Celebrate the Vita's birthday with some great Japanese games


Also check out some of my sale picks below

It's been three years since the Playstation Vita came out and the little handheld has survived with a great stable of Japanese games. Those who own the Vita or want to get a Vita are now in for a treat with a great sale featuring some great Japanese games.

Not only are there great games on sale, there are also some nice freebies such as: Toro Vita theme, credit for the free-to-play title Fat Princess: Piece of Cake, and a free Spirit for Destiny of Spirits.

The sale and items will be available in today's Tuesday update and certain freebies will be available a little later.

Check out the complete list of games on sale on the Playstation Blog.

Here are some of my picks and a short summary for the games:

Atelier Series
PS Plus Price/Regular Sale Price: ($16/$24 each)
There are three games in the Atelier series on the Vita, collectively known as the "Alchemist of Arland" series with titles such as: Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori, and Atelier Meruru. The games focuses on item gathering and synthesis with some turn-based RPG combat. Players also have to manage their time because certain actions in the game take up "days" in a calendar system with events occurring on certain dates.

Most of the games don't really have an urgent overarching goal so it has an easy going feel and if you couple that with the beautiful visuals, this is a great RPG for those who want a lighter experience.

Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles (PSP)
PS Plus Price/Regular Sale Price: ($7.49/$8.99)

Why is a PSP game worth revisiting on the Vita? Because this game has two of the best 2D sidescrolling games ever made: Dracula X and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Dracula X is considered to be the best of the old school Castlevania games while Symphony of the Night is the game that redefined the series and much of the 2D action platformer genre with its RPG elements and expansive gameplay. A must own game for those who love 2D sidescrollers and it controls like a dream with that great Vita directional pad.

Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable
PS Plus Price/Regular Sale Price: ($12/$20)

Originating from a PS2 budget series of games, the Earth Defense Force series can be summed up as "what if a B-movie was a video game?" and it is pretty good. In Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable, a port of the XBox 360 game of the same name (but now portable with online multiplayer), you are part of the titular group tasked with the saving of world from alien invaders that have an army of giant ants to giant robots and space ships. You use an arsenal of different weapons from pistols to giant rocket launchers.

The game has its quirks but it works well on the Vita and is perfect for some bug blasting sessions.

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f 2nd
PS Plus Price/Regular Sale Price: ($20/$24)

Featuring the super popular music making vocal synthesizer mascot Hatsune Miku, Project DIVA is a great rhythm music game with plenty of side customization stuff to keep you busy and break up the music gaming. Plenty of vast improvements over the last game with even more content, this game is a must for rhythm music game fans. Even if you are not into the waifu customization stuff, you can play the music game parts without any problems.

Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth 1
PS Plus Price/Regular Sale Price: ($16/$24)

I have not been able to play the first game in the Neptunia series but I hear it was not a mechanically good game but now you can play a revamped and improved version (with new stuff from later games) in Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth 1. Neptunia is set in a world where video game consoles are anthropomorphized into cute girls and are going up against the villianous Arfoire.

Gameplay is a traditional turn-based RPG with dungeon exploration and the other half is a lot of story delivered through a visual novel format.

Sword Art Online -Hollow Fragment-
PS Plus Price/Regular Sale Price: ($16/$24)

There's a lot of people who love SAO and there are also a lot who hate it. Though if you can get over your hate for SAO, you can have some fun with a solid action RPG on the Playstation Vita. Hollow Fragment can provide dozens of hours of hack and slash action (I've seen people with over a hundred), and even more with the Infinity Moment expansion from the previous game on the PSP.

Even if you're not familiar with the anime, you can enjoy some great action in Hollow Fragment.

Tales of Hearts R
PS Plus Price/Regular Sale Price: ($20/$28)

If you've ever wanted to get into a Tales game but don't have much time for a 50+ hour RPG then Tales of Hearts R is for you. Originally a Nintendo DS game, this remake on the Playstation Vita can be best described in one word: Efficient. You can get a satisfying Tales story without the long cutscenes and have a plot that moves quickly without the slower pacing that the console counterparts love to do so much.

So what's your favorite Vita game or are you picking up any game in the sale? I am picking up SAO and maybe some other game I've yet to choose.

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Red likes a lot of things from Japan and wants to share more about it with the world. He even likes the bad anime. Sometimes. As long as it doesn't have big boobs. Maybe. more + disclosures



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