Friday, December 9, 2016

#TeamHandheld Report - 12/09/2016

With many companies finding ways to do more physical releases, Limited Run Games being the highest volume provider for this, I decided to write up a little piece about which ten Vita games I would most like to have in my collection for this week's #TeamHandheld Report. As a crazy collector, it wasn't hard to come up with titles, but was tough to find ways to narrow it down from "I want everything" to "these are the ten I would most want". Take a look and see what you think.

If you want to share your list, please do so on Twitter using the #TeamHandheld hashtag. Doing so might not help your physical collection, but there could be a benefit from doing so. *wink*

Top 10 Most Wanted Vita Game in Need of a Physical Release

Bastion (Supergiant Games)

Bastion is one of my favorite RPGs, and even won RPGamer's Game of the Year back in 2011 when it first came out. When it hit Vita, I was thrilled. Its elegant combat, outstanding soundtrack, and touching story are things I wanted to experience all over again and did happily on Vita. It was as great as ever. More than anything, I would love to add a Vita physical copy to my collection, as Bastion deserves a place on the shelf of RPGamers everywhere.

Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (Muteki Corp)

We've already gotten the second game in the series, but we can't ignore the first. Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (or Book 1) is the one that made me fall in love with Muteki and the series as a whole. It's much simpler in design and is in the style of Dragon Quest in many ways, but those features are what make this a favorite. I need this to go alongside my copy of The Black Tome of Ice.

Velocity 2X (FuturLab)

One of my early favorites on the Vita was Velocity 2X. It was a great mix of the original's fast action ship gameplay and speedy platforming segments. I couldn't get enough of this one and plowed through it in a few sittings. The high quality of this release makes me wish I could preserve it in my collection via a physical Vita release.

Ys Origin (DotEmu)

I originally played Ys Origin on PC when XSEED localized in 2012 and fell in love. I was already a fan of the Ys series, but found this one to be a standout release in the series. Despite being a prequel, it still nailed everything I love about Ys such as fast combat, multiple characters (though not in a party like Ys Seven and Celceta), and a touching story. When DotEmu announced at PSX 2016 that it was coming to Vita, I was thrilled. I want to add this gem to my collection so bad.

Guacamelee (DrinkBox Studios)

I can't resist a fun Metroid style game, and Guacamelee is one of the best, if not THE best one of those on the Vita. The fact that this isn't already out in a physical version for Vita is a sad thing. I love this game so much, though the fight Jaguar Javier is still a painful memory. It doesn't matter, as this is a great game that should be in any Vita fan's collection.

SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form Games)

SteamWorld Heist was already out on plenty of systems, but when it hit Vita this year it shot to the top of my favorites on the system. Its turn-based action is such a unique concept and is executed so well. It's on this list because, while it is already out for other systems physically, it's not yet there on Vita and should be. I'd tip my hat to Image & Form if they make this happen.

Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games)

Hotline Miami is out for retail in Japan with a package that contains the original game and a download code for the sequel. As one of my favorite games, as well as one of the tougher games I've beaten, I would love it if I could get a copy for my collection in English. I can just imagine the crazy looking box art.

CounterSpy (Dynamighty)

CounterSpy is one of my favorites that I feel like few other people played. It's a fantastic stealth action game where you play as a spy sneaking into bases to loot them of their secrets. I loved this one and made sure to get 100% of the trophies for it. I'd love a sequel and a physical Vita version, because it's just so darn fun.

Final Horizon (Eiconic Games)

Final Horizon is another one of those games that I doubt many people played, though it was available free via PS+ not super long after its initial release. It's a unique Sci-Fi tower defense game, but is fairly fast paced and pretty fun throughout. The game's developer Eiconic Games hasn't posted or done much since 2014, so the chance of it getting a physical release is slim, but I'd be all over it.

Unepic (A Crowd of Monsters)

I just started Unepic late in the year, but found it to be a great RPG experience with some Metroid style exploration mixed in. As someone who is trying to collect all Vita RPGs in physical form, I think Unepic would be a great fit for the physical format. It's a smaller title that could really benefit from the additional attention, so I would be happy to have it on my shelf.


Slain: Back from Hell (Vita)

I've put some time into this one and have been impressed. More on it soon.

Neon Chrome (Vita)

Looks like an interesting twin stick shooter. Want to dive deeper into this one.

Space Overlords (Vita)

This looks like some sort of smash 'em up game and that might be quite fun.

Lara Croft Go (Vita)

I loved Hitman Go earlier in the year, so I've heard that this is even better. We shall see soon.

3DS Blow Out

I have a new collection of 3DS games that I'm working on, so expect that in a week or so.

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