Video games are welcome at the table of popular art, alongside movies, music, and television. Home consoles get a lot of attention, but portable gaming has done the heavy lifting when it comes to expanding the reach and acceptance of the medium.
What defines best? Clearly not sales or the quality of its gaming library.
Vita library has tons of great games now
As a day 1 adopter of the Japanese Vita, I love it very, very dearly. That being said, it's not better than a 3ds.
I don't think sister-site Polygon.com would ever do that. Thank God for the more balanced approach of Nilay Patel.
yeah it does. plus playing infamous2 in the hot tub, or at starbucks inbetween studying: or any game from the ever growing psNow library is something i once dreamed of as a kid. beware of racing games and games that do not allow button mapping, they suck as of now, tho. ports are a part of handheld gaming, i love them. minecraft on the go? welcome to heaven. borderlands2 at lunch break... gaming*. i can go on, but i have some gaming to do. salute.
Oh right ...vita haz no gaems eh?
The Vita game library is extensive, with some of the best games. If you had one you would know this. I have over 100 games on Vita.
i have 50.. and thats including F2P, psp, ps1, minis, indies, digital and physical... lol. but including all that ive bought physical and sold, and what ive gotten with ps+, its well over 100.
It depends on what games you are into to what console fits bets. I had a PSV on day one and was excited to play MNR and UC but I felt let down by them both. MNR lack of online MP really killed the game for me is SP can only go so far in a karting game. UCGA looks amazing but felt like it held my hand too much compared to the PS3 versions. I also got resistance and LBP and again they did not really do it for me they felt way too short and finding someone online was hard work too. I found this problem with PSASBR too and the game for me lacked modes too. I just haven't felt any love for the games on the PSV and I have not missed it since selling it this time last year. Don't get me wrong the hardware is amazing but for me it really lacked games that got me excited like the other consoles on the market have done. I feel like Sony dropped support for the PSV very early and I do hope they pick it up again and make some games that want to make me g out and get another PSV but so far nothing has done that. But like I said its personal preference. I am glad there are people out there who enjoy the PSV though as I want all the consoles on the market to have their place and sell well as its a better place for us gamers.
mc storm im the complete opposite. gravity rush was the first game to get me hooked. uncharted was nothing extraordinary, but it was uncharted and looked sexy and it was portable. hotsshots golf WI was next up to putt, loved it since the first one etc. MLB the show played super well. resistance was mediocre but i never played a FPS on a handheld that looked that good before, i didnt have problems playing online so my mind was blown when i was playing a onlineFPS on a handheld. NFS was a great port for me, and the exclusive assasins creed was good. didnt get into modnation racers, mario kartfan. mortal kombat played 60fps and was epic online. then there was P4:G... and atelier totori. virtual tennis 4 was probably the best port, it lookd so good. now there are a crap load of titles. deff worth a rebuy if you were one of the many that were dissapointed with the games selection imo.
Add me - Neonridr I have both a Vita and a 3DS. And I will let you know which one I play more. When I play my Vita, it is for remote playing with my PS4.
@Neonrider Watch the video before commenting and you won't ask such stupid questions (the answer is given).
But the Vita has an extremely strong library with more new, first party experiences than its rivals and has some amazing online social and gaming capabilities. As someone who's owned every handled the Vita is arguably my favourite.
So if sales is everything, then gamecube and wiiU are the crappiest systems?
Vita has tons of great games. I've been playing tons of Don't Starve and Killzone Mercenary recently. Both great. Remote Play is awesome. Haven't had a chance to use Playstation Now, but that adds tons of titles. Now, I'm not seeing 3DS isn't great. I've played the shit out of titles like FE: A & MK7. And recently I've put 15+ hours in Smash Bros. A portable Smash Bros, so great. But I just wanted to point of Vita is a great handheld, and has excellent games. Also, Crossbuy is awesome. Resogun will be free on Vita if you have the PS4 version.
I have a Vita as well. I never said I didn't enjoy it at all. People just jumped all over my comment because it painted Sony in a bad light. I use my Vita for Remote Play all the time. But that's the problem. I barely touch the free PS+ games for it and I have only purchased one game since getting it last December... My 3DS gets play all the time because when I turn it on it is to play a 3DS / DS game.
I like you.
Hardware-wise I can see their point, but its game library is absolutely nothing compared to the 3DS.
It depends what you are into, I prefer Vita due to the amount of RPG's. Gravity Rush is also a good reason to own a Vita.
Exactly 3DS could have zillions of Mario and other games .. theres no point if they are not your type of games and you dont feel comfortable with the handheld. IMO they are different and have different games, they can be for different users and both have their qualities
@OB1Biker Really okay count how many times you see Mario in my 3DS collection. Fire Emblem Awakening Kid Icarus Uprising Bravely Default The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Shin Megami Tensei IV Super Mario 3D Land Kirby Triple Deluxe Super Smash Bros. 3DS Tales of the Abyss Pokemon Y Etrian Odyssey IV Legend of the Titan Mario & Luigi Dream Team Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars Senran Kagura Burst Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward Resident Evil Revelations Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Mario Kart 7 Yoshi's New Island The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Star Fox 64 3D Super Street Fighter IV 3D
3ds has the bigger library, and maybe even better as an opinion. but like... killzone, and minecraft... nfsMW. great ports, great graphics, great exclusives, dual analog sticks. oled screen, online gaming, wifi, web browser and youtube for walk throughs, watch twitch streaming, playing PS4 games anywhere there is wifi, play ps3 games anywhere there is wifi (good connection). psn games, boat load of indies, many ps1 classics, etc. i personally couldnt live without my vita. LBPvita is just... ugh, love it dearly. best lbp out right now.
gah sorry i must go on: music, movies, crackel, sports subscriptions, tons of apps, touch screen, rear touch pad, augumented reality with camera front and back, skype video chat, motion controls, and its durable as a brick. k done.
