PlayStation Vita: The Games Guide

First party software is crucial for a platform's success. What can we expect from Sony out of the gate?
Author: Scott Rodgers
Published: February 8, 2012
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Sam spoke about the Vita having the largest launch library of any game. Well, take a gander at these 25 titles and I’m sure you’ll find something that strikes your fancy. Games will range from $9.99 to $49.99 MSRP and some games will be available exclusively on the PSN. Others will let you pick up a retail copy or download it digitally. Let’s start with the first party titles.


Escape Plan
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This is the first of three PSN exclusive first party titles. If you plan on trying out this puzzle title you best invest in a bigger memory card. As you can tell from our media page (go on, click the title, I’ll wait) the game has a very distinct look. Players will have to control two characters, Lil and Laarg and navigate them through danger-ridden rooms. As cute as the game looks, it seems that death can be quite gory. According to Amazon this title will still cost $39.99 though it is a digital download. This is one of those where it is best to see it for yourself.



Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
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It’s been a while since we last saw the Hot Shots Golf series. The last game in the series to come out in the United States reached our shores was Open Tee 2 in 2008. I’ve always had a soft spot for the series and I think it will make excellent use of the Vita hardware. One of the niftiest features I have read about is that players will be able to view the courses using the system’s Augmented Reality feature. This game will be the price of most of the system’s titles at $39.99. If you’re curious to learn more about how the game works be sure to check out the trailer below.



Hustle Kings
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I don’t know if you ever played the PS3 version of this game but it was quite the sensation back in its day. I’d say it is the best pool game on the PS3 but that’s not exactly a genre that is lighting the world on fire. Instead, I’ll just let it be known that it was one of the best looking and fun PSN titles I have ever played. Too bad I didn’t have enough people on my friend’s list to play online against. It will be available as a digital download but there’s no price set or on the web that I could find at the time of this writing. Check out the trailer here.



Little Deviants
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Arguably the cutest game on the Vita, Little Deviants looks to be an interesting combination of arcade games. Being able to use the touchpad on the back to create hills and help move your deviant to the finish definitely looks interesting. If nothing else this is a hardware showcase title that can really just show what the Vita has cooking under the hood. Definitely check out the trailer below and see what you think. Another bonus is that this game comes with the first edition bundle and even if you skip that it’ll only cost you $29.99.



ModNation Racers: Road Trip
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This game has already had more drama than most titles get in their lifespan. After the bomb was dropped that the game did not feature online head-to-head it took Erich Waas, the Director of Product Development at Sony San Diego, to make a post on the PS Blog in an attempt to douse the flames. The GPS system definitely looks neat and gives people a reason to carry their Vitas around at all times, but I know many will still feel jipped. Check out the blog post and see if the online has enough for your $29.99.

Super Stardust Delta
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Arguably the best PSN title to date, Super Stardust HD will always have a place on my PS3’s hard drive. SSD looks to be even bigger and better than the previous games with eleven unique modes. No other game says that you can use the rear touch to create a black hole. For that alone it’s worth a look. This is the last of three PSN exclusive first party titles and unfortunately there’s no indicators on the price.



Uncharted: Golden Abyss
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I don’t know if there is a bigger game coming to the Vita than this. Uncharted is the PS3’s flagship franchise and the fact that Sony is trusting Nathan Drake’s next adventure in this handheld can only mean good things. Coming off of a strong showing with Uncharted 3, the series has been handed off to SCEA Bend. If you’re getting a Vita, it’s likely that this will be among the games you pick up but I should note that it is also the priciest title available (the full $49.99). Be sure to check out the trailer and behind-the-scenes mo-cap sessions.



WipEout 2048
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I said that Super Stardust HD was arguably the best PSN title. Key word was “arguably” because WipEout HD takes the crown for me. If you haven’t already, check out Sam Bishop’s preview of the game from E3 and the official trailer below. Those two in combination should give you an excellent idea on just what to expect. As far as price goes, things are all over the map at the moment. On the PS Store the game is listed at $34.99, on Gamestop’s site it is $39.99, but Amazon is selling copies for $29.99 at the moment. That last one could be a sale, in which case you better hurry!

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