Sony’s newest handheld is almost here and damn does it have a good launch line-up. Boasting more than 20 titles at launch, the PS Vita could have the best critically acclaimed line-up of any console ever release, but whether that will generate into sales remains to be seen. With so many titles to choose from, here are my top 10 most anticipated PS Vita Launch titles.
10. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 came out last year and was met with mixed reactions due to it being a revision of a game that out nine months earlier. Nevertheless here we have that full console experience in your hand and it looks just as crisp as the console counterpart, Featuring all the characters from the PS3 iteration, UMVC 3 also features touch-screen play so that even casual players can pull off killer combos and kick some ass.
9. Rayman Origins
The game really captured me during the holiday season. After review all the big blockbusters like Assassin’s Creed Revelations and COD: MW 3 I is was getting sequel fatigue and just all-round gaming fatigue until this little gem came through the letterbox to review. I enjoyed every level, savoured every moment I spent with it, so the fact that the same experience is coming to the PlayStation Vita means there’s no reason anyone should not pick it up: The visuals are gorgeous and the length of most levels comply with gaming on the go.
8. Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
I know most of us have already played this game before but this really does deserve a spot on this list. Sony have said many times that the PS Vita is a console for core gamers. How can you honestly get and more hardcore than Ninja Gaiden on a handheld. Just a word of warning to all consumers picking this title up: Use the wrist strap because you will involuntarily throw the PS Vita when you die in the game. You really don’t want the granny across the way from you on the bus to get a faceful of Vita.
7. Motorstorm RC
When a new Motorstorm was announced for the PS Vita I think everyone was expecting big vehicles, intricate tracks and most of all: mayhem. Not saying that this title won’t cause mayhem, it’s just the vehicles may be a little smaller than we expected. Motorstorm RC though is still getting people excited, why? Well without speaking for everyone, the game is fairly reminiscent of Micro Machines. Either way, a new Motorstorm can only be a good thing.
6. ModNation Racers
The first game in the play, create, share genre to hit PS Vita is ModNation Racers Roadtrip. What makes this game reach the top 10 is the fact that not only does it have 30 tracks within in the game itself, but every single creation on the PS3 version can be downloaded and played on the PS Vita version. This means at launch, players will have access to over 600,000 tracks and over two million mods and carts. Something tells me this may have a lot of value for your money.
5. Touch my katamari
It’s a quirky one to put into this list as the Katamari series has always only garnered a cult following but Touch My Katamari is shaping up to be the best one in the series. It looks as though the controls are smoothest they’ve ever been in the series and taking advantage of the rear touch panel, players can now change the shape of their katamari for the first time ever. If you are not a fan of the series, or have never played any of the games before, then this may be the time. For those who have played it and love it, you will already be dying to get your hands on it
4. Escape Plan
The only new IP not from any other franchise on this list. Escape plan looks to be a delightful little puzzle plat former with a unique aesthetic and fun gameplay. Using the touch screen only, you control Lil’ and Laarg as this try to escape. The game is primarily in black and white and offers bite-sized puzzles that increase in complexity as you go along.
The beautiful game is now portable. I had the chance to play this title at the EA Winter Showcase last October and it just blew me away. This is not some watered-down, empty on content iteration. This feels like a true console experience of FIFA in your hand. Of course there had to be some omissions like 11v11 online, Ultimate Team, and the impact engine takes a back-seat. Other than that though, it is just like the PS3 counterpart in your hand. The touch screen features actually add merit to the game.
2. Wipeout 2048
The beloved racing title from PlayStation. This series goes right back to the beginning of Sony’s adventure in gaming consoles. Wipeout is ne of the longest running franchises from the PlayStation family. Wipeout 2048 though goes back to where its fictional lore began. This game is based around the beginning of anti-gravity racing. Hardcore fans of the series may feel a little disappointed knowing that the tracks are going to be wider than previous games, but the speed will surely keep them challenged. Have I said yet just how beautiful this title is?
1.Uncharted: Golden Abyss
I could just say because and leave it there but if you have seen any of this game in action, you’d know there is a lot to talk about. After just getting our breaths back from Uncharted 3, Golden Abyss is almost here for another helping of Nathan Drake. Don’t expect the set-pieces of Uncharted 3 to be matched here. This is the first Uncharted title to not be developed by Naughty dog, but don’t let that make you think the game will be bad. It is looking beautiful, Nolan North and co. return to give you the true console experience, and its more Uncharted; isn’t that enough?