With Avengers: Endgame days away, I can’t think of a better category of Vita games to look at than the system’s stellar lineup of superhero adventures. From Marvel adaptations to anime inspired epics, the Vita is packed with brilliant masked escapades that deserve a shout out.
The most notable game is the Vita’s own Gravity Rush. Released in 2012, Gravity Rush quickly became one of the Vita’s most iconic games due to its unique approach to the superhero genre. You play as Kat, an amnesiac that awakes with the ability to shift gravity. Through a rich story packed with memorable characters and deep lore, Gravity Rush takes you on an heroic journey that is filled with incredible locales, an enchanting open world, a perfect soundtrack, innovative gameplay and more. It not only puts an amazing twist on a familiar genre, but it provides a masterclass in how to nail style and flare in a video game medium. It’s a must play whether you enjoy superhero games or not.
In terms of more traditional superhero outings, The Amazing Spider-Man provides an excellent experience. While it’s no Spider-Man PS4, The Amazing Spider-Man does feature an enjoyable story and fun gameplay that includes nice combat and some memorable moments. Most notably, the web slinging, arguably the most important aspect of a Spider-Man game, is really good, and I’ve sunk many hours in this game just swinging around the city collecting comic book pages.
However, that’s not Spider-Man’s only Vita outing, as he’s also prominently featured in Disney Infinity 2.0. Although the story and gameplay isn’t anything amazing, they are a lot of fun and the campaign is certainly worth playing through if you’re a superhero fan. The game also has a Guardians of the Galaxy campaign which is also very enjoyable as well as distinctly different from the Spider-Man campaign, meaning you’re getting two good superhero games in one if you buy the now extremely cheap DLC. Moreover, the game has a surprisingly deep level creator tool, meaning you’re able to create your own superhero games filled with linking levels, varied gameplay styles, numerous gameplay mechanics and more. It’s my personal favourite part of the game and something that’s worth getting the game for alone.
Next up is Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate, a game that almost has as many colons in its title as it does dimensions in game. This 2.5D game is a prequel to the main console Batman: Arkham Origins and a really fun one at that. The game incorporates numerous gameplay mechanics that assure the game remains fresh, including puzzles, stealth and fighting. While none are exactly in depth, they come together to create a game that provides hours of enjoyment, especially if you’re into Batman, superheroes, slick cartoonish cutscenes and/or colons.
Lastly, there’s the 567 LEGO games. While some of them are poor Nintendo DS ports like LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and some are okay Nintendo DS ports like LEGO Batman 2, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is a superb entry that is arguably the best LEGO game the Vita has (even though it’s, well, a Nintendo DS port). LEGO Marvel’s Avengers has you play through numerous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and while it can be hard to follow if you’ve never seen them, the gameplay alone is enough to provide a fun experience. Sure, it does little to switch up the formula, but the formula is one that fits the Vita perfectly and, as such, it’s not something that perfectly bothers me. Furthermore, the game includes a stellar open world that, beyond being fun to mess around with on its own merit, is also filled with side missions that are fun distractions while you’re on the bus or winding down for bed. It’s a great LEGO game and great Vita game overall.
Lastly, the Vita has a selection of games that aren’t directly superhero games, but have superheroes in them. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Injustice: Gods Among Us are fantastic fighting games that utilise the Marvel and DC brands respectively well. While I’m not typically into fighting games, the little I played of these was addicting and featured numerous memorable stages and gameplay mechanics. There’s also LittleBigPlanet PS Vita: Marvel Super Hero Edition (or Super Mario Edition according to my autocorrect), an addition to the phenomenal LittleBigPlanet PS Vita that features a plethora of Marvel themed levels and outfits that offer a few hours of fun. Like Disney Infinity 2.0, the game also features a rich level creator that allows you to create your own superhero outings, including with the Marvel themed outfits and objects offered in this expansion.
Overall, the Vita is filled with excellent superhero games and I plan on revisiting many of them prior to seeing Endgame. What is your favourite Vita superhero game? Do you actually think superhero games are trash and just read this article ironically? Let me know in the comments or via my Twitter profile @JoshsJots. I release at least one Vita article every week, so make sure to follow me so nothing is missed.