Sony’s successor to the PSP is poised to make a huge impact at E3 next week and today we have a small taste of the impending shock & awe that the NGP i.e. the PlayStation Vita will create. There’s no questioning that the NGP (let’s just call it that for now) is a powerful handheld as the direct game footage Sony showed running on the device in January was beyond belief and that it what we were seeing was merely early generation 1 software made the power of the system even more staggering.
Since Sony’s megaton NGP reveal event in January we really haven’t seen much if anything from the device. But with E3 ramping up, some new media for a few key NGP games (notably launch window titles) have been released and I think the resulting reaction from gamers will consist of us collapsing on the floor convulsing due to the beauty that’s been bestowed upon us.
Uncharted has become a major graphical showpiece on the PS3 and now it looks to become a standard of sorts on the NGP, at least that’s what I’m hoping for based on these screens. Now under the direction of Sony Bend (Syphon Filter), Uncharted’s debut on a portable system looks freaking beautiful and looks like an extremely accurate continuation of the Uncharted graphical style. Uncharted’s first portable outing may not look as gorgeous or dense as Uncharted 2 or the forthcoming Uncharted: Drake’s Deception, but the game does look to be a leap up from the first Uncharted game.
With Uncharted being a major showpiece for the 3rd person action genre, I think Wipeout 2048 could do the same for the world of racing games. Now with an official title, Wipeout’s debut on the NGP is taking the series in a new direction as it’s taking us to the early days, if not the first, AG racing tournament before things got all futuristic with hoverships, giant balloons of cats and sleek architecture at every turn. The screens of Wipeout 2048 may look rather simplistic and it could be a bit jarring for fans to see a standard Wipeout vehicle in an environment next to the Brooklyn Bridge and regular buildings. But if the core Wipeout team is handling the project, I really don’t think we need to worry about the quality of the game at all.
What we have today may only be a small taste of what Sony will be offering at E3 next week, but with two powerhouse franchise games looking exceptionally amazing, I think the NGP could be on the path to greatness since good software is what matters the most.
View the gallery for Wipeout 2048 here.