15 Best PS VITA Role-Playing Games!
Tales of Hearts R
The long awaited western release of this Nintendo DS classic is a joyous time for J-RPG fans on the Vita. Combat is superb! It’s much like the other games of the series. A mix of real-time action and RPG elements are used to bring about that signature Tales action. And with an interesting story, it sure is a classic!
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re; Birth 2: Sisters Generation
It’s more of the same Hyperdimension Neptunia games. So… cute characters, hilarious dialogue and awesome music. It polishes what works and trim out what doesn’t! The product is a light-hearted RPG that learned from the mistakes of the previous releases… brimming with unlockables, bosses and quests. Overall, it’s a well-balanced game and, probably, the best of the series.
Akin to the likes of Final Fantasy Tactics, this game concentrates more on the basics of turn-based style of gaming. Despite the graphics being a bit cartoony — clearly, the animation could have been better, the fundamentals are rock solid. Which means gameplay is pretty good, tons of content, surprising for a downloadable game and the combat and role-playing mechanics are spot on!
Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star
A PlayStation 3 port that works really well in the tiny Vita console. The game excels with its interesting art style and amazing soundtrack! Coupled with a gripping story that invites you to see it through till the end! Just be prepared for the massive amount of dialogs you have to read through!
As good as it looks. This game delivers exceptional graphics, awesome combat style, good soundtrack, and a very satisfying multiplayer gameplay. Fight huge enemies by using grappling hooks for vertical maneuvers and closing distances fast… quickly switching between melee and ranged weapons! If not for the confusing crafting system, it may have ranked higher on the list.
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines
This is an unusual game… with an interesting plot, propelled by slightly complex mechanics. Gorgeous watercolor art style that combines anime and traditional Japanese imagery, a deep family lineage system, impressive customization and a solid turn-based RPG combat. It’s not the first game to offer customizable characters but the game’s interesting story made the task worthwhile — even enjoyable, despite being time consuming!
It has a lot of similarities with games of the Monster Hunter series. The differences is that it’s more fast-paced, mythical, sinister and complete. It comes with a meaningful story, good cutscenes and NPC relationship, tons of bonus content like owning a pet, new weapons, and a good co-op gameplay. However, the sheer number of dialogs is so J-RPG-like and grind is the real deal!
Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk
A deep and engrossing role-playing game that gives emphasis to gathering materials and crafting. It’s time consuming, yes… but that doesn’t dampen the fun experience that it offers. Good story and character progression, it looks great on the PS Vita. Engaging crafting & alchemy system and it comes packaged with crazy amount of DLCs
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
The game doesn’t add much to the RPG genre. It took what worked and put it back together as solidly as possible. It’s not revolutionary but it’s amazing! There are a lot of things to do! Good balance between RPG and simulation. The fast travel option is a really good addition as well as cross-save for Vita and PS3 owners.
Child of Light
This is one good-looking game. It looks like something from an art exhibit, carefully animated to look magnificent. Child of Light does away with cumbersome battle features, aiming for a more straightforward and refined turn-based combat system. Some found it short for an RPG but majority agrees that the length is just right to conclude its compelling plot.
Dark times have befallen feudal Japan, as cursed demon blades attack humans causing destruction to all. Muramasa Rebirth might not be your typical rpg, but for the most part, the game taught me how to not be rash, and think before you fight. Cleverly ration your items, create strategies, and alot stat points on the right places.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
As addicting as ever! This fourth installment has been a bumpy ride of raising weak followers and customizing every weapon that I found interesting. The same strategic grid-based combat that you love, plus a new function called “Demon Fuse”, which temporarily combine your monsters into one bigger, meaner monster. The tutorial may be trash, but you can’t deny the quality that it has.
Ys: Memories of Celceta
A story about finding what’s lost. It’s a game that rewards you for mastering moves, very action RPG-like. Despite the lack of an engrossing story, it’s still worth playing for the exploration and combat! Good battle soundtrack, slightly dated, but pleasing graphics. Sadly, the linearity decreased the game’s lifespan and is a minus for some.
A game that looks like it came out of pen and paper and Vanillaware’s best rpg yet! Dragon’s Crown is an action-packed side-scroller that some hesitantly label as rpg. However, with its deep skill system, multiple classes to choose from, solid loot feature and a beautiful art style. There’s no doubt that it’s one of unique and gorgeous roleplaying games of the platform.
Persona 4 Golden!
A game so good that many gamers around the world have probably played it at least twice. This game perfectly represents the J-RPG sub-genre of roleplaying games with a brilliant story full of high school life, humor, and mystery. Memorable, attachable, and relatable characters. Fantastic dialogues, wide variety of Personas, turn-based J-RPG at its finest and a massive 40-60 hour campaign.