Top 10 Handheld games coming to you in 2014
We’ve just seen the advent of a new console generation, the dawn of the Golden Age of gaming… Or so they would have you think. In reality, some of the best games due out in 2014 will be available right in the palms of your hands.
Yoshi’s New Island (3DS)
Yoshi’s New Island is a sequel to the 1995 classic, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. It sports the familiar cute art style that’s become synonymous with Yoshi games, and is being produced by Takashi Tezuka himself, who has worked on New Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario 3D Land and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, arguably three of the very best 3DS titles. There are a multitude of reasons to look forward to this new title, but only time will tell if it will become a classic…
Super Smash Bros. (3DS)
New info is being unveiled about the latest Super Smash Bros. on a regular basis. The 3DS and Wii U games will have the same character roster, but a very different selection of levels, and a nice adjustable black-border to go around your characters on the 3DS, so they’re easier to see on smaller screens. Sakurai has said in the past that he doesn’t want to make a competitive SSB game, but since this game is being developed by an all-star cast of devs from NamcoBandai and Nintendo, whatever the gameplay turns out to be, it’s guaranteed to be tight and exciting.
Monster Hunter 4 (3DS)
Okay, so this isn’t exactly “confirmed” to be released here in the West, but given the success of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate I think localisation is only a matter of time. Many thought having the newest Monster Hunter game as a 3DS exclusive would mean it would be a lesser-game, but that’s not true at all, and has received both critical and commercial success in Japan. Monster Hunter veterans and new fans alike should both look forward to this title.
Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS)
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D proved that blending foreground and background, especially on 3DS, can make for an exciting side-scrolling platformer, and Kirby plans to do it next. Kirby’s got a pedigree when it comes to platforming, and in Triple Deluxe he brings all his familiar power-ups with him and a host of new abilities. Kill enemies, solve puzzles, thwart King Dedede… Kirby fans will love this, and platformer fans should definitely keep an eye open!
Gravity Rush 2 (Vita)
Gravity Rush quickly became one of the Vita’s first essential titles, with unique gravity-bending gameplay that is unseen elsewhere in gaming. The sequel will see the familiar protagonist Kat flying (or falling!) about another city in similar fashion, but the city looks more colourful and lively than ever before. This is the kind of game that can validate buying a Vita for many people.
Final Fantasy X/X2 HD (Vita)
It’s been a while since it was first announced now, but Final Fantasy X and X2 HD are coming in March 2014! Two of the most acclaimed Final Fantasy games, with beautifully remastered visuals for PS3 and PS Vita. This is great for Vita owners, as not only is this the sort of game that you should definitely experience, but portability means you can take one of the best FF experiences with you wherever you go.
Freedom Wars (Vita)
This game has a very intriguing premise, for sure. It takes place in the Year 102013 (yes, you read that right), when the surface of Earth has become incapable of supporting life. Humans live in underground cities called Panopticons, where they are desperately trying to find a way to conquer the surface back. That’s not the end of problems, though, as overpopulation drove authorities to take extreme measures: everyone arrested for any crime is found guilty, regardless of the actual truth, and the convicted are forced to fight the monsters that lurk on the surface to reduce their life sentence. There will be multiplayer functionality up to eight players, both co-op and competitive.
Monster Hunter (at least the main series) isn’t on PlayStation Vita, and while that is definitely a shame, it’s not like Vita users will be left without the opportunity to hunt giant monsters cooperatively. TECMO KOEI’s Toukiden will soon take care of that when it releases on 11th February in North America and 14th in Europe. The game was the top selling Vita game last year in Japan, and there are positive reports on its quality; look out for a review soon enough.
Borderlands 2 (Vita)
A port of a game that’s been out for a while, but arguably one of the best co-op games that has been released in recent years. Borderlands 2 mixes RPG with action and FPS hallmarks to make a fascinating and interesting game that everyone can enjoy, not to mention a fabulous multiplayer which, frankly, makes the game what it is. If you’re interested in collecting loot and shooting down those that oppose, this is certainly the game for you.
Soul Sacrifice Delta (Vita)
No word on when this action-RPG will be released here in the West, but Soul Sacrifice is highly acclaimed, and there are thousands of fans eagerly awaiting the sequel. Soul Sacrifice Delta will feature new monsters, new characters, new spells and areas, all combined with an exciting and visually fantastic battle system. This is not to be missed.
Well, those are our Top 10 handheld games you should be excited about in 2014. Disagree with our list? Excited? Let us know!