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The Vita has some quality titles somewhere in the pipeline, but right now it doesn’t have a whole lot. The release schedule for the console has been pretty spotty – a good launch line-up, then nothing, then a couple AAA titles like Gravity Rush or Resistance: Burning Skies and then, once again, a whole lot of nothing.

The PS Vita has a lot of potential, but right now it’s not getting its due. Here are five PS3 franchises I think the Vita could handle pretty well.

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers for the evil ending of inFamous 2. But if you haven’t already played that game by now, shame on you.

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The House of the Dead is arguably one of the most popular arcade series out there, but in 1999 Sega took The House of the Dead 2 and made it even more awesome. The Typing of the Dead is basically the same game as HOTD2, but you don’t shoot zombies with your guns; you shoot them with your words.

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Resistance is a series I’ve always had a soft spot for, but it’s never really stood out too much. Other than its use of unique and awesome weapons, Resistance has always seemed to be playing catch-up with other first-person shooters on the market,  feeling like a mash-up of Halo and Call of Duty.

The series has seen a lot of changes over the years, but Resistance 2 – released in 2008 – featured probably the most fun and unique game mode to be seen within the series; eight player co-op.

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Let’s be honest, because of all the leaks and stuff in recent years, E3 has usually been pretty sucky – a massive amount of games and secret reveals are leaked ahead of schedule for whatever reason, meaning those shock announcements at E3 sometimes fall flat.

E3 2012 was no different – apart from the odd surprise, we basically knew everything already. Who won E3 this year? Probably not Microsoft or Nintendo, I’ll be honest.
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Nintendo just held a pre-E3 briefing in which they hoped to inform us all about the Wii U and its ‘uniqueness’.

Many viewers gathered around their personal computers and mobile devices to witness what Nintendo had to deliver, and they delivered… well, very little, actually. So the Wii U is a console, right? And there’s, like, a tablet? And a controller? And another controller that looks just like an Xbox 360 pad but isn’t one?

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When people talk about ‘Red Dead Redemption’ they often focus on its stellar, story-driven single player. Of course, John Marston’s story is an incredible example of a classic and memorable western tale so this is to be expected, but ‘Red Dead’ offers a vast array of immensely enjoyable multiplayer modes as well. Its multiplayer seems to have been overlooked, however, and I don’t really see why.

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‘Starhawk’ is an awesome sci-fi western third-person shooter that lets you transform a jet into a freaking robot, but its experience is dampened by certain aspects of its online multiplayer, which is also its main focus.

You see, ‘Starhawk’ has, well, a few issues with balance and frequent unfair play from its community. I think there’s a few ways the game could be improved overall.

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When it comes to PlayStation exclusive titles, ‘Twisted Metal’ has always been one of the most iconic and long-lasting. It’s a series that came to life back in the PS1 days, saw a couple entries released for the PS2 and, most recently, a reboot for the PS3.

‘Twisted Metal’ for PS3 brings the vehicular combat genre back to the current generation of consoles, bringing with it just as much old school flair as it does new school ideas. It’s great, but it’s also… not so great, sometimes.

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‘Gears of War’. If I used the term ‘third-person shooter’, chances are you’ll think of ‘Gears of War’ right away. Although there are other popular third-person shooters out there, ‘Gears’ would appear to be the most popular title of the genre – when people see a third-person shooter, ‘Gears’ is often the game they compare it to.

‘Spec Ops: The Line’ just had a demo released to the Xbox Live Marketplace. It’s a third-person shooter, and yes, it does look a bit ‘Gears’-like sometimes (it does, after all, run on Unreal Engine 3) but it’s more than just another clone.

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