Why are people so hung up about the "it's a PS3 in your hands" statements? Everyone I know keeps going on about how it is inferior to console gaming, about how they don't want to play shitty ports of console games, or how it's inferior. Has anyone actually had the time to PLAY the games on the Vita's library? I have, and you know what? you're all being rather dense.
Pretty much every game on the Vita has been specifically tailored to portable play. as I go through my current list of games, almost all of them are perfect for bite sized gaming. Racers and fighters have been ported to the system, and they are practically ideal since fights last less than a minute and races last less than 5. Assassin's Creed Liberation has shorter missions with a smaller world for ease of travel and succinctness of missions. Gravity Rush has a smallish world, LittlebigPlanet and Rayman are platformers where each level takes only a couple minutes, etc. Even Ragnarok Odyssey, a lengthy boss fighting, hunting style RPG has hundreds of SHORT missions that can be enjoyed in 5 minutes or so.
This strict adherence to "I don't want to play inferior versions of console games" is flat out ignorant and not very well thought out.
Yes, the system CAN do console games, it CAN do online, it CAN do pretty much everything the PS3 can do, but that doesn't mean everyone has to judge it as an equal, due to the fact that it's still a handheld and devs have been treating it as such; too bad the public at large seems too dense to realize this subtle difference.
The Vita may be awesome, but it's still a portable system with portable limitations. The only system people should be comparing it to right now is the 3DS, and yet it's getting treated like a shitty, downgraded PS3. That's just plain not fair. that's like going on a vacation to Florida and complaining that there are no Lions roaming wild. Stop putting unfair expectations on a system just so you get some weird pleasure out of acting like it's inferior.
This is why I prefer not to leave the Vita thread, people everywhere else are overly critical, negative, and in many cases flat out ignorant. (and look up the meaning of Ignorant, it's not flaming, it's a statement about how little people seem to know. Lacking knowledge is not an insult, it's just the way it is, like that guy who incorrectly stated that Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty were ports.) You're allowed to not know things, but don't go flapping your gums about how terrible a system is without spending time with it ot learning for yourself.
IT's feeling like the xbot Brigade from the early PS3 years, throwing out false stats and facts about the PS3 for years before finally being pounded into the ground. they said the PS3 had no games either, and look where that ended up.
grah! Ignorance is so infuriating!
Sony is advertising the Vita right now with the slogan "console gaming on the go" and whenever Jack Tretton appeared on mainstream TV shows, he made it a point to say that the Vita is "the console experience in the palms of your hands". Blame Sony's marketing department for the expectations the average consumer has, because the message that Sony conveys with their commercials is that people should compare the Vita to the PS3.
McDonalds is also advertised as a restaurant, but people know better than to assume it's fine dining. PEople have GOT to learn to stop letting advertising get in the way of common sense.
and the Vita is CAPABLE of console quality, but so was the PSP, and so was the 3DS, and so was the DS and the GBA and the....you get the point. it's certainly dumb of sony to advertise it like that if people aren't making games that are as expansive and grand as the console counterparts, but the console is certainly capable. that said, most consumers are ill advised.