Top 5 Upcoming Games for the PlayStation Vita
Street Fighter x Tekken brings the best characters from two fighting franchises, plus a few Vita exclusives.
After a slow start back in March, the PlayStation Vita has been picking up a bit in sales. And this holiday season will make it more enticing with a number of huge gaming titles — whether you're into action games, in the mood for a fight or want to take a wild drive in a sports car. Here's a look at five standouts.
"Street Fighter x Tekken" (Capcom, Oct. 23, $40)
First released for consoles back in April, Capcom's latest crossover fighter features the best from both its own "Street Fighter" franchise (including Ryu, Chun Li and Ken), as well as various fighters from Namco's "Tekken" series (including Nina Williams, Heihachi and masked wrestler King).
The handheld version will have more than 50 fighters to choose from, including exclusive combatants like Pac-Man, as well as Cole McGrath from the "Infamous" series. And the Cross-Play feature enables you to fight online against players who own PS Vita and PlayStation 3 versions of the game.
"Need For Speed: Most Wanted" (Electronic Arts, Oct. 30, $40)
With "Most Wanted," you've got a wide-open world to race through, with dozens of cars to choose from and miles of terrain to cover. Plus, you can race down and dirty, wrecking other cars and trying to elude the police — or play as them, if you prefer — at every turn.
The PS Vita version will feature hundreds of challenges to choose from, including some exclusive to the system, making use of its front touch screen and rear touch pads. What's more, you can race against others directly through PlayStation Network, or register your best racing times through the online-enabled AutoLog system.
"Assassin's Creed III: Liberation" (Ubisoft, Oct. 30, $40)
This PlayStation Vita spinoff of "Assassin's Creed III" has its own story to tell. In "Liberation," you take control of Aveline, the first female assassin to be introduced in the series, as she fights her own battle in 1765, using traps, chain kills and other techniques to dispatch her enemies. Her journey will take her from the crowded streets of New Orleans through voodoo-haunted swamps and ancient Mayan ruins.
Ubisoft is injecting the same level of assassination menace — and fun gameplay — into "Liberation" as it is with "Assassin's Creed." In addition, the controls will take advantage of the system's touch functionality and motion sensor, so that you're immersed in the game experience. This game is also shaping up to be one of the most fantastic-looking Vita games to date.
"Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified" (Activision, Nov. 13, $40)
"Black Ops Declassified" is a spinoff from the main adventure, featuring its own selection of Special Ops missions, using a variety of weapons, such as assault rifles, grenades and other tools of the trade.
Though Activision hasn't revealed all the details behind the game's story, no "Call of Duty" game has disappointed in terms of action. The Vita's dual analog stick controls make it suitable for first-person shooting games (look at "Resistance: Burning Skies" if you need an example), and the publisher is already promising that "Declassified" will have an abundant amount of gameplay, between the hours it'll take it complete the single-player missions and the PS Vita-exclusive multiplayer modes.
"PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale" (Sony, Nov. 20, $40)
Sony is bringing every popular character from its gaming library to "PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale." This multiplayer game, which brings all the fighting action of the PlayStation 3 version of "Battle Royale" to the Vita, lets you explore tons of possible combat situations, whether you want to pit Raiden of "Metal Gear Rising Revengeance" against Kratos from "God of War," Dante from "DMC: Devil May Cry" against Parappa the Rapper and more.
Multiplayer fighting action for up to four people? What's not to like? In addition to a huge brawling roster, "All Stars Battle Royale" will support Cross-Play, so you can fight against both PS3 and Vita owners. It'll also support Cross-Buy: you'll get the Vita version for free if you purchase the PlayStation 3 edition (through digital download). But, really, the fighting is bound to be addictive in itself, especially with the variety of stages you'll be fighting across (from the "Buzz" game show set to a "LocoRoco"-inspired cartoon world), and the finishing attacks – or "Supers" – are really going to be a sight to see.