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"Never stop playing."

The PlayStation Vita (simply known as the PS Vita) is a handheld game console and the successor to the PlayStation Portable (PSP). It was released in Japan on December 17, 2011, with releases in North America, Europe, and other worldwide regions starting on February 22, 2012.

The Playstation Vita has currently three models:

-PCH-1000, original model of the handheld, known for its OLED screen with the optional (but abandoned) 3G.

-PCH-2000, released in October 2013 (in February 2014 worlwide), which features a LCD (IPS panel) screen instead, a better battery life, 1GB of internal memory stockage (disabled once a memory card is inserted), and is thinner and lighter overall.

-Playstation TV, released in November 2013 (in October 2014 worldwide), allow players to play the Vita system on a television, up to 1080i resolution, also featuring an Ethernet/HDMI port and support for Dualshock 3 & 4 controllers. However, earlier Vita games (especially the ones that require touch input, such as Gravity Rush) may not be compatible with this system.

The PS Vita is incompatible with standard memory cards, such as SD cards, and instead stores data on proprietary and expensive PS Vita memory cards, which are available in sizes of 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB and, only in Japan, 64GB (default price of a 4GB memory stick is 20$, around 90$ for 64GB depending of currency). The best way to minimize the cost of the memory stick is to prioritize the purchase of games in retails and physical carts if possible. However, digital titles have the advantage to be cheaper than retails if you can make up for the price of the memory stick.

Retails are region-free but digital content/DLCs are region-locked through a PSN account. It should be noted that only one account can be used per memory card.

Knowing the japanese language is more than recommended too if you want to obtain the best experience of the handheld, as the support is now limited to 3rd-party developers (XSeed and Marvelous, Sega, NIS, Acquire, 5pb, Gust, Koei Tecmo, Compile Heart, ATLUS, Bandai Namco, Kadokawa Games and Spike Chunsoft), localization is uncommon and can be badly done thanks to politically-correct/randumb translations and censorship (NISA and Idea Factory are the main culprits), and also because of the digital-only releases in the West.

