Surprise, surprise: The Vita’s still alive!

Velocity Vita

It’s 2014 and the PlayStation-brand is celebrating its 20th anniversary. During the PlayStation Experience, the black sheep of the brand had some time in the spotlight, after having been ignored completely during E3 this year. While most announcements are ports, it still has gotten me excited again for the Vita. Hit the jump to find out more.

First, I have to say, that 2014 was way better for the Vita than I personally had expected. I thought it would completely drop off my radar, but somehow, I constantly had games to play on it . That’s not only because there are always new games on PSPlus, which admittedly helps a lot. There are also a lot of great ports, like Rogue Legacy or Spelunky on it. I love those games on the PC and PS4 and gladly paid for a mobile port. I’m sitting in trains for two hours per day, so playing these games on the go is worth a lot to me.

Danganronpa 1 and 2 are the two main reasons I played a lot on my Vita this year. I love visual novels, which makes me part of a pretty small group of gamers, but it’s still true. Those two games were absolutely amazing and I’m still not done with the second one. Demon Gaze was another great game and I got into it, even though I don’t enjoy Dungeon Crawlers all that much. Other titles, like Deception IV, were pretty much surprise hits for me. And I enjoy Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus way more than I should.

Second, 2015 looks like a great year for the system: Broken Age, Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle are being ported for it. Since I’m a fan of adventure games, that makes me quite happy, especially since I only played Day of the Tentacle to completion – which was a long time ago, so playing it again should be a lot of fun. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 getting a port is amazing. I played and loved the first one on 3DS and Wii U and loved it every time. Ports of Geometry Wars 3 and Towerfall are also greatly appreciated.

Sure, the obvious problem of the system persists: There aren’t enough exclusive games. If you’re looking for those, or just high-profile triple AAA titles, then yes, you won’t enjoy your Vita. If you like indie games and JRPGs or visual Novels, you seem to be in luck. It’s not a system for everyone, but I for my part enjoy it.

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