Best RPG Games For Playstation Vita
Despite the negativity surrounding the PlayStation Vita ever since it was launched, it still has a pretty healthy gaming library in my opinion. Some of these titles may just be ports, but the graphical updates or luxury of being able to play them on the move are great advantages. The build is solid, the controls are fantastic and the account\digital management works much better than the 3DS. Here I present a list of some of the top RPG games for the PS Vita.
Persona 4 Golden
The cream of the crop of Japanese RPGs (JRPGs), Persona 4 Golden, is mentioned by almost anyone owning a Vita and highly rated by critics. It is a super enhanced port of the PlayStation 2's Persona 4, with tons of gameplay changes, music, difficulty levels, voice-overs and many more. This exclusive RPG wonder has sold 700,000 copies worldwide as of late 2013. A plus point is this game is often on sale on both PSN and Amazon.
Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster
One of the definitive JRPGs in the PlayStation 2 era, the HD Remaster of Final Fantasy X and X-2 was a long wait that did not disappoint. The remaster was very well done and look perfect for the Vita's screen. There is a substantial list of upgrades to the original games on the PlayStation 2. Final Fantasy and Blitzball action with the convenience of portability ... a dream come true for any fan indeed.
A negative point is that FF X-2 Remaster did not come in a physical version in the US. The bundle comes with Final Fantasy X in a physical cart and Final Fantasy X-2 in the form of a digital code to be redeemed and downloaded via PSN.
Ys: Memories Of Celceta
Ys: Memories Of Celceta is a fast paced action RPG with real time combat, similar to all the other Ys games. The combat is not the same as the Tales series though as it takes place from a overworld / isometric view. It is the first Ys game to be developed specially and exclusively for the Vita. It features an updated party system adapted from Ys Seven for the PlayStation Portable. It is definitely a must-have for all action RPG and JRPG fans.
Dragon's Crown is an action beat 'em up / side scrolling game with role playing elements thrown in. It is similar to the classic Dungeon and Dragons arcade games and Guardian Heroes for the Sega Saturn. You get to choose from 6 classes of heroes, level them up, undertake quests, traverse dungeons and obtain items in your 2D adventure. The Vita version is 100% identical as its PS3 counterpart and multiplayer is strangely fun albeit the screen size feel a tad too small for all the action at times.
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
Conception II may be unfamiliar to the western audience as the first game was never released outside of Japan. Conception 2 is a rather traditional JRPG in the sense it has turn-based battles and bold anime characters. The premise is simple, you control a student who is trained as a demon hunter and teams/bonds with fellow students ("classmating") to fight off demons. There are a healthy dose of side quests and dating sim which help aid in replayability.
Demon Gaze is the Vita's answer to the lack of first person dungeon RPGs and Etrian Odyssey series on the Nintendo 3DS. A colorful and superb RPG, Demon Gaze kicks your dungeon crawling adventure off with a sprawling choice of options for your protagonist. The player will have to repeatedly return to town which is a core part of the game. This reminds me of the old Shining in the Darkness for the Sega Megadrive. Dungeons are freakingly large, populated and can be daunting for any explorer in the beginning. Definitely not to be missed if you love a fun filled, comedic, pokémon(demon)-esque and challenging dungeon crawler.
Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention is unfortunately a rather underrated and forgotten game. It is a wonderful remake of the popular Strategy RPG for the PlayStation 3, with tons of added content which includes all the DLCs ever released. The story is more colorful, quirky and than the other darker games in the genre such as Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre.
However, like the entire Disgaea series, this highly complex game is not for everyone. Players who are willing to invest some time into understanding the game techniques will probably find themselves losing sleep it over it eventually. If you are the kind of player who loves grinding and leveling characters (and items) to absurd proportions (how does level 9999 sound?), this is the right game for you.
Muramasa Rebirth is a port and HD remake of the 2009 Nintendo Wii hack and slash side scroller. The gameplay oozes "metroidvania" and is rather similar to Odin Sphere, also developed by Vanillaware. If you have the OLED version of the Vita, you will be astounded by the artistically 2D hand-drawn graphics that really pop out.
The combat is rather straightforward and simple, although boss fights can be tough. You cannot button mash your way to victory as some strategy is still involved. This game is all about the action and little on the talk. You get to forge of swords (108 of them), level up to 99 and even cook.
Soul Sacrifice is one of the first action adventure games for the PS Vita, designed by the legendary Keiji Inafune. Despite often compared to the Monster Hunter series, it still has a tinge of role-playing in it and unique features that make it stand out from the rest. Players can customize their character extensively, grind to level 100 and co-op online in a group of four. They key feature of the game, as the title suggests, is to sacrifice body parts to gain access to special attacks. It is a great blend of genres and the fast paced combat that makes this title worthy for a wide variety of players.
As a note for would-be buyers, the sequel titled Soul Sacrifice Delta will be launched in May 2014 in both US and Europe.