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  • rainn'sgaydar - September 11, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    I love my Vita. It's sad, but understandable, that so few people have bought in. Sony has done several things right for it as you listed, but also several things wrong, as you also listed. I'm afraid for the future of a platform that really accomplishes a lot of what it boasts.
  • ultimatepunchrod - September 11, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    Good article. I'd agree with everything except the battery life. I haven't had much trouble with it even on semi-lengthy rode trips.
  • ChiChiRocket - September 11, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    I agree on the games. I got my Vita and Gravity Rush back in July. Since then, there haven't been any games that have really excited me. Sure, there's Uncharted, but I feel no great desire to buy that right now, and am fine with waiting for a price drop. In a couple months, I'll be getting AC: Liberation and Peronsa 4 Golden (the game for which I bought my Vita), but that doesn't help me a whole lot right now.
  • listerofsmeg42 - September 11, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    Have to add Ragnarok Odyssey to that line up which will add a descent amount of hours to my use, as the game looks awesome. I've already pre-ordered the Mercenary edition.
  • ChiChiRocket - September 11, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    Right, that too. Until they put a Monster Hunter game on Vita, I think this is the closest we'll get.
  • supermage65 - September 11, 2012 3:16 p.m.

    I'm sorry Sony, I REALLY want to like your system. But IMO the cons outweigh the pros, especially the lack of any super-solid-fantastic games on the horizon. Until the Vita either A. gets a price drop of sorts, or B. gets some fantastic non-PS3-port games.
  • LordGremlin - September 11, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    I got my Vita pretty soon after launch, mainly for Shinobido 2 and back-then-upcoming Mortal Kombat, which I have on PS3 as collectors edition, but being an MK fanatic I couldn't miss a new costume for Reptile. Small things, they lead to big decisions. The real problem with Vita is pretty small library overall... And people have various tastes. I couldn't even finish demos for Uncharted GA and Resistance BS (horrible crap, forced touchscreen, may they go to hell). Also, localizations and regional releases are big deal. I've imported Project Diva, next thing will be Ragnarok Odyssey and Persona 4 Golden (not coming to EU) and quite possibly Black Lagoon slots and some other stuff. Not all people are ok with importing games. And EU selection is pathetic. Speaking of ports I had fun with Ninja Gaiden Sigma+. Too bad had to import it too - chinese version. It had original voices and you just don't play NG with English dub, the only option in EU/NA release. On topic of battery life - really depends on game. Shinobido 2 can run for 9 hours without need for recharge. Plants vs Zombies? More like 5 hours, uses Wi-Fi a lot.
  • taokaka - September 11, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    I love my vita, I preordered it soon after it was first announced because I was so amazed by its reveal and it ended up coming out a week before the anniversary of my preorder. Anyway my vita has been avoiding becoming a dust magnet just fine due to there actually being more games than people first think, since launch I've played Gravity rush, uncharted, wipeout, everybody's golf, blazblue, shinobido 2, super stardust, sound shapes, mutant blobs and a bucket load of minis, psone and psp games. I suppose it depends on your tastes and how adventurous you are as to whether the vita is for you. My only gripe really is the memory cards, by gosh are they horribly priced.
  • Fuzunga - September 11, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    I bought a PSP when it came out and never played it. So... that was it for me.
  • CUFCfan616 - September 11, 2012 6:39 p.m.

    I just picked up a second hand PSP, and in my eyes, it's the better buy atm. 1/4 of the price, a wealth of games to choose from and psone classics. As your last point said, there's not many killer games coming up that demand you to buy the Vita. Little Big Planet? I can play 2 games on the PS3, and now matter how good the Vita game is, it won't be massively different. Maybe if Sony could convince Square Enix to release a Vita exclusive like Crisis Core was for the PSP, then maybe people will thing more seriously about picking one up
  • winner2 - September 11, 2012 7:24 p.m.

    Until It gets a monster hunter game, not too excited
  • fullmetallegend - September 12, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    It'll never get a Monster Hunter game, they'd finally have to improve the engine. Harharharharhar
  • Cyberninja - September 11, 2012 7:58 p.m.

    The downloadable games thing is a joke since we only got them two weeks ago and still don't have the full catalog like with psp. I feel the games are lacking seeing as I already have everything else this gen except 360 so most of what I can get is also on PS3 or PSP. the only really unique is Gravity Rush, so the vita needs a better varitey in the future for fans you own other sony stuff.
  • Darkhawk - September 11, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    Come on, everyone: we know what the real system-seller will be: METAL FUCKING GEAR Seriously, though, I held out on PS2 until Raiden's Adventure, held out on PSP until Portable Ops, and held out on PS3 until GotP. Release a new Metal Gear for PSV, and you've got a whole new gaming audience investing in your hardware.
  • TheMariner - September 11, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    Great article with a lot of good points. I personally haven't run into any problems with the battery but I do hope they beef up the upcoming titles. Apps won't sell hardware in the Vita's case, it needs good exclusives. I'd love to see and Vita version of Infamous, myself, but I'm sure Sony can come up with better ideas than me. However, the 3 PSP Grand Theft Auto games are, in fact, on PSN (at least the North American one) so points off for incorrect info. Though while on the subject of PSN titles, I would be remiss if I didn't complain that Crisis Core: FFVII is still not on the PSN. Get on that, Sony...
  • AuthorityFigure - September 12, 2012 1:42 a.m.

    Of course the system's gonna' do badly if (like the author) people are still wanting to play ancient GTA games. We've played them a million times, played them to death, and have them on other systems anyhow.
  • HIM - September 12, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    I plan on getting a PS Vita, and yes, I want to play ancient GTA games on it. What's the problem?
  • Fred88 - September 12, 2012 2:14 a.m.

    I originally got my Vita to replace my dead PSP, but over the past few months it's grown on me a bit. I also agree about the games, Sony really needs to step it up in that department. I'm personally waiting on Persona 4 Golden (I really wish Atlus would just come out and announce the release date already.) to come out, and probably Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (but I might wait for some reviews to come out, or play through the demo, if one is available).

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