Despite being neglected horribly by Sony after less than stellar sales in the west and subsequently being labeled as a “legacy” system, the PlayStation Vita has had more than its fair share of great games. But like any other video game system, there are a ton of titles out there, both good and bad. Are you interested in getting your hands on a Vita, but don’t know what games are worth paying attention to? Do you already have one, but are looking for something new to play? Well, this feature will be taking a look at what Sony’s latest handheld has to offer, by compiling a “best of” list, of a sorts. a highlight reel, if you will. Although a simple “top 10” could suffice, I’d like to go a bit more in depth, so that a wider variety of games get their time in the spotlight. While of course not everyone will love all the games listed, due to personal preference, I personally believe that each of these games are at least worth a try, and are the pinnacle of what this specific console has to offer! So let’s get to it! Note that this isn’t an end-all-be all list! This is just a jumping off point for those to get started with! Also, each game will be kept to one specific list, so certain titles (we're looking at you, Persona 4!) don’t just dominate the entire thing. As a bonus, if there is a GBAtemp review available, I will link to it, so that if you're interested, you can get a bit more information on a specific game. Best Indie Games Due to the extra horsepower that the Vita boasts over the 3DS, Sony’s portable has flourished with numerous indie titles, many of which feel perfectly at home on a handheld system. 10. Axiom Verge (GBAtemp Official Review) 9. Salt and Sanctuary (GBAtemp Official Review) 8. Rogue Legacy (GBAtemp Offical Review) 7. Steamworld Dig/Heist 6. Guacamelee! 5. Spelunky 4. Velocity 2X/Ultra (Official GBAtemp Review) 3. Bastion 2. Binding of Issac: Rebirth 1. Shovel Knight Best First Party Titles While Sony Interactive Entertainment did not get too involved Vita projects after the initial launch, there still were some solid releases for those first couple of years. 5. Tearaway 4. Wipeout 2048 3. Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Official GBAtemp Review) 2. Killzone: Mercenary (Official GBAtemp Review) 1. Gravity Rush Best Visual Novels Japanese games work absolutely perfectly on the Vita, and thanks to Japan, you’ll not only see a lot of JRPGs, but visual novels as well. Luckily, a number of localization studios have translated these interactive novels for the English-speaking public. 10. Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness (Official GBAtemp Review) 9. Amnesia: ~Memories~ (Official GBAtemp Review) 8. Norn9: Var Commons 7. Corpse Party: Blood Drive 6. Xblaze Code: Embryo 5. Root Letter (Official GBAtemp Review) 4. Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth 3. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (2: Goodbye Despair) (Official GBAtemp Review) 2. The Nonary Games (Zero Time Dilemma) (Official GBAtemp Review) 1. Steins;Gate (Steins;Gate 0) (Official GBAtemp Review) Best Ports Just like any other handheld, ports of older classics come in droves, and the Vita is no different. It’s a marvel to have the ability to take PS2-era games on-the-go! 10. God of War Collection 9. XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus 8. Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 7. Jet Set Radio 6. Ratchet and Clank: HD Collection (Official GBAtemp Review) 5. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Official GBAtemp Review) 4. Sly Cooper Trilogy 3. Final Fantasy X/X-2 2. Muramasa: Rebirth 1. Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection Best Online Play Sometimes playing singleplayer just isn't enough. When you need a multiplayer fix, you can turn to these games! 5. Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom (Official GBAtemp Review) 4. Hot Shots Golf 3. LittleBigPlanet 2. Minecraft 1. Freedom Wars Best Salad Mix This is for the games that don’t really fit into their own category, yet still deserve mention in some form or another. 10. Dariusburst Chronicles 9. OlliOlli (2) 8. Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate 7. Resogun 6. Sonic All Stars Racing: Transformed 5. Pixeljunk Shooter 4. Yomawari Night Alone (Official GBAtemp Review) 3. Severed (Official GBAtemp Review) 2. Rayman Legends 1. Dragon Quest Builders Best Rhythm Games And of course, we cannot forget the fantastic rhythm games available to play. Here are the best of the best: 5. Persona 4: Dancing All Night 4. Taiko no Tatsujin V (GBAtemp Fan Translation Project) 3. Superbeat XONiC (Official GBAtemp Review) 2. IA/VT Colorful (GBAtemp Fan Translation Project) 1. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F2nd (The Diva series in general) Best JRPGs The bread-and-butter of this system. While AAA western development was lacking, that didn’t stop Japanese game studios. This is definitely the strongest part of the Vita’s library. 15. World of Final Fantasy (Official GBAtemp Review) 14. Trillion (Official GBAtemp Review) 13. Grand Kingdom 12. Ar NoSurge 11. Dungeon Travelers 2 (Official GBAtemp Review) 10. Stranger of Sword City (Official GBAtemp Review) 9. Lost Dimension (Official GBAtemp Review) 8. Demon Gaze 7. Shiren the Wanderer 6. Digimon: Cyber Sleuth 5. Hyperdimension Neptunia (series) (Official GBAtemp Review) 4. Atelier Totori (Atelier series in general) 3. Trails of Cold Steel (II) (Official GBAtemp Review) 2. Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited (Official GBAtemp Review) 1. Persona 4: Golden Best Action-RPGs Do you prefer other styles of games that aren’t turned-based or as text-heavy? These games set themselves apart from the JRPGs by having more action-based combat and gameplay, instead of the calmer turned-based typical JRPG style. 10. Akiba’s Trip (Official GBAtemp Review) 9. Adventures of Mana 8. Toukiden Kiwami (Official GBAtemp Review) 7. God Eater 2: Rage Burst 6. Freedom Wars (Official GBAtemp Review) 5. Soul Sacrifice: Delta 4. Dragon’s Crown 3. Tales of Hearts: R (Official GBAtemp Review) 2. Ys: Memories of Celceta 1. Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (GBAtemp Official Review) Best Exclusives Many Vita games have made their way to other systems, be it PC or PS4. And while that’s fine, some people are interested in pure exclusives. What from the above is an experience you can only get on a PlayStation Vita? The answer is in the following: 5. Freedom Wars 4. IA/VT Colorful 3. Tales of Hearts R 2. Ys: Memories of Celceta 1. Persona 4: Golden With a strong existing library, and even more huge titles on the way in 2017, the PlayStation Vita has more than proved that it's thriving, and still has a long life ahead of it! So, what do you think? Did I miss any titles that you think deserve to be on here? What did you think of this article? Is there a specific system you'd like to see featured next? Let me know!