The PS Vita has gotten a lot of flak lately for not having consistent and compelling software releases, especially exclusives, but with Gamescom 2013 revealing a slew of new games, and blockbusters Killzone: Mercenary and Tearaway on the horizon, it’s nothing but a great time to be a Vita owner.
However, that’s not to say there aren’t already several must-have exclusive games to play right now! MMGN takes a look at the best, most essential exclusive Vita games you shameful pessimists should already have played.
A mind-bending title oozing with charm and originality, Gravity Rush deserves more recognition from those looking for Vita games to play. As mysterious young woman Kat and with the ability to control gravity, you ward off an influx of monsters who have arrived in the floating town of Hekseville by all manner of gravity-defying antics.
The core gameplay of bending gravity to your will, running and floating around Hekseville upside-down and kicking Nevi ass is a joy to experience. Along with gorgeous cel-shaded visuals and a unique comic-book story format, Gravity Rush should be a title in every Vita owner’s library, especially considering it’s currently free on PlayStation Plus.
Media Molecule’s charming, creation-based platformer made the transition to the Vita almost perfectly, and this portable version of Sackboy and friends is arguable the best iteration yet. It puts all the best of Sony’s flagship platforming experience in your pocket with zero concessions, along with the addictive emphasis on creation and customisation.
Sackboy should be reason enough to play LittleBigPlanet Vita, but if you seriously haven’t heard of or considered it, now’s the time to check out what all the fuss of Media Molecule’s genius is about.
New Little King’s Story
An unfairly forgotten gem, New Little King’s Story is a remake/sequel/re-imagining of the original Little King’s Story on the Wii,
and is a charming and fun action RPG/kingdom simulator you can play on the go. As the young king of a country recently invaded by mysterious forces, you’re tasked with rebuilding your land and winning back the confidence and love of your people by leading by example, literally by commanding them in the field.
Town-building, affinity systems, several endings and Pikmin-esque gameplay where you go out into the wild and command different units to build, forage and fight a myriad of obstacles and colourful enemies works surprisingly well together. If you love action-RPGs with a bit of town simulation thrown in, grab yourself a copy of New Little King’s Story.
Persona 4: Golden
Persona 4: Golden is the best game available on the PS Vita right now, hands-down. While the original was a PS2 exclusive, this enhanced version on Vita adds so much more new content in the form of expanded storyline, new voice-actors, extra dungeons and other gameplay and graphical refinements that it’s pretty much a whole new experience, and a must-buy for veterans and newcomers to the Persona series and RPG genre alike.
P4G embodies and improves upon the best of role-playing staples and will ravage the free time of even the most anti-Japanese or anti-RPG gamers out there willing to give it a shot. If you haven’t already, buy P4G, NOW: you’ll discover a refreshingly original story and setting, unbelievably charming characters you’ll never forget and engaging turn-based gameplay that wipes the floor with Final Fantasy and shows how role-playing and narrative is done in the HD era.
More than just a Monster Hunter copycat, Soul Sacrifice is an action-packed title with all the staples of RPGs and character building mixed with an immersive, melancholy story centered around compromise and fickle morality and presented in a unique story-book format that will keep you on edge until the final, climactic battle.
Soul Sacrifice showcases the best the Vita has to offer in terms of graphics, solid pick-up-and-play gameplay and enjoyable multiplayer, and it’s a wonder its release earlier this year was so low-key in many areas. Did I mention the storybook is a living, sentient being who laughs maniacally and is plain awesome? Just get this game already.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Uncharted: Golden Abyss was easily the most appealing launch title for the Vita, and for good reason. It has not only demonstrated the graphical prowess of the handheld, but also proved an Uncharted blockbuster experience could work on the go.
Golden Abyss isn’t a dumb-downed spin-off or prequel, and easily matches up to its console counterparts in graphics, ridiculously action-packed treasure-hunting storylines and frantic third-person gunplay. Seeing as how it’s free on PlayStation Plus and was one of the earliest games available, if you haven’t already played it, shame on you.
Wipeout 2048 is up there with Uncharted: Golden Abyss as one of the best of the PlayStation Vita launch games. It's one of the best in the Wipeout series with great fast-paced, racing gameplay and stunning visuals that push the Vita properly and show what it can do.
With its unique futuristic setting and focus on anti-gravity racing as a sport (I want 2048 to hurry up already!), even if you're not the usual racing fan, Wipeout 2048 is a frantic experience that shouldn't be missed.
Forget the disaster that was Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified -- Unit 13 is the true, pure shooter experience you need to play on the Vita. A score-based game focused on challenge missions and precision, this third-person shooter is a great pick-up-and-play title.
Slick visuals, tight controls and a satisfying scoring system gives more than enough incentive to replay missions, beat previous scores and compete with friends online. While it’s a shame developer Zipper Interactive was closed by Sony just months after Unit 13, it certainly is a bang of a game to go out on and one which all Vita fans itching for a shooter before Killzone: Mercenary should check out.