Five Most Hardcore PlayStation Vita Games
Although we expect great things from these promising titles, they may only appeal to Sony's most devoted audience.
With PlayStation Vita nearing its December 17 launch in Japan, and the February 22 U.S. and European debuts not far behind, consumers of all ages are aware of the heavy hitters, launch titles like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048 and Hot Shots Golf, all of which come from established franchises. If anything, these games will be front and center, plastered on billboards, magazine and Internet ads.
Of course, the system will have plenty of games, some of which may only appeal to a niche audience of hardcore players. That said, check out the five most hardcore titles.
The studio behind the 2007 PlayStation Network effort, Everyday Shooter, is ready to rock the Vita launch with Sound Shapes, a game best described as a musical platformer.
In it, you guide a tiny ball through a variety of stages, where interacting with this virtual world produces music. The further you progress, the more enhanced that level's soundtrack becomes.
Despite an impressive level editor and music from popular artist, deadmau5, it'll be tough convincing casual shoppers to buy what should be one of Vita's best titles. Hardcore fans, though, will be on board day one.
Touch My Katamari
There's no denying the original Katamari Damacy's success. The original 2004 PlayStation 2 effort proved that quirky games from Japan can be successful in western markets, inspiring Namco Bandai to dream up sequels for nearly every platform since.
Whether or not gamers at large are still in love with this franchise, though, remains to be seen. The latest entry, Touch My Katamari, continues the bizarre exploits of the almighty King of All Cosmos, while gameplay now includes the ability to flatten and stretch the Katamari ball to access hard to reach areas. Cool idea and off the wall cut scenes, but we're not sure casuals will line up by the thousands. The hardcore masses, though, will gobble this up.
Army Corps of Hell
A Pikmin style strategy game with a dark twist. After getting kicked out of Hell, the King attempts to get back in by sending his minions to slaughter a variety of monsters. Looks intriguing, and we dig the copious amounts of blood and gore. Could be a hardcore player's dream.
Lumines: Electronic Symphony
Ah yes, Lumines, arguably the best PSP launch game. The series lost a bit of its luster over the years, but Q Entertainment appears to be on the right track to reclaiming its mojo with Electronic Symphony, a launch title that celebrates electronic music instead of shoehorning Western artists into the mix just for the sake of doing so.
Then again, will U.S. players buy a game that doesn't feature Katy Perry or Michael Jackson? This one has hardcore written all over it; we love this game, by the way.
Super cool looking action adventure game that lets you manipulate gravity to explore the virtual city of Hekseville while punishing evildoers. Beautiful cut scenes, architecture and special effects, but the obvious Japanese influence may turn off gamers at large. Devoted Sony followers, on the other hand, could make it one of Vita's surprise hits.