E3 2012: The First-Party Vita Titles of E3
Written Thursday, June 07, 2012 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
We had hoped it would be a big E3 for the PlayStation Vita. After an initial burst of launch titles, support for the machine has dwindled. E3 was going to be the kick up the bum that the platform needed. But it wasn’t to be.
While the official announcement of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation bought one of gaming’s biggest and best franchises to the handheld, the attention given to the Vita on stage in Sony’s press conference was disappointing. they couldn’t even show any footage of Black Ops II Declassified.
Sony did bring some other first-party titles to E3 though. And while they were all announced prior to E3, thus cutting through the excitement somewhat, there’s some decent looking games amongst their portfolio. We’ve collected assets for them here.
Below you will find all of the trailers and links to all of the screens for Sony’s E3 Vita line-up. As ever, you can click on each individual title to be taken to be taken to that game’s gallery, where you’ll find even more screens! We spoil you, we really do.
Sound Shapes is a musical platformer of sorts by Canada-based indie outfit Queasy games. It’s also one of the Vita’s quirkiest and most intriguing titles. You can grab it from PSN on August 7th for $14.99 and it unlocks the PS3 version too.
Sony’s mascot-encrusted handheld version of the Super Smash Bros. Battle Royale could be a fun little diversion. After all, what other game lets you beat the crap out of a Big Daddy as Nathan Drake? None, is the answer.
Another title we’ve been waiting on for a while, Gravity Rush is an inventive 3D platformer that picked up some favourable reviews when it was released in Japan. It’s out soon too. Next week, in fact. Definitely one to consider.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time brings the series’ platforming to Vita in what is sure to be a great fit for the handheld. This iteration has been developed by Sanzaru games, who have taken the reigns InFamous devs Sucker Punch. it’ll be interesting to see what ideas of their own the studio can bring.
Developed by Cleverbeans, When Vikings Attack is a kind of ultra-cutesy riot simulator. One of E3’s most pleasant surprises, it also features cross-platform play so you can go up against PS3 users. Nice.
Touted as a kind of next-gen (ish) Brain training, Smart As features 20 puzzle games with which to test your grey matter. It’s out in the Autumn and comes packed with a load of social features, so all your friends will know just how stupid you are.
Not much to say about this one. LittleBigPlanet Vita takes all of the charm of its big PS3 brother and slaps on a load of touch screen and rear touchpad controls. You already know if you want this or not.