Hand-to-hand com­bat

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Games -

SONY has a new hand-held gam­ing de­vice on the way. It’s called Vita, is due later this year and will blow the PSP out of the wa­ter. Not only is it more pow­er­ful but it has a num­ber of com­pelling fea­tures, such as front and rear touch con­trols, front and rear cam­eras, mo­tion sen­si­tiv­ity and, in the top model, 3G con­nec­tiv­ity. Here are three games to watch.

Un­charted: Golden Abyss

Nathan Drake’s new hand-held ad­ven­ture looks strik­ingly sim­i­lar to his stel­lar out­ings on PS3, com­plete with lush en­vi­ron­ments wait­ing to be ex­plored, solid gun­play, hand-to-hand com­bat and genre-lead­ing graph­ics. Vita’s abil­i­ties come into play in nu­mer­ous ways, from tap­ping the screen to reload to draw­ing in a path for Drake to fol­low when climb­ing a cliff face.

Lit­tleBigPlanet Vita

Vita’s func­tions are a per­fect fit for Lit­tleBigPlanet, al­low­ing play­ers to in­ter­act with the world in count­less new ways. From tilt­ing the de­vice to move a cable car, to drag­ging a cat­a­pult back to fire Sack­boy across a level, it’s al­ready a de­light to play and this is just the start. LBP Vita will have its own user-gen­er­ated con­tent tools too.

WipE­out 2048

Set at the birth of anti-grav­ity rac­ing, this new WipE­out game sees play­ers rac­ing through dense, ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments, as well as high above them. With the op­tion to steer us­ing tilt con­trols and a full mul­ti­player suite that will al­low cross-plat­form play be­tween Vita and PS3, there’s a lot to look for­ward to.

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