If you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber, there is a good chance you already own Dust: An Elysian Tail. This fantastic game blends RPG elements with a gorgeous Metroidvania world to explore. Add in the fact that Dust was designed and programmed by one man (Dean Dodrill), and it is an even more amazing experience.
While this is the worst Castlevania game to make this list, Harmony of Despair still offers up a lot of fun. Throw in some unique co-op gaming and you have a Metroidvania worth playing through.
The original Stealth Inc only featured a series of levels that the player would select through a menu. Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones changes this as the entire game is connected via an overworld. With power-ups to unlock and hidden areas galore, Stealth Inc 2 is a great addition to any Metroidvania fan's game library.
While Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is an undeniably flawed game, it still offers up a unique look at the Dark Knight. If you're a fan of the caped crusader then this is definitely worth a rental on Vita.
Double Helix Games were a developer on a roll in 2014. After releasing the fantastic reboot of Killer Instinct, they revived another classic series in Strider. This new installment of the beloved Capcom series features fast action and beautiful graphics.
Few games show have as much character, as Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit has in its title. This charming Metroidvania adventure will keep players entertained (and laughing) for hours, although its style is probably the best part of the game.
Featuring a gorgeous art style, Nifflas' Knytt Underground impresses from the get-go. There is also a ton of replayability as the game features multiple endings and several secrets to discover!
This fantastic remake of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, was one of the standout titles for the PlayStation Portable. Throw in an unlockable version of Symphony of the Night and players had a ton to look forward to while playing on the go.
La-Mulana EX may be a tribute to MSX era games, but it still looks gorgeous. This extremely difficult game made its way to the PlayStation Vita earlier this year and should be picked up by anyone looking for a challenge.
Speaking of beautiful, Japanese developed games: Muramasa Rebirth is a great port of the formerly Wii exclusive title. This action title features a gorgeous hand-drawn world to explore on your Vita.
DrinkBox Studios has made a lot of fun games, but Guacamelee! is their defining release. This luchador-themed Metroidvania features an abundant amount of references to other games and tight, challenging gameplay.
While not a Metroidvania in the typical sense, VVVVV still features a large map to fill out and some great platforming action. It may be lacking combat, but Terry Cavanagh's hit makes up for it with well-crafted challenging gameplay.
It can be hard to live up to the hype when every outlet is comparing your game to Super Metroid, but somehow Axiom Verge managed to do it. Tom Happ has created arguably the best Metroidvania since Shadow Complex and one any PS4 owner should play.
This PlayStation classic holds a special place in a lot of gamers' hearts. Tomba! is a colorful game with an even more colorful plot that features evil pigs. If you haven't played this classic then you are in for a treat!
Obviously, this game was going to make the list. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a classic and arguably one of the greatest games ever made. If you haven't played it, shame on you. If you have played it, don't you want to replay it again?