Happy New Year, readers! It’s a new year which means plenty of new games to enjoy. Looking back, it’s been an interesting year for the PlayStation Vita here in America. After what many consider to be a disappointing launch, the Vita has picked up steam in the recent months. Hopefully this carries on into 2013 and we get plenty of great games for Sony’s magnificent handheld.
So far it seems to be a quiet year with only two game releases for the PlayStation Vita, but PlayStation Destination just around the corner (February 25-28, 2013), we hope more arrivals will be revealed. Until then, here’s what we have to look forward to for the PlayStation Vita for the month of January 2013.
Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable – January 8, 2013
Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable will be available as a digital download on PlayStation Vita for $39.99. This 3D arcade action game is completely remastered from the original classic shooter (Earth Defense Force 2017) plus seven new levels and all-new enemies. With more than 230 weapons, including many new ones, it’ll be up to you to blast the enemies to smithereens. Keeping in tune with Sony’s emphasis on multiplayer, Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable will, for the first time, allow you to save the world with your friends in online multiplayer for up to four players in co-op and versus mode.
The story is set in the year 2017. The Ravagers — a vile alien race — are coming to Earth, and they have one thing on their minds: the complete destruction of mankind! In Earth Defense Force 2017, youare Earth’s last line of defense. You’ll be dropped into the shoes of a member of the Earth Defense Force. Your mission: stop the Ravagers from conquering Earth.
After meeting certain conditions, you can unlock the Pale Wing, , the flying female playable character who came flying from EDF2 into EDF3 Portable. Pale Wing has her own set of gear, such as the rapier and laser rifle, adding even more variation to the game’s 150+ weapons. You can even have all four players play as Pale Wing in multiplayer to create a complete Pale Wing Unit.
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault – January 2013
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault’s exact release date hasn’t yet been announced, but it will arrive for the Vita sometime this month. Full Frontal Assault is a cross-buy enabled title, meaning if you already purchased the game on PlayStation 3, you’ll be able to download it on the Vita for no charge. The game, which features a “fun-sized” campaign,two-player campaign co-op and a unique 1v1 and 2v2 competitive mode is available on PS3 for just $19.99! It’s like getting two games for the price of one.
Well, there you have it. It’s not many, but those are the two games coming to PlayStation Vita in January 2013. Do you plan on purchasing any of them?