According to many on the internet the PS Vita has no games, and has nothing worth buying the system for. We want to put this ridiculous notion to bed right now; whilst the library many not contain as many big hitting titles as we would have hoped at this point, to say it has no games is very far from the truth – seeing as we have reviewed over 200 of the games available for the system, we should know!

With so many games to choose (and not a tremendous amount of information available) we thought it might be handy to make a few recommendations for both existing and prospective Vita owners. However, recommending the best PS Vita games to play is far more difficult that you would think. You can’t sort everything by review scores as these scores are generally one person’s opinion and perception and there is very little deviation in the scores to determine a suitable order. We felt that the best way to give a clear view on the best games would be for all of the staff to vote for their favourite experiences and then we collated the results to give our definitive list of Vita titles that you should own.

Whether you are interested in what we collectively think, or you are looking for something interesting to play we hope you enjoy reading! So without further ado, here are our favourite PS Vita games as of the end of September 2014.

25 – Sonic & All-stars Racing Transformed

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The follow-up to SEGA’s successful kart racer made it to the Vita and was a near-perfect port of the console version. With great visuals, great handling and some interesting multi-terrain tracks, which required various transforming vehicle changes. Featuring great multiplayer and an iconic roster from SEGA’s stable of franchises (as well as a Disney Guest appearance) and you have a title which will keep you occupied for a while as well as something that all SEGA and racing fans should own.

24 – WipEout 2048

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WipEout is as synonymous with PlayStation as you can get and this futuristic racer from the launch line-up certainly ticked all the right boxes for fans of the series. Fast, frantic, beautiful and addictive this really is a game you have to experience. With many different championships, a long lasting multiplayer mode and additional DLC – which is cross-buy and cross-play with the PS3 version – you cannot help but be impressed with WipEout.

23 – Guacamelee!

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Gucamelee is a polished masterpiece with very few flaws. It appeals to action, role-playing, and platformer lovers, and succeeds in every element it attempts. The narrative is funny, the combat is smooth and the game looks beautiful. Go buy it!

22 – Soul Sacrifice Delta

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This isn’t your typical Monster Hunter style title, and takes a much more “rated M for Mature” approach to the genre than most – this is a Soul Sacrifice game, and it’s about ripping people’s souls out of their body and consuming the energy. That’s just the underlying game mechanic though, as Soul Sacrifice Delta is much more than you end-game; it’s a magical experience. With tight controls, amped up visuals from the original, and tons of new content – this is the definitive version of Soul Sacrifice currently available and offers a rich experience to those willing to put the time in.

21 – Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is one hell of a game. Based on an anime/manga series (but taking the “alternate universe” path), this alternate take on certain events has you fighting through a hidden area of Aincrad for answers/training while simultaneously trying to fight your way to the top level and beat the game.

Packed with well over 100 hours of content, a branching and quite upgradable combat system, tons of enemy types and bosses to fight, multitudes of different areas to explore and more social links to develop than you can shake a stick at – it’s safe to say that with Hollow Fragment on your Vita, you’ll always have something to play. It doesn’t hurt that it’s loaded with fanservice and a ton of little jokes either.

20 – FIFA 14

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Although the “Legacy Edition” approach has undoubtedly raised a few eyebrows, there can be no denying that your first impressions when playing FIFA on the Vita is very good. An almost perfect port of FIFA 11, the game will keep you occupied for a while as well as looking almost identical to the PS3 version. You can go for Football, 13 or 14 as they all offer the same experience, just don’t buy FIFA 15, as it has no online.

19 – Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

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This game came out just as Sony was introducing Cross-buy where one purchase got you both the Vita version of a game as well as a copy for the PS3. Sly Cooper demonstrated that you could have the exact same game running on both consoles, and transition back and forth seamlessly. Tremendous fun with a lot to do, you could run around ancient Japan searching for lost treasure or stay in your hideout and play arcade games.

18 – Rogue Legacy

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At first glance you may not think much of it, but Rogue Legacy is by far one of the best games you can grab on the Vita. You play as a Knight that is trying to save his father, the King. After you die – and you will die frequently – you can spend your money on new permanent upgrades that can help you push through the ever changing castle. You think you can just play for 5-10 minutes, but when you get those upgrades going you’ll find yourself 2-3 hours later still playing. Challenging at first, you eventually become more powerful and can hack and slash your way to victory with ease.

