Ten Games Every Vita Owner Must Own

Friday, May 27th, 2016

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The PlayStation Vita, a device that has owners scrolling through gaming websites always thinking “haters gonna hate”, as they read about how Vita has no games and no support. But like those owners, we too at oprainfall turn our heads from the bright light of our computer screens to look at that beautiful handheld sitting on the night stand. Knowing that those people just don’t understand.

So, Steve and myself got together to pick ten must own titles for the lil’ system that could. Don’t have a Vita? It’s cool. This list will wait for you while you go out and purchase one, so without further ado let’s get to it!


Azario’s picks:

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Steins;Gate

Is their a story out there that needs to be experienced by everyone? The answer is yes, Steins;Gate! Playing through Steins;Gate does more than tell an amazing story though, the game’s references to otaku and internet culture makes it seem like the creator’s mindsets are that of the players. Time travel, a great cast of characters and an unforgettable story, what more could you ask for from a visual novel?

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Danganronpa

Get ready for despair, as the first entry in the horror-mystery adventure series Danganronpa fills your OLED (or LED for those who came late to the party) screen. Dangonronpa blends many different elements together to create an experience that every Vita owner should have.

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Persona 4: Golden

I’m sure you knew this was going to be on the list, but for new owners of the best handheld around they deserve to know our secrets! Persona 4 Golden is what a remake should be, adding new characters and situations to an already incredible game truly set the bar for all that came after. So jump in bed with your Vita and waste your days away with your Yukiko and Rise.

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Tales of Hearts R

This game gets over looked by some RPG lovers out there and that needs to come to an end. Tales of Hearts R fits perfectly into the Tales franchise. This title features an open world map, fast-paced combat, and amazing character banter. Gamers should not pass this game up.

Freedom Wars

Freedom Wars did not get the market justice that it deserved upon release. This Sony published game took a pretty heavy subject, such as being stuck in jail for 1000 lifetimes and created a fast paced action post-apocalyptic game where you can team up with fellow Vita owners and take down some monsters. In the end, not only do you have fun, but you have the chance to lower that prison sentence and gain back your freedom!

That’s all for my picks, click here to see what titles Steve picked out!


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  • Razorfall

    There’s one game missing: Moe Chronicle. It doesn’t just cross the line when it comes to the ecchi stuff, it flies over the line in a Boob-shaped UFO piloted by a Golem made of condoms.

    • Steve Baltimore

      I started to put that on here, but I had Demon Gaze on here, and I didn’t wanna do too many dungeon crawlers. I mean Moe Chronicles and Dungeon Travelers 2 ( which I need to finish) are both amazing titles.

  • metalgearrex

    Id love to get more games for my vita especially some of these but sadly some of these games are like $40-$50 each and vita memory cards arnt cheap which upps the cost even more i do not want to pay nearly $50 for a 16gb memory card -_-

    • Steve Baltimore

      Yea, Sony need to 1/2 the memory card prices. This has hurt this console in sales over its lifetime quite a bit.

    • metalgearrex

      i have a vita and love it but sadly games and memory cards are rare as can be around here making me upset cause i really do love the vita >.<

    • j0eeyy_p

      Yeah unfortnuately if you live outside of Japan and SE Asia you will have to import over half your games if you want physical copies and a 64GB memory card. VGP.ca and Heavy Arm are good if you wanna avoid import VAT.

    • blackice85

      What I cannot understand is that even though they’ve wanted to move to digital only, they’ve kept the memory card prices so high. Heck, the 64gb isn’t even officially available outside Japan last I checked, so you’d be limited to 32gb if you didn’t know about the larger size. I just hate how they’ve mishandled an otherwise great platform.

    • j0eeyy_p

      Digital only is very anti-consumer. Thank goodness Bamco and Koei Tecmo are leading the way with Asian English releases, and are giving the consumers options. Attack on Titan has been confirmed, hopefully God Eater Resurrection will also get confirmed. I will import them both.

    • blackice85

      I generally don’t care for it either as I’m still uncertain how it will play out for consoles long-term, I’m just baffled why they’re doing what they’re doing.

    • j0eeyy_p

      Digital downloads in the West or R3 retail releases?

    • blackice85

      Was referring to digital only, sorry.

    • j0eeyy_p

      No worries. I think the companies are trying to save money on distribution costs. I think R3 releases are a good compromise, but I still think companies should aim to release physical copies in all regions where possible.

