Five Must Have Vita Launch Titles

February 21, 2012
The dawn of Sony's new handheld gaming device, the PlayStation Vita, is also ushering in a host of new games. In the past some launch line-ups have been better than others (3DS, I'm looking at you), but this time around Sony is looking to set a new industry standard for quality and quantity. With over 20 total games, both at retail and available for download, there are a lot of games to choose from. Fortunately for you we've weeded through the choices and figured out which ones are your best bets.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Source: Sony Computer Entertainment

PlayStation 3 owners know that Uncharted has been one of the best franchises launched this generation. To kick off the launch of the Vita Bend Studios (overseen by Naughty Dog) are sending treasure hunter Nathan Drake on another adventure, this time he's off to Central America in search of the secret behind a 400-year-old massacre. Set before Drake's Fortune, Golden Abyss demonstrates the graphical prowess of the Vita as fans are finally able take Drake's globetrotting with them, perhaps while they do some traveling themselves.

Lumines: Electronic Symphony

It's fitting that one of the best games from the PSP's launch line-up is also one of the best from the Vita's. The block dropping gameplay of Lumines hasn't changed much in the last eight years, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's still just as satisfying to sit back and blow through as many skins as your brain can handle while listening to the trippy techno soundtrack.

Escape Plan

Source: Sony Computer Entertainment

From the kooky minds that brought gamers Fat Princess, Fun Bits Interactive have created a truly enjoyable PlayStation Network game to celebrate the launch of the Vita, Escape Plan. Step into the monochromatic shoes of Lil' and Laarg as the try and escape the deathtrap-ridden halls of a mysterious complex run by the evil Bakuki. Placing almost all of the controls on the front and rear touch screens, Fun Bits have created a gorgeous and expansive touch based title, the likes of which your iPhone has never seen.

Touch My Katamari

Fans of his previous games will instantly recognize the lovable Prince as returns once again to do the bidding of the great King of the Cosmos. In his latest adventure, Touch My Katamari, the Prince has to set out to roll Katamaris to impress the King's fans. Unlike its PSP predecessor, Touch My is able to take advantage of the Vita's dual analog sticks, returning to the game to the same controls that its console counterparts have taken advantage of for all these years.

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

Source: Capcom

Fans of Capcom's crossover fighter Marvel vs Capcom 3 are likely to have already purchased Ultimate for their PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, so why do they need another version? Well, aside from the fact that the Vita release is the first in the series to appear on a portable, it also boasts a handful of new features (replays, touch controls, and the ability to use your Vita as a PS3 controller for the game). Capcom made very few compromises from its console releases, meaning this version may be the definitive one.