual price drop or something really helps it get a second life.

Also hoping they really do not give up on it and somehow make it a nice experience with the PS4 as well.


A price drop would really help. It simply cannot be the price it is when the PS4 launches.

I'm in the market to pickup a Vita again, scouting for a 3G one, future proof that way. There really is much more of a reason to have the Vita connected to the internet at all times versus the PSP.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 17:56

I just finished Golden Abyss earlier this morning. It honestly is better than some full console titles i have played recently.
It has a few minor shortcomings, mainly the QTE's forced because of the touch controls of the Vita, but they were not even that bad in the grand scheme of things.
Really is a great little game. A must play for Vita owners if you are the rare Vita owner such as myself who did not check it out at launch.

#44 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 18:08

I bought Golden Abyss at launch, really enjoyed it, wasn't a fan of the gestures but I think dragging your finger along ledges is a neat idea to traverse.

Proper console level experience/story, the gyro aiming made the controls passable. The collectables really added to the experience as well.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 18:38

I bought Golden Abyss at launch, really enjoyed it, wasn't a fan of the gestures but I think dragging your finger along ledges is a neat idea to traverse.

Proper console level experience/story, the gyro aiming made the controls passable. The collectables really added to the experience as well.

I did not realize I did so until you mentioned it, but I actually did not use the gyro aiming, just went with analog aiming. I think I may have not enjoyed it as much as I did. Sticking to the analog sticks at least for me made it more of a proper experience. I also never used my fingers for traversing either. I guess I'm just a purist at heart. LOL