17 – Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

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Danganronpa takes the murder mystery to a whole new level by locking you in a school you’re supposed to be attending and telling you that the only way out is to kill one of your schoolmates and get away with it. The person who’s responsible for keeping you in line isn’t a person at all, it’s a robot bear with unlimited copies and firepower…

This one might sound crazy from the outside – but living it on the inside is the real deal. With social links to tie you to the other players and get information about their lives from them, class trials with investigative mini-games to figure out “who dunnit”, and a unique progression system that rewards the innocent for finding the guilty with new areas to explore, this one’s a definite must have for anyone looking for a story-based adventure through a twisted world of crime-solving and chaos.

16 – The Walking Dead: Season One

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The Walking Dead: Season One is easily the best story driven experience on the PlayStation Vita – the graphics, sound, story and method of play are all very well executed and the “400 Days” DLC – which is included in the complete package – is a great addition to the theme they’ve built with the first season.

15 – Velocity2X

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Velocity 2X offers the perfect mix of side-scrolling puzzle-platforming and top-down shooting action. With perfect controls, beautiful visuals and an amazing soundtrack, this game is one that you should definitely not miss! Beating each level on perfect is tough (both in difficulty and on your reflexes), but in the end you will feel like thumb kinda hero! The production values in Veloity2X are what all games – indie or otherwise – should aspire to have.

14 – Rayman Origins

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Rayman Origins is one of the best platformers of the past decade. It’s art style is beautifully suited to the Vita’s bright OLED screen, and the platforming is smooth and rhythmical. The game feels fresh amidst the increasing heap of bland, grey, pseudo-photo-realistic military shooters because of its laid-back presentation. The responsive controls and terrific level design also make this game a must-own for every Vita owner.

13 – Need for Speed: Most Wanted

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Whilst there is no denying that it suffers a little in the visual department, Most Wanted packs almost everything else from the PS3 version and gave early Vita owners a taste of what “console quality on the go” could be. Excellent handling and a large amount of content as well as the multiplayer, which is tremendous fun. The EasyDrive feature will have you wasting many hours trying to beat your friend’s times.

12 – Ys: Memories of Celceta

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While Ys: Memories of Celceta isnt too heavily story based (like Persona 4: Golden), it does what it should do as a action/RPG with such quality that any fan of the genre should give it a shot. It’s without a doubt the best ARPG on the Vita and the soundtrack is incredible.

11 – Hot Shots/ Everybody’s Golf

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Kyle’s go-to game, and for good reason; with solid mechanics, an active online community, tons of stuff to unlock and a fair amount of cheap DLC to add to the experience, it satiates every desire. It’s one of the games on the Vita and the best thing is that you don’t even have to like golf to enjoy it, you don’t have to buy a single piece of DLC to beat it and it’s as cheap as hell. What more could you possibly ask for?

10 – Hotline Miami

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Pure adrenaline, addiction, and action. Hotline Miami is a non-stop barrage of thrilling gameplay, to-the-point graphics, topped with a killer soundtrack. Hotline Miami had me on the edge of my seat continuously wanted to sprint through levels and beat my scores. Although it is quite short, Hotline Miami is a blast to play because of it’s simple fast-paced core gameplay that leaves you hungry for more.

9 – Rayman Legends

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Rayman Legends is a great game that you will be hard pressed not to like. With easy controls, great graphics, and some of the best level design out there – Rayman Legends deserves to be played. Any fan of the Rayman series should grab this one as they won’t be disappointed.

8 – Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 1

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Fans of the Hyperdimension Neptunia games and new players looking for a RPG on-the-go will be delighted with this game. The changes implemented are breath of fresh air, the story is very funny at times and is interesting enough to keep playing for dozens of hours. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 is right at home on the PlayStation Vita and deserves to be in everyones collection.

7 – Fez

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FEZ is the embodiment of everything that makes video games great. This platformer takes traditional game-play mechanics and adds a twist. Its creation of a 2D game set in a 3D world creates an experience that is as enjoyable as its puzzles are challenging. It is a true classic and a perfect game for the PS Vita.

