There are more and more third party games coming out on the Vita following its launch. But which ones are worth getting? After having selected the best first party games, PC World selects another top five Vita games to help you decide.
5. Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (Capcom)The game: A three-on-three fighting game that brings together the heroes and villains from both the Marvel and Capcom universe in a battle against Galactus, the destroyer of worlds. The game is an expanded edition of the earlier Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, adding 12 new characters and new stages.
The verdict: Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is a perfect port of the console version that came out earlier, with the same impressive graphics and sound, as well as tight controls. However, it is a port of the console game, so its appeal is limited to those who have not played the two versions of the game already released on consoles, or those diehard fans who simply need to play the game on the go.
Get it if: You like fighting games and/or you have been caught by your parents secretly miming hadokens in your bedroom.
4. Rayman Origins (Ubisoft)The game: Platforming legend Rayman bring his decisively European flavored design sensibility into the HD gaming era with team based adventuring. In an era where games are about pushing the most polygons onscreen, Rayman Origins returns to its roots as a 2D side-scroller platformer that delivers a nostalgic yet modern gaming experience.
The verdict: Rayman Origins has some of the most eye popping 2D graphics seen to date, with smoothly animated characters and environments in HD. While a return to the original Rayman from the 32-bit era, Rayman Origins fortunately incorporates modern game design elements. However, it is a port of a console game that has already been out for a while, so only those who have yet to play it or fans need only apply.
Get it if: You have a soft spot for platforming games and/or you are a Sonic the Hedgehog fan who has become jaded with 3D platform games overall.
3. Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (Team Ninja)The game: Legendary ninja Ryu Hayabusa returns for some furious hack-and-slash adventuring after getting side-tracked in the Dead or Alive fighting games. Fight demons, warriors and other enemies in various environments set in feudal Japan, but be prepared to have your skills as a ninja tested, as Ninja Gaiden is very much about skill and precision, where one successful hit can kill an enemy and vice versa.
The verdict: In a precise game such as Ninja Gaiden, tight controls are a must and fortunately the Vita’s button layout enables the player to accurately control Ryu during combat. The graphics are also impressive and deliver a console experience in the palm of your hand, and the new easy mode makes the game more manageable for beginners. However, when one considers that the original version of the game came out on the Xbox before being rereleased on PlayStation 3 as an enhanced port, its appeal once again comes down to the few that have not yet played it or those who are keen to try what is arguably the best version of Ninja Gaiden yet.
Get it if: You like your third person action games fast and furious, and/or whether you are guilty of dressing up as a ninja for Halloween.
2. Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (Sega AM3)The game: Famous players from the past and present are brought together in a grand slam tour that mixes arcade gameplay elements with a bit of simulation. The fourth installment continues the tradition set by earlier games where tight reflexes and quick thinking during rallies will earn you the match.
The verdict: The great thing with the Virtua Tennis series is its familiarity and simple control layout that makes matches enjoyable as well as highly strategic. The player roster is a bit of a hit or miss depending on who you consider your favourite players, but all of them are recognisable faces. While it is a port of an existing console game, the other downside with the title is that it plays it a bit safe and does not really bring anything new to the series.
Get it if: You like tennis games that play well and/or you know what tennis plays John McEnroe and Jeff Tarango have in common (hint: its their personalities that rhyme with “gashole”).
1. Lumines Electronic Symphony (Q Entertainment)The game: Arguably the best game of the original PlayStation Portable launch was not a high budget 3D title, but a simple yet highly addictive puzzle game called Lumines. Aiming to have lightning strike twice, the PlayStation Vita also had a new Lumines game on launch, which brings a whole new sound canvas to the established puzzle gaming formula of the original title.
The verdict: Lumines Electronic Symphony is a must have title for the Vita for its highly addictive, pick-up and play puzzle gameplay. While it is a bit disappointment that the music in the game has become more “corporate” and has lost its quirky j-pop edge that made the first game so refreshing, it is only a minor drawback in an otherwise highly enjoyable package. Add in the fact that it is so far a Vita exclusive, you really need to have this game in your game library.
Get it if: You like fun and accessible puzzle games and/or Mondo Grosso’s catchy “Shinin” song from the original game is still playing in your head (“And shinin', shinin', shinin', shinin'…”)