Video games have become one of the most common types of entertainment since the dawn of the industry. More and more people have slowly been warming up to gaming throughout the years. Now it’s so common of a hobby that there is virtually no social group that is adverse to gaming. And the PlayStation family is one of the pillars of this, going right back to the original console released in1994.
It’s now been over 8 years since the release of PlayStation Vita. It was launched as a follow-up to the PSP back in 2011. Its production was stopped in 2019, but throughout the years of its existence, the platform gave us many titles that can safely be considered classic today. Here are some of the best options that you can return to without the fear of ruining your fond memories.
Don’t Starve is a fun, but also a surprisingly deep and engaging game. It’s a pretty simple top-down sandbox title with a fun cartoony art style, which makes it really easy to play for children and adults alike. But don’t let that superficial simplicity deceive you. Once you dig a bit deeper, you’ll find yourself surrounded with loads of unique and exciting gameplay elements that will leave you longing for more:
- Dangerous and mysterious monsters;
- Bizarre world;
- Secrets waiting to be uncovered;
- Insanity and hunger system.
Yeah, it’s a bit darker than it seems at first glance. The atmosphere of the game gives off a Tim Burton-esque vibe. Stranded in this weird and unsettling world, you’ll find yourself engaged in the story, built around your quest to find the one who trapped you there.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
The story of Nathan Drake is near and dear to anyone who is a long-standing user of the PS platform, first introduced to us on the PlayStation 3. Jokingly referred to as the illegitimate lovechild of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones, but if you’ve ever played any one of the Uncharted games, you know that Nathan is as original as it gets.
And when a game that takes so much inspiration from established genre tropes feels original, it’s saying something. Going back in time, there were many concerns about moving a title beloved by many to a portable platform, and under the supervision of a completely different studio. Despite all odds, it did manage to impress everyone in a good sense. Even though Naughty Dog studio went pretty much hands-off with this one, it still has that trademark Uncharted feel that is near and dear to the fans of the title.
There are some wonky mechanics that are expected from a portable platform title. Otherwise, the game itself is absolutely one of the best things that have ever happened to PS Vita. The story, the characters, the dialogues – everything feels true to the series. And the return of Nolan North and Richard McGonagle as the voices of Drake and Sullivan is simply heartwarming.
There is an innumerable amount of rogue-likes out there by now. And even amongst this fierce competition, Rogue: Legacy stands out as one of the top games released for the Vita. The concept of the game is very simple – a hereditary line of heroes is attempting to go through a maze-like castle that once belonged to the player’s family. Once you go through the gates, there is no going back; it’s victory or death.
And even though death is what you’ll be dealing with a lot – it is in no way detrimental to the gameplay. On the contrary, it was built to be the cornerstone feature of the game. Your hero dies in the corridors of the castle, but the bloodline lives on, and an heir will follow the footsteps in a never-ending cycle in hopes of getting to the game’s end. It perfectly balances fun and lightheartedness with a pretty impactful story.
Even though PlayStation Vita’s time in the spotlight is over, enjoying some of the titles on this platform can still be as fun and entertaining as it was the day it came out.
For some, nostalgia plays a major part in it. For others, it’s just the sheer quality of the games that shines even though some are slightly dated (by today’s standards). Be it as it may, you can still entertain yourself with many Vita titles.
If you are not a fan of rogue-likes or sandbox games, or indie titles which are thriving right now there are plenty more games that are available on Vita. You’ll easily find decent titles that can help you not only kill time but also have an incredible gaming experience.