Must-Have PlayStation Vita Launch Titles


Uncharted Golden Abyss


If there is one true must-have game available at Vita’s launch, it’s Uncharted Golden Abyss, and not just because it maxes out all of the Vita’s new bells and whistles. What really makes UGA a must-have is the graphical depth and detail of the landscapes you get to explore, which are absolutely staggering. We could give or take the story—a straightforward excuse for some kick-ass platforming and shooting—but you’ll stop thinking of the Vita as a handheld after playing this through; it’s a full system in its own right, capable of measuring up against anything else available. -MT

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3


This is where the bar has been set for 2-D fighters period. With unbelievable graphics, smooth game play, and a massive array of characters, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 delivers on every level. If you’re looking for a real challenge, you can go online and play opponents from around the world. You can even hone your skills and watch game videos using the Replay Analyzer, ensuring your buddies never beat you again. -SD

Touch My Katamari


For the uninitiated, the Katamari series is all about rolling up giant balls of random crap and delivering them to a demigod in outer space so that he can eat them and turn them into stars. Go ahead and laugh. This is Japanese weirdness at its finest, and most addictive. The touch feature actually delivers a surprising amount of control. -MT

Wipeout 2048


You can’t have a Playstation launch without a new Wipeout game, and 2048 doesn’t disappoint. It’s crazy, hypnotic fun that feels fresh whether you’ve followed the series all the way back from the PS1 days or you’re a complete noob. The game also makes nice use of the link capability with the PS3. The anti-gravity racing league looks as good as ever—and portable to boot! -MT

FIFA Soccer


If you’re new to handheld gaming, this is the title for you. FIFA takes all the guesswork out of passing and shooting by utilizing both touch screens-front and back. Want to toss a lead pass to teammate streaking up the field? Simply touch the screen in the direction you want the ball to move. Find yourself in a one-on-one situation with an opposing keeper? Tap the back of your Vita and place your kick; the longer you hold it, the harder the kick will be. Even better, this game features all the teams from leagues across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, in addition to national teams. If you’re turned off by the precise controls at first, just give it a few hours, and you’ll wonder how you ever managed to play with out them. -SD