You may have picked up a nice PlayStation Vita bundle on Black Friday and don’t know what to get next. Or maybe you know someone who’s had a Vita since release and want to get them something but don’t know where to start. Regardless of your situation, here are some relatively safe gifts for the Vita owner in your life, whoever that may be.
The prices listed are from Amazon.com at the time of writing this article, though you may be able to find these games and products cheaper elsewhere.
5. 16 GB Memory – $47.25
One of the main complaints about the Vita prior to its release was the limited amount of memory within the console. That’s fine though, I can use an SD card, right? Wrong. The PlayStation Vita uses a proprietary stick that is manufactured exclusively by Sony. My PlayStation Vita came with a 8 GB memory card included and that has served me well since February but others may not have been as fortunate.
4. Ragnarok Odyssey – $39.99
If you don’t mind repetitive hack ‘n slash kill quests then Ragnarok Odyssey is the game for you! This game is easily over 20 hours long. The story isn’t the highlight of the game, the cool attacks are, so don’t expect anything too deep or engrossing. More than anything, this game looks great.
I hit a wall on my first character so you may need to try out different classes a bit. Good reflexes will also get you far in this game as it’ll up your survivability. You can only hold a limited number of potions at a time so skill is key. You also do not level up but instead rely on better equipment to boost your stats. Better equipment can be found as drops, through near, or made by upgrading lower level equipment with monster items you find out in the field.
3. Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation – $29.99
Despite being incredibly buggy on release, this is a great portable adaptation of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Aveline de Grandpré was also a welcome addition to the Assassin’s Creed world. Although I felt bad about her lying to her stepmother (not evil, might I add), I felt like a superhero. Charming men to act as your bodyguards while donning the lady persona was also pretty fun.
2. Gravity Rush – $34.00
I really cannot recommend this game enough. I missed out on it when it first came out but thanks to PlayStation Plus I’m able to experience the magic of Hekseville and Kat’s journey to discover her past. There are various sectors of the city of Hekseville and each has its own unique flavor, complete with music that perfectly ties it all together. This game easily packs in 10 plus hours of content if you’re a collecting fiend. The ending also leaves room for a sequel, which this series desperately needs. The only complaint I do have is that I did experience slight motion sickness when shifting gravity over and over.
1. 1 Year Subscription of PlayStation Plus – $49.99
This is the most expensive of my picks but I believe this is the best thing you can buy a PlayStation Vita (or PlayStation 3) owner if they do not already have a subscription. You get approximately 72 games over the course of a year. These titles are usually best sellers on the PlayStation Network and there’s guaranteed to be at least one game a month that you’ll like. Buyer beware though, you only have access to these games so long as you remain a subscriber.
After buying a year of PlayStation Plus back in July I have not been anything but satisfied. I find the cloud saves most useful and the selection of games for the PlayStation Vita is nothing but excellent.
What games would you recommend to new Vita owners? Which would you not recommend?