December 05, 2013

The State of the Playstation Vita

The dust is settling from the PS4 launch. The Vita got Killzone Mercenary, Batman, Tearaway and Ys. There are a bunch of indie titles available and more on the way. Memory cards have dropped in price. Sales on Vita systems are everywhere. How are we doing in Vita land?

Earlier this year I asked for your votes on the most looked forward to games of the year. Out of the big selection, Killzone Mercenary was the top. It finally arrived to some great reviews, and we can expect those free map updates soon. 

I've got Mercenary, Rayman Legends(with an update of Invasion levels), and I just won a copy of Tearaway off of @Heyplaystation. I'm a PS+ member, so I have a pretty big backlog of titles like Soul Sacrifice and Oddworld. I also got a copy of Rainbow Moon to help pass the many hours I need to grind levels and crawl dungeons. Basically, I have enough to keep me busy for a chunk of time on the Vita.  

Remote Play (RP) has also been a highly touted subject with the arrival of the PS4. Some say that that function will "save the Vita." I picked up a console at launch time and had some times with the RP. It's good fun and works well in the house for me, but I had some router issues connecting back from out of the house. Still, it is fun to be able to play Resogun on the brilliant little OLED screen. 

Haven't had a chance, but there are "Second Screen" options in games that allow you to see other gaming stuff on the Vita screen as it is running. Watch Dogs has it. Knack has the option to play on the Vita like local co-op. Nice!

Readers on this site agree that RP will help sell Vitas, but we can all agree that there is one thing that will push the Vita into the hands of players everywhere. That, of course, is excellent software specific to the Vita.

The question is, how are you all feeling about the software available for the Vita? The big titles are great, the indies are great, too. Are you happy with the number of big AAA hits versus the indies? Are you happy about the future outlook of the Vita in this respect? 

We've got a bright future on the horizon. Titles like Freedom Wars, Gravity Rush Ultra, Borderlands 2, Hotline Miami 2, and Soul Sacrifice Delta are coming in the next year that are sure to be big Vita hits.  

Where do you stand? Please let us know in the comments if you are pleased with the state of the Vita. If so, why? If not, what do you want?


33 comments:

Farsten said...

So......where is terraria for vita?

animedudevid said...

Any news about Gods Eater 2 hitting the states. I loved it more then Monster Hunter.. and I have a 175 episode let's play on youtube of that.

Darak said...

Phantasy Star Nova!!
And if Sega don't localize it then fuuuuuuuuuuck Sega!

Melloskull said...

Freedom Wars and Soul Sacrifice Delta are my must gets. I hope Phantasy Star Nova and Gods Eater 2 come to the states too

mike said...

I don't feel like there are enough AAA games yet. A GTA or Gran Turismo would be perfect. Upgraded versions of games we already own and JRPGs aren't going to cut it, imo

Keine said...

and here i am waiting for Tekken on vita to be announced...

Angel Mass said...

Two words: Monster Hunter. Thats it.

charlie said...

totally agree maybe a god of war , or an old school silent hill will make the diference ... a new ip that has a lot of replayability needs to come. but even when we want this games imo its better to hope for something fresh a new.

Lord 7 said...

i actually gave up on the Vita and bought a PS3, i'm playing all PS3 games that i'm interested in, it will take me about 9 months to finish them all (36 games).
Hopefully then there will be some good AAA games released for the Vita. not those phone crap stuff.

Genesis said...

I go for soul sacrifice delta, gravity rush ultra, and God of war collection. I like also FF XIII, GT6, inFamous, Watch Dog and Tekken to be announce for vita. I'm not into crap indies...

Davala said...

right? Their forums say nothing.

gamerman said...

killzone mecernary was def worth the wait. and other AAA titles like injustice, the amazing spiderman were def nice as well. im just waiting for DBZ battle of Z which is coming out on Jan. 28.

Johnnie said...

I'm actually quite pleased with the Vita. I believe anyone who says there aren't enough good games for it hasn't looked hard enough because there are literally dozens of great games. Just starting Tearaway and Ys: Memories of Celceta and Batman. Looking forward to Minecraft, Terraria, Borderlands 2 and God of War collections.

