Cross-Buy is easily one of Sony’s greatest initiatives in recent years; the only thing that comes close to it is the amazing PlayStation Plus. Let’s be fair; paying one price for both the PS Vita and PS3 versions of a game is a pretty damn awesome prospect. Below, we’ve detailed some of our favourite cross-buy games which you’d be mad to miss out on playing.
Guacamelee! [Cross-Save? Yes.]
In five years, DrinkBox Studios has gone from being an unknown indie developer to one of our favourites in the industry. Guacamelee! is the Canadian team’s third release on PlayStation platforms, and it’s definitely their best. Beating up Mexican skeletons as Juan the Luchadore never gets old, and the whole experience feels like a loving homage to gaming.
The Jak and Daxter Trilogy [Cross-Save? No.]
A decade on, the original Jak and Daxter games are still just as fun now as they were back in the day on PS2. True, the Vita version suffers from a little slowdown when things get hectic, but considering it’s free for owners of the digital PS3 version, we’re prepared to forgive its shortcomings. Long story short, this is still an awesome series that deserves a place on your memory card.
Knytt Underground [Cross-Save? Yes.]
If you ask us, the beautiful Knytt Underground is best experienced on PS Vita, with headphones, and in a darkened room, so you can completely absorb yourself in the experience. Developed by Swedish games designer Nicklas Nygren (better known as Nifflas), Knytt is a title that is far more complex than it first appears, exploring themes such as religion, philosophy and metafiction.
Limbo [Cross-Save? No.]
Limbo is without a doubt one of the most innovative and thought-provoking indie platformers of the last few years. Originally released on Xbox Live in 2010, we were absolutely thrilled when it eventually came to PS3 a year later, and even more so when it was announced for PS Vita. The fact that owners of the PS3 version got the Vita version for free is the icing on the cake.
MotorStorm RC [Cross-Save? Yes.]
MotorStorm RC was among the first Cross-Buy games ever released, and it is still one of the best examples of the service. Not only is it an incredibly entertaining fusion of MotorStorm and Codemasters’ Micro Machines games, but it also features truly synchronous cloud saving, which makes switching between the PS Vita and PS3 versions an absolute snap.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale [Cross-Save? Yes.]
Although it owes a lot to a certain Italian plumber and his friends, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is still a fantastic game in its own right. Fair enough, the character roster isn’t always ‘All-Star’, but the frantic combat is brilliant fun, and the presentation is littered with details that prove SuperBot Entertainment wanted to do the PlayStation brand justice; and they certainly succeeded.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time [Cross-Save? Yes.]
Being the first Sly game in over seven years, Sanzaru Games placed a lot of pressure on itself to deliver a title worthy of the Sucker Punch seal of approval. Thankfully, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is exactly what fans of the series wanted; a game that stays true to the original trilogy, but modernises the experience enough to ensure that it still feels relevant in today’s market.
Sound Shapes [Cross-Save? Yes.]
Developed by Jonathan Mak (creator of trippy PSN shoot ‘em up, Everyday Shooter), Sound Shapes provides a seamless blend of music, visuals and gameplay. The campaign alone is enough reason to pick up this game (the Beck levels in particular are superb), but it also offers an extensive level editor to create and share your own levels with the rest of the world.