November 22, 2011

Brand New PS Vita Exclusive Unit 13 Announced

Zipper Interactive has announced a brand new IP for the Playstation Vita, and we can easily say that it boasts some of the best portable visuals we have ever seen. You really need to check these screenshots out!

Official Playstation Blog writes:

On behalf of the entire team at Zipper Interactive, I am proud to announce a new shooter, Unit 13, designed from the ground up for the new PlayStation Vita. It’s been very exciting developing a game for the first portable console with precision dual analog sticks, the perfect platform for a fast action, hard-hitting, third-person shooter like Unit 13. In addition, Vita’s front and back touch interface provided a unique and fun way to interact quickly with in-the-world elements of the game.

Fast action, on-the-go gameplay was a key goal for the Unit 13 team. The game is designed for players to move quickly into the action, choosing from one of six Operatives with unique abilities to tackle 36 action-packed missions across nine unique locales. Missions come in a variety of sizes and difficulty. Some are smaller bite-sized battles; others are longer, more challenging, multi-objective missions that are a good test for any skilled shooter fan. As you make your way through the variety of missions, you unlock the right to take on the tougher High Value Target (HVT) enemy battles. After completing an HVT mission, you can share them with friends and nearby players through PlayStation Vita’s “NEAR” feature.

The Zipper team put considerable effort into leveraging Vita’s WIFI and 3G functionality to provide exceptional social gaming and competition with friends and opponents from around the world. Unit 13’s live notification interface, enabled through 3G, keeps players up to date on leaderboard positions, new “Daily Challenge” content, new unlocks, shared High Value Target missions, and challenges from friends as they move past you on the leaderboards.

In Co-op, you can play Unit 13 with a friend all with high quality voice chat enabled through the PlayStation Vita. Coop teams compete for top positions on the global, regional, and friend mission leaderboards.

We’re super excited for all of you to give Unit 13 a try. We believe it’s the perfect portable shooter on the best portable gaming platform, the PlayStation Vita. And it’s available right around Vita launch!

See you on the leaderboards!

After reading what Zipper Interactive have said about the game I can confirm that come December 17th I shall import my Playstation Vita with Uncharted: Golden Abyss along with Unit 13. Why?

Because Uncharted it doesn't really need an explanation. However Unit 13 firstly boasts some phenomenal graphics! I mean its just stunning! the textures are crisp and highly detailed, the character models are as good as a console title. The lighting is realistic and vibrant (especially when played on the Playstation Vita screen. And the visuals are actually better than blockbuster console shooter Call of Duty: MW3.

Another reason this has made my shopping list is that its the first Vita title to include voice chat and online capabilities, however currently no competitive multiplayer mode has been announced, co-op has been confirmed, so that will keep me busy. So basically its Socom mixed with MW3 Survival mode. That definitely justifies a purchase.

Also am I the only one who struggles to understand how Sony manages to keep on pumping out a great supply of exclusives? I for one cannot wait for the Playstation Vita launch!

So then will you be buying this game? will this be your first hardcore shooter for the PS Vita? What do you think of the visuals? Would you only purchase if it online competitive multiplayer is confirmed? And do you think it has a very stupid name? Be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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