PlayStation Vita Game Lineup is Heating Up for the Holidays and Beyond

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The post-launch PlayStation Vita game lineup has not been the cataclysmic drought that some may want you to believe, but over the past few months new releases have definitely slowed to a trickle. This month, spurred on by last week’s successful launch of LittleBigPlanet, the Vita software flood truly begins.

In October alone, the Vita lineup looks incredibly strong. By Halloween, you’ll be able to rock these titles on your sexy Sony handheld: New Little King’s Story, Spy Hunter, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Ragnarok Odyssey, Street Fighter X Tekken, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz, Smart As…, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and possibly LEGO The Lord of the Rings (right now it’s listed for October 30th, but I don’t think an official ship date has been confirmed).

November will continue the wealth of software offerings with the launches of heavy hitters like Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Persona 4: Golden, and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD. Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault’s cross-buy release on Vita and PS3 is also scheduled to make it out for the holidays, as are some other smaller digital downloads like Sine Mora, KickBeat, Snapshot, Retro City Rampage, and Orc Attack–but nothing has been set in stone for any of these titles just yet.

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That’s an impressive run of games in such a short period of time, and yet the Vita’s future looks brighter still with the recent announcements of other new games. Eastasiasoft and SideQuest Studios are preparing a Vita version of this summer’s excellent grind-heavy PS3 strategy RPG, Rainbow Moon, for 2013.

D3Publisher also picked up Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable for North American release in Winter 2013 (or early next year). It’ll feature new missions and online co-op for up to four players. Portable bug zapping for the win!

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On more of a niche I-didn’t-see-these-games-coming note, Japanese game publisher GungHo Online Entertainment has established a new North American division, and two of the company’s inaugural games will be for the Vita.

There’s Dokuro, an “innovative action puzzle game for PlayStation Vita system that uses the front touch screen and rear touch panel to allow players to transform into different forms to play as characters with varying skills and abilities.” It’s scheduled for this October.

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After that will be Picotto Knights, a “social action RPG for PlayStation Vita system that combines fun ‘beat-em-up’ combat with a revolutionary Ghost system that allows players to form parties by summoning the avatars of friends at any time, even if they are not online.” Watch for this one in early 2013.

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From there, things should only get better as titles like Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Soul Sacrifice, Guacamelee!, Tearaway, Dragon’s Crown, Zone of the Enders HD Collection, and Killzone: Mercenary are welcomed to the Vita family in the new year. It’s too bad Sony currently is showing no signs of offering a price cut (or at least a less expensive memory card situation), as right now is a great time to buy a Vita and I think it would finally pick up retail steam with a reduced price for the holiday shopping season. The Vita is totally worth its current price and then some if you ask me, but obviously I’m in the minority given how sluggishly units are flying off store shelves. We’ll see if the influx of new games over the coming months gives the Vita the boost it needs…and deserves.

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