Top 5 Most Anticipated PlayStation Vita Games Of 2012

Top 5 Most Anticipated PlayStation Vita Games Of 2012

During it’s release, the PlayStation Vita had (what many called) the most diverse line-up of launch games in the history of system launches. Unfortunately for the last few months, new releases have slowed down to a trickle and it looks like it there won’t be very many big releases until later this year. The good news is when the games do release, they’ll be of top quality; be they indie or AAA experiences. From Sound Shapes, to Call of Duty, to Assassin’s Creed, the Vita will be home to games that players will be excited for later this year.

But before we start the list, here are some honorable mentions:

  • Persona 4 Golden
  • DUST 514
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • LittleBigPlanet PS Vita
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted

Now then, why don’t we get on with the list? These are our top 5 most anticipated PlayStation Vita games of 2012.

A Sound Shapes level featuring design from Canadian developers Superbrothers.

5. Sound Shapes

Sound Shapes is perhaps one of the most intriguing indie titles coming to the Vita. Part instrumental app and part game, Sound Shapes is a platformer that allows players to make their own levels and music to share to the world. Players are cast as a little suction ball that rolls through these levels collecting items; as they are collected, new notes are added to the background music, making each level and song unique and interesting.

What excites us about this game is that the developers worked with popular artists and musicians that include the likes of Pixeljam, Deadmau5, Jim Guthrie, I Am Robot, and Canadian devs Superbrothers. That’s a lot of talent in addition to the original development team. Each of the campaign content can be used as assets to create new levels, and uploaded for everyone else to play; players can also remix these downloaded levels and create an endless stream of new content for the game.

8-Bit Open world carnage on the PlayStation Vita? Count us in!

4. Retro City Rampage

We’ve covered Retro City Rampage since discovering it in late 201o. We’ve even played it (a LOT) at PAX Prime last year. Retro City Rampage is an 8-bit game that plays like an open-world modern shooter much like the original Grand Theft Auto. RCR takes the best parts of classic and modern games and puts them into 8-bit form; and it’s coming to the PlayStation Vita with optional touch-screen controls as well as filters to make it feel like you’re playing the game on an old 8-bit handheld.

What really excites us though are myriad of pop-culture references as well as the confirmed crossover cameos from well known characters from other games/genres like Super Meat Boy, ‘Splosion Man, that damn Duck Hunt dog, the Ninja Turtles van (Cowabunga!!!), and of course, Back To The Future‘s Delorean. Since the game is also coming out for PlayStation 3, both the PS3 and PS Vita versions of Retro City Rampage will support cross-play, allowing players to play their saved games on both systems.

Black Ops Declassified features an all new campaign and multiplayer designed for players on the go.

3. Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified

While we don’t know how Declassified will tie into the main Black Ops II storyline on consoles, it’s still a big win for Vita owners to have a full-on Call of Duty game (complete with a fully-featured online component) on the handheld. What we do know is that it won’t be a port of Black Ops or Black Ops II, but instead will be an all-new campaign and Spec Ops missions set in the BLOPS universe.

What excites us about this game is the potential of a full, console-quality COD multiplayer experience on the Vita. Doesn’t that sound perfect for short bursts of gameplay during transportation or quick break from work. For our Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified wishlist, check out our editorial.

Have PlayStation universe characters fight each other for supremacy.

2. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Coming to both the PS Vita and PS3, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PASBR) will star characters like Sly Cooper, Kratos, Sackboy, Fat Princess, Sweet Tooth, Kratos, and much more. The potential match-ups of modern and classic PlayStation icons are endless. Have you imagined who would win in a fight between Big Daddy (Bioshock), Cole McGrath (inFamous), Kratos (God of War), Nathan Drake (Uncharted), and Jak & Daxter? Sounds like PlayStation fanboy heaven to us.

What excites us about this game is endless amount of fan-service that PASBR offers. Not only are the famous PlayStation first and third party characters represented in the game, their exclusive levels, music, and effects are also brought into the mix. And that’s not the end of it, most of the time, specific levels will have game backgrounds and characters crossing over. One example is Metropolis level from Ratchet and Clank being invaded by the famous Hydra from God of War greatly changing the fight dynamic as the Hydra will occasionally attack players.

And since it’s a game that’s coming to both the PS3 and PS Vita, players can play against each other using the cross-play technology that the Vita brings to the table. From the live demos we’ve seen, it looks silky smooth whether the games are played via infrastructure and ad-hoc modes.

Explore an open Louisiana and take in the full Assassin’s Creed experience on the go.

1. Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation

Not only are we excited for Assassin’s Creed III for PS3, we’re equally excited for it’s spin-off Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for PS Vita. While ACIII centers on Connor, ACIII: Liberation casts players as an all-new assassin named Aveline. Her adventure is set in 18-th century Louisiana, so it will definitely tie-in with Connor’s storyline in ACIII. From the demos and videos we’ve seen, it looks like Aveline will have many of the moves similar to Connor, Altair, and Ezio. She’s as nimble, fast, and as dangerous as the other assassins from past and present.

In Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Aveline must defend her city from the advancing Spanish forces by eliminating key leaders of the armada. Players will get to use weapons unique to the game including a machete, a blowpipe that shoots poison darts, and dual pistols (think John Woo).

What excites us about this game is that it’s built from the ground-up for the PS Vita. That means Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation will make use of the handhelds key features like the front-and-back touchpads, motion sensors and camera for a more immersive experience. We have a feeling that Liberation owners will be able to bring forth items or additional features to their ACIII game on PS3 with cross-play as well.

There you have it folks, our top 5 PlayStation Vita games of 2012. Are there games that you’re excited for and that we haven’t listed here? Let us know in the comment section below.


About janhutchings

Canadian Game Industry Blogger / Contributor for @Sonyrumors & @ShogunGamer / Communications and PR Professional. Voice of Canadian and Indie Gaming.

Posted on July 26, 2012, in Gaming Top Lists and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Pretty good list, though I am also excited for Lord of the Rings Vita. Though I am a pretty big Dork.

    • Thanks for the kind words KTarheel! Actually, I had meant to add LEGO LOTR to the honorable mentions list and it slipped my mind. It’s a game that’s definitely got a lot of people excited.

      Any specific reasons as to why you’re looking forward to it?

  2. adamlikesmovies

    Parappa the Rappa is the boss:)

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