6 – LittleBigPlanet PS Vita

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On the surface LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is a platformer with a reasonably short but charming campaign, which more than showcases the capabilities of the handheld but further inspection reveals a title where almost anything is possible with the facility to create practically anything you want via the creation mode. The community aspect of this game is unparalleled and some of the experiences that others have created for you to play are truly innovative.

5 – Uncharted: Golden Abyss

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The game promised the Uncharted experience on a portable console, and it delivered. While the chemistry between main characters wasn’t as good as in previous games, the gameplay and action was top notch. It stands as the one of the biggest and most graphically impressive games on the Vita.

4 – Gravity Rush

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Almost two years since its release, Gravity Rush remains as one of the truly unique Vita titles and a great demonstration of the uniqueness of the controls. A great comic book style look and very enjoyable to play, we patiently wait for news from the sequel. That so many want one speaks volumes about this.

3 – Tearaway

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Staring Iota and Atoi, the messengers, Tearaway is packed with charm, colour, humour and awesome gameplay this is another example of what can be achieved with the Vita’s hardware, with everything used without ever feeling forced. Whilst its quite short, you will enjoy every minute of it. Would you expect anything less from the talented Media Molecule team?

2 – Persona 4 Golden

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Persona 4: Golden is easily one of the best games to ever grace the PlayStation Vita – a double edged sword as it’s an enhanced version of a PS2 classic. Despite this, it’s still one of the best games of its kind available on any platform. This enhanced version even goes as far as to rework the story-line from the original and include a new character and game arc for those who’ve already made the journey. The game is simply fantastic, and every Vita owner should have a copy.

1 – Killzone Mercenary

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A true demonstration of what the system can do, in a genre which needed a stand out performer. It has everything you could want in from a portable PlayStation game, from audio and visuals to match it’s console counterparts, to fantastic controls making use of all the PlayStation Vita’s unique inputs and gameplay that puts shame to other Vita shooters to shame. Killzone Mercenary is a title that should be in all Vita owners’ collections!

So, Killzone Mercenary is what we collectively determined was the best game that you can get on the Vita, although both Persona 4 and Tearaway ran it very close. Do you agree? Our 25 is a very eclectic mix of established franchises, new IPs and quality indie titles which should give a wide range of experiences which will not only last you a very long time, but also demonstrates the variety within the library – two Rayman titles notwithstanding!

How many of these titles do you own, and are there any titles that you think we have missed out? We will revisit this in a few months but until then why not let us know what your list would have been?

  • Supersmith2500

    Great list. : )

  • Guest

    oh, did you think Soul Sacrifice Delta < SAO? it's amaze me

  • MiRiKan

    oh, did you think Soul Sacrifice Delta < SAO? it's amazing.

  • Kyle Wakeling

    Coincidentally, of the 25 games listed here I’m only missing three (FIFA 14, Rayman Legends and Rogue Legacy).

    Not bad 🙂

    • aros

      Oh that’s a point, I only have Football retail and 13 digital. No 14.

  • Phelan

    I must admit, that’s first “fair” list I’ve seen so far.

    Though personally I think that there should be also room for Dragon’s Crown and Child of Light. But that’s only opinion, anyway good job.

    • Collider

      Agreed! Almost perfect, but I couldn’t deny feeling a little sad to see Child Of Light not make it.

      That said, I’ll forgive it on the strength of Ys getting placed so high. 😀

  • Magnumstache

    A couple of strange choices/omissions in my opinion, but obviously these things are highly subjective and most of the best games on Vita are there (though I’d definitely disagree with the order, as I thought Killzone: Mercenary was technically excellent but completely forgettable).

    Magnumstache.

    • The way we thought would be the best to gauge a list from a collective TVl perspective was for everyone to vote and the scores assigned high to low for each of the team. Only one game garner enough points from a single vote, Sonic Transformed. Every other game in this list was voted for by more than one person, and in the cases of the games higher up the list, multiple people. Games that have been around longer, or have been played by more people feature higher, but you’d expect that.

      It will be very interesting to know what the list will look like when we revisit it in a few months! Maybe I will have started Child of Light by then!

