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Feature: Five Vita Games That Will Keep You Occupied on the Go in 2014

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Sony may be betting the PlayStation Vita’s future commercial fortunes on the Remote Play functionality that it shares with its home console counterpart, but that doesn’t mean that the miniscule machine is without its own roster of tailor made software. With a sizeable chunk of the manufacturer’s own network of internal developers focusing their efforts on the PlayStation 4, pickings are admittedly slim – but we reckon that this little lot should be enough to keep you occupied during your daily commute to work.

Borderlands 2

The first title in production as part of Sony’s new localisation and external development division, Borderlands 2 is the type of late port that Vita cynics have argued against. Having said that, assuming that Iron Galaxy – the outfit responsible for converting the title – can maintain the original’s slick visual style and tight gunplay, we can see Gearbox’s gorgeous loot-‘n’-shoot role-playing game applying itself perfectly to the portable format. Other late console conversions have fallen flat on the Japanese giant’s pocketable platform, but we remain curiously optimistic about this one. Let’s hope that it delivers.

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster

As is now customary for the franchise, it’s taken Square Enix an age to convert Tidus and Yuna’s tearful PlayStation 2 escapades to the Vita. However, already available in Japan, this svelte portable compilation is shaping up to be one of the more promising titles in production for Sony’s portable powerhouse. Offering completely overhauled visuals, re-mastered audio, and a cloud-save option that will allow you to share your progress with the PlayStation 3, you’ll now be able to re-explore the angst of your high-school days while kitted out in sensible office attire on the train to work. Where did it all go wrong?

Freedom Wars

Arguably the most intriguing entry on this list, Freedom Wars represents Japan Studio’s second attempt at cracking the Monster Hunter nut. With Capcom’s cash-cow now pledging its allegiance to the Nintendo 3DS, the pressure’s on this collaboration with God Eater developer Shift to hit a homerun. Fortunately, its fusion of anime-esque visuals and eight-player co-operative action seems like a solid start. With the world decimated due to overpopulation, you assume the role of a convict sentenced to a life behind bars, where your only crime is being born. Fortunately, you can reduce your term by battling gigantic monsters known as Abductors. That Bionic Commando-esque grappling hook attached to your arm should come in handy, then.

Gravity Rush 2

All we really know is that Kat’s making a comeback, but given how much we liked the original Gravity Rush, we can’t say that we really needed any additional information for its sequel to put in an appearance on this countdown. The first title provided the basis for something special, and now we’re eager for creator Keiichirō Toyama to really flesh out all of the ideas on display and realise the property’s enormous potential. More of the unlikely heroine’s witty dialogue would be nice, but we’d also like to see the combat refined and some additional variety in the mission structure. We wouldn’t object to the catsuit costume coming along for the ride, either.

Soul Sacrifice Delta

Not strictly a new title, but an overhauled re-release, Soul Sacrifice Delta promises more of the macabre demon slaying intrigue that was originally glimpsed in its inaugural outing earlier this year. In addition to augmenting a third option in its save-or-sacrifice decision-making dynamic, however, the reincarnation will include several new foes based on the characters from Grimm’s famous fairy tales. Antagonists include Little Red Riding Hood – who adopts the guise of a gigantic knight – and a tortured Cinderella. The storybook stunner is transformed into a caterpillar here, where she’s haunted by a prince with a foot fetish. Don’t act like you’re not excited.


These are just a handful of our favourites, but there are more titles heading to the Vita over the coming months. What are you most looking forward to playing on your portable platform? Is there a glaring omission from our list? Hop into the comments section and poll to let us know what's on your radar.

Which Vita game are you most looking forward to in 2014? (80 votes)

Borderlands 2

15%

Destiny of Spirits

  1%

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster

15%

Freedom Wars

9%

Gravity Rush 2

41%

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

10%

Soul Sacrifice Delta

  3%

Toukiden: The Age of Demons

  4%

Other

  3%

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User Comments (36)

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@ferrers405 Yeah, that's my pick, too. I really feel like Gravity Rush has the potential to be one of PlayStation's next "big" franchises, so I can't wait to see the sequel properly. Hopefully Toyama and crew have been given a big budget.

