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GamerTell’s PS Vita 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

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Now that the Black Friday 2012 ads have started rolling in, I’m guessing everyone is getting a bit more serious about compiling holiday shopping lists. After all, there are a lot of gift options and probably a lot of people you want to surprise with something special. As the new kid on the block, the PS Vita has had a lot to prove this year and, after a slow start, is ending the year as a pretty wonderful gift option. So GamerTell is here to provide a PS Vita holiday gift guide to help you decide what might make good gifts.

To start, there are two Vita bundles available this holiday season. Both include a WiFi model Vita, a game and a 4GB memory card. The only way they differ is in the game that’s included with the bundle and the color of the system. The Assassins Creed III: Liberation bundle includes that game and a white Vita. The Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified bundle includes that game and a black Vita. The standard price of both is $249.99, but check the Black Friday 2012 ads as I know some stores, like Target, will be selling one of the bundles for $199.99.

You may also want to consider buying a $17.99 3 month or $49.99 12 month subscription to PlayStation Plus for the person on your wishlist. The Vita becomes part of the PlayStation Plus program on November 19, 2012, which means all PlayStation Plus members get access to an Instant Game Collection on November 20, 2012. People who subscribe can play Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, Gravity Rush, Jet Set Radio HD, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!, Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048 for free. That means if you buy someone one of those aforementioned bundles and a PlayStation Plus subscription, you’re giving them a Vita and seven games.

Assassins Creed III: Liberation
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Mature
Genre: Action/Adventure
Description: Players help Aveline the assassin fight off the Spanish in Louisiana by using her assassin skills, as well as by disguising herself as a slave or a lady to get into certain situations. There is also a multiplayer mode.
Who would want it? Any adult Vita owner who would enjoy an open-world adventure, as would fans of the Assassins Creed series


Disgaea 3: Absense of Detention
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Teen
Genre: Strategy RPG
Description: This port of Disgaea 3 includes the original story of Mao, a demon honor student who wants to become a hero to get revenge on his father, the formerly PS3-DLC Raspberyl site story and the all new Rutile side story.
Who would want it? People who enjoy strategic RPGs, especially ones that are humorous and will take at least 40 hours to complete.


Gravity Rush
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Teen
Genre: Action/Adventure
Description: An amnesiac girl named Kat finds herself in a strange, floating town with the ability to control gravity and fight monsters. It’s an open world adventure where people roam around the city exploring and taking on quests.
Who would want it? Any Vita owner. Gravity Rush is considered one of the best games on the system.


LittleBigPlanet
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Genre: Action
Description: Players help Sackboy (or Sackgirl, if you prefer) journey through an assortment of levels and mini-games. They can also create their own levels and mini-games with the included creation tools.
Who would want it? Everyone, since LittleBigPlanet is an all-ages Vita platformer. This is especially true for people with Wi-Fi access, since it means they can access user-created levels.


Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Mature
Genre: Action/Adventure
Description: Players get HD versions of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater that they can play anywhere.
Who would want it? Older gamers with a lot of patience who enjoy employing stealth to investigate dangerous situations and fans of Metal Gear Solid.


Persona 4 Golden
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Mature
Genre: RPG/Life Sim
Description: People are being mysteriously murdered in the small town of Inaba by a serial killer who tosses them into a TV world where supernatural creatures called Shadows eliminate them. The only ones who can save the victims and solve the crime are a group of high school students with the power of Persona.
Who would want it? Anyone itching for a good RPG with tons of replay value. It will keep someone busy for at least 50 hours and has a really clever and dramatic story.


PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: TBA
Genre: Fighting
Description: Players join up with over 20 iconic Sony characters to fight against one another in battle royale matches. There are single and multiplayer modes.
Who would want it? Vita owners craving a portable, Smash Bros. style brawler.


Ragnarok Odyssey
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Teen
Genre: Action RPG
Description: Players create a custom character then join a band of mercenaries who take on missions to eliminate giants and other monsters in Midgard.
Who would want it? People looking for a Monster Hunter experience on the Vita or a challenging game that can play online with up to three other friends or strangers.


Street Fighter x Tekken
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Teen
Genre: Fighting
Description: Players get to fight with 55 characters from the Street Fighter and Tekken universe in single or multiplayer matches. Online multiplayer matches are cross-platform compatible, meaning Vita owners can fight against PS3 owners and vice versa.
Who would want it? People who want a straightforward, 2.5D fighting game starring iconic Street Fighter and Tekken characters.


Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: Mature
Genre: Adventure
Description: A man named Sigma and eight other people have been kidnapped, locked in an underground warehouse and forced to play the Nonary Game: Ambidex Edition. If the people don’t play and work together, they’ll die.
Who would want it? People who enjoy adventure games with complex stories, challenging puzzles and multiple endings.

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