We all love open-world games, the sandbox genre alone has a ton of amazing titles. Today, I want to talk about some great open-world games that are available on PlayStation Vita. Of course, there is a wide spectrum of what some people would consider a game ‘open-world’. I’m going to include games that offer an ‘over-world’ leading to sub-worlds, as long as they offer a variety of things to do within that space (your opinion may differ).
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation features a unique story and dozens of side quests; it’s as fully featured as any console Assassin’s Creed game would be. The game feels like it was given proper care by developer Ubisoft. You play as a woman assassin for the first time while unraveling an interesting tale of secrets and betrayal. The game used a ‘persona’ mechanic that was introduced in this title, it was a great way to change up the Assassin’s Creed formula.
Minecraft has become a worldwide phenomenon as it has spanned across almost every current gaming platform. This block-laying zombie-slaying game has literally taken over the lives of kid and adult gamers – it’s just that addicting. It’s a charming world of never ending possibilities. Also, Minecraft is constantly being updated with new features and skin packs, making it impossible to stay away.
Jak and Daxter Collection
A platforming gem by developer Naughty Dog, Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. Following up the Crash Bandicoot series, Jak and Daxter has the gorgeous world you would expect from Naughty Dog game. Not just that, the game features exceptional voice acting and incredible third-person platforming-action. This was the must-have series during the PlayStation 2 era, and now it’s incredible having the whole collection in the palm of my hand.
Framerate issues aside, looting and item collecting have never been this addicting. Borderlands 2 comes packing with an ungodly amount of guns and personalized weaponry. Not only that, but the combat is balls-to-the-walls insanity! Each class comes prepped with unique functions; from guns-a-blazin’, to slowly stalking and assassinating your enemies. No matter how you like to play your games, there’s a class that fits your playstyle in Borderlands 2.
Ratchet & Clank Remastered
In 2002, the (now famous) Ratchet and Clank series was born on PlayStation 2. Set in futuristic space, in a world filled with robots and high-tech gadgets. Ratchet and Clank travel through a vast solar system of planets, on a mission to stop the Blargian Chairman Drek from extracting large portions of other planets and re-attaching them to his new world. This game offers a ton of guns and upgrades that will keep you busy for countless hours.
Terraria is a massive world full of different types enemies and features fun and addictive gameplay. This sandbox game gives you the opportunity to do pretty much anything you want. It’s all about building things your own way; It’s a 2D platformer with craftsmanship. In other words, Terraria is what would get if classic Mario and Minecraft made sweet love and produced an offspring.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed: Most Wanted is the most intense racing games available on PS Vita. There’s a relentless police force always trying like hell to apprehend you, so you’ll constantly have to make split-second decisions. The open world is your biggest advantage in Most Wanted. There’s a trunk-full of content in Most Wanted on Vita, like completing side-activities, making huge jumps, unlocking new vehicles, and playing online, just to name a few.
The second I saw Gravity Rush I knew this game would be something special. This third-person action title has some of the most iconic gravity shifting mechanics I’ve seen to date. The game uses an impressive cell-shaded art style that looks beautiful as you ‘fall’ over the cities below. Gravity Rush is undebatably a unique game, it’s a true shame that the sequel didn’t make its way to the PS Vita. At least the sequel on PS4 is also splendid.
Muramasa: Rebirth is arguably the most visually impressive game on the PS Vita The game doesn’t push the hardware like Killzone: Mercenary, but it showcases a gorgeous 2D art-style that will have you in awe from start to finish. Graphics aside, Muramasa: Rebirth is equipped with an action-packed adventure, an open world with tons of areas to explore, and even more secrets to find. The breathtaking art-style, extra content and top-notch gameplay make Muramasa: Rebirth one of the best Vita games to date.
Disney Infinity 2.0
Sadly, Disney Infinity is no more. It’s unfortunate considering the series was loved by so many. Luckily, before the franchise’s untimely demise, the PS Vita got the 2nd installment in the superhero series. Explore an open world and destroy baddies using melee and ranged attacks for experience points, money, and health. The game features a handful of iconic Marvel characters, all of which diverse skill sets. Switching between superheroes to utilize their specific powers to complete a task is just downright fun. Disney Infinity 2.0 is also one of the only PS Vita games that implement accessories like a dock and toys-to-life downloadable content.
I heard a lot of negative criticisms about The Amazing Spider-Man on Vita due to the game not running well. However, there has been a patch since launch, and while it didn’t fix all the issues, it did make the game much easier to enjoy. This is probably the most truly ‘open’ game on this list, it’s scale is really impressive. Throw in an intriguing story, fun combat, and web-slinging action and you get an awesome open-world superhero game. This is a game you definitely have to try out for yourself.
Honorable Mention – Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PSP Downloadable Game)
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an entirely original entry into the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series. Originally released on the Nintendo DS, this game brings a new level of interactivity to a huge, sprawling environment. Uncover secrets of a corrupt city, take on drug lords, drive and shoot your way to the top. Who would have thought dealing drugs would be so damn addictive?
Brett Medlock is one of our leads on video production here at Enthusiast Gaming. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll