10. Guacamelee! (PS Vita)

Guacamelee! (PS Vita)
Guacamelee! (PS Vita)
Publisher: Drinkbox Studios / Developer: Drinkbox Studios
Release Date: 9th Apr 2013 (USA) / 10th Apr 2013 (UK/EU)

In Guacamelee!, Drinkbox Studios’ deliciously distinctive artstyle popped on the PS Vita, and heralded an entire era of indie titles feeling at home on the handheld. While this Mexican-themed Metroidvania was also originally playable on the PS3, many preferred the versatility that Sony’s portable provided. Of course, this was a spectacular title to boot, marrying a magical South American sandbox with a Luchador-inspired that felt sublime from start-to-finish. The punny portmanteau that makes up the game’s name is also pretty great!

9. Gravity Rush (PS Vita)

Gravity Rush (PS Vita)
Gravity Rush (PS Vita)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: 12th Jun 2012 (USA) / 13th Jun 2012 (UK/EU)

As an open world game released early into the PS Vita’s lifespan, Gravity Rush was noteworthy for that alone. Perhaps more importantly, this was an incredibly inventive superhero game, where protagonist Kat has control over gravity – effectively allowing her to fly. The game cleverly implemented gyroscope controls to make both traversal and combat feel supremely satisfying on Sony’s handheld, and with exquisite artwork that truly popped on the portable’s OLED screen, this is a cult classic with good reason.

8. Persona 4 Dancing All Night (PS Vita)

Persona 4 Dancing All Night (PS Vita)
Persona 4 Dancing All Night (PS Vita)
Publisher: Atlus / Developer: Dingo
Release Date: 29th Sep 2015 (USA) / 6th Nov 2015 (UK/EU)

The music in Persona 4 was so good that they decided to make a rhythm game out of it. Persona 4 Dancing All Night presents a perfect excuse to hang out with Inaba's finest all over again — and there's even a dedicated story. It'll take some time to master these beats, but when the tunes are this catchy, you won't mind replaying the same songs over and over again. Truly good vibe gaming.

7. Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PS Vita)

Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PS Vita)
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (PS Vita)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Sony Bend Studios
Release Date: 22nd Feb 2012 (USA) / 22nd Feb 2012 (UK/EU)

At the time, Uncharted: Golden Abyss was a mind-boggling technical achievement. By scaling the buccaneering antics of protagonist Nathan Drake down to the PS Vita’s vibrant OLED screen, developer Sony Bend dropped its fair share of jaws. While the title wasn’t able to live up to the scorching highs of Naughty Dog’s console counterparts, this was a serviceable spin-off that plundered every single one of the portable’s flagship features, for better or worse. While we’ve blocked out its abysmal touchscreen boss battle, we were particularly fond of its gyro aiming, which felt great in the palm of your hands.

6. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (PS Vita)

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (PS Vita)
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (PS Vita)
Publisher: Aksys Games / Developer: ChunSoft
Release Date: 23rd Oct 2012 (USA) / 23rd Nov 2012 (UK/EU)

Insane twists and turns define Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, an oppressive visual novel that sees a cast of odd characters become trapped within a futuristic facility. Intriguing puzzles break up the dialogue alongside heavily weighted player choice, which determines who lives and who dies as you hurtle towards various story endings. An engrossing experience.

5. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PS Vita)

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PS Vita)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PS Vita)
Publisher: NIS America / Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Release Date: 11th Feb 2014 (USA) / 14th Feb 2014 (UK/EU)

Visual novels are one of the standout genres that truly excel on PS Vita, but few come with a recommendation as strong as Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. This brilliant detective game combines crime with courtroom drama, as you object to false evidence based on your own personal observations.

4. Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster (PS Vita)

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster (PS Vita)
Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster (PS Vita)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 18th Mar 2013 (USA) / 21st Mar 2014 (UK/EU)

Final Fantasy X is an essential PS2 RPG, and the Vita remaster is a fantastic way to experience Tidus' wonderous journey across Spira. Heart-wrenching twists, brilliant boss battles, and great characters make for an adventure that lasts long in the memory. Throw in an all-time classic soundtrack layered upon magical environments, and RPG enthusiasts simply can't go wrong. Oh, and Final Fantasy X-2? Weird game — even weirder sequel — but it's still pretty good.

3. Shovel Knight (PS Vita)

Shovel Knight (PS Vita)
Shovel Knight (PS Vita)
Publisher: Yacht Club Games / Developer: Yacht Club Games
Release Date: 21st Apr 2015 (USA) / 23rd Apr 2015 (UK/EU)

In an era of microtransactions and online open worlds, Shovel Knight dug into a past oft forgotten with its 8-bit aesthetic and challenging platforming gameplay. This tight, retro adventure turned back time to simpler days, and effortlessly captured the spirit of an old-school NES campaign. But there was more to this Yacht Club Games hit than nostalgia: this was a thrilling adventure in its own right, perfectly suited to portable play, and it served as a reminder that sometimes looking backwards for inspiration can be just as thrilling as focusing on the future.

2. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PS Vita)

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PS Vita)
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PS Vita)
Publisher: NIS America / Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Release Date: 2nd Sep 2014 (USA) / 5th Sep 2014 (UK/EU)

Somehow, Danganronpa 2 is even more insane than the first game. The characters grow increasingly ridiculous with each story revelation, and the newly introduced minigames are as absurd as they are weirdly enjoyable. This is a gripping tale of survival, betrayal, and incredibly evil teddy bears — but we'd recommend running through the original Danganronpa before delving even deeper into the madness.

1. Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita)

Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita)
Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita)
Publisher: Atlus / Developer: Atlus
Release Date: 20th Nov 2012 (USA) / 22nd Feb 2013 (UK/EU)

Considered by many to be one of the most memorable Japanese RPGs of all time, Persona 4 Golden is a joyous video game. Set in the sleepy town of Inaba, you strive to solve a series of strange murders, all while exploring an abstract world that exists inside of TVs. Excellent turn based combat and a brilliant cast of characters mean that your Vita might as well be glued to your hands. The sheer style of Persona 4, along with its outstanding soundtrack, are just the icing on this deliciously golden cake.


And just like that, our list of best PS Vita games has come to a conclusion! Do remember that you can still rate your favourites and have an influence on the rankings above, so we expect this list to grow and evolve over time as more fans of Sony’s handheld have their say. Furthermore, if you think there’s a particular game missing from our PS Vita Game Database that deserves a place on this list, then let us know in the comments section and we’ll be happy to add it.

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