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Submitted by insertcoin 1062d ago | opinion piece

Where Are The Vita Games For 2013?

"The 2013 release list for Vita titles is currently mediocre. It's common for release lists to be bare after the holidays, but the Vita lineup is almost too bare.

I own a Vita, and by all accounts, I'm one of the few. Not only is Sony concerned about the size of the handheld's install base, particularly in Japan when compared to the 3DS, but they are also disappointed by the lack of support by third-parties."

~ Nick Tan, Game Revolution (PS Vita, Sony)

dbjj12088  +   1062d ago
Price drop! Price drop!

That's what it's going to take to make the Vita a viable marketplace for developers. Nintendo may have seemed weak or reactionary dropping the 3DS price so quickly in the handheld's life, but they look like they're laying golden eggs now with plenty of great, varied software and a larger install base.
Abash  +   1062d ago
Tearaway, Killzone: Mercenary, and Soul Sacrifice are just a few of the PS Vita exclusives confirmed for next year and the author thinks the game line up is looking mediocre? This is nothing but a doom and gloom article
josephayal  +   1062d ago
Dam next year? 2014??
MaleManSam  +   1062d ago
As good as you think those games might be, I honestly don't think they are system sellers.

Don't hate, just reciprocate.

I hope it does well though, I hope I'm wrong.
UltraVegito  +   1061d ago
@MaleManSam They may not be system sellers,but they are great games regardless and will most likely improve the install base of the Vita and satisfy alot of vita owners(like me :D).
Tbh they could be something to drag in a good amount of interest for gamers if sony marketed them in a proper manner(gameplay footage not something that confuses the consumer).
Than again we all know that certainly isn't one of sony's strong points but i feel the games will do well regardless.
Tultras  +   1061d ago

I mean, the vita has more exclusives confirmed than the Xbox 360 at this point, And i think it has more exclusives confirmed than the PlayStation 3 aswell.

Although i have yet to buy a game for my vita, you know why? The memory cards, so damn expensive, that's the problem.
PulpoTonto  +   1061d ago

I think that has more than something to do with the almost certainty of the next generation of home consoles arriving towards the end of this year.

Why would they put a lot of resources into exclusives for a console that would be sidelined in a month or two? This isn't an attack at all, just thought I'd point it out :)
dedicatedtogamers  +   1061d ago
PSP started off slow, too. I was none too impressed with the first two years of "console on the go" games like GTA3, various racing games, Medal of Honor, etc (just my personal opinion).

But after a few years (starting around the time of the first Patapon) the PSP really started to pick up steam with a LOT of must-have games.

That's what I am waiting for (again, just my personal opinion). I'm not as excited for "console on the go" games. I'd like games that can only be done on the Vita hardware.
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riverstars86  +   1061d ago
Those games are not system sellers. They could really get some systems to sell if Rockstar has any plans for a full scale GTA game, which could be announced at the upcoming Playstation event. At this point in time, Sony really needs to up their game, a price cut is needed along with some AAA games so customers and developers will feel confident in the future of the Vita. Because if you are confident in the future at this point in time, you are in the minority.
ZigZagZach  +   1061d ago
Yea I agree with you for the most part. "Mediocre" looking games is no way to phrase it.

To be fair though, we have those three games then like two others that are promising looking Vita exclusives so far. :/
r21  +   1062d ago
We've got that Destination Playstation, maybe a price cut is coming. I even remember a few months ago someone from Sony said it'd have a price cut in 2013.
tachy0n  +   1062d ago
ill say it again, the PSVita is not like the 3DS with cheap POS outdated technology, FYI the PSVita is one of the most powerful handheld devices out now, and u ask for a price drop?

Gravity Rush is yet to be announced, i hope their devs announce it at E3 <3
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Skips  +   1062d ago
Gravity Rush 2 you mean?

