PlayStation Vita- Uncharted: Golden Abyss Must Be Available Day One
Sony's portable could stumble without this highly anticipated adventure sitting alongside it on launch day.
Nintendo's recent decision to drop the price of its 3DS wasn't done out of the goodness of its heart. The company's failure to capture the public interest with a $249.99 system resulted in a drastic measure to avoid a potential catastrophe.
That said, we have to wonder if Sony paid attention.
It would easy for the electronics giant to throw barbs Nintendo's way, supremely confident that its PlayStation Vita can dominate the holidays, if it does in fact appear before 2012.
Doing this, however, could prove fatal. Numerous factors contributed to consumer disinterest, one of which involved a poor 3DS launch lineup. Instead of having its big guns (Mario, Zelda, Pokemon) on display, Nintendo greatly underestimated Nintendogs' popularity, while Pilotwings Resort and Steel Diver lacked the requisite sizzle to push systems off shelves.
To that end, Sony cannot make a similar mistake. We already know the company will release Wipeout 2048 and the next Hot Shots Golf in time for launch, but neither title is a potential system seller.
Sony's best shot, therefore, is Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Not only has the game received heaps of praise from the journalism community, but the beloved Uncharted franchise also has millions of fans eager to get their hands on Nathan Drake's latest adventure.
Taking this a step further, it's truly the perfect launch title for the system. Barring some unforeseen lapse in development, the game will be immensely enjoyable, but it's also impressive visually. What's more, it showcases Vita's strengths, including the touch screen, rear touch pad and gyroscope. It's a great compliment to Sony's Swiss Army Knife style handheld.
It's so important that not having it ready for launch could negatively impact Vita sales. From what we've seen, Sony just doesn't have another game on par with or better than Golden Abyss, at least one that'll make launch. If this title appears months after the system's debut, it's 3DS all over again.
Considering the ever-changing handheld market, Sony must come out guns blazing. Anything less will cripple Vita moving forward.