PlayStation Vita Launch Games: Review Averages Lower Than PSP Prequels
Sequels should, in theory, receive higher review scores than prequels. Development budgets increase, technology becomes more advanced and companies conduct extensive focus testing to see what works and what doesn't. By this logic, you should expect part two (and so on and so forth) to smoke the original.
Yeah right. Despite having access to all sorts of resources, video game publishers continue to come up short in the sequel department. You always have exceptions. Mass Effect 2, for example, is significantly better than the original, but this isn't always the case.
Take PlayStation Vita. Sony's new system has a wonderful lineup of enjoyable games, many of which are part of franchises that also appeared on PlayStation Portable, and while it's still early, most of these PSP games currently hold higher review averages.
That said, here's a list of franchises that have graced both Sony handhelds and the Gamerankings review averages for each title.
Keep in mind this isn't an exact science. Most of these PSP games appeared more than five years ago, and were reviewed by a higher volume of critics. On that note, let's begin.
[Editor's Note: Review averages current as of February 20, noon ET.]
Wipeout Pure (PSP, 2005): 88 percent
Wipeout Pulse (PSP, 2009): 84 percent
Wipeout 2048 (Vita, 2012): 79 percent
Hot Shots Golf
Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee (PSP, 2005): 82 percent
Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 (PSP, 2008): 83 percent
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (Vita, 2012): 77 percent
ModNation Racers (PSP, 2010): 73 percent
ModNation Racers: Road Trip (Vita, 2012): 63 percent
Lumines (PSP, 2005): 89 percent
Lumines II (PSP, 2006): 81 percent
Lumines: Electronic Symphony (Vita, 2012): 86 percent
Me & My Katamari (PSP, 2006): 76 percent
Touch My Katamari (Vita, 2012): 73 percent
Virtua Tennis: World Tour (PSP, 2005): 86 percent
Virtua Tennis 3 (PSP, 2007): 79 percent
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (Vita, 2012): 73 percent
FIFA Soccer (PSP, 2005): 74 percent
FIFA Soccer 06 (PSP, 2005): 73 percent
FIFA Soccer 08 (PSP, 2007): 76 percent
FIFA Soccer 11 (PSP, 2011): 59 percent
FIFA Soccer 09 (PSP, 2008): 83 percent
FIFA Soccer 10 (PSP, 2009): 83 percent
FIFA Soccer (Vita, 2012): 78 percent
F1 2009 (PSP, 2009): 70 percent
F1 2011 (Vita, 2012): 69 percent
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Portable (PSP, 2010): 81 percent
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (PSP, 2011): 75 percent
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (Vita, 2012): 83 percent
Michael Jackson (port)
Michael Jackson: The Experience (PSP, 2010): 42 percent
Michael Jackson: The Experience HD (Vita, 2012): 61 percent