2016 Gaming in Review Part 2: What Were Our Best PlayStation Vita Games This Year?
Here we are for our second post celebrating the best games of the year ! If you missed Monday’s post for our best PlayStation 4 games of 2016, you can review it by clicking right here.
Today we’re bringing the spotlight over the the best PlayStation Vita games we played this year. Please keep in mind that we didn’t play all of this year’s releases.
And once you’re done reading today’s article, we want to hear from you: which were your best games played this year? It doesn’t matter what console you played them on, we want to hear from you!
The Vita has pretty much been declared dead by Sony but luckily this didn’t translate into a drop in the number of releases the console got for 2016, which is great for us since we love our PS Vita portables! The Vita’s library is now library and it features a ton of excellent games for fans of all genres. And now, let’s take a look at the best games we played this year!
Severed is a dungeon crawler/Metroidvania from the minds at DrinkBox Studios, and is easily the highlight of the Vita console this year! In this game, you follow a girl named Sasha who loses her family early in the story.
She’ll then go on to explore the (beautifully rendered) world to seek revenge and find her relatives. The gameplay in Severed uses only the touch screen and offers a good challenge without going overboard. The game as a whole is near perfect and definitively one of the best games on the whole PS Vita library!
I won’t mind if you stop reading this post and purchase it right now. Go ahead!
Honorable Mention: Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors (CG2) is a turn-based Japanese RPG in which you must “reform” seven girls who’ve just arrived in Hell.
The art style makes us feel as if we were playing a very plished 16-Bit game. While the story was a tad predictable, the gameplay mechanics and catchy soundtrack is what make this one shine! Each battle is carefully crafted and the boss fights will keep you on the edge of your seat as you try to survive those harder-but-fair encounters. I loved playing this game and even wrote a small guide for you to be able to achieve the Platinum in a single run.
Sure, the girl rubbing sequences will not be to for every gamer out there (personally, I think the game would’ve been even better without those) but if this is a deal-breaker for you then it would be a shame since you’d be missing out one of the best portable RPG of the year!
Honorable Mention: Trails of Cold Steel II
The “Trails of” series holds a special place in my heart as I really like this type of turn-based JRPG! Trails of Cold Steel II continues the story a month after the first game ended and introduces a slew of new mechanics. It is an awesome game and is also a veeeeeery long release (which is always great value for our hard earned money).
Zero Time Dilemma
I love escape room games as there’s just something about them that puts my brain to the test. And when you tell a compelling, complicated narrative on top, then you certainly my attention. That is exactly what Spike Chunsoft did with Zero Time Dilemma. It’s the sequel to Virtue’s Last Reward – and 999 before that. The game weaves a tangled web of choices for you to take as you try to save your team while watching the rest die – sometimes in horrible ways.
There isn’t much else I can say about this game without spoiling things, but you should know that I scored it a perfect 10 and you should go out and get this one – as well as play its predecessors. With 999 coming to consoles next year along with Virtue’s Last Reward, I can’t wait to see what everyone else things about this excellent trilogy.
I do have one honorable mention but Ceidz already covered it above: Severed is excellent and a great way to spend eight hours getting a Platinum trophy.
Also one of favorite games of 2015 finally showed up on Vita this year in Axiom Verge. As much as I loved the game, the controls felt awkward on Vita due to it missing some of the extra buttons on the DualShock 4.
Stranger of Sword City
Who doesn’t love a good dungeon crawler? There have several good games in the genre released in 2016 making it though to choose the best game of the year, but I do think that Stranger of Sword City deserves the honor. The main protagonist was on a flight from Japan to Alaska that went down before it reached its destination. You end up in a strange and unknown place, and this is where your story begins…
You’ll soon be tasked with destroying creatures called Lineages -big, ferocious and deadly mosnters. The story is incredible, the characters you can add to your party are quite diverse, and if you like a challenge, there are even some roguelike elements thrown into the mix. I can only hope for more games like Stranger of Sword City making their way to the PS Vita in 2017!
Severed is the best game on PS Vita for 2016. No question. I loved the game so much that when I was reviewing it and my PS Vita’s screen broke during an accident, I immediately ordered a new PS Vita from Amazon so that I could continue to play it until the end.
It’s the perfect length, features a great art style that shines on Sony’s portable, and a Platinum trophy that provides players with a good challenge without asking for anything too crazy. It makes good use of the portable’s touch screen for its battles, slowly introducing new gamplay mechanics as you defeat each of its bosses.
This is a must-have release on PS Vita, and those of you that are also Nintendo fans can also enjoy this excellent game on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.