PlayStation Vita: Most Anticipated Launch Games
The five titles we can't wait to play, from kicking soccer balls to blasting bad guys while climbing mountains on the go.
These next two weeks should be crazy in the best way possible. February 15 marks the release of the PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle, as well as a handful of third party games. Then, February 22, Sony releases both the 3G and Wi-Fi Vita SKUs, with additional games also hitting shelves.
Suffice to say, we cannot wait to mess around with the system. We've had the opportunity to go hands-on with it several times, but those experiences don't compare to racing home from the mall, (carefully) opening the box and then exploring every feature for hours on end.
Not only that, but we also plan to enjoy a variety of launch titles. That said, here are the five Vita games we're most looking forward to.
Wipeout 2048 ($39.99)
This is a no brainer, since we loved the Wipeout games for PSP, and have high hopes that 2048 will deliver the same fast-paced thrills, but with cross platform play alongside PS3 owners, tilt, voice activated controls and ten new tracks that are a sweet mix between modern and futuristic designs. Should be the premier racer for PlayStation Vita.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss ($49.99)
You can't purchase a PlayStation Vita without buying this game. Sony's latest finds treasure hunter Nathan Drake investigating the mystery behind a massacred Spanish expedition, which also means he'll get into intense gunfights, punch bad guys and dash through old ruins. Touch controls, gyroscope and rear touch pad support make it a wonderful showpiece for the system and its many features.
Escape Plan (price TBD, PSN only)
We also have this charming and mostly touch screen driven adventure starring two friends, Lil and Laarg. The goal is to use each character's special abilities to complete a variety of puzzles. Lil, for instance, runs faster and floats, while Laarg smashes into things. The stylish black and white graphics and well-designed levels should make it a hit, as well as delightful head scratcher.
FIFA Soccer ($39.99)
Is it OK to call Vita our personal FIFA machine? This is one of the more impressive games we've played. EA Sports delivered the full PlayStation 3 FIFA Soccer 12 experience (Career Mode, Be A Pro, online play, Tournament Mode) on Sony's portable, then upped the ante with touch screen passing and rear touch pad shooting to make the game more accessible to casual players. Definitely the first title we play.
Lumines: Electronic Symphony ($39.99)
Q Entertainment's original PSP offering, Lumines, is a smartly designed and addictive puzzler that uses music to great effect. The Vita edition returns the series to its electronic roots, with a handful of new wrinkles to separate it from its predecessors, including power-ups and 3D backgrounds that go through multiple transitions to keep gamers hooked.