The PlayStation Vita is to launch with one of the largest and diverse release lineups of any console in recent memory, thanks to strong support from a multitude of publishers. Ubisoft is one of the most prolific outside of Sony itself, with five games available to purchase day one from both retail and the PlayStation Store. We look at each title and give our verdicts as to whether they're worth picking up come February 22.
A day-one showcase of how straightforward a console game can be ported to Vita, Rayman Origins is, for all intents and purposes, the exact same game as the critically-acclaimed Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. The only differences are optional touch-screen menus, and unfortunately, a lack of multiplayer.
While its omission is disappointing, the story is easily playable solo, and offers a number of ghost-racing challenges for added replayablity. Outside of that, it still controls super-sharply with the Vita thumb stick, and has the same gorgeous art style on shines on the high-definition screen, making Rayman Origins arguably Vita's best-looking launch title, not to mention the best to play, too.
Worth considering on day one? Definitely
> Read our five-star review of Rayman Origins
Watch a gameplay trailer for the console version below:
The Asphalt series has been a regular on mobile platforms for years now, from smartphones to dedicated platforms, and so it's no surprise to see it make the Vita's launch. Like other games in the series, Asphalt Injection is a straightforward, inoffensive racer that offers solid gameplay and visuals, but nothing that pushes the genre or hardware.
To its credit, it does offer a variety of control schemes, from tilting the device to using back touch as gear shifts, as well as a healthy variety of modes and online multiplayer support. However, with Wipeout 2048 also available at launch, it's difficult to argue this as the racer for pole position on day one.
Worth considering on day one? Maybe
Watch a trailer from the Japanese version below:
Dragon Hunter Alliance
Similar to Asphalt, Dungeon Hunter is another Gameloft series that is solid but unspectacular across all departments. Dragon Hunter Alliance is an enjoyable dungeon crawler with tons of loot to collect, monsters to swing at and a pleasant visual style akin to Torchlight.
Optional Vita-specific controls include shaking the device to recover from damaging status effects faster, the backtouch to control the camera, and online co-operative play. While Asphalt has competition, there is nothing like this on the Vita's launch, making Dungeon Hunter Alliance an effective role-playing game for those that want to hack and slash on the go.
Worth considering on day one? Yes (for role-playing game fans)
Watch footage from the PlayStation 3 version below:
Michael Jackson: The Experience HD
Michael Jackson: The Experience is a natural fit on consoles thanks to motion-control devices you can dance with, but as a portable offering it's always been a bit of an awkward proposition. Instead of moving your feet, here you must swipe, tap and circle on the screen in time to the music in the direction of moving arrows.
While it sounds simple on paper, in practice when commands and directions are coming thick and fast it's a game that requires plenty of concentration, making it surprisingly involving. Combined with a killer soundtrack, and hopefully a discounted release, provided you know what you're in for, this might not be a bad game to pick up.
Worth considering on day one? Maybe
Watch a trailer below:
Lumines Electronic Symphony
The super-stylish Lumines was a hit with many PSP early adopters, and Lumines Electronic Symphony is set to have the same effect on Vita. The time-based block matching gameplay still remains, but everything is being redone and built from the ground up, with new visuals, music and modes.
Vita-specific features are hit and miss - drumming the backtouch to increase your power-up meter is surprisingly neat, and there's no reason to use touch controls over physical ones during play - but the promise of an all-new Lumines is tantalising enough.
Worth considering on day one? Yes
Watch an interview for Lumines Electronic Symphony below:
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