Cartridge Based

Box Art Title Genre Description Screenshots
150px @field (JP) Golf/Puzzle Some kind of hybrid between golf and Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. Try to get your ball to get coins so you can play dress up with your kawaii ass golfer. You can move the ball with the motion sensor (tilt the Vita in directions) and stages have gimmicks like speed-up panels and ramps (which can even launch your ball mid-air to land at different areas) and also obstacles like moving panels and floors that fall apart. There's also an edit mode to make your own courses (not sure if you can share). Here's a trailer to help clarify.
JP-only, but feel free to import, since it ain't too hard to figure out the menus.
150px Army Corps of Hell Action/Strategy Remember Pikmin? Well, now add Death Metal and demons and voila! You have Army Corps of Hell. If you've played Pikmin before, it should feel familiar; If you've played Overlord, this is pretty much a portable alternative to it. If not, then you essentially rely on lots of little critters to do your dirty work for you. Utilizes the touch screen well and in a fun way. Its weakness is that a decent chunk of the stages feel kinda "same-y" with little variety, as opposed to the what has been seen in Pikmin (i.e. different stage elements and atmospheres along with level design). 200px
AtelierTotoriPlus Atelier Totori Plus RPG Updated port of the PS3 game. and includes the PS3 DLC along with new costumes, recipes, bosses, illustrations, and Orthogalaxen from Rorona. Also has some new camera tweaks, optional(?) touchscreen for menus, and fast-forward for events you've already seen. No cross-game stuff, sadly. If you've never played it, it's "arguably" the most well-rounded of the Arland Trilogy of Atelier games, though opinions are a bit split on that. Negatives include the occasional lag (which is thankfully not too bad, but still noticable) and load times can be a little long.
EU/USA got only a digital release.
Totori small screen
Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend PSVita cover Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend Fighting Great fighting game with ridiculously big story mode that will last for hours if you are interested in that stuff. Vita's d-pad is built great for fighters and allows fluid motions for moves so it plays like a charm. Extend version adds Relius as a playable character and story modes for the various DLC characters among other things. Great online mode is also a plus. Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend PSVita screenshot
DoA5+Vita Dead or Alive 5 Plus Jiggle simu- SERIOUS fightan game Pretty well made port of the original. Thankfully, it has new features, too, such as advanced training modes/details, a (gimmicky, but amusing) touch-based first person mode for fighting, and "touch-screen interaction" with characters. Also, you can change music per arena instead of just pre-set songs. Uses both ad-hoc and online for multiplayer. You can pretty much jump into this, even if you haven't played past games. Has cross-play, cross-goods, and cross-save. However, the latter two sometimes have some problems being ironed out. Dead or Alive 5 Plus PSVita screenshot
Disgaea 3 Absence of Detention PSVita cover Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention RPG/Strategy An updated port of Disgaea 3 on the PS3. Features all the DLC from PS3 and few new bonuses like two new characters, some characters and features from Disgaea 4, and other gameplay tweaks. A great pick for people who never played Disgaea 3, but those who have don't have much reason to buy this.
If you're not in the know, Disgaea games are known for their off-beat humor, isometric tactics RPG gameplay, and extremely deep stat-building systems that can potentially involve lots of time min/max-ing your gear, characters, and so forth. The last part only becomes a necessity in post-game challenges, so thankfully you won't need to grind your ass off before then.
Disgaea 3 Absence of Detention PSVita screenshot
DJMAX Technika Tune PSVita cover DJMAX Technika Tune Rhythm Portable adaption of the arcade game series. A rhythm game based on a touchscreen where you touch buttons when a timeline passes over it. Confirmed to have a mode that makes use of both the front and back touchpads and DLC songs from older DJMAX titles. Contains TECHNIKA 3 songs and uses the interface from TECHNIKA 2, also has Facebook integration but nobody gives a shit about that. OST and M/V modes are confirmed to make a return. Gameplay Trailer offscreen gameplay Had a baller collector's edition that sold out nearly instantly. Good luck finding it. DJMAX Technika Tune PSVita screenshot
Dokuro Dokuro Platformer/Puzzle A puzzle-platformer with a chalk-based storybook aesthetic and aspects reminiscent of a side-scrolling Ico. You are a skeleton who must guide a princess to safety, while avoiding traps, foes, and other hazards. You must protect your own hide but also hers, since either character's death means redoing the current stage. The difficulty soon gets rather devious with many clever and fiendish puzzles. While some puzzles revolve around using obstacles, there's a few items you get to keep for future use, such as a potion that lets you become a sword-wielding hero for a while and different types of magic chalk (use with the touchscreen for different effects related to puzzles)
It's a well thought out game and it takes some real thinking to beat. Even the bosses are interesting to fight as well. The story is also quite adorable.
For NA/EU, it's only on PSN but japanese retail is cheap to import and contains english and other european languages.
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Dragons Crown PSVita cover Dragon's Crown Beat 'em up/RPG A sword-and-sorcery beat 'em up homage with elements of Golden Axe, D&D Arcade, and more; except, expanded into an RPG. As such, in addition to the standard stages to play, is incentive to revisit them thanks to several quests which reward you with loot and further improve your powers. Each of the 6 classes has numerous skills and passive abilities to learn, letting you customize how you want to play and what role you'll serve in a party. You'll definitely want to party on, since after the initial 9 stages, you unlock 9 more, each with new bosses to conquer.
After beating the game once, you get to the REAL meat: The Labyrinth of Chaos! It's a randomized dungeon containing mixed up elements from all stages, like fishmen out of water in the middle of the sky raining fire in an underground cave. Further on, bosses spawn as common foes, except harder with new attacks and patterns, AND other common enemies and stage hazards smash on you simultaneously. Normal stages can't even compare!
As for the Vita version, slowdowns happen a bit more than PS3 (though the PS3 does also have them), and ad-hoc multiplayer is unlocked at the same time as online (first 9 stages cleared) vs the get-go of PS3. However, cooking and runes are much easier to manage and you will want to be good at those.
For more info/help, consider checking out the archives of past generals and pastebins.
Note: As of the most recent patch, you can go online with both Vita and PS3 players!
Dragons Crown PSVita screenshot
Dream Club Zero Portable PSVita cover Dream Club Zero Portable (JP) Sim/Idol Dating So far only available in Japan and Korea, and will probably stay that way. Waifu simulator that circles around hostesses from a certain club. Dress, flirt, get drunk, molest, feed tasty vittles, and take shots with cutesy animu wimminz. Thankfully everyone is legal, so it's A-OK, and not perverted (yes it is) or wrong at all. Also, there's like rhythm singan and dancan or something. Catered to otaku and probably only for them. Pretty decent production values surprisingly. Also, you can get friend-zone'd if you mess up. No joke. More info on Wikipedia and the fan-made JP wiki and guide. Dream Club Zero Portable PSVita screenshot
Dynasty Warriors Next PSVita cover Dynasty Warriors Next Beat 'em Up/Strategy Solid spinoff of the slash-and-bash Warriors series, based off of DW7. Looks, plays, and sounds almost like it, but is more like a DW Empires entry. The touch screen sequences are a bit forced, but you'll soon learn how to blaze through them (even duels are eventually not much trouble) and reap their bonuses. There's also edit characters to customize and use in Conquest (storyless variant of Campaign, letting you mix-and-match officers) and Coalition (local co-op challenge mode). In addition to the main game, there are also mini-games with in-game bonuses (like a Hex Mark Saddle) and a photo mode (for the scrapbooker in you). DLC is costumes with some different stats and skills.
Much more info HERE.
Dynasty Warriors Next PSVita screenshot
Final Fantasy X HD Remaster PSVita cover Final Fantasy X HD Remaster RPG FFX set the series' current standards for breathtakingly cinematic presentation, unique fantasy worlds, and romantic, sweeping stories with philosophical undertones. The game is fully-voiced and still a delight to look at, though the writing and voice-acting are a different story. Turn-based combat and rigid, class-based characters make a comeback, along with many callbacks to earlier titles. The game is very on-rails, with little optional exploration, but lots of side-content. As per usual, the ending is a point of contention. Worth a try.

