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Vita! I need more!
There are not too many people that I work with who I would consider gamers. We have a couple people who play WoW regularly with a sprinkling of console games. A couple others who play more core games, but who do this crazy thing and put their family first most of the time, so they don’t plug more than two or three hours a week into them.
One of those cats is a guy in my department. He has a nice setup for games. A big flat screen TV, a PS3, and he’s even been saving up his overtime cash to buy a gaming PC. I’m quite excited for him, to say the least. One piece of gaming hardware he is looking to replace in his arsenal is his PSP. He loves the look of the Vita and has been mulling over the idea of using some of his extra cash to pick one up.
Now, as most of you are PC gamers, your first thought is something along the lines of, “NO! NOOOOOOOO! NNNNNOOOOOOO!!! I WILL SET THIS CAT ON FIRE AND MURDER YOUR GRANDMOTHER IF YOU DON’T BUY THAT GAMING PC!” And I have to say, I’m right there with you. While the Vita is great, I had to let him down gentle and say that I don’t feel like it’s quite worth the price of admission. At least… not yet.
The system’s launch lineup was pretty superb, but it seems like ever since then… we Vita owners (with a couple notable exceptions) have got about diddly poop. Yes, there are some bigger titles on the way, but I’m honestly interested to see what Sony does outside of the realm of bigger 40 dollar games. Mutant Blobs Attack was a great example as to what could be done in the sub $10 space and it was better than most iOS games I ever played (iPad included).
Another lower priced game that I’m genuinely excited for is Retro City Rampage. It looks as if it plays like an old school Grant Theft Auto and is filled with enough 80’s and 90’s references to choke a camel. The latest Playstation Blog entry suggests, though that there may be more than meets the eye…
Once we get a nice steady stream of games like this, alongside the bigger titles, I think I’ll be able to recommend the device to about any gamer. Until then though, I think the Vita is just another handheld for people who love handhelds.