There’s been a ton of awesome PS Vita games thus far in Q1 of 2017. It’s time to highlight some of the best games we’ve reviewed since the beginning of the year, leading up to today.

Atelier Shallie Plus Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

Atelier Shallie Plus Alchemists of the Dusk Sea was the first game I played in the Atelier series. While the franchise has a ton of previous installments, I felt this one was extremely easy to jump into. I found myself quickly falling in love with Shallie and the rest of the cast, thanks to a well-written story and superb translation. Adventuring out on your boat and exploring new areas, taking out baddies, and collecting items, along with addicting side-quests, and a visually pleasing world in the palm of my hand, it’s hard not to recommend Atelier Shallie Plus Alchemists of the Dusk Sea to Japanese role-playing game fans.

Final Score: 7.0

Root Letter

Quote from our Review by Himanshu Talwar: “The visuals are very beautiful but frankly it’s hard to find a visual novel that is lacking in that department given the limited amount of work going into other systems. The trophy support is great, there’s a platinum that is rewarded once you unlock everything, including every ending and all of the mini-games.

Overall, Root Letter is an great entry into the visual novel genre that could have used more time, more resources or a smaller scope. The story is definitely worth experiencing even though the endings feel lacking and abrupt. But, Root Letter won’t change your mind about visual novels. If you’re not a fan of reading for hours or don’t enjoy the style of investigations found in visual novels like Danganronpa, Root Letter will be a miss for you. Everyone else should at least give it a shot.”

Final Score: 7.0

Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers

Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers caught me by surprise because before I jumped in, I didn’t know the gameplay was a huge departure from the traditional Dynasty Warriors games. Goodbye repetitive hack-and-slash action, hello strategic turned-based fun. The game scratched that Fire Emblem itch I didn’t even know I needed. The game features a wealthy amount of content that is sure to please long-time fans of the series, as well as newcomers like myself.

Final Score: 7.0

Toukiden 2

Quote from our Review by Himanshu Talwar: “The story is where Toukiden 2 really shines. While the premise is fairly convoluted and it takes a few hours to get going, the characters really feel special. Each one has a unique and interesting perspective that helps make the narrative feel very deep. Once the story hooks you, you’ll definitely enjoy the ride.

Overall, Toukiden 2 is a great game. It has a few technical flaws, missing translations and lackluster visuals. But the charm of the characters, deeply interesting story and fun combat make up for it’s flaws ten-fold. I’d recommend this game for anyone who enjoys Monster Hunter-style action RPGs.”

Final Score: 7.5

Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

Quote from our Review by Andrew Gonzalez: “After my time with Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, I craved more. I wanted to watch the anime and read the manga. I even wanted to go and play the other games. The universe found in Fate/Extella is rich and engaging. It not only has excellent characters, but the narrative is engaging, twisted, and mesmerising. As a fan of the genre, I was instantly sucked into the gameplay and had a blast. While people who don’t know what the Fate series is will have a tough time understanding what is going on, fans will have a blast taking control of some of their favorite characters. Fate/Extella:The Umbral Star may be confusing, but it captivated me from beginning to end.”

Final Score: 8.0

 (Subject to Change: Vita Version is Not Out Yet) 

Ys: Origin

Quote from our PS4 Review by Himanshu Talwar: “While the PS Vita version has been delayed (May 30th), Ys Origin looks like a game that will profit from Sony’s portable console. The smaller screen feels nice for that type of graphics and most JRPGs are more enjoyable on portable consoles, also because of the genres’ archaic save system (PS Vita’s rest mode feels more suitable since it doesn’t depend on external power like the PS4).

That said, Ys Origin was definitely an enjoyable experience on PlayStation 4 and I recommend it to anyone who wants a fast-paced action-RPG experience with enjoyable hack-n-slash elements. The captivating story and the high replay value of the game will definitely make you want to invest a lot of hours into the game, especially if you like that type of games and if you haven’t some over-the-top expectations regarding graphics.”

Final Score: 8.0

What are some of your favorite Vita titles of the year? Leave all your thoughts in the comments section below, or on our social media page!

Written by Brett Medlock

Brett Medlock is the Editor-in-Chief here at PlayStation Enthusiast. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and pizza rolls. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll

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