I love my Vita, but I admit that I have been a little concerned. Games aren’t flowing out as fast as I would like, and it seems like everyone wants to sound the death knell. Sony’s E3 2013 press conference wasn’t very reassuring either. While the Vita was mentioned, the only game that was given any love was really Tearaway. I was concerned about what I would see on the show floor. After all, I didn’t recall very many companies mentioning Vita games in their E3 2013 game lineups.
What I saw amazed me. At E3 2012, the Vita section of Sony’s booth was dead. Demo stations were constantly open, and I had no trouble going from one game to another, testing everything out. There were no lines. No waiting. Not to mention, only a few major releases, like Soul Sacrifice were on display. At E3 2013, the Vita section was hopping.
Almost every Vita game demo station had a line at E3 2013. I say “almost”, because one station did have no lines. However, that station was for Toro’s Friend Network, a free app that’s already available on the PlayStation Store, so that’s understandable. If someone wanted to play a game, there was always at least one person ahead of them, maybe more.
Moreover, there was a dazzling array of games to actually play. Off the top of my head, I recall seeing Tearaway, The Walking Dead: 400 Days, Dragon’s Crown, Ys: Memories of Celceta, Ragnarok Odyssey ACE, Rayman Legends, Killzone: Mercenary, Destiny of Spirits and more. There were plenty of indie games as well, like Limbo, Stick it to the Man, Dragon Fantasy: Book II and Spelunky, to name a few. The system was getting all kinds of love, and people were digging it. That isn’t even mentioning the PlayStation Mobile games, like Sully: A Very Serious RPG and Treachery in Beatdown City, both of which were also playable at E3 2013. That’s right, Sony even had PlayStation Mobile games on display.
The outpouring of support for the Vita at E3 2013 convinced me of one thing. This system is not dying. It isn’t even close. It’s just had a bumpy start. The enthusiasm surrounding Vita game demos has me convinced that this platform will not only survive, but will start thriving in the coming years. If you’re even remotely interested, you better keep an eye on the system over the next year. There are a lot of great games coming.