That would be a definite day 1 buy for me!
tachy0n  +   1062d ago
sorry for the typo... it was Gravity Rush 2!!!!
GribbleGrunger  +   1061d ago
Yes, better tech requires longer development time. Do people listen? NOPE.
Kingofwiiu  +   1061d ago
You're an idiot. Cheap POS outdated technology ?

Yeh Resident evil revelations graphics on a portable stereoscopic 3D screen is outdated. Oh hang on , no it isn't. The 3DS is the world only device which offers that.

Resident Evil on 3DS looks better than 90% of Vita games , especially considering it runs in 3D.

The Vita is the only PoS around here. 3DS is a unique handheld with character , identity and lots and lots of games.

Vita is still trying to work out what it is....
dafegamer  +   1061d ago
Instant most anticipated games list contender if they announce GR2
stage88  +   1061d ago

"Resident Evil on 3DS looks better than 90% of Vita games"

Nearly spat out my coffee, thanks for the laugh :)
Skips  +   1061d ago
"Resident Evil on 3DS looks better than 90% of Vita games , especially considering it runs in 3D."


Just stop.
doctorstrange  +   1062d ago
ftwrthtx  +   1062d ago
Either release more games or give it more PS3 support.
TrendyGamers  +   1062d ago
Or at the very least drop the prices of some of the PSP games that are on the PSN.
manasteel88  +   1061d ago
there are plenty of PSP games that have gotten price dropped on PSN. Atlus's entire catalog for one.
knifefight  +   1062d ago
As a big Vita lover, I'm really, really hoping this ship gets turned around. This machine deserves better sales than its getting, and I hope third parties decide to play along and put some more games on the thing.
bothebo  +   1061d ago
I hope they do too. Software sales are not bad at all, about 2.25 games per person. Also, if you look at the sales of ACL, LBPV, Persona 4, and COD, which were all released several months ago, software sales are strong. The ratio of games per person is about .15 behind that of the 3DS. People want the games, they just need a bigger player base.
alexcosborn  +   1062d ago
I really hope Killzone ends up being a knockout. The vita desperately needs a quality fps
Kingthrash360  +   1061d ago
Any handheld needs a good fps, the vita is the only handheld that can properly do it. It's been a year since it was released so its still in its young years, when devs start to get a better feel for the system it will be better. Cod was a good fps IMO it wasn't nowhere close to what the vita can produce but look at how far farcry has come. All we need to do is wait. We as gamers are used to waiting... Look at ff series we always wait loooong periods of time for the next one... MGS is another one. Give devs a chance to produce nice games, we are rushing the vita IMO.
Oh and this article is another doom article, sucks but oh well. The vita has a lot of vita left.
LordMe  +   1062d ago
In Japan...
JonnyBigBoss  +   1062d ago
The Vita reminds me of the Dreamcast. It looks great, had a good launch line-up, and has fantastic hardware. Heck, it even has some tricks of its own. But consumers aren't catching on and neither are developers.
knifefight  +   1062d ago
Yeah I've been telling people that same thing.
MadMax  +   1062d ago
Yea, a little. Except the Dreamcast kicked some serious ass for its run! Still my all time favorite machine, just something about it. Had alot of breakthrough and awesome games! Had better games at launch than anything else. Soul Calibur, Sonic Adventure, Ready to Rumble, etc.

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dedicatedtogamers  +   1061d ago
Dreamcast died because SEGA went toe-to-toe against Sony, they were still reeling from the Saturn failure, EA pulled all support as a big "f you!" to SEGA's line of sports games, and the company itself couldn't stay afloat financially because of those issues.

On the other hand, the ENTIRE dedicated gaming handheld market is suffering, not just the Vita. The 3DS has picked up a bit, but it ain't no DS (not yet). Sony has a much larger arsenal of developers compared to SEGA. Also, while the Dreamcast had good hardware, it was quickly outclassed and elbowed out of the market not only by the PS2 but also by the Xbox and Gamecube. The Vita's only main competitor is the 3DS.

