2015 Gaming In Review Part 2: What Were Our Best PlayStation Vita Games This Year?
Here we are for our second day of our best games of the year feature! If you missed yesterday’s post for our best PS3 games of 2015, you can review it by clicking right here. In this second post, we’ll detail the best games we played this year on our PS Vita. Please keep in mind that we didn’t play all of this year’s releases. And once you’re done reading today’s article be ready because we’re doing one last post featuring the best of the PlayStation 4 games, and that one goes live tomorrow!
The Vita is almost four years old, and its game library is still going strong! Most of our gaming time is done on this console, either with native Vita games or thanks to the PS4 remote play option. There weren’t a lot of “AAA games” released this year, but we got a LOT of smaller but still wonderful games. Here are our best Vita games for this year!
Trails in the Sky SC (PSP)
Trails in the Sky: Second Chapter is an AMAZING game that every JRPG fan should play (but do try to begin with Trails in the Sky: First Chapter)! The story takes a bit to pick up, and it IS a text-heavy RPG, but once the story gets going (which includes a few interesting plot twists), you won’t be able to quit playing! I LOVED playing through SC, and while this isn’t a native Vita game (this is a PSP release), it is definitively my portable game of the year!
(Honorable Mention) Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is an amazing game that boasts a very impressive story mixed with near-perfect gameplay elements. I loved playing it and liked the different mini-games that change the gameplay on a regular basis! The voice acting is also top-notch, and there are a lot of cutscenes to enjoy throughout the adventure. Finally, I wanted to note that at the normal difficulty setting, the Monokumas are very manageable, and I rarely felt overwhelmed. I definitively recommend Ultra Despair Girls to Vita gamers looking for great action/adventure games that also have an awesome story!
Shovel Knight came out on the Wii U last year, however PlayStation users got him this year. It was a bit of a wait, but boy was it worth it. I actually bought Shovel Knight on the Wii U, but playing on Vita and PS4 was a completely different experience. The game felt just right on the Vita combining the gameplay from games such as Megaman, Ducktales, Super Mario 3, and other classic Nintendo titles. The game was hard, but once you learned how to play you could do it in style. PlayStation owners were also treated to Kratos as an optional boss, as well as Cross-Buy and Cross-Save letting you move your progress between systems. Even better, this year they also released the expansion for the game Plague of Shadows completely for free. This adds a completely new way to play the game with a new character who controls way differently from Shovel Knight, and it also came with a new story mode.!
As you can tell, we really liked Shovel Knight. There’s a reason why it was on so many people’s Game of the Year shortlists! It has a great retro vibe and some challenging gameplay. Also, there are three free upcoming DLC packs that will focus on some of the different bosses by making them playable characters (as was the case for Plague of Shadows). This should be a great ride over the next year as each DLC pack is released. Please just buy the game right now because it’s a must-play!
Protip: The game starts mapped to a two button system, similar to NES controllers, but you can change that to utilize all four buttons making the game more precise and easier.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a new game from Atlus that continues the story of Persona 4 (as in, it’s 100% canon), but this time around instead of experiencing a great RPG or taking on a lot of 2D fighting, players will get to experience a whole new side of Persona 4… by dancing! That’s right, this is a rhythm game, and it’s awesome. There’s a ton of story in the game, sure, but the music is the star of the show, and it does so in style. This is a must have for Persona 4 fans, so don’t let the rhythm gaming part scare you!
(Honorable Mention #1) Corpse Party: Blood Drive
I’ve had a lot of fun with previous releases in the Corpse Party series (as you can tell from my reviews for the Corpse Party and it’s sequel Corpse Party: Book of Shadows), so I was definitely ready for a new entry. This time around Corpse Party: Blood Drive is on PS Vita, and that means 3D environments and characters along with lots and lots of trophies to earn!
(Honorable Mention #2) Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal
A game that manages to keep me playing for 50+ hours definitely deserves to be on a “Best of PS Vita” list. Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal is a dungeon crawler from Atlus with a ton of content for fans of the genre, as well as great and clean look with tight gameplay mechanics. I’m still working my way towards the coveted Platinum trophy, and Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal will definitely keep me busy in 2016 as well.
And now, what would be YOUR best PSP/Vita games this year?
Can you try to guess what our best PlayStation 4 games will be? Let’s debate in the comments below!
Stay tuned to read the last part of our Games of the Year feature coming later this week!