Hello everyone, my name is Kylie and I run a YouTube channel called GadgetGirlKylie. I currently have over forty thousand subscribers and over ten million total channel views to date, with focus on PlayStation Vita games but also coverage of PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games.
My videos mainly feature commentary where I give my genuine thoughts and opinions about the game while playing, and as such I only play games I personally enjoy on my channel – so you can be sure you are getting a genuine honest experience. As for my Vita coverage, it’s direct high quality capture using a modded PlayStation Vita capture device or a PlayStation TV.
I’m here to talk to you today about my top ten PlayStation Vita games; this is my own personal list and it features games anywhere from launch of the gaming system up until November 27th, 2014 – however, some games won’t be featured because I simply haven’t had time to play them yet.
A big thank you to The Vita Lounge for allowing me to write this, and let’s get started!
Counting down from 10;
10 – Muramasa Rebirth
Muramasa Rebirth is a action/role-playing single-player game that looks stunning on the Vita with vibrant colours and environments.
What I love most about this game is the combat system, featuring many different blades for each character to collect – each with there own secret arts and attack styles. You have to balance between using the three swords you can equip at once because they will break in battle, which will drop there offensive capabilities. The swords will recover over time if you switch to a different equipped blade, but all this adds to the amount of things you need to pay attention to.
I love how fast-paced the battles are, and the game also features a great story with characters Momhime and Kisuke – there is even DLC which adds additional characters.
9 – Dragon’s Crown
Dragon’s Crown is an action/role-playing/beat ’em up game with great combat and storytelling charm, featuring all sorts of interesting characters and multiplayer action.
Again, this looks stunning on the Vita and is a really immersive game for me. It is particularly fun on multiplayer, though you can enjoy playing through the game online or on single player, whichever you prefer. The character choices cater to different play styles and give great re-playability.
It did feel a little repetitive going through the story again on a higher difficulty, but it’s still great fun and a must have for PlayStation Vita owners.
8 – LittleBigPlanet PS Vita
This is a charming puzzle/platformer game and a great addition to the LittleBigPlanet series. Personally it is my favourite LittleBigPlanet game with what I believe to be the best story, and I also feel like it’s perfect for the PlayStation Vita as it uses the Vita’s features excellently.
It has online multiplayer co-op which is great fun and stable, at least from my experience. You can even access the community levels and create your own levels to share online.
7 – Invizimals: The Alliance + Invizimals: The Resistance
This is a joint position because I enjoy both games immensely and they both deserve to be in my list. The Invizimals games feature story with real life actors, which can be cheesy because the games are catered to a younger audience, but still enjoyable none the less.
The games both use the Vita’s functions well, including touch, the built-in microphone, and augmented reality features.
The idea is to collect and train Invizimals – invisible creatures to battle through the story – in tournaments and online with players from around the world. You can collect them all by trading, capturing them in special mini games, and winning them in tournaments.
Although the story is rather short, filling up your catalogue with all the Invizimals will take some time and special requirements. These are highly addictive games and a lot of fun to play; I love seeing my creatures evolve and leveling them up the way I want.
6 – Child Of Light
One of the most beautiful games that stand out in my mind for 2014 is Child Of Light.
Such spellbinding storytelling and a stunning picture book world to make your way through; each character is unique and captivating, making you really want to know how the story ends. The artwork is just gorgeous and the game looks truly magical.
There are very few games that make me want to play through them again right after completion, just to experience this wonderful journey all over again, but Child Of Light is one of them. The combat is really fun and not overly complex so younger players can enjoy the game, but there are harder difficulties for the RPG fan to playthrough. It features skills trees, item collecting and the ability to fuse and create better items to equip.
5 – Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc + Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
This is another joint position for the Danganronpa games, which are visual novel murder mystery games with truly gripping stories. I’m glad that I gave them a chance because they have really opened my eyes to how much fun visual novel games can be.
I found it really enjoyable to get to know the characters in the game and feel the anticipation of who will be murdered next, and discover the culprit. There are plenty of plot twists to keep you on your toes and make you second guess your original suspect.
There are some mini games that take place during the class trail sections of the game. Most of these I found awkward because I’m bad with rhythm, but the story is so compelling that I played through just to see the outcome and I was not disappointed.