Based on the International release which adds additional exclusive content.

HD Remaster with X-2 also on PS3 and PS4.

Final Fantasy X HD Remaster PSVita screenshot
Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster PSVita cover Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster RPG Surprisingly, a direct sequel to FFX which revolves around Yuna's life after the events of the previous game. With Rikku the thief and new character Payne in tow, the three set out to become bounty hunters, errand runners, and pop idols, among other things. The combat system is very unique, as it allows the three to change classes ("Dresspheres," complete with unique outfits) in the middle of battle, a feature that some love and some hate. The story is ridiculous even for FF standards, so don't give it too much thought. A bizarre and unncessary, but fun romp.

Based on the International release which includes exclusive content, such as dresspheres, an additional playable storyline and battle arena mode.

HD Remaster with X also on PS3 and PS4.

Final Fantasy X-2 HD PSVita screenshot
Gravity Rush PSVita cover Gravity Rush Action-Adventure/Sandbox Delivering a superb experience in every possible aspect, from music to the core gameplay, this is a quality game with a good dash of originality and style. Use gravity powers to float, manipulate objects, run-and-jump on walls, speed from plane to plane, etc. like you're Spider-Man but 50 times better. Fairly long game with a simple, but effective combat system, much boosted by the gravity factor (using Gravity Kick is awesome). Also, has some comic-styled cutscenes, and a non-sensical language for something of a semi-cinematic experience. Has optional DLC costumes and side-quests. Its heavily saturated/stylized graphics can be a bit much for some. Also, vertigo. Gravity Rush PSVita screenshot
Gundam Seed Battle Destiny PSVita cover Gundam Seed: Battle Destiny Mecha/Shooter If you like blowing shit up as a giant robot and fighting other giant robots, this will be a nice fit for your Vita. JP-only, sadly, so ya gotta import. Otherwise, take a look at this trailer and decide if you want to nab it or not. For extra info and translation help, check out and Gundam Seed Battle Destiny PSVita screenshot
HatsuneMikuProjectDivaF(Vita) Hatsune Miku Project Diva



Another installment in the Project Diva series. Vocaloid otaku-attracting rhythm game featuring Hatsune Miku that's actually quite challenging. Was shown in a booth at E3 surprisingly enough so it may get out of Japan (and it did). Some have questioned the star-swiping, but you'll probably get it for Miku anyways (Luka master race is so above this shit). Has its own Vita as well, but don't expect to pay less than top dollar for that.

Physical copy not availble in North America and Europe.

Hot Shots Golf World Invitational PSVita cover Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational Sports Hot Shots is a pretty fucking good golf series. If you never thought you'd hear golf in that context, then you ought to pick up this game. It's surprisingly quick, easy, and accurate. Touch screen stuff is optional. Great time killer with pretty addicting gameplay. Also, prepare to spend hours and hours playing to be able to buy virtual shit to customize your players. A.k.a Everybody's Golf (or the language equivalent) in everywhere not America. Hot Shots Golf World Invitational PSVita screenshot
Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth1 PSVita cover Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 Turn based RPG A remake of the original Hyperdimension Neptunia, thankfully without most of the suck. The premise is basically a take on console wars and the game industry but with cute anime girls, and it's every bit as ridiculous and enjoyable as it sounds thanks to a surprisingly decent localization and fun character interactions. Gameplay wise its a turn based/sort of tactical RPG with flashy and fast paced battles. The game also has a synthesis system to create more items, weapons, costumes, and to add more dungeons and bosses in the game. If you're interested in trying out the series, this is the best place to start.

Interestingly enough it also got ported over to PC, in a barebones but functional port.

