The Best PS Vita Games

The finest Vita titles for gaming on the go.

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With the slimmer iteration of the PlayStation Vita launching in North America, now is as good time as any to check out the catalogue of games available for Sony's handheld console. We've put together a list of some the best games currently out on the Vita to keep your handheld gaming experience going. Keep checking back on this page to see what our updated picks for best games on the Vita are. In the meantime, let us know what you think of our current choices in the comments below.

Click below to see more screens from our top Vita games.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

"Danganronpa is an excellent adventure with a story that celebrates the human spirit, even during the darkest times, and that optimistic viewpoint made me smile even when everything seemed to be going wrong." -- Read our review

Dragon's Crown

"With so many goals to pursue, Dragon's Crown is much larger than most beat-'em-ups, and more action-packed than most role-playing games. It's both beautiful and captivating in its style and execution, and overall, it's a great hybrid of two very different genres." -- Read our review

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD

"Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is a meticulous refurbishment of one of Square Enix's strongest properties. Both games stand the test of time and are worth the admittedly significant time investment, even if you don't hold a deep-rooted, nostalgic association to the original releases." -- Read our review

Guacamelee!

"Guacamelee is one of the strongest games on the PlayStation Network, period. The responsive controls and a grin-inducing sense of humor make it near impossible to put down, and the expressive use of color will warm the hearts of even the most cynical among us." -- Read our review

Hotline Miami

"Hotline Miami's vague and unsatisfying ending may irritate some, but it shouldn't stop you from enjoying this wonderful barrage of the senses. Hotline Miami is a discotheque of death that's very hard to walk away from, and a fantastic twitch shooter with a confident sense of style." -- Read our review

Limbo prompts questions such as, "Who would put a bear trap up there?"

Limbo

"This is a delicately crafted adventure whose elements tie seamlessly together. The fact that you can finish the entire game in just a few hours is disappointing only because it's so difficult to pull yourself away once you've been sucked in." -- Read our review

Little Big Planet PS Vita

"This is the game that your Vita has been waiting for. For months, the shiny handheld has been aching to show you what it's really capable of, and with the arrival of Little Big Planet PS Vita, it finally has an opportunity to do so." -- Read our review

Lumines Electronic Symphony

"The original game's Puzzle mode, in which you were challenged to create various shapes from the falling blocks, is unfortunately absent, but Lumines: Electronic Symphony is still very much a complete package." -- Read our review

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

"In the case of Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, not only are we treated to excellent ports of timeless gaming gems, but the added features are, for the most part, justifiable and unique enough to warrant yet another purchase of these games you've likely played or owned in the past" -- Read our review

Mortal Kombat

"Mortal Kombat is one of the most complete fighting games around--not to mention one of the bloodiest. It's visually impressive too, rendering the gory action at an impressively smooth frame rate, even if it does lack some of the finer detail and anti-aliasing of the console versions." -- Read our review

OlliOlli

"OlliOlli is a great fit for the portable. Its bite-size stages are great for quick play sessions when you've got only a few minutes to spare, and mastering all the game's challenges takes awhile if you want to hunker down for longer periods of time." -- Read our review

Fostering social relationships makes up a large part of Persona 4 Golden.

Persona 4 Golden

"Persona 4 remains one of the most engaging, thoughtful, and enjoyable RPGs of recent years. Persona 4 Golden's well-thought-out and well-implemented augmentations serve to make an already fantastic game even better, resulting in a superlative game experience that belongs in any Vita game library." -- Read our review

Rayman Legends

"Fueled by smooth platforming, striking visuals, wacky situations, and infectious beats, Rayman Legends is a nifty platformer that exudes unabashed delight." -- Read our review

Sound Shapes

"No matter how you choose to play, Sound Shapes goes beyond its inventive musical premise to keep you invested. The platforming is just as well executed as the score, and the flexible editor lets you extend the life of this game indefinitely. Sound Shapes is an impressive adventure that's as much fun to play as it is to listen to." -- Read our review

Spelunky

"After first surfacing on the Xbox 360 and PC, Spelunky has finally found its ideal match on the Vita. Being able to spend a few minutes excavating whenever the mood strikes you works incredibly well for a game in which death is quick and severe, and the big screen and solid controls ensure that even longer play sessions are an utter delight." -- Read our review

Tearaway

"Tearaway's most lasting feature is not within the game itself, but through the inclusion of printable blueprints. It's just a shame that one of the Vita's best experiences feels as long as a piece of paper is thick." -- Read our review

Terraria

"Terraria is a perfect fit on the Vita. Playing this adventure on a handheld is a huge bonus to a game that was already incredibly well made. It takes a special game to make you fully care about all the little activities you're taking part in while still keeping your eye on a faraway prize, and Terraria deftly balances those ideas." -- Read our review

Click below to see more screens from our top Vita games.

