Sony has impressed us with their lineup of launch titles for the PS Vita in terms of their own first-party titles and a healthy collection of games from third-party developers. However, we can’t hide our disappointment in seeing that we won’t be able to test out a first-person shooter title on the new Vita hardware.
We’re not sure of the reason why either. First person shooters are arguably the bread and butter of the gaming industry these days, with juggernaut franchises such as Call of Duty and Battlefield racking up the most online hours for console gamers.
It remains early days as to how well the Vita will fair in the sales department when the system launches on February 22nd, but you can’t deny that a first person shooter game at launch would have boosted Sony’s chances of performing well in the first week. Unfortunately though, that won’t be the case as there are no FPS titles to be seen from Sony’s initial launch lineup.
The first game that will step up to the FPS dinner table is likely to be Resistance: Burning Skies, but as we have learned this week, Vita owners will have to wait some three months until the game finally launches in May. Resistance on Vita is a game which you would have guessed would turn out to be a launch title for Sony, but did something go wrong with the developers at Nihilistic, which caused an internal delay to the game?
Unit 13 probably deserves a mention too. Those of you with a Vita already may have noticed that there’s a teaser trailer for Unit 13 already on the US Vita store, and although it will release next month – it’s a third-person shooter from Zipper Interactive, not a first-person shooter like their previous effort, M.A.G. On the horizon though, there’s a few mouth-watering FPS titles which Vita owners can look forward to.
These include DUST 514, a PS Vita version of the upcoming PS3 exclusive which will also feature some sort of cross-platform play between the two systems. Then of course there’s the little matter of a Call of Duty game appearing on the Vita as well which everyone is looking forward to seeing. Details on both games remain very scarce though, so we’re left with Resistance: Burning Skies in the meantime.
It would have been nice to test out an FPS game and see how that second analogue stick fairs for the first time on a portable handheld, but we have a long time to wait until we see that officially. If you have already pre-ordered a Vita, let us know your thoughts on the lack of FPS games for the system at launch. Would you have picked up an FPS title in an instant, or are you happy with what is available right now?