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The PS Vita dream, now a fantasy...

On February 22, 2012, the day of the PS Vita's North American release date, was the day I finally got the PS Vita. Fine peace of hardware it was. Just by holding it, I felt like I would never be bored again. It was like I was holding a PS3 on the train. Before it became a dream, it became a reality. As time went on, that reality became a fantasy. Unfortunately, I only had enough money to buy the handheld and an 8 GB Memory Card, but it didn't bother me one bit at the time. The 25 released games didn't really appealed to me anyways, except for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. It's a great game, but I felt like If I bought it, my PS Vita would be facing an early grave than usual from my constant rage and ferocious button-mashing. Few weeks later, I heard Disgaea 3 was coming out and I quickly went to Gamestop and pre-ordered it. I put so much hours into that game, yet the highest level one of my characters achieved was level 120. Disgaea 3 and Gravity Rush was one of the best games I had for the PS Vita, until Persona 4 Golden was released. I can't even write down what it was like playing the best game known to man. I played it with a passion as I re-immerse myself into the story, along with the new content and Yusuke's hilarious 'bad luck'. I was the happiest man in the world. Here I am now, typing my final thoughts of my PS Vita, while it's laying on my floor waiting to be played. It might need a recharge since I haven't played it for a while. Sadly, my interests has changed. I've beated Persona 4 Golden over 10 times. The memory of each moment of Persona 4 has been burned into my brain. I needed something new, but as time went on, my PS Vita is 'collecting dust'. Every so often I go on, I would either see a new game released or an announcement that a new game will come out for the PS VIta. My hopes quickly fell into hell when I see "Release: (Date) JP". I literally just wanted to scream my lungs out. It just makes me think why can't games come out for all countries on the same day. If not the same day, then perhaps a few days or a few weeks after it's out in Japan. I'm not knowledgeable about the sales for the system and it's games, but even a toddler would know that the PS Vita is doing well in Japan, at least more so than in America. "Patience is key", a famous quote almost everyone knows about, but to be honest, my patience is dying out. Most majority would say I have to be patient, but guess what, I'm not perfect. I bought the PS Vita for entertainment, but if I have to wait months/years for a game to come out for it, I don't think the wait is worth it. Who knows, maybe tomorrow my PS Vita will stop working for some reason and I would have no more means of entertaining myself anymore. Currently, I am considering trading in my PS Vita for the Nintendo 3DS. As I type, my decision is becoming much more clear. Make no mistake, the PS Vita is a fine handheld, much more powerful than the Nintendo 3DS. Unfortunately, that power has not been fully realized yet and will continue to be neglected for quite some time now. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a fine example; a reflection of how much power Sony truly has for the handheld. The new Batman game contains features from its console counterpart, except in 2-D. The visuals, the combat system, even the soundtrack were all taken from Batman: Arkham City. To me, it feels more like a downgrade more than an upgrade. It is definitely not the kind of game I had in mind when I think about the PS Vita's true potential. Hardware specifications aside, another major component that always comes to mind is the game library. To me, the quality of the game library is more important than the size, but that can only go so far. A system can have over thousands of softwares, but if more than three-quarters of those software do not meet customer expectations or isn't remotely satisfying, the system is trash. The PS Vita has been out in United States for 17 months and the gaming library is not very impressive to me. I count more than 60 games and only 20 games stand out to the majority of the community. PS Vita Top Games: Persona 4 Golden, Soul Sacrifice, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Gravity Rush, Metal Gear Solid, Little Big Planet, Disgaea 3, Jak and Dexter, Sly Cooper, Zero's Escape, Uncharted, Assassin's Creed Revelation, Rayman Origins, The Walking Dead, and the incoming Killzone. There are a few more on the list, but I'll keep it as it is. Currently I own Persona 4 Golden, Metal Gear Solid, Zero's Escape, and I've already played The Walking Dead on the PS3, but I'd get it again for the Vita. These games I truly recommend to all PS Vita owners. Sadly, I've played these games far too much for them to be fun anymore, except for Persona 4. I'll always be attached to Persona 4 Golden. I've counted 15-20 games that are actually good on the Vita, but I don't see any more coming out anytime soon. As for the Nintendo 3DS, there gaming library is vast, but just like the Vita, it only goes so far. Nintendo 3DS Top games: Pokemon X and Y, Shin Megami Tensei 4, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem Awakening, Project X Zone, Rune Factory 4, Zero's Escape, The Legend of Zelda: A Link between worlds, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, Luigi's Mansion, Donkey Kong, Mario Kart 7, Kid Icarus Uprising, and soon Super Smash Bros. 3D. These are the kind of games me and my friends would go out, buy, and would have a blast playing them. Nintendo might not be as serious and mature as PlayStation, but Nintendo has given me the true means of what a video game really means to me. Fun, entertaining, not too serious competition, enjoyable, laughable, HAVING A GOOD TIME BY YOURSELF, WITH FAMILY, AND/OR FRIENDS! Ever since I bought a PS Vita, I have seen only two people besides me having one. My friends and two family members all have 3DS, so getting a Nintendo 3DS would be more beneficial to me than just the games. Nintendo might be behind Sony and Microsoft, but at least they are honest (in some sense) and stay true to their ways. I respect them greatly for that, even if most people feel differently. When the PlayStation 4 comes out, there is no doubt that the PS Vita will gain more attention and people will be able to tap more into its potential. Hopefully, Sony will also decide to lower prices for the system and it's memory cards, but I guess that's also a fantasy. I just hope that Sony will try to improve the Vita more by releasing more games for it instead of relying on the PS4 backing it up with its remote play features. The system lying on the floor right now, doesn't deserve the name 'Vita'. Vita is supposed to mean 'Life' in Latin, but what I'm looking at isn't life at all, just tears and anxiety. Perhaps someone else will bring life back to it because I can't fulfill that role, not anymore. I won't be getting the PS4 until Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out, so my PS Vita will still be on the floor even during Christmas Eve. To those thinking about getting a PS Vita, this is a good time. The games I selected will keep you busy for a while and with the PS4 on the way, you will get your moneys worth. To those who got it during launch like me, I hope this blog helps you a bit or at least gave you some insight. The reality for me is that the great PS Vita is just a fantasy.