Killzone Mercenary PSVita cover Killzone: Mercenary FPS Often called "best Vita FPS game, Killzone game, and portable FPS -done right-". The campaign, though 9 stages, is lengthy and full of activites/situations other than running thru a level shooting. Extra replayability comes via different strategies for goals (i.e. hacking extra info, alternate target-kill methods, etc.). Multiplayer is the main draw. While only 4v4 in teams and 8-man royale, it flows together well. Arenas have a good balance between hiding spots and non=excessive size, and stage elements can be well-utilized. A variety of primary and secondary guns, armors, grenades, and VAN-Guards (RC robots with a variety of effects), allows you to custom-make loadouts for different priorities. Also, obtaining new equipment in either mode allows for use in the other, so it pays to play both.
Digital-Buyer Warning: The filesize is already big, but with the patches, it gets pretty huge. Those without 32 or 64 memcards should probably stick with physical.
LittleBigPlanet PSVita cover LittleBigPlanet PS Vita Platformer/Any game type Definitive version of LittleBigPlanet. Has a community already, and the single player is also great. Multiplayer sometimes lags but developers are fixing it with patches. It is a shame that levels from ps3's counterpart don't work here. LittleBigPlanet PSVita screenshot
Lord of Apocalypse PSVita cover Lord of Apocalypse Action-Adventure So far only available in Japan. Sequel to the Lord of Arcana that improves upon flawed features. Similar to the Monster Hunter in the meaning your main objective is to hunt monsters with friends and create new weapons/armor. Game offers fast paced action and decent gameplay. Also on the PSP, so don't expect amazing graphics. Lord of Apocalypse PSVita screenshot
Lumines Electronic Symphony PSVita cover Lumines: Electronic Symphony Puzzle PSP's blockbuster puzzler is back and it's the comeback you've been waiting for. Improved everything, addicting like crack and beyond mesmerizing in every aspect, Lumines ES is a must have for any Vita owner. Notably improved from predecessors and adds some optional touchscreen perks to assist you and some new block types as well. You can find it very cheap on Amazon these days, to top it all off. Lumines Electronic Symphony PSVita screenshot
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection PSVita cover Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Action/Stealth You know what the fuck this is, now it is portable. Unfortunately, the Peace Walker isnt included in vita version, but you can always buy it from playstation store and use twin stick setups if it so pleases you. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection PSVita screenshot
Muramasa Rebirth PSVita cover Muramasa Rebirth Platformer/Action RPG Enhanced port of the Wii game "Muramasa: The Demon Blade". If you haven't heard of this or played it yet, then get your ass out from under that rock and pick this up now. In this version, you can now remap buttons and it has a newer and more flowery (though more accurate) translation. You can still use the "Up-button scheme" though. All four DLC chapters have been released (separatly or in one package). Sadly no retail in the EU. Muramasa Rebirth PSVita screenshot
Need For Speed Most Wanted PSVita cover Need For Speed: Most Wanted Racing Pretty much as good as the console version, except with less things on the screen at a time and less players in multiplayer. Almost flawless port outside of those factors. Need For Speed Most Wanted PSVita screenshot
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus PSVita cover Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus Action-Adventure/Hack n' Slash Good, old Ninja Gaiden Sigma with some new stuff added for the Vita. If you never played it, this is a great opportunity to see what you've missed out on. There's still a few loading times, but they are sparse and don't ruin the enjoyment. Looks great and plays great. Lightning fast enemy killing and balls-to-the-walls boss fights. Sigma 2 also has a Plus version as well. Though 2 has notably more extra content than this, it needs to iron out some bugs first. Beware: the Vita versions run at half the framerate of the PS3 versions which may be a detractor for some. Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus PSVita screenshot
One Piece Kaizoku Musou 2 PSVita cover One Piece Kaizoku Musou 2 (JP) Beat 'em up/Pirate Genocide JP version of "One Piece Pirate Warriors 2". If for some reason you prefer this over the PS3 version, here you go. Beat the shit out of other pirates, play as more characters than before, do more combos and make over-the-top reactions, just as you'd expect from a One Piece game.
Although available in Asia, the Vita version is solely in Japanese. THANKS, BAMCO.
One Piece Kaizoku Musou 2 PSVita screenshot
Persona 4 Golden PSVita cover Persona 4: Golden RPG/Scooby-doo Simulator Highest rated game on the Vita right now, and best version of P4. Has a good deal more content than the original, and also, you can now pick and choose persona skills in fusion (as opposed to cancel-spamming like before). If you haven't gotten this game already, then whatever. Baby's second SMT after P3P. For a list of modifications, check this shit: here. Persona 4 Golden PSVita screenshot
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVita cover Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale Smash Bros-like It is what it is. The super-only kills thing isn't as funky as it sounds in theory, and can be utilized in amusing ways in practice (as you can find ways to gain or prevent lots of AP). Online multiplayer is where it really shines.
You'll find it inferior to PS3 version if you're a grafixfag, but it looks damn good despite that and still plays identically. If you buy the PS3 version, you get this for free, but the code is locked to the account of the PS3 user (so you can't just give it to someone else). Keep in mind, you DO NOT get the PS3 version free if you buy the Vita one, but the Vita version alone costs less.