TxK

"Despite the occasional frustration of visual pollution, all the aspects of TxK come together to make it a wonderful merger of what made an arcade classic fun and what makes modern twitch-based games enthralling." -- Read our review

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

"Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the Vita may feel inviting at first, but when you sink a little deeper, you discover a game in which victory and defeat hinge on a fine line. It's a high-risk, high-reward system that buries you in a brightly colored light show at the slightest misstep." -- Read our review

Ys: Memories of Celceta

"Taken strictly on its own merits, however, Ys: Memories of Celceta is a wonderful adventure. It's great fun to wander in the forests and dungeons, bashing foes and finding lost treasures to uncover ancient secrets." -- Read our review

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

"As fun and challenging as the brainteasers in the room escapes are, they're merely dressing for the fantastic writing, memorable characters, and stunning plot twists that could only be presented successfully in a game format. This is an adventure that fans of the genre--or those who appreciate quality storytelling in general--should not miss." -- Read our review

* GameSpot's Best Of Lists will be updated periodically as new games worthy of inclusion are released on their respective platforms.

Discussion

84 comments
bullsfan769
bullsfan769

Is it weird that I mainly use my vita to play ps4 games while I take a poop?

texukijinrex
texukijinrex

Just port all of the great PS2 games, and you got yourself a buyer

Beasley2K
Beasley2K

Gravity Rush and Tearaway. Apart from that, there's isn't much reason to own a Vita except to play PS4 ports and indie games on the go.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Verdict: Vita has no exclusives and is USELESS.

Liams
Liams

Cannot understand all the fuss about Hotline Miami. One of the most overrated games I've ever played

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

I mainly use my Vita for Remote Play. There's something awesome about being able to play my PS4 while I'm 100km away at work. 

wolf503
wolf503

Most of these are non-Vita exclusive. Was hoping to find a massive list of Vita exclusives that I might have missed.

dipdish
dipdish

There should be more exclusives on the list. 

DJSAV_101
DJSAV_101

I picked my vita last week along with Persona 4, FFX HD, Rayman Legends and whatever is free on PS+ and I am very satisfied with my purchase. Only played a bit of Rayman because I've been really enjoying Persona 4. Have not touched FFX. Might pick up Persona 3 after I'm done with all the vita games I currently have.

VincentVendetta
VincentVendetta

Wait... where's Luftrausers? Where is it? It's the perfect console for this.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I hope vita pulls through. Sony hardware is good, but they don't know how to make fun games that maximizes what that hardware can do. 

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

I'd totally recommend Persona 4 Golden, MGS and OlliOlli to anyone who plans on buying a PS Vita

adam270391
adam270391

Now try fitting all those games on 1 memory card ^^^


Seriously, that's the biggest problem I have with the ps vita, many of the games take up 100% of my memory card (I have a 4GB one), which means that i have to repeatedly delete a game to download another. That also means I have to repeatedly backup and/or retrieve my save data, since deleting a game also deletes all save data associated with it.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Killzone: Mercenary really should be here. It's a very solid, polished shooter and perhaps the best looking game on Vita

maek123
maek123

Also loved the recent release of Dead Nation...having fun playing with my daughter on that one on the go.

DarthMallrat
DarthMallrat

I feel like Uncharted Golden Abyss doesn't get enough recognition. I had a great time playing that game.

jasonredemption
jasonredemption

Wait, how did Killzone: Mercenary and Uncharted: Golden Abysis miss this list???????  It's like (aside from like what, four games?) the best indie games on the Vita.

prime_l
prime_l

It's a shame the Vita is so underrated. It's solid hardware and with PSone and PSP games available on-demand there's plenty of extra games to keep you entertained outside of the limited library.

