The PlayStation Vita has had a hard time since it released back in 2012. Sony’s “little console that could” is the most powerful handheld console on the market (at least until the Razer Switchblade launches), trouncing the 3DS and most gaming tablets when it comes to hardware specifications, but the Vita has had a few niggling issues that have hampered its success. A high price tag, identity crisis and finding its place in the market are issues the handheld has faced and overcome (or at least are in the process of doing) but one persistent criticism that wont go away is that “the Vita has no games!?” and I can say with absolute certainty that the majority of people that complain about the lack of games on the Vita, don’t own a Vita.

The Vita has a LOT of games. Not all of them are AAA blockbusters but a large portion them are great in their own right. If you have ever considered buying a Vita but decided against it for one reason or another, this list is for you – because you made a mistake. Here are 20 (10 present and 10 future) games which will convince you that the Vita does have games and you need to own one.

The Present Games – All of these games are available on the PlayStation Vita right now.

Borderlands 2

The result of fan requests, Borderlands 2 is now on the Vita. Not a stripped back version. Not a carved up port like most AAA handheld ports. The full version of Borderlands 2 is available in the palm of your hand. The only difference between the PS3/360 version and the Vita version is a slight visual downgrade – a forgiveable compromise to have this amazing game available on the bus, on the train, even on the toilet. Handsome Jack is waiting for you where ever you go thanks to the PS Vita.

Gravity Rush

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Gravity Rush has you play as Kat, a woman who awakens with no memory of who or where she is. She quickly discovers that she has special powers, namely the ability to defy or shift gravity. From here, Kat is hurtled through a brilliant story as she discovers the mysteries of the steam-punk-esque world she is in and helps vanquish the evil of the world. There is no other game quite like Gravity Rush and I believe this game is reason enough to buy a Vita alone.

TxK

TxK is the sequel that we always wanted to retro classic Tempest 2000 by legendary developer Llamasoft. It has 100 levels of genre-defining perfecting as you shoot the living snot out of the creepers crawling up your level shape. TxK epitomises “just one more go” game play and the retro-inspired art style is a pleasure to behold, all backed by a phenomenal soundtrack.

Tearaway

Tearaway is a charming game based on paper craft which utilises all of the possible facets of the Playstation Vita. It uses the touch screen, rear touch pad, D-pad and thumb sticks to create an genuinely innovative but accessible adventure. Tearaway launched to rave reviews and rightfully so. It is charming, fun, interesting and brilliant.

Ragnarok Odyssey

If you like your RPG’s deep, challenging and with plenty of blue boxes full of text to read, Ragnarok Odyssey is the game for you. Ragnarok Odyssey hails from a time when RPG’s were tough, rough and had plenty of substance about them. A JRPG at heart with a western surface, this game has hundereds of hours worth of game play just waiting to be explored and, if you are not careful, this game and its sequel, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, can suck you in and dominate your free time.

Football Manager 2014: Classic

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Football Manager is probably the most addictive series ever know to man and it may ruin your life if you buy it on the Vita. The Vita version is the full classic version of the PC game and it makes good use of the touch screen to make it the most player friendly version amongst a mass of horrible mobile football management games. Prising Neymar away from Baraclone while you drop the kids off at the pool? Winning the Champions League from you desk draw at work? These are possibilities thanks to the Vita.

LittleBigPlanet PS Vita

LittleBigPlanet Vita has everything that the PS3 versions have and more, utilising the Vita touch sensors and gyroscope to add more ways to play. Playing, Creating and Sharing is a revelation on the move with over a million user created levels to play as well as a new story full of great levels to play created by Double Eleven, Tarsier Studios and the Sony XDev team.

Killzone: Mercenary

Forget your allegiances to the ISA or Helgan because it is time to get paid for what you are good at – shooting fools right between the eyes. Killzone: Mercenary has you take up the mantle of Danner, a gun for hire, who is making the most of the war between Vekta and Helgan to make a quick fortune. Unfortunately, things get complicated and Danner is trapped between the 2 forces and money will no longer matter if either force manages to unleash a weapon they are fighting over. Apart from the great single player campaign, Mercenary has a full multiplayer mode which is brutal and true to the main console Killzone games.

Velocity Ultra

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I recently took my Vita on a coach journey from Stoke-on-Trent to London via Milton Keynes. That is 6 hours worth of boring as hell motorways and thanks to Velocity Ultra it went by in the blink of an eye. Velocity Ultra is an arcade space shooter for serious gamers. Your thumbs will ache, your head will hurt but you will be unable to put it down. Piloting the Quarpjet, you must blast, teleport and rescue the hell out of each level in the quest to get those elusive medals.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Nathan Drake will soon be taking his first steps into next-gen territory after dominating the last gen but he has also spread his unique brand of cinematic treasure hunting onto the Vita. Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a mobile adventure which rivals Nates early adventures. It has a great story line and makes the most of the Vita’s features.

These are 10 of the best games on the Vita but are only a drop in the ocean compared to the many games that are available for Sony’s portable console. Head over to page 2 to discover 10 upcoming Vita games.

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