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVita screenshot
Ragnarok Odyssey PSVita cover Ragnarok Odyssey
/ Ragnarok Odyssey Ace (JP)
Action-Adventure Monster Hunter-esque game based on the popular online universe from Ragnarok Online. Very solid game featuring colorful graphics and customization system. Game is heavy action based with dashes, jumps, juggles, and dodging. Similar to Monster Hunter, your objective is to kill monsters with friends (or alone), collect materials, and upgrade equipment. Equip "cards" for various buffs, comparable to "gems" in MH; though, it is interestingly balanced with a sort of risk vs reward stat system. Consider holding out for RO:Ace which has more content and some improvements. Ragnarok Odyssey PSVita screenshot
Rayman Origins PSVita cover Rayman Origins 2D Platformer Amazing port of the console version, but unfortunately lacks the multiplayer option. However, if you planned on going solo anyway, the beautiful graphics and silky smooth gameplay with many things to collect and unlock make this a great addition to the Vita's library. You can also zoom in or out to get a better view of levels. Has a ghost race mode where you go against other players' times while their level replay ghost platforms along with you. Legends is also on Vita, and getting the Invasion levels back in a patch. Rayman Origins PSVita screenshot
Shinobido 2 Revenge of Zen PSVita cover Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja/Revenge of Zen Action/Stealth Sequel to the older game Shinobido. Similar to the Tenchu series with it's setting, stealth kills, and using gadgets. Now with flying kites and super grappling hook. Nice game with some cool features. Lots of assorted jobs to do as well, including, but not limited to: assassination, kidnapping, escort, bodyguard, thievery, and working for and against various factions as a double agent. The game also lets you decide how to finish several missions, be it as a rampaging bastard or a silent but deadly shadow. An important replay factor is that this game has branching story paths and multiple endings to find. May not be as top-tier as other games in the series, but still solid. Shinobido 2 Revenge of Zen PSVita screenshot
Sly Cooper Thieves in Time PSVita cover Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Stealth-Platformer 4th entry in the Sly series. Sneak your way across time and thief it up with Sly's ancestors. Gameplay is pretty much Sly as you'd expect him, although it's accessible enough for beginners as well, though some events and references may be lost on newcomers.
Although it's also cross-buy on the PS3, it sadly has the same retarded method as Sony Smash Bros above.
While PS3 is the superior version, this one is still good as well, both running and looking pretty smoothly.
Sly Cooper Thieves in Time PSVita cover
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed PSVita cover Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Racing/Sunshine feeling Sequel to Sega's fantastic racer, this time with cars that can become planes and hovercrafts, but remains more balanced and more OPINION versus Mario Kart 7. While not as good as the PC version, this version is fine for those who like playing in short bursts. You might have to online with friends or /psvg/ though, since most play other versions. Had some issues at first, but has thankfully been patched (though it seems the demo hasn't). Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed PSVita screenshot
Soul Sacrifice PSVita cover Soul Sacrifice Action-Horror/2spooky You fight a bunch of grotesque monsters and draw upon the souls of flora and fauna to power yourself up and give you access to disturbing attacks such as shooting foes with your own solidified blood and beating the shit out of things with gigantic deformed arms. The solo story is enjoyably depressing, but gameplay hits its prime in multiplayer. The interesting lore is full of both crazy and horrifying shit.
Although compared with Monster Hunter, the similarities end at "you can fight big critters" and honestly draws more from things like Phantom Dust, while still having its own unique aspects.
Has an impressively big demo where your saved game data can be transferred later to the full game (!), so definitely give that a go.
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Tales of Hearts R PSVita cover Tales of Hearts R Action RPG Like Tales of Innocence R below, it's a remake of a Nintendo DS game. One of the better Tales games, now even better since you can use 4 allies at a time, along with other new goodies. Like ToIR, it uses a 3D world, even in battles, versus the sprite-based 2D of DS. Uses the anime cutscenes instead of the CGI ones. Ironically, even though Hideo Baba(baabhabhiat) wants everyone to play this game, neither this nor the original is in English. What a dong ding. Hearts R has now been english'd, Without a dub and some questionable name changes. Tales of Hearts R PSVita screenshot
Tales of Innocence R PSVita cover Tales of Innocence R Action RPG So far only available in Japan. Remake of Tales of Innocence from the Nintendo DS. A complete remake with remade visuals, combat, two new characters, and even some new story elements. Offers standard battle system for the Tales series with also standard convoluted storyline. Pretty good for those interested in Tales series, a bit of a base-breaker for Tales fans, and a potential game of intrigue for those who just want some decent RPG-an action. The DS original has an exceptional fan translation out, so if you actually want to know what the hell is going on in the story you should probably go with that route instead. Tales of Innocence R PSVita screenshot
Touch My Katamari PSVita cover Touch My Katamari Adventure/Puzzle/Ball Rollan' While it doesn't offer groundbreaking changes from previous entries, it's still Katamari and thus damn good and funky. Improved controls flow smoothly (jump and turn only need one button each, etc.) and also has a new stretch and squish mechanic to get lots of stuff or squeeze through tight spaces. You can also use touchscreen-centric controls (not like you would).
