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5 franchises that should come to PS Vita

Submitted by on Sunday, 14 October 2012No Comment

The recent release of LittleBigPlanet on PlayStation Vita has opened the floodgates for massive franchises to appear on the system, with the heavyweights of Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty to follow very soon. The Vita could always do with more games though, so we’ve been discussing which franchises we’d most like to see on Sony’s fledgling handheld.

The Elder Scrolls

Skyrim… on a handheld. Just think about that for a second; think about how awesome it would be to carry the richly detailed world of Skyrim around in your pocket, and be able to play it whenever and wherever you want.

That may sound ridiculous, but slightly less so when you bear in mind that an Elder Scrolls game was in development several years ago for the PSP, entitled The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion. Admittedly, it was quietly cancelled, but it still at least proves that the idea of an Elder Scrolls game on a handheld isn’t quite as impossible as it first seems.

It would also be the perfect way for Bethesda to make up for the shoddy PS3 port of Skyrim (well, assuming the Vita game isn’t that buggy too).

God of War

You’re probably thinking that God of War wouldn’t be a great fit for Vita; but that’s exactly what people said about Sony’s previous handheld console before the release of Chains of Olympus, which remains the highest rated PSP game on Metacritic and GameRankings. We rest our case.

Several of Sony’s flagship series have already made the jump to PS Vita, including LittleBigPlanet, Uncharted and WipEout (although the less said about Resistance: Burning Skies, the better), so in many ways, God of War on Vita would make perfect sense if the company is serious about targeting the console at core gamers.

And truthfully, if a fully-fledged Uncharted game is possible on Vita, then anything is!

Grand Theft Auto

Thanks largely to the huge talent at Rockstar Leeds, the Grand Theft Auto series has a superb track record on handheld game consoles, which began with Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories on PSP and continued with Chinatown Wars on Nintendo DS and PSP.

Everyone knows that the Vita is in dire need of a sales increase, and Grand Theft Auto is the type of franchise that could deliver that, whether it’s with a brand new game or even a remastered title.

In fact, back when the Vita was still known as the NGP, Rockstar was rumoured to be working on a game for the console, so maybe a GTA Vita game isn’t that far-fetched. Well, we can dream, anyway.

Gran Turismo

To date, the only handheld version of Gran Turismo was the disappointing PSP title, which had great gameplay and presentation, but was hurt badly by the lack of a proper career or vehicle store. A potential Vita game would present Polyphony Digital with a chance to right these wrongs.

Of all the franchises we’ve mentioned here, Gran Turismo is probably the most likely to appear on Vita at some point in the future. It stands to reason that Polyphony is currently working on the next game in the series; the question is whether it’s for PS4, Vita or both.

To be honest, if Gran Turismo 6 was announced for both consoles with cross-play, we’d frankly feel obliged to wet ourselves with excitement.


We have to say that if Sony doesn’t have plans for a LocoRoco game on PS Vita then we’ll genuinely eat an item of clothing from everyone who reads this article.*

Considering the whole series is built around a tilt mechanic, it would surely work brilliantly with the Vita’s motion sensor, with the player literally tilting the Vita to tilt the game world. LocoRoco has always been about creative level design, so we’d also love to see what the SCE Japan Studio team can do with the Vita’s extensive feature set.

Oh, and while you’re at it, Sony, how about bringing Patapon to PS Vita as well? Thanks a lot!

*Except we actually won’t.

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