Snorky

#3

Snorky said:

I'm very excited about GR2 also! I am going to be preordering FFX, Toukiden, Danganronpa, Neptunia PP, Ys and Demon Gaze to keep me busy until then though :)

Sonicfan11589

#4

Sonicfan11589 said:

I was shocked at first that FF X/X-2 HD wasn't first, but then i realized that it's a port that most people played. GR2 is on my list, there were so many loose ties from the first game that needs to be answered.

Cloud-San-VII

#6

Cloud-San-VII said:

As much as I looooooooved Gravity Rush and I am very excited for the sequel, I gotta give it to Freedom Wars. It just looks really fun!

There's also the fact that while I'll buy Final Fantasy X and X-2, I may or may not buy it for the Vita as well as the PS3.

MadchesterManc

#7

MadchesterManc said:

No mention of Hyperdimension Neptunia PP or Project Diva F/2nd. Not even Atelier Rorona+. Different strokes for different blokes I guess. @Snorky Good to see someone else here who takes notice of the niche side of things too. Aside from the interesting Borderlands 2 & Final Fantasy X ports nothing else on that list is of interest to myself though

divinelite

#8

divinelite said:

For the rage of Olympus, toukiden is most hyped for 2014 for me, with danganroppa comes close.

Bliquid

#11

Bliquid said:

Although i've sworn love to Soul Sacrifice (with my 315+ hours gametime plus my unshaken and eager desire for Delta), i voted Gravity Rush 2, because just as you say, it has enormous potential.
One of the few cases where "more of the same" is pretty enough for me.
My only wish is that they make the city more interactive, because just wondering around in the first title was awesome.

rastamadeus

#12

rastamadeus said:

Freedom Wars and Hotline Miami 2 are the two biggies for me. Borderlands 2 I'm very interested in but I just in my heart of hearts know the game will never be released.

@get2sammyb Gravity Rush is the only Sony franchise I've liked so far. Hoping the sequel will ditch the comic cutscenes (I like them but feel proper cutscenes should be in this time, maybe get an anime studio to make them?) and give us some more costumes.

belmont

#13

belmont said:

@MadchesterManc Certainly looking forward to the next installments of Neptunia and Atelier Rorona since the localization is very likely to happen. Playing Meruru Plus these days. Also there are FF10,10-2 and YS Calceta and LOH Trails 2 for PSP compatible games. Expect Toukiden I also want God Eater 2. There is also danganroppa.

If I am not missing something this is what we have for localizations this far.

Cowboysfan-22

#16

Cowboysfan-22 said:

I'm a little surpsrised there's no talk of a Persona 3 release for vita. P4G did so well, why not port the other one? I'd buy it in a heartbeat

Confused_DudeStaff

#17

Confused_Dude said:

Colour me thoroughly excited for Borderlands 2 and Gravity Rush 2. SEQUALS, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

ShogunRokAdmin

#18

ShogunRok said:

Finally tried Borderlands 2 on PS3, so I'm excited to see if it holds up as well on Vita. It should be a great fit.

calin1010

#19

calin1010 said:

Come on people! Give Hotline Miami 2 some love, the first one was insanely good! Hope they up the game for Gravity Rush sequel, i enjoyed the first, but it got too repetitive after a while, and it could use a more vast and explorable open-world with more activities👍

MadchesterManc

#20

MadchesterManc said:

@Cowboysfan-22 I'd also buy it in a flash. Would be good as P3P doesn't quite do Persona 3 justice as good as it is though. I doubt most of those new to the series with 4 would see the appeal of 3 regardless. At least we got Persona Q on 3DS for more P3 goodness :)

@belmont Aye there's quite a lot of niche stuff making its way to Vita next year that it looks like it may have its best year for me so far

Spidernoir

#22

Spidernoir said:

Delta for me, I really enjoyed Soul Sacrifice, my only qualms was the lack of magic variety.

