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Defending the PlayStation Vita

| On 19, Apr 2013

The PlayStation Vita released on February 22, 2012 in North America. You can say that the buzz surrounding it was lukewarm at best. As a person who absolutely loves their Vita, I think it’s time to defend it.

Since its release, I have seen a lot of “where are the games?”

First off, the system LAUNCHED with 25 games, that counts retail and PlayStation Network titles. To launch with that many games is pretty amazing if you actually think about it. A handful of them are ports, sure, but there are also some great, unique games for the system that deserve to be played. After launch month, games releasing for the Vita did start slowing down a tad, but games still released for it. From Resistance: Burning Skies, to Madden NFL 13, to Gravity Rush, the months between February and October of last year had some solid games to choose from. Your thoughts on those games might differ — I rather enjoyed Burning Skies — but two of those franchises are well-known and the latter looks to become a franchise… hopefully.

Expressing that the system needs a price cut is one thing, but to try and convey that it doesn’t have games is just unfair to Sony, the developers, and the publishers. I try to interact with those people and get some answers because there are plenty of games out there for a piece of hardware that is just barely a year old. Are all the games available for the system fantastic? No, but man, they are not as bad as people are making them out to be. The majority of people seem to mention the vast amount of ports that have been released. To that I always like to mention how playing home console games on-the-go is a major selling point for Sony. Being able to play games like Sly Cooper, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, FIFA Soccer, and others on-the-go is not something that will appeal to everybody. When it comes to the games that are not ports, exclusives like Assassin’s Creed: Liberation prove that the little handheld can indeed showcase a top tier franchise.

Below is a list I compiled of PlayStation Vita (mainly North American) games. I’ll give more of my thoughts after the list.


Retail Games That Are Available:

Army Corps of Hell

Asphalt: Injection

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation

Ben 10: Galactic Racing

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified

Dead or Alive 5 Plus

Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention

DJ Max Technika Tune

Dungeon Hunter: Alliance

Dynasty Warriors Next

F1 2011

FIFA Soccer

FIFA Soccer 13

Gravity Rush

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7

LEGO Lord of the Rings

Little Big Planet

Little Deviants

Lumines: Electronic Symphony

Madden NFL 13

Michael Jackson The Experience HD

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

MLB 12: The Show

MLB 13: The Show

Modnation Racers: Road Trip

Mortal Kombat

Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus

Persona 4 Golden

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Ragnarok Odyssey

Rayman Origins

Reality Fighters

Resistance: Burning Skies

Ridge Racer

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen

Silent Hill: Book of Memories

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Smart As

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Spy Hunter

Street Fighter X Tekken

Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz

Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted

Touch My Katamari

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

Unit 13

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Virtua Tennis 4 World Tour Edition

WipEout 2048

Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

Digital (PSN) Games Now Available:

Alien Breed

Big Sky Infinity

Burn the Rope


Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock


Earth Defense Force 2017

Escape Plan

Foosball 2012

Frobisher Says!


Jet Set Radio

Jetpack Joyride

Hustle Kings

Knytt Underground


MotorStorm RC

MUD: FIM Motocross World Championship

New Little King’s Story

Nun Attack

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath


Pinball Arcade

Plants vs Zombies


Pure Chess

Retro City Rampage


Sine Mora

Sound Shapes

StarDrone Extreme

Sumioni: Demon Arts


Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

The Treasure of Montezuma Blitz

Urban Trial Freestyle

When Vikings Attack


Zen Pinball 2

Games Yet to Be Released:

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate

Bit.Trip presents Runner 2


Dragon’s Crown

Draw Slasher

Epic Mickey 2 (yes, this is real)

History Legends of War: Patton

Hotline Miami


Killzone: Mercenary

LEGO Legends of Chima

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes



Men’s Room Mayhem


MotoGP 13

Muramasa Rebirth

Phantasy Star Online 2

Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault


Soul Sacrifice


Stealth B*stard (name still TBD)


TellTale’s The Walking Dead


Thomas Was Alone

Valhalla Knights 3

Warrior’s Lair


Ys: Memories of Celceta


As you can clearly see by the list above, the argument of “the Vita has no games” is simply an invalid one to have at this point. Honestly, how many games does one person need? Judging by the internet and the reactions I have read about the Vita’s lineup, apparently a lot. But there comes a time where no matter what I say, people will always have something negative to say about the system; so let’s just move on.

Indie games are the future.

Could Sony do a better job at getting third-party developers on board? Of course, but we have already had games from big publishers such as EA, Activision, and Ubisoft. What has been key for Sony and the Vita is they have been doing an outstanding job at getting the indie and smaller games on board with their self-publishing initiative. Games like Hotline Miami, Terraria, and others are releasing for the system later this year. It was even reported that the Vita version of Retro City Rampage was the one that sold the most. So if developers know that they can sell copies of their game on the Vita, that’s great news for them and for everyone who owns one. We can only give Sony a thumbs up for the way they are currently treating indie developers.

What can remote play do for you?

remoteplayvitaBut this is just not about the Vita-only games. When Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 in February, they made sure you knew that the Vita would still be supported. Remote play can be used for certain games now, but they did mention during that meeting about how it is “being built into the architecture of the PlayStation 4.”

Dave Perry, CEO of Gaikai, also stated that “the PlayStation Vita is the ultimate companion app for the PlayStation 4.” Incorporating Gaikai to make every PS4 game playable on the Vita via remote play is something to think about. That essentially makes the primary feature of the Nintendo Wii U possible with Sony’s next system. Also, one of those two consoles (Wii U, PS4) is a next-gen console and one… is not.

The downside to this is not every PS4 owner will have a PlayStation Vita to take advantage of the remote play feature but I do think Sony will release a Vita/PS4 bundle later this year, as this is only one of the things Sony plans on doing with the Vita once their new home console releases.

So it’s not a bleak future for PlayStation and its primary handheld. There will still be the naysayers that will never support it or want to hear the excuses. Reality is, there are some stellar games coming soon and with indie devs wanting to release their games for the system, I think we’ll see more support for the Vita in 2013 and 2014.


  1. Mojo

    Very nice entry. Hoping for some love for the Vita at this year’s e3…

  2. Kazzy

    Please bear your personal testimony about the Playstation® so new converts can become faithful sheeps to Sony. We at Sony HQ don’t ask you to submit your body and blood, we just need you to submit your money and time. We hype, you type!

    Let’s support our smear campaign to beat our competitors. Spread rumors to make them confused. Do all you can to keep the world’s attention away from the May 21st.
    Thanks You. ;)

    We can control the world in the name of GAMES.


    • extermin8or2

      no idea wtf you are on about there- but although im assuming you aren’t serious- you realise telling people to keep people’s attention away from may the 21st will only publicise it although (and i hope you aren’t serious) your comment makes you sound like a right moron and Sony/PlayStation hater in which case why are you even on this article? why bother? besides from Microsoft’s recent emphasis on kinect and the casual markets I think it may well be a good thing if as many gamers as possible see the may 21st event- if it’s a missfire then they’ll know what console to get, if it isnt’ then they can make an educated decision can’t they?

    • GaF

      Yeah- agree with extermina8or2 – I have no idea what you mean. Weird form of paranoia perhaps?

  3. GaF

    Well said. I love the Vita and play it almost every day. With cross play on games like “Thomas Was Alone” and “Guacamelee” it is an amazing companion to the PS3 – let alone the PS4. Heaps of great games available for it and I have never understood the ridiculous claim that there are no games for the machine.