Feature: 10 PS2 Games That Should Come To The PS Vita

gtasanandreaspsvitaA couple of days ago we had official confirmation that the Jak and Daxter Collection would be coming to the PS Vita and then yesterday an ESRB rating for the Sly Collection appeared for the PS Vita.

It’s fair to say we’ll be seeing a few more classic PlayStation 2 titles making their way to the PS Vita in the future, but what do people really want? We’ve drawn up our wish-list of classic PlayStation 2 titles that would be perfectly matched for the PS Vita.

10. Grand Theft Auto Series

The Grand Theft Auto series would without a doubt be great fun on the PS Vita. Open world games are all the rage these days so why not go back to the roots of open-world games with the Grand Theft Auto series? Rockstar has recently ported Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City to Android and iOS devices, so it surely can’t be that hard to get them running on the mighty PS Vita. Just image flying a plane over the rocky mountains in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, all whilst sitting on the bus…

9. The Splinter Cell Series

Another collection that could well find a home on the Vita is the Splinter Cell series. They would be ideal for the Vita’s dual analogue sticks and the rich screen and colour that the PS Vita offers would more than bring to life to murky world of political espionage that Sam Fisher is always caught up in.

8. Call of Duty 3

OK, I can’t see this happening anytime soon, but we can wish can’t we? Possibly the finest Word War II shooter of the PlayStation 2’s generation and boy would it be a thrill to take this on the road, especially after the disaster that was Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. The PS Vita might not quite match the power of the PlayStation 3, but it should be more than capable of running even the most demanding of PlayStation 2 games. The Vita’s crying out for decent first-person shooters at the moment, and with only Black Ops Declassified and Resistance: Burning Skies available until September when Killzone: Mercenary rears its beautiful head, a port of one of the best shooters would go down a treat.

7. Tony Hawks Underground 1&2

The Tony Hawk games have become a bit of a joke as of late, but rewind to the last generation and they were at their peak with Tony Hawk’s Underground and Tony Hawk’s Underground 2. Customisation, large open areas to skate around in, you had it all. Now put that on a handheld and you’ve got yourself an army of happy chappys. I’m not really into skateboard in the slightest, but the Tony Hawk games brought out the, well, the Tony Hawk in all of us.

6. Ratchet and Clank Series

Another dynamic duo that would benefit from a lick of digital paint and a port to the most powerful handheld yet. Great platforming and adventures await! Whether we see it happen remains to be seen, but it’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility.

5. Lego Star Wars

Lego Star Wars on the PlayStation 2 was pretty much identical to the PlayStation 3 version, albeit with a lack of trophies. Lego games have found their way into the mainstream over the last few years so interest is still high and if the block breaking and stud collecting addictive gameplay could jump over to the PS Vita, we’d be too distracted to riot against Disney for cancelling Star Wars 1313

4. Star Wars: Battlefront I & II

Another Star Wars game? Yes, there were actually some decent ones before LucasArts starting peddling out crap like Kinect Star Wars. Battlefront is a bit like Battlefield, but set in the Star Wars universe. Fun in single player but better with a group online, this would without any shadow of a doubt be snapped up by millions of Vita owners thirsty for online action. Playable in both the first and third person, you can’t lose!

3. God of War & God of War II

They’ve had their HD smothering on the PlayStation 3, now bring them to the PS Vita damn it! Massive battles of epic proportions on the go would make commuting a riot, so long as you have a pair of headphones, you don’t want to incite an actual riot.

2. Spider-Man 2

Anybody who played Spider-Man 2 will know exactly why this is on the list. The first time you take to the skyline with your trusty webbing and skin-tight suit you’ll feel like you actually are Peter Parker in spandex. A massive open-world New York bursting with stuff to do, things to collect and a story that’s actually decent, for a game based on a movie. Spider-Man 3 was pretty crap, let’s be honest, but Spider-Man 2? We’d take that on the Vita any day of the week, for a reasonable price that is. Make it happen Activision!

1. Burnout 3: Takedown

Before Criterion took on the Need for Speed franchise (and ported Need for Speed Most Wanted to the PS Vita) they were picking their brains, thinking of elaborate ways for us players to destroy cars whilst racing recklessly. Burnout 3: Takedown was probably the best effort of them all, crafting mental driving and aggressive take-downs into a product that could keep you amused for hours, despite constantly being pummelled by your opponents.

Well, that’s our wish-list, what’s on yours? Any “collections” that you’d like to see on the Vita? Or do you outright oppose ports from the last gen and demand brand new games? Let us know down in the comments section below.

4 comments
  1. I’m definitely there with you on splinter Cell, GTA, and Ratchet & Clank. They should also bring over Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, Viewtiful Joe 1 & 2, Tomb Raider (Legacy, Anniversary and Underworld, as well as guardian of light), Dark Cloud 1 &2, both Maximo games, Devil May Cry, Breath of Fire (Dragon Quarter and it’s more traditional predecessors: 1,2,3,4), MArk of Kri 1 & 2 (though, I’ve not played these in years, so who knows how they’ve aged…), Odin Sphere & Grim Grimoire, Psychonauts (It stands by itself. It needs no companion.), Zone of the Enders (Supposedly coming to vita, but no word since it released for PS3 and XB360), Bully, Beyond Good & Evil, Prince of Persia, Resident Evil 4, Okami, I could go on longer, but I think I’ve got enough for now.

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