Even though Sony’s micro-console is essentially little more than a PS Vita with a HDMI output and support for DualShock 3 / 4 controllers, frustratingly as we have said elsewhere on this site there are many key PS Vita games that don’t run on the PlayStation TV. With fan favourites such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, or any of the HD collections of old PlayStation favourites such as Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper and Jak and Daxter, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t anything worth playing on the console and that there isn’t any reason other than Remote Play for buying one.
However, there are some great games that DO work on the system and that we feel not only look stunning when played on a television set but really take advantage of what the PlayStation TV has to offer, making excellent use of the DualShock controllers in addition to the bigger display. But what games really benefit from this and are the titles that may change your mind into taking the all-important plunge into buying Sony’s latest offering? Well, in alphabetical order, here’s our pick of the Top 20 PlayStation TV Compatible Games…
Top 20 PlayStation TV Games List – Updated 12th June 2015
Crash Bandicoot (PS One Classics)
It has to be said that despite being regarded as classics in their day, looking at them now many PS One games show their age rather badly and ignoring the outdated visuals are hampered with frustrating controls or limited gameplay. That can’t be said of Crash Bandicoot who, quite rightly, went on to become an iconic character for the PlayStation and what helped developers Naughty Dog on their first steps towards videogame stardom. The game hasn’t lost any of its charm or playability and is one of the finest examples of PS One platforming around.
Dead Or Alive 5 + (PS Vita)
There’s no denying the popularity or quality of the Dead Or Alive series but everyone was stunned at just how good it was when it came to the PS Vita. It looked and played just as strongly as its counterpart on the PS3 and while one or two of the game’s features (the touch mode for one) aren’t functional when playing on the PlayStation TV, this is still a surefire winner. There’s no denying that this is one of the best looking fighters on the PSTV and PS Vita and is worthy of buying for the main game modes and it’s playability alone. Visually it can hold it’s head up high and really showcases the Vita’s power admirably.
Disney Infinity 2.0 (PS Vita)
A newcomer to the system, but this blend of arcade action and 3D open world sandbox creation tool really does come to life on the PSTV. While the visuals don’t benefit from the graphics upscaling of the microconsole, the DualShock 4 makes the core game more comfortable to play, the creation tools are far easier to use (especially for prolonged periods of time) and it’s certainly easier to make use of the Infinity Base in front of a television than it is with your Vita in the palm of your hand!
Final Fantasy VII (PS One Classics)
No-one can deny the fact that Final Fantasy VII is one of the PS One’s crowning moments. One of the most influential games of all time and one of the best J-RPGs ever released. While it plays brilliantly no matter what system it is run on, this was just meant to be played on a TV set…
Final Fantasy X/X-2 (PS Vita)
A ground-breaking title when it was first released, being the first game in the FF series to feature voice over work, this HD remaster has taken the superb PS2 graphics and taken them to a whole new level. It’s a massive game, not only filling an entire PS Vita gamecard for Final Fantasy X but also needing a further 3Gb to store Final Fantasy X-2 which comes as a download code, but it’s worth it for an incredibly deep, engaging storyline, a great combat system and incredible graphics and sound.
Guacamelee! (PS Vita)
Drinkbox Studios recently updated their platform-fighting game to bring their luchador hero to the PSTV and as developers are starting to do now, this is another game that is not just compatible with the PlayStation TV but enhanced on it. It may have been a great game on the Vita but it positively shines on the big screen and if you have a spare controller, fire it up as the game now supports two players on the PSTV!
Jaggy Race! (PlayStation Mobile)
It’s hard to pigeon-hole games like Jaggy Race! Part platform game, part kart racer, this 2.5D racer really shows what can be done with PlayStation Mobile in the hands of the right developer. It’s a fun, addictive but tough gravity-defying racer. Set over a massive number of tracks, you have to negotiate your way through all manner of obstacles – jumps, electric fences, giant circular saws and much more – while trying to complete a set number of laps of each track against the clock. This could have easily been released as a native PS Vita title and it certainly looks like one on the big screen!
Killzone Mercenary (PS Vita)
Killzone Mercenary was one of the games that really delivered on all of the promised made by Sony when the PS Vita was first unveiled to the world. It proved that the handheld could deliver console quality gaming and it managed to provide us with a full-blown Killzone experience with visuals that wouldn’t look out of place in any of the other games in the Killzone series running on the PS3. Moving over onto the PSTV the game really shines with the enhanced controls of the DualShock 4 and what was a great FPS on the Vita becomes a stunning shooter once more and this is one of the most visually stunning games you’ll see on the system and to top it all off, it’s a fantastic multiplayer experience as well!
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (PS Vita)
We couldn’t put together a Top 20 list without at least considering one LEGO game and TT Games returned to form when it came to the PS Vita edition of LEGO Batman 3. Despite several of the earlier games switching to a frustrating isometric view and only having a single player character at any given time, this returns to the full 3D environment, offers multi-character team play (although sadly it still remains a single player game), and delivers a great story with superb voice acting throughout… not to mention the typically classic LEGO gameplay that you’d expect from some of the better games in the series. While it does need touch controls for a few elements, this is kept to a minimum but easily managed using the emulated pointers making it a great game to play on the big screen.
Life Of Pixel (PlayStation Mobile)
One of the best games to grace PlayStation Mobile, this retro platformer feels right at home on any television and the pixel-perfect jumping is made slightly easier making the game a little less frustrating at times without making it too simplistic. Combining this with the extra comfort afforded by the DualShock and it’s a surefire winner.
