PlayStation Vita Fighting Game Report
Superheroes, MMA warriors and friends collide on Sony's powerful handheld.
Although Sony's PlayStation Vita doesn't appear in the U.S. and Europe until February 22, the machine already has a handful of fighting games on the way, titles that give players a chance to throw down with friends in the same room via Wi-Fi or square off against anyone from around the world online.
In fact, they'll be able to obliterate each other on launch day in Capcom's Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but as we've learned, that is but one hard-hitting brawler coming to this powerful device.
With that, be sure to get punchy with these upcoming fighters.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (February 15-22)
Capcom kicks things off with a handheld version of its popular Xbox 360 and PS3 title, complete with all of the characters from its own stable (Ryu, Chun-Li, Arthur) and the Marvel side (The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider). Pummel your adversaries with the d-pad and face buttons, or go the easier route and tap Vita's five-inch OLED screen to unleash 36-hit combos. Either way works just fine, though we highly doubt touch controls will make it to tournament level play.
Reality Fighters (February 15-22)
Sony hopes to put Vita's cameras to great use with this Augmented Reality driven fighter, which lets friends snap photos of each other to create the game's characters. From there, they select a fighting style (martial arts, wrestling) and costumes, then use every day locations as backdrops. Not sure if it'll be any good, but we have to admit, Reality Fighters looks...interesting.
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (February 15-22)
If you prefer 2D craziness, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift has the makings of a winner, with gorgeously animated characters, new warrior Relius Clover, unique storylines and modes to enjoy. We just hope it's better than the poorly received BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II for 3DS.
Supremacy MMA (March 6)
Not sure about this one. The concept of bludgeoning other players as a real-life MMA fighter (male or female) sounds cool, and the individual fighting styles means it should take a while to master them all. On the downside, critics ripped this 3D beat-em-up to shreds, and we don't have high hopes for a turnaround on PlayStation Vita.
Street Fighter X Tekken (2012)
Marvel vs. Capcom 3, eat your heart out. Capcom teamed with Namco Bandai to deliver a hard-hitting and beautiful title that seemingly combines the best of both Street Fighter and Tekken franchises. As such, prepare to pit characters like Ryu, Ken and Guile against Kazuya, King and Bob. Controls will feel instantly familiar to fans of both franchises, and online play means there's an opponent anywhere, any time.