  • Fed

    I’d include Flower in my list 🙂 It looks better than ever on the Vita’s screen and I found the touchscreen controls to be easier than the PS3’s six-axis control. Also… Hatsune Miku Project Diva F! Yeah yea, go ahead and laugh at me 😛

    • Rodolfo Ferreira

      No laughing. I’d give Hatsune Miku a position in my list just like you would.
      I love rhythm games with Pop Japanese songs, it’s addictive to watch their boo.. err, BOONUS video with the girls dancing and all. I wish there was some kind of multiplayer for it.

      • Fed

        Lol! Booonus videos eh? XD But yeah, there is definitely something about it. The timing, the basslines, the melodies, even the emotional symbolism in some of the music videos… it all combines beautifully.

        Some songs genuinely move me. Others put me in a party mood. And the customisable music videos boast the best looking graphics I’ve seen on the Vita 🙂 I also love that you can make levels to go with your own MP3s, although I confess I’m pretty rubbish at that, lol.

  • Rodolfo Ferreira

    Man what a great list. Every game mentioned here deserves my considerations, but as always there are a few controversies:
    Hmm.. Sonic ASRT. OK. And WipEout? Hmm. But what about ModNation?
    Killzone: Mercenaries. Hell yeah. But where’s Assassin’s Creed: Liberation?
    Everybody’s Golf? I see what you did there, Kyle. But where’s Virtua Tennis?
    Tell you what, if only half of those great games ever saw a sequel on the Vita, I’d recommend it again to my friends.
    It’s just too sad witnessing your device, which is capable of outperforming the PS2 with BEAUTIFUL graphics (for a handheld with 512MB RAM), running low on games and support, struggling to live and with such a horrible team such as the scee/scea.

    • aros

      Out of those you mention only Virtua Tennis is top drawer for me.

  • nonscpo

    How is it possible for Dangan Ronpa 2, Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus, and Hatsune Miku Project Diva f to not be on this list? Im also surprised that Soul Sacrifice Delta scored so low and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 scored so high.

    • Fed

      You get a like for just mentioning Hatsune Miku 🙂

    • We only voted on games we have actually played, and games that came out up to September. For example, I love Lone Survivor but was the only person to vote for it, it’s my third favourite. Same for Brad with Dragon’s Crown. Single votes for games won’t get them in a collective top 25, unfortunately. games that gained more votes finished higher.

      • nonscpo

        So its only the staff that voted on this? Couldn’t you make a second one as an opinion poll? Id love to know what the community feels should be in the top 10.

        • It was a staff vote. It will be great to have a community top ten, we will look at doing that at the end of the year 🙂

          • WhyWai

            I also think it’s a good idea to make a poll for community top 10.

  • vongruetz .

    No Dragon’s Crown? What kind of crazy list is this??

    • GTFO you were the only person that voted for it. And the next time where DC would be will no doubt be Senran Kagura 😉

    • Wert

      Have to agree with you, Dragons Crown and Muramasa+DLC are my favorites by far on the Vita, but I’m a sucker for VanillaWare. 🙂

  • AggroKmT

    NO CHILD OF LIGHT ARE U KIDDING ME? rest is fine

    • Child of light would have made a Top 30 list, as more people play games expect the list to evolve. 🙂

  • WillMerfi

    Although I disagree with a game here and there (which is unavoidable), much better list than IGN’s, no doubt.

    • Thanks for the kind words, unfortunately you can’t please everyone! And condensing the best Vita list into 25 is very hard, plenty more I would have liked to have seen, such as Lone Survivor…

  • Robert Backland

    I would take out Need for Speed and Guacamelee and add in Dragon’s Crown and DJ Max Technika Tune… Maybe one or two other changes..

    Otherwise, it’s a tough list to argue with.

  • dayum

    I swear there’s like some fighting games you could put on that list. Mortal Kombat, UMVC3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Blazblue or Dead Or Alive.

    • Fighting games are not really our collective thing it seems, perhaps we need to add a fighting fan to the team. 🙂 UMvC3 would be a harsh suggestion, whilst a great game is technically now unavailable.

      • dayum

        That is true but I think there’s still quite a few retail copies in circulation. The upside is that they’re cheaper but yeah, digital owners are out of luck on that one.

        • aros

          I thought it was gone on all systems except Vita or is it gone on Vita now too? I picked it up in the deal of the week or a sale digitally not too long ago.

          • Kyle Wakeling

            It was pulled for Vita later than the other platforms.

          • aros

            I must have been lucky then!

