The fierce competition between "the big three"—the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii—might take a majority of the headlines, but the battle between the handheld consoles is just as vicious. Nintendo's 3DS has enjoyed a substantial head start, but after a long wait, Sony's long awaited follow-up to the PSP (let's just forget the PSP Go even exists) is nearly here.
Technically, the PlayStation Vita has a lot to offer. With a 5" OLED touchscreen, rear touchscreen, Sixaxis support, and an interior that includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and optional 3G, all powered by a quad-core processor, the PS Vita is poised to have a very successful launch in the U.S.
If you're planning on getting a PS Vita, you're going to have to sift through the console's impressive launch lineup for the games that most deserve your time and money. Lucky for you, we've gathered five of the most exciting and unique games that will release alongside the Vita on day one.
Don't let its adorable, cartoony protagonists trick you; they're a devious bunch. The game they star in looks a lot like Rayman Raving Rabbids, in that it's about cutesy creatures doing bizarre things in a collection of minigames. These minigames come in a variety of wacky flavors, and each utilizes one of the Vita's features. Hole Roll Control has you using the Vita's front and rear touchscreens to manipulate the terrain and get a Deviant in a hole. There's also Depth Charge, which has you tilting the Vita to guide a Deviant through a series of tunnels, and the Whac-A-Mole inspired House of Whacks mode. Little Deviants looks like the type of game that, thanks to its art style and wacky gameplay, will be something anyone can pick up and play.
Speaking of Rayman, everyone's favorite limbless video game character will be making his way to the Vita as well in a port of the insanely cool Rayman Origins that came out last November. Origins is a gorgeous puzzle platformer you can play with your friends. It's another game that's fun for anyone, while remaining challenging enough to keep the more seasoned platformer veterans interested. With Rayman Origins, you'll come for the beautiful environments and animations, and stay for the addictive cooperative gameplay.
The newest entry in the longstanding anti-gravity racing series will be adding some high velocity fun to the Vita's launch, with Uncharted: Golden Abyss. The game is set in the near future (I'll let you guess the year) where the sport of anti-gravity racing is just beginning to take off. As a prequel, 2048 has the opportunity to take the series in a new direction. From what we've seen of the game so far, it looks like fans of the series won't leave disappointed as it'll bring with it more detailed and wider tracks and a brand new soundtrack.
Obviously, this is easily the most hyped game for the Vita, a hype that has been earned over a trilogy of incredible Uncharted games for the PS3. Golden Abyss marks the series' first foray to handheld consoles, but don't let its platform fool you, this is an Uncharted game. This means the epic scope, tight gunplay, incredible storytelling, and high production values have all made their way to the Vita. Golden Abyss is likely to be the best looking handheld game we've seen so far, and it's a fantastic game to begin your Vita collection with.
I saved the most unique title for last. Escape Plan sets itself apart from the rest by giving us black and white visuals, a classical music soundtrack, and gory yet humorous gameplay. It's being brought to us by Fun Bits Interactive and Chris Millar, who also worked on Fat Princess for the PSN. The game follows Lil and Laarg, who have to work together to traverse through a series of booby-trapped rooms. If you fall into one of the many traps laid out before you, you'll meet a gruesome end.
Date: February 14, 2012
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