The best PS Vita games show how versatile the console’s library is, with a lot of great games. Among collectors these days, some of the games on the machine are even sought after because they are rare. PS Vita: Sony’s second portable console didn’t do as well as the PSP. It’s still popular because it has a great OLED screen and is very technical. Even though it’s one of the best handheld consoles we’ve seen over the years, it also ranks very high on our list of the best.
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So, without further ado, come along with us as we go over our favourite PS Vita games.
1. Killzone: Mercenary
According to its abilities, the Vita didn’t get a lot of attention when it came to great first-person shooters. Fortunately, Guerilla Cambridge was able to fill the void with a great project that made its peers look like they were having a good time. This game looks great, has great shooting mechanics, and lets you play as both sides of the conflict. The frame rate can be a little slow at times. If you don’t want to play online, you’ll have to play through the single-player campaign, which lasts about five hours.
2. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition
Mojang’s world builder is very easy to use, which makes it great for gaming on the go. With its lack of story or instructions, some people will be disappointed with Minecraft. But what makes it so great is how much freedom you can have. Almost anything you can think of can be made, as long as you have the right resources or are playing in Creation mode. You’re only limited by your own ideas. While it doesn’t have the huge playing areas of the PC version, the Vita version still has a lot to live up to and looks great, too.
3. Soul Sacrifice Delta
With Nintendo shutting down Monster Hunter for the 3DS, a lot of other developers tried to fill in the gap on the Vita with their own games. Soul Sacrifice Delta is by far the most ambitious of these clones. It was made by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune. Sacrifice is a big part of Delta’s mechanics. Not only will you have to sacrifice dead enemies to boost your stats, but you’ll also have to use certain powers that will hurt you, so there’s a little strategy to go along with the combat. Delta is a better version of Soul Sacrifice, but not a true sequel. It didn’t get a physical release in the West, but an expensive Asian English language version is available.
4. WipEout 2048
There were a lot of great games for the PS Vita when it came out, and WipEout is still one of the best racing games you can play on it. If you like racing and fighting games, you’ll like this one, too. It has a lot of slow loading times, and you’ll have to get used to the weight and speed of the planes for a while (which are actually set many years after this prequel). There is still a lot of cart-based content to keep you busy, even though the game’s online multiplayer is long gone.
5. Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours
It’s hard to find Vita shoot-’em-ups that are as ambitious as this huge game. When you think about how much content Taito’s amazing shooter has, it makes sense that its digital price is so high. All of the extras from the arcade versions, like the 3,000 different stages in Chronicles mode, are included in Saviours. It also adds a new mode called Chronicle Saviours, which lets you play through 180 more stages and get new ships, bosses, and audio tracks. Arcade mode and EX mode in arcade games are very letterboxed, which can make it hard to fight water-themed bosses.
6. Mortal Kombat
In Mortal Kombat, there’s a lot of great content, but not many games can compete with how much. Even though it doesn’t have online servers anymore, it still has almost all of the content from the PS3’s Komplete Edition. There’s a great story mode, sickening X-Ray moves, and a huge Challenge Tower to climb. Because the PS Vita version still has great gameplay, new costumes, touch-based finishing moves, and a Challenge Tower that has 150 new missions to do, it is even better than the original.
7. Lumines Electronic Symphony
Q Entertainment’s sound-based puzzle game made its debut on the PSP. This new version for the Vita keeps the same basic mechanics but adds a few clever twists of its own, making it even better than the PSP version. Touch-based controls can be used as well as a more traditional set-up. Musical skins can now be unlocked through a new experience system, and they can now be bought. Two new blocks let you shuffle on-screen blocks or chain together blocks, and there’s a new Voyage mode where you have to keep making coloured squares. With a beautiful soundtrack and the PS Vita’s OLED screen, it makes for a beautiful mix of sight and sound.
8. Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (PS Vita)
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation was released at the same time as Assassin’s Creed III. It’s a game that many people don’t know about. The game puts you in the shoes of Aveline de Grandpré, who was the first female lead in the game. She looks for people in New Orleans who belong to the Templar Order, which has a lot of bad plans in place for the city. A unique feature of the game is that Aveline can wear different disguises to hide during certain missions.
9. Borderlands 2 (PS Vita)
Sony had to make a lot of sacrifices to get Borderlands 2 on the PS Vita. At the time, there was a lot of demand for console games on the Vita, and this impossible port did not disappoint. This is Gearbox’s irreverent looter-shooter in full, even though it has choppy performance and obvious graphical flaws. You can play it all on the toilet.
10. Resistance: Burning Skies (PS Vita)
When the PS Vita had problems, Nihilistic Software was blamed. The team was asked to make two first-person shooters for the format in a short amount of time, which was a lot of work. One of the games in the Resistance series was Resistance: Burning Skies, which was a spin-off with a fireman named Tom Riley. The game didn’t have enough scope or polish to do the series by Insomniac Games, which is about a different history. The best thing that can be said about this short campaign is that it had a very easy Platinum Trophy to get.