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E3 may have come and gone over a month ago, but there is one thing that happened at the giant press event that I don’t feel got the attention it deserved: the range of Vita games shown off. Sony kind of had them tucked away in the back corner of their booth. Obviously, the main focus for Sony was getting its PlayStation 4 in front of as many people as possible, but I can’t help but feel like it dropped the ball with the lack of attention it gave its Vita.
Still, for gamers who knew where to look, there was some great games on display for the system. For anyone who has Sony’s handheld, these are games you need to keep on your radar. Keep your eyes peeled come holiday and later this summer, because these games will make you want to dust that Vita off for some portable gaming fun.
Killzone on Vita could be the shooter that proves that the genre is viable on the platform. Last year’s Call of Duty on the platform was a disappointment, so hopefully this one comes through. All reports from E3 seem to indicate that this game is looking really good.
Personally, I can’t wait to bring this game home. The persistent in-game currency system seems like a good reason to come back for more, and the fact that it’s built on the Killzome 3 engine means this game is going to look fantastic. If you want a reason to pull your Vita out again, this is a game to keep an eye on.
Rayman Legends is shaping up to the be the modern platformer to watch. All reports indicate that it is going to be a fantastic game, and the Vita version looks like it’s going to be on par with the full console releases. Rayman Origins was one of the best games on Vita, and I see no reason Legends will not meet or exceed the quality of the first game.
The fun and addicting gameplay will remain, as will the quirky sense of humor we all know and love from the franchise. Reports from E3 say that the game uses a lot of touch controls, which could be a good or a bad thing, but I have faith in the Rayman team, and I think they will strike a perfect balance between touch and physical controls to make a game that’s as close to perfect as possible.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
Batman on Vita? Sounds good to me! This game will be a little different from the console releases, which is a good thing, because it’s tailor-made for the portable platform. The gameplay has a mix of the combat from the original Arkham games, along with a Metroid-vania style of exploration. To me, that sounds like the perfect recipe for a Batman game.
The look of the game seems very similair to the console games, which is a good thing, as the dark style featured in those games are part of the appeal. When this game releases in the fall, you will definitely want to grab your Vita and play it, because all signs point to this being one of the best games released on the platform.
This game looks like something a little different, which could be exactly what the Vita needs to shake things up. One thing it brings that should be perfectly suited to the PlayStation Vita is gameplay that is meant to be picked up and enjoyed for a few minutes in short bursts. This is well suited to gaming on the go, because players often do not have long stretches of time to sit and play.
The comedic violence mixed with the stealth platforming gameplay in which you cannot be seen even once makes for a cool experience. While it’s not attached to a major franchise we all know and love like the other games on the list, the quirkiness of this game has me taking notice, and it’s available now, so it’s time to play it!
The Walking Dead: The Game
What can I really say about Telltale’s The Walking Dead that hasn’t been said before. The game received almost every game of the year award from almost every publication in print and on the web, and now it’s coming to the Vita. If for some reason you’ve never played the game yet, or you want to take another run at it, you should definitely grab the Vita version when it drops this month.
Think the PlayStation Vita is dead in the water? If the showing at E3 was any indication, Sony and third-party developers still have big plans for the handheld device, which is certainly a good thing for people who already have one, as the Vita was not a cheap console by any stretch of the imagination.
What Vita games from E3 2013 got you excited? Hit the comments section below and let us know!