I’m still new to the PS Vita, having recently picked one up, but I quite dig the handheld. It’s primarily an indie game device for me (OLLIOLLIOLLIOLLIOLLI!), but that doesn’t mean that it can’t handle bigger ambitions and games. And it looks like the Vita will be home to some localised big names soon.
Souls Sacrifice Delta, Freedom Wars and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines will all be heading to European and US Vita handhelds soon. According to Sony, Soul Sacrifice Delta arrives first on May 13, with the other two appearing somewhere down the line later this year. Some of these games might be unfamiliar to you. So here’s a quick rundown from the Sony blog, on what you can expect in each one:
Souls Sacrifice Delta
Soul Sacrifice Delta is the ultimate edition of Soul Sacrifice with tons of new content and improvements. Grim, the faction who believes in neutrality in all things, joins the blood thirsty Avalon and the merciful Sanctuary, and adds a third angle to bring the Delta in Soul Sacrifice. Grim’s beliefs, rooted in the prophecy they will seek to realise, will bring about irrevocable changes to the world as we know it.
Other new additions include players being able to join a side of their choice, new Archfiends, quests, spells, visual upgrades, gameplay improvements and a more vicious AI.
Freedom Wars is set in a dystopian world which harbors prisoners, each with a million-year sentence set from birth. You take on the role of a prisoner, forced to fight for your freedom by completing rescue missions that will reduce your seemingly insurmountable prison sentence.
Supported by a robust multiplayer suite, up to four players can play via Ad-Hoc and eight players via Online to fight civilian Abducters; the more civilians you set free, the shorter your sentence becomes.
In addition to the challenging co-op gameplay, you’ll be pleased to know that the game has many customizable features ranging from weapon load-outs to the protagonist itself! Check out our new trailer and make sure to stay tuned for more news on Freedom Wars, launching later this year! – Dais Kawaguchi
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines
Next up we have Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines which is one that you JRPG fans need to have on your radar. “What does ‘Oreshika’ mean?”, I hear you cry. Actually the full title in Japanese is ‘Ore no Shikabane wo Koete Yuke’ which means something along the lines of ‘Go Forth Over My Dead Body’.
In case you haven’t guessed it by now it’s an RPG in which you take charge of an ancient Japanese clan that have been cursed with a maximum lifespan of just 2 years. Your task is to lead the clan on their quest to lift the curse and enlist the help of gods inspired by Japanese mythology to make sure each new generation of the clan is more powerful than the last.
We’ve got some screenshots to show off the beautiful Japanese art style of the characters and environments, but it looks even more fantastic on the PS Vita screen! We’ve got lots more details to share on this one very soon so stay tuned. – Tomoyo Kimura
Keep an eye out for these games. If anything, the PS Vita is turning out to be a damn good home for less mainstream titles such as these, which sit comfortably next to indie offerings.
Last Updated: April 15, 2014