Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Handhelds Rule: 15 Upcoming Games to Prove It

I know everyone's excited for the upcoming next gen consoles, and why not? At Pocket-Console next gen is already upon us, and there are a lot of reasons why handhelds are the hot item right now. Here are 15 games due out before the end of 2014 that show exactly why handhelds rule.

Borderlands 2 (Vita) - 2014
By now, Borderlands 2 has likely been played by everyone that's likely interested. I even briefly played it, but didn't stick with it. With it coming to Vita, though, I'm excited to give it another go. If this version has all the DLC and extra characters included in it, I'll be glad to have waited, as I think this will be a great game to have on the go. It's fantastic to see Sony supporting developers who want to bring games like this to Vita.

Bravely Default (3DS) - 2014
With many of the aspects I love in an RPG, Bravely Default is one of the most interesting looking 3DS games that's actually making the jump. The job system is a huge part of this game, and I'm looking forward to trying all the classic jobs we know from Final Fantasy in a brand new setting. Getting the updated "For the Sequel" version that Japan's receiving soon is a big plus. Nintendo of America needs to get us more details soon.

Cosmic Star Heroine (Vita) - 2014
The newest game on the way from Zeboyd Games marks the studio's handheld debut. I've found that retro RPGs not only play fantastically on Vita, but they look super nice on them as well. I'm ready to dive into Zeboyd's original sci-fi adventure, and the huge cast of playable party members in Cosmic Star Heroine is also a great addition. The sprite art work is also fantastic. Bring it on,

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD (Vita) - Probably 2014
I love Final Fantasy X. It's easily one of my favorite RPGs, and is especially one of my top Final Fantasy games. The fact that this is taking so long to come out on Vita is painful. The HD remake looks outstanding, but I'm tired of waiting. I need this game on a handheld now. Hurry up, Square Enix. Oh, and Final Fantasy X-2 comes with this, too? Guess I'll play that again as well.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (Vita) - 2014
I had some serious misconceptions about the original Hotline Miami. I saw trailers and screenshots, but didn't get it until I actually played the game. Then I was hooked. This over-the-top, violent retro-themed action game is almost like a puzzler. You have to quickly dash through levels, killing everything in your way as efficiently as possible. It's not about the violence, though, it's about the challenge. The original was great on Vita, and I'm dying to play more.

Injustice: Gods Among Us (Vita) - Nov. 12, 2013
I passed on the console version of Injustice, because I don't tend to play fighting games on consoles much anymore. But like Mortal Kombat before it, I've lucked out with the game coming to Vita. MK was so much fun to play on the go, especially its unique story more, so I'm hoping that the Vita version of Injustice will be just as good. Portable fighting games are so great, especially these story-focused fighters.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC (PSP) - 2014
The lone PSP game in this list is also one of the most exciting. The original Trails in the Sky was fantastic, though it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. I was really hopeful about getting to play SC eventually, but figured it would be on Steam. I'm so thrilled that I'll get to play this on PSP. Now is where most would lament the low chance of getting the rest of the series, but I'm just going to stay positive and be happy about getting the second Trails in the Sky on a portable.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) - Nov. 22, 2013
For years I've been hoping for a real throwback to the older Zelda titles, so when a sequel to A Link to the Past was announced it quickly shot to the top of my list. I've actually been doing a bit of a media blackout on A Link Between Worlds, so I'm not going into details about it here. Though if you're reading this, you probably don't need to know why I'm excited, right?

Rainbow Moon (Vita) - Dec. 3, 2013
The original Rainbow Moon on PS3 is another that I missed due to lack of time, but it looks like that was OK. The upcoming Vita version offers a ton of updates and changes to make for a better overall experience. Hopefully this one will help me get ready for the 2014 follow up, Rainbow Skies, also coming to Vita.

Rogue Legacy (Vita) - 2014
I've heard the hype about Rogue Legacy and am interested, but not being much of a PC gamer I never got to try it. With it coming to Vita, I have no more excuses. The generation system and character traits sound brilliant, and I bet it makes for a great pick up and play experience. I hear this is tough, but I'm up for the challenge.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (Vita) - 2014
Shantea: Half-Genie Hero is right up there with Mighty No. 9 (being a 2015 release is why it's not listed) as far as Kickstarted games with Vita versions that I can't want to play. While not really a fan of platformers on consoles, I've come to really love them on portables. Games such as Super Mario 3D Land and Rayman Legends have really opened me up to these on the go, and Shantea is looking to keep that love alive.

Velocity 2X (Vita) - 2014
The original Velocity, and upgraded Velocity Ultra, weren't even on my radar, but that's to my shame. I had initially thought it to be just a shoot em up, but it's also got a bit of a puzzler mixed in with it. The sequel Velocity 2X is all that and more, blending in Metroid style adventure elements. Just the demo for Velocity hooked me, but it worked well enough to get me excited for Velocity 2X.

The Walking Dead Season Two (Vita) - 2013
It's hard to say much new here. The Walking Dead from Telltale was outstanding, so knowing that this new season is going to be on Vita from the start is great news. I guess I'm going to have to hurry up and restart the first game so that my choices will transfer over to the portable version. That's not a bad thing at all.

The Wolf Among Us (Vita) - 2013
Much like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us is all about choice, but with a different setting and style of play. I'm actually glad I've not finished the first episode, though, as I'm going to be picking up the Vita version as soon as it hits. The Vita is getting so much Telltale love, I almost can't handle it all.

Ys: Memories of Celceta (Vita) - Nov. 26, 2013
Still gunning for a holiday release, XSEED Games is coming in hot with Falcom's latest action RPG on Vita. As a recent Ys convert, I'm extremely excited to get back into the fast paced action of Adol and his friends with Memories of Celceta. After all, it was Ys Seven that got me into the series, so Celceta's party system is one of the major selling points for me. That, and the outstanding soundtrack.

That's it. 15 games that make me glad to be a handheld gamer. Vita and 3DS are looking great right now, and these games are just a sample of what we're likely to get throughout the year. For now, this is enough to keep me busy. With all of these games, who needs next gen?

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