The future finally looks bright for the PS Vita
When Sony announced a sequel to the PSP, there was little doubt in my mind that I was going to end up buying the new handheld. The PS Vita had some amazing features like the rear touch pad, and after some pretty brilliant games on the PSP (Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions anyone?) I was expecting some pretty big things from the Vita. Sadly, these big things never really appeared.
When I first got my Vita, I spent hours and hours on FIFA raving about how brilliant the rear touch pad was. A lot of games that had been announced, from massive franchises like Bioshock and LittleBigPlanet, had me excited about what was coming to the Vita. LittleBigPlanet, Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted put out decent Vita games, and the massive range of LEGO games never seemed to get boring, but there were a lot more disappointments than successes.
The Bioshock Vita game never materialised, the Resistance and Call of Duty games were a bit rubbish really, and for a long time there weren’t really any big, exciting games announced. The only game I’ve really played on my Vita in the past few months has been Final Fantasy VIII, and that’s a PS One classic that I’d been playing on my PSP long before the Vita came out.
But finally, it’s looking like there’s hope for the Vita. There’s been a host of big announcements, and this time they actually look like they’ll get released in the near future. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate looks very interesting. The E3 trailer shows that movement is a bit linear, but the combat seems very similar to the previous Arkham games on home consoles. The announcement that the God of War Collection, compiling the first two games from the enormously successful God of War series, is coming to Vita is another bonus for the console as well, especially if they keep the games true to their original console origins.
Demon Gaze, a Japanese RPG that might be the first really good Vita RPG, has been recently confirmed to be coming to American and European markets in early 2014. The game features all the stalwarts of good RPG’s like a range of classes and races, as well as opportunities to build relationships with NPC characters.
Even more RPG goodness is coming to the Vita in the form of HD remakes of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, both popular and pretty darn brilliant games. As an extra little treat it’s been revealed that a new ending is being created for the two games. Not just a little ending either, but an extra 30 minutes of (hopefully) conclusive drama. Rumours that saves will be transferable between Vita and PS3 make this even more exciting – I probably won’t ever have to put the game down.
The announcement I’m most excited about though is definitely the Vita port of the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead game, as well as the recent (or upcoming depending on where you’re living) 400 Days. The game was massively successful when it was first released for consoles, and it looks like it’s going to be a direct port, with very little changes for the Vita. Hopefully this hits soon and the second season of the game can be released simultaneously on the Vita and consoles.
When all of these huge games are considered, it’s definitely looking bright for the Vita. Thanks to games like The Walking Dead and the Final Fantasy remasters, this is the first time I’ve been really excited about the possibilities of the Vita since it was first released over a year ago. I’m just hoping that it’ll live up to the expectations I’ve got. I’m pretty confident that I won’t be disappointed.