LightningBoltAction said...

It needs an Open World game

v3n0m said...

Its coming out this month. The Dec.4 release date leak was never confirmed. So ya, btw a release window for minecraft vita edition would be nice >.<

v3n0m said...

That sounds nice instead we got Silent Hill Book of Memories
-__________- *doublefacepalm.

v3n0m said...

omg yes but why would anyone develope a vita game from the ground up anymore (other than sony owned studios of course) ? Dont get me wrong I love my vita, it has potential but the vitas mission was to bring the console experience to a handheld and now the ps4 has remote play its kinda taking its job. Anther thing is we need another Cod on the vita that DOESNT SUCK ASS. Love/hate the series cod sells just look at the ps4's most sold game its ghosts by far. It needs to appeal more to the American audience because its doing absolutely great in Japan and will continue to do so in the future because of its upcoming games

geo said...

Vita needs a GTA , just don't get it , why isn't ROCKSTAR releasing San Andreas to the vita , just only for mobiles. What would be great if they would release a GTA trilogy " 3 / vice city & San Andreas - those versions that were released for mobile " , for maybe 30 $ , I am sure that it would sell very well

geo said...

A Motorstorm 3D Game would be also great :)



Just hate when I see what kind of indie flash games are released to the vita , 90% of them are not that well known. They should release games that made history in the 90's " Super Mario Bros , Prehistoric , Blues Brothers ,Lion King , Jazz Jackrabbit 1/2 , The Lost Vikings 1/2 , Prince of Persia , The Jungle Book , you guys know , these games were one of the best games on SNES , sega consoles , and PC.

geo said...

There are only a few vita games that I like , Killzone mercenary , Uncharted are the best , so we definitely need a GTA , and more PS1 / PSP titles to the store

geo said...

We should also get , more apps " ebook reader , yahoo messenger , a better facebook app , there are so many ...

Abdaluzez said...

I think Soul S is better then God eater ,still it it can't be compered to Monster hunter ,Monster hunter is more of a hunting game and survive in the nature while SS and god eater focuse only on (speed action monsters fighting),Monster hunter still the leader on action RPG on what we has ,if you like speed piece of action Soul Sacrifice is the one and can't be compered ,Overall Monster hunter is the one we really want ,because Monster hunter world and PS VITA massive play on the go power ,really going to create a really hotzone Game for Gamers.
Still the questions mark on Why capcom doesn't want to make a MH for PS VITA?!!!

Cory Frank said...

I just love how everyone is completely ignoring the fact that Final Fantasy X and X-2 are coming to Vita early next year...

tonyp1987 said...

Here is god of war 2 on the vita

Sabaki08 said...

Yeah more imersive OW games!

13attle said...

The vita needs pre-existing famous franchises. TearAway, Gravity rush, those are brilliant games but they don't move units. Have a GTA?, an MGS title, a new Final Fantasy? And the vita will sell incredibly strong.

SixDee4 said...

Yeah... Where's Phantasy Star? I was sooo excited about it two years ago. Then it slipped under the radar. Please, Please, Please release this game in the states. I still play the PSP version every once in a while. Its still fun to me.

SixDee4 said...

Why isn't there a Hulu Plus app for the Vita? Sure Netflix is more popular, but I would love it if I had Hulu access. It was announced when the Vita first came out. Where is it? PS3 has Hulu, why not Vita?

ZELDUCK said...

imo vita needs game like final fantasy [a new one...], kingdom hearts, popolocrois, legend of heros, and more good adventure games like broken sword 5.

Mando44646 said...

We need 1st party announcements and release dates on 3rd party games in the West. So far, only FFX, Gravity Rush 2, and Borderlands 2 are games that excite me for next year. We need more Sony properties on it and we need more AAA Western support. Indies are a nice bonus but are not gonna sell it

WTF?! said...

"Awhile" means for a short time. Seriously.

DK said...

I would be glad if more and more JRPGs came out.

vtrickzv said...

Don't forget Binding of Isaac Rebirth next year! This game is going to give me hundreds of hours of gameplay on top of what I already have on my PC.

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