The PlayStation Vita has been getting a ton of third-party support lately, which is impressive considering the handheld released over five years ago. With the slew of upcoming notable releases, and a few great features the handheld has to offer, I believe 2018 is the year anyone who hasn’t purchased a Vita yet should finally sail over to Vita island.
Part 1: Games (yep, still coming)
As I said before, the PS Vita is still receiving an awfully lot of games. Here are the ones I’m looking forward to the most. Followed by a sizable list of other 2018 Vita games to keep in mind.
Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night & Persona 5 Dancing Star Night
Atlus and P Studio is currently developing a pair of Persona dancing spinoff titles, Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night, for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita next year. Both games are set to launch on both platform in the spring of 2018 — still, no official US release date but Atlus is more than likely going to bring the two dance games to the states.
Both Persona dancing games are being developed by the lead staff of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, which hit PlayStation Vita in 2015. We loved Persona 4: Dancing All Night, we said:
Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a celebration for the end of the P4 era. We’ve watched this group of best friends grow up and mold into different people than we expected, and this is your final goodbye. The music is outstanding, with many songs that will lift your spirits and smother you with mass amounts of Persona nostalgia. I highly recommend this game to any rhythm game fan, and especially to Persona fans.
There aren’t many details on the two new Persona dancing games, but a pair of trailers shows the main characters — including Junpei, Yukari and Aigis from Persona 3 and Joker, Ryuji, Ann and Makato from Persona 5 — dancing to some remixed music. We can assume that these dancing spinoffs will include a brand-new story that features the lovable casts of Persona 3 and Persona 5.
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Directed by George Kamitani, 13 Sentinels is a pretty big departure from what VanillaWare is known for (traditional fantasy styled games) — Taking place in a modern setting featuring giant mechs. According to Atlus, while the world “may be bleak,”…
“VanillaWare’s signature artistic shine and gorgeous aesthetics will bring the characters and story of 13 Sentinels to life.”
Why is this a notable PS Vita game? Since the PlayStation Vita launched, VanillaWare has supported the console from the get-go. They have released exquisite titles like Muramasa: Rebirth, Dragon’s Crown, and most recently the fantastic Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir. Over the years VanillaWare has earned itself a small, but vocal PS Vita gamer following. I’m almost certain this game is sure to be a hit on PS4/PS Vita.
Catherine: Full Body
Catherine was one of the most interesting puzzle games that released last generation. Lucky for us, it’s going to make a comeback on PlayStation platforms in the near future as Catherine: Full Body, Atlus announced earlier today. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita version is going to feature some brand new content not found in the original release on PS3. Such as:
- a third Catherine
- new cutscenes for the previous heroines
- new endings
- new events
- additionally, there will be some new gameplay mechanics, a new mode, and online battles
Explore the pleasures and horrors of love as Vincent, a man with a hard choice to make: marry his longtime girlfriend Katherine or move on to the incredible blonde he just woke up next to—named Catherine! But beware! Make the wrong choice, and you could end up dead. Delving into themes of free will, and the delicate nature of relationships and the choices we make, this action-adventure/puzzle game is an experience unlike any to come before it.
Catherine: Full Body has been confirmed to have a US release. Hopefully, the PS Vita gets a physical release as well. Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of Japanese games come to Vita (which is great), but they often only hit digital stores.
I couldn’t end this list without mentioning the indie darling and juggernaut Stardaw Valley. I’ve been holding off on this one ever since its initial release. The one man studio behind the title (ConcernedApe) finally confirmed that the title would be making its way to our favorite handheld this year. Let’s hope things work out! I’d hate to see this game canceled, like some other games (R.I.P. The Banner Saga). I don’t have much else to say about this game, as I said, I’ve been waiting for the Vita version. Lastly, here are some other Vita games to look forward to this year.
Full List of Notable 2018 PS Vita Games
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Battle Princess Madelyn, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Bullet Girls Phantasia, Catherine: Full Body, Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~, Cosmic Star Heroine, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory, Europe, Fate/Extella Link, Glitched, Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms, Heart Forth, Heart Forth Alicia, Iconoclasts, Mercenary Kings, Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition, Metal Max Xeno, North America, Omega Labyrinth Z, Penny-Punching Princess, Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night, Persona 5: Dancing Star Night, Pixel Noir, Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly, Rainbow Skies, Reverie, Secret of Mana, Shakedown Hawaii, Sir Eatsalot, Stardew Valley, The Longest Five Minutes, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], Valfaris