A while ago I posted a poll on /talk to ask you for your favorite PSP games. With a bit more than 500 votes, we now have a quite relevant series of results, so here comes.
As I type this, the 6 years old PSP is still the portable device with the best games on the market. Sure, the Nintendo DS sold more units, the PS Vita is coming soon, smartphones are the new kid on the block… but let’s be honest, you can’t really compare Angry birds to the GTA series, or Square Enix’s work.
There’s often a concern that “hardcore” games are much more expensive than casual games. That’s true, but not on a 6 years old device. Now, for very reasonable prices, you can get games that rate somewhere between “awesome” and “OMG”. The PSP itself has become extremely cheap, and is still a very good device.
But let’s dig into the real meat of this article: the best PSP games of all times, as voted by the users
10. Little Big Planet
This game was one of the biggest surprises on the PS3 when it came out, a revolution for platform games, a genre that had been stuck out of “originality-land” for decades. Little Big Planet on the PS3 took the best of platform games, added extreme cuteness, cooperative multiplayer mode, and insane customization.
The PSP version is a complete different adventure (new levels), but reuses the same concepts, and allows you to create your own levels, or play on levels created by other users, just like the PS3 version. Technically very good, very cute, and super fun.
9. God of war: Chain of Olympus
When it was released in 2008, this action/adventure game pushed the limits of the PSP hardware so much, that it was at the time the most beautiful game on the console by far, and it is still one of the PSP’s most impressive titles graphically.
But talking only about the graphics doesn’t do the game justice. It is action packed (and a bit gore), the scenario is interesting, and the controls are just so natural that combos will become your mother language.
8. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
The monster Hunter franchise is big in Japan, and was a bit less successful in western countries, but it still had a major impact. MH Freedom Unite wasn’t rated very high by professional critics, but has a huge community of dedicated fans all over the world. It looks gorgeous and sounds gorgeous.
Yes, it’s “just” hack ‘n’ slash, but the world is massive, the monsters are impressive, and the multiplayer mode can bring extremely fun moments.
7. GTA Vice City Stories
GTA is one of the most famous video game series, and it has a bunch of very successful and enjoyable games on the PSP. One of them is Vice City Stories. If you’re a fan of the GTA series, this game won’t disappoint.
If you think freely driving around in a city, and doing whatever you want in a video game is not fun…then maybe you should get checked by a doctor
6. GTA Liberty City Stories
Along with Vice City stories above, Liberty City stories is a very complete game, and was the first attempt at porting GTA to the PSP.
Needless to say, it was successful. Liberty City stories has actually many flaws that were fixed in Vice City stories (Vice City Stories has better vehicle handling, a longer gameplay…), but Liberty City Stories was such a huge game when it came out, and as a result is more famous than its little brother. Incidentally, early versions of this game happened to be vulnerable to a savegame exploit that was used to downgrade PSPs back in the 2.xx era
5. Parasite eve: The third birthday
One of the latest releases on the PSP, this game features one of the sexiest game heroines ever, Aya Brea.
The game has a few gameplay flaws, but it’s Square Enix so there’s a quality scenario and nice visuals in this RPG with a few action sequences. But who am I kidding, we’re all getting the game for the fanservice shower scene
4. Crisis Core : Final Fantasy VII
It’s difficult to go wrong with Square Enix, and this game is one of the most praised episodes of the Final Fantasy saga. Final Fantasy fans will be happy to find some of their favorite characters, but the game is good in itself, both acclaimed critically and by players.
One of the best RPG experiences on the PSP.
3. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
This is getting serious as we enter the Top 3. Square Enix already has number 4 and number 5 in this rating, so no worries with the quality of the game here.
Although I personally prefer Crisis Core, KHBS has refreshing visuals, a nice combat mechanism, a good campaign and nice multiplayer features. It does have Disney characters in it though, but it’s not as annoying as you think it could be
2. God of War: Ghost of Sparta
The God of War Series is flawless.
If you thought Chain of Olympus (also in this top 10) was the best your PSP could provide from a visual perspective, think again as you enjoy this sequel.
It’s been said of this game that it lacks its own “identity” compared to the other GoW games, but who cares ? It’s gorgeous, makes your psp display graphics you thought would never be possible, has a great story, and is packed with action. Once you start playing, only your battery will remind you that you have to stop playing once in a while.
1. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
There’s no praise good enough for this game. It got the most votes in our poll, by far.
This is a high quality production, with a long solo campaign and lots of replay value. Tactical action at its best, this is the best PSP game ever, as voted by our community.
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