Somehow, I doubt the Vita will have the same fate, but that's just, like, my opinion, man.
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jon1234  +   1062d ago
its january 3rd and people are already saying where are all the vita game... wth.... have some f ing patience...
MadMax  +   1062d ago
Already? Almost a year later, theres no excuse and people wanna see some games including myself! They are lagging bigtime! How bout at least one decent game every month or two? Not too much to ask now is it.
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jon1234  +   1062d ago
studios dont just announce games on a regular day like this... you have to wait for game conferences and things like that.... so really... stop acting like little kids, and wait... there are plenty of good vita games on the store that can keep you entertained in the mean time, whether you realize it or not...
Hicken  +   1061d ago
I sincerely hope you were this dogged about the 3DS in its first year.

The Vita's library is quite extensive, and there are any number of great games for it. Uncharted, LBP, Gravity Rush, Unit 13, Sound Shapes, Wipeout, DJ Max, PS All Stars, Escape Plan, Super Stardust, Ragnarok Odyssey, The Show, Assassin's Creed...

And that's before getting into the "ports," multiplats and remakes like P4G, Need for Speed, Metal Gear, Zero Escape, MvC, BlazBlue, Rayman, Oddworld, Jet Set Radio, and Disgaea.

Combined, these two lists have something for everybody. And that's more good quality games than even the consoles got this year, especially if you're taking exclusive vs. multiplat.

Tell me, who is Sony lagging behind? I count nearly 25 worthy games in its first year, and I left a few out. That's more than TWO decent games every month for the past year; if we're going by your "one every month or two," then Sony's ahead of the curve.

Thanks for playing.
izumo_lee  +   1062d ago
Maybe they haven't been announced yet, ever think of that.

Sony is known for leaks but maybe just maybe they are actually keeping these games secret until an official announcement.
francknara6  +   1062d ago
Tearaway looks great, but not sure about Soul Sacrifice and Killzone...
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just_sayin  +   1062d ago
I'm loving the soul sacrifice demo i say if u have a spare memory card try it out
BABYLEG  +   1061d ago
A spare MC? Explain
Kur0  +   1061d ago
@BABYLEG, you need to format a memory card to a PSN account and the Soul Sacrifice demo is only out on the JP PSN. That means in order for him to get the demo he needs to make a JP PSN account and format a new memory card unless he wants to erase everything on his current one. It essentially makes it inconvenient to have multiple accounts on 1 PS Vita.
TongkatAli  +   1062d ago
It's like these trolls have their eyelids stapled shut, lol.
air1  +   1062d ago
Im regreting buying the vita just like i did with the psp.. So many damn studios that sony owns and still not one killer game!
jon1234  +   1062d ago
you do realize it takes time for these studios to create a "killer app"
profgerbik  +   1062d ago
STOP CALLING GAMES APPS..! Yes in all caps, that shit is annoying.. They are games.. They are not little iphone and android apps..

You know society is stupidly obsessed with fucking phones and tablets when they start calling everything apps.
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jon1234  +   1062d ago
why do u think i put it in quotation marks... -__- take what ever is stuck up your butt out and relax dude
profgerbik  +   1062d ago
If you can't find any game even as of yet that you like on the Vita, fucking sell the thing because nothing that ever comes out is going to please you from the sounds of it.
WeAreLegion  +   1061d ago

You hate video games? Then, why are you on N4G?
BlaqMagiq24  +   1061d ago
With a comment like that I'm pretty sure you didn't own either of them. Try harder kid.
remanutd55  +   1062d ago
i'm debating whether or not to get Ratchet and Clank Full Frontal Assault, why cant Insomniac release A Crack in Time on the vita? man that would be beyond awesome!!! or a new full Ratchet and Clank game on the little system.
G20WLY  +   1061d ago
IMO you should definitely get it if you like R&C games. I bought it for my dad for Christmas (no, I'm not a kid!) and between helping him decorate we nailed it before New Year! We couldn't put it down and the co-op is amazing fun, not like all4one.

