Every PlayStation Vita Launch Title Review In One Place

February 23, 2012 Written by Anthony Severino

The PlayStation Vita launch is officially here. And while we’ve been covering all things Vita over the past few weeks, we wanted to get the most important stuff – like what games you should be buying – all into one place. This page is filled with a review for every PlayStation Vita title available at launch. Use our reviews to make informed decisions on where you spend your hard-earned cash.

PlayStation Vita Hardware Review

The PlayStation Vita proves that Sony listens to consumers, learns from their past mistakes, and innovates and excites with its hardware. The design, feel, and user interface is a hybrid of what’s found on smartphones and a more traditional console experience. The touchscreen and analog sticks give the Vita more functionality geared toward video games than any other device on the market, and is capable of producing games more akin to the PS3 than the PSP. The rear touch-panel, built-in cameras, and other features’ usage isn’t as clear, but adding them gives developers yet another input source to play with and take advantage of. The possibilities hinge on the creativity of the minds of great developers. As a whole package, the PlayStation Vita is as an impressive piece of hardware as it gets. Read the full review>>

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Uncharted: Golden Abyss brings the PS3’s flagship series to the PlayStation Vita in a bold way. Using touch controls to graze your fingers across multiple ledges to automatically send Drake climbing is executed flawlessly.  Read the full review>>

Super Stardust Delta

Delta shows us just how much fun a twin-stick shooter can be. Thanks to the Vita’s dual analog sticks, the game can finally be played how it was meant to be. Read the full review>>

Mutant Blobs Attack

It’s not a deep game by any stretch of the imagination, but if you’re looking for some classic platforming fun, with an out-of-this-world twist and dirt cheap price tag, then Mutant Blobs Attack hits the sweet spot. Read the full review>>

wipEout 2048

wipEout 2048 is a refinement of the series that takes most of the best parts of the franchise and packs it into a powerful handheld title. Read the full review >>

Rayman Origins

Rayman certainly gives Mario a run for his coins. All things combined make Rayman Origins one of the best Vita launch titles. Read the full review>>

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen

Shinobido 2 delivers on a level comparable to the Tenchu series in that it’s not the most polished thing in the world, but provides a fun stealth/ninja experience. Read the full review>>

Touch My Katamari

Touch My Katamari is a good game. The King of All Cosmos is still hilarious after all these years and the gameplay is satisfying overall. Read the full review>>

Little Deviants

Little Deviants is a good game, or rather, a collection of mini-games ranging from meh to great, averaging out as just “good”. Read the full review>>

Army Corps of Hell

Army Corps of Hell is a game that starts you out with a bang from the very first menu, but starts to fade down the stretch. Read the full review>>

Dungeon Hunter: Alliance

At the very least, Dungeon Hunter: Alliance does have a niche to satisfy, and it’s at least nice to have some option for a multiplayer RPG right at the Vita’s launch. Read the full review>>

Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition

Ever the more lighthearted tennis game than its competitors, the arcade feel of Virtua Tennis 4 is a welcome addition to the Vita lineup. Read the full review>>

Dynasty Warriors NEXT

Dynasty Warriors Next shows us that the series still has some life left in it. Read the full review>>

Ben 10: Galactic Racing

Under normal circumstances, Ben 10: Galactic Racing would be graded on a curve at launch. Unfortunately for the developers and D3 Publishing, that’s just not the case with the PlayStation Vita. Read the full review>>

Lumines: Electronic Symphony

Lumines launches yet another PlayStation handheld, and yet again is one of the best games you can buy on the budding platform. Its intense puzzle-based action meets heart-thumping electronic music in a match made in heaven. Read the full review>>

Escape Plan

Escape Plan is all about survival… and humor. Swipe and tap poor Lil and Laarg to safety, or else they’ll be recycled into sheep! Read the full review>>

Plants Vs. Zombies

Plants Vs. Zombies may already be available on nearly every platform that exists, but with the Vita’s OLED touchscreen and a create-a-zombatar mode, it could be the ultimate version. Read the full review>>

Hot Shots: World Invitational

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational is overall an outstanding game, bursting with fun, and enjoyable by gamers of all demographics. Read full review >>

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

A dang good fighter. Anyone considering picking this up with their Vita would be making a good call. Read the full review>>

ModNation Racers: Road Trip

Modnation Racers: Road Trip is the first “Create, Play, Share” title to debut on the Vita, and the updated creation controls are ingenious. Read the full review>>

Michael Jackson: The Experience

Your mileage with Michael Jackson: The Experience HD will vary depending upon what you’re expecting and what you’re looking for. Read the full review>>

Asphalt Injection

Asphalt Injection, in spite of its flaws, is a fun arcade style racer. The price is $10 lower than most launch PS Vita titles, which is what it should be. Read the full review>>

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus

Unfortunately, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus is far too much Ninja Gaiden Sigma and not enough Plus. Read the full review>>

FIFA Soccer

FIFA Soccer is a solid example of what sports games can do on the Vita. This is a great buy for someone looking for a bit of kick ball on their train ride to work. Read the full review>>

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND

Many will see the Vita version of BB:CSE as the definitive one, thanks to the system’s d-pad being friendly to the BlazBlue style. Read the full review>>

F1 2011

Formula 1 fans should be very pleased with the game, even with its flaws. Read the full review>>

Hustle Kings

Hustle Kings is a great pool sim and game all-around, with more modes than you can shake a pool cue at. Read the full review>>

[Thanks to Alexandre Morsilla for creating the awesome Vita header image for PSLS]