This is my top 5 of the Genesis competition entries. If you’re looking for more great homebrews, please check my top 6-15 and my top 16-25, posted earlier this week. The Genesis competition was the “source” of 90% of the new homebrews created in 2011, and below are my 7 favorites. I said 5, but 3 of them are tied for number 1 in my opinion (and no, don’t expect a big surprise for these, my vote was in line with the final decision). Hear my words: if you haven’t tried each one of these homebrews at least once, you’re making a mistake.
5. USpeed PRofile Manager
I’m usually not into plugins. They are a pain to install and most of them are not worth the hassle. But USpeed Profile Manager is both original and useful, and brings nice graphics to the mix, which makes it even better. As the title says (but your brain refuses to believe this is possible on a PSP), this will allow you to have several profiles on your PSP, a bit like what the PS3 offers. One of the big benefits is savegames which get created/loaded on a per-profile basis. This is especially useful for those official games that only have one save slot, as it virtually ads more save slots if you ever shared the PSP with your girlfriend or little brother. Download Here
4. Toy wars
A good update to this very good 3D game was introduced during the Genesis Competition. Lots of original gfx, and missions are interesting. Ever wondered what it would be like to be a part of Toy Story? Toy war shows it to you. The bedroom is your battlefield, and you’ll have to complete missions in various vehicles (plane, electric car…) and environments (parents’ bedroom, boy’s bedroom,…). Download Here
Is that really LUA? Yes, the game is short, it doesn’t have that much replay value for now, but I’m willing to bet on it. It gets my vote for pushing Lua this far, and for the original music and gfx. I surely hope it gets updated in the future 🙂 Download Here
One of the highest rated plugins this year in our database, PSP3D allows you to run your official games in full 3D on the PSP, provided you have one pair of those colored glasses. This plugin supports close to a hundred games, and has been one of the big surprises this year. Download Here
1. Pro CFW, Chronoswitch (6.39 downgrader), and Lamecraft
Do I need to introduce any of those? Yes, I can’t make up my mind on which one impressed me the most among these 3 entries.
If you’re reading this blog, there’s a high chance you’re running Pro CFW on your PSP, the first open source Custom Firmware ever released, compatible with all known PSP models and firmwares. Download Here
Some1’s downgrader shocked the scene, by being the first Kernel exploit ever to be submitted to a homebrew contest. Some1 didn’t stop at 6.39, and submitted a second exploit a few months laters for 6.60, which opened the door to lots of other huge innovations, including the port of Pro CFW (mentioned above) to 6.60. Download Here
Finally, Lamecraft was the big surprise of the Genesis competition, a Minecraft clone with a great 3D Engine, coming out of the blue, which spawned an army of fans and mods almost immediately. (By the way, I didn’t made any proper announcement yet, but as long as the original author, Drakon, is busy, we host the current “official” Lamecraft forum on our /talk community). Download Here