8 best PlayStation Vita games of all time

The PS Vita is slowly being forgotten by history, but we’re here to remind you of all the great games the handheld had to offer.

Although the PlayStation Vita is not looked upon with much affection, it could be considered ahead of its time. It may not have had the power of the Nintendo Switch, but the overall concept of a handheld you can play on the TV is there. With front and rear touchscreens and a vibrant OLED display, there was a lot to like about this little device.

Looking at its vast library of games, it might be a bit hit or miss, but there were some great ones there. It was the best way to play PS1 and PS2 games for a long time, and its huge lineup of original titles is nothing to shake. We’re looking back at the best the Vita had to offer, and maybe that’ll convince you to dust off yours if you’ve had one before.

freedom wars

As is often the case in these niche JRPGs, we’re heading into a bustling post-apocalypse where humans fight to serve a million-year prison sentence. The combat centers around a whip grappling hook which is a lot of fun to play with, especially as you use it to deal with fearsome and giant opponents.

nonary games

Escape games are great fun with their abstract puzzles, but the world of video games lets you get even weirder, and The Nonary Games introduces different timelines into the equation. It will have you scratching your head for hours and is layered with a great narrative that forces you to make hard-hitting choices for yourself and your allies.

Danganronpa

If you like Phoenix Wright, but want something a little darker, you should have checked out Danganronpa years ago. You’ll have to put your detective and courtroom skills to the test in order to escape murder in a series of dramatic stories that skillfully play with your emotions from start to finish.

Character

This beloved JRPG series recently announced it’s coming to modern consoles, but you shouldn’t sleep on the Vita versions, especially since it features the original and both versions of Persona 2. If you’re interested in this genre, then you’ve almost certainly played one of the Persona games, so why not come to Vita and enjoy the rest?

Cut

Made by the same developers and Luchador Metroidvania, Guacemelee, Severed focuses on the unique features of the Vita. Its responsive touchscreen is key to the way gameplay is, something very few developers care enough about. You have to take on enemies from all sides, but with just one arm to fight them off, which means you’re constantly on a pivot to stay safe.

Lost dimension

This forgotten gem of a JRPG plays with strategy like few other games have before. There is an element of social deduction in the fight, because each time some of your teammates will be traitors. You can take them out to protect yourself, of course, but doing so will rob you of a valuable team member in the moment, even if it will cost you later. It’s an awesome balance exercise that no one else has ever tried.

Killzone Mercenary

First-person shooters have never done particularly well on handhelds. It didn’t help that the DS didn’t have an analog stick until it became the 3DS either. However, the Vita had no such issues and that left the market open for someone to do something special for the console. Each level lets you take the stealth route, and it has all the trimmings of a fantasy stealth game alongside the enjoyable shooting mechanics.

Hotline Miami

The frenetic action of Hotline Miami is one of the best indie games ever made. You’ll go into every top-down heist with a belly full of confidence to literally be gutted in seconds. Whether you’re playing slow and careful or building a perfect fast run, it’s endless fun to infiltrate, fail, then infiltrate again learning the layouts and tactics with every kill.

Written by GLHF.

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