  • dayum

    I just realized Freedom Wars and Oreshika are nearly upon us. This list might need an update soon.

    • And Tales of Hearts R. Plus Minecraft skipped the list, that will feature next time for sure.

  • Drithe

    This is the most ignorant list I have ever seen. Dragon’s Crown should easily be in the top 2.

    • Out of eight staff members, only one voted for Dragon’s Crown. It’s therefore going to be difficult to make “our” 25, let alone the top two. Do you think that it’s the second best game on the Vita?

  • Buckybuckster

    I find it hard to find fault with the list so kudos to the Lounge staff for doing an excellent job with their picks. But as always with these lists, there are games you wish had been represented. As for my choices, I think TxK and Rainbow Moon are both worthy of a shout out.
    Wonder how many of these games will make the list next year? And by the way if your new to the world of Vita, this list is a great way to plot your purchases to experience the best the system has to offer.

  • DrGhettoblaster

    Good list, just don’t agree with Wipeout being way back in spot #24.

  • darkknezz

    I have 20 of these titles! Noice! I really need to look at Rogue Legacy

  • Lester Paredes

    Nice list. All good games. I’d add (surprisingly enough) Senran Kagura. I didn’t expect a Dynasty Warriors game with plenty of T&A to be as much fun as it is. Also, I’d add Injustice Gods Among Us, because it’s my favorite fighting game on the system, warts and all. And add Dragon’s crown, too.

    • aros

      InJustice is awesome but I prefer MK. A top 50 is a must though.

      • Lester Paredes

        MK is a blast, but I can’t rate it as high since it’s online component for Vita has been unceremoniously squashed.

        • aros

          Both have fantastic single player though.

  • Mauricio Quintero

    The response to disagreements is a public poll., but I’m really fine with this one

  • aros

    Shows how utterly amazing the library is that so Many 9/10 titles didn’t make the list! I think next year a top 50 is the very minimum you could look at. So much quality is not here such as FFX, the Sly and Ratchet collections, Spelunkey!

    I own every game on this list apart from Hyperdimension, SS Delta and SAO! Danganronpa is yet to be delivered though. I plan to import Hyperdimension and would get the others if they were retail. I’ll have to wait till a good sale.

  • Borshay

    Not really my list, but nothing up there I’d argue against… Though it really makes me want to play Hyperdimension Re;Birth

  • socheeky

    A fairly decent list, though TxK undoubtedly should be there somewhere (I know, only 2 people voted for it or whatever). I agree Killzone is a quality game, though it is more a case of ‘brilliant given Vita’s tech’ than ‘a classic FPS measured against other formats’.

    I think a community list would be very different reading, because of a greater emphasis on Japanese style games, especially JRPGs. Plus, Minecraft would likely be top 3 now finally released – I just don’t get its appeal, was bored after 10 minutes of the demo.

  • cumberbach

    This list is a lot better than the one from IGN !!! GREAT JOB GUYS

  • Thorsten Schwendt

    Nice list but did you guys forget about ffx?

  • Sean

    I have 2 games on this list. Mercenary is very good, gravity rush, I hated. Problem is if you compare that list to any other console in history of handheld or console it is terrible. I LOVE my Vita but it seriously lacks quality games. I may try uncharted, just wasn’t a fan of the original

  • JanDXFan

    I don’t think both Rayman Games, should be on here just Legends and SSD should switch with Fez, other than that this list is pretty solid.

  • Armando Morales

    I’m very impressed with the inclusion of The Walking Dead. I think the best way to experience that perfect gem is on Vita.

  • Armando Morales

    im very impressed with including The Walking Dead in this list. its truly the best way to experience that amazing game. also yes, killzone is the best example of the vita’s power.

  • gRANT

    Pretty good list, you should’ve picked between origins and legends though. Also, community top ten is a good idea, I’d say top twenty cause top ten is too few imo.

  • Steve Jaworski

    I have 18 of the 25 and couldn’t agree more. Fantastic list! I would also put Mortal Kombat, Injustice and Marvel vs Capcom 3 in there to represent some amazing fighters on the system, but 25 can only fit so much 😉

  • InsertOffensiveUsernameHere

    Well, I do own Soul Sacrifice Delta and Killzone Mercenary. Huzzah!