Ben Goes To Eurogamer Expo: Little Deviants and Super Stardust Delta
Ok, day two. Armed with a plan of attack and some comfortable shoes, I made a beeline for the Vita booth, where I was almost instantly allowed in, I suppose that’s what happens when you plan ahead. Once in, I got a random game, picked from a deck of game cards. Luckily, I managed to get Little Deviants, the Vita showcase from BigBig, the makers of Pursuit Force. Whilst the game’s style is typical childish fare, the actual tech behind it is incredible. I was moving the vita through the area surrounding me, shooting at little aliens appearing in the world. It all moved smoothly, and was certainly entertaining to play. I then moved on to the demo that first introduced LD to the world, that being the bizarre back touch demo. I’m happy to report that it is exactly as odd and confusing looking at first glance as you might think, with the sensation of pushing up the world being something entirely new to me, and I’m sure most people for that matter. It was certainly strange to put my fingers on the back screen, and see the world pushed upwards behind it. Certainly curious.
Once my time was up, I queued again, and this time was able to play Super Stardust Delta. Now, if Little Deviants was a showcase for the additional functionality of the Vita, Stardust is a showcase for everything else. With graphics rivaling the console game, made even clearer by that beautiful OLED screen, it really is a sight to behold. It plays exactly how you remember it, but with a few additional bells and whistles, such as pinching the screen to use super weapons, with a screen filling black hole being my personal favorite. Dual analogue sticks really help make the game feel like a true stardust game, with none of the awkwardness displayed in the PSP version. I was rocketing all over the place, guns blazing. If you don’t want any of the touch and motion fluff, there’s also a pure mode, which is exactly as it sounds. Look for more updates from me throughout the weekend, I’m going to be here for quite some time.