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3 games that can save the Vita

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Initial post: Nov 28, 2012, 7:49:49 AM PST
PlayStation Vita is nearly a year old in Japan, and has been on sale in western territories since February 2012. Still, for all its technical prowess, intuitive control input, and array of snazzy features, Sony's high-powered pocket brick just isn't getting the attention it deserves - at least not at retail. To put it bluntly, PS Vita is performing well below expectations, and in its native Japan is frequently outsold by its predecessor on an almost weekly basis. In fact, it took PS Vita 42 weeks to reach one million sales there, compared to PSP's effort of 14 weeks. Things in the U.S. and Europe aren't much better either with sales trailing 3DS.

Chalk it up to the cost of the device, the increasing competition from SmartPhones and Tablets, 3DS or simply because people aren't away of what PS Vita can do, but Sony's handheld isn't in the best position. The question is, what happens now? Ultimately, it all comes down to the games; PS Vita is a games device first and foremost, and software is going to make or break it. 2013 is going to be a crucial year for the handheld, and as such, PSU.com has detailed three titles we think that have the clout to catapult it to success.

Check them out below.


Well, duh, what did you expect? Monster Hunter is a phenomenon in Japan, and is pretty much the reason why the PlayStation Portable continues to run rings around its successor to this day. While not quite the mammoth success in the west as it is in its home territory, the franchise still packs a punch, and the very least would surely send Vita sales skyrocketing in The Land of the Rising Sun. And let's face it; a twin-stick Monster Hunter sequel is just what fans have been waiting for, and it's only a matter of time before it arrives. With the right marketing and features - including a fully-stocked online multiplayer component - this could be the definitive Monster Hunter experience and a massive system seller. More crucially however, the game's success in Japan means PS Vita will receive a massive boost, which in turn will surely mean more top developers will be willing to invest in the system -- and that can only be a good thing.


Gran Turismo has appeared on every Sony platform to date, so a PS Vita release is inevitable. The PSP version of the Polyphony racer actually sold pretty well, and in terms of Sony-exclusive brands GT is definitely up there with the best of the lot. Given the Vita's technical capabilities, a new GT game is sure to dazzle in the visual department. However, it's the core features that will sell the game, and this is an area where the PSP game disappointed - there just wasn't enough content under the hood. GT on Vita is the chance to deliver that quintessential console-quality racer the handheld has been hurting for since launch. We're talking tons of cars, customization options, full online multiplayer and plenty of game modes to tuck into (an authentic career, driving licence, quick race, challenges, the works). Just don't take until 2020 to deliver the goods, eh Polyphony? Vita needs this puppy now.


Next to Call of Duty, nothing says brand clout like Grand Theft Auto. The series is a commercial juggernaut, with its appeal stretching to hardcore gamers across the board to the more casual-oriented punter. And, unlike some major console titles that have received handheld companions, the portable GTA games are actually bloody good -which bodes well for a PS Vita iteration. Imagine a fully-fledged GTA, complete with online multiplayer, sprawling campaign and cross-platform connectivity with GTA V on PS3. The possibilities are endless here, and we're sure that Rockstar Games could come up with some fascinating concepts for how gamers can interact with both the console and handheld releases. Hell, given how much power PS Vita is packing under the hood, we reckon it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to get our own, albeit slightly condensed, version of GTA V for Vita. As mentioned, the franchise has broad market appeal; this thing will sell like hotcakes on both sides of the Atlantic, and given the past success of GTA IV in Japan, will surely turn heads in the East to boot.


Posted on Nov 28, 2012, 7:52:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012, 7:52:44 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
They will all come at some point.

And a Final Fantasy...

and a Bioshock...

a new portable Metal Gear...

and a new God of War...

Sky's the limit if they don't pull the plug.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 7:52:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012, 7:55:43 AM PST
Beau says:
I went into GameStop yesterday to inquire about the Vita; the sales associate, instead, directed me to the 3DS XL commenting that "the Vita is on its last legs." He said the "Vita's been out in the US for over a year" and then showed me the game selection and commented that it was pretty pitiful. He also said the 3DS has outsold the Vita by a margin of "10-to-1."

So, I'm really not sure if this guy was telling me the truth or if he was just shilling for the 3DS. I mean, I asked him to tell me, objectively, what the better handheld was and he sang the praises of the 3DS.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012, 7:53:24 AM PST
I don't think we'll ever see another Monster Hunter on a Sony system.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 7:56:48 AM PST
Oskar2525 says:
He was lying to your face, the Vita has not been out a year yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 7:58:15 AM PST
Beau says:
I think he was just confused. I thought it came out in March 2012, and I assume he thought it was March 2011?

Posted on Nov 28, 2012, 7:59:36 AM PST
Knowledgeable GameStop Employee....the ultimate Oxymoron....

Posted on Nov 28, 2012, 8:00:02 AM PST
Benpachi says:
They are releasing an enhanced edition of Muramasa: The Demon Blade. I will be purchasing a Vita to play that, unless they put it on PS3 as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:00:51 AM PST
I think that gamestop employee was an i word.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:01:16 AM PST
What is Muramasa?

Posted on Nov 28, 2012, 8:01:43 AM PST
Soulshine says:
Gran Turismo, GTA, Metal Gear, God of War, Bioshock, Rayman, Portal - yeah, some of those won't ever happen, but I'd be interested in *new* Vita games for any of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:02:26 AM PST
new Tron says:
A really great game developed by Vanillaware (Odin Sphere) that came out on the Wii a few years back. Really, really beautiful game. Should look great in HD on the Vita!

Posted on Nov 28, 2012, 8:02:50 AM PST
I just really hope Soul Sacrifice does well. If that game flops I will be extremely disappoint.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:03:47 AM PST

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:03:54 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
I hope it's good, I couldn't care less how it sells if it sucks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:05:03 AM PST
saskamazon says:
that made me laugh ... 'on its' last legs' ? wow, that's quite the pronouncement ... I thought it was finally coming into its own with plus, more games, good bundles ... the clerk in my local gamestop owns the Liberation bundle, so at least he too is hoping for the success of the Vita ... for folks who know nothing about these systems / games, they probably will purchase as directed ... even as a consumer in video game sections, I have no problem swaying people to purchase items I suggest ...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:05:32 AM PST
As of right now it's the only game I'm looking forward to on my Vita.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:06:25 AM PST
I swayed someone away from Brink once. The Gamestop employee started praising the game and tried to sell some poor dude a new copy. I started laughing.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012, 8:10:43 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
EDF 2017 portable
Soul Sacrifice
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Killzone Mercenaries
Warrior's Lair (Ruin)
Dragon's Crown
Muramasa The Demo Blade (with more content)
Urban Trials

I'm forgetting quite a few Japanese titles...but i dunno, the platform is looking legit to me going well into 2013.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:11:48 AM PST
FOGE says:
Please please PLEASE give me EDF portable!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:12:56 AM PST
PacinoBully says:
Gamestop employees tend to know more about gaming than anyone else in the industry.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:13:16 AM PST
I forgot about Warrior's Lair and Tearaway. Those both look good.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:13:59 AM PST
FOGE says:
Haha they certainly do... in their minds.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012, 8:14:06 AM PST
KrisCo says:
Is Muramasa just going to a port or will it be a new game on the Vita? I have it for the Wii already.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 8:15:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012, 8:26:27 AM PST
Benpachi says:
It will have new content, but I have no idea what kind or how much.
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