2015: The year of awesome long awaited releases and major gaming titles. From Fallout 4 to Xenoblade Chronicles X and Persona 5, there’s plenty to look forward to and anticipate from the latest consoles and developers.
However, in the midst of major releases are much anticipated handheld games coming for the Playstation Vita, a handheld console that does not get much attention in the States. The Vita was barely showcased at this year’s E3, and many wondered if the console itself was “dead,” since it has been overlooked since its initial release in 2012.
Since there were no major announcements or livestreams for PS Vita games, many may have assumed that there were not any new vita games coming out until 2016. However, in the midst of all the major console announcements, there is still a solid lineup for Vita owners to preorder by the end of this year, making the console very much worth it. Each of the games on this list are slated to come out after this date.
So, prepare your wallets, especially if you are a fan of Japanese games. Here are the 10 best upcoming new PS Vita Games still coming in 2015:
See Also: The Upcoming PS Vita Games of 2016
10. Code;Realize: ~Guardians of Rebirth~
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Imagine what it would be like to carry a deadly poison in your body that rots or melts anything by a single touch, isolated from the rest of the world around you. In this world, you are trapped, guarded by many soldiers until one day, the mysterious thief Arsene Lupin busts you out of your prison, leading to an adventure that reveals the many secrets of your past. You come in contact with five men who happen to be historical figures while trying to uncover the details of your confusing and intriguing life.
This is the world of Code;Realize. Players take on the role as the female protagonist, Cardia, a beautiful young woman with the strange predicament of a deadly touch that hurts those around her. This game is a visual novel, in which players are presented with choices in a choose-your-own-adventure style format. Like with many visual novels, there is no gameplay other than the choices you make, making it a heavy text and story based adventure. What’s interesting about this title is that along with the story, players are able to date reimagined historical or literary figures such as Victor Frankenstein, Abraham Van Helsing, and Count St. Germain through their story routes. The universe also has a distinctive European Steampunk theme to it, which adds to the unique storyline. If you like to read or want to go on a date with your favorite literary hero, Code;Realize is definitely a good option for your next Vita game.Pre-order it here.
9. Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space
Release Date: October 20, 2015
One day in the near future, extraterrestrial life is discovered via radio, and soldiers who are part of the Earth Defense Force, a global organization, are tasked to stop the threats at hand. In this unique third person shooter, players must fight against various waves of mutated enemies, such as giant ants, along with other threats such as robots in various missions that are integrated into the story. Alien stories usually are generic or have been done before, but Earth Defense Force executes this common trope very well with innovative combat, a range of weapons, and various in game vehicles to get the job done. This 2015 Vita release is a remake of the PS2 game that was never localized in America. Earth Defense Force 2 will include both single player and multiplayer modes, which is a nice addition and encourages replayability. Since shooters are rare on mobile consoles, this is a nice choice for those who want to take their favorite genre on the go.Pre-order it here.
8. Corpse Party: Blood Drive
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Like its name implies, Corpse Party isn’t your typical uplifting game. Combine a haunted school with several high school students trying to survive, and you have Corpse Party, a game series with many fear-inducing moments and plenty of scary situations for fans of horror games. The first few games of this series were already released for the PSP and PS Vita, featuring gameplay that combined a linear visual novel form of storytelling with RPG-like mechanics. Players take control of the various characters, learning about their various backstories while trying to survive a variety of situations. Corpse Party: Blood Drive is a direct sequel to the first two titles, following the story of Ayumi from the previous game. Too much can’t be given away without spoilers, but Blood Drive is definitely an option for those who want their horror game fix. Just beware of the many bad and violent endings!Buy it here.
7. Samurai Warriors 4-II
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Combining fun hack n’ slash gameplay with historical elements is one reason why Samurai Warriors is a popular series with a dedicated fanbase. The Warriors series is known to follow a hero’s journey through feudal Japan, an era where Samurais were celebrated and history was written. Many of the previous games in the series solely focused on the narratives of the various powers and clans, but Samurai Warriors 4-II seeks to provide a different experience, a perspective on the various characters’ lives rather than looking at the regions and groups as a whole. 4-II not only offers a revamped story mode of Samurai Warriors 4, but enhanced tactical gameplay, Naomasa Ii as an additional playable character, and a more challenging survival castle mode. Fans of the 4th core title will likely find something new here, due to the story changes and gameplay enhancements not found in the first version.Buy it here.
6. Tales from the Borderlands
Already released on multiple platforms, Tales from the Borderlands is slated to make its way on the Playstation Vita in the next few months. Following the eccentric story of Rhys and Fiona, players make choices in this episodic interactive game by Telltale that is set in the popular console game, Borderlands, universe. Set after the second game, Tales from the Borderlands deals with the Vaults and Hyperion Corporation that was introduced in the previous titles. What makes this game so unique is the power to choose where the story leads through the perspectives of the protagonists. Since both Rhys and Fiona come from two very different backgrounds, the player is thrown into an exciting world of choice, morality, and corruption, which is all presented while maintaining the humor and feel of the Borderlands universe. Fans who haven’t played the Borderlands series will not feel left out of the storyline, and will still be on the edge of their seats until the next episode releases.
5. Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax
Release Date: October 6, 2015
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What happens when an array of characters from various Japanese light novel series collide in one game? An anime fighting game is born, also known as Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax. In this game, players can choose from a roster of 12 characters from popular series, such as The Devil is a Part Timer and Durarara!! What separates Dengeki Bunko from other fighting games is it’s roster of characters that are not video game exclusive characters. Since anime based games like this aren’t localized very often, it’s nice to see a roster that Western light novel fans can play as and enjoy. For this reason, Dengeki Bunko definitely seems niche, but it does have the possibility of appealing to other gamers, especially those who are fans of 2D fighting games. Each character on the roster also has an assist character, adding another element of gameplay to the basic fighting format. Fighting games are also very rarely ported or made for handhelds, so it’s interesting to see how this type of game will play on the go. There is also a PS3 version, but for those who do not own one or have traded in their console for a PS4, the Vita release is a great option.
4. Superbeat Xonic
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Rhythm games used to be everything, and one of the most popular forms of gaming around. From Dance Dance Revolution to Taiko Drum Master, mastering the various songs was always a fun task as one struggled to match their controls to the various notes on screen. One lesser known series that was a gem for the Playstation Portable, the DJMAX series. In these games, players took on the role of a DJ, hitting notes on the screen while various techno remixes and vibrant songs played in the background. PM Studios, however, decided to make a new type of rhythm game while maintaining the DJMAX vibe. A PS Vita exclusive, Superbeat Xonic features a new playlist of songs, along with various difficulty modes, patterns, and DJ rankings. Superbeat Xonic looks amazing and sounds great, perhaps setting the bar for rhythm games everywhere.Buy it here.
3. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
Release Date: November 17, 2015
The Vita is known for its great selection of RPGs, and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, is no exception to this case. Initially released in Japan, this next installment of The Legend of Heroes turn based RPG series has a beautiful combat system and very impressive graphics for the handheld console. The story follows the political conflicts of Erebonia, as nine students from different backgrounds collide and discover the many secrets and truths about the society they live in. The combat system features an interesting “link” option, in which two characters can perform a specialized attack or move, which are strengthened through bonds obtained at school. With this is mind, this means that players can balance school life and combat, which is very reminiscent of the Persona series. This is definitely a good thing, since it seems to have it’s own unique twist on the combat/school life system, making it a definite option for fans of simulations and RPGs. Classic mechanics from the previous titles are also revisited and reimagined, which means more refined gameplay. The visuals and gameplay definitely are worth checking out.Buy it here.
2. Norn9: Var Commons
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Like Code; Realize, Norn9: Var Commons is also a visual novel that’s slated to be released this coming fall with a very intriguing storyline and style that makes it worth looking into. In Norn9, Sorata, a student on a field trip blacks out and finds himself in a different, futuristic time period. He encounters a girl, which leads him to a floating ship which happens to have a group of people with psychic powers. Combining the ideas of time travel, mystery, and adventure, Norn9 provides players with a sci-fi/fantasy adventure exclusive to the Playstation Vita. What’s interesting about this story is that players can choose which protagonist to play as, which has an effect on the story every single playthrough. Decisions in the game will be tough and will lead to branching storylines, making Norn9 a great choice for replayability. This game also offers three female protagonists as options, as well as male routes like many female-targeted dating games. However, the story seems like it will appeal to a large audience, making it a memorable title for any Vita owner.Buy it here.
1. Persona 4 Dancing All Night
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Persona 4 is also known as the game with so many spinoffs that the fans keep buying anyways. Why? It’s because Persona 4 is a masterpiece of a game with well-written and developed characters, a thought provoking storyline, and fun social sim elements that revolutionized JRPG gameplay. When playing the main game, it’s easy to get attached to the characters, as the school calendar goes around and events transpire. The writers make you feel as you are part of Inaba, the small town where mysterious murders and kidnappings are threatening the rural town’s peaceful day to day life. The story concludes with a bittersweet, yet satisfying ending, leaving it open for an array of spin offs and extras, which game company Atlus took full advantage of. Persona 4 has had it’s own stage plays, movies, anime, fighting games, and even a remake of the original PS2 release . What’s next? A dancing game. Yes, a dancing game that every fan will probably buy eventually. It makes some sense, since Rise Kujikawa, one of the members of the investigation team, is an idol and famous pop star. For any other series, a dancing game would be very random. However, Persona somehow can pull this crossover off, especially because of it’s exceptional and unique soundtrack that’s literally it’s own genre of music. The story is very strange, as the team is pulled into the TV world yet again in order to stop the new threats by song and dance. The game has a full story mode along with a variety of remixed tracks from the series, making it a great buy for any fan. What makes this game so intriguing is that it is set after the events of Persona 4, which could very well be the final conclusion to this title. Persona 5 is supposed to come out soon, and it’s time for Persona 4’s reign to come to an end. Knowing Atlus, the story mode will be superb, even for a seemingly random game like this.
Sure, the other Persona series and the core titles of Shin Megami Tensei games deserve MUCH more attention. However, this may actually be the last of the Persona 4 spinoffs. Whether it’s the final game or if there will be cameos in the new title, fans of this series probably have this preordered already, and it will undoubtedly be added to our list of awesome dancing games.Buy it here.