Here’s the thing, though. I put these lists together myself by scouring the Internet for release lists and looking at what looks exciting and what looks mediocre or lesser. The PS Vita, out of each of the platforms above, surprised me the most.
There’s this weird rhetoric out their that Sony doesn’t like the PS Vita, that it’s a dead system and that buying one now would be senseless. I don’t know about that. I know I like mine, and I know that I’m really looking forward to the roster of games coming this year.
Whether their exclusive, ports or shared releases with the PlayStation 4, this rundown is pretty darn awesome.
Here are the most exciting PS Vita games of 2015. Yes, some of them are already available. Their presence on this list means you should check them out.
Broken Age: The Complete Adventure – (PC, PS4, PS Vita)
The original Broken Age – Act 1 was absolutely lovely, but it caught a lot of well deserved flack for not being, well, the entire game. Double Fine was a bit too ambitious with this adventure game that was exceptionally well funded on Kickstarter, and that means it had to increase development time and release it in two parts.
Part two is coming, and if it even approaches the charm, humor and love of the first, it’ll be good. The full experience will release at once for the PS4 and PS Vita.
Note: The images above come from Broken Age – Act 1 because Double Fine hasn’t released screens of its sequel.
Traditional dungeon crawling with a psychological twist. Darkest Dungeon will have you tour dark pits as a band of backstabbers and thieves, and physical scars aren’t the only ones your members will have to endure.
Developer Red Hook Studios has created a new RPG system in which your characters will suffer psychological scars from their encounters. Don’t be shocked when your healer freezes up because of a phobia of spiders or your rogue backstabs his team in a fit of paranoia.
Throw in permadeath, random dungeon layout, a horrific art style unlike any other, and whole host of goodies designed to complicate your life, and Darkest Dungeon looks to be one of the most unforgettable games of 2015, despite how much you might want to when the game’s credit roll.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered – (PC, PS4, PS Vita)
If you ask any fan of the adventure game genre during the 90s to name a handful of the best games from that era, I’m almost positive they’ll always mention Day of the Tentacle.
Just like Grim Fandango, which we’ll get to, Double Fine is remastering Day of the Tentacle so that a brand new generation of gamers can play it for the first time while us old folks dive in for repeats.
Like I said, here’s Grim Fandango Remastered. Now, this game already released, but it’s easily one of the most exciting for classic adventure game fans in 2015. Solve puzzles in the afterlife with what’s certainly one of the most creative and well scored, voice acted and designed efforts from the genre.
Grim Fandango is good, and it’s also sort of tough in the way old adventure games used to be. Old fans will want to check this out, sure, but gamers with a love of the medium would be remiss to skip it.
Helldivers is a top-down RPG shooter that pits humans against aliens with all sorts of weaponry. That much is cool, sure, and it’s a reason to check out this game.
For me? The biggest reason to look at Helldivers is its Cross-Play cooperative stuff. PS4 owners can play with their PS Vita owning friends at the same exact time. It’s that way for all three PlayStation platforms, and that’s some pretty darn cool tech. Hopefully it’s a fun game, too. That’d be nice, right?
If you’re a regular here at TechnoBuffalo, then you know that we adore Hotline Miami. The game is brutal, sure, but it’s addictive play and insane music make it one of our favorite virtual getaways.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been on our radar and in our dreams for a long time now. It’s set to release soon, and it brings new masks, new characters, new abilities, a new story and, yes, new tunes.
Hyper Light Drifter has to be coming soon, right? We covered the game during its Kickstarter run, saw it in person at events, interviewed its creator and hoped to see it in 2014. It didn’t come, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still waiting for it.
You’ll play a drifter with a penchant for loot, wandering and discover as you blast and slice your way through an interesting and beautiful world. Heart Machine has showed a lot of love in its art style and music so far, and we’re hoping that translates to the player’s experience as well.
We’re not sure what to expect when we play this game in its full and final form, and that’s sort of why we want to see it so badly.
If you’re a fan of the Shonen Jump world of anime and manga, you might want to keep your eye on J-Stars Victory VS+. The game originally released in Japan without the + sign, and now Bandai Namco is bringing it abroad.
Imagine a brawler that combines anime and manga like One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach and Yu Yu Hakusho. Battle with characters from each series, and perform attacks as ridiculous as the source material. That’s J-Stars Victory VS+, and it sounds like a whole lot of fun.
Listen. Kick & Fennick is out now on the PS Vita. It’s also in the Instant Game Collection for the month of February, so PlayStation Plus subscribers who own a Vita should fire up their system and snap it up now. Good?