As always, roll your magic cosmic ball to get stuff stuck to it before time runs out (or other stage-based goals). You'll often start small with stuff like toys and cookies, but soon grow enough to roll up pets, people, buildings, and even entire countries!
For beginners, this is a funtastic starting point. However, for past rollers, you may prefer Me and My Katamari on PSP, if you haven't already, which has more content.
Touch My Katamari PSVita screenshot
Toukiden The Age of Demons PSVita cover Toukiden: The Age of Demons GIANT DEMON SLAYING SIMULATOR A Monster Hunter "clone", although not not in the typical sense. Instead, several aspects are done differently, including weapon attacks, but mostly via Mitama. In short, utilizing weapons and Mitama essentially give you roles and specialties in combat. Mitama are less like "items" and more like spells that run on limited-uses. In addition, each has passive boosts and abilities, helping you (and some even helping your main mitama, as 1-3 can be equipped) via extra spell usages, stat boosts, ailment resistances, etc. There's more depth than it lets on at first. On the other hand, there's some issues players have: one, it's pretty damn easy (which isn't too bad if you're new to MH-ish games) and two, story-based and co-op-based progress is not shared, meaning you might need to flip-flop for consistency. Learn more at the Koei Wikia.
A note to potential buyers: with Toukiden Kiwami (aka (e)Xtreme) coming out, essentially it's getting a Soul Sacrifice Delta ordeal (3 all new weapon varieties, new non-pallete swap demon breeds, etc.). If you can find this original version on the cheap, it's arguably still worth it, but spending full price at this point is not fully advised. Save data from the original can be transfered to Kiwami, so consider that as well.
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 PSVita cover Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 2D Fighter Babby's first fighter on the go! One of the most astonishing ports in terms of visuals and carrying content over. The only noteworthy weakness is that backgrounds are more static than in console versions. Great online play and Vita's d-pad allow for some serious handheld fighting dose. Best of all, Heroes and Heralds mode allows a good deal of customization for your fighters. With said fighters, you take on other players locally or online with their customized fighters and duke it out. Raw fightan skill is still a big factor in H&H mode, but the customizations you use are also important as well. Just another potential interest to appeal for you. Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 PSVita screenshot
Uncharted Golden Abyss PSVita cover Uncharted : Golden Abyss Platformer/Action-Adventure Looks great and plays just like your standard Uncharted game, but now with touch screen interaction with things. Still it's a great game with pretty decent showcase of what Vita is capable of. Be aware there is no multiplayer but a lot stuff to collect during single player mode. If you haven't played Uncharted before, you might read up a summary before jumping into this. Uncharted: Fight for Fortune is basically the mini-game spinoff, but you can get some nice bonuses in it if you've done a lot in this. Uncharted Golden Abyss PSVita screenshot
Virtua Tennis 4 World Tour Edition PSVita cover Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition Sports Great tennis game with that nice balance of "arcade/simulator". Not so realistic, but also not too goofy, which means the gameplay is perfectly adjusted for both sides of sports players. Shitloads of stuff to unlock and view. Nice time killer and great addition to this classic series. Virtua Tennis 4 World Tour Edition PSVita screenshot
Wipeout 2048 PSVita cover Wipeout 2048 Futuristic Racing Awesome racing game set in the (not-so) DISTANT FUTURE. Game looks great on the Vita with extremely vibrant colors and pumping soundtrack. A lot stuff to unlock and smooth online play. It had problems with looooong loading times but that was fixed with a patch. There's cross-platform play with PS3, but only in certain stages. Still, you can regularly multiplayer with other Vita players just as easily as previous games let you with their respective systems. Wipeout 2048 PSVita screenshot
Ys Memories of Celceta PSVita cover Ys: Memories of Celceta Action-RPG Although part of a series, this entry is stand-alone in execution, so beginners can start here, too.
Falcom's own remake of Ys IV, remixing/changing aspects of past versions. Gameplay is like Ys Seven (fast-paced hack n' slashing with careful guards/dodges to counter/avoid enemy assaults). Story is a Pulp Fiction-ish ordeal, as you share in Adol's confusions and rediscoveries as he solves a grand mystery by kicking some demon ass. Rockin' soundtrack, fast action, and extensive exploration await. Negatives include the graphics being a bit bloomy, story is a bit cliche at times, and foes being a bit damage-spongy on highest difficulties.
If you can, try to buy the special box set. It has lots of nice extras, including a handy mini-strategy guide.
Zero Escape Virtues Last Reward PSVita cover Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward Visual Novel / escape the room puzzle The sequel to the awesomeness that was 999 on the DS. Amazing story and characters wrapped up with plenty of well designed puzzles that will suck away your time until the end. Also exists on 3DS but that version has a horrible bug where your saves can get corrupted if you save in the middle of a puzzle room (although there are reports that this happens in the Vita version too so beware). Also this game looks a whole lot better on the Vita anyway in exchange for bad touchscreen response.
Note: Even though it's recommended to play 999 before this in order to understand the story better, it's not necessary if you only have Vita instead of DS or 3DS.
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PSN Vita Games

