Five Most Wanted PlayStation Vita Import Games
Must...resist urge to spend...lots of money on...overpriced Japanese system.
Sony's PlayStation Vita makes its long awaited debut in Japan December 17, and it's tough resisting the urge to import. Sure, the system will arrive in the U.S. February 22, but the privilege of having one early makes us want to splurge.
With this in mind, we ran through the list of Japanese launch games and selected the five we want the most. Sorry, Asphalt Injection. You didn't make the cut.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Might as well start here. Hero Nathan Drake goes in search of fortune and glory in this "don't call it a prequel" adventure. Not only does it look gorgeous, as Drake navigates a jungle and through a building engulfed with flames, but this title puts Vita's many features on display. Players can aim a sniper rifle by physically tilting the device, solve puzzles with the touch screen and manipulate the camera with the right analog stick. Golden Abyss will be ours. Oh yes, it will be ours.
Army Corps of Hell
Think of this one as a demented Pikmin. You play as the King of Hell, a nasty fellow who uses a small army of minions to destroy a variety of humongous enemies. Yes, the little buggers do your bidding by sweeping across the lava scorched land engulfing whatever creature wanders across their destructive path. There will be blood.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
The popular Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 brawler comes to Vita mostly intact. All of the same characters and finishers made the cut. Capcom just had to downgrade the visuals just a hair to ensure fast paced arcade action at the smoothest possible frame rate.
What's especially intriguing is the use of the touch screen. Now, you can play by tapping the screen like a crazy person, watching as your character of choice (Wolverine, Ryu, The Incredible Hulk) busts out 36 hit combos. Of course, the old d-pad and face buttons work just fine.
Touch My Katamari
We thought we had grown tired of the Katamari Damacy series. Then Namco Bandai pulled us back in. The kooky narrative (the King feels he is unpopular, and sends the Prince to win back his fans) makes us smile, while the ability to stretch the Katamari super narrow or fat like a football opens the door for new ways to attack each stage.
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
We've always had a soft spot for this series that goes all the way back to the original PlayStation. The cute anime characters and simple to understand swing mechanics get us every time.
Hot Shots Vita should fuel our passion even more, with user-friendly touch controls, gyroscope support, some weird Augmented Reality feature and plenty of online options. Seems like a fun time.