Quarterly Report: The 25 Best PS Vita Games

  • Publish Date: December 31, 2016
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Our "Quarterly Reports" provide a handy list of the 25 best games for each platform, both for the current year so far and for all time. There's a separate report for each platform, and they will be updated again during the first week in April.

Best-reviewed PS Vita games of 2016

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1 Box Steins;Gate 0 NEW Buy From Amazon 86
This follow-up to 2009's Steins;Gate continues the story of Rintaro Okabe.
2Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma Buy From Amazon83
3XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus  82
4Severed  82
5The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Buy From Amazon80
6Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Buy From Amazon79
7Skullgirls: 2nd Encore  76
8Grand Kingdom Buy From Amazon76
9Yomawari: Night Alone NEWBuy From Amazon75
10Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky  75
11Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls NEWBuy From Amazon73
12Ray Gigant  72
13Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni NEWBuy From Amazon72
14Stranger of Sword City Buy From Amazon71
15Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky NEWBuy From Amazon71
16Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors Buy From Amazon67
17Adventures of Mana  67
18Futuridium EP Deluxe Buy From Amazon65
19Trillion: God of Destruction Buy From Amazon65
20SwapQuest  64
21Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness Buy From Amazon64
22Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak Special Gigs  64
23MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies Buy From Amazon61
24Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS-Force Buy From Amazon57
25MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death Buy From Amazon56

Includes games released between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 with at least seven reviews in our database. Note that games are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding. The Metascore is a weighted average of critic reviews on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). All scores are from December 31, 2016.

Best-reviewed PS Vita games of all time

Games released during the last three months (if any) are marked with a NEW symbol.

  Game Buy It Metascore
1Persona 4 Golden (2012) Buy From Amazon93
2Velocity 2X (2014)  90
3Spelunky (2013)  88
4Rayman Origins (2012) Buy From Amazon88
5LittleBigPlanet PS Vita (2012) Buy From Amazon88
6Guacamelee! (2013)  87
7Rayman Legends (2013) Buy From Amazon87
8Tearaway (2013) Buy From Amazon87
9Velocity Ultra (2013)  87
10Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster (2014) Buy From Amazon86
11Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (2012)  86
12Steins;Gate 0 (2016) NEWBuy From Amazon86
13Code:Realize - Guardian of Rebirth (2015) Buy From Amazon86
14OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood (2015)  85
15Hotline Miami (2013)  85
16Rogue Legacy (2014)  85
17Sine Mora (2012)  85
18Mortal Kombat (2012) Buy From Amazon85
19Terraria (2013) Buy From Amazon85
20TxK (2014)  84
21Sound Shapes (2012)  84
22Grim Fandango Remastered (2015)  84
23Frozen Synapse Prime (2014)  84
24Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (2014) Buy From Amazon84
25PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD (2013)  84

Games with fewer than 7 reviews are not eligible for inclusion.

For a complete list of all Vita high (and low) scores, visit Metacritic's PS Vita section.

Comments (4)

  • GustavoWoltmann  

    And here i thought the ps vita didn't have any good games

  • lazatoy  

    I was surprised by the lack of PORTS on this list,
    one of my favorite games on the vita, telltale's the walking dead was not on list?
    Wow, that surprised me due to large number of PORTS on this list!
    and it was well received, too!

  • thepaksoldier  

    I Like Rayman Pc Game. others are not too good

  • gamesonvita  

    wow i would like to know where this PlayStation 25 best games came from but from the hundreds of games on vita this has hit most of my favs too, thanks for this list just on our similarities i will be sure to pickup a few of these recommendations.

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