At both Sony's E3 and Gamescom press conferences this year, the Playstation Vita was entirely ignored on stage. While this lack of attention has been severely disappointing (especially alongside other missteps like the false Final Fantasy Type-0 HD announcement), the truth is that the Vita lineup for the rest of the year is the strongest it has ever been.

Without thinking about it too hard I easily came up with a list of twelve large games that are at least worth considering on Vita this year. With one significant exception, I left off all the indie games that are coming this year, but had I included them this list would have been significantly longer.

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited (New this week) - A Promise Revisited is a port of arguably the best Disgaea game with even more content than the original. There is essentially an endless amount of awesome real time strategy gameplay made better by its portability.

Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed (New this week on Vita and PS3 and later this year on PS4) - Akiba's Trip is a strange game where you wander around Akihabara (Tokyo's infamous electric town district that is a hub of gaming and anime culture) and battle vampires in the street and strip them of their clothing. It isn't the most polished experience according to early reviews, but this strange combination of tourism and satire is unlike anything else.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (August 19 PSN only, Big Content Patch September 24) - I'm always skeptical of licensed games, but Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is supposed to be a really solid action RPG with a ton of content. Fans of the franchise should be especially excited because this what if adventure continues the adventures in Sword Art Online and brings in a few characters from later story arcs. There is a lot of free DLC on day one and we are getting the same big content patch that Japan got which is awesome. 

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (August 26) - Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 is a full blown remake of the original Hyperdimension Neptunia. It discards many of the shortcomings of the original game by introducing features from its sequels such as real time combat and the removal of random battles. 

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (September 2) - Danganronpa 2 is the Vita exclusive I'm most excited for this year. A new group of characters are trapped on a tropical island and must kill each other in order to escape. I'm looking forward to solving more murder mysteries and learning the truth about the back story hinted at in the first game.

Arcana Heart 3 Love Max!!!!! (September 23 / also on PS3) - I really enjoyed the original Arcana Heart 3 so I'm looking forward to this updated version that boasts both large balance changes and a deeper story mode. The all female roster is really diverse and the heavy emphasis on air dashing is a lot of fun. Thanks to the relatively simple controls, Arcana Heart 3 should feel comfortable on the Vita.

Tales of Hearts R (November 14) - I really like the Tales games so I'm looking forward to finally playing Tales of Hearts R. While this version isn't as highly regarded as the two original DS games, it should still be a fun breezy RPG.

Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd (November 18 / also on PS3) - Hatsune Miku Project Diva F was one of my top ten favorite games last year, but it became a true obsession once the Vita port came out early this year. Project Diva F 2nd boasts 40 new songs, translated lyrics, tons of positive fanservice and the same awesome rhythm gameplay that made the original game so much fun.

Freedom Wars (2014) - Sony's biggest exclusive this year is Freedom Wars. I'm normally not a fan of Monster Hunter type games but I'm interested in Freedom Wars because it seems to be forging its own path with an interesting story, third person shooter gameplay and increased mobility with a grappling hook. Definitely seek out some gameplay videos because screenshots alone don't do this game justice.

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus (2014) - Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus brings the busty ninja action brawler into 3D. There are a lot more characters to get to know this time as two more rival schools face off against the original two from Senran Kagura Burst. This is a more fully realized take on the original game for better and for worse.

Minecraft Vita (2014) - Minecraft is arguably the biggest release for the year on Vita and it will appeal to a ton of people. Thanks to the Vita's twin analog sticks, Minecraft is going to be fantastic to play on the go. 

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC (2014 on PSP/Vita and PC/Steam/GOG) - Trails in the Sky 2 is the sequel to my 2011 game of the year. I can't wait to continue Estelle Bright's adventure, explore the massive world, and once again enjoy one of the finest turn based battle systems. No one really makes RPGs quite like this anymore, so I'm going to savor every bit of it.

In addition to all of these games there is a ton of great games that released earlier this year (BlazBlue Chronophantasma, Rogue Legacy, the Swapper, the original Danganronpa, and Hatsune Miku Project Diva f to name a few) and many more indie games on the way such as Grim Fandango, Hotline Miami 2, The Binding of Isaac, and Velocity 2X. 

With a catalog of games this strong I am not sure why Sony isn't talking about the Vita. There is a ton of variety and a really large volume of games releasing in 2014. Who knows what the future holds in 2015 (beyond Persona 4 Dancing All Night and Gravity Rush 2), but now is the best time to be playing Vita games. 


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