The Vita library is incredible! I play mine everyday, and it arguably has the best selection of games from any console or handheld so far (I have about 90 games on it, the next nearest for me was PS2 where I had about 50!) I suppose if you would rather be playing children's games all day the 3DS is much better, whatever floats-your-boat...
your opinion of course..
From a technical perspective? Yeah I can see that. The Vita is an awesome handheld. But when it comes to the games the 3DS in combination with the DS has the best library
Can you play previous ds games like I do on dsi? No you can't. Nintendo pulled a sony and microsoft on backwards compatibility with the 3ds there is no way to play regular ds games with the newest 3ds and I'm not talking about the 2ds.
my 3DS XL plays my DS games.. so I am not sure what you are on about. Are you talking about the "New" 3DS that hasn't even been released in NA yet?
I feel whiplash comin on.
Lmao......is this suppose to be a serious article?.. No really or is he on crack? I remember when games said winners don't use drugs, kids this is why....
I hoping that Sony will announce new games like FPS, TPS and more JRPG from SE at the December 2014 event.
I recently bought a 2DS so I'll give mg verdict on the hardware compared to my Vita. The Vita in terms of hardware is superior to the 2DS. The games look better, the handheld is more comfortable plus those analog nubs are fantastic. Heck the big beautiful OLED screen puts the 2DSs to shame. However I didn't buy the 2DS for the hardware I bought it for the software. Currently I'm playing Pokemon Sapphire and I love the game. There's something magical about being tossed into a world to capture a wide variety of creatures and to get even more creatures by leveling them up. I'm also planning on buying other games for the 2DS like Zelda Orcania of Time or Zelda Link between Two world's. Smash Bros and Mario Kart are also mist have titles. In terms of hardware the Vita is superior but in terms of software they both offer fantastic games to play so you really can't go wrong with either of them.
I can see where you're coming from and to an extent I can agree with you. But here's the thing, I've owned every single Nintendo and Sony handheld. I have played so many Pokémon games, so many Mario games, so many Zelda games that it's unreal. I've been playing multiple titles every single generation. So when the selling point for the next Nintendo system becomes "Mario, Pokémon and Zelda" it's like "so what?". Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the new remakes are really fun. But I've already played those ones. I played the originals and I've played about 20 different games in the same series that offer the exact same content and settings, it's really not fun to me anymore. The Vita has offered me more first party, fresh experiences. I never played Tearaway, Gravity Rush, Soul Sacrifice, Freedom Wars or Unit 13 before. I have however played Mario before, Pokémon before and Zelda before. That's why I find it the better system. Because it's actually a breath of fresh air to me, it's something that actually tried to be new and not "here's everything you've played last generation!". Do note I'm not going on about third party here, so before I begin hearing about stuff like Bravely Default, I'm purely judging first party. Third party has been equal on both systems for me.
shame, you missed out on the newest Zelda then (Link Between Worlds). Gamespot even gave it GOTY last year.
I used to be a massive fan of pokemon, like it took over most aspects of my life fan, but they just don't even try to make a good game anymore. I bought a DS just for Pokémon Diamond, then White, but they are just identical games to the previous versions with an additional 100 pokemon, all of which were easily forgettable and next-to-useless in competitive battles. I started Diamond with a giant smile on my face, expecting the nostalgia to kick in and it be just as magical as the previous versions, but by hour 5 I was forcing myself to continue because I was bored and had just spent over £100 to play it... and I felt the same with White too. Start in new town that looks remarkably similar to previous game, go to 2nd town for no reason, 3rd town for gym, go to the rest of the towns to beat all gyms, go through cave to get to league, beat league, no end game quests. Throw in a useless copy of Team Rocket and hey presto, here's your new pokemon game!
i do most of my gaming on Vita only since i don't own PS4. PS+ free games FTW.
Hardware yes. Games no. If u like indies, ports, jrpgs, triple AAA once in awhile ur golden.
Same goes for the 3DS with a bunch of Mario rehashes, Zelda rehashes and Pokemon rehashes.
So Mario Golf World Tour is the same as Super Mari 3D Land do you even know the meaning of rehash. All you people use rehash and don't even know the meaning of it.
I didn't even bring up 3DS but yea sure Mario,Zelda, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Bravely Default, Monster Hunter, Smash, etc...None of them are different from the last not a single new feature or idea since the day they were created....
I strongly agree with the Verge. The Vita is the best handheld gaming system. Both hardware and software-wise. It's all subjective. .
When it comes to games it is definitely preference, hardware wise, there is no competition. No need to say, I prefere the games for the PS Vita.
looked at list of vita racing games...laughed
Do you still need peripheral memory cards for the Vita? If the answer is yes then the hardware isn't better.
The Vita isn't just my favorite handheld, it's my favorite system period
I agree, just saying.
I love my vita so much I sold my xbox 360 because it collected so much dust, especially after killzone mercenary 😲😲😲
And ps now is just so freaking GOOD ON VITA, I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FUTURE
I like my Vita much more than my 3DS. My 10 year old son does too. There is just always something to do with the Vita. There is a ton of free Plus games and Cross Buy games. And it is quick and you can multi-task. It is made for people with A.D.D. This was an off year for the Vita yet it still had better games than the 3DS. There was Borderlands 2, Ratchet Collection, Sly Collection, GoW Collection, Final Fantasy, Velocity 2x, Dead Nation, Final Fantasy, Murasaki Baby, Resogun, Freedom Wars, and a ton of JRPGs.
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