Sony’s latest gaming handheld, the PlayStation Vita, has finally arrived in stores. Packed with a number of high-tech features, including the ability to play online through the PlayStation Network, front and rear touch sensors and graphics that are leagues ahead of Sony’s previous handheld, the system is quite the competitor on the handheld market, right alongside the iPad 2 and Nintendo 3DS.
Great — but what about the games? There are many to choose from, but these are the 10 best.
1. "Uncharted: Golden Abyss"
Nathan Drake’s adventures continue with this new action game, featuring state-of-the-art visuals that mimic his previous PlayStation 3 exploits. Amazing visuals and solid gameplay bring this tale to life. (available in both cartridge format and downloadable through PlayStation Network)
2. "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3"
The ultimate “brawl to settle it all” is here, between some of Marvel’s most legendary characters and Capcom’s iconic heroes. Featuring online gameplay and a number of modes, this is a must for fighting fans. (Capcom, cartridge and downloadable)
3. "Rayman Origins"
A gorgeous and playful adventure featuring a wacky crew of characters, "Rayman Origins" is a worthwhile jumping-and-running epic for all ages. Hilarious, too. (Ubisoft, cartridge and downloadable)
4. "Super Stardust Delta"
With its smooth shooting controls and its dazzling visuals, this game is sheer addiction, but also a cheap fix at just $10. (downloadable)
5. "Hustle Kings"
The next best thing to hanging out in a pool hall, "Hustle Kings" comes with a number of playable pool and billiards games along with the ability to play people online (both in real-time and through turn-taking messaging). The touch-screen controls are very user-friendly. (downloadable)
6. "Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack"
Inspired by the kooky '50s science fiction films, this challenging 2D action game is a lot of fun. And its monstrosity won’t set your wallet back much, as it goes for $8. (Drinkbox Studios, downloadable)
7. "Wipeout 2048"
A futuristic hovercraft racer that will get your blood pumping, "Wipeout 2048" comes with outstanding high-tech visuals and an array of challenging courses. With online play, you can challenge others to rule the roads. (cartridge and downloadable)
8. "Lumines: Electronic Symphony"
This excellent puzzle game has you building multicolored squares while unlocking dance-infused backdrops and soundtracks, which you can customize to your liking. Great fun for all ages. (Ubisoft, cartridge and downloadable)
9. "FIFA Soccer"
The sole EA Sports title for the Vita launch, "FIFA Soccer" is a superb one, loaded with multiple teams and modes for fans, along with smooth visuals that resemble a telecast. Goal! (Electronic Arts, cartridge and downloadable)
10. "Virtuall Tennis 4: World Tour"
Sega’s easy-to-play, hard-to-master tennis game is a must even if you’re not crazy about the sport -- thanks to its intuitive controls, lifelike graphics and activity-filled World Tour (including tournaments and mini-games). (Sega, cartridge and downloadable)
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