When people think of the PlayStation Vita, they never have a lot of positive things to say. Persona 4 Golden is an amazing game, but what else does the system have going for it? All we get outside of Japan are a handful of niche anime titles every year. That’s not to say there aren’t good things about those games, but it would be nice if we could have a little more.

Back in 2012, there were a lot of hopes for the Vita. Gravity Rush, a new IP, was fun as hell, and they even made an Uncharted game that compares favorably to Drake’s Fortune. So, is there any reason to buy one nowadays?

I think so. You just need to think about it differently. Do you own a PlayStation Vita? You do? Okay, good. Take it out, wipe that dust off, turn it on, and go to the store. Now that you’re there, type in ‘Final Fantasy.’ Depending on where you live, you should be seeing most of the older titles all the way up to Final Fantasy X. Those aren’t the only old games available on the system, either. There are countless PlayStation classics, most important of those being the JRPGs.

That seems cool, right? But why would you bother buying old video games on the Vita when you could just as easily play them on your ancient, crusty PlayStation 1? Adult life is busy. Things can get hectic on a day to day basis; it’s much more convenient to be able to take your video games with you. Rarely is there enough time to sit down on the couch to play video games. I also don’t know if you’ve ever experienced playing Legend of Dragoon on the roof of a speeding car, but it is thrilling.


Grinding in JRPGs, especially the older ones, can be very patience-testing. You may need to rack up experience points in certain games to beat a tough boss—or maybe you’re like me, and you tend to over prepare. The repetitive nature of this can be frustrating, especially when you’re sitting at home on the couch wondering why you’re grinding in Breath of Fire IV when you should be doing the taxes you’ve been putting off for the last 10 years.

Well, you don’t have to feel bad about playing old video games on the bus! And don’t be shy about enjoying your Vita in public. People will think you’re cool if they see you playing Chrono Trigger. There are so many old video games that I know a lot of people either haven’t heard of or never got around to playing. The Vita is a classic JRPG powerhouse, and I don’t think it gets the respect it deserves for that.


There are also benefits to sitting in bed with the lights off, playing video games on a small screen. Yes, the Vita is an excellent machine on the go, but it can also be used as a great way to wind down before going to sleep. There’s something so immersive about playing a game with headphones on from a screen that’s pressed directly up against your face with the unholy blue light destroying any chance you have of ever getting to sleep again.

The convenience of portability isn’t the only reason to play these great games on the Vita. Have you ever looked up the prices of these games on eBay? The average copy of Suikoden II is nearly $200. That game is just a little less than $15 on PlayStation Network. Most of the other PS One Classics are 10 bucks or less. With all those unfinished taxes and unpaid bills, I don’t think you have the money to be spending $4,000 on video games every month.


If you ask me whether or not you should pick up a Vita, I would tell you to get it and immediately play all of Persona 4 Golden. When you’re done with that, check your backlog. I’m sure you’ll find an old game or two that you’ve been dying to play for years. They may not hold a candle to modern games visually anymore, but some of them are among the best games ever made. Playing them on the go is, in my opinion, the ideal way to play them. Whether you’re taking a break at work, or you don’t feel like paying attention to anyone at family dinner, the Vita is a great place to play video games.

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