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 PLAYSTATION VITA FEATURE

20 Unity-powered games we'd love to play on PS Vita

Pretty please
 
Top 10 PS Vita charts PS Vita, thumbnail 1
Just the other week, Unity Technologies announced that it's working closely with Sony to bring its hugely popular game engine to PS Vita and PlayStation Mobile developers.

The Unity engine powers some of our favourite Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Mac, PC, and - of course - mobile titles, including the likes of Beat Sneak Bandit, Pid, and the rather excellent Year Walk.

Naturally, we'd love to be able to download these - and many more Unity-powered titles - from Sony's PlayStation Store and play them on the company's latest handheld.

Here are the 20 Unity-powered games we'd like to play the most.

Year Walk



Year Walk doesn't hold your hand. There's no tutorial, hint system, or even a map in this first-person adventure title from the creator of Bumpy Road.

You're left on your own to unearth clues, solve mysteries, and complete puzzles in a bleak 19th-century Swedish forest that houses mysterious creatures.

The Room



The Room is an excellent point-and-click adventure game in which you're presented with a series of boxes. Yeah, you have to open them. Good guess.

Unfortunately, you can't just lift their lids. You have to solve puzzles and crack multiple brainteasers before you can peek at the treasures within them.

Temple Run 2



So, you can run on a treadmill for 60 minutes. Well done to you.

Can you sprint around a series of dilapidated ruins; avoid deadly obstacles and hazards; and avoid a bloodthirsty pursuer for more than 60 seconds, though?

That's a true test.

Ravensword: Shadowlands



Ravensword: Shadowlands is basically a mobile version of Bethesda's super hit The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

It's a portable action-RPG, then, in which you explore a vast world; battle enemies and interact with NPCs; and continuously upgrade your skills and abilities.

RAD Soldiers



Brink developer Splash Damage brought this turn-based multiplayer shooter to Apple's App Store in December of last year.

RAD Soldiers isn't a serious title. Expect humourous, over-the-top deaths, and gorgeous comic book-style visuals.

Orc: Vengeance



You're Rok. You're a fierce Orc Warchief (with a penchant for sharp objects) who's on a mission to defeat The Dark Lord and free your captured bretheren.

This RPG-style dungeon-crawler thrusts battle axes, swords, shields, and warhammers into your sweaty hands, and pits you against waves of genuinely menacing monsters.

Total War Battles: Shogun



This spin-off from The Creative Assembly's real-time strategy series for PC offers quick-fire combat scenarios that are perfectly sized for mobile and portable devices.

There's more to Total War Battles than just tactical battles, mind. You'll need to farm valuable resources and train troops if you wish to progress far.

Beat Sneak Bandit



Every single clock in the world has been stolen by the evil Duke Clockface. Everybody is now late and the world is - naturally - in chaos.

Your aim in this rhythm-based title is to take control of a master thief and steal the clocks back by tapping your device's screen in time to an infectious beat.

Pid



Pid is a magnificent-looking game. Just check out the cropped screenshot above this paragraph if you don't believe us.

Gameplay-wise, you assume the role of a young boy who must battle robots and make allies that will help him shed light on a grand - and rather unbelievable - conspiracy.

Slender: The Arrival



Slender: The Eight Pages hit the web last June and subsequently scared the pants off pretty much everyone who played it in a dark room.

This sequel is - in all honesty - more of the same, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. This first-person survival-horror title would make toilet trips a scarier experience.

Ski Safari



Ski Safari is a pretty simple endless-running title. In it, you have to avoid a range of snowy obstacles and stay one step ahead of a deadly avalanche that's threatening to end your life.

Along the way, you can grab hold of penguins, eagles, and even yetis that will all aid your escape. Well, until your inevitable death, at least.

Super Crossfire



No, you haven't taken a bad acid trip. Arcade-style shoot-'em-up Super Crossfire really is more colourful than a bag of Skittles.

This psychedelic title has a pretty nifty gameplay mechanic that allows your weapon-clad ship to avoid fire by instantly jumping between the top and the bottom of your gadget's display.

The Drowning



The Drowning is an upcoming free-to-play iOS shooter that ditches conventional FPS controls in favour of a tap- and gesture-based scheme.

So, you tap your screen with one finger to move around the game's environment, pinch to look down your rifle's scope, and tap with a second digit to fire off a round.

Dead Trigger 2



This yet-to-be-released mobile shooter is packed full of zombies and other plague-ridden monsters; more guns than you can shake a stick at; and some seriously impressive graphics.

