Due to the nature of my work, I sometimes have to abandon my Vita and spend my gaming time elsewhere. This has been the case for the past few months. But now, at last, I can return to my beloved handheld. However, I have a bit of a problem: I don’t know what to play on it. But, bear with me, because it’s not what you think.
A LOT HAS HAPPENED
Since I last sat down to play on my Vita recreationally, a lot has happened. Sony decided to close the digital Vita store, then it backed out of it. Games are no longer being accepted for QA and release. Some positive stuff happened, too: a lot of online gaming sites, including free online slots sites, have migrated from Flash to HTML5, ensuring some degree of compatibility with the Vita. But none of that is the reason why I don’t know what to play on my Vita.
THERE’S TOO MANY GOOD GAMES
I know it sounds paradoxical saying this about a platform that has been supposedly dead for years. But the truth is, my backlog of games I know to be good on the Vita is near endless. Here’s a list of great games that I own, that I have yet to play:
- Muramasa Rebirth
- Hotline: Miami
- J-STARS Victory VS+
- Danganrompa 1
- Danganrompa 2
- AKIBA’S TRIP: UNDEAD AND UNDRESSED
- Final Fantasy X
- Final Fantasy X-2
And this isn’t even a complete list. This is just the stuff that I have at hand ready to play. My digital and physical backlog have even more games to play.
NEW GAMES ARE STILL COMING OUT
And that’s the beauty of it all. Sure, we’re getting the last approved games tomorrow. But what a ride it has been. I also think there are a couple more physical games coming from our friends over at PlayAsia and eastasiasoft.
But even as we draw near the end of the Vita’s life as a platform, and we shift into legacy status, the Vita continues giving. It has a tremendously rich library of native games, many of which have not been released anywhere else.
Add to this the fact that the Vita can also play PSP, PS Mini and PSOne titles, and you realize that this little handheld can grant you access to around three thousand games. Three thousand!
Sure, not all of them are on the cutting edge of graphical fidelity. In fact, Genshin Impact looks better on my phone than any Vita game could ever hope to look. But I’m OK with that. I grew up on the Atari 2600. So, I know how to value a game beyond simply its visual presentation.
I just know that, for the foreseeable future, my Playstation Vita will continue to be the only choice to legally play these great Playstation games on the go. And while that wasn’t enough for Sony to love the Vita, it sure is enough for me.