Things get tough later on, so being better at platforming I would go out collecting bolts and guns, while dad stayed close to base, laying turrets/mines defending against attacks. When things got too mental, I'd go back and help. We were shouting orders at each other and stealing kills to boost our own stats, it was a right laugh!

It's short, but longer than Quest for Booty; I hope they do some DLC.

Later this month, my evil plan will be complete, when I download it to my Vita for free!

Merry Christmas dad lmao!
*strokes cat*
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remanutd55  +   1061d ago
well im a Ratchet and Clank fan i have them all (even All 4 One, which i didnt like) so yea i think i will get Full Frontal Assault when it releases on the vita later this month.
profgerbik  +   1062d ago | Well said
There are plenty of fucking Vita games already lined up for 2013...

What are you blind...? How is it I am not even a gaming journalist but I can easily find this huge list of games many of which are going to be utterly great..

Killzone - Mercenary
Tearaway (TBA 2013)
Gods Eater 2
Dead or Alive 5+
Ninja Gaiden - Sigma 2+
Sly Cooper - Thieves in Time (5 February 2013 US, 27 February 2013 EU)
Soul Sacrifice (TBA 2013)
Ratchet and Clank - Full Frontal Assault (January 2013)
Rainbow Moon
History Legends of War - Patton's Campaign (TBA 2013)
Earth Defence Force 2017 Portable (TBA 2013)
Warriors Lair (TBA 2013)
Oddworld - Munch's Oddyssee HD (TBA 2013)
Zone of the Enders HD collection (TBA)
Dragon's Crown (TBA 2013)
Phantasy Star Online 2 (TBA)
Guacamelee! (Q1 2013)
Urban Trial Freestyle (Q1 2013)
Zombie Tycoon 2 - Brainhov's Revenge (TBA 2013)
The Binding of Isaac - Rebirth (TBA 2013)
Sniper - Ghost Warrior 2 (TBA 2013)
Let's Fish! Hooked On (TBA 2013)
Lone Survivor (TBA 2013)
Dragon's Racing (TBA 2013)
Dragon Fantasy Book 2 (TBA 2013)
MLB 13 The Show (5 March 2013)
Madden 14
Rocketbirds:Hardboiled Chicken
Rocketbirds Sequel
Pub Games
Demon Gaze(Japan)
Tales of Heart R(Japan)
Guilty Gear XX accent Core Plus R
Final Fantasy X HD
Muramas:The Demon Blade
Over My Dead Body sequel(Japan)
Valhalla Knights 3(Japan)
Atelier Torori Plus(Japan)
Egg "n" roll
Great little War game
Holy Sorcery Story(Japan)
Monster Monpiece(Japan)
One Piece Pirate Warrior 2
Orc Attack
The Legend of Heroes:Trails in the flash(Japan)

Oh yea and that is just the start, no doubt there will be even more games to come along throughout the year just as they always do..
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knifefight  +   1062d ago
I think all of those blanks and TBAs are kind of the point. So many Vita games have simply been "upcoming" for a long time (several on your list were supposed to be out months ago), and still don't have dates or even seasons on them. It works for us, but not everyone is as patient as you I tend to be.
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RGB  +   1062d ago
I've got like 4 Vita games and I've had mine since EU launch. I love Golden Abyss and wouldn't mind Bend Studios doing another Uncharted title for the system as it's been dry for me since launch. Out of all these listed games, only the first 2 do anything for me at the minute.

Wouldn't mind a GTA tie-in like PSP got with Liberty City and Vice City Stories plus a Metal Gear like Peace Walker.

