The PS Vita may not have been a huge success for Sony, but there are many fans who enjoyed the second attempt by the company to go handheld. Part of the reason for this was the great library of games that were available to play on the go. Those who enjoy the role-playing genre should be among the happiest with the line-up.
The device had quite a collection of RPGs that included both exclusives and games put on home consoles as well. These weren’t smaller, unknown games either as many of the RPGs on the PS Vita could be considered among the greatest ever made.
10 Muramasa Rebirth
Not often are there side-scrolling role-playing games, but Muramasa Rebirth is exactly that. The game was originally published for the Wii under the name Muramasa: The Demon Blade before being remastered a few years later for the PS Vita exclusively.
Set in the Edo period in Japan, the main campaign revolves around two protagonists and their relation to the Demon Blades, samurai swords that possess the individuals that wield them. Muramasa Rebirth also adds four separate stories based on Japanese folklore under the title Genroku Legends.
9 Soul Sacrifice
Games can sometimes fall into using the same formula as other titles, just under a different veil. Soul Sacrifice introduces a wild mechanic that makes it stand out in a deep role-playing game genre. In the game, players have been enslaved by an evil sorcerer named Magusar.
In order to defeat them, players must use a book called Librom to relive past fights between the sorcerer and other monsters. The mechanic that makes this game interesting is the need to sacrifice parts of the player’s body to become more powerful.
8 Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines
It’s always great to see a long-dead game be revived for a remaster, but it’s even better if that game actually got another installment after nearly 15 years. That was the case for Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, which is the sequel to the 1999 Playstation game Ore no Shikabane o Koete Yuke.
Set 100 years after the events of the original game, the newer installment revolves around a family that is cursed preparing to fight against a demon. The game involves fighting enemies to earn enough points to continue the bloodline to future generations.
7 Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower Of Fortune And The Dice Of Fate
The first roguelike on this list, Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate is part of a series that is within the Mystery Dungeon franchise developed by Spike Chunsoft.
Like other games in the Shiren series, The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate follows a wanderer named Shiren and his talking weasel Koppa as they climb the titular tower to see if the rumors of a god that can change their fate are true. The game revolves around exploring dungeons and fighting monsters that appear in turn-based combat.
6 Ys: Memories Of Celceta
Nihon Falcom is known for developing quite an array of role-playing games. One of its best entries on the PlayStation Vita was Ys: Memories of Celceta, the fourth canonical entry in the Ys series. Taking place after Ys II but before the events of Ys: The Oath in Felghana, players control Adol Christin who starts the game with amnesia only to go on an adventure that revolves around mystery and deception.
Like other games in the franchise, Memories of Celceta uses real-time combat, in which each member of a player’s party has specific attacks unique to them.
5 Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer Of Arland
Another game that was brought to the PS Vita after its initial release, Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland is the twelfth entry in the Atelier series and the first to release on the PS Vita.
Taking place five years after the events of its predecessor, Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, The Adventurer of Arland starts with a girl named Totori who is looking for her missing mother. Rorona teaches her alchemy, which she uses on her journey around the world to find her mother, who she believes is alive.
4 Child Of Light
On its surface, Child of Light appears to be a platforming game. However, the game also mixes in plenty of role-playing elements. Child of Light revolves around Aurora, a girl who died from a mysterious illness but woke up in a new land known as Lemuria.
Now, it’s Aurora’s goal to restore the land by rescuing the sun, moon, and stars from the Queen of the Night. The game uses an active-time battle system that is similar to the Final Fantasy games.
3 The Legend of Heroes: Trail Of Cold Steel II
Another Nihon Falcom game, The Legend of Heroes: Trail of Cold Steel II is actually the seventh entry in the Trial subseries, which is part of the overall Legend of Heroes series. Taking place one month after the ending of The Legend of Heroes: Trail of Cold Steel, Rean Schwarzer and Valimar have escaped only to find that he and his loved ones are in the middle of the Erebonian civil war.
Like its predecessor, the gameplay revolves around turn-based battles, with this game following Rean as he travels around the world. Choices made in the first game matter in this one.
2 Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
This PlayStation 2 classic made its way to the PS Vita through its remake titled Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. The game is set in the fictional continent of Erion as a massive war takes place between the nations of Ragnanival and Ringford over a powerful weapon known as the Crystallization Cauldron.
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir follows five characters and their connection to the war as well as a disaster that could destroy the continent known as Armageddon. The game is a beat-em-up side-scroller with role-playing elements, all mechanics that have been enhanced in the remake.
1 Person 4 Golden
The Persona series is among the most beloved RPG franchises out there. The PlayStation 2 hit Persona 4 is rated among the best in the series. It only made sense for there to be an expansion for it eventually. Persona 4 Golden features the original story of Yu as he moves from the city to the countryside, only to find himself in the middle of solving murders that have happened in town.
Along with its usual blend of RPG and simulation elements, the remake features an expanded version of the story along with new characters, Personas, outfits, and cutscenes.