This is a puzzle-platformer with an interesting mechanic. Kick can’t jump. Instead, he uses a giant rifle to shoot enemies, obviously, but also to propel himself through the air with its recoil. That’s how you jump. Time slows down when you aim, you fire and launch in a given direction. You double jump in the same manner. This game is fun, and it’s quite a surprise.
If you needed any indication that the gaming world wants more from Keiji Inafune in a vein similar to Mega Man, all you need to do is look at the amount of money the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter raised during September of 2013. It earned $3.8 million. That’s a lot of scratch.
Yes, you’ll battle robot bosses, steal their powers and progress through stages in whatever order you like. Anyone denying the Mega Man formula is either lying or blind.
Mighty No. 9 should bring some new mechanics, too. There’s a dash and odd collection attack, and our hero Beck can turn into a unique shapes in order to dispatch enemies.
If it lives up to Inafune’s legacy, it should be good.
Sony’s returning to the field of dreams once more with MLB 15: The Show, the next entry in what’s now the definitive realistic baseball title on the market.
The PS Vita version is always fun, especially with the ability to pick up and play games away from home thanks to the Cross-Save support here. Sure, the portable edition might not look as good as the one on the console, but the baseball is the same.
OlliOlli is a really, really good skateboarding game. It’s simple, it’s extremely fast and it’s tough. I was addicted to it on the PS Vita, and felt it perfectly meshed with the nature of the platform.
That means I’m already in line for OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood. Roll7 is onto something with this series, and I hope the sequel simply further pushes the game’s mechanics out while relying on what made the first so darn good. Also, keep the good tunes coming, please.
Yes, I chuckled when Atlus announced the Persona 4 rhythm game. I thought it was silly. But here I am, watching trailers, staring at screenshots and listening to the tunes in anticipation.
I’m going to buy this silly game. I know it. I’m probably going to obsess over trying to get perfects as I dance with Chie. She’s my favorite Persona 4 character, for whatever that’s worth. Time to nerd out.
Severed is a PS Vita exclusive from Drinkbox. You know Drinkbox because of Guacamelee and, perhaps, Mutant Blobs Attack. Now that studio is trying an RPG-esque adventure with dungeon combat and really strange touchscreen combat.
Severed looks genuinely weird, which might be why I’m so excited for it. I’ll actually have a chance to play it at PAX East in a few weeks. We have a chat with the developers scheduled for then as well.
Any reason to play Shovel Knight again is one I know I’ll take, folks. This game from Yacht Club Games is incredible. I’ve already cleared it on both my Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Now I want to do it on my PS Vita for the trophies. I know, that’s sort of silly, but I’m willing to repeat the adventure a third time for a new sense of glory. If you love old school platformers that are tough but fair, you’ll want to play Shovel Knight.
Not exactly a straight sequel to SteamWorld Dig, SteamWorld Heist exists as a new effort from the same studio behind the original mining adventure. The first game got its start on the 3DS, and this new one will hit that platform as well, along with all the others listed above… including, of course, the PS Vita.
Heist is a story driven game that will require users to build a crew, board enemy ships and raid them in close combat with guns. Yes to all of that, my friends. It’s supposedly quite far away from Dig in terms of gameplay, so expect a game with a similar aesthetic and not necessarily mechanics.
Super Time Force is already available, whether in Ultra or normal form, on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. This is a cool game, friends.
The single player affair tasks you with collecting and using heroes in order to move through each level and defeat a boss. The catch? You control the flow of time, and when you rewind it, your old play stays in place while you back up and run through worlds again. You do this again and again and again and eventually there are like 10 instances of your characters running through levels, blasting enemies and beating bosses. It’s like single player co-op, and it’s super fun.
Titan Souls started out as the product of a game jam. The title tasks players with killing off massive bosses in a top-down-esque world. The catch? The bosses only need one hit to die, and players only have on arrow.
Would that be “the catches?” I don’t know anymore.
My point is, Titan Souls looks like one of those games that will challenge mechanics conventions for the better. The idea of each boss fight being a really tough puzzle where I can’t make a single mistake? I like that, and I hope it pans out.
Volume‘s coming from Mike Bithell, the developer behind the exceedingly charming Thomas Was Alone. This is a stealth game, and it looks completely unlike the aforementioned narrative puzzle platformer.
You’re a thief with a penchant for silence and quick knockouts. The game will offer community driven changes, tons of environments and, as is promised constant evolution. We’re hoping it packs as much charm as its predecessor, but it looks pretty darn cool regardless.