The PlayStation Vita is an under appreciated piece of hardware, many gamers are quick to write the Vita off, usually with the common reaction of “It has no games”, which simply is not true. The PS Vita not only changed how I feel about video games as a whole, but also set in motion a chain of events that greatly affected my life.
The Indie Ecosystem
The PlayStation Vita has a handful of AAA games, (Uncharted, Killzone) but as you probably know, the system is overflowing with indie titles. Before I owned my Vita, I had never been too heavy on indie games. But thanks to the massive amount of ‘free’ titles I received via PlayStation Plus, that changed quickly. I would soon be in the mists of spectacular games like Guacamelee! and Velocity 2X. I came to a fast realization that these were some of the best experiences in the entire gaming market. Not only had my tastes suddenly changed, but also my appreciation for the brilliant developers behind these unique titles. I never had such a rush like I did while achieving the Sound Shapes platinum trophy, or trying to get a perfect score in every Hotline Miami mission (and failing miserably). There are a handful of indie titles that resonated with me deeply on a personal level (Actual Sunlight, The Unfinished Swan). The robust game lineup of the Vita has to offer is vastly underappreciated.
Indies to Classics
Many indie games look and play very similar to classic titles. Games like Shovel Knight and Rogue Legacy bring back that NES nostalgia many gamers love. And as a fairly young gamer myself (24yrs), I wasn’t introduced to classic games like Duck Tales and Castlevania until years after they released. After falling in love with the indie landscape, my interest in the classic gaming scene had been peaked. Playing catch up had begun! It was time to play/replay classic titles like Mega Man 2, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, and the original Metroid, needless to say, it was well worth traveling back in time! What began as an indie game addiction had lead to something much more grand, and everlasting, and I have my PS Vita to thank for that. Thanks to the knowledge I garnered from playing classic video games, I felt more than ever that I wanted my career to somehow involve the video game medium.
So in 2012, I started writing for some very small gaming websites, even though my writing was sub par I was able to get a few gigs. After a couple years of freelancing and improving my writing skills, I went out on a whim and messaged the Enthusiast Gaming EIC about a writing job. They let me come aboard and I got my first paid position as a writer. Since then I have moved up in the company and I’m able to work full-time at home. So while Enthusiast Gaming certainly changed my life, I also had the help of my PlayStation Vita who brought my writing, hosting, and editing passions to the surface.
I couldn’t finish this article without mentioning one of my favorite games (now favorite game series) of all time. I took a leap of faith when purchasing Persona 4: Golden for PS Vita. I wasn’t too JRPG savvy, but after jumping into P4G, I was instantly in love. From its charming characters to its phenomenal take on turned based strategy, I got lost in countless hours of Persona dueling madness. This game opened me up to the genre and now JRPGs are another passion of mine. It is truly one of a kind — if you own a Vita and have not played Persona 4: Golden yet, do yourself a favor and play it! Persona 5 is also a great game to check out on PS4 if you’re not a fan of handheld gaming.
Can you relate to me? Is there a video game console that has deeply affected your gaming lifestyle? Tell me all about it in the comments section below!