4 – Tearaway
Tearaway is a game that utilizes almost all of the Vita’s functions, and does it well.
You make your way through a wonderful world of paper, filled with unique characters, to deliver a message to “You” (the player) – exploring many fantastic locations along the way. You can create things to put inside this world, take photographs of colourful objects to give the in game characters a new look, or even customize your character! Although the story is pretty short, there are plenty of things to collect and some rather challenging levels to 100% complete.
It’s a truly magical experience to play through this game, and it’s a must have for the PlayStation Vita.
3 – Freedom Wars
Freedom Wars is one of the games in this list that I hadn’t played much of, or owned for long when I put this list together – but it still managed third place!
It features a great story line (yes – I’m one of those that enjoyed it!), but with a underwhelming ending; though it has left itself open for a sequel (please make it happen Sony!)
Freedom Wars is one of the best looking games on the PlayStation Vita and has some of the most action-packed online multiplayer I have experienced in a Vita game. You have a variety of weapons to choose from to cater to each player, and you can equip two weapons at once to switch between in combat. You can use items to heal or throw down mines ect, and also use your thorn.
The thorn is a major plus to this game and makes it unique, allowing you to hang off walls and travel across the map, throw up thorn walls, healing thickets, give attack boosts to players and much more. Unless you learn how to use your thorn efficiently you will struggle with this game.
The feeling of taking down powerful abductors and breaking off parts is something that still makes me happy when playing this game. I also feel like reducing my sentence to 0 and becoming free is very important.
2 – Soul Sacrifice Delta
Soul Sacrifice Delta is one of my most favourite games of all time, not just on the PlayStation Vita. I can probably count on one hand games that have made me so emotionally involved with the story that I have actually cried.
The storytelling in this game is fantastic and you really feel connected to the characters within this dark magical world. The game features online multiplayer for up to four players and is a lot of fun to play – again one of the best multiplayer games on the Vita in my opinion.
You can customize your character’s clothes, equip sigils to give special boosts to magic types and use black rites to cast powerful spells in combat. There are a variety of different spells to choose from and upgrade, along with different factions to join. Sacrifice, save or leave it up to fate? You decide in this dark fairy tale world packed with hours of content.
1 – Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment
This is a MMORPG-style game, but has limited online functions via adhoc and even elements of a dating sim. If you don’t know what the game is about then I advise watching the anime series; you will feel more connected to the characters within this game if you do anyway.
There are a few reasons why this game ended up being my top number 1 game of 2014, so let’s begin.
*Excellent story – It’s a alternative story path from the anime and it is explained really well in the game. Even if you haven’t watched the anime, it goes into enough detail that you should still be able to enjoy it. Sadly, the English translations are just awful sometimes, but you can still fully understand what is going on.
*Gameplay – The gameplay is excellent, featuring hundreds of hours of content and even a new game+ mode with harder difficulty. There are lots of items and equipment to collect and rare weapons or armour to find; to complete everything would take you a very long time.
*Combat system – Although a little confusing at times, the combat is really excellent with formation switching, skill attacks, items, special moves, parrying and more. In the tougher fights you will really need to consider your moves and plan attacks accordingly, which brings in a certain strategic element as well.
*Fanservice – Love it or hate it, the game features it – but if you don’t like it you can always just skip through the text or even ignore some of the events. Personally however, I found these scenes to be highly entertaining and funny to watch.
*Cutscenes – The game features few of these, but has some really stunning cutscenes at important parts of the story line which I was delighted to see featured in the game.
*Characters – Important characters from the anime are in the game as well as new characters. I found it highly enjoyable to learn more about the characters, and enjoyed the interaction between them all on special events.
Having put in almost 150 hours in to this game, I can honestly say it has been one of my most played games of 2014 and I’m still playing it now. It is excellent value for your money and a real treat for fans of the SAO series (I’m really looking forward to Sword Art Online: Lost Song).
I hope you enjoyed this list of my top ten PlayStation Vita games of 2014 and thanks for reading, I look forward to what games are coming in 2015! If you have enjoyed reading my thoughts so far, please check out my GadgetGirlKylie Channel!
Top 10 Sony Playstation Vita Games 2014