I love my Vita but the system is dead, I use the music feature more than anything at the moment.
rpd123  +   1061d ago
Exactly. God damn, people are impatient. You can't just whip a game out of your ass every other week. Shit takes time. And there are so many good games for the Vita coming. Everyone complains that there isn't a system seller, and I guess I can see that, but honestly there are so many good games already to make it worth a purchase.
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TENTONGUN  +   1061d ago
i have lbp, p4, sound shapes, fifa, madden, oddworld stranger, dokuro,mk, blob and sstardust delta. not to mention psp and ps1 classics im collecting. the damn thing is not worthless or dead. people want to sell their shit. well sell it if youre that damn broke. im personaly getting my monies worth
bakagaijin78  +   1061d ago
There are a lot of games on that list I'm looking forward to, but the lack of solid release dates is concerning. Especially for Final Fantasy X which is something I'm really looking forward to.

But in the meantime I (personally) have more than enough games already on my vita to keep me busy:

Disgaea 3
Persona 4
Little King Story
Uncharted + the card game (I'm actually quite enjoying it)
Gravity Rush
Ragnarok Odyssey
Zero Escape
+ some great PS1 classics

Between those and games for the other consoles I'm quite entertained... for now.
tiffac008  +   1061d ago
Some of those "Only in Japan" games needs to be localized.
Drainage  +   1062d ago
they are on the 3DS. thats where they are at...
WeAreLegion  +   1061d ago
I HAD a 3DS.

I HAVE a Vita.

I haven't regretted getting my Vita for a second, by the way. It has had plenty of games since launch. I'm even behind on a lot of the games!
BlaqMagiq24  +   1061d ago
Absolute troll fail.
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boybato  +   1062d ago
At least for squenix's games, they're in IOS. lol
Krew_92  +   1061d ago
Yes it's very annoying when developers out right abandon handheld gaming when they do that.

I can think of Rock Star and Square Enix.

The GTA 3 and Vice City Ten Year Anniversary for example could have easily been on the Vita, but nope only Android and iOS. Also with any of the Final Fantasy Games released on iOS and Android, especially at ridiculous prices as $15 or as high as $20 I saw.
Killzoner99  +   1062d ago
Please can we have some more TROLL articles N4G? We're not getting enough of them yet.
knifefight  +   1062d ago
I have to disagree. I do not want troll articles and I can't understand why you would want them on N4G. Please troll elsewhere, Killzoner.
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sashimi  +   1061d ago
The sarcasm is strong in killzoner99.
takohma  +   1062d ago
The year just started. Lol. I have a few vita games I'm looking forward too. Still have ton I havnt beat yet.
Jason143  +   1061d ago
monster hunter
Seraphemz  +   1061d ago
This is the main reason that I got a Vita...I want Monster Hunter already !!!

What the hell !!! they havent even brought Monster Hunter portable 3rd here in the US....
Jason143  +   1055d ago
Same here I feel your pain. So do we jump ship to 3ds? Im debating. Vita has to get a MH title some day... ugg
bothebo  +   1061d ago
Get on your knees and pray for one. I do every night.
3-4-5  +   1061d ago
most are coming Post July-Dec.

We don't know of them because some have yet to be announced.
Sgt_Slaughter  +   1061d ago
The Vita and 3DS are both awesome in there own right. There is no need to bash and hinder one to make the other look better. Just play on both!

Makes more sense than wasting time trolling either system...

Anyway, I can't wait to buy a Vita in 2013, because I know at least some developers will make amazing games and already have in 2012.
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-Gespenst-  +   1061d ago
The first price drop was pretty generous if you ask me. It encouraged me to pick one up. Especially given what it is: A handheld ps3 with a helluva lot of features. I mean certainly a piece of technology that costs quite a bit to produce.

That said it seriously needs games. Square Enix should provide anything Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy related. I'm thinking type-0 or another game before III (Although I suppose people would rage at that.) A new Dissidia game would be glorious.

Atlus should really give the Vita SMTIV, and maybe another exclusive SMT game.
vork77  +   1061d ago
Vita games are a myth they never exist legend has it there post it be none ported games but Zeus stuck down the creators of new none ported games and the vita forever lost.

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