Games of the Year: PlayStation Vita


By: Alan Bell
Published: Thursday 26 Dec 2013 3:01 PM
 
Games of the Year: PlayStation Vita

The best games of the year.

Have you voted in the NZGamer.com Game of the Year 2013 Awards yet?  Make sure you vote before January 20th - it's your chance to decide which games earn the awards, plus you could with $1,000 worth of games thanks to Orcon!

The PlayStation Vita, despite being a powerful, and great-looking piece of hardware, has been struggling in the market ever since it released. This is perhaps no better underlined than in this very article; not only did we not have ten "top" games to review on the system this year, we didn't post ten reviews full stop - so the list is made up of our top five (or seven, depending on how you count, as there's a three-way tie for 5th place) instead.

If that wasn't enough, news out of the US suggests that the number one game on our list (scroll down if you want to see it) sold just 14,000 copies in that territory in November (it came out late in the month - the 22nd - but those are still margin of error level numbers regardless.)

If you do own a Vita, however, you'll be pleased to know that the plucky system's library had some great games added to it this year. Before we break down the list as we saw it, here's the top ten as aggregated on Metacritic (remember, we don't get every game to review, which is why our top titles varies quite a lot from the one on Metacritic.)

The Top 10 on Metacritic

  1. LIMBO (89%)
  2. Spelunky (88%)
  3. Machinarium (88%)
  4. Guacamelee! (87%)
  5. Tearaway (87%)
  6. Rayman Legends (87%)
  7. Velocity Ultra (87%)
  8. Hotline Miami (85%)
  9. Ys: Memories of Celceta (85%)
  10. PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD (84%)

The Top 5 on NZGamer.com

In reverse order, for added drama…

5. Stealth Inc.: The Teleporter Chambers

Score: 8.0

From the review: "Playing one of a swarm of human clones in a testing facility, you have to get to the respective exits of a series of increasingly difficult levels by sticking to the shadows and avoiding detection by murderous robots. When you die - note I said “when”, not “if” - the game will taunt you with a cheeky message, and you’ll respawn as the next in an endless string of clones."

5. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate

Score: 8.0

From the review: "It’s a bit of a shame that the Arkham-inspired side of this game doesn’t quite live up to what came before, but the Metroidvania aspect certainly does. And this is something for which a lot of genre fans will be grateful."

5. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus

Score: 8.0

From the review: "Overall, this is a solid effort at porting Ninja Gaiden 2 – one of the best hack and slash titles of this generation – to a handheld. Unfortunately, it still has the poor camera and occasionally sloppy level design of the original, problems that are further compounded by the Vita’s small screen."

4. Pixeljunk Monsters: Ultimate HD

Score: 8.2

From the review: "If you’re new to the genre, this is a great place to jump in, and if you’re a fan there’s plenty here to keep you interested too. Some new levels would have been nice (there’s no new content on offer, unfortunately) but the 40+ that are here certainly represent a solid investment and will take some time to conquer, especially if you’re a perfectionist."

3. Killzone: Mercenary

Score: 8.4

From the review: "Killzone: Mercenary is a seriously impressive game. It’s a little on the short side, and has a few little quirks all its own, but there’s no question that Guerilla Cambridge have delivered the goods. I still can’t quite believe the technical feats it accomplishes, to be perfectly honest. If you already own a Vita, get it; if you don't yet lay claim to one, the argument in favor of the console just got even more compelling."

2. Persona 4 Golden

Score: 9.2

From the review: "It looks good, has a great story (which is delivered by way of an outstanding cast of characters), and the dungeon-based gameplay (complete with its compelling Pokemon-like, rock-paper-scissors battle-pet combat system) is great fun. If you’ve been thinking about dipping your toes into the JRPG scene, you absolutely must put this at the top of your list."

1. Tearaway

Score: 9.5

From the review: "At worst, it’ll make you rethink the value of some of the system’s more “gimmicky” user input mechanisms; at best you’ll get to have your heart set aflame by one of the most adorable, charming, and genuinely moving game experiences to date."




 

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Koopa18 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Thursday 26 Dec 2013 4:19 PM Posted by Koopa18
Tearaway looks great, only thing on Vita so far that appeals to me...
 
 
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woollywol NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 26 Dec 2013 4:46 PM Posted by woollywol
Sadly, this round-up is a bit of a travesty since NZG don't seem to have received review copies for some of the really important Vita games of the year. :( :(

Seriously: no Ys? No Rayman Legends? And what about those incredibly cool and wonderful PSN games, like Velocity Ultra (a favourite of mine)?

I hope the team can sort something out for next year. Because next year is gonna be *the* year for the Vita, no doubt about it. :)
 
 
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Valsira NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 26 Dec 2013 5:13 PM Posted by Valsira
26 December 2013, 04:46 PM Reply to woollywol
Sadly, this round-up is a bit of a travesty since NZG don't seem to have received review copies for some of the really important Vita games of the year. :( :(

Seriously: no Ys? No Rayman Legends? And what about those incredibly cool and wonderful PSN games, like Velocity Ultra (a favourite of mine)?

I hope the team can sort something out for next year. Because next year is gonna be *the* year for the Vita, no doubt about it. :)
Well, presumably they'll get one for Ys next year, when it comes out in our region. But yeah, Rayman Legends should be on there, also Dragon's Crown (the PS3 version got a really good review here if I remember correctly).
 
 
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grdwalker NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 26 Dec 2013 9:11 PM Posted by grdwalker
persona 4 and killzone are very good, haven't played tearaway, but the beyond podcast rave about it.
 
 
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Coddfish NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 26 Dec 2013 9:36 PM Posted by Coddfish
26 December 2013, 04:46 PM Reply to woollywol
Sadly, this round-up is a bit of a travesty since NZG don't seem to have received review copies for some of the really important Vita games of the year. :( :(

Seriously: no Ys? No Rayman Legends? And what about those incredibly cool and wonderful PSN games, like Velocity Ultra (a favourite of mine)?

I hope the team can sort something out for next year. Because next year is gonna be *the* year for the Vita, no doubt about it. :)
Ys doesn't come out till next year here, so if there's going to be a review of it, it will be then. Rayman Legends and Dragon's Crown were reviewed on other systems, and I guess it's rare for a small publication like NZGamer.com (relative to the rest of the American/international gaming media) to get review copies of multiplatform games on multiple platforms.

I do agree with you, though, and I'd love to see more Vita reviews. Even for multiplatform stuff, the handheld version is often a vastly different experience. I also reckon next year will be a breakout year for Vita, like this year was for 3DS.
 
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jub-jub NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 7:30 PM Posted by jub-jub
Still need to get 3rd and 1st place...hopefully soon
 
 
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fatbot
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 9:12 PM Posted by fatbot
Everybody seems to love Tearaway. I would have got it in the 12 deals of Christmas if it was featured, but I'll have to try it out one of these days
 
 
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Jakted NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 9:30 PM Posted by Jakted
i need to get tearaway looks so good :)
 
 
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Bank NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 2 Jan 2014 10:41 AM Posted by Bank
The top 3 baby top 3.

Memories of Celceta will be mine for most of next year too.
 
 
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Bappernz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Tuesday 7 Jan 2014 7:57 AM Posted by Bappernz
so definitely getting a vita after reading about some of these titles, already have some thanks to PS plus and will be picking up the rest
 
 
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