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.

Career Path

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 Editor & Chief 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.

Bonus:

Persona!

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.

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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!

11 Comments

  1. Yea for me it was the Vita! aside from the great library of games, The features alone was good enough for me. When I first bought my PS4 my lamp was out on my Projector and had no other HDTV Remote Play was godsent! Matter of fact this comment as made possible by this masterful handheld. My GF and me have couple time because of PSP to Vita compatibility until i bought hers this past Xmas. My VIta was a great replacement for my phone for the past year and a half with 3G and Skype, it’s even cheaper! The twitter app far surpasses my phone version. I don’t remember Life before Vita…..see what I did there?

  2. Yea for me it was the Vita! aside from the great library of games, The features alone was good enough for me. When I first bought my PS4 my lamp was out on my Projector and had no other HDTV Remote Play was godsent! Matter of fact this comment as made possible by this masterful handheld. My GF and me have couple time because of PSP to Vita compatibility until i bought hers this past Xmas. My VIta was a great replacement for my phone for the past year and a half with 3G and Skype, it’s even cheaper! The twitter app far surpasses my phone version. I don’t remember Life before Vita…..see what I did there?

  3. Same, I love indies and JRPG’s on my Vita.

  4. Same, I love indies and JRPG’s on my Vita.

  5. completely agree with the author on this one !!

  6. completely agree with the author on this one !!

  7. I completely know where you’re coming from. I fell into the category of people who had written off the Vita. Shame on me!! I sold it and almost as soon as it was gone I missed it like crazy. Bearing in mind I have a pc, so I wasn’t without quality games, but gaming on my phone on the go just didn’t cut it. I decided to spend my money on something else… A 3ds xl. Now, as good as Nintendo’s handheld is, playing rehashed versions of previous Nintendo games (I mean seriously…. How many more times can Nintendo re do mario!!??) on nintys cheap feeling and dated tech made me feel like I’d taken several steps back and thoughts went back to the superior screen, build quality, processing power and the ever expanding Indie games library of sonys brute. To cut a looooong story short, I reinvested in an OLED Vita, which I missed so very much, and have come to this conclusion (as a serious Gamer);
    3ds xl is good for quick blasts but I felt it couldn’t keep my attention in the way a vita does. The PS Vita is simply handheld gaming done right!!! Sony may have relegated the machine to legacy status, but there is enough software to keep me busy for a very long time. Viva la Vita!

  8. I completely know where you’re coming from. I fell into the category of people who had written off the Vita. Shame on me!! I sold it and almost as soon as it was gone I missed it like crazy. Bearing in mind I have a pc, so I wasn’t without quality games, but gaming on my phone on the go just didn’t cut it. I decided to spend my money on something else… A 3ds xl. Now, as good as Nintendo’s handheld is, playing rehashed versions of previous Nintendo games (I mean seriously…. How many more times can Nintendo re do mario!!??) on nintys cheap feeling and dated tech made me feel like I’d taken several steps back and thoughts went back to the superior screen, build quality, processing power and the ever expanding Indie games library of sonys brute. To cut a looooong story short, I reinvested in an OLED Vita, which I missed so very much, and have come to this conclusion (as a serious Gamer);
    3ds xl is good for quick blasts but I felt it couldn’t keep my attention in the way a vita does. The PS Vita is simply handheld gaming done right!!! Sony may have relegated the machine to legacy status, but there is enough software to keep me busy for a very long time. Viva la Vita!

  9. Vita is wonderful. It deserved at least one more big AAA game from Sony.

  10. Vita is wonderful. It deserved at least one more big AAA game from Sony.

  11. I took 2 in hospital. vita saved my life . I don’t like indie games tho

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