Sony unveils Vita 8GB bundle. This was not the discount we were looking for.

Sony announced today that they will be releasing a 8GB memory card Mega Pack that comes preloaded with the following ten games

  1. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita
  2. WipeOut 2048
  3. MotorStorm RC
  4. Little Deviants
  5. Frobisher Says! (with Fun Pack DLC)
  6. Ecolibrium (with Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum game packs)
  7. Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters
  8. Lemmings
  9. Hungry Giraffe
  10. The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character

for the low low price of €39.99. The pack really is good value, I own games 1,2 & 5, and those games alone cost me around the asking price for the whole pack.

LittleBigPlanet is a joy of a game, a wonderful platformer that allows you to be as creative as you like, creating levels and beating levels others have created. I challenge anyone to be completely ‘finished’ with the game. Even if you 100% the story mode, there are countless other levels that are still being created to enjoy.

WipeOut 2048 is an amazing racing game. Wipeout Pure on the PSP was the first racing game outside of an arcade that I really enjoyed. The futuristic theme coupled with the familiar item system from the only other racing game I enjoyed Mario Kart, made me really enjoy playing through. And while it didn’t make me any better at racing games, I still enjoyed crashing into walls and going the wrong way. I had hoped to relive the nostalgia through the PS Vita offering and I was not left disappointed, though why I thought my computer assisted driving self could ever win an online game is beyond me. The clock ran out before I made it to the finish line! Even in my DNF shame, I still had fun, so I totally understand why this game is included in the bundle. It really feels like a console experience on a handheld.

I’ve talked a bit about Frobisher Says! already. It’s a cute set of mini-games that use all the functionality of the Vita. The game itself is free and it does get a bit repetitive, but you can buy add-on DLC. They’re all included in the Mega Pack.

For those without a Vita, they’ve also got a Wi-Fi Vita bundle pack for €249.99, which again is a really good price for the content. I imagine in the run up to Christmas this will be a good seller, maybe even for those long summer holiday journeys? However for existing Vita owners like myself an 8GB memory card is a temporary solution at best. If you’re interested in downloading from the PS store, or utilising Sony’s PS+ service, then an 8GB memory card will hold a very limited amount of content. Assassin’s Creed Liberation is just under 4GB, which means the memory card has around 3GB (they never give you the full space of the card) left to fill.  I don’t doubt that once these games have been downloaded (they don’t come pre-installed), there will not be much room for anything else.

My advice if you don’t have these games already? Buy the memory card, trade the card in for a bigger one, download the games to that card. Or do what I do, skip digital altogether and stick with cartridges. But I’m just old fashioned that way.

  • Out now: France, Spain, Portugal, Israel
  • 26th June: Austria, Switzerland, Germany
  • 28th June: UK

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