Celebrating the Vita’s Best RPGs


Just a few weeks ago, Sony confirmed that the PlayStation Vita is being put out to pasture and production will stop next year. While it failed to gain traction with the broader gaming public, the Vita nevertheless collected an impressive library of RPGs and worked its way into the hearts of the members of #TeamHandheld. One of its biggest champions was our recently departed Editor-in-Chief, Michael Cunningham. He was determined to collect every English language physical Vita RPG release and would often scour import sites for Asian releases that included English subtitles.

In memory of our friend and his affection for Sony’s handheld, we wanted to celebrate the best that the Vita has to offer and share our choices with you. Join us as we take a tour of the Vita’s Best RPGs. While our staff quickly coalesced around a top 5, there was such variety in the rest of the voting that we have left those games unranked and split them into two parts for easier digestion. After you have read our choices, don’t forget to let us know what your favorite ones are and share your Vita memories in the comments.


Part 1 | Part 2 | Top 5


Joshua Carpenter

Josh joined RPGamer in 2017 and is currently the Features and Editorials Director. This involves reviewing games and occasionally opining in opinion format.

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2 Responses

  1. flamethrower flamethrower says:

    My #1 favorite is Dragon Quest Builders which you mentioned.

    I didn’t like the building too much but it’s basically Dragon Quest the action RPG. You do action RPG most of the time and don’t spend much time building. And who knew, but DQ works really well as an action RPG.

    Looking forward to the next Builders for PS4. Probably available in English Holiday 2019 so it’ll be a long wait.

  2. minneyar minneyar says:

    Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth changed my life and is one of the most impactful games I’ve ever played. I can’t stop myself from evangelizing about the series at every opportunity.

    The Vita did have a surprising number of other good game; many of them are also available on PS3/PS4/PC, but there’s definitely something to be said for having them on a portable platform. While they’re not exactly RPGs, I also got a lot of enjoyment out of Gravity Rush and Severed.

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