The Vita, a portable gaming system released by PlayStation a couple of months ago, is a fun way to enjoy gaming on the go. The system already hosts a library full of great gaming titles, and there are more fun ones on the way. If you’re considering purchasing the Vita, this list of games might get you off the fence; if you already own the device, you’ll find some great new options to add to your collection.
- Best Vita Racing Game: wipEout 2048
The racing genre has always performed well on handheld gaming devices. There’s just something about taking your racing game “on the road,” so to speak, that seems comfortable and natural. That’s why it’s no surprise that the PS Vita has leapt out of the gate with several terrific racing titles, the most enjoyed of which is wipEout 2048 (by a nose!) If you can get past the rather unfortunate capitalization of the title, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacularly realized futuristic vehicles zooming around in gorgeous environments, courtesy of the Vita’s OLED screen. The rear touchpad is used to good effect, adding another dimension to the on-screen action.
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- Best Vita Sports Game: Hot Shots Golf
Sports is another highly popular handheld-compatible genre. Although my vote stands firmly with FIFA Soccer, I have to bow to the crowds on this one in favor of Hot Shots Golf. I’ll admit that using the touch-screens adds an extra element of fun to this game, and the kooky characters help to keep it interesting.
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- Best Vita Shooter Game: Unit 13
Compared to the racing and sports genres, FPS games are somewhat harder to pull off on handheld gaming devices like the Vita. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see a title like Unit 13 that takes full advantage of the touchpads and other controls to create an immersive and unique shooter experience. It’s not going to be exactly like an FPS on your PS3 or your Xbox, but that’s what sets the Vita apart as a valuable addition to your gaming arsenal.
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- Best Vita RPG: Disgaea 3 – Absence of Detention
Role-playing is another genre that has experienced mixed portable success, although the advent of gaming on phones and tablets has really upped the bar for casual role-playing games. Disgaea has a leg up on its competition because it’s already a well-known and well-loved franchise. And, unlike the somewhat overpriced Dungeon Hunter Alliance (which can currently be had for $0.99 on your Apple-brand device), it provides more depth and more value.
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