You know the drill. Take down geeks with headshots; collect and protect supplies; and - ultimately - survive a world-ending apocalypse.

Cordy 2



The PS Vita already plays home to a number of quality platformers. There's always room for more, though. That's particularly true in Cordy 2's case.

This title is as smooth as melted butter and a new-born baby's freshly oiled tushy. Seriously, your on-screen avatar glides through levels and over obstacles almost effortlessly.

Gears



Gears is a game all about rolling a ball around a variety of vibrant stages. That may sound boring, but believe us when we tell you that it isn't.

Each stage in Gears is packed with obstacles, hazards, and collectibles that you avoid or pick up by tilting your device from side to side.

Shadow Era



Shadow Era is inspired by the ├╝ber-popular Magic: The Gathering trading card game. Hell, what modern-day card battler isn't?

Your aim in developer Wulven's take on the genre is to meticulously craft a deck from over 200 different lovely-looking cards, and use them to defeat waves of real-world opponents.

Breach & Clear



A tactical shooter co-created for mobile devices by former Call of Duty spokesman Robert Bowling. What more do you need to know?

In this title, you're tasked with recruiting authentic military personnel; equipping them with real-world weapons and equipment; and sending them into increasingly difficult close quarter battles.

Bad Piggies



If you're tired of firing birds at wooden planks and you think Rovio's swine are being unfairly treated by some seriously miffed avians, you need Bad Piggies in your life.

Your mission - if you choose to accept it - is to build makeshift crafts and other vehicles, and help some grubby pigs steal themselves a tasty egg-based snack.

The Swindle



In The Swindle (which is a physics-based platformer), you sneak into guarded facilities and steal wads of cash from under the big noses of rich fat cats.

You can do this by sneaking in through skylights and vents or by hacking cameras and taking down security systems. Either way, you're a criminal. You naughty boy, you.
 

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Anthony Usher 2 April 2013
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Tiel | 18:21 - 2 April 2013
Glad I'm not alone. Since my first post I thought a better psn comparison to cordy would be mutant blobs. If you've played both then you'll know that blobs oozes polish and class and cordy feels cheap and cheerful.
Also agree with aces games that would move over well, and note that these nearly all vegan on p,at forms other than phone/tablet.
World of goo is brilliant as is bastion, but games like that take time money and high quality people, and got converted to iOS to make extra dough after proving themselves on more traditional and demanding formats.
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@xxxAcesHighxxx | 17:55 - 2 April 2013
This is quite a rarity, but I too am inclined to disagree with most of PG's picks here. What's more, I totally concur with @Tiel, in so much as it is precisely these kinda games that fail to truly capture my attention for much more than a fleeting glance or at best, a thirty minute try-and-delete.

Having said all that, I do agree with two of the Unity powered games listed. Namely, Simogo's fabulous Beat Sneak Bandit and Year Walk. Unfortunately however, I know for a fact that we'll find neither title on the Playstation Store any time soon. You see, I recently reached out to Simon Flesser at the Swedish indie studio shortly before Year Walk hit the App Store, who replied saying that they had no plans to venture over to Sony's handheld.

Meanwhile, Unity powered or otherwise, there are a small selection of other mobile games that dearly love to see on my Vita. They include:

- Bastion
- Gesundheit!
- Peggle
- Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
- World of Goo

Now those babies would play - and look - great on Vita. I propose that whosoever agree's should bombard the respective developers with their 'bring it to Vita' cries! Either that or chain yourself to the gates of said devs - a'la Ali G In Da House. Chicken dippers!

Just dodge any blind, gate-polishing, council workers. Or not..!!

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Contest Chris | 16:42 - 2 April 2013
Seriously, The Drowning? And Dead Trigger 2? Seems like you just randomly stitched together 20 games. My respect for PG has been wearing thin over the past few weeks. This is definitely the nail in the coffin.
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Tiel | 16:22 - 2 April 2013
Not to be grumpy...BUT...I have an iphone. And it's because of these games that I decided I needed a vita! So none of these are for me. I've played a few and they are...alright.
No harm in others getting access to them, but they belong firmly in the PSMobile tab (or whatever it's called) not on the main store. Sony needs to differentiate by having top quality titles unavailable on phones as the main draw (in my humble opinion.)
I don't mean just full price games, but the sort of PSN quality that isn't found on iphone. Motorstorm rc for example.
Cordy etc are entertaining enough-but next to the likes of little big planet they are simplistic, unrefined, z-list filler.
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