Ippongi_Ryuta
Ippongi_Ryuta

Add in Tales of Hearts R and Project Diva f / 2nd as well~

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

I slove my vita, and buy more games for it than any other platform, and I still only have half of the games on this list.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

There are a heap of awesome games on the Vita.

rIVAL_sWORD84
rIVAL_sWORD84

forgot to add Wipeout 2048, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, Gravity rush and Killzone:mercenery

Kamina85
Kamina85

About to get a huge check from work (there were issues with our income amount for about a year now, and the difference is about to be made up for) so I'll be getting one soon, some "Best Vita games" lists are definitely appreciated.

Silverline62
Silverline62

it needs exclusives, Dragon Crown, FF X and Persona 4 are the only ones I'm interested and I can get them on other systems.

sdinh225
sdinh225

@bullsfan769  


Probably not as weird as me trying to use the Wii U while doing my business in there only to be very upset that a stupid wall is preventing me from doing so. 

sdinh225
sdinh225

@Ripper_TV  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx59rMBQtIo


You wot m8?


@xtemma - but dude, the Wii U ain't got no games 



/sarcasm

headbanger1186
headbanger1186

@Liams  Then truly you don't understand it. That goes with indie games in general or anything you might not understand as to why it is so praised and loved.

Artwark
Artwark

@wolf503  My theory is that if people can play it on the go, they would buy the Vita version. 


I get the feeling Sony just isn't into competing against Nintendo. Even if the Vita does sell as well as 3DS, its exclusives aren't as great as Nintendo's are.




cowmamba
cowmamba

@Spartan_418 I agree. It's always getting overlooked by people because they assume it's 'just another shooter'.  They never really take into account what Guerrilla managed to achieve on a mobile device.  I am amazed by it every time I open the game, it almost doesn't seem real. 

cowmamba
cowmamba

@DarthMallrat Me too. I was thinking about replaying it. Definitely a fantastic game and I really hope we see another one on the Vita.

Beasley2K
Beasley2K

@prime_l  The problem is that most people don't want to buy one solely to play or stream games that already exist. It needs its own dedicated library, not just ports from every other PlayStation console. The prime function of every gaming device should be its own, standalone selection of games. Remote Play and PSOne games should only be an added bonus and not the major selling point.


It's an underrated piece of hardware, but in terms of software, it's severely lacking, and that's why no-one wants to buy to praise it.

TomMcShea
TomMcShea moderator

@Silverline62 Why does it need exclusives? I'd rather get an assortment of excellent indie games on the go than big name exclusives like Uncharted that are pale imitations of the real thing.

sdinh225
sdinh225

@Artwark 


That's one of my main reasons for buying the Vita. I don't have a ps3 or ps4 and I would like to play some of those games and upcoming Japanese imports on the go since I rather sit in front of a computer than play on a console if I'm at home. I am considering a ps4, but really a lot of those games are also on the PC so those games right now aren't system sellers for me. 

Beasley2K
Beasley2K

@Artwark @wolf503  Nope. I will always buy the console version because it will always be superior to the Vita port. I only intend to use my Vita for exclusives, in which case, it's proved to be near useless. Besides, with Remote Play, there's almost no reason to buy the Vita version when you can just stream it from PS4. As far as I can see, all these console ports are only of any use to people that don't already own a PS3 or PS4, which is a shame, seeing as they're trying to market the PS4/Vita as the perfect pairing!

wolf503
wolf503

@Artwark @wolf503 Yeah, so far all I've bought for my Vita is China Town Wars which is a PSP game and LBP Vita. Only other 2 games I want is Tearaway and Murasaki Baby but since there's such a lack in exclusives I'm not going to spend the money to buy those games till I've finished the 2 I've already got. There's nothing else that really gets my attention too. Borderlands 2 would be okay if the save files transfered between PC and Vita and not just PS3 and Vita, but that's still a +. Still a good option to have but I guess Sony want to have more titles converted to on the go versions than having exclusives for the Vita.

steam_heart
steam_heart

@TomMcShea @Silverline62 Well, Uncharted isn't that great to begin with, but unique games like Tearaway is what the system needs to shine. I'd rather have 2-3 of those yearly, because they speak the language of the Vita than have none at all.