No matter what struggles the Vita faces, Sony has been great about supporting their powerhouse portable in interesting ways. Remote Play with PS4 works as well as promised, and it turns out that the Gaikai streaming of past PlayStation libraries — dubbed PlayStation Now this week at the Consumer Electronics Show — will extend to the handheld as well.
Most important to any piece of hardware, though, will always be its library of native games. The concept of streaming The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls to your Vita is great and all, but that won’t do you any good on a flight. So in the spirit of this week’s article about 2014’s most exciting PS4 games, here are a few Vita games that have us all lathered up for this calendar year.
Since its release on PC last summer, Rogue Legacy has garnered high praise from those who’ve played it. Mixing the retro sensibilities of games like Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Castlevania with roguelike elements that have swept the industry, it has a lot going for it. The randomly generated dungeons are what you’d expect from a roguelike, but taking control of your character’s randomly generated heirs when you die is where the real fun lies.
While it’s set for release on PS3 and PS4 as well, something about the Vita makes it an ideal fit for a large number of games that make their way over from PC. Look for Rogue Legacy to continue that trend sometime in 2014.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Speaking of games that are best on Vita, the sequel to fan-favorite Hotline Miami is slated for release on the handheld as well. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number keeps the core gameplay intact — top-down, 8-bit shooter madness — with the most noticeable changes dealing with the jump from the ‘80s to the ‘90s.
Considering how well the original played, we’re perfectly fine with more of a great thing. It’s one of the few instances in which touch control made for superior control, so we can’t wait to dial in to Hotline Miami 2 on Vita later this year.
Final Fantasy X HD Remaster
The rerelease of a decade-old game isn’t usually worth getting too excited about, but when dealing with something as revered as Final Fantasy X it’s easy to make an exception. Whether you loved the original game on PS2 or are looking to check it out for the first time, Square Enix seems hellbent on doing the game justice with a stunning HD remaster.
While the PS3 version will look better, the Vita is no slouch when it comes to housing JRPGs. Persona 4 Golden is arguably still the best game on the system, and how many PS4 owners will want to swap consoles in their entertainment centers? In any case, be sure to check out Final Fantasy X HD Remaster on March 18th.