While the PlayStation Vita is not selling like hot-cakes, there’s still a bunch of fantastic games on the handheld device. We know of great titles like Persona 4: Golden and Uncharted: Golden Abyss; but what about some lesser known fantastic games on the PS Vita? Here are five games on the platform that didn’t get the spotlight they deserved.
Velocity 2X took over my life until I inevitably got sick of it (I’m still sad I don’t have the platinum trophy). The game perfectly meshes together top-down space combat with run-and-gun side-scrolling. With a unique teleporting mechanic, rock-solid platforming, and thoughtfully crafted levels to score chase, the game is extremely addicting. I can’t tell you how many nights I laid awake in bed trying to get golds on every mission. I’m hopeful that Velocity 2X will get another sequel from developer Futurlab soon. Seriously, don’t sleep on this game.
Muramasa: Rebirth is arguably the most visually impressive game on the PS Vita. It doesn’t push the hardware like Killzone: Mercenary, but rather showcases a gorgeous 2D art-style that will have you in awe from start to finish. Graphics aside, Muramasa: Rebirth is equipped with an action-packed adventure, tons of areas to explore, and thousands of baddies to kill.
The breathtaking art-style, extra content and top-notch gameplay make Muramasa: Rebirth one of the best PS Vita games to date.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
Arkham Origins is a unique take on Batman Arkham universe, and it splendidly translates the Arkham world into a great mobile title. The presentation and overall graphics are solid, the characters and acting are awesome, and the plot kept interested throughout the entire game. The game features hand-drawn cutscenes that look beautiful on Vita’s OLED/LCD screen — they add a lot of personality to the game.
The combat is a ton of fun, and actually has some depth to it. You learn new moves and techniques that help you fight and get through to new areas (as expected in a Metroidvania title). Except you feel extra cool because you’re Batman, duh!
At the end of the day, while Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate wasn’t received greatly by critics, I found it to be a fun and worth-having experience on the PlayStation Vita.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
How can I put this short and delicately? Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a celebration of the end of the Persona 4 era. We’ve watched this group of best friends grow up and mold into different people than we expected, and this is your final goodbye. The music is outstanding, with many songs that will lift your spirits and smother you with mass amounts of Persona nostalgia. I highly recommend this game to any rhythm game fan, and especially to Persona fans.
In terms of presentation, I was surprised by the amount of polish. Character animations are very stylish and bursting with personality. Colors are bright and flashy, P4D also features animated cut scenes, which is a huge plus. The soundtrack is phenomenal and features music sprawling across the whole series, not just Persona 4. Including a personal favorite of mine “Maze of Life” from Persona Q. In short, I think it’s one of the best soundtracks in recent years.
The Amazing Spider-Man
I heard a lot of negative criticisms about The Amazing Spider-Man on Vita due to the game not running well. However, there has been a patch since launch, and while it didn’t fix all the issues, it did make the game much easier to enjoy. This is probably the most truly ‘open’ game on this list, it’s scale is really impressive. Throw in an intriguing story, fun combat, and web-slinging action and you get an awesome open-world superhero game. This is a game you definitely have to try out for yourself.
Disney Infinity 2.0
Sadly, Disney Infinity is no more. It’s unfortunate considering the series was loved by so many. Luckily, before the franchise’s untimely demise, the PS Vita got the 2nd installment in the superhero series. Explore an open world and destroy baddies using melee and ranged attacks for experience points, money, and health. The game features a handful of iconic Marvel characters, all of which diverse skill sets. Switching between superheroes to utilize their specific powers to complete a task is just downright fun. Disney Infinity 2.0 is also one of the only PS Vita games that implement accessories like a dock and toys-to-life downloadable content.