PlayStation Vita Launch Games: Ports You Should Play
System launches often feature ports of games from other consoles and handhelds, probably because it's safer for companies to bring these titles over, compared to investing in some new and unproven intellectual property.
Turns out, PlayStation Vita is no different. Although you'll find a variety of new IP and sequels, a few publishers hope to entice you with games that appeared several months and even years ago across different platforms.
Some longtime players will dismiss these potential hits outright, but we'd like to think that each of these games will be new to someone.
With that in mind, we strongly suggest giving these ports a chance.
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (Tecmo Koei, 2/22)
What is it: An enhanced port of a 2007 PlayStation 3 adventure, which in turn is an enhanced port of a 2004 Xbox game. You play as ninja Ryu Hayabusa, who sets off (fueled by revenge, of course) to slaughter rival pajama wearing assassins and intimidating demons. The Vita edition includes the ability to aim Ryu's bow and arrow using the gyroscope, along with 76 Ninja Trials.
Why you should care: The original Ninja Gaiden on Xbox still holds an impressive 92 percent review rating, while Sigma follows right behind it with a respectable 86 percent. It's one of the finest action titles we've seen over the past ten years, and it runs beautifully on the Vita.
Rayman Origins (Ubisoft, 2/14)
What is it: Arguably the best platform adventure of 2011, a game that received critical acclaim but performed poorly at retail. Playing as Rayman or one of his buddies, you explore gorgeous 2D environments collecting pick-ups and searching hidden rooms. Phenomenal from start to finish.
Why you should care: Most likely, you ignored Origins on consoles. Either that, or you'd love to have this game of the year candidate on the go. For that matter, so would we.
FIFA Soccer (EA, 2/14)
What is it: What appears to be a near perfect port of last year's PlayStation 3 smash hit with all the trimmings (including online play), plus touch screen passing and rear touch pad shooting.
Why you should care: It's the PS3 version of FIFA (with new wrinkles) accessible anytime, anywhere. Depending on overall quality, one could make a case why it's the best launch game, period.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Capcom, 2/14)
What is it: Superheroes and video game characters collide in this pseudo 3D beat-em-up, where the likes of Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk and Wolverine tangle with Ryu, Viewtiful Joe and Nemesis. Capcom lowered the visual quality, but included touch screen controls to make UvC3 even more accessible.
Why you should care: You'll have a nerd-gasm over the roster, while the slick 3D visuals, 2D style brawling and 36 plus hit combos will keep you enthralled for weeks.
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (Sega, 2/14)
What is it: Roger Federer and Co. hit the courts in the latest version of Sega's beloved arcade sports series, with sharp looking visuals and addictive (downright goofy) mini games.
Why you should care: Although we're unsure of the touch controls, this is (for the most part) the same VT experience we know and love. Played the heck out of the PSP prequels, and expect the same level of quality on Vita.