For a console that many people have written off, there’s no shortage of quality games for the PS Vita. The past three months have seen a number of high profile releases, including All-Stars Battle Royale and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward. It’s 2013 gamers are still unsure about, and thankfully Sony has just as much content lined up for the rest of 2012 and beyond.
In our 2012 Vita Buyer’s Guide, we suggested that consumers pick up the Assassin’s Creed: Liberation bundle, as the package comes with the most bang for your buck. As it would so happen, Sony has now released a new and compelling Vita bundle. The PlayStation Plus Vita bundle comes packed with a WiFi Vita model, a year subscription to PlayStation Plus, a copy of Unit 13 and a 4GB memory card. With a suggested MSRP of $299.99, it’s a good deal – though how users are going to fit all of those Plus games onto a 4GB memory card is a mystery.
The rest of 2012 is still home to a couple big games – as developer Just Add Water has finally announced a release date for the Vita port of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD. The game, which was first made available for the original Xbox, was ported to the PS3 just last year. The Vita version drops December 18th, likely looking just as pretty as its PS3 counterpart. Unfortunately for European gamers, SCEE is still approving the game, so a final release date has not been given for the region.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s 2013 that remains a mystery. Aside from Killzone: Mercenary, Soul Sacrifice and Tearaway, the handheld’s release schedule isn’t clearly defined going into 2013. The good thing is, there are still more games coming, including fighter Dead or Alive 5. Yosuke Hayashi of Team Ninja confirmed that Dead or Alive 5 will come to the Vita early next year, retitled to Dead or Alive Plus. The name is descriptive of the game’s content, suggesting Dead or Alive Plus will come with extra features for its Vita re-release.
Earlier this year, we mentioned that the Vita needs more Japanese games brought stateside. The thinking was that this would draw in the niche crowd, just as the steady flow of JRPGs helped to make the PSP a success for Sony. Though we’re still waiting on titles like Hatsune Miku Dive F and Fate/Stay Night, the Vita will be getting one game come 2013: Let’s Fish: Hooked On. Unlike most fishing games, what make’s Let’s Fish stand out is its anime art style, which should do wonders to draw in the niche crowd.
The game will launch via the PlayStation Network (no retail version is planned); however, publisher Wired Productions has yet to announce a final release date. That said, they have unveiled the game’s first trailer, which you can see below.
Planned for 2013 is also a Vita re-release of the PS3 title Rocketbirds. Much like Dead or Alive Plus, the game will come with a handful of extra content. Gamers can expect new chapters, tighter controls and better netcode for the co-op campaign. Overall, it sounds like a huge improvement over the PS3 version of the game, which itself was met with warm reviews. We’re hoping the game also supports crossplay, allowing Vita owners to play with their console brethren.
With the smattering of games already set for 2013, it’s hard to understand the pessimism surrounding the Vita. The hardware itself is solid, and there are more and more games coming down the pipeline. A price cut would likely help the console fare better; but even then the system is far from doomed. With all of the games outlined in this post – not to mentions the ones already revealed – the Vita should have a strong first half of 2013 and we look forward to spending more time with the handheld.
The PlayStation Plus Vita bundle releases next week.
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath releases December 18th, 2012 for the PlayStation Vita.
Dead or Alive Plus releases early 2013 for the Vita.
Let’s Fish: Hooked On is in development for the Vita.
Rocketbirds releases in early 2013 for the PlayStation Vita.
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