Vita RPG

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment was one of my most anticipated games for 2014. In many ways the title delivered with its massive maps, huge skill trees, and available content for players. But in many other ways it was disappointing with its overly grind heavy gameplay, lack of direction, and the most unprofessional localization I’ve ever experienced. Role-playing and Sword Art Online fans will most likely enjoy the title, but gamers on the edge about downloading the title might not be as impressed as the others. In short, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a fun disappointment.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland is light-hearted, enjoyable, and one of the better role-playing games on the PlayStation Vita.

Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland

Child of Light

Child of Light is the type of game that the industry needs right now. Digital distribution is gaining popularity, and some of the oldest and largest publishers are struggling to adapt with the newer market trends. Some are stuck attempting to hit it big every few years with another large AAA title, or have ventured into the realm of free-to-play mobile titles. Ubisoft is well aware of where the market stands, and is mixing it up with AAA titles and smaller, more unique experiments. Child of Light is worth checking out, even if you don’t normally follow the role-playing genre. And although there are a few downsides, it is still one of the biggest surprises of 2014 so far.

Child of Light

Ys: Memories of Celceta

Ys: Memories of Celceta is one of the best games available for the Vita and a fine action RPG in its own right. Past some dated visuals and a sparse story are enticing battles and exciting exploration that can suck you in with a ruthless efficiency. If these kinds of character progression treadmills are your thing, don't let it pass you by.

Ys: Memories of Celceta

Terraria

Terraria is an enjoyable, combat focused alternative to Minecraft that doesn’t ape Mojang’s game for the sake of taking advantage of consumer confusion. It has its own spirit and soul, allowing it to stand on its own two feet. Would Terraria exist if Minecraft didn’t? That is a discussion for another time. As a Vita game, it is perfect for long trips or vacations though make sure you are plenty comfortable before starting extended play sessions.

Terraria

Persona 4 Golden

Persona 4 Golden is, as far as I’m concerned, is the PlayStation Vita’s killer app. Atlus has done a great service to the platform by not just porting a four year old game but adding a great deal of content that makes the experience seem fresh and new fro those who’ve already played through the game.

Persona 4 Golden