The PlayStation Vita is an amazing handheld console, despite it not being as popular as the Nintendo Switch. If you’ve got a Vita and want to experience some of the best handheld games ever created, then you’re in luck: we’ve rounded up fifteen essential titles that no self-respecting Vita owner should miss. Whether you own a PlayStation Vita (or are planning on buying one), these are the best games on Sony’s underrated portable console.
Severed is a 2D sidescrolling action-adventure game developed by DrinkBox Studios. The gameplay is reminiscent of classic Castlevania games, with some notable differences: the main character uses touch-based combat and the main mechanic is the severing of limbs. As you progress through the game, you’ll find yourself cutting off arms to throw at enemies or using legs as projectiles.
Severed was developed for touchscreen devices but has also been ported to other platforms like PC and PlayStation 4. If you’re looking for a challenging, yet fun game that will keep your attention throughout its hours-long playtime then Severed might be what you’re looking for!
2. Wipeout 2048
Wipeout 2048 is a futuristic racing game that was released in 2012. It was the first Wipeout game to be released on a handheld console, and it’s still considered one of the best PlayStation Vita games of all time.
The game has players taking part in races against opponents while avoiding obstacles and trying to come in the first place by using their speed boost pads strategically. Different types of ships can be unlocked as you progress through each level: some are faster than others but harder to control, so there are pros and cons for each one!
3. Killzone Mercenary
Killzone Mercenary is a first-person shooter set in the Killzone universe. The story follows an ex-mercenary named Arran Danner, who has been hired by the Vektan government to take down Helghast leader Jorhan Stahl.
Gameplay entails shooter gameplay elements (shooting and stealth) but also features platforming challenges that require characters to make use of their environment to avoid detection or escape from enemies. The game’s campaign mode can be played either single-player or co-op with up to four players, with each player controlling one character at a time (with AI taking over if no one else is playing).
Developed by Guerrilla Games, Killzone Mercenary was released on September 10th, 2013 for both PlayStation Vita handheld console and PlayStation 3 home console; it received positive reviews from critics upon release.
4. Freedom Wars
Freedom Wars is a game about a war between humans and monsters. It’s set in the distant future where humanity has been banished to Earth’s surface, which is now a barren wasteland. The only way to survive is by fighting against the giant creatures that live on the ground in order to earn freedom points, which can be used to buy various upgrades for your character.
5. Uncharted Golden Abyss
Uncharted Golden Abyss is a game that deserves to be on your PlayStation Vita. I think it’s one of the best games for the platform, and you should get it if you want something new to play.
Uncharted Golden Abyss is a great game and it has many levels that are very interesting, so be sure to check it out!
It just took a few minutes for the first printing of Derek Yu’s excellent platformer to sell out once it was released by Limited Run Games, which means that it is currently rather an expensive item to buy.
However, there is a good explanation for the tremendous demand: it is, without a doubt, the best platformer that can be played on a Vita, and taking into account the other options, that is a very high compliment indeed. If you can get through Spelunky’s punishing difficulty, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most satisfying experiences available.
However, if you give up too soon, you’ll miss out. Although the stages are generated procedurally, the foes and traps that populate them adhere to particular laws, and you will need to be familiar with those laws in order to make progress through the game. Just remember to attach a wrist chain to your PlayStation Vita, as there may be occasions when you feel the want to chuck it.
7. Gravity Rush
Gravity Rush is a third-person action-adventure game developed by SCE Japan Studio and released in 2012. The game follows Kat, an amnesiac girl who has the power to manipulate gravity as well as control two other characters: Dusty, a cat-like creature of unknown origin; and Raven, a mysterious warrior whom Kat meets on her journey.
Gravity Rush was later ported to the PlayStation 4 with some improved features such as better visuals and frame rate but no new content besides that. The world itself is set in a floating city where many people live together peacefully until one day everything changes when monsters start appearing out of nowhere! It’s up to you to find out why these creatures have appeared through your own personal storyline or by playing other modes such as challenge missions where you’ll take down monsters for rewards.”
8. Dragon’s Crown Pro
Dragon’s Crown Pro is a remaster of the original game. It has improved graphics and new features, including a multiplayer mode that supports up to four players.
Dragon’s Crown is an action RPG beat ‘em up set in a fantasy world with elves, dwarves, humans, and more. You’ll play as one of six characters who can be customized with different classes and skillsets to suit your playing style. Each character has their own story questline as well as side quests throughout their adventure; there are also various loot items like weapons or equipment that can be found during your travels to help improve your character’s stats or offer new abilities.
9. Zero Escape 999 & Virtue’s Last Reward
The Zero Escape series is a visual novel series of games with a linear story. This means that instead of giving players the freedom to roam around and explore, the player follows along with what’s happening in the game. The overall plot can be confusing at first, but once you get into it, you won’t want to put down your Vita for long.
The first game in this series is set in the distant future where people are forced to play puzzles in an effort to escape from an evil organization called Sigma. There are nine characters who come together after they’ve been kidnapped by this organization and forced into these deadly games (hence the name).
In order to win at these games, players have to solve all sorts of riddles, codes, and puzzles—and if they fail? They’re subject to death!
10. Persona 4 Golden
Persona 4 Golden is a role-playing game for the PlayStation Vita. It is an enhanced port of the PlayStation 2 game Persona 4, which was itself based on the third main entry in Atlus’s Megami Tensei series of video games. The story follows a silent protagonist as he moves to Inaba and becomes involved with his new school’s Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES), whose members are engaged in fighting shadows that possess humans.
The game received positive reviews from critics upon its release, who praised its social elements and combat system while noting its familiarity with earlier entries in its series. A high-definition port titled Persona 4: Golden was released for PlayStation Vita in 2012; this version contains additional content not seen in the original release or previous versions, such as new Personas, events, outfits, and gameplay modes
Tearaway is a puzzle platformer game developed by Media Molecule and released in 2013. It was released on the PlayStation Vita, PS4, and PS3. The game’s main character, iota (a messenger), wants to deliver a message from you to his friend Atoi (the player). You’ll travel through papercraft environments using objects like fans and paper planes, as well as your own hands. Tearaway isn’t just about going from point A to point B; it’s about having fun along the way!
12. OlliOlli 2 Welcome to Olliwood
OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is a side-scrolling skateboarding game that was released in 2015. It’s the sequel to the original OlliOlli, which came out on PS Vita and PlayStation 3 in 2014.
The game is played by holding your left thumb on the left analog stick, and moving it around as you steer your character throughout each level. Your right hand will control jumping and grinding with four buttons: two for jump height and two for grind direction. You can also use L1 and R1 to perform special tricks if you want them (but don’t need them).
While playing the first game was an incredible experience all its own, this sequel takes things one step further by adding new characters, levels, modes, and more!
13. Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat is a fighting game series, which originated on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. Mortal Kombat has seen many sequels and spin-off titles since its original release, with the latest titles being Mortal Kombat X (2015) and Injustice 2 (2017). The plot of each game follows the epic battle between Raiden and his allies against Quan Chi and Shinnok who are trying to conquer Earthrealm. Many characters from previous games return – including Johnny Cage, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero – but there are also several new characters such as Kitana or Jade.
Mortal Kombat’s gameplay consists mostly of two types: “fighting” mode where players can win matches by depleting their opponent’s health bar using various attacks or combinations; as well as “kustom” mode where players customize characters’ attributes such as strength or speed.
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