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Is Sony’s PlayStation Vita worth a buy?

By: Musa Afridi

  |   September 3rd, 2012   |  

Part 4:

One can expect this baffling shortcoming to be remedied in the future but for the time being importing playlists is all the user has to make do with.


Coming to the foundation of the PlayStation Vita and one really sees the problem with the console, the lack of games. However, having said that, it must be said that the games on offer are solid with some rivalling their full-blown console counterparts.

There is too much choice at the moment for PlayStation Vita titles but what there is, is quality. Titles like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, FIFA Soccer and Mortal Kombat are deep, engaging and immersive titles that make full use of the console’s features and provide plenty of bang for the buck.

Uncharted, in particular, has a chunky story mode and plenty of replay value for all those trophy and treasure hunters. The game also makes use of every feature the Vita has and is a great demonstration of what the console is capable of.

Then there are the likes of FIFA Soccer and Mortal Kombat with both titles benefitting from the transition to the Vita. in fact, apart from the lower pixel count, one can barely notice the difference between them and their console counterparts.

FIFA is one title that has expanded they way players play the game, with the rear-touch pad shot control proving to be a real game changer and Mortal Kombat’s control scheme and Bonus Challenge Tower missions are perfect for the Vita as well.

LittleBigPlanet is also set for release on the Vita and should prove interesting as well.

However, those are A-Grade titles and as the reader can see, there are only a handful of them. The console does have a number of B-Grade titles as well, with Gravity Rush, Unit 13, Resistance: Burning Skies and WipEout 2048, which are enjoyable but do not have the lasting appeal or the pedigree to bring gamers in on their own. It should be noted that these are all titles released within the first year of the console hitting the market and by that standard, they’re pretty solid.

Apart from the full fledged games, Sony is also offering a number of arcade titles, such as Super Stardust Delta, A-Men, Escape Plan and Hustle Kings. All of which are great fun, but again cater more to those who enjoy an arcade experience.

After all of that we come to the Augmented Reality games. These titles could be a major selling point for the console but at the moment seem consist of experimental launch titles rather than the full production value titles that users would want to spend any significant portion of their hard earned money on.

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