Opinion: 10 Reasons to buy a PlayStation Vita

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With every new console release there is always hesitation; people are understandably wary to see if this new device can go the distance. Well, we decided to help the ones sitting on the fence to make the jump and buy a Vita. rawDLC takes a look at the best of the best it has to offer, and gives you a list of 10 reasons why you should get your neo-Sony handheld on!

10) Backwards compatability
Though not everything has made the leap, a solid amount of downloadable titles are able to be ported over, meaning you can revisit your favourite titles (assuming you have the memory card space). Plus, Sony has added new “tri-linary” filtering that makes PSP games look even better. Check it out on the image below!

Looking awesome!

9) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Having a good fighting game on a handheld at launch is paramount, and with the only choices being this and reality fighters… well, there isn’t really a choice. You are better to go with a smooth and fast-paced port of the recent classic.  The game plays like you would expect and is a perfect title to kill a few minutes in a boring class or waiting room.

Suparo groin kick!

8) Dual analog sticks
Let’s be honest, it’s about fucking time. We have only been waiting for a handheld console to get this right since… always. But here it is, and Sony can pat themselves on the back for finally getting this right. The sticks are well positioned, responsive and easy to get a handle on. Pure win.

It's purdy!

7) Super Stardust Delta
For those with a Ps3, this title is a lot like its PSN equivalent, but the fun translates well. Fast-paced and ultra hard, Stardust will frustrate you just enough to keep you coming back for more. What’s more, the game is downloadable and only carries a $15.99AUD price tag.

Rule number 1: learn to dodge

6) Super-sexy screen
With its beautiful 5-inch multi-touch OLED that runs at 220 DPI and gives a great 960×544 resolution, the PS Vita is one of the best mobile video-watching devices I own. If you are the kind of person that likes to keep a movie or two with them in case of emergency, this is a great use for this unit. Clear visuals, simple interface and it easily handles HD content.

Great colour, just the right size

5) Rayman Origins
Using Ubisoft’s amazing UbiArt Framework engine, this game is one of the prettiest titles that you will see on the Vita. It’s also unique and smooth, which makes Rayman Origins the truly perfect sidescroller. There are lots of levels, time-attack mode, and a huge amount of secrets for the hardcore gamer.

Rayman is back and prettier than ever

4) Wipeout 2048
Similar to its PS3 cousin, the game looks amazing, and the gameplay suits the Vita to its quad-core. This game is one of the best online games currently available. Plus, with a great set of headphones, the experience reaches new heights, thanks to solid sound design and great music.

This is the best looking game on the Vita. Period

3) Quad-core awesome
Maybe it’s the PC fan in me, but a console is defined by two main things: one is how comfortable it is to use and the other more important factor is what’s under the hood. With its ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor and GPUSGX543MP4+ GPU, this bad boy is ready for some impressive gaming. From Uncharted to Wipeout ,this unit has shown me a taste of its potential. The most exciting thing about the hardware is where Sony and developers will take it in the future.

Inside the Vita

2) Unit 13
This one is a real surprise. It came out of nowhere and has been in my Vita ever since, thanks to a whole lot of fun, challenging difficulty and entertaining multiplayer. Unit 13 is like the smart and tactical version of Rainbow Six Vegas’s Terrorist Hunt mode, with lots of different play styles and impressive replayability. Unit 13 is a must buy.

Unit 13 shows that there is hope for shooters on the Vita

1) Uncharted: Golden Abyss
This game is the best title around. Period. For those that need one title, Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the one you’re looking for. Don’t believe me? Check out my full review here.

Damn. I'm pretty

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Games writer, podcaster and tech wizard. Obsessed with obscure horror films, crazy gadgets and caffeine. Passionate, argumentative and open minded. Freelance writer and co-founder rawDLC.

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  • Moopidoo

    Wipeout is the biggest selling point for me. Also, how long until Steinman/Blackwater shows up in here?

  • Blackwater

    My ears are burning.