PlayStation Vita reviews round-up: It’s a winner! 
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Geoffrey Tim
February 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

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The PlayStation Vita isn’t quite available yet; it’ll be on store shelves in just over a week’s time. That hasn’t stopped international media outlets from reviewing its launch titles though; embargoes dropped yesterday like flies after a Raid assault, flooding the internet with opinions and, importantly (apparently!), scores.

Here’s what the world thinks of the PlayStation Vita.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

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Drake’s latest adventure is getting some mixed, but mostly favourable reviews. Some outlets say it’s a must-buy title, giving you an uncompromised console-experience in the palm of your hands, while others say it’s a fun, but formulaic romp that doesn’t quite match up to its console counterparts.

WipEout 2048

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Sony’s futuristic racer once again comes in first place, although it’s apparently a little too familiar, and beset with long load-times. Reviewers say it’s still the best racing title available on the fledgling handheld, and if you want a racing title at launch, this is the one to get.

ModNation Racers

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Cute and colourful, ModNation hasn’t quite managed to escape from under LittleBigPlanet’s shadow. Though it’s a competent racer, reviewers have called it a bit of a rushed cash-in.

Everybody’s Golf

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The closest thing Sony has to a Nintendo-ey game, Everybody’s Golf (Hotshots) is cute and cheerful – but deep and packed with features.

Little Deviants

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This seems to be one of the biggest disappointments in the launch library. Little Deviants ends up as an uninspired collection of mini-games that serves as more of a tech-demo for the Vita’s new input options than a full-fledged game.

Reality Fighters

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This augmented-reality fighting game ends up as more of a curiosity than a necessity, better suited as a technical showcase than a real game.

FIFA Football

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It’s FIFA, and it’s portable. More accessible than its console versions, FIFA on the PSV is a pared-down version of last year’s football game.

Super Stardust Delta

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Successor to one of my very favourite PSN games, the frantic twin-stick shooter still hits all the right notes, with some calling it one of the system’s best launch games. It’s also free you activate 3G on your more expensive Vita – so it’s definitely one to get.

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

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Capcom’s port of the insanely frenetic fighter makes few compromises,delivering a nearly perfect portable version of the game that features extensive on-line capabilities. It does, however, have some dodgy touch-screen controls.

As far as the hardware goes, everybody seems to be gushing over it, calling it the perfect argument for keeping dedicated handhelds around, and a swiss-army knife of entertainment features.

So far, it seems like the Vita is an essential bit of gaming gear for the core gamer – though it doesn’t seem like it’s essential right now. We don’t have a Vita yet, but you can expect our impressions when we do. What I do know is that my technolust is getting the better of me, and I MUST HAVE ONE.

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces. I am also the emperor of the backend