What a sadly tumultuous first year for the PlayStation Vita. I'm not going to white-knight its qualities – anyone who has one knows how much potential the system has – but despite its poor sales and constant accusations of having few or according to some 'no gaemz', the Vita has a pretty stellar stable of quality experiences.
Most enhanced ports were omitted from the running for Vita Game of the Year, but even without Mortal Kombat or Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention, there's still a great crop of fresh goodies to pick from. In fact I'd have loved to have added a few titles to the list of nominees, but not everyone can be on top. So, without further ado...
Here are the Nominees:
And the Winner is:
What a year it's been. The Vita, like the 3DS before it, has been topped in its first year by a truly outstanding port of a bona fide classic! Where the 3DS was able to bring new life to what is considered one of the best games of all time in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, the Vita was able to bring the 60+ hour Persona 4 to the system - along with a host of additions - in the form of Persona 4: Golden. It's really hard to try to nail down precisely what it is about Persona 4 that makes it such a fantastic, outstanding game, but I'll give it my best shot:
Not only is Persona 4 one of the best told RPG stories of all time, with some of the most well developed characters in the genre, but there's so much content that you're easily looking at 100+ hours of gameplay, and that's before factoring in the added content of Golden which makes an already fantastic game even better, all flawlessly integrated so that you almost forget it wasn't there from day one.
Added gameplay features change the feel of the game without sacrificing what made it so special in the first place, and considering how much of an effect Gravity Rush had on us as a team, as well as the unquestionable quality and potential in LittleBigPlanet Vita, the fact that Persona 4: Golden stands head and shoulders above these titles as our PlayStation Vita Game of the Year should be reason enough to celebrate. This one is not to be missed for any Vita owner!