SegmentNext Awards: Best PS Vita Game of 2013

PS Vita struggled throughout 2013, but it had its moments and among them are a gem of handled games you will ever come across. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that PS Vita may pick up in 2014 thanks to its elder brother PS4.

Let’s have a look at the nominees:

  • Tearaway
  • Guacamelee!
  • Stealth Inc.
  • Killzone Mercenary
  • Muramasa Rebirth

The winner is Tearaway.

Little Big Planet is a game that has left its mark in the history of Playstation 3. From the same developer came a novel platformer experience called Tearaway. The story of the game revolves around a messenger on his/her or her quest of delivering a unique message to YOU (featured as Sun in the game).

At the beginning of the game, you’ll be asked to choose either a male or a female character as your messenger. However, the path to delivery is not easy as you will come across several Scraps trying to hinder your way.

Everything in the world of Tearaway from trees, cities, sky to NPCs is made up of paper. And this is the best thing about it; although the world is made up of dead matter, the game looks and feels ridiculously real.

Over the course of the game, you will get involved with the characters and world; literally, I mean as it uses all of Playstation Vita’s features. You will be asked to take pictures of you or your surroundings, which will be fitted into the game world. Creativity can’t get better than this!

Tearaway has been critically acclaimed by many critics who appraised the game for its artworks, innovations, and smart use of Playstation Vita’s functions (gyroscope, cameras, microphone, and touch panels); which has earned it a place in its exclusives.

The only downside is the short playing time, i.e. around 4 to five hours, which can be neglected as the beautiful paper world will force you to come for more. Nonetheless, the game delivers an experience on a handheld device which most games fail to bring forth.

Runner-Up: With Killzone Mercenary, Guerilla Cambridge has proved that handhelds hold the potential of delivering a good FPS experience. Games like Resistance: Burning Skies and Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified tried their luck on Vita but failed miserably.

Whereas Killzone Mercenary not only features smart AI and an engaging single-player campaign, but it also offers tons of multiplayer hours. Once again, the only downside of the game is a short single-player campaign. However, the Contracts Mode and Multiplayer Mode make up for it.

If you happen to have a Vita, and you’re a veteran FPS player, we wouldn’t recommend missing this game.