The PlayStation Vita Is Not Dead

By Trion Jenkins on March 31, 2017

The PlayStation Vita is a tough little machine. Some think the Vita is dead, while others, myself included, call it “the little handheld that could.”

Equipped with a beautiful LED touch screen, or OLED depending on which model you have, an onboard microphone, two thumbsticks, and expandable memory, it plays new games released specifically for the system, as well as tons of old PlayStation Classic games from the original PlayStation era, such as the Final Fantasy series, Resident Evil 2 & 3, and Tekken 1 and 2.

Even despite Sony Interactive Entertainment, the parent company of PlayStation, not supporting their own device, the PlayStation Vita is still doing well in Japan. Atsushi Morita, head of SIE Japan Asia, said in an interview with Trendy Nikkei, a popular Japanese magazine, that with the success of Minecraft on Vita, sales of the system in Japan have seen a hefty increase (as translated by Kotaku).

Not to mention the games releasing today for the Vita are outstanding. A prime example of an outstanding Vita game is Freedom Wars. Largely known as the last AAA (triple ‘A’) Vita game, Freedom Wars is a game set in a dystopian future where resources around the globe are so scarce that simply being born is a crime punishable by a 1,000,000 year prison sentence in large-scale penal city-states known as “Panopticons,” which are at war with one another for said scarce resources.

As you take control of your avatar in his/her teenage years, you’re forced into the military, taking on missions to lower your sentence and earn your freedom. It’s a mostly unattainable goal that is only there to set the stage for the real story.

Freedom Wars Art

Via PlayStation Blog 

Another great reason to own a PS Vita is Persona 4 Golden. Widely touted as one of the best role-playing games not just on the Vita but in all of gaming, Persona 4 Golden is a remake of PlayStation 2 classic Persona 4, but with vast improvements. Persona 4 Golden released back in November of 2012 and has remained one of the top RPGs of the generation.

Combining turn-based combat, dungeon crawling exploration, and time- and resource-management with high school relationships, Persona 4 Golden is a masterpiece for longtime role-playing fans and newcomers to the genre. And with a self-contained story, players need not have an understanding of Persona 1-3 before playing 4 Golden. It’s a truly remarkable game and wholly worth owning a PlayStation Vita.

Persona 4 Golden Box Art

Via Megami Tensei Wiki

The PS Vita is a strong handheld, worth owning and with plenty of games for everyone, accommodating any kind of gaming tastes. If you don’t own a Vita, or have heard any of that “Vita is dead” nonsense, head down to your local GameStop, or check out the selection on Amazon. The PlayStation Vita is not dead. Far from it, in fact. The Vita continues to thrive, and so long as third parties support it, the Vita has plenty of life left in it.

Call me Trey, the rest of the world does. I'm an avid gamer seeking a degree in graphic design with a minor in writing and, maybe in time, journalism. I'm hoping this will be good writing practice, as well as get my name out there a bit more.

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