Looking At PSVita's 1st Holiday
On December 17, 2012 the PlayStation Vita will turn 1-year-old. We all know the troubles the PlayStation Vita has had trying to gain a foothold in the handheld market, accumulating only 3MM in units sold to date. The word around the gaming world is that the Vita is already dead and Sony should just cut its losses. Yet…it still is not even a year old. The Vita has never experienced the most busy season of the year; the one time of the year where more consoles are bought than any other time in the year. The time of the year where more big games come out. Of course I am talking about the holiday season. Over the next few months we will witness the PlayStation Vita’s first chance to flourish in the holiday up-roar of sales. Or…well, hopefully will flourish.
With this busy time of the year coming up quickly, lets take a look at what the Vita has in store for us gamers and for itself in the coming months.
Launch Date: September 25, 2012
The first big title to hit the PlayStation Vita at the start of the holiday season. From the reviews that have already started to pop up online due to the street date release of the game being broken by Sony, it is already easy to see that LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is by far the best, major game on the system. Currently LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is sitting at a 87% metacritic score. With this big title having a three month lead time before Christmas, can it be enough to help move more systems? Only time will tell.
Launch Date: October 30, 2012
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a wonderful story; full of rich lore and wonderful fantasy. Just as previous LEGO games, The Lord of the Rings version is primed to be a fun, funny, enjoyable romp through the story that we all learned from the great films from Pete Jackson.
Launch Date: October 2012
Assassin’s Creed has been a wonderful franchise on the main consoles for years. Finally though with the technology of the PlayStation Vita we will be able to take control of a new, female assassin, Aveline, to run through the roof tops of Revolutionary-time America. The full-fledged Assassin’s Creed experience is being brought to the PlayStation Vita. Get ready for some enjoyable killing.
Launch Date: October 18, 2012
With the release of Ragnarok Odyssey, the PlayStation Vita seems like it will actually have its first major RPG. Taking place in the universe of the popular Ragnarok Online universe, can a big name RPG, like Ragnarok, pull more people into purchasing the system? One of the major complaints of gamers is that the PlayStation Vita has been lacking in a good RPG. Can Ragnarok Odyssey be that RPG to help pull the system up?
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Criterion Games, the brilliant team behind the Burnout series, is finally taking over as lead developer for EA’s legendary Need for Speed franchise to help bring it back to its old glory. With their expertise in producing the best racing games this generation, having a portable version of any Criterion Games game, is a very exciting and thrilling idea. Can the final, portable version live up the hype and expectations of fans? Only time will tell – but looking at Criterion Games’ track record, we have nothing to fear.