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
Do you have any personal favourites that we’ve left out? Let us know below.