Minecraft (PS Vita)
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that this indie sandbox game has become something of a global phenomenon. The PS Vita has been fortunate enough to have been graced with a superb conversion of the game, equalling the PS3 port and as well as being well-supported already with additional DLC it’s compatible with the PS3 in terms of Cross Buy and Cross Save. When it comes to the PlayStation TV, Minecraft goes that extra mile and takes full advantage of the DualShock 4 controller ensuring that the L2 and R2 buttons don’t go unused bringing the game even closer to the PS3 version during play.
Need For Speed: Most Wanted (PS Vita)
It’s not quite Burnout: Paradise on the PS Vita, but it’s damn close… Criterion were given the task of producing this incarnation of the Need For Speed seriesand gave us this open-world racer and they certainly managed to do the system justice. With freedom to drive and race everywhere, a massive selection of cars, superb visuals and online play, there isn’t really much more you could ask for. It’s the sequel to Criterion’s Burnout Paradise in all but name only.
Nidhogg (PS Vita)
On the face of it, this platform fighting game doesn’t look too impressive with its retro visuals but it’s when you run it on the PlayStation TV that it really comes into its own. Rather than having a single player game fighting your way across the game’s landscape against a continually re-spawning CPU opponent, you can now get a friend to grab a second controller to join in the fun. It’s this multiplayer feature that really makes a difference and is a real game-changer.
Resogun (PS Vita)
There isn’t a lot that can be said about this port from the PS4 apart from the fact that it is an essential purchase whether you have a PS Vita or a PlayStation TV. When it was first announced gamers were skeptical about how the particle-laden game would translate to the Vita but developers Climax Studios produced a stunning adapatation of the Defender-inspired shooter. It looks great, plays like a dream and even offers more features than the PS3 version – what more could you ask for?
Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype (PS Vita)
What Top 20 list would be complete without a good old fashioned arcade shooter? A port from the PS3 and supporting Cross Buy, this is an absolutely mind-blowing side-scrolling bullet-hell shooter that impresses right from the start. Visually this looks, plays and feels just like a PS3 game running at a perfectly smooth 60 frames a second throughout, with gorgeous graphics, incredible sound, diverse levels, a great selection of weapons… everything you could want from a shooter. The fact that this is a download title from the store for around £10 is even more impressive considering that this is a game worthy of a full retail release. A game that shouldn’t be missed.
Tales Of Hearts R (PS Vita)
A superb J-RPG in its own right, with a quirky sense of humour and a diverse range of characters, it’s the real-time action combat system that really comes to live when played on the PSTV. What was already a great system simply feels more fluid and more responsive when under the control of a DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 making longer game sessions far more enjoyable. On the Vita this is one of the systems best JPRGs but on the PSTV it’s a system-seller.
The Walking Dead Season 1 (PS Vita)
Based on the original comics, this is a thrilling adventure featuring brand new characters and settings presented with stunning comic-book style visuals. We won’t say anything about the storyline for not wanting to give any of the plot details away, but if you love the series, you’ll love this zombie-laded thriller. It looks stunning, plays incredibly well and despite the odd moment or two of slowdown, it looks and feels just like the PS3 version!
I do want to add here that while The Walking Dead Season 2 is also compatible with the PlayStation TV, I have noticed that visually it is subject to a few more glitches that Season 1. In both cases, neither spoil the game in any way but if forced to chose one over the other I’d go for Season 1… not forgetting the fact that the complete season also includes the bonus 400 Days episode.
TxK (PS Vita)
This stunning arcade shooter looked absolutely amazing on the Vita’s OLED screen but moving it up onto the big screen just simply draws you into the game’s hypnotic visuals even more. The game feels more comfortable to play for prolonged gaming sessions, essential for hardened gamers who are likely to play this for extended periods making this a perfect candidate for the PlayStation TV.
Velocity 2X (PS Vita)
Granted, PlayStation TV owners in the EU may have received a digital copy of Velocity Ultra free alongside the console, but that’s no excuse for not purchasing the sequel Velocity 2X. Taking everything that made Velocity Ultra such a stunning game in the first place, while adding side-scrolling platforming sections to double the gameplay, this is as close to gaming perfection as you’ll find.
Zen Pinball 2 (PS Vita)
With the exception of Sony’s own release (Pinball Heroes: Complete), the PlayStation TV is fortunate enough to be able run every pinball title available for the PS Vita (although gamers in the US can run Pinball Heroes on the PSTV) but it has to be said that Zen Pinball 2 is the pick of the crop. It looks good and with over 50 tables to choose from (including a vast range of Star Wars and Marvel licensed tables) and full Cross Buy support, it’s a game that you’ll never grow tired of!
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Just bubbling under this list were a few games of note that made me really appreciate how good they were in comparison to their PS3 counterparts when they were running on the PS Vita. In the case of all of them, I no longer play the PS3 versions and for most of them, I’ve found that I’ve deleted the PS3 editions in favour of playing the PS Vita editions on the big screen instead because of the negligible differences between the two. While not all of these are the best examples of PS Vita gaming, they do highlight how strong the Vita ports are or offer advantages over playing them on a Vita because of enhancements the PSTV provides or are great titles to play on the PSTV in their own right…
- Joe Danger
- Joe Danger 2: The Movie
- Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut
- One Piece Unlimited World Red
- Race The Sun
- Rainbow Moon
- Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time
- Thomas Was Alone
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