The PlayStation Vita is one of my favorite pieces of hardware that has ever released. I’ve spent an insane amount of hours playing some of the best games that have released on it. Unfortunately, the handheld hasn’t sold like hotcakes. The Vita currently only sits at 10-15 million lifetime units sold, and there are a handful of games that deserves a release on the juggernaut that is PS4 (that currently sits at 70 million units sold.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Uncharted: Golden Abyss set the bar for what mobile games were capable of at the time. As one of the Vita’s signature launch titles, Golden Abyss looks absolutely stunning. Sony’s Bend Studio somehow managed to give Golden Abyss its own individual flavor without changing Uncharted’s core mechanics. Drake and Sully return and continue their witty banter we are used to. The writing is well done, and the game actually implements treasure hunting elements we had never seen in the series before.
I think Uncharted: Golden Abyss would look and play splendidly on the PS4. According to Naughty Dog, a PS4 port of the Vita title is not out of the question. We received Uncharted 1-3 Remasters, so it’s only right to give Golden Abyss the same treatment.
With smooth frame rate, great controls, and breathtaking visuals, Killzone: Mercenary is a high-presentation game that’s a ton of fun on the PS Vita — and it would only perform better on PS4. Killlzone: Mercenary will have you hooked with its online multiplayer; its ‘kill anything for money’ mechanic will easily reel you in. The game looks insanely good, and offers an action-packed story mode; truly feeling like a ‘core’ title in the franchise. This Vita entry, along with Killzone 1-3 undoubtedly deserve a PS4 launch.
Freedom Wars was one of the last AAA Sony-published experiences on the PS Vita. The game combines third-person hack-and-slash combat with third-person shooting seamlessly. With a strong upgrade system and insanely fun cooperative multiplayer, Freedom Wars is the action-RPG that will keep you playing for hours on end. The game already looked great while being played on PSTV. With its stylish art style and enhanced visuals from the PS4, it would feel right at home on a console.
Persona 4: Golden
From its charming characters to its phenomenal take on high school drama, Persona 4: Golden is a near flawless turn-based strategy game that will have you lost in hours of Persona-dueling madness. Persona 4: Golden is a murder-mystery one second, and a dating-sim the next. The game hits so many different notes throughout its 60+ hour story, all while unraveling the truth about obscure deaths occurring in the town of Inaba. Currently, the PSTV is the only way to play this remaster/remake of Persona 4 on your TV, which is a shame. I don’t think anyone would disagree with this gem being remastered (again) for PS4.
Muramasa: Rebirth is arguably the most visually impressive game on the PS Vita. The game doesn’t push the hardware like Killzone: Mercenary, but it showcases a gorgeous 2D art-style that will have you in awe from start to finish. Graphics aside, Muramasa: Rebirth is equipped with an action-packed adventure, tons of areas to explore, and endless baddies to beat up. Muramasa originally released on the Wii, however, an updated version of this wonderful title later came to PS Vita. With developer Vanillaware bringing its other Vita title (Dragon’s Crown) to PS4 in the coming weeks, I have hope we’ll seeMuramasa: Rebirth on the platform in the near future.
Actual Sunlight is a game that might leave you feeling sad and depressed. But I think there’s something special about a game that is capable of invoking such feelings. This short indie title covers depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide extremely well. Throughout the game, you’re trying your hardest to like the main character but he continues to point out all of his flaws which slowly leads you into thinking “wait, this guy is just a douchebag”. Yet, you feel for him every step of the way. No one is perfect, so the main protagonist is easy to relate to. We all think horrible things that we are too afraid to say out loud. I commend the one-man studio (Will O’Neill) who wasn’t afraid to say what many of us think on a daily. I want more people to play this game, therefore, I wish it was avaiable on PS4.
If you’re in need of a good cry, Actual Sunlight may be able to help you with that. Also, the game was available for free with a PlayStation Plus subscription a while back, so it may be in your download queue!
So those are the PS Vita games I’d love to see live once again on the PlayStation 4. Are there some other Vita games you’d love to see on console? Leave all your thoughts in the comments section below, or on our social media page.