Hello everyone, The PS Vita is about to enter its first holiday season on the market, and it is bound to be a big one for the young console. Luckily there’ll be an influx of heavy-hitters coming out for it that should make things a lot more interesting for the gamers who already own the system, and the new ones coming on board. I’ve compiled a list of the games coming out for the PS Vita from now up until the end of the year, (given the world does exist pass “dooms day” of course)
September 25, 2012 will see the release of the much anticipated Little Big Planet on the PS Vita. We’re not talking about a mere port of the console version here folks, this is a new game built from the ground up to make full use of the PS Vita‘s new controls and features, including all the features from the past 2 titles. The other exciting aspect of this game is the amazing amount of user-generated content that is bound to get pumped out from the community. These guys go all out in recreating their favorite games, to creating entirely new games, all within the world of Little Big Planet. You’ll also be able to download or share your user-generated content via 3G, and play with up to 4 players online. Folks, plane and simple, this is a game that you can’t afford not to miss if you own a PS Vita.
Also coming out September 25 is the new and improved Fifa 13. PS Vita owners will get to lace up their boots and partake in what EA is promising will be one of the most authentic soccer games to date. Boasting new improvements in artificial intelligence, physical play, ball control, and dribbling, players can expect a lot more freedom on the pitch. The career mode has also been expended to now include international duties during the regular season. Fans of the beautiful game, this game is for you.
The very action packed RPG Ragnarok Odyssey is coming to PS Vita in the U.S on October 18 (this date is not set in stone, as the US PlayStation Blog couldn’t confirm the exact date). Ragnarok Odyssey is based on Norse Mythology. You get to create your own characters, choosing between 5 different classes, and battle your way through hordes of giant monsters. The game offers very satisfying combat mechanics with crazy combo chains that can be performed in mid-air as well as on the ground. The game will be in English, will also support online multiplayer and promises to be loads of fun on the PS Vita.
Street Fighter X Tekken will stage their new battles on the PS Vita on October 23 and will feature a good deal of goodies from the get go. The PS Vita game will include 12 additional characters and 38 alternate costumes. The game will also feature cross-play with the PS3 version. To make things sweeter, all DLC and saved game data from the PS Vita version of the game will be transferable to the PS3. The opportunity to rage battle against not just other PS Vita players, but PS3 players alike via online multiplayer is the selling factor for me.
Up next is Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation making it’s debut on the PS Vita on October 30, 2012. The game takes place during the American Revolution, and for the first time ever, will figure a female character named Aveline as the main protagonist. Unlike the PS3 and Xbox 360 version, Aveline’s story takes place years later and in an entirely different city, meaning that the experience offered is unique to the PS Vita. And just when you thought things couldn’t get better, AC III: Liberation will introduce the “crystal white” PlayStation Vita (Wifi only) with a limited edition bundle, which I must admit, looks very good.
October 30, 2012 brings us another anticipated gem named Need For Speed: Most Wanted. Racer fans will get a chance to put the “pedal to metal” on the go against friends with up to 4 players online, or solo while trying to get away from the cops. Criterion insists that the experience is the exact same whether you’re playing on the PS VITA, or sitting on your couch playing on the Xbox 360 or PS3. I don’t know about you, but such news only makes the wait seem a wee bit longer as my excitement shouts through the roof.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified will grace the PlayStation Vita in November of 2012 and will allow you to bring the warfare to your friends and foes, whenever and wherever you may go (needs Wifi of course). That’s right folks, the famed Call of Duty franchise will go portable but still offers the same familiar controls with the PS Vita’s dual analogue sticks, and 4 vs 4 multiplayer and voice chat, for you and your friends to duke it out online. For those you who don’t yet own a PS Vita, there will be a bundle package that includes the game and the PS Vita.
Finally, If you ever wondered how Kratos would fare against the likes of Raiden, Fat Princess, or Big Daddy, then on November 20, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will put all talks and speculations to bed. An ensemble of some of the most recognizable game characters ever will clash heads in a battle of epic proportions, with supers and specials flying everywhere, even the stages themselves are trying to get in on the fun. Sony and the developers went a step further by giving away the PS Vita version of the game if you purchase it on the PS3, that’s right, “cross-buy”. But wait, it gets sweeter, as you’ll have the ability to “cross-play” between the PS Vita and PS3, meaning that you can use your PS Vita to do battle against your PS3 brethren.
To say that I’m looking forward to those games is an understatement. I really don’t know how I’m going to afford them all, but where there’s a will there’s a way, so don’t leave your wallet around me. No seriously, don’t…..