15 Triple-A PS3, PS Vita & PSN Exclusives For 2012/13 You Must Play
Here’s part two – numbers 6 through to 10 – in our list of the very best PlayStation exclusives coming to PS3, PS Vita and PSN.
6. LittleBigPlanet Karting
No, it’s not a joke. Even after it was announced, we could barely believe it ourselves, but when you actually think about it, LBP Karting makes sense. More sense than Mario Kart, at its core.
Because LBP is about building things, and developer United Front Games already made a good kart-racing game where you build things, and so why not make it, eh?
As expected, players will be able to customise their own Sackboy, the rules they play by and, of course, the tracks themselves.
United Front is promising that this is going to be much more than ModNation Racers with the LBP logo slapped on, and aside from the extension of the ‘PlayCreateShare’ ethos, LBP Karting also shies away from the usual circuit-based karting shenanigans, with battle and objective-based game modes featuring heavily. With this and Sleeping Dogs on the horizon, 2012 looks to be a good year for United Front.
IMPACT RATING: 3
7. Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch
If you’re a regular reader then you’ll know that we’re big fans of Ni No Kuni around here, and the fact that it’s not out at the moment is making the office a very sad place indeed.
The Namco-published collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli – the chaps behind Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away, for starters – looks absolutely gorgeous and plays just as well.
A Japanese RPG with all the trimmings, Ni No Kuni’s story concerns Oliver, a young boy who has recently lost his mother. Discovering a magic book – stay with us here – he’s transported to Ni No Kuni, an alternate reality of his own where he meets different versions of his friends in the ‘real’ world, and has a chance to meet his mother.
Gameplay-wise, this is similar to Dragon Quest VIII on PS2, with two companions accompanying you through your journey. Give this a shot.
IMPACT RATING: 3
8. Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time
A new Sly Cooper game is always a celebration for those in the know, and given you’ve got the good taste to be reading NowGamer, we’re including you in that group.
The Sly games have always been absolutely beautiful, even in the bad old days of standard definition PS2, so we’re expecting something special for PS3 and PS Vita, even if it is developed by Sanzaru, which ported the original games to PS3 in HD.
Gameplay revolves around the search for the Thievius Raccoonus, the Cooper family tome that details the family’s successes and methods, presumably covering exclusively sneaking around and biffing animals that can talk and wear jumpers. So off Sly and his other animal pals go, ducking in and out of time to recover the book.
To be honest, we’re not expecting much more than the last few games, but when those happened to be gorgeous, playable platformers, we’re in luck. It might not be a massive, system-shifting exclusive, but it should be on your radar.
IMPACT RATING: 3
9. Tokyo Jungle
Already released in Japan and already a firm favourite in the office, Tokyo Jungle is one of those games that makes us love and fear Japan more than anything at the same time.
The ‘story’ is this: at an unidentified point in the future, humans have all buggered off from Earth, leaving the animals to fight it out for supremacy.
Which is where you come in, picking from a variety of animals – our favourite, of course, is the Pomeranian, if only because it reminds us of Walter from The Big Lebowski – and seeing how long you can survive.
As ever with anything interesting, a European release date has yet to be secured, but even so, the PS3 is region free. Find an importer, and get this in, if only so when your friends come round you’ll be guaranteed to have a game they don’t.
IMPACT RATING: 1, but we love it anyway
10. Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Stop laughing at the back. Yes, it’s been delayed from here to infinity. Yes, it might only just reach stores as the inevitable asteroid hits Earth, destroying it utterly. And yes, we’re bored of waiting too.
But make no bones about it: when Square finally gets around to releasing Final Fantasy Versus XIII, it’s going to be a massive event.
Initially billed as the darker instalment of the pretentiously named ‘Fabula Nova Crystallis’ series, with real-time combat and a world that more closely resembles our own, with geopolitics featuring heavily.
With all of the above and gameplay resembling the Kingdom Hearts games, we’ve been excited about Final Fantasy Versus XIII for what seems like 200 years. It’ll probably take about that again for it to come out, but as long as it’s amazing, Square can take its time.
IMPACT RATING: 5
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