The Vita has been rapidly growing its triple AAA franchises with the likes of Uncharted, Mortal Kombat, and Need For Speed to name a few.
Vita sales are hitting all time lows mostly because its lack of bigger franchises. Bioshock and Killzone are coming however other than that there hasn’t been much announced. We are almost a year into the Vitas life cycle, so bigger games are around the corner.
Here are the top 10 franchises I think need to come to the Vita and the possibility of those happening.
Sony promised console quality on the go, but to be honest we haven’t seen much that was close in content besides this years Persona 4; a PS2 game. Nothing would fit the Vita better than the expansive, post apocalyptic world, free roaming of Fallout. The Vita would fit nice with the Fallout controls and the Vita could turn its self into a working PipBoy perfectly with its huge touch screen. Fallout is so immersive with its story, game play and sound; something the Vita needs. Now we haven’t seen Bethesda touch the mobile market much so its a long shot here. The Vita however needs a game with a lot of content for those of us that don’t like the “bite sized” attitude a lot of these developers have now towards Vita games. An 120hr+ campaign would sure keep us immersed for a long time, instead of short bursts of levels like we saw with Unit 13 or with Black Ops: Declassified. Fallout 4 is most likely on its way, one can only hope.
9. Tomb Raider
The new Tomb Raider reboot looks promising, touching on everything making it hopefully better. It hasn’t been announced for the Vita which is surprising since we saw Tomb Raider games launch alongside their console counterparts on the PSP. Tomb Raider would fit well on the Vita giving both male and even female gamers a great game to play. The Tomb Raider games on the PSP are a testament that Lara can go mobile and still be as fantastic as her console counterpart. Earlier we saw Uncharted: Golden Abyss which is similar to the Tomb Raider franchise, that game was top notch and an absolute blast to play. Seeing our favorite heroine on the beautiful Vita OLED screen would sure sell consoles and win fans.
If there is one thing we can agree on, its that the Vita is lacking a great stealth game. Splinter cell (even Hitman) would be a fantastic addition to the Vita’s lineup. A Vita version of the new Splinter cell : Blacklisted was not announced but there may be another opportunity to launch alongside the new Splinter Cell movie staring Tom Hardy(Bane). The 3DS version of Splinter Cell proved that Sam Fisher is a great addition to a mobile platform. If it can be done on the 3DS, it can be even better on the Vita. Nothing feels better than sneaking up on an enemy, even Splinter Cell Essentials still feels great on the Vita. If they could bring Sam to the Vita with full Co-op it would sure be a success. It would offer hardcore gamers something to play.
7. KINGDOM HEARTS
Kingdom Hearts is a gigantic franchise that is popular world wide both from kids to adults. The iconic story and Disney characters would do really well on the Vita. Japans sales of the Vita are slacking, Kingdom Hears could be the answer. Birth by Sleep did well on the PSP, but with the Vitas touch screen and more comfortable controls it would be a better experience. Birth by Sleep really boosted the PSP, selling 1.27 million copies worldwide as of November 2010, receiving positive comments by video game publications. Kingdom Hearts is just something that is a must on the Vita.
Borderlands is huge, offering large amounts of content and a definitive co-op experience. Hardcore console gamers would be highly attracted to Borderlands 2 on the go. The cell shaded graphics would not be difficult either on the Vita if optimized right. Borderlands 2 on Vita isn’t out of the question in terms of possibility either, we might actually see it become a reality soon. According to Gearbox President Randy Pitchford he wants Borderlands 2 on the Vita but needs help, as gearbox cant do it all and would need another trusted developer to take it on. Pitchford also fantasized about cloud saving between PlayStation 3 and Vita versions of Borderlands 2, and says he’ll be meeting with Sony again soon. Playing Borderlands at home and then picking up where you left off would be something unique, and definitely give new meaning to going mobile.
With this years lack luster Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, gamers felt that it was rushed and just bland. Black Ops: Declassified was really not accepted widely, and sits on Metacritic with a 32%. The Vita still needs a better FPS, and what better franchise to do so than the Battlefield series. EA’s Frostbite 2 engine would be a delightful treat for the Vita, and if they could pull of full vehicle large scale online it would be a game changer. EA has already dove into the mobile market before with big franchise releases on iOS such as Battlefield: Bad Company 2. We already know that Battlefield 4 is on the way thanks to the beta offer for those who preordered Medal of Honor so could we see a Vita version? EA surely wont sit back and let COD dominate another market in addition to consoles, so its a possibility.
Star Wars games were highly popular on the PSP especially with the multiple Battlefront releases. Star Wars is a great franchise with a lot to offer for the Vita if executed right. Imagine Knights of the Old Republic, a new Bounty Hunter, Jedi Outcasts or even a new Xwing game on the Vita. Even a new Star Wars Battlefront game that is optimized for the Vita would be fantastic now that the Vita has two thumbsticks. The gameplay of Battlefront fits an “on the go experience” too. Now with the new Disney buy out of Lucasarts we will most likely see some new Star Wars games. The new movies coming out would also get older fans back in the franchise, while bringing in a newer younger audience so if Sony had a new Vita game or bundle, it would force push the sales up. We’ve yet to see a big Sci Fi game on the Vita; Star Wars should be it.
3. Monster Hunter
Sony didn’t make a move on one of the biggest selling PSP franchises with Monster Hunter 3 which is now only going to be coming to 3DS and Wii U. Sony owes Vita users a Monster Hunter game. Monster Hunter needs to be on the Vita if it wants a strong reason to keep its footing against the 3DS. Monster Hunter Freedom 2 on the PSP sold millions of copies and had high praise. Now, that the Vita has more power it wouldn’t be too hard to out do the successful Monster Hunter games that have been released.
2. God Of War
The king of PSP needs to come to the Vita unarguably. God of War is a hardcore system seller and a flagship franchise for Sony. There hasn’t been a Sony device to not have Kratos on it since the launch of the first game back on the PS2. It would be pretty ignorant to start now and not to bring Kratos over to the Vita. The Vita still has a lot of raw power untapped so a full fledged PS3 quality Kratos adventure would suite well. Sony most likely has one in development; probably for next holiday season with a new Vita bundle? Who knows, but God Of War has to come to the Vita.
1. Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto offers the perfect blend of driving, shooting, story and all around fun, something that would shock life into the Vitas library. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Liberty City Stories were great on the PSP but were lacking huge in the graphics department and controls. One thumbstick just didn’t feel right and really took away from the experience but guess what? The Vita now has two! The Grand Theft Auto experience would be exceptionally huge, more so if Rockstar handles it. Need for Speed Most Wanted, Assassins Creed and Gravity Rush proved that huge open worlds can be done on the Vita, and done well but imagine if the veterans of Rockstar had a shot at it. Grand Theft Auto fits well on mobile devices, giving users the chance to do missions if they want or if they don’t have time, to simply just roam around. Its a perfect fit of content and bite sized gaming. Rockstar already said that no consoles are ruled out, but they just need to be told to do so and they’ll do it. It’s up to Sony, hopefully they take action and bring a popular series to the Vita. A survey was floating around awhile ago if users would buy GTA V and like the idea of Cross Buy and getting it for free with PS Plus. So could Sony already be ahead of the game and have something up their sleeve? Let’s hope so.
That’s only some of the many, many franchises that would be great on the Vita. Lets hope we can see some of these become a reality. What are some major game franchises you would like to see come to the Vita in the coming years? Let me know in the comments!