Sony has finally unleashed its PS Vita with the hopes of making a big splash in the handheld gaming market. While the Vita itself is quite an impressive piece of machinery, it becomes even more appealing thanks to a solid lineup of games made available at its launch. To give you a closer glimpse into what’s out there, here is a list of some of the top PS Vita games. We’ve included a little bit of everything in an attempt to cover most genres and satisfy varying tastes.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Comic fans on the hunt for some fighting action will find it in the PS Vita version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. If you’re familiar with the standard console version, you can look forward to much of the same functionality using Vita’s controls which have been adapted to near perfection. This is mostly on display with the new Touch mode that enables you to tap and swipe while fighting. If you are more of a traditionalist, you can opt for face buttons, but there’s even the option to combine touch input and face button controls for maximum gameplay. As for graphics, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is probably one of the best looking games you will find out of the selection made available at launch.
Super Stardust Delta
Super Stardust made a name for itself when it was introduced exclusively for the PlayStation Network a few years ago. Many consider it to be one of the top offerings on the network, so you can bet that its transition to the PS Vita was a pleasant surprise for handheld gamers. This twin stick shooter employs the Vita’s analog sticks to both navigate and shoot asteroids, enemies, and the like. The game should appeal to fans of games in the arcade mold, but Super Stardust Delta takes that notion and amplifies it to provide an extremely entertaining experience. Its graphics and sound add to its gameplay appeal, and when you consider that it only costs $10 to download, you have yourself a great deal. There’s one warning that should be considered prior to purchasing this title – it can be very addicting.
FIFA Soccer 12
EA Sports’ FIFA franchise is one of the most popular that you’ll find in the realm of sports. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that soccer is gaining momentum and has already been the sport of choice around the world. Regardless, every edition of FIFA brings plenty of fun to the table, and FIFA Soccer 12 for the PS Vita is no different.
You wouldn’t think you’d get so many possibilities from a game that’s played in the palm of your hands, but you do in this case. FIFA Soccer 12 offers over 500 club teams, authentic stadiums, great player models, and graphics that really help bring the game to life. Thanks to the Vita’s touch-screen, controlling the players has become even more precise. Use the touch-screen for enhanced passing, free kicks, and more. As for shooting, the Vita’s rear touchpad gives you unprecedented control over shots and allows you to become more immersed in gameplay than ever before.
Rayman Origins is classified as a part of the platformer genre. It provides a nice departure from the slew of first-person shooters on the market and gives gamers some of the best graphics and sound currently found in Vita’s gaming lineup. Rayman Origins is challenging, but Vita’s superb controls make it manageable. Along your journey you’ll stumble upon hidden stages, exciting boss fights, items you can unlock, and much more.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
The Uncharted franchise has gained a solid following on the PlayStation 3 console, and it’s now available on the Vita with Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Although you can’t really expect the Vita version to be on par with its predecessors on more traditional consoles, it does more than hold its own in this handheld edition.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the perfect title for those seeking adventure and a nice plot. You play as Nathan Drake, a treasure hunter who makes his way through Central America with plenty of obstacles at hand. Expect a lot of shooting, leaping, climbing, and more. All of it is helped by the Vita’s motion and touch controls. Basically, if you are looking for a game that will keep you occupied while on the go, you can’t go wrong with Uncharted: Golden Abyss.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a racing game, so out of the Vita’s available titles, we added F1 2011. It may not have the overall fun element you’ll find in more lighthearted racing titles, but F1 2011 is a solid pick for racing fans that are looking for something a bit more realistic.
For a portable gaming title, F1 2011 offers a nice variety of modes to keep the replay value high. To jump straight into the action, there are time trials and quick races. You can enjoy Grand Prix events for a more authentic experience, or go all out with the career mode. As you probably know by now, nothing beats a human opponent, so the inclusion of a multiplayer mode is a definite plus. Is F1 2011 the greatest racing game you’ll play? Probably not. Still, it is worthy of a purchase if you find yourself in the need of a racing fix from time to time.
Lumines: Electronic Symphony
Lumines: Electronic Symphony is like Tetris on steroids. The game is simple, as your objective is to appropriately manage falling blocks to make existing squares disappear. Of course, that simplicity is complicated by many other factors, but the end result is an addicting game that will keep you busy for a long time. There are over 43 levels in the game, and each comes with its own music, background, and colors to keep your mind stimulated. You can use the Vita’s touch controls to play, or opt for the d-pad and face buttons. As you would expect from its name, the soundtrack in Lumines: Electronic Symphony is terrific. Simply put, if you enjoy puzzle games, do not hesitate to add this title to your Vita collection.
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