Got a PlayStation TV? Play these 12 games first

Hundreds of games new and old to sort through – but these are the ones we'd start with

Sony's PlayStation TV is a curious thing.

It's pocket-sized, but must be connected to a television. And it's effectively a PlayStation Vita turned into a home console, albeit while not supporting a large number of the top-tier Vita favorites.

But why dwell on the games that won't function? If you're set on bringing Sony's smallest-ever PlayStation into your home, you've got hundreds of Vita, PSP, and PSone titles from the past two decades to peruse and download. And to make that process a whole lot easier for you, we've picked the 12 games you absolutely must start with, most of which are exclusive PlayStation experiences. Enjoy! 

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1. Metal Gear Solid

Utterly iconic, absolutely essential, and forever intertwined with the identity of being a PlayStation gamer, PSone classic Metal Gear Solid can be downloaded for a pittance on PlayStation TV. While the 16-year-old game shows its age, the seminal stealth action holds up, and the storyline – as weird and convoluted as it may be – remains memorable and exciting. Discovering (or rediscovering) the classics is one of the best reasons to get a PlayStation TV. Begin here. 

2. LocoRoco

On the opposite end of the cheeriness spectrum lays LocoRoco, a warm-hearted PSP original from 2006 that has you rotate vibrant stages to guide a group of singing, bouncing blobs to the goal. You can combine and split the little creatures to solve puzzles and get around, although LocoRoco is rarely all that difficult. Rather, the pleasure is in enjoying the creative level designs, mind-numbingly cute graphics, and wonderfully unforgettable songs. 

3. God of War Collection

God Of War and God Of War II are fondly remembered as two of the all-time greatest PlayStation 2 games, but they were recently ported to Vita and remastered in HD for plenty of awesome, blood-drenched combat on the go. Thankfully, the set works on PlayStation TV as well, delivering a couple of dozen hours of revenge-fueled violence as the titular warrior, Kratos. And if you love these, check out spinoffs Chains Of Olympus and Ghost Of Sparta – both great PSP prequels now on PS TV. 

4. PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD

If you've enjoyed the tower defense strategy genre on mobile with games such as Kingdom Rush and Fieldrunners, you owe it to yourself to play one of the earliest and best entries in its most complete form. PixelJunk Monsters started out on PlayStation 3, but this Vita version compiles all of the levels and bonus content from various ports into one set. It's an amazingly well balanced and addictive take on the genre, with a wonderful cartoonish aesthetic and so much to play.

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