Best Vita Games of 2012

Best Vita Games of 2012

Our highest-rated Vita games of the year

It's almost time to vote on your game of the year for 2012, so to help you remember which games came out this year (and which of those was any good), we're rounding up our top-ten reviews for each platform.

Remember, this is a list of games we reviewed - we don't get all of the games that come out in a given year, and we typically only get one version of multi-platform titles. But it's a good reminder nonetheless, and it's interesting to see how things shake out at the end of the day.

After a slow start, the Vita's library has gone from strength to strength, as you can see from this list - the lowest-entry on it is a 9/10! Sure, there have been some recent clunkers, but the plucky handheld is starting to fight back with solid, worthwhile games. What are you favorites so far? What are you looking forward to next?

Here's the list:

FIFA Football

7th equal, with a score of 9

FIFA Football on Sony’s new handheld delivers nearly every facet of the console version, without compromising a detail - despite its shrunken format. In fact, thanks to some innovative touch-screen controls, it even adds a level of accuracy that FIFA players have never previously experienced[...] now players can tap the front (on the screen) to pass the ball with fingertip accuracy.

Overall, FIFA Football is a very worthy addition to the franchise. While a lot of titles fall short when transferred across to a handheld format, this game shines in its pint-sized glory.

Read our full review here

Rayman Origins

7th equal, with a score of 9

Every now and then, a title comes along that is more a work of art than a video game.[...] Rayman: Origins, with its gloriously colourful, kooky, and downright mad hand-drawn art style ...joins that list.

Origins is more than just eye-candy. It’s brilliant to play as well.

Overall Origins on the Vita is a great experience. Those who have had the joy of playing it on the PS3 or XBOX360 won’t find anything new here, but for everyone else, this is one fantastic little portable title.

Read our full review here

Sine Mora

7th equal, with a score of 9

Sine Mora really shines visually from the variety of planes you can pilot, to the character art, and the 3D backdrops. Each level looks strikingly different – from bright over sea battles, to dark caves – the game maintains a smooth frame rate, and looks crisp throughout. You’ll even notice little details, such as a man fishing off rocks as planes fly overhead. Special attacks can consume half the screen while they deliver a lot of damage to surrounding enemies.

Overall, Sine Mora is a unique take on shoot ‘em ups and if you’re a masochist, the arcade and challenge modes are perfect for you. It's a welcome addition to the genre, and somewhat of a surprise title - especially this late in the console cycle.

Read our full review here

Wizorb

7th equal, with a score of 9

Wizorb is top-notch, and ideally suited to the platform.

The game looks amazing, managing to pull off a real retro aesthetic that looks (and sounds) every bit as if it was plucked out of the golden age of Super Nintendo, Amiga, or Mega Drive gaming.

If you're hankering for some classic Arkanoid-style action, but would like a game that adds a little depth and removes the end-level frustration, you've found it.

Read our full review here

Lumines Electronic Symphony

4th equal, with a score of 9.1

It becomes, in a word, intense. In fact, once you really get the hang of it, and start moving through the various "skins" (unlocking them for future use as you do), getting deeper with each successive game, the experience becomes almost transcendental. Not only that, but the need to keep stacking those bricks in a way that brings about ever greater matches... it's addictive at an almost physical level.

Lumines is a phenomenally clever game polished to a new level of perfection by the masters at Q Entertainment. If you like puzzle games, you simply need to get this game. I don't care if you've got other stuff to do, none of it will be as thrilling as filling your life with Lumines. None of it.

Read our full review here

Mortal Kombat

4th equal, with a score of 9.1

[...] The game that patient Vita owners can now call their own is the most complete edition of the [Mortal Kombat] that it is possible to own. Not only does it include all of the DLC that was released over time for last year’s game, but it’s also got a bunch of new unlockables that are all its own.

If you’ve got a Vita and like fighting games, buying Mortal Kombat is an absolute no-brainer. There’s so much content here, and it’s loads of fun, with lots of depth and plenty of challenge to keep you going long into the upcoming cold winter nights. If you haven’t got a Vita yet, the case to buy one just became all the more compelling.

Read our full review here

Wipeout 2048

4th equal, with a score of 9.1

It's still early in the life of the system, so it's hard to get a gauge on how it might compare to other Vita titles, but what is clear is this: Wipeout 2048 looks stunning. Every detail, from the amazing ship designs to the richly detailed cityscapes each track winds its way through, remains true to the Design Republic aesthetic laid down in the original game. Right out of the gate, Sony's new machine has a flagship title to demonstrate the visual power it's packing.

Wipeout 2048 isn't just one of the best launch games (an achievement in itself, as the standard is very high), it's also one of the best games in an excellent series. If you like racing, grab it day one.

Read our full review here

LittleBigPlanet

3rd, with a score of 9.2

The presentation of the title is nothing short of jaw-dropping. The Vita’s screen delivers vivid, lush graphics, easily on par with those you might see on the PS3. Characters still look cute, even if it’s a little less obvious as to which particular emotion they’re feeling at any given time (thanks to the smaller screen), and everything just drips character. It sounds great, and the thrill of having Stephen Fry (the game’s announcer) at your beck and call, and in your pocket, is almost worth the price of entry alone (his work here, as per usual, is magical).

LBP for Vita is truly incredible, and arguably the definitive version of the experience. The core mechanics are fun and the tools provided for making your own content are better than most dedicated game creation systems.

Read our full review here

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

2nd, with a score of 9.3

[...]looks superb, with a clever Nickelodeon meets pop 1950's Sci-Fi aesthetic that just oozes with flair and imagination. The rich colour palette looks amazing on the Vita's screen and the characters are packed full of personality, even though they're defined only by simple shapes and a handful of lines.

Its refreshing take on platform-based gaming, humour, variety, challenge and polish are instantly - and enduringly - impressive. Not only is this one of the best games on the Vita, it's one of the best games of the year - period.

Read our full review here

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

1st, with a score of 9.5

If you like the over-the-top, extreme nature of this series (and it's not for everyone; the pocket-protector variant of the fighting fan will probably not like it as much as the rest of us), you are going to love every ultra intense moment. There's heaps and heaps of content here, including the amazing Heroes vs. Heralds mode, deep online, near integration, and - of course - the 48 fighters that come right out of the box. If you want to fight with people while you're out and about, there's no better option - on any platform. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom sets the bar extremely high and comes with a hearty NZGamer.com recommendation.

Read our full review here




 

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Comments Comments (4)

 
havicdavis
Posted by havicdavis
On Thursday 3 Jan 2013 1:16 PM
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Wow, didnt know all these games scored so high! Awesome, love my Vita.
 
 
 
Posted by Jakted
On Thursday 3 Jan 2013 6:10 PM
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just got me a vita for xmas so ill be looking at getting these games!
 
 
 
houeclipse
Posted by houeclipse
On Thursday 10 Jan 2013 8:53 PM
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what about ragnarok?
 
 
 
Posted by jub-jub
On Monday 4 Feb 2013 12:03 PM
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Unit 13 pretty good too