FIFA Soccer looks awesome on the Vita and is a near-clone of its home console brethren. It also has what I think is the best implementation of the rear touch panel of any launch Vita game.
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Escape Plan (PSN)
Escape Plan is a digital-only title for the Vita that's a great first entry into the platform's downloadable library. The game lets you control two absent-minded creatures through a series of puzzle-ridden chambers.
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Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
While Hot Shots may not play like traditional golf sims like Tiger Woods, it's a cleverly designed title that features great courses and a surprising amount of depth and control.
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Touch My Katamari
The Katamari franchise spans across multiple generations of PlayStation consoles, and its debut on the Vita is arguably its best-looking entry. Not only do the controls feel like the best in the series yet, the Vita's rear touch panel adds a whole new dimension to the experience.
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Lumines: Electronic Symphony
Lumines first saw its debut in 2005 as part of the original PSP's launch lineup. Electronic Symphony is an addictive evolution of the series that looks and sounds great. While I'm not a huge fan of the touch implementation, the rest of the action in this color-matching puzzler is well worth it.
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Rayman Origins was easily one of 2011's best platforming games, and its debut on the Vita is practically the same experience, both control-wise and graphically. It's great for all ages and features tons of amazing art and level design.
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Super Stardust Delta (PSN)
Super Stardust Delta is another download-only title that needs to be experienced by any Vita owner. It's affordable, highly addictive, and allows for some pretty innovative control options. If you've played Super Stardust on PlayStation 3, you'll be happy to know Delta feels just as good on-the-go.
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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
2011's most over-the-top fighting game has been shrunken down to play in the palm of your hands, but it can't contain the intense three-on-three battles from both the Marvel and Capcom universes. The action is smooth and fluid, but I'd stay away from the touch controls.
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Uncharted: Golden Abyss
What would the Vita be without an Uncharted game headlining its release? Golden Abyss feels a lot like Nathan Drake's first adventure but probably wouldn't be able to pass as a standalone home console release. The controls are a bit sensitive at times and may take some getting used to, but its amazing visuals and explosive action are worth the price of admission.
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The Vita has brought out some of PlayStation's best franchises, and it's great to see a totally new Wipeout game make the cut. While loading times may be a bit longer than those of the average Vita game, Wipeout 2048 is a lightning-quick racing experience with awesome style and a bumping soundtrack.
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Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (PSN)
Mutant Blobs Attack is a great game that you can pick up and play in short spurts. Players must guide their blob through various levels as a gelatinous mass gobbles up items that increase its size and allow you to progress through multiple worlds.
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Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour
Virtua Tennis 4 on the Vita is a total blast. Volleying is tight and precise, giving the player the feeling of total control. The biggest stars from the world of tennis are all playable in various game modes and tournaments.