Sunday, July 10, 2011

PlayStation Vita: The launchgames

Earlier this month Sony's new handheld exploded with news, trailers and screens. from upcoming games to the latest facts, allot of secrets were revealed. Allot of games were shown at the E3 and are scheduled to launch together with the PlayStation Vita. Because it can be tricky to decide what to buy alongside your new portable. I decided to make a list of all the games and what you can expect from them.
(Be mindful that some games could get a delay or can be released in the launchwindow of the handheld, wich is the first phew months).

Everybody's Golf

Known as Hot Shots Golf in the US, this Sony game uses cartoonish caricatures with which you can play your way to victory. You can putt away by using the touchscreen and rear touch pad to negotiate your way around the course. the game has a new shot system which makes use of the PS Vita's touchscreen control and it also allows for online playing using the PlayStation Network to take part in tournaments with your pals.

Hustle Kings

The idea is that you can carry an awesome pool hall around in your pocket wherever you go. The fantastic graphics make the whole experience look about as close to the real thing as possible and there are a choice of cool settings for you to play in. You can line up shots using the touchscreen and rear touch pad and alter the view of the table as you go. The game gives you the option of playing against friends (including PS3 users) over PSN. There's no mention of the trick shot mode from the PS3 version, but final details have yet to be confimed.

LittleBigPlanet Vita

Vita's touchscreen adds a whole new sense of toy-like, playful fun to LittleBigPlanet's patchwork proceedings. You'll be able to grab onto objects with your pinky, move platforms by dragging them, and spin gears and wheels with a twirl.

The back touch panel makes an appearance, too. You can pop platforms out of hiding by nudging their backs, and then shove them back into place by poking them on front. Expect some seriously devious puzzles with this.

These brand new ideas, however, mean this Vita-edition won't play stages from the PS3 DIY level maker. No worries - it won't take long before the Vita community has filled the sackworld to ripping point with new ideas, creations, and contraptions.

Little Deviants

The little deviants in question are a collection of pint-sized noisy monsters that feature in a series of frenetically paced games. Including shooting games, singing options and platform style levels where you roll the monsters around, the game appears to make use of pretty much every feature of the PS Vita including the touchscreen, the rear touch pad and the microphone. Up to seven of your pals can join you using the Pass Around mode and you'll be able to share your scores with your chums as well.

ModNation Racers

ModNation Racers shares LittleBigPlanet's hands-on mantra of Play, Create, Share. You not only get a cute and cuddly kart racer to play, but you can also build your own courses and play tracks from amateur designers online.

But unlike LBP's PSP edition, this completely customisable racer taps into the overflowing reservoir of homemade tracks from its PS3 sibling. Turn on ModNnation Racers when it launches in 2012, and you'll already have hundreds of thousands of tracks to race on.

You can also make levels on the portable version, and it couldn't be easier to do so. You drag and drop objects from the touchscreen, and morph the landscape by tickling the rear touchpad. You'll have created Silverstone in minutes.

Reality Fighters

If you like beat ‘em up games, this is the one for you. For the Vita, you will be able to use augmented reality so that you can play in a real setting. The concept is that you’ll pick the location, point the Vita at it and then play in that setting. You can customize your fighter to look like you and dress them up in whatever costume you would like. You can also claim others’ characters by challenging them in fights and winning.

Smart As

Smart As is a puzzle-based workout for your brain and features 15 different challenges that make use of the PS Vita's touchscreen and gyroscope. The challenges range from three-dimensional problem solving with Cube Mania, through to dexterity in Chain Reaction, while Roller Blocks will test your analytical skills. You can compare your scores with friends on Facebook or with nearby players or even with all the players all over the country.

Sound Shapes

Offering something a little different, Sound Shapes is a side-scrolling platform game where your actions result in music. The game is based around a series of basic shapes and colours and sees the player controlling a small yellow orb which is guided around the musical levels. Along the way, you'll need to collect the white orbs. The game enables you to create your own levels by choosing the sounds that the orbs make and placing them wherever you choose. You can then share your creations with other PS Vita players. This is definitely one to play with headphones on.

Super Stardust Delta

If you've played this spherical twin-stick blaster on PS3, you'll know what to expect here. You orbit a planet, shooting enemies and nuisance space rock with a handful of different weapons.

This Vita edition adds a few new features: you can shift the camera's perspective just by twisting and tilting the console, shake the console to unleash shockwaves, and tap the touchscreen to use your special power-ups. Those include the ability to halt time, blast off a barrage of missiles, and generate matter-sucking black holes.

Top Darts

This was released previously on the PS3 last year. You will be  able to choose from 9 classic dart games, as well as 4 new “darts-themed experiences.” You will also be able to customize your dartboard using the Vita’s cameras. If you fancy a challenge, then there's scope for up to eight players to join in with turn-based matches.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Set before the events of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (although not a prequel), this action adventure sees the return of intrepid adventurer Nathan Drake. His task is to uncover the secrets behind the massacre of a Spanish expedition to Central America 400 years ago. You can either use the analogue sticks and buttons or the touchscreen to jump, swing, slide and traverse your way through the game's exquisitely rendered backdrops.

Proving that portables are no slouch, this Uncharted semi-prequel features over two hours of motion-captured and voice-acted story sequences, sandwiched between the usual mix of jungle parkour and hectic shootouts.

Virtua Tennis 4

This title is already available on a variety of other consoles, but it will be making it’s way to the Vita upon launch. Play as one of 22 tennis pros and choose from 33 different settings. You will also be able to upload your face into the game using the Vita’s front-facing camera. You'll be able to share stats as well as chat and play online matches over PSN.

Wipeout 2048

The latest in the Wipeout racing saga, this PS Vita-specific title carries on the anti-gravity racing framework set by the previous versions. Set in a futuristic New York City, the game is played by tilting the console to steer your hovering car, while the rear touchpad is used for acceleration and you'll also have access to voice-activated weaponry.

You can play with up to seven opponents in multiplayer matches over PSN and use cross-play to include PS3 players in the fun. The game will take a snap or video of the victor of each race so that the winner's gloating mugshot will be there to greet the losers.

I hope you liked some or most of the launchgames so far. Expect to see more of these games as we near the release of PlayStation Vita.

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