All my life I have been obsessed with having all the things. I wanted every Nintendo handheld, every console, every accessory, and all the games – even if I didn’t really want to play them. However, now that I am a responsible adult, I can’t be so frivolous with my money (I miss getting allowance from Mom) and I have to wait to pick up new hardware. I’ve had my eye on a Vita for a while now, but the game library just isn’t big enough yet for me to justify the price tag. I need there to be at least a couple more game releases before I will be enticed enough to finally drop the cash on a Vita. After thinking about it for a little while, I came up with the top 5 games that would convince me to pick up a Vita.
1. Final Fantasy X HD
This has been talked about and talked about, but still doesn’t have a release date. Who knows when we will eventually see this, but an HD remake of one of my favorite Final Fantasy titles would make a Vita necessary in my house. Now before you say “Well Sarah, you can play FF 7-9 on Vita through PSN” – I know this. But they are NOT remade in HD! I would love to have an HD version to take with me on the go. This would make the Vita a definite pickup for me.
2. Puzzle Games
As far as I am aware, the closest the Vita has to a puzzle game is Smart As, and I feel like that just might make me feel stupid. I love a full-blown puzzle game (Professor Layton is one of my favorite dudes), and having a dedicated game like that on the Vita would be amazing. Puzzle games are perfect for short term play, travel, or breaks at work, and would be enough to get me to pick up a new handheld.
The Patapon games were crazy popular on PSP, and are now available to download off of PSN for your Vita. I want a new one; something to incorporate the technological advances of the Vita as well as bring back the old school awesome that Patapon is. God they are so cute, I just want to squish them! Plus, who doesn’t love to play god?
4. Spyro HD
Spyro was one of my favorite PlayStation games growing up – it was colorful and fun, and not too challenging for me to get frustrated. Spyro was like a cool kid you wanted to be friends with; a badass in the dragon world. He should have worn sunglasses all the time, and had sweet 90’s music as a soundtrack to his life. If an HD version of Spyro ever came out, it would be prefect for the Vita. At least a cross play/buy scenario like Sly Cooper. Amazing. I would buy that in an instant.
5. Ni No Kuni/ Pokemon/ Dark Cloud –esque something
Ni No Kuni is my latest obsession, mostly for its Pokemon and Dark Cloud vibe, and ABSOLUTELY STUNNING art. Collect, give people the right something to make them happy, save the world. I honestly wish Ni No Kuni was on a handheld, but if that can’t be the real world then I need something similar for it. I need little animal pets, and to alchemize and level things, and I would love to be able to do it on the go so any chance I have a moment I can get into it. That would be absolutely incredible, and is the one genre I think the Vita is lacking in.
I’d like to point out that one or two of these games combined with what is already out there both in hard copy, on PSN and free through PS Plus will push me over the edge into Vita town. I’m teetering now, and things like Persona 4, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, cross play/cross buy, and the number of PS classics I can now download to the handheld are pushing in a spending direction. Who knows, maybe a price cut will get me there as well. Or a bundle with stickers – I’m a sucker for that stuff. I also am willing to sacrifice game genres I typically pick up on the Nintendo side of things (like Layton) in order to get trophies because, well – I’m addicted.
What games would you recommend for me? And if you don’t have a Vita yet, what game would push you over the edge to get one? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll keep you all posted on when I make the purchase plunge!
- key specs
- reviews • 85
- Game formatDownloadable, Cartridge
- Screen size5 inches
- TouchscreenCapacitive [finger]
- Direction controlD-pad, Thumb stick (2)
- Motion controlsAccelerometer
- Dimensions0.73 x 7.17 x 3.29 in
- Weight9.17 oz
- ReleasedFebruary 22, 2012
Sony PlayStation Vita PCH-2000