      Hek, Square Enix are going digital only for builders, and if buying them means we get a physical copy for their later releases and giving them solid evidence that there is a market in the West for their Vita games, then it’s worth supporting those waters-testing releases in those rare circumstances.

  • NeoSkyte

    Really Steve choosing F over F 2nd. 😛 Anyway joking aside it’s actually a pretty good list and pretty much what I would recommend for Vita owners.Though I’m pretty disappointed that Trails of Cold Steel didn’t make the list.

    • Steve Baltimore

      I thought the scratch notes were too touchy in Project Diva F 2nd, I still loved it but I liked the first a bit more, or it could be I’m still just so happy we finally get these and that was the first one 😛

      I own all the Trails games XSEED has released, not played a single one yet, I’m hoping to remedy that soon.

  • Kazkari

    Ar Nosurge Plus was pretty good surely? Code Realize was a very good deep VN.

    • metalgearrex

      it is a great game if you dont mind the slow down while wandering around towns or dungeons

    • JGuill

      Code Realize while it had great art, took way too long to get interesting. I really wish the 1st half was as good as the 2nd half. Overall I did still enjoy it. Victor is a good husbando

      Also ar nosurge was decent but my goodness was filled with technical issues. Frame drops in town inconsistent formatting for text boxes, text claiming to be voice acted when it isn’t. I actually considered sending a letter to KT with all the bugs I found while playing it. I hope they do better with future releases.

    • j0eeyy_p

      I’ve been meaning to dig into both of those games – Arno+ looks interesting but it’s basically a 3D visual novel with roleplaying segments, but having Ciel too would’ve been the icing on the cake, but it’s one of many VNs that KT won’t bring over. Code:Realize is gorgeous to look and listen to – going to play that this summer.

  • j0eeyy_p

    Nice lists Steve and Azario. Personally I would have added IA/VT Colorful (excellent rhythm game, the best on the Vita just a shame it’s not being localised), Dungeon Travelers 2 (much better than Demon Gaze) and Moe Chronicle (yes as crap as it was, it’s a great ecchi game. my review is quoted on Wikipedia so I should know). I thought Neptunia Re;Birth3 was the better Nep-Nep game, but I can understand by RB1 was pikced – aside from the sotry and a few fixes, they’re virtually the same game.

    • Steve Baltimore

      I’ve not finished Dungeon Travelers 2 yet, but I love what I’ve played of it 😀

    • j0eeyy_p

      Neither have I. Hoping for an R3 release of To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers but considering it’s eroge roots I dont think anybody wants to touch it. Itsuwari no Kamen would also be great too.

    • Mr0303

      It’s a very long game and the post game challenges are absolutely brutal. I think I put around 80 hours into it.

  • JGuill

    If any of you are into plat formers, I highly recommend Sayonara Umihara Kawase plus. One of the systems most overlooked hidden gems. Incredibly challenging but oh so satisfying when you master it. It also includes the original super famicom game! So it’s a 2for 1 deal.

    Tearaway , Deception 4 and Dragon’s crown are also really fun to play on the Vita.

    • Mr0303

      The digital only release of the game here in Europe is what stopped me from getting it. I may give it a try.

  • Mr0303

    I have 3/10 – Freedom Wars, Neptunia Re;Birth 1 and Demon Gaze.

    A few other personal recommendations from me will be:

    Tearaway – the game that used all of the Vita’s features in incredibly creative way.

    Velocity 2X – a very challenging shmup/platformer that relies on speed and reflexes. Cross save with PS4

    Severed – the best implementation of touch controls I’ve ever seen. A mix of dungeon crawler and action game with a minimal story.

    Muramasa Rebirth – A Vanillaware masterpiece. If you love Japanese culture and action games this is for you. Absolutely beautiful, great value for money with many levels and bosses. I’d go even as far as to recommend the DLCs that further delve into some more Japanese myths and legends.

    Dragon’s Crown – Another Vanillaware game. It is the best beat them up game ever. Looks amazing, plays even better and the amount of homages is insane – from Conan the Barbarian to Monty Python. Cross save with PS3.

    Toukiden Kiwami – The best hunter type game on the Vita. Great monster/weapon variety and a decent story to go with it.

    Gravity Rush – The Remastered version is a great way to play the game, but if you don’t have a PS4 this is a must own for every Vita gamer.

    • Paychi

      Ah yeah. I have Muramasa and Gravity Rush on top priority. Good picks.