Box Art Title Genre Description Screenshots
EarthDefenseForce3Portable Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable TPS Giant bugs are invading the earth! Are you a bad enough dude to save the earth? Has some extra content over the original console version (more missions. etc.), and some once-removed features coming back, like the Palewing (pictured; a flying "jet hero"-esque fighter who uses an electric laser), along with local and online multiplayer. Also, a new one is coming out as well, but on consoles.
PSN-only in USA and Europe. Physical is JP-only.
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Escape-Plan PSV-Gameboxart 160w Escape Plan Puzzle Quirky and stylish puzzle game that revolves around guiding two loveable blobs of dark matter around deadly rooms full of traps. Each has abilities and properties that the other doesn't. Though both humorously tally how many times they've died on their bellies. Responsive and intuitive touch controls that are sometimes way too precise for it's own sake. Extremely nice addition to the Vita's library. Game looks amazing with its monochrome graphics, that feature black, white, and pretty much every damn shade of the two that fall in-between, giving a gorgeously noir-like feel. Has DLC to add on extra stages. Escape plan vita screen
Guacamelee key art FINAL-for-blog-600x718 Guacamelee! Metroidvania/
Meme 'em up
You're a farmer-turned-luchador who learns super-powered wrestling moves from a magical goat-man in order to save El Presidente's Daughter from an evil charro skeleton and his band of demons, who want to sacrifice her and turn the world into their undead slaves. It plays as crazy as it sounds. Every single move you learn has usage in combat and in exploration, and the intricate world revolves around utilizing your skills and testing your reflexes with clever layouts. Combat is also a treat, as you can combine your striking attacks with grappling, throws, and juggles to deal long strings of versatile combos across multiple foes at a time, providing you have the reactions to weave out of damage and the bravado to rattle some bones.
Although this version lacks co-op, it supports full cross-buy (buy either, get the other) and cross-save with the PS3 version, which does have co-op, along with cross-controller, to co-op with a PS3 while using your Vita.
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Hotline miami psn logo Hotline Miami Kill 'em all Surreal as fuck ultra-violent murder simulation. The game gives you multiple ways to kill your enemies, from a quiet knife-stab to blazing firearms sprays, littering levels with the bodies of the fallen. Ironically, you'll probably be the one dying the most. Thankfully, you can obtain masks that give you beneficial aid, such as lethal punches or starting off with weapons of choice. Without giving away too many spoilers, the story is set in the 1980s, features an atmosphere fitting of such, and becomes stranger and more twisted with each stage. Cross-Buy with the PS3 version. 704459 20130625 screen014
Jet-set-radio-logo Jet Set Radio Groovy skating platfomer grafitti rudie game JET SET RADIOOOOOOOOOO has now been remade for your pleasure. Your portable pleasure. You can use touch controls for graffiti and also images from Vita's memory and/or Vita's camera. However, it is sometimes picky about what it accepts and uses. A solid port of the console port (It never ends), with no real detriment or difference. Jet setters vittles
Knytt-underground Knytt Underground Platformer/
3rd entry in the Knytt series. Combines aspects of nifflas' past games, such as the clever platforming of Within a Deep forest, the non-linearity of Knytt, and the NPC interaction and story roles of Knytt Stories. It also has a lush as fuck world that's a feast for the eyes. That's about all one can say without jumping into spoilers territory.
Supports full cross-buy and cloud save with PS3.
Motorstormrc Motorstorm RC Arcade/
You thought Micro Machines were gone for good? Well, you were wrong as they returned under Motorstorm RC cloak! Fast paced,crazy and off the bounds RC racing that bring breathe of fresh air with a pinch of oldschool arcade racing. Good amount of content mixed with extremely low price are just too good to pass. Great title that will last you for hours. Also has the DLC "Pro-Am Festival" add-on, which unlocks extra stages. *Cross-Buy*
Now available as a "complete" edition, with all the DLC stages and vehicles for not much more than the base game (and much less than buying all the DLC separately).
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Stranger logo hd Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD First/Third-
Person Shooter
The summary on our Xbox page pretty much sums up the game proper. If you want more info on the Vita-centric differences, check out these two sites, as they pretty much sum it up: 1 2. It still looks, sounds, and plays great, and despite the Vita res, still looks better than the original version. The best portable way to play this, aside from laptops. Stranger vita
Thepinballarcade The Pinball Arcade Pinball If you're a pinball connoisseur, then this will be a real treat for you. Emulating real life pinball machines to their exact details, this game provides all the bells and whistles of actual machines (even potential stuck-zones which require you to "call a repair"). What's great is the sheer range of gimmicks and properties, from the anti-gravity "Black Hole", to fan-faves like "Elvira", even the much-loved "Theatre of Magic". A number of these machines have become rare finds (some having even less than 10,000 MADE) and often snatched up by collectors. Thankfully, you can get in on the action, without spending the quarters.
Cross-buy with PS3. All extra tables also seem to be cross-buy.
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Retro-city-rampage Retro City Rampage Action/
A completely awesome, pseudo 8-bit, retro-styled, top-down GTA type game. In this game, you can cause all sorts of havoc all over a big city. The game also loves that it's in retro style, as is shown by the HUGE amount of references to gaming days gone by (even in the COLOR OPTIONS). Mixes things up a bit in some story-mode missions, having you do things such as some unexpected platforming, theft, chases, etc., instead of just just killin dudes. However, there are optional mini-missions that do just that. If you have a PS3, you can cross-save between platforms. Note: on Vita, 3x zoom is recommended, though not mandatory. *Cross-Buy* Note 2: This has been replaced by the DX version of RCR. More on that later. Gfs 250449 2 3
691953 290084 thumb Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Platformer/
