PlayStation Vita Launches, The Games Make A Strong Statement
Oh sure, it's quite the advanced piece of equipment. It can do all sorts of cool things.
And all those features have been highlighted and pored over a thousand times in the past few months. But what will strike gamers most of all is - wait for it - the games. And as we at PSXE have come to learn over the past week, the launch lineup for Sony's new portable is about to make a very strong statement.
Not only is the quality of these handheld productions impressively high, but the variety is there as well. Just about any kind of gamer can find at least a few titles that appeal to him (or her): for the action/adventure fans, there's Uncharted: Golden Abyss, for those who want a pure, high-adrenaline racing rush, there's Wipeout 2048, and for the platforming peeps who find fewer and fewer titles on store shelves, there's the artistically amazing Rayman Origins. And we still say just about anyone can have fun with Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational. It's just impossible not to like.
But it doesn't end there. No, we haven't even made it halfway through our stack of Vita games. There's more racing in Asphalt Injection, strategy with a dose of dark action in Army Corps of Hell, the kooky and always entertaining Touch My Katamari, a top-notch fighter in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a likely sports gem in FIFA Soccer, what should be a great puzzler in Lumines: Electronic Symphony, the Tenchu-like Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen, rhythm fun in Michael Jackson: The Experience, and even old-school dungeon-crawling RPG entertainment in Dungeon Hunter Alliance.
Is it the very best launch lineup in PlayStation history? Very likely. It might even be the best starting lineup in console history, period. We're not about to make that judgment with so many more reviews to conduct but right now, we're pretty damn happy with the result. And hopefully, these titles will do all the talking required today; tech-y stuff is cool, but remember, the PlayStation Vita is for gamers.
And in that respect, it seems to succeed beautifully.
2/21/2012 9:06:18 PM Ben Dutka