    • Mr0303

      Muramasa will be a good way to prepare for Odin Sphere’s release next month. I’m currently replaying it, since it’s great and you can use the DLC characters to fight against the main game’s bosses.

    • MusouTensei

      I have also 3/10, Tales of Hearts R, Persona 4 Golden and Freedom Wars, soon 4/10 cause I just ordered the Ys game, totally forgot about that one. But I do have Project Diva F and Hollow Fragment on PS3/PS4, and I played the original Neptunia on PS3, which was my 1st PS3 game.

      From your list I have only Tearaway on Vita but Dragon’s Crown and Gravity Rush on on PS3/PS4, also Muramasa on Wii.

    • Mr0303

      If there is a sale you could pick up the Vita version of Muramasa. As far as I know the translation is much better and the DLCs are pretty great.

    • MusouTensei

      Sadly it was no released retail here so it would have to be an US import, which rules out any DLC.

    • Mr0303

      Understandable. I got the EU digital version for that very reason.

  • Paychi

    Pretty great list guys. I’ve already tapped into a few of these, but I’ll definitely check out what I haven’t. As one who recently got a Vita after jumping ship from Nintendo and friends, this is very welcome.

  • Firion Hope

    Pretty good choices all said and done, shame almost none are exclusives though. Sony should’ve really incentivized devs to keep their exclusives. Really hope they’ll make another handheld and actually support it.

    • Steve Baltimore

      I still dunno if that matters these days. If Exclusives sold consoles the Wii U would’ve dominated.

    • Firion Hope

      If they don’t it kinda defeats the point of consoles in general. I mean when I remember the PS2 fondly it’s not for games that had better versions on the other consoles or for the DVD player, its for the games you could only play on it. Wii U had a lot wrong with it, exclusives alone aren’t enough but I think they matter.

    • Steve Baltimore

      I think most people buy console these days cause they are easier to use the PC and require less maintenance, however with the console cycles getting shorter and these 1.5 step ups this could very well change soon.

  • Panpopo

    Great lists! I am liking the games listed in the comments. Off the top of my head here are titles I really liked:

    Muramasa Rebirth. A beautiful, fantastic action game. If you like Vanillaware and 2d action titles, you will like this one.

    Trails of Cold Steel. One of my favorite RPGs in recent memory. Great story, gameplay, and likable characters. Many NPCs are named, so as time goes on in the game you end up recognizing them and their own struggles. I liked little touches like that – it fleshes out the world in my opinion.

    Virtue’s Last Reward. Probably my favorite Vita game, this was a sequel to 999, but works completely fine on its own. If you like escape-the-room-like puzzles with an amazing story, you will really like this game. Please consider checking it out if you have not played this one!

    • Daymon

      Virtue’s Last Reward is an incredible game. I definitely recommend playing 999, too, as it does help flesh out the experience. But damn… just thinking about VLR makes me crazy amounts of stoked for Zero Time Dilemma.

    • Panpopo

      Oh man, me too! Most anticipated game by far for me. Once the game comes out I will have to stay off the internet until I’ve beaten it.

  • KissDisqus

    Vita has 10 games?

  • neptuniafan

    Why choose SAO Hollow Fragments but not Lost Song? Also I think I prefer putting some Atelier games on the list considering that most of the Atelier Plus series are really good, maybe even better than their console counterparts.

    Though I hate to say this but, I wish the Atelier series would have a PC release.

  • Sylveria Shini

    I would add Muramasa Rebirth, Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus and Gravity Rush, possibly also Soul Sacrifice.

  • William UltimateFactor Levert

    Both lists need way more Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines on them.

    • Steve Baltimore

      I need to play this, I own it just haven’t got to it yet.

    • azariosays

      You know I was thinking about adding this, but…I dunno it would make a top ten list for me, just not a game I think every one needs to own. I lucky have a physical English copy of it, but I hear those are hard to come by now a days.

  • MusouTensei

    Ah I completely forgot about Ys, just ordered it 🙂

  • Brian Stevenson

    I’m so glad they released Tales of Hearts R in the west. As a fan of the series, it was actually what forced me to buy a Vita. Since then I’ve discovered a bunch of other great RPGs that made me happy I got one. Ys Celceta was one of the most unexpectedly-good games I’ve played in a while.

  • ShinMegamiSensei

    The vita is an RPG God machine. It’s great