JaxonH

#23

JaxonH said:

@rastamadeus
It's already available for pre order on Newegg. Release date set at Mar 18, the same day Final Fantasy X/X-2 releases.

That Freedom Wars doesn't look that good. I've thoroughly done my homework on the game, and the general consensus of those who've played it is that the game isn't that great. And from what I've gathered watching gameplay, the game looks promising but too many variables up in the air right now. I'll keep my eye on it and see how some reviews pan out, but I'm not holding my breath.

Toukiden, on the other hand, looks MUCH closer to the Monster Hunter formula, and it appears to have nailed it fairly close imo. My only concern is how fast the characters move. More Ninja Gaiden than Monster Hunter. Which is fine, except that one of the greatest features of MH is the speed of movement, which forces careful calculation for planning hits and dodging attacks. When the character moves like the wind, it takes away the need for precise timing. So I'll also be keeping my eye on this game, but I think I'd need to play it first to really judge properly.

Gamer83

#24

Gamer83 said:

Gravity Rush 2 is without a doubt the Vita game that tops my most-wanted list. After that, MLB 14 The Show, Freedom Wars, Hotline Miami 2 and Borderlands 2.

eLarkos

#26

eLarkos said:

The headline of the article is accurate, however if this is what the vita has to offer so far for 2014 then as a non owner im not tempted in the slightest to purchase. And thats the current problem for the vita.

ThreadShadow

#27

ThreadShadow said:

I'm aching for a price cut on the cards with all the non-Plus freebies Sony has been giving out. Message to Sony: Please, at the very least, cut your cards to a dollar a gig. I'd pay 32 for a 32. Honestly!

None of these games interest me except Gravity 2. I bought Gravity 1 a few months ago but haven't played it yet.

Knux

#28

Knux said:

Gravity Rush 2, no contest. I can't wait to see what's in store for this sequel. :D

Lionhart

#29

Lionhart said:

I'm a little shocked to see that Sony's God of War Collection and Dead Nation aren't on you guys list. Heck, God of War is perhaps the BEST Sony franchise after Ratchet and Clank and BEFORE Uncharted. My person favorite is "God of War: Ghost of Sparta" as that game is 100% solid.

Anyway, I'm definitely looking forward to Borderlands 2 and Gravity Rush 2. I'm hoping that if Gearbox Software releases Borderlands 3 it will automatically be released on the PS Vita from the launch.

Gamer83

#30

Gamer83 said:

@ThreadShadow

Yeah, been saying for months now it's insane that a 32GB card is so expensive. $100 was stupid, $80 isn't much better. It should be at most $40, and there should be a 64 GB card for, at most, $70. I just bought a 32GB card a couple weeks ago, already down to just over 9.5 gigs. Sony needs bigger memory cards and at better prices. I really believe that's as big an issue for the Vita right now as anything. A 64 GB absolutely has to be made though, generally I buy physical copies of games on home consoles but buy digital very often on PS Vita and 3DS and 32 GB is just not a sufficient amount, especially with if you have PS Plus.

LDXD

#31

LDXD said:

Toukiden I'm most interested in also will be getting final fantasy, gravity rush 2, and keeping my eye on freedom wars
Don't know about borderlands I've already played that to death not sure if I'll get it or not unless it comes with all the dlc

charlesnarles

#32

charlesnarles said:

FFX is exactly what Vita needs. MH would be a good franchise for Sony to reacquire, but they won't any time soon, so quit making bad clones.

JMC

#33

JMC said:

I`m most excited for Gravity Rush 2. I`m also looking forward to FF X/X-2 HD as well and I really hope we`ll get Persona 4 Dancing All Night.

Gemuarto

#35

Gemuarto said:

I have that picture from Soul Sacrifice Delta on my PS3 home screen =). Funny =)

Realportugeezer

#36

Realportugeezer said:

At the risk of being slightly controversial, I never really connected with Gravity Rush for Vita. It remains unfinished and although I liked the character and the story the chunky gameplay put me off it and failed to grab my attention compared to treats like Littlebigplanet Vita

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