You are a chicken in the special forces trying to stop terrorist penguins. Filled with goofy parody and hefty action alike, creating a nice balance of "fun n' gun". Stealth plays a notable part in your mission, as to avoid being riddled full of bullets. Ammo and health refills are also limited, giving survival-based aspects to this as well. In the flying stages, though, you're free to blast at will, as you zip around on a jetpack taking out foes and large vehicles alike. Also, there's a new co-op mode where you play as tiny budgies on a rescue mission.
Although it was ported from the PS3, the frame rate was reduced. It still plays smoothly, but it's more notable if you played the original. Sadly, it lacks cross-game capablities, though you do unlock extra characters for co-op mode in Vita if you have the PS3 version.
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Sine Mora cover Sine Mora Horizontal-Shmup Crazy shmup with a story told out of sequence, and features different characters in stages. The interesting thing about this is that they have different attributes as well, making for some interesting gameplay. All of them share a time-based mechanic though. Your life is based on a stage-set clock, and getting hurt lowers your time left, while killing foes well adds to it. There are also power ups as well. The "arcade mode" puts the stages in sequence, making for a different experience.
Doesn't support cross-buy or cross-play outside of leaderboards.
SoundShapes title thumb ALL Sound Shapes Platformer/
Use the touch screens to make musical side-scrolling platformer levels. The types of design and elements created depend on tempo, instrument, and layering. Best of all, you can upload them and download levels from others. Some are good, others are not. Has a campaign mode to unlock more content with each level beaten. Said campaign is fairly short, but has some neat levels, like Beck's stages. While it lacks multiplayer, you seem to be able to download levels made with either version. The price is a bit high, so you might want to wait for a sale or discount, unless you have a PS3 as well, which makes it a bit more fair, since you get both versions for the price of one. *Cross-Buy* Sound-Shapes-Level-Beck-640
Spelunky PSVita cover Spelunky Platformer/
You may have played the original seen in here, but this one is based off the Xbox 360 remix. It added and changed quite a lot, so those who wish to know more should check the official site and its Wiki. This version specifically has the advantages of co-op without sharing screens, cross-buy and cross-play with PS3, and, of course, portability. The Vita's game-suspend capabilities work quite well with Spelunky's quick-play nature. The resolution difference may seem like a disadvantage, but it still looks and fits/resizes everything in quite well, so no worries.
Ps vita ssd d1boxart 160h Super Stardust Delta Action/
Shoot'em up
SHIEEEET. This is the game you must have if you are getting Vita. Shoot asteroids and aliens with your space ship using dual analog sticks control scheme. For such low price you are getting centuries worth of fucking awesome gameplay mixed with badass soundtrack and pure eyegasmic visuals. One of the most fun games in a while. Superstar my eyes hurt delta
Mutant-Blobs-ATtack PSV-Gameboxart 160w Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack Platformer Sequel and successor to the PS3/PSN game "Tales from Space: About a Blob". Funny and stylish platformer in which you take control of the titular Mutant Blob. Your objective is to complete levels while platforming, magnetizing, polarizing, jetting, and munching through all sorts of stages and obstacles. Also, Tilt-a-Blob levels, which are similar to the old marble-mazed toys, but much more intricate and devious. Different in a few ways versus the prequel, but still good. Offers a lot of content that is just a steal for such low price. Great visuals mixed with addicting and fun platforming. Even if you haven't played the first, there's no stopping you from playing this. Mutant blob tales vita screen
TxK Vita cover TxK Shooter A topnotch spiritual remake of Tempest 2000 by the one and only scruffy hairy beast Jeff Minter. And seriously, if you don't know Tempest 2000, you know jack shit about classic vidya. It's a trippy, fast-paced, abstract tube shooter. TxK Vita screenshot
673439 266355 thumb Zen Pinball 2 Pinball Improved sequel to the flippin' excellent Zen Pinball. Great physics, great tables, great online competition. Imports your data and tables from ZP1 and Marvel Pinball (though not the other way around, sadly), so you didn't waste a dime if you got those before this. Where as TPA has many tables from real-life, it seems damn near every table in Zen is full-digital, giving lots of neat opportunities for gimmicks and bonuses. In addition to ZP's own tables, there's also tables they made based on other properties as well, such as Star Wars, Plants vs Zombies, and Ninja Gaiden, each having some neat little modes based on their origins.
Has cross-buy, cross-DLC, and cloud-save with PS3 version, so even when you're out and about, you won't have to worry about going full tilt from pinball dehydration.
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Playstation Mobile

Logo Picture Title Genre Description Screenshots
Cytus Lambda icon Cytus Lambda Rhythm Probably one of the more casual types of rhythm games versus others, but still purdy gud. The initial set of songs is free, but the full game costs about 10 bucks (IIRC), but gives you a fuckton more songs, so it's a fair trade. The difficulty levels are a big jump from each other, so if you want to score high, you'll need to get good on the other songs first.
Editor Note: I'm not too good at this, but it is pretty enjoyable from a rhythm casual's perspective. If you're more experienced with these types of games, please edit in a better description.
Gunhouse logo Gunhouse Puzzle / Defense Protect your orphans from being kidnapped by nasty creatures. How? LOTS of wacky, but powerful guns! Slide ammo tiles to form large blocks to create guns (left) or "specials" (right). Each gun and special type can serve for different uses, some more effective against different enemy patterns than others, so slide and shoot wisely, because you only get a few seconds to reload, and your ammo runs out quick. Has quite the dev team, including Twinbeard and Disasterpiece. Trailer Gameplay
The Windows Phone version has been upgraded a bit from this one, but the PSM version is still nifty. It's not free, but the devs did lower the price a lot.
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