This article showcases our top picks for the Best Vita Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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If you love a building game, much like Minecraft, then Dragon Quest is your best bet. Aside from digging and building structures, it has relatable and very likable characters to choose from. You can now even collaborate with your friends online to build on bigger projects. The best thing about this game is that it now features fearsome foes for you to beat. Hence, go ahead and explore this game universe and enjoy building and collaborating with other players.
There was no shortage of great games for the PS Vita’s launch and WipEout remains one of the best racing experiences you can have on the console. Yes, it’s hampered by some slow loading times and the weight and speed of the craft take a little while to get used to, but once the new handling does click you’ll discover the racing and combat to be just as satisfying as earlier games in the series (which are actually set many years after this prequel). While its online multiplayer is a thing of the past, there remains plenty of cart-based content to keep you busy.
Few Vita shoot-’em-ups are as ambitious as this gargantuan game. While many balked at its high digital asking price, it makes perfect sense when you realize just how much content Taito’s magnificent shooter actually contains. In addition to featuring all the extras from the numerous arcade versions, including the 3,000 stage variations of Chronicles mode, Saviours also adds the brand-new Chronicle Saviours mode which gives you over 180 more stages to tackle and all sorts of delicious goodies to unlock, from new ships to bosses and audio tracks. Just be mindful that the nature of the arcade games means Arcade and EX mode are severely letterboxed, which can make it tough to tackle the water-themed bosses.
This product was recommended by Sarah Ross from CocoLoan
The Persona series has a lot of positive press, and P4Golden was my first Persona game. This game was SO FRIGGIN’ AWESOME that it inspired me to play Persona 3 (portable version, by the way, which is fantastic). Persona 4 Golden, on the other hand, is a system seller and well worth the roughly 80-hour experience. It’ll go by quickly, I promise. First and foremost, Golden is a PS2 remaster of Persona 4; I haven’t played the original, but based on what I’ve seen, Golden boasts improved visuals and new sequences, which are essentially simply enjoyable vacations to the beach or ski resort. Make the most of it. But, in the end, Persona 4 Golden is a fantastic game that you must play!
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Few video game superheroes express their available powers as well as the main protagonist of Japan Studio’s sensational action-adventure game. Kat has the power to manipulate gravity and while it takes a little while to master, you’ll soon feel invincible as you run along the sides of buildings, propel yourself at enemies and even master the power of flight. It creates a wonderful sense of freedom as you explore the breathtaking city of Hekseville and complete quests for its memorable NPCs while looking for the tucked-away gems that will expand Kat’s health and grant her new abilities.
Velocity 2X is one of the best games on the Vita. The gameplay is fast and fun and the graphics are really good. It has two modes that are really different from each other. The first mode is a side-scrolling shooter where you have to shoot enemies and dodge their bullets. It’s a lot of fun, but it does get repetitive after a while. The second mode is an in-depth platformer that feels more like an adventure game than a platformer because it’s so big and detailed. Velocity 2X also has some great boss battles that require some strategy to beat them, which I found refreshing after all of the other games where bosses just take forever to kill and have no strategy involved at all.
This product was recommended by Jacquelyn Kennedy from PetDT
Mortal Kombat is the greatest fighting game, and franchise to have graced any system and is still, hands down, my favorite game to play on the Vita. And it’s a perfect way to release the stress, trials, and tribulations of everyday life without having to worry about actually hurting anyone, as whatever happens in the Vita world, stays in the Vita world.
This product was recommended by Dan Troha from Draftsim
Terraria is the ultimate labor of love in the mining adventure world of games. It was released for PlayStation Vita in 2013 by Re-Logic in collaboration with 505 Games. It’s great that you can still find it on Steam too. Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox game a bit like Minecraft but with much more variety in what you will dig up, the kinds of environments you find yourself in, and what you will be able to do. It is not as centered on the mining activities like Minecraft and it brings many game genres together into a powerful engine. Terraria is 2D, unlike the 3D Minecraft, but Terraria is better I think as there is much more emphasis on combat and exploration. This makes it overall more fun. It’s perfect for all ages and can be played in teams too. The mods and modes available for Terraria are super fun and prevent the game from ever getting boring. If you have a Vita and you want to try a mining adventure game, definitely go for Terreria as it’s been designed for optimum playability. The touchscreen works perfectly with this specific version of the game.
This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix
Final Fantasy X is a must-have PS2 RPG, and the Vita remake is an excellent opportunity to relive Tidus’ incredible trip across Spira. Heartbreaking turns, amazing boss battles, and memorable characters combine to create an adventure that will live long in the memory. RPG fans can’t go wrong with an all-time classic soundtrack laid over magical locations. And what about Final Fantasy X-2? It’s a strange game, even a stranger sequel, but it’s still pretty enjoyable.
This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix
On the PS Vita, adventure games found a comfy niche, and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward was a noteworthy example thanks to its blend of challenging puzzles, compelling characters, and a prison break storyline that necessitated making difficult decisions. The sequel to Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors was an absorbing blend of the visual novel storyline and puzzle chambers that would leave you scratching your scalp bloody as you searched for a solution, all of which was aided by an interface that considerably improved on 999’s features.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss is an action-adventure game that was developed by SIE Bend Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The game was released for the PlayStation Vita in 2011. The game follows the story of treasure hunter Nathan Drake as he travels to the jungle region of Panama in search of a lost city. The game is played from a third-person perspective and features platforming, puzzle-solving, and combat elements. Uncharted: Golden Abyss received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the game’s visuals, gameplay, and story. The game was also a commercial success, selling over 1 million copies worldwide.
Hotline Miami is a top-down shooter video game by Swedish developer Dennaton Games and published by Devolver Digital. The game follows the exploits of an unnamed character referred to as Jacket who executes violent missions at the behest of enigmatic callers, killing anyone in his way. The game is set in 1989 Miami, and its storyline revolves around drug trafficking, organized crime, and murder. Jacket’s victims include Trump supporters, rival gangsters, police officers, and even innocent civilians. The player can use a variety of weapons to dispatch their enemies, including baseball bats, knives, machetes, pistols, submachine guns, and shotguns. Unlike most games in the genre, there is no health bar; instead, enemies can be killed with a single headshot or melee attack. The game is split into distinct levels, each of which must be completed in order to progress. Each level presents its own challenges and requires the player to use different tactics in order to succeed. In addition to the main campaign, the game also features a number of side-quests that provide additional background on the game’s characters and events. Hotline Miami was released to critical acclaim, with many reviewers praising its style, graphics, soundtrack, and gameplay. It has been included in several lists of the best video games of all time.