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The PlayStation Vita is a home for many different types of games. However, the handheld is mostly known for having a slew of visual novel and Japanese role-playing games. These types of games often feature enthralling stories. Since I’m a huge fan of the PS Vita, I decided to make a list of my favorite stories I’ve experienced on the portable device.
Virtue’s Last Reward
This game boggled my mind, in a good and fun way. It does something really great with its story that will almost certainly hook you. The way it incorporates that as a gameplay mechanic is really unique. The story here focuses on a ‘game’ that you and eight others are forced to play. You have to make several decisions along the line that can result in your or others death. While trying to survive, you’re also trying to figure out how to escape and who’s behind it all.
If a lot of dialogue in games doesn’t bother you, I highly recommend this visual novel/puzzler.
Attack on Titan
When I jumped into Attack on Titan for PlayStation Vita, I had never watched the anime. Actually, I knew very little about it completely. However, I thought the world was interesting and the gameplay looked fun. Much to my surprise, I ended up loving the game. Partial thanks to the unique action combat, but mostly thanks to the engaging narrative. I had no idea the game followed the same plot as the anime. Which, as we know, is a critically praised series.
I was so enthralled with the world, the titans, the lore, and especially the character relationships. Unexpectedly, this action title actually brought me to tears at one point. If you love feeling like Spider-Man, slitting throats, and deep, interesting narratives, look no further, go play Attack on Titan!
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc | Goodbye Despair | Killing Harmony
If you have a PlayStation Vita and haven’t played Danganronpa, shame on you! Just kidding, but this is a story-driven game I highly recommend trying out. In the first entry, you play as an average kid who won a chance to attend a school for extremely special teens. Therefore, it’s a school full of unique, bubbly personalities, all of which can easily clash in a confrontation. Unexpectedly, they are thrown into a game that involves murder and justice. This is when relationships are tested and you never quite know who you can trust.
The series has earned a niche following over the years. The most recent release, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony released just earlier this year. As well as a spin-off entry (Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls), the year before.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I & II
When I first booted up Trails of Cold Steel, I could tell the game was going to be right up my alley — the anime opening mixed with a catchy J-pop/rock song immediately pulled me in. As I had hoped, characters and voice-over work are done really well in the game. Each character has a unique personality, some you’ll grow to love — others, the complete opposite.
The game’s plot is centered around Rean Schwarzer and his fellow “Class VII” at Thors Military Academy, which is a newly formed class composed of both Erebonian nobility and commoners, being the only one at the entire academy that does not segregate based on social class. During their time at the academy, Class VII also is tasked with investigating the “Old Schoolhouse”, an unused mysterious building on campus that changes its internal layout monthly. At the bottom of the seventh and final floor, they discover an ancient mecha known as Valimar. I won’t dive into spoilers, but this is when the plot thickens.
The Wolf Among Us
The Wolf Among Us came to the PS Vita a bit late, but better late than never when it comes to a fantastic game like this. Players take control of the primary protagonist, the Big Bad Wolf — or Bigby, for short. Bigby has retired from his previously evil ways to act as the sheriff of the fables in New York. He is charged with keeping the peace when he finds a murder on his doorstep one night and it is from there that he attempts to solve the murder while continuing to try and keep the peace within Fabletown.
There are unexpected twists and turns, awesome characters, and extremely memorable moments. Lucky for us, Telltale finally confirmed a second season is on the way. Unfortunately, there are no plans for bringing it to Vita.
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