It’s a phrase that is heard so much and mainly by those who just plain think they won’t like a Vita. I can kind of see where people are coming from in that there may not be as much attention or what we could consider AAA games being announced but you only have to scratch under the surface to see how much is actually coming to the Vita, not only that, but many of the games that can be played across the PS4 and Vita actually work better for the handheld.
Using a recent example, Velocity 2X is one of the latest games to come out on the PS Plus program and is remarkable considering it also launched there as well. While I don’t want to go into too much detail on Velocity as I am planning a fuller review soon. Its is so good to be able to play it on the Vita and let me tell you, it made my morning commute go like lightning as I didn’t want to get off the train before I finished the level. As Velocity and others like it are also available on the PS4 they are often dismissed on the Vita and many want another reason to play their latest console than bother to download it on what many consider a lost cause.
The other obstacle in convincing people that the Vita has lots of game are the amount of Japanese titles coming to the system, and there are a lot. At the time of writing this, the amount of Vita games coming out this month actually outweighs the PS4 but guess what? Most of them are dismissed due to their country of origin. No that’s not racism but I do get what people mean. IGN’s Podcast Beyond have always been big advocates of the Vita and really look forward to the Japanese games launching. But to many, Japanese games just don’t strike a chord, myself included. For me, I feel you have to be in a certain mindset to play genres such as JRPG that I rarely find myself in during transit. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of the Final Fantasy series and have played many JRPG’s but I don’t find much value in these on the Vita, at least for me and I think that’s why many others have been put off. But let’s be fair, the Vita is doing better now in the Japanese market so of course these games are going to find themselves on the system.
However, there is an appetite in the industry to bring western games to the Vita, the recent launch of Borderland 2 showed that. But these games won’t continue to come if we as the consumers don’t play them. So here is the call to action. If you see a Vita game that you like, then buy them. If you don’t have a Vita but love gaming then trust me, there are games you will love on there, and will PS Plus giving us 2 free games a month, you don’t even need to look for some great games as Sony has been on a ball with a lot of giveaways.
It would be great to hear what you all think of the Vita’s lack of games or if you think there are a lot then get in touch as well!