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Is now a very good time to be buying a PS Vita?

With everyone talking about their favourite games for 2013 and coming towards the end of the year, 2013 has been a great year for video games. Gamespot have already been nominating and talking about their favourite games for each of the systems. I forget how awesome the PS Vita is which was just released back February 2012, during those months for the first 2012 there have been some good games for the system. Even I've managed to get my hands on picking one up almost a year ago before the Christmas holidays thanks to the Black Friday/Hot UK Deals for throwing the special offers out since then and that's including deals on other consoles and games.

After watching PS Vita Game of the Year 2013 Winner I forget how impressive the system for its touch-control and how slick the handheld console is. I've only played the demo for Tearaway and I was really impressed on how well detailed the game with everything being paper-crafted from the wonderful character animations to the outstanding visuals for its environments you can even see yourself in the game by looking at the sun thanks to the PS Rear Camera. Media Molecule know how to make good video games first we've had LittleBigPlanet and ever since the series was first released for the PS3 back in 2008 there's has been over a millions levels made by users and gamers. With Tearaway released on the PS Vita it really shows what the PS Vita can really do when it comes to games being released on the system. It actually makes me want to pick up the game myself but the real reason why I bought a PS Vita during the sales a year ago was the release of Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) it is my all-time favourite game which was only released for the PlayStation 2 back in 2008 and 2009 for UK/Europe, Persona 4 Golden offers a ton of new features and content that wasn't in the original but have all been added in the PS Vita. Playing Persona 4 Golden on my first play-through brought me back some great moments, reuniting with old friends and hearing an amazing soundtrack again with a few new twists, you can check out my review on it- Persona 4 Golden Review

Apart from owning Persona 4 Golden on its own, when it came to ordering the PS Vita it came with a free game which turned out to be Metal Gear Solid HD Collection which is both Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 in HD but on a handheld. Sadly this doesn't come with Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker (PSP) which was released for the PS3 and 360, the PS Vita version of the games offer the same gameplay and include the classics games Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2. And the other game I've got for free the other day after purchasing the PS3 version back in 2009 which was Flower, this turned out to be in fact a cross-play game if you've already bought it on another system and pretty much felt like good timing because Flower recently got released on the PS4 as well. Playing Flower on the PS Vita gave you two options to playing the game either by tilting the PS Vita to control the wind of speed on the flowers and holding a button or using the touch pad to control the flowers. You can read my recent review on Flower here- Flower- PS Vita Review

Unlike the PSP the PS Vita offered a second analog stick which makes it stand out better and easier to play games on the system, you would just wish Sony did this sooner before the PSP was released back in 2004. With the PS4 just around the corner you can actually use the PS Vita as a second screen which can be remotely played on a smaller screen if someone else wanted to use the TV you can switch back and forth at any time from your TV to the PS Vita, this feature has also been used for the PS3 as well. Like the PSP you can purchase and download PS1 games to your PS Vita and makes playing games a lot easier thanks to the second analog stick when it comes to most games being downloaded on the Vita. PSP games can also be played on the Vita but only if they are bought from the PSN Store which is the disappointing part about this feature because you would wonder where would the UMD discs go? With most PSP games released on the PSN Store you may find 1 or 2 odd titles not on the store and were only released on UMD two of these examples are both FFVII Crisis Core and Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep. If the Vita had UMD support you would keep most of your favourite games on the PSP and trade-in the PSP straight away but however most places now don't offer much when it comes to trading-in a PSP either for cash or store-credit so you are better off keeping the PSP instead.

If you are going to be buying games you’re going to need a memory-stick when it comes to playing games, like the PSP you will need one for backing-up data, downloads and system updates when it comes to picking a PS Vita but the memory sticks on their own cost even more then games themselves pending on how much GB you want for it you can get from 4GB, 8GB to a 32GB but once you've gotten a memory-stick you are pretty much sorted and ready to play some great games on the PS Vita. Most of the apps you can download on the PS Vita are free as well such as Facebook, Netflix and BBC IPlayer you can really tell that the system itself wants to be perfect as the I-Phone/I-Pad when it comes to touch-screen gaming and social-networking. Overall picking up a PS Vita is worth the purchase in the end if you are planning on buying one.

Do you own a PS Vita? Or planning on buying one in the future?

Do you have a favourite game on your PS Vita?

Discussion

5 comments
iowastate
iowastate

I didn't have PSP or Wii U yet but I think that a Vita would be the best option.  it has the best control system and has some great games. 

I admit that I haven't handheld since Gameboy days but the Vita is making me reconsider that .

Katzenbalger
Katzenbalger

I've got a Vita and it's great, but it depends on what you want from a handheld. As a digital platform it's fantastic. When people complain that it 'has no games' they tend to forget that it hosts a massive library of great PSP and PSone games. It's understandable when people say 'I'd want a vita to play vita games', but for me it's fantastic. I can play Resident Evil 1, 2 and 3 anywhere I go now, I've got Final Fantasies coming out of my ears and great games I missed out on, like Front Mission 3 and Vagrant Story. Really pleased with my vita.

Kid_Black_Star
Kid_Black_Star

The only two game I played that  makes me want to buy a Vita are Terraway because I'm a platformer junkie at heart and Persona 4 Golden other then that no, I think that it needs at least another year and a half for games to flush out on the Vita. 

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

@Katzenbalger Exactly this is why people should look on the PSN store before complaining that the Vita has no games. I actually have Crash Bandicoot 2 and Abe's Exoddus on my Vita at the moment

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

@Kid_Black_Star I reckon they'll be more good games coming to the Vita soon, I'm actually wanting to get FF X HD on the Vita more then the PS3 version