It’s a common misconception that there is nothing in the pipeline for the Vita, which long time TVL regulars will know isn’t true. Kyle has a rather extensive list on the forum, but what games are really exciting us? We look at our collective list of ten titles that we think you simply have to own when they release later this year.
The latest title from Canadian developers Drinkbox Studios has us all pretty excited at TVL. Anyone who has played their previous hit Guacamelee! Will probably know why. Set in a “fully stylised twisted reality”, you play as a one-armed heroine who yields a living sword. Utilising touch mechanics to execute offensive and defensive moves, defeating enemies will enable you to upgrade your abilities, and as you can guess, severing enemy body parts is a key part of the game!
“Critically acclaimed” is thrown around so easily these days with indie titles, but there really was something special about yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight. Described as a “hot mashup of new and old that may remind you of Mega Man, Castlevania, or Dark Souls,” you play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and save his lost beloved. He wields a Shovel Blade: a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. The PlayStation port will also feature Kratos from the God of war series, possibly as a boss.
Danganronpa: Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
The TVL team just can’t get enough of the Danganronpa series, and with Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair being voted as our GOTY the anticipation and execution for this title has exploded! Bridging the gap between Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair, putting you in the shoes of Komaru Naegi and Toko Fukawa as they attempt to escape a city full of despair. Key features of the game include third person action sequences, tons of different ammo types (such as truth bullets meant to paralyze and link), riddles, puzzles, and even some familiar faces making a surprise appearance during play.
Resident Evil Revelations 2
We aren’t exactly too sure when we can expect this episodic survival horror game to drop, but we do know that it can’t come soon enough. Set between the events of Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, the game features Claire Redfield as the main protagonist with Barry Burton’s daughter Moira plays a supporting role. You can expect zombies, a decent story, and lots of familiar Resident Evil goodness sometime soon.
Disney Infinity 2.0
With a base unit designed specifically for the Vita and an exclusive black-suited Spider-Man figure you’d think that these were reasons enough to grab the Marvel branded version of Disney Infinity – but knowing that it will essentially be the console version has convinced us. Launching in Mid-may (and just after Age of Ultron hits cinemas) we can’t wait for this to launch.
After shooting to infamy with his previous title Thomas was Alone, Mike Bithell’s newest title has really upped the stakes. With a stealth and puzzle based re-imagining of the great Robin Hood stories and a great voice cast (as well as excellent narration), there is something here for fans of multiple genres.
Not a Hero
Bafta award winning developers Roll 7 should be familiar to you now with their two reflex (and patience) testing skateboarding experiences OlliOlli and OlliOlli2 – but you might not be aware of their upcoming 2.5D cover-based shooter, which is simply incredible. An anthropomorphic rabbit/mayoral candidate from the future named BunnyLord needs a murderous loner to clean up the city during the election; your character heroically offers up his dubious skills with a gun and lack of self-preservation instinct to this mysterious stranger from beyond. With five districts of crime to clear and new heroes to recruit for his cause, you’ll be sliding, diving, ducking, and taking cover through hundreds of full-throttle shootouts across the city in this video game cum action movie love letter.
J-Stars Victory Vs +
Developed by Spike Chunsoft and published by Bandai Namco Games, J-Stars is an epic battle game featuring anime and manga characters from all over the spectrum. The game features a story mode where players battle through the characters respective pre-fabricated universes, a 2-on-2 battle mode (in which you can form teams of four for bragging rights), and an exclusive arcade mode – giving you three ways to kick some ass with Japanese class.
Haven’t heard of Steins;Gate? You’re not alone. Set in Akihabara, the game is a visual novel and follows a group of friends who accidentally invent a method of sending messages into their past. The discovery drags them into a world of conspiracy, where one choice can change the course of history with one move.
Mighty Number 9
Coming from legendary producer Kenji Inafune (think Mega Man), and being one of the most successful Kickstarter projects ever with almost $4 million pledged, this game is considered by many to be a “spiritual successor” to the Mega Man series and shares more than just a familiar look with the title. Mighty No. 9 stars an android named Beck, the ninth unit in a set of combat robots called the Mighty Numbers. At some point a form of computer virus attacks the rest of his fellow units, as well as machines around the world. The player (as Beck) must fight the rogue robots and discover the villain who threatens the fate of the planet.
So that’s our list for now! Do you agree with us or is there something that is exciting you more than these ten? Let us know in the comments!
This article first appeared in The Vita Lounge Magazine Issue One. Look out for more exclusive content in the magazine soon!