Sony has unveiled the dozen games which its next-gen handheld the PS Vita will launch with next February.
CVG spilled the list which is headed up by Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the handheld version of the famous PS3 franchise. A visual showcase for the Vita, Golden Abyss is a prequel which is shaping up very nicely according to early hands-on reports.
Wipeout 2048 is another big name title set to be available from day one, and provides the expected blend of extremely fast paced futuristic arcade style racing – plus some cool new touches such as voice activated weapons.
Motorstorm RC is another title drawn from a major franchise, albeit using small remote controlled cars in this case. There’s no multiplayer here, which is slightly disappointing, although there will be fastest time leaderboards.
Reality Fighters is a beat-’em-up which makes use of the Vita’s camera, so you can take a picture of yourself to be digitised into a fighter. Backgrounds can also be snapped to fight against, with some no doubt comical results.
Escape Plan is a quite slick looking puzzle platformer where a pair of characters must escape from a trap-filled world, and Hustle Kings and Top Darts bring pub games to the handheld in the form of pool and darts (obviously).
Other games on the launch list include Little Deviants, ModNation Racers: Road Trip, Everybody’s Golf, Gravity Rush and Super StarDust Delta.
There aren’t a huge amount of big name franchises here, but it’s a pretty solid line-up on the whole, and Uncharted and Wipeout are definitely ones to watch.
The PS Vita is due to be released on February 22nd with the RRP currently set at £230. How it will fare at that price level, we shall have to see – it’s the same mark which Nintendo chose for its initial 3DS RRP.
However, the 3DS can now be bagged for around £130, and was closer to £100 at one point this year.
We’d expect the Vita to actually sell at less than £200 upon launch, and possibly price drop a bit from there.