Console launches are a tricky time. I know, you’ve read our full hardware review from last year and you’ve decided you want a PlayStation Vita, but the myriad of launch games is still rather daunting. Right? Well, we’re hear to fix this – the machine (and all the games) are out in two weeks, so it’s time to start picking out the titles that’ll keep you busy on launch day.
So, below is a list of all the games that are out on day one (and a couple shortly after) along with our thoughts on the game, the price, file size where known (if you’re downloading them from the PSN Store rather than buying cartridges) and a link to that game’s Trophy List if it’s currently public and out in the open. Hopefully, with this list to hand, you’ll be all set…
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
|Available on:||Cartridge and PSN||Download Size:||3.4GB|
|Trophy List:||Click here||Coverage:||Review (9/10)|
|What’s Good:||Proper PS3-esque Uncharted adventure with all the trimmings||What’s Bad:||No online, and the last few minutes is one long QTE|
Uncharted: Golden Abyss is easily the most anticipated PS Vita launch title, with an attach rate (the proportion of people that buy the game against those buying the hardware) surely near to 1:1. It’s a proper, full length Uncharted game, without any compromise, and plays very much like the first PlayStation 3 Uncharted.
It’s a really great showcase for the Vita, too, with stunning graphics, great animation and – once you’re used to the (optional but recommended) gyro aiming, headshots are easier on Vita than on PS3. If you’re getting a Vita (and we assume you are) then Uncharted is the game that you need to pick up alongside it.
|Available on:||Cartridge and PSN||Download Size:||1.6GB|
|Trophy List:||Click here||Coverage:||Article|
|What’s Good:||Loads to do and unlock, and you can play against PS3 WipEout HD owners||What’s Bad:||Framerate drops if there’s a lot going on|
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: WipEout 2048 is majestic. It’s a truly beautiful game (despite running at 30fps) and – thankfully – has the gameplay and scope to back up the visuals. It’s a constantly growing, evolving thing that slowly grabs you before snaring you in for the long haul.
The single player is big, but the online is just as capable, with constant streams of Friend data, unlocks and new events making the game a hugely rewarding one. The music’s great, too, but it’s the ship sound effects that really raise the smiles – play this game with a decent pair of cans for a stunning experience.
Everybody’s Golf 6
|Available on:||Cartridge and PSN||Download Size:||1.2GB|
|Trophy List:||Click here||Coverage:||Online Pass included|
|What’s Good:||Another lengthy campaign and the online world is copied from the PS3 version||What’s Bad:||Low resolution graphics, and little has changed over past iterations|
You’ll know whether this is for you or not already – the Everybody’s Golf (or Hot Shots Golf in the US) series has loads of fans and thus sticks to its own rules every iteration. Again, little has changed here but it’s still the best golf game on a console, knocking Tiger Woods into the rough.
Sadly, the resolution isn’t great, everything’s a bit low-res and scaled up so it’s hardly the best looking game on the system. That said, online is robust and the single player’s still as addictive as it has ever been. The relatively small download size means that this is one you’ll want on your memory card so it’s always to hand.