For handheld gamers, the most important difference between the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS is the games. Sure, one may have an extra screen or more graphical power, but none of that matters unless it’s used to fuel awesome gaming experiences. To find out which handheld gaming machine is worth your hard-earned money, we’re going to look at the exclusive games that are in the works for each system. Here are three of the most exciting upcoming PS Vita games you won’t find on any other platform.
Release Date: 2015
From the makers of the smash hit action-platformer Guacamelee comes Severed, a PS Vita exclusive game that’s all about exploring dungeons and slicing up bad guys. The artwork is simple yet colorful and eye-catching, similar to Guacamelee.
Oddly enough, you play as a one-armed adventurer whose sword is technically alive. You gain new abilities by defeating bosses and equipping the pieces of armor you get from them. You can also chop limbs off of enemies (hence the game’s title) and use them to upgrade your equipment. If it’s as fun as developer Drinkbox Studios’s last game, Severed will be one to keep an eye on.
Release Date: 2015
The Vita is a great system for anyone who loves RPGs. That’s because it has a large Japanese install base, and RPGs do great in Japan. The RPGs that sell particularly well over there are often translated and localized for Western audiences.
This particular RPG comes from some impressively credentialed people, including the composer of Final Fantasy XII and the writer of Final Fantasy VII. It’s a 2D side-scrolling game that involves a hub town that’s surrounded by areas based on the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Your character’s class and skills are also based on their Zodiac sign, but you can change their sign at will. There’s still a lot we don’t know about this game, but based on who’s making it, it’s one to keep an eye on.
Murasaki Mist: Akara’s Journey
Release Date: TBA
In this action-RPG, you’re launched into a battle against demons from another realm who are bent on destroying the world. This is some high-stakes stuff, so you’ll need to grind your way through enemies to learn new abilities and become ever more powerful before taking on the big baddies. So far, Murasaki Mist looks like a typical hack-’n-slash RPG, but that could change by the time it comes out.
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