Sunday, April 14, 2013
Well, This is Something - REVENGEANCE Trophy List Mentions "PS Vita"
Earlier today, after I got my Platinum Trophy for Guacamelee! I checked my trophies just for posterity and noticed something....strange. Something new. As you see above, the entry for Metal Gear Rising: REVENGEANCE suddenly has PS Vita listed in its trophy section. A quick Googling reveals that, no there isn't any news about this that I managed to miss, but I am not alone in noticing it either. Obviously the idea is that this points to a possibility that REVENGEANCE will see a Vita port despite past suggestions that it would not, but it could just as easily be some kind of error. And while I obviously would hope for the former, I'm not going to suggest that the latter is the more obvious of the two possibilities. Even though the former would be really, really cool....in theory.
So let's play around with the theory for a bit. Let's say that, despite all previous indication, Metal Gear Rising: REVENGEANCE is indeed heading for the Vita in some form. That right there is the first question - what form is it going to come in? Physical and digital is almost a given, but more to the point, I meant what state of being. Since the PS3 and 360 versions are already out and have DLC put out for them, is the Vita version going to come afterward and include all the DLC to justify a stand-alone price? Or is there going to be some sort of Cross-Buy/Cross-DLC situation so people like myself who are already entrenched in REVENGEANCE financially don't have to shell out an extra $40-60 for that entire experience on the go as well? Mortal Kombat and Disgaea 3 on the Vita have sort of set a precedent for the former, if nothing else.
Honestly, doing stand-alone would probably be the easier and smarter option for everyone. Much as I would like to avoid making my entire Metal Gear Rising: REVENGEANCE investment ~$210 by buying the Vita version (provided it bundled the JetStream Sam and BladeWolf DLC at the very least), I would do that in a heartbeat. REVENGEANCE is just too good and the ability to play it whenever I want is a dangerous one indeed. Oftentimes, while playing REVENGEANCE, I only stopped playing because I knew I -had- to because of other obligations, or because I beat it. Again. It quickly transcended from "Game I need to play because I want to and I just bought it" to "Game I need to play because oh my god" and all the way to "Game I want to play forever because oh my god". While I was doing practical things like farming the arms that the game wanted me to pick up and S-Ranking whatever I could, I was -also- stuffing about with things like "The Frank Jaeger Experience" in which I just suited up in the Gray Fox suit with the Fox Blade and ran around cutting things with abandon, yelling "HURT ME MORE". Also giggling.
The game is just fun. I could be more specific and I will be some night after I have sat down and played it a bit more (since I have played Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Disgaea 3 and Guacamelee! at least in the meantime since I have played it) and can elucidate my points a little easier, but the general gist is that REVENGEANCE is just a fun thing to play. And I like fun things. Fun things are, indeed, fun. So while I am constantly struggling to keep at least two gigs of space on my Vita's paltry 16 Gig memory stick, I would certainly kick out some of the things I have tried to keep in the off-chance that I will want to play them to make space for REVENGEANCE, should it arrive in a form that would require a lot of space. Like digitally. Like in a delayed cross-buy scenario. Which I doubt would happen, but I am open to the possibility.
In practice, it's a hard thing to imagine, though. The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection also set a precedent for being a stand-alone, full-investment game that only offered Transfarring (also known as Cross-Save), which I would also expect in a case where REVENGEANCE got a Vita version. It also set a precedent for being roughly the same price for less game than the console counter-parts (completely lacking Peace Walker in -any- capacity, including a download voucher) which is...less than inspiring in that it makes me think of a scenario where I can only play as Sam on Vita if I pay another six dollars. I also worry on the technical slant of things because, while the PS3 and 360 versions ran quite smoothly (and needed to, being the type of game that REVENGEANCE is), I'm not sure I have faith in anyone's ability to port it faithfully, keep the framerate tight while -also- not muddying up the visuals a lot, as they did in Mortal Kombat. The Vita is a powerful machine, make no mistake, and I think it definitely could be possible to do it...I just don't have a lot of faith in developers putting in the required effort to make -it- happen.
Of course, this is all basically just posturing here. If Metal Gear Rising: REVENGEANCE is announced for Vita, you could just find that gif of someone throwing money at a computer monitor over and over again and that would be me. (that's a thing, right? Someone make that a thing) There is no way that I -wouldn't- buy REVENGEANCE on another platform that I could play it on because it is just that good of a game. So while I hope for a lot of things, that it would be put out at a reasonable cost, that it would run smooth and look great and that it would justify a late port with more base content, I can't honestly say I would take a moral high ground or anything if it didn't. I would just buy the hell out of it and play the hell out of it.
